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Fall Guy? Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case

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Justice Dept. makes 1st arrest in BP oil spill; ex-engineer accused of obstruction of justice

A BP engineer intentionally deleted more than 300 text messages saying the company's efforts to control the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were failing, and that the amount of oil leaking was far more than what the company reported, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

In the first criminal charges related to the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, the Justice Department arrested Kurt Mix and charged him with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence sought by federal authorities, officials announced in a statement.

The charges came a day before a federal judge in New Orleans was to consider a motion granting preliminary approval of a $7.8 billion civil settlement between BP and a committee of plaintiffs in a civil case. Shrimp processors have raised objections, saying the settlement does not adequately compensate them.


Iranian Oil Industry Hit with Cyber Attack

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An Iranian oil refinery.
Oil industry computers taken off-line

Much of the world's oil comes from the Middle East. If those oil-producing nations were somehow unable to conduct operations, it would be a huge blow to the global economy. Reports claim that the Iranian oil industry has been hit with a large cyber attack. Iran has disconnected computer systems at a number of its oil production facilities from the web in response to a cyber attack that occurred over the weekend.

Reuters reports that a source at the National Iranian Oil Company told it that a virus had been discovered in the control systems at the Kharg Island Oil terminal. That oil terminal handles most of Iran's crude oil exports. Other computer systems at Iran's Oil Ministry and its national oil company were also hit by the attackers.

A spokesman for the oil ministry Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar claims that the attack didn't cause significant damage and that the worm used in the attack was discovered before infecting systems. Iran has offered no details on exactly what worm or malware was used in the attack and the oil facilities were allegedly disconnected from the Internet simply as a precaution.

This isn't the first time that Iran has been attacked by cyber criminals. In 2010, the country was the main target of the Stuxnet worm, which was found to be targeting Iran's uranium enrichment program. SecurityWeek also reports that Iran was attacked by the Duqu worm and the country bolstered its cyber defenses after those attacks.

"Iran's Revolutionary Guard claims to have created a "hack-proof" network for all sensitive data," blogged Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos Canada. "I have yet to see a hack-proof network and if they have convinced themselves it's true, perhaps that is part of the problem...One thing is clear, whether you are an oppressive regime, or simply an average small business, anyone who depends upon the internet will face malware threats and hacking attempts."


Nuclear Famine Report: Limited Nuclear Exchange In One Of World's Regions Would Trigger Mass Global Starvation After Slashing Chinese, U.S. Food Production

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More than a billion people around the world would face starvation following a limited regional nuclear weapons exchange (such as a clash between India and Pakistan) that would cause major worldwide climate disruption driving down food production in China, the U.S. and other nations, according to a major new report released today by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and its U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

Dr. Ira Helfand, the author of Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk--Global Impacts of Limited Nuclear War on Agriculture, Food Supplies, and Human Nutrition, said: "The grim prospect of nuclear famine requires a fundamental change in our thinking about nuclear weapons. The new evidence that even the relatively small nuclear arsenals of countries such as India and Pakistan could cause long lasting, global damage to the Earth's ecosystems and threaten hundreds of millions of already malnourished people demands that action be taken. The needless and preventable deaths of one billion people over a decade would be a disaster unprecedented in human history. It would not cause the extinction of the human race, but it would bring an end to modern civilization as we know it."

Comment: Perhaps we should consider that more than a billion people around the world would face starvation following a limited cometary bombardment as well:

Tunguska, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction
Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls
Wars, Pestilence and Witches


Felony for Stealing $1 Cup of Soda: Florida Man Charged With Felony for Allegedly Stealing $1 Cup of Soda From McDonald's

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A Florida man was arrested and held on $6,500 bond after police in Collier County said he left a McDonald's without paying for a cup of soda valued at $1.

Mark Abaire, 52, had apparently asked staff at the Naples restaurant for a courtesy cup of water, but instead he allegedly filled the cup with soda from the soda fountain and sat outside of the restaurant, according to a story in the Naples Daily News which cited the police report of the Thursday incident.

Abaire allegedly refused to pay for the soda when he was asked to do so, refused to leave the restaurant and cursed at the manager, the Naples Daily News also reported.

Abaire, whose aliases include "Red" and "Clown," has a long list of prior arrests, according to records from the Collier County Sheriff's Department.

He was charged with petty theft, trespassing and disorderly intoxication after the Thursday arrest, and sent to Collier County jail. Petty theft is usually a misdemeanor, but because Abaire has previous convictions for theft, the charge was upgraded to a felony. The trespassing and disorderly intoxication charges are misdemeanors.


Child-Abuse Trial: Guilty Former Priest a Focus

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Edward Avery admitted that he sexually assaulted an altar boy.
Edward Avery might be gone from the defense table at the landmark clergy-sex-abuse trial involving Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, but he remains a pivotal figure in the case.

On Monday, prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed over what jurors could and should be told about Avery, a defrocked priest who was removed as a defendant last month after his last-minute plea to charges that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina suggested that jurors could even hear from Avery himself.

The issue emerged as prosecutors signaled plans to call to the witness stand this week a former altar boy who said he was abused in the late 1990s by Avery and another priest, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, when both were at St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia. Engelhardt faces a separate trial later this year because he belongs to an independent religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

It also came on a day when jurors heard about one priest who began abusing a boy who admitted his sexual confusion during a confession, and a second priest who told a therapist he himself had been the target of a group rape at the seminary.

