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UK Police State: Tasers used 28 times EVERY DAY in 2013, over 10,000 in total

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Use of Tasers by police officers in England and Wales has increased by a third to 10,380 deployments in the past 12 months, Home Office Data shows
* Tasers used by officers 10,380 times in England and Wales in 2013

* Figure is up from from 8,161 deployments in the previous year

* Home Office data suggests the stun guns are used 28 times per day

* Follows growing fears the devices are being misused by officers

* Yesterday, PC Stuart Wright was only told to apologise after he shot blind Colin Farmer with a Taser thinking his stick was a sword

* In December, three teenagers with learning difficulties were Tasered

The use of Tasers by police officers has surged by nearly a third to more than 10,000 deployments last year, new data shows.

Use of the stun gun in England and Wales increased from 8,161 fires in 2012, to 10,380 in 2013 - Home Office figures reveal.

The figure, a 27 per cent increase, is the same as 199 uses a week, or 28 times per day.

The most common use of a Taser in each of the last two years was so-called 'red dot' use, accounting for 51 per cent of fires.

Black Magic

Rioters rampage outside Nigerian 'House of Horror' after skeletons, decomposing human remains found

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Policemen try to control an angry crowd in the city of Ibadan on March 24, 2014.
Scores of rioters went on the rampage on Monday outside an abandoned building in Nigeria dubbed the "House of Horror" after decomposing human remains and skeletons were found there.

At least 20 people were injured and 12 vehicles damaged when about 50 people brandishing sticks and machetes were prevented from accessing the property in the southwestern city of Ibadan, an AFP correspondent said.

The run-down, one-storey house, surrounded by undergrowth and strewn with the rusted hulks of at least five tractors and a dozen other vehicles, has been cordoned off since the grim discovery Saturday.

Police have so far not divulged any theory on how or why scores of skeletons and rotting corpses came to be found there, but black magic rituals are suspected among locals.

Several severely malnourished people were also found wandering in the bush near the building, which is in the Soka area of the city. Reports said at least 15 others were found shackled inside.

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Is a college degree worth the time and money?

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Are you thinking of going to college? If so, please consider that decision very carefully. You probably have lots of people telling you that an "education" is the key to your future and that you will never be able to get a "good job" unless you go to college. And it is true that those that go to college do earn more on average than those that do not. However, there is also a downside. At most U.S. colleges, the quality of the education that you will receive is a joke, the goal of most colleges is to extract as much money from you and your parents as they possibly can, and there is a very good chance that there will not be a "good job" waiting for you once you graduate. And unless you have someone that is willing to pay your tuition bills, you will probably be facing a lifetime of crippling student loan debt payments once you get out into the real world. So is college a waste of time and money? In the end, it really pays to listen to both sides of the debate.

Personally, I spent eight years at U.S. public universities, and I really enjoyed those times.

But would I trade my degrees today for the time and money that I spent to get them?

Absolutely.

Bizarro Earth

'Irreversible' societal collapse predicted by NASA models

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The end of the world as we know it is coming.

You've likely heard this before, especially from the growing number of voices in the alternative news and preparedness communities. Often dismissed as conspiracy theory or outright lunacy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests these fringe thinkers may well be on to something.

Despite assurances from most political leaders, experts and researchers who argue that we live in a stable and sustainable world, a new study utilizing mathematical models developed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may confirm our worst fears.

According to the Socio Economic Synthesis Center, which led the study's research team and was made up of well respected natural and social scientists from various U.S.-based universities, society as it exists today is decades, perhaps just years, from a complete collapse of our way of life.
Given economic strati cation, collapse is very difficult to avoid and requires major policy changes, including major reductions in inequality and population growth rates. Even in the absence of economic strati cation, collapse can still occur if depletion per capita is too high. However, collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion. (SESC via Steve Quayle)

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Film 'Deep Water' shelved over eerie resemblance to missing Malaysia flight

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A sequel to the film Bait 3D, pictured, called Deep Water has been shelved over its likeness to the Malaysia Airlines flight disaster.
"Deep Water," a loose follow-up to hit horror movie "Bait 3D," tells the story of a flight that mysteriously crashes into a remote stretch of the ocean on its way to China.

Arclight Films says it's putting preproduction of its upcoming film Deep Water on hold due to some uncomfortable similarities between the project and the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370.

"Out of sensitivity to the Malaysia flight situation, we've decided to put it on pause for now," Gary Hamilton, managing director of Arclight told THR at the Asian industry tradeshow Filmart in Hong Kong.

Deep Water tells the story of a flight that mysteriously crashes in a remote stretch of ocean on its way to China. The crash survivors then have to fend off killer sharks.

