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Aleppo tunnel bomb 'kills 38 government troops'

A rebel group posted a video online that showed an explosion from several different angles
Dozens of pro-government troops were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel underneath a building in the Syrian city of Aleppo, reports say.

A UK-based monitoring group said 38 troops died in the blast, which it said happened on Thursday.

The Thuwwar al-Sham rebel group posted a video online that appeared to show a building used by government troops being destroyed by a huge blast.

Aleppo is divided between the rebel-held east and government west.

Hundreds of thousands of people live in the east of the city, which was effectively cut off by government forces earlier this month.

Government forces backed by Russian air strikes have intensified their military campaign against the city's rebel-held areas in recent weeks.

The city has been divided between the two sides for the past four years.

Light Saber

People power! Amish man beats Big Brother 4 times running

'If at first you don't succeed at harassing a farmer ...try again, and again, and again'

State and township officials in Pennsylvania who have been trying to disrupt an Amish farmer's practice of allowing members of a private food-buyers club into his barn to buy his products have gone to court and lost.

And gone to court, and lost. And a third time. And even a fourth.

"If at first you don't succeed at harassing a farmer out of business, try again ... and again ... and again," explains a report from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which works on, monitors, and reports on such fights.

"That has been the tack the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Hopewell Township have taken since 2012 against Amish farmer and FTCLDF member Chris Zook. Four times either the commonwealth or the township have brought a court action for alleged violations of either the local zoning code or the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code against Zook; each time the farmer has emerged victorious," the report said.

FTCLDF General Counsel Gary Cox has represented Zook.

Comment: Read more stories about 'state regulators' going after the Amish:
For the USDA and its sister food regulator, the FDA, there's a problem: many of the farmers are distributing the food via private contracts like herd shares and leasing arrangements, which fall outside the regulatory system of state and local retail licenses and inspections that govern public food sales.

In response, federal and state regulators are seeking legal sanctions against farmers in Maine, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California, among others. These sanctions include injunctions, fines, and even prison sentences.


Explosion hits US embassy in Myanmar during tear gas training

© AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe
An explosion occurred at the US embassy in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, on Sunday, Xinhua reported. A tear gas bomb test allegedly was the cause of the incident.

The US embassy has not confirmed the incident.

War Whore

Cop who shot innocent unarmed behavioral therapist to "protect" him was 'Officer of the Month' — twice

In the ongoing debacle following the putatively accidental shooting of a black behavioral therapist by a North Miami Police officer whose intended target was actually the man's patient with autism — who was 'armed' with ... a toy truck — was previously named 'Officer of the Month,' twice.

Officer Jonathan Aledda, a four-year veteran of the force, had been named the top performing officer for September 2013 and October 2014, as Photography Is Not A Crime's Carlos Miller reported, before he shot behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey earlier this week under circumstances best described as inexplicable.

Cellphone video of events leading to the shooting went viral this week, showing Kinsey prone on his back with arms raised straight over his head and elevated slightly off the ground as he counsels the distressed man with autism holding a toy truck.

Comment: See also: Baby Bou Bou, Opie the dog and shot behavioral therapists: Why Americans are fed up with the cops


Not again! Machete-wielding man kills 1 and injures 2 in Reutlingen, Germany

At least one person has been killed and two more injured in an incident in the German town of Reutlingen. A man wielding a machete apparently randomly attacked passersby in the street.

The motives of the man are still unclear.The incident took place near a doner kebab stand at Listplatz square, Germany's Bild Reports.

The perpetrator has been arrested by police, German media report, citing eye witnesses.

Comment: Germany: Refugee injures 4 in grisly axe attack before being killed by police


Baby Bou Bou, Opie the dog and wounded behavioral therapists: Why Americans are fed up with the cops

Officer Friendly — the iconic image of the neighborhood cop who smilingly greets residents as he protects them from 'bad guys' — now exists, for the large part, only in the American collective memory, having been replaced some fifteen years ago by an authoritarian, militarized soldier.

And though that collective memory is powerful enough many Americans remain beguiled of police — perhaps too uncomfortable to acknowledge Officer Friendly's disquieting metamorphosis — a growing number of people realize that with the militarized transformation came the attitude and tactics to match.

Because of that discrepancy in perspective, a bitter disconnect took root between those who insist the authority in a badge means police literally do no wrong and advocates, activists, academics, and family and friends of law enforcement victims, who warn quite the contrary is true.


County officials use faulty test kits to incite fear about THC in water supply — scientists say it's impossible

On Thursday, the residents of Hugo, population 750, started getting calls from local officials about the drinking water. They were told it was contaminated and to avoid drinking the water or letting their pets drink it, and even to avoid bathing in it.

The purported danger came not from lead or arsenic or E. coli or any of the usual contaminants, but THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Colorado is one of four states that have legalized recreational cannabis use as well as medicinal, although Hugo has not permitted any cannabis facilities to be built in their jurisdiction.

The sheriff's office issued a dire warning: "At this time, investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities. Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo water."

Comment: See also: Colorado town warned against drinking water after tests reveal presence of THC

Stock Down

The subprime U.S. economy disintegrating due to subprime auto, housing, bond and energy debt

The U.S. financial system continues to disintegrate even though most Americans hardly notice. The system is being gutted from the inside out... much the same way a chronic disease weakens a patient even before any symptoms are felt. However, we are already experiencing painful symptoms as U.S. economic indicators continue to weaken.

Here are just a few of the recent headlines:

Energy Giant Schlumberger Fires Another 8,000 As "Market Conditions Worsen" in Q2

The Financial System Is Breaking Down At An Unimaginable Pace

Potential Crisis Triggers Continue To Pile Up In 2016

Just In Time— - Big Wall Street Housing Investors Cashing-Out On Housing Bubble 2.0

Corporate Bond Defaults Hit Highest Rate Since Financial Crisis

These are just some of the recent headlines pointing to BIG TROUBLE AHEAD. However, the U.S. financial system is in dire shape due to the SUBPRIMING of the entire economy. Today, anyone can purchase a car for little or nothing down and finance it for 84 months. The U.S. housing market is also in the same predicament.

Black Cat

Woman gets out of car at Chinese Wildlife Park and is mauled to death by tiger

Siberian tigers at a Chinese wildlife park have mauled a woman to death while badly injuring one of her companion when they stepped out of their car.

Tigers at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World pounced on one of the woman when she steeped out of her private car. Another woman tried to help her but was badly injured when she was attacked by another tiger, local media reported on Saturday.

Video of the incident suggested park rangers in a vehicle were on the scene within seconds, but they were unable to save the woman.

The local Yanqing district government has confirmed the tiger attack, saying the injured woman is being treated for her injuries.

Visitors are allowed to drive in their private vehicles in the wildlife park but are not allowed to step outside.

Source: Press Trust Of India


FBI conducts no-warrant, no-knock raid of RNC peaceful protesters

On the morning of the third day of the Republican National Convention several activists were the victims of a no-knock, warrantless house raid conducted by the FBI, DHS, and local police.

Despite months of media coverage promising some of the most violent and chaotic protests at the Republican National Convention, the political circus came and went with very little fanfare. The numbers of protesters were drastically lower than the numbers put forth by organizers and the deadstream media.

Aside from a few arrests for the legal act of burning the American flag there was not much dramatics and in reality, the $50 million "security grant" used to increase security around the city of Cleveland was largely wasted. The majority of the cops were left standing around wondering why the heck they were following around a handful of mostly peaceful protesters. However, there was one incident involving federal and local law enforcement blatantly violating the rights of activists who were in town for the Republican National Convention.