Comment: We don't want to go Biblical on our readers, but then this article talks about a religious representative, a wolf in sheep clothing, who used religion as a mask for his inhuman depravity.

We think that psychopaths don't realize that the Cosmos is a living being, as is the Earth. They don't realize the end result of their evil. "If anyone is able to hear, let him listen: Whoever leads into captivity will himself go into captivity; if anyone slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Herein is [the call for] the patience and the faith and fidelity of the saints." Rev 13:10

Ancient legends speak of world-destroying cataclysms brought on by sexual perversion and excess. (No, homosexuality is not a perversion, it's a normal variation even in the animal kingdom.) What is perverse is abuse of children, bestiality..., rape, porn, orgies, sex for the sake of self-aggrandizement. This article is about what is going on in the World, the type of activity Powers that Be would like everyone else to ultimately accept as normal, and little by little they are destroying human values to that end.

Read this horrific exposure pieces carried on SOTT and prepare to be shocked and disturbed beyond all imagining. We were.

Beyond the Dutroux Affair: The reality of protected child abuse and snuff networks in a world ruled by psychopaths

Dutroux Cover-up Protected Pedophile Networks

Bad Guys

Sex Abuse: Scientologist Cleared of Cover-up Charges

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Cleared ... Janice Meyer
The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped its charges against a senior Scientologist who had been accused of telling an 11-year-old girl she should deny charges of sexual abuse against another member of the church.

Janice Meyer, also known as Jan Eastgate, is the head of the church's Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group which works to discredit a number of conventional psychiatric treatments, including the use of medications such as Ritalin and Prozac.

In May last year, Ms Meyer was charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice over an alleged incident in 1985. Police had claimed that Ms Meyer told the 11-year-old girl she should deny any charges of sexual abuse to police and officers from the Department of Social Services.

Comment: Watch New Sott Report: MIVILUDES, Cults, & the Protection of Scientology to learn more about the depths of inhuman depravity.

At the same time, it is important to note, that Ritalin indeed has extremely harmful effects on young children:

Pediatric Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain, New Study Suggests

Behaviour drugs given to four-year-olds prompt calls for inquiry

Children 'wrongly given' Ritalin

ADHD Drugs Proven Absolutely Useless for Children - Plus, They Stunt Growth

Bad Guys

Father/Son Prostitution Ring Busted

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Six livery car drivers wait for their arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday. They are charged with participating in a sex trafficking ring.
Shuttled women around in livery cabs: prosecutors

A father-and-son pimp team were busted for running a multimillion-a-year sex ring - branding women with degrading tattoos and employing livery car drivers to shuttle them around, according to an indictment from the Manhattan district attorney's office.

"This as not your typical father-and-son business," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, whose department partnered with prosecutors to crush the ring.

Vincent George Sr. ("Vee), 55, of Queens taught his son Vincent George Jr. ("King Koby"), 33, of Allentown, Pa., the ways of the flesh trade over the last 10 years, prosecutors charge.

The pimp daddy and his pimp son set up a phony business, Grip Entertainment, to launder their illicit money.

Bizarro Earth

Hollaback App Outs Catcalling Men

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Emily May, founder of ihollaback.org.
Skirt-chasers may face city's wrath via new app.

Looking to fight back against catcalling men hollering out "hey sexy" and other obnoxious come-ons? The city is working on an app for that.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilman Julissa Ferreras (D-Jackson Heights) have greenlighted $20,000 worth of research hoping to develop an easy way for folks to report forceful flirtation and other forms of street harassment, the Daily News has learned.

The cash went to Hollaback!, a Boreum Hill based nonprofit, that already uses a hot pink iPhone and Android app. collecting complaints mainly from peeved women detailing sidewalk encounters with creepy Casanovas.


Saudi Boy, 4, 'Kills Father Over PlayStation'

An angry four-year-old Saudi boy shot and killed his father for refusing to buy him a PlayStation, Saudi media reported on Monday.

The Asharq daily, citing police in the southern Jizan area, said the child, aged four years and seven months, grabbed his father's pistol and shot him in the head.

According to the newspaper, the child had asked his father to buy him a PlayStation and the shooting took place after the man returned home without the desired object.

As he was undressing, the man put the weapon down, which the child then grabbed and fired at him from close range.

Che Guevara

People Power! Families Re-Occupy Vacant Homes

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Tene Smith prays at a press conference outside her re-occupied home on January 19.
Growing movements on both sides of the Atlantic try to turn bank-owned houses into homes.

In the U.S. today, a new wave of squatters is moving into vacant foreclosed properties in cities like Chicago, New York and Minneapolis.

After three years of staying in her sister's living room, Tene Smith decided to move her family into a home that had sat vacant on Chicago's South Side for more than two years.

With the help of Liberate the South Side, a Chicago-based organization that targets vacant homes for re-occupation and spent months renovating the house, Smith and her three children moved in during a public ceremony attended by community members and the media in January 2012. "I was fearful when I first made this commitment," she told In These Times, "but as the days passed I had a sense of independence that had eluded me for a long time."

The term "squatter" conjures images of the predominantly young, urban hipsters who in decades past claimed vacant property in areas such as New York City's Lower East Side. But with five times as many vacant homes as homeless people in the U.S. today, a new wave of squatters - just as likely to be hard-hit families like Smith's as young activists making a political statement - is moving into vacant foreclosed properties in cities like Chicago, New York and Minneapolis.