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Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof charged with 9 counts of murder, firearm possession

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Mourner kneels outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015
Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to police. He confessed to killing nine people at a Charleston church on Friday, according to officials cited by CNN.

Police made the announcement in a Friday Twitter post, adding that Roof's bond hearing will take place at 2 p.m. local time on Friday.

Roof reportedly said he wanted to start a race war.

The 21-year-old was arrested by authorities in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday, following the tragic shooting which left six women and three men dead.

The .45-caliber handgun used in the attack was apparently purchased by Roof in Charleston in April. Previous reports stated that the gun was a birthday gift from his father. However, his grandfather stated that Roof was merely given "birthday money," and that his family didn't know what he used it for.


EasyJet passenger plane forced to make emergency landing in Liverpool due to major electrical fault

Fire engines surrounded the aircraft after it landed safely at John Lennon Airport this afternoon
A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a mid-air electrical fault.

The easyJet flight returned to Liverpool shortly after take-off, with officials confirming the defect.

The aircraft was headed to Paris when the pilot radioed air traffic control and declared an emergency.

Fire crews assembled on the runway, before the aircraft landed safely around 20 minutes later.

A spokesman for the airline said the decision to return to Liverpool was purely a 'precaution.'

Eyewitnesses said the twin-engine Airbus A320 'sounded bad' as it came into land.

Others also suggested the planes doors were open, but this was denied by both easyJet and the airport.

Passenger Jan Nethercote told how it was around 20 minutes into the flight to the French capital when the announcement was made.

'They told us a minor fault had happened with one of the engines and they were taking us back to Liverpool,' she told the Liverpool Echo.

'It was explained to us later the fault happened at take off but they made the decision to continue.

'However it developed into something more serious and in the end it looks like they lost the use of an engine.'

Comment: There have been numerous incidences of airplane mishaps around the world since March of this year, and they seem to be increasing quite dramatically. See:


Tragedy in Charleston: Mass shooting, mass hysteria, mass propaganda

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Nine lives were ended in a tragic mass shooting at a historic church in Charleston South Carolina, perpetrated by a deranged, apparently brainwashed 21 year old man whose motivations appear to be centered around extreme racism.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, a familiar, shameful charade of exploitation unfolded yet again, seeking to reassert the "gun control" agenda amid both national public opinion and across America's legislative bodies.

Yet the engineered, concerted, deceitful propaganda campaign launched by the corporate media and America's political circles fails to put into perspective the recent shooting and the greater "gun control" debate.

Instead, a mad rush has ensued to exploit anger, sorrow, and fear to once again attempt to snatch from responsible Americans their right to bear arms based on the criminal actions of a single individual.

Comment: In the coming days we are likely to hear more about the shootings and how the facts don't quite fit the narrative being presented by the mass media. Its happened before and fits a pattern that serves no one but the groups involved in stripping away the rights of US citizens. Ever wonder why these mass shootings only ever seem to happen in the United States? Where else in the world has the relentless drive towards totalitarianism been so rife? In any case, Obama has wasted no time in responding to the shootings:
President Obama renewed his call for stricter gun laws Thursday following a shooting spree at a Charleston, S.C. church that killed nine people.

"We don't have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun," Obama said.

Obama's remarks were not unlike the 13 others he's given following a mass shooting during his presidency. But this time, he said the usual condolences could not express "the heartache and the sadness and the anger we feel" about the overnight shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night.

"Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace, and we seek peace, in a place of worship," Obama said.

The Charleston shooting hit home to Obama in part because Obama knew at least one of the victims, and because of the historic nature of the church, which Obama called "a sacred place in the history of Charleston, and the history of America."

"We knew their pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night," he said.

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Government report: Over 14-million elderly, low income Americans go hungry

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Some 17 million elderly Americans are in need of government-funded meal services, but 90 percent of them don't receive it, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. About 83 percent of those adults in need are food insecure.

"An estimated 90 percent of low-income older adults do not receive meals services like those funded by Title III programs, according to our analysis of 2013 CPS data," the GAO wrote in a report released Monday. "About 83 percent do not receive meals among low-income adults who are food insecure, meaning they report three or more conditions such as skipping meals because they did not have enough money for food."

The GAO analyzed the most recent data from two national surveys, the 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS) and the 2012 Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The report, requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), updated the agency's findings from a 2011 report on what is known about older Americans' need for services that were provided for by the Older Americans Act.

Comment: They are insisting on more tax money for social services? They can't take care of the adults they have now:

Another dirty little secret in America: Adult Protective Services often perpetrators of elder abuse

The way the U.S. treats and impoverish the elderly, infirm and even children portrays itself, in many different ways, like a death march. How disgusting for a country so 'exceptional'.


Amnesty estimates between 400-1,000 U.S. citizens killed yearly by police

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Aside from self-defense, some US states allow police officers to use weapons to suppress opposition to arrest and control crowd violence.

"The United States has failed to track how many people are killed by law enforcement officers. No-one knows exactly how many people are killed each year but estimates range from 400 to over 1,000," the Amnesty International USA stated in the report.

People of African-American descent and those with darker skin color in the United States often fall victim to a disproportionate use of lethal force by police, the human rights group highlighted.

