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US: Massachusetts Man Says He's Cracked Zodiac Killer Code

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Corey Starliper believes he has solved the 41-year-old "340" cipher and has identified the legendary serial killer who terrorized northern California.

To most, the word "Zodiac" conjures up images of astrological symbols and the positions of stars. Corey Starliper, a Tewksbury, Mass. native and hobby code-cracker, thinks of a serial killer of the same name.

Starliper also thinks that he has solved a cipher devised by Zodiac that has remained unsolved for over 40 years.

Zodiac was the name taken by a murderer who operated in the Bay Area, including Napa, Solano, and Vallejo counties, in 1968 and 1969. Zodiac sent encrypted communication to area newspapers, taking credit for killings and warning of more to come, according to Robert Graysmith, who personally investigated the murders and wrote several books on the case.

Police attributed seven murders and two attempted murders to Zodiac because of information he was able to provide that was unavailable to the public, though the number of unconfirmed victims may be much higher.

Attention

Body of Canadian energy company chairman pulled out of Ontario lake

The body of the chairman of a Calgary-based energy company has been recovered from the waters of an Ontario lake.

Police say the body has been positively identified as that of Bradley David Griffiths.

The 55-year-old executive was boating on Lake Joseph near Parry Sound last Monday when he somehow ended up in the water, apparently without a life jacket.

The family had to hire a private diving company to recover his body Saturday morning from a depth of about 90 metres.

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US, California: Farm Thieves Target Grapes, and Even Bees

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Steve Mello, whose corn and alfalfa farm has been hit by thieves over the past year, says, “It's difficult to lock up 1,400-plus acres.”
Sgt. Walt Reed said he could tell right away that the grapes were stolen. They looked like an ordinary bunch. Except, he said, for the way they were dressed.

"Usually grapes are put into plastic bags," said Sergeant Reed, a 28-year veteran of the Kern County Sheriff's Office. "But these grapes were just thrown in a Styrofoam box."

Sergeant Reed - who eventually arrested a suspect after staking out a Kern County vineyard - is just one of dozens of deputies on the front lines of agricultural crime in California, home to the nation's most productive farms and the people who prey on them. While thievery has long been a fact of life in the country, such crimes are on the rise and fighting them has become harder in many parts of California as many grants for rural law enforcement have withered on the vine.

While other states have their own agricultural intrigue - cattle rustlers in Texas, tomato takers in Florida - few areas can claim a wider variety of farm felons than California, where ambushes on everything from almonds to beehives have been reported in recent years. Then there is the hardware: diesel fuel, tools and truck batteries regularly disappear in the Central Valley, the state's agricultural powerhouse, where high unemployment, foreclosures and methamphetamine abuse have made criminals more desperate, officials say.

Bad Guys

Dutch Demolition Expert Danny Jowenko Dies In Car Crash

WTC7: The "Smoking Gun" of 9/11

WTC7 according to Danny Jowenko was absolutely brought down by a controlled demolition.

The accident of prominent Dutch "demolition expert" Danny Jowenko is of special interest to us, because on July 13th 2011 in an exclusive Press TV interview, Dr. Alan Sabrosky, Veterans Today board member and editor, specifically drew attention to the Dutch demolition expert, Danny Jowenko, stating that two years ago, he came across an extremely disturbing video in which Danny Jowenko was interviewed concerning the collapse on 9/11, of a 3rd World Trade Center building. WTC7, a 47 storey building, the third tallest building, which was not hit by a plane, which was conspicuously missing in the 9/11 commission report and which according to Danny Jowenko was absolutely brought down by a controlled demolition. "That is, WTC-7 went straight down into its own footprint in seconds without any visible external trauma, which means only some catastrophic internal trauma could have brought it down, concluded Sabrosky." He has repeatedly cited the well known demolition experts' views and interview in his recent articles and interviews.

Comment: For more information on the death of Dr. David Kelly, see these Sott links:

Ethnic specific weapons: The real story behind the murder of Dr David Kelly

Coverup and Complicity: The Mysterious Death of David Kelly: Doctors Challenge Cameron Government


Family

The Death Of The American Nuclear Family

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According to Chris Porter, manager at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, back in the 1960s, there were 23.5 million households made up of parents and children. In 2010, that number was 23.6 million.

