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Hotel owner paid cop to leave blindfolded foster kid in his 'sex dungeon,' CT police say

It started in October, when Connecticut police say they noticed a person with the email "daddydomboss@baymontct.com" was looking to do a "casting couch interview" with a young Mexican girl.

Now, police have arrested 46-year-old Simon Hessler, whom they accused of trying to purchase an underage foster child so he could have "limitless sex" with her in his "sex dungeon" that he had set up in a trailer near the hotel he owns, according to Fox61.

Det. Samantha McCord was investigating child sex trafficking when she went undercover to reach out to Hessler, who provided photos of "an elaborate sado-masochism room with multiple beds with whips and chains and handcuffs on the wall" that he hoped to use with an underage girl, police say, according to The Hartford Courant.

For two decades, Hessler had been doing the "training of slaves" in his trailer with the aid of clients from New York and Boston, he allegedly told McCord, according to NBC Connecticut.


'Wrong on so many levels': Priest in a Porsche uses children as beasts of burden to pull him through the town parade

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A newly appointed parish priest is being accused of using his stature to put on a "ostentatious" public display, during which children were seen pulling a Porsche through the streets of a Maltese town with the clergyman inside.

Fr John Sultana, who this week was named the new parish priest for Gozitan community, Malta, was honored with a traditional parade by local followers. However, the pastor's use of a rather luxurious vehicle and manner in which he was heralded into his new role has drawn widespread criticism.

Footage showing Fr Sultana standing inside a convertible Porsche as lines of children pulled the Porsche Boxster through the streets of Żebbuġ has been labelled by some as "crass" and unbefitting of a representative of the Catholic Church.

Evil Rays

Zombie nation: US college turns mass shooting survival drills into casual routine

Memorial for Parkland school shooting victims
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Memorial for Parkland school shooting victims.
With mass shootings killing more people than ever in America, a New York college is offering students regular drills in surviving "active shooter incidents," preparing them for an emergency that has seemingly become routine.

Stony Brook University is hoping that instructing students and faculty in the finer points of running and hiding might up their chance of surviving a mass shooting on campus. The class offers students an opportunity to role-play "active shooter scenarios" not just in the classroom but also in dorm hallways and off-campus housing.

Students run the drills once a week, equipped with helmets, assault shields, bullet-proof vests, and of course, (fake) weapons.

Comment: To really tackle the issues involved here there has to be a multi-prong approach. There needs to be a stress management program that does more than give students crayons and puppies. They need to teach the students to deal with stressors of all kinds effectively in order to make the students more resilient, and that will make them less likely to panic in any emergency situation. The schools and the media need to stop feeding the school shooter social contagion by no longer naming the shooters. The list goes on, but the point is that having students take these courses aren't really helping the students and won't prevent future shootings.


London: Manhunt underway for attacker who slashed woman across her buttocks

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London's Metropolitan Police are hunting a man who sliced across a woman's bottom with a sharp object, in a random attack, leaving her needing hospital treatment, the Evening Standard reports.

Detectives have released CCTV footage of the moment the attacker follows the unsuspecting woman to the entrance of a flat on Craven Terrace, Westminster, before cutting across the victim's bottom from behind. The assault took place on October 28.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, is seen turning around and grabbing the point of contact, by which time the perpetrator, who had barely broken stride, flees the scene.


Four Russian prison guards sentenced for beating an inmate to death

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Four guards at a penitentiary in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk have been handed prison terms for beating an inmate to death.

A court in Chelyabinsk on November 15 found the four men guilty of abuse of power with violence and sentenced them to prison terms between three and eight years.

Inmate Sultan Israilov was found dead in the Corrective Colony No. 2 penitentiary in December 2015.

The prison authorities initially claimed the death was a suicide.

But some 500 inmates started a hunger strike, demanding an investigation into Israilov's death, which led to a probe in which five prison guards were arrested.

One of the guards committed suicide in May 2016 while under house arrest.


