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Struggling to survive: Nearly a third of all Afghan children unable to attend school

In this photograph taken on January 18, 2017, internally displaced children gather near their tent on the outskirts of Jalalabad.
Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation, an aid group said Thursday.

Save the Children said more than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of school this year due to growing instability and the forcible return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, adding to the 3.7 million already out of school.

More than 600,000 Afghans returned from Pakistan in 2016 and around one million more are expected in 2017 after the tightening of regulations by authorities there.

Wine n Glass

Death rates rise for wide swath of white adults - increase in 'deaths of despair' from drugs, alcohol, suicide

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In "Mortality and morbidity in the 21st Century," Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up on their groundbreaking 2015 paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white non-Hispanic Americans, exploring patterns and contributing factors to the troubling trend.

Case and Deaton find that while midlife mortality rates continue to fall among all education classes in most of the rich world, middle-aged non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. with a high school diploma or less have experienced increasing midlife mortality since the late 1990s. This is due to both rises in the number of "deaths of despair"—death by drugs, alcohol and suicide—and to a slowdown in progress against mortality from heart disease and cancer, the two largest killers in middle age.

The combined effect means that mortality rates of whites with no more than a high school degree, which were around 30 percent lower than mortality rates of blacks in 1999, grew to be 30 percent higher than blacks by 2015.

Case and Deaton find that deaths of despair are rising in parallel for both men and women without a high school degree, and they deaths of despair have increased in all parts of the country and at every level of urbanization.

Mr. Potato

UK FakeNews tabloid fail: Russian