In that same 50 year span, according to the Census Bureau, the total number of households rose from 53 million to 116.7 million.

The total number of households has more than doubled - but the number of households made up of parents and children hasn't changed in 50 years.

Traditional family units aren't the majority of our households anymore. What is driving this huge change in household demographics?

According to the John Burns group, the answer is a combination of evolving social norms and the lingering effects of the Great Recession.

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US: National Institutes of Health Backed Study Examined Effects of Penis Size in Gay Community

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The federal government helped fund a study that examined what effect a gay man's penis size has on his sex life and general well-being.

The study was among several backed by the National Institutes of Health that have come under scrutiny from a group claiming the agency is wasting valuable tax dollars at a time when the country is trying to control its debt. This particular research resulted in a 2009 report titled, "The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men."

The study reported, among its findings, that gay men with "below average penises" were more likely to assume a "bottom" sexual position, while those with "above average penises" were more likely to assume a "top" sexual position. Those with average penises identified themselves as "versatile" in the bedroom.

Though it's difficult to trace exactly how much federal funding went to the project, the study was one of many linked to an $899,769 grant in 2006. The grant was administered by NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse, and went first to a group called Public Health Solutions and a researcher with the National Development and Research Institutes before going to individual researchers.

Bizarro Earth

US, Washington: Weldon Gilbert Gets to Watch His Homemade Child Porn in Jail

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In today's installment of Great Moral Dilemmas of the Day, we take you to the Pierce County jail in Washington state, where 47-year-old Weldon Marc Gilbert is being allowed to watch child porn. In 2007, police raided the former pilot's home in Lake Tapps...

That's where they found Gilbert's massive collection of child porn. Police say there were hundreds of homemade tapes and DVDs Gilbert shot that featured kids being raped and molested.

He's already been convicted on federal charges, but he still faces states charges from Washington. And either because he's broke and can't afford a lawyer -- or more likely because the evidence says he's a lock to be lit up again -- he's decided to defend himself this time around.

So because he's acting as his own lawyer, he gets full access to the evidence against him. Which means that as he prepares for trail, a private room as been set up in the jail where Gilbert can watch the full 30-hour archives of his own child porn collection.

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US, Georgia: Woodstock man arrested, teen allegedly bound, gagged, set on fire


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A 61-year-old man has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery, cruelty to children, false imprisonment, and solicitation of sodomy after he set a 17-year-old boy on fire in Woodstock.

Joseph Raymond Zeock was arrested at the All Around Suites on Medlock Bridge Road in Norcross at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after a concerned citizen recognized Zeock from a news broadcast.

On July 12, investigators responded to Grady Hospital in reference to a person injured.

Investigators met with a 17-year-old who stated that, Joseph Raymond Zeock, had set him on fire, according to reports.

Heart - Black

US: Washington State Woman Tried to Sell 3-Day-Old Baby at Taco Bell; Desperate Mom Wanted $500-$5,000: Cops


A desperate Washington state mom tried to sell her newborn baby to a customer at a roadside Taco Bell, authorities said.

Heidi Lynn Knowles, 36, appeared before a judge Monday to face charges she tried to peddle her 3-day-old boy to a woman who was eating at the fast food joint in Vancouver, Wash., last Thursday.

Cops said Knowles asked for bids between $500 and $5,000, KOIN television reported.

She was arrested at a nearby motel after the woman she approached called 911.

Deputies said she seemed drunk or high at the time of the bust though Knowles told them she'd been clean from methamphetamine for a year.

Attention

US: Flash Mob Robberies Not A Rare Occurrence in DC

Similar robbery occurred 2 weeks ago at GTown shop



Caught on tape. A brazen robbery occurred in broad daylight at a Dupont Circle men's store. These daytime hold ups are going on more often than you might think.

Surveillance video from the G-Star Raw store on Connecticut Avenue on Monday shows more than a dozen teenagers rushing in, overwhelming customers and employees. They ended up walking away with more than $20,000 dollars worth of merchandise.

This bold type of criminal activity happens quite a bit. It has happened several times at the Georgetown Tee's store in Georgetown.

The store owner says about two weeks ago at around 2 p.m., about 20 to 25 young people came into the store and lined up in the area of where all the Georgetown University merchandise was. They immediately started grabbing items, putting them in their shirts and jackets or stuffing them in their pants. Then they tried to leave the store.