So much Murika: Diabetes spike in Mexican town where Coca-Cola used as drinking water, currency & religious offering

Coca-Cola San Cristobal
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In Zinacantán, a Tzotzil indigenous community outside San Cristobal, Coca-Cola is widely sold during the festival for the town's patron saint, San Jerónimo.
A Mexican town, next to a Coca-Cola plant, is running so low on water that locals have turned to the sugary drink as an alternative. It's drunk, used in religious ceremonies and even as a currency. While diabetes and obesity soar.

Cristobal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, has for years been caught between an inept local government and a multinational corporation which is draining its local water supply in a case of crony capitalism at its worst.

Coca-Cola is produced locally at the Femsa plant, which bottles and sells the drink across Mexico. Under a long-standing agreement with the Mexican government, the factory owns the rights to draw out more than 300,000 gallons (around 1,135,623 liters) of water per day.

Star of David

Attacks on Palestinian schools increase as Israel escalates settlement activities

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Soldiers in the Israel Defense Force during a training mission
Israeli settler violence - with IDF complicity - is becoming more and more commonplace, even targeting elementary schools. The government has also approved extensive Israeli settlement expansions and Jewish-only roads to be built on Palestinian land, which will result in isolation of Palestinian communities and loss of olive trees.

In addition, Jerusalem has seen an increase in extremist Jewish visits to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

School attacks and demolitions

In a clear violation of all laws and human rights principles, including the right to education and access to educational institutions, many Palestinian schools in the countryside and Bedouin communities were attacked by Israeli soldiers and settlers.


Jada Pinkett Smith claims she's triggered by white women with blond hair

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith revealed Monday that white women with blond hair trigger deep-seated prejudices in her that she's carried since she was a child.

The "Girls Trip" star said on the new episode of her Facebook chat show, "Red Table Talk," that she's had to keep herself in check when it comes to judging white women, acknowledging that they share the oppression she's also experienced because of their gender.

"White women understand what it feels to be oppressed ... because of their sex," Mrs. Pinkett Smithsaid. "What it feels to be ostracized or not being treated as an equal.

Eye 1

US airstrikes in Deir Ez-Zor kill at least 17 civilians

Raqqa Syria US airstrikes
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A general view of destroyed houses on the front line in the Al Dariya neighborhood in western Raqqa, Syria, 24 July 2017.
Earlier in the day, Moscow confirmed that the US-led coalition has resumed airstrikes east of the Euphrates River in Syria, using white phosphorous munitions banned by the international law.

US-Led Coalition airstrikes targeting the village of Bu-Badran in the Syrian Deir ez-Zor province resulted in the death of 17 civilians on Thursday, SANA reported citing local sources.

"17 civilians died as a result of airstrikes conducted by the international coalition targeting Bu-Badran in the east of Deir ez-Zor province," the agency reported.

Comment: It's not out of the ordinary for the US to use banned white phosphorous munitions. They've sold them to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and they've used them repeatedly in the Iraq War - something they've even admitted to. Sputnik reports more on these (most likely true) allegations:
The US-led Coalition has resumed airstrikes east of the Euphrates River in Syria, and are using white phosphorous munitions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.

"The Americans have resumed intensive airstrikes against terrorist-controlled settlements along the eastern bank of Euphrates, including, according to local residents, the use of white phosphorus munitions," Zakharova said, speaking at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday. [...]

Last week, SANA reported that the Coalition used white phorphorus in Hajin in strikes earlier this month. A spokesman said that the Coalition would investigate reported civilian casualties, but did not address the alleged use of white phosphorus. The Coalition has previously denied the use of the type of munitions, calling Syrian media claims on the issue "totally false."

Eye 1

ISIS fighters paid with gold & silver for shooting aircraft & launching chemical attacks

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ISIS jihadists were paid well for their service, documents belonging to the terrorist group, and obtained by RT in Iraq, reveal. Use of chemical agents was paid-for in silver, while taking down a chopper was rewarded with gold.

Despite the common belief that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters were often forced to join the terrorist group or were recruited based on the conviction of their faith to carry out jihad, documents from the Iraqi city of Mosul and seen by RT show that fighting for the self-proclaimed caliphate also had its financial incentives.