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Russian bank CEO shows up in branch in 'disabled costume', sparks Twitter frenzy

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German Gref suited up.
Russia social media was rife with mixed reactions and Robocop comparisons after German Gref, CEO of Russia's Sberbank, decided to test the availability of the bank's services to disabled customers by applying for a loan in a suit imitating various disabilities.

Gref was taking part in a trial of the GERT suit simulating visual, hearing and movement impairment. A batch of these suits was acquired by Sberbank to raise employees' awareness of customers with special needs and to check if bank branches were ready to welcome them.

Fire

Building collapse causes 10-alarm fire in Cambridge, Mass

A massive 10-alarm fire is raging in Cambridge, Massachusetts, causing the collapse of one building while at least seven others continue to burn. Three responders have also been injured in the incident.

Cambridge Fire Department is battling the inferno with assistance from several other units as flames continue to spread due to high winds.

The State Fire Marshal has confirmed flames have spread to at least seven buildings, mostly three-story homes, and engulfed several cars, reported CBS Boston.


Bullseye

Female politician & two journalists shot dead in Finland

© Lauri Heino / Lehtikuva via REUTERS
Police guards the area were three people were killed in a shooting incident at a restaurant in Imatra, Eastern Finland on December 4, 2016.
The chair of the city council and two journalists have been killed in a shooting in the Finnish town of Imatra, police said, adding that the assailant was immediately arrested.

The killings took place near local Vuoksenvahti restaurant at midnight on Saturday, when a 23-year-old man with a rifle reportedly attacked three women, the chair of the town's city council, Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen, and two journalists, police said, as cited by Yle national broadcaster.

Ambulance

11 killed including 9 children in collision between truck & bus carrying acrobatics team in Russia

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Site of the deadly collision between a truck, two cars and a bus with 29 children and 3 adults on the highway between the cities of Khanty-Mansiysk and Tumen in Russia, December 4, 2016
Nine children aged between 12 and 14 and two adults were killed in a crash in Russia after a bus was rammed by a truck. The children in the bus belonged to an acrobatics team returning from a competition in another city, local authorities said.

The collision in the Urals region involved a bus carrying 29 children and three accompanying adults from the city of Khanty-Mansiysk to Tumen, the local police said.

"There are 10 ambulances responding to the incident. At the current moment, everyone injured has been taken to the hospital or is in transit," Vadim Simonenko, spokesman for local emergencies services, told RT.

Quenelle

1,000s march in Spain against corporations & austerity

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday in the latest Dignity March - a protest against the government's austerity policies.

Participants in Saturday evening's demonstration walked about two kilometers from Plaza de España to Plaza de Neptuno carrying banners demanding that the government put an end to budget cuts and act independently from Brussels. They also accused their government of protecting the interests of big multinational corporations at the expense of the Spanish people.

People

'Wanna burn the US constitution? Shoot at us first': Veterans prepare to aid DAPL protesters

© Stephanie Keith / Reuters
Veterans have a confrontation with police on Backwater bridge during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 1, 2016.
US military veterans continue to arrive at Standing Rock, with up to 3,500 expected in total. They are due to meet with tribal elders to discuss how they can best help the ongoing protest, marked by heavy police force and bitterly cold weather conditions.

Members of "Veterans Stand for Standing Rock," who have been told to bring supplies such as gas masks, earplugs and body armor (but no drugs, alcohol or weapons), plan to form a human shield around protesters to protect them against rubber bullets and the police.

"We feel that we have a voice that is unique as many of us have served in overseas deployments," Brian Trautman of the Veterans for Peace group told RT.

"And in terms of the respect, the honor and the pedestal on which the American people hold veterans, I think we can certainly provide that assistance to the Native American peoples, to bring in the people of the United States into awareness of what's going on at Standing Rock."

Ambulance

21 indicted at Forest Park Medical Center in 'massive' Dallas hospital 'conspiracy'

The U.S. Justice Department in the Northern District of Texas Thursday unsealed indictments against 21 individuals, some of them among the highest profile doctors in the City of Dallas.

Prosecutors allege a bribery and kick-back scheme involving about $40 million in payments of all kinds. Some of these doctors are high-profile, some are not. The indictment named 21 individuals in all and all were not doctors.

There's a chiropractor, a lawyer, an ad agency executive and some office workers, allegedly caught either receiving or paying bribes over several years. One of the doctors indicted Thursday has already been convicted of fraudulent billing practices.


Caesar

Fidel funeral: Cuban revolution ends where it began - Castro's ashes interred in Santiago (PHOTOS)

© Carlos Barria / Reuters
People watch the cortege carrying the ashes of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro drive toward Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, December 4, 2016.
Nine days of mourning and a four-day procession across the country ended on Sunday in eastern Cuba, as Fidel Castro was laid to rest next to the country's independence hero Jose Marti.

Crowds shouting "Viva Fidel!" and "I am Fidel!" lined the streets of Santiago, Cuba's second-biggest city, as a camouflage-green hearse made its way to Santa Ifigenia cemetery, the resting place of numerous national figures, where a tomb had been secretly constructed during the past months.

A 21-gun salute was fired, as the ashes, clad in a coffin wrapped in the country's flag, disappeared beyond the gates of the cemetery. The ceremony was not televised, and journalists were not allowed inside.

Cult

Pedocracy: For decades, Berlin government authority deliberately sent orphans to 'special school' run by pedophiles

Translation: Svetlana Maksovic for SOTT.net

Researchers discover connections to the Odenwald School ('Odenwaldschule')


House of Horrors: Odenwaldschule outside Berlin
The Berlin Senate financed a project in which street children were taken care of by pedophiles. Researchers working on the case have criticized the authorities for their lack of clarification.

Employees of the Berlin Senate Administration knew that men who were employed as foster fathers in the 1970s were condemned pedophiles. This is evidenced by a study by the Göttingen-based scientist who investigated the involvement of the Senate with the pedophiles. This is what Spiegel reports in its current issue.

Helmut Kentler, a researcher who was employed at the Pedagogical Center in Berlin, had convinced the employees of the Senate for Youth to place the teenagers in the custody of pedophiles.

Comment: What else can we add but that they clearly know what they're doing.

These things don't happen by accident; they happen by design.


Star of David

Campus activism for Palestinian rights in danger from new anti-Semitism legislation

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Student protest at Tufts University
Increasingly, students on American campuses perceive advocating for justice in Palestine as a moral imperative. The steady growth of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom has been met by a wave legislation aimed at punishing or suppressing our 1st amendment rights to free speech and silencing student activism. The latest of these bills is the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, introduced yesterday by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Scott (R-SC), which redefines anti-Semitism to include criticism of Israel.

Ostensibly, according to Senators Casey and Scott, the purpose of the legislation is to "ensure the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has the necessary statutory tools at their disposal to investigate anti-Jewish incidents", implying previous investigations by the DOE, which failed to substantiate accusations of anti-Semitism, lacked sufficient tools to criminalize activism critical of Israel on campus.