Comment: Since law enforcement organizations are not required to report how many citizens they have killed, it's likely that the number of citizens killed by police is much larger than 1,000.


US archbishop resigns amid cover-up charges directed at his archdiocese

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In this July 30, 2014 file photo, St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn.
The archbishop of St. Paul, Minnesota, and a deputy bishop resigned Monday after prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest.

The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche. They resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.

Earlier this month, prosecutors charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a corporation of having "turned a blind eye" to repeated reports of inappropriate behavior by a priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys. No individual was named in the indictment.

The resignations came just days after Pope Francis approved the creation of a new tribunal inside the Vatican to hear cases of bishops who failed to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Francis' decision followed years of criticism that the Vatican had never held bishops accountable for having ignored warnings about abusive priests and simply moved them from parish to parish rather than report them to police or remove them from ministry.

Comment: It seems that the Pope is genuinely trying to improve the Church, only time will tell if his direction will yield fruit however. For those interested in some of the events surrounding the formation of this abuse tribunal you can read more here:

The Vatican's Sex-Abuse Tribunal and the Cover-Up that Went Unpunished


Shots fired into Tennessee church on same night as Charleston shooting

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Shots were fired into a church in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday night. Police found no victims at the site. The shooting reportedly happened during night choir practice at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church.

The Deacon of the church told FOX13 that he noticed holes from the bullets when he was leaving the building after the event early Thursday morning.

Local police say there are no suspects so far. This comes as 9 people were killed when a gunmen opened fire in a historic church in Charleston, SC., killing 9 people.

"There is nothing indicating that this shooting is connected in any way to the shooting in South Carolina," Memphis police told FOX13.


2 Ukrainian soldiers confess to executing mother and daughter on suspicion of 'separatism'

Two Ukrainian servicemen have confessed to the murder of a mother and daughter in the Kiev-controlled portion of eastern Ukraine, the local prosecutor's office reported on Wednesday. The soldiers shot the women in the head with a machine gun.

The two residents of the Luganskoe village in the Donetsk region, a 77-year old woman and her 45-year old daughter, were killed on Monday, the statement from the press service of the prosecutor's office in Donetsk region said. The women died of bullet wounds to the head.

An investigation was launched by the local prosecutor's office, which is under the jurisdiction of the Kiev authorities, and two Ukrainian Armed Forces servicemen were detained. The soldiers, both in their twenties, have confessed to the murder.

"It has been established that on June 15 the soldiers entered the house of the victims, whom they suspected of separatist sympathies, and killed them with machinegun fire," the official statement said.

The two men have been charged with premeditated murder. If found guilty, they face a jail sentence between seven years and life in prison.

Comment: Kiev is engaged in an 'anti-terrorist operation'. Separatists are now defined as terrorists. It's OK to kill terrorists. These soldiers were just doing their job. Sound logic, right? This is Ukraine's new normal. Take Dmitry Korchinsky, founder and ex-leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly - Ukrainian National Self-defense, who recently said:
Our teachers of democracy are Americans. During the Second World War America maintained all democratic institutions, elections, and so forth, but nevertheless several million American citizens of Japanese origin were deported to concentration camps because of war, because they threatened national security. United States, maintaining democratic standards and high level of humanism in their country, carried out a nuclear strike on Japan, bombed residential neighborhoods in Germany. 80% of cities were bombed by American aviation, the doctrine was to bomb residential neighborhoods in order to demoralize German soldiers.

Ukraine must have the widest level of freedoms, we have little freedom, we need more freedom, but in the frontal zones and on the occupied territories, we must act like the Americans. If we can't regain the territory, they must become uninhabitable. If it can't be ours, it wan't be anybody's.
Hard to argue with that logic! Democracy = concentration camps, nuclear war, bombing civilians.


Video shows Israeli sniper callously murdering random Palestinian

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A video posted online purports to show an Israeli sniper shooting dead an unarmed Palestinian in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad. The soldier is shown aiming at the faraway figure, then a shot rings out and the person collapses.

"Got it! Wow, got it. Got video, too!" the sniper allegedly says in Hebrew after what looks like a kill shot. This is followed by the camera veering away and the video ending.

According to Israeli website Mako, the soldiers in the video come from the Heredi Netzah Yehuda Batallion of the Kfir Brigade, implicated a few days ago in the controversy over the excessive use of force near a refugee camp in Ramallah.

Comment: Yes, this is how the IDF operates, and how they have been operating for decades. It needs to stop.

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Child sex abuse is on the rise: 85 cases reported each day in England/Wales

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Police have recorded a substantial increase in the number of sexual assaults on children, with an average of 85 incidents recorded each day, new figures show.

According to research by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the number of allegations of sexual assaults on children in England and Wales has risen by more than one-third in a single year.

They found a total of 31,238 allegations of rape, grooming and other sexual offenses had been made in 2013/14, a rise of 38 percent on the previous year.

Comment: And these are just the reported cases.

The NSPCC said more than 75 percent of reported abuses were perpetrated against girls. They further found that while the majority of victims were aged between 12 and 16, over 8,000 crimes were perpetrated against children under the age of 11.

Nearly 3,000 were estimated to be under the age of five and 94 were babies.

Comment: The West is becoming more 'exceptional' and 'free' every day. How many children have to suffer as a result?