The film's tagline in early promotional materials reads: "Survivors of a plane crash face terror beyond reckoning as the plane is starting to sink into a bottomless abyss and soon discover they're surrounded by the deadliest natural born killers on earth."

Blackbox

With no other theories or explanation: Missing flight 'ended in the southern Indian Ocean' says Malaysia PM

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Aircrew look out of a window of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion from RAAF base Pearce on assignment to Southern Indian Ocean to commence a search for possible debris from the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on March 24, 2014 in Perth, Australia.
Malaysia's prime minister said Monday that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight "ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

It has been "concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a press conference.

New satellite data shows that the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 plunged into the southern Indian Ocean.

"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," Razak said.

Malaysia Airlines said in a text message to Chinese families that there were no survivors among the 239 people on board the March 8 flight.

"We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived," the airline said in the text message, according to Russia Today.

Cult

Vigilantes harass pro-Russian ribbon wearers in Ukraine

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A group of Ukrainian vigilantes have been hunting out people they accused of being "pro-Russian thugs", according to a video which surfaced on YouTube. The "thugs" were detained, frisked, roughed up and handed over to police.

The video was shot in Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine and shows a group of people wearing paramilitary uniform - some of them masked - run after and catch several people. Judging from the comments heard, those caught are suspected of trying to stage a pro-Russian picket of a police station.

At least two of the people, whom the hunters brand as 'titushki', or hired thugs, were caught and frisked. Both had St. George ribbons on them, a common pro-Russian symbol associated with the Soviet Union's contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

On discovering the ribbons the attackers apparently start to treat those caught more violently. One of them is threatened with a knife while another one gets punched in the face.

Arrow Down

Five kittens found mutilated in Melbourne

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The bodies of five kittens, only weeks old, have been found mutilated behind a Melbourne shop.

A passer-by found the kittens dead with multiple stab wounds behind a business in Blackburn South on March 19, police say.

A RSPCA forensic vet performed autopsies on the kittens.

"It appears these kittens would have all died a slow and painful death given the injuries they had," Constable Libby Harris of Box Hill police said.

"It's shocking to think anyone would want to harm any animal in that way, let alone five tiny kittens.

"It's also a concern as we know people prepared to kill or injure animals in this way may also be prepared to commit further offences."

Source: Australian Associated Press

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Man brutally beaten by NYPD for sleeping on a couch in a synagogue

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NYPD Officer Luis Vega prepares to punch Ehud Halevy after being confronted about sleeping on a couch in a synagogue.

New York City, NY - Disturbing video captured a man being brutally beaten by police after he was discovered sleeping on a couch inside a synagogue. The man was struck dozens of times with fists and a baton, even though the man had permission to be there. The beating was ruled justified and the officers were cleared.

The incident took place during the early morning hours of October 8th, 2012. Ehud Halevy, 22, was sleeping in the back room of the A.L.I.Y.A. (Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults) building in Crown Heights. The facility is a synagogue and outreach center for troubled youths.

Halvey had received permission to sleep there for the night, yet a security guard had evidently not been made aware. Although individuals were sometimes allowed to sleep there, the guard decided to call the police instead of simply talking to the man himself.

Two NYPD officers from the 71st Precinct arrived and roused Halevy, who was sleeping shirtless on a couch. Surveillance video shows Officers Luis Vega and Yelena Bruzzese getting grabby with the man, who in turn tried to keep himself from falling into their clutches.

That's when the cops unleashed a torrent of New York-style brutality on the man. Officer Luis Vega, 49, slugged Mr. Halevy in the face, toppling him backward onto the couch. Vega then got on top of his prey and repeatedly struck him with both fists, as Halevy curled up in a ball and tried to protect himself.

The onslaught continued as Officer Bruzzese assisted in pummeling Halevy with her truncheon. The bludgeoning continued as a third officer arrived and helped to drag the victim onto the floor.

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Hard Reality: New age of shocking TV deaths; no character is safe

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Viewers were stunned by a major twist in the popular TV drama on Sunday night - but the show is just one of many dropping this particular kind of bombshell

Warning: this blog contains major spoilers for The Good Wife season five, episode 15. Please also be aware of spoilers for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Grey's Anatomy, Breaking Bad, Scandal and Mad Men. Do not read if you are not up to date with the most recent episodes of these shows.

These days, no television character is safe.

On CBS last night, The Good Wife's Will Gardner was gunned down by an unstable client, who had grabbed a security guard's weapon and unloaded into the courtroom, before trying to kill himself. (The barrel was empty.) Despite the showrunners recently revealing that actor Josh Charles had approached them about leaving the show almost a year ago, the sudden death of one of the series' biggest leads was an enormous shock - but Gardner is just one in a long line of bombshell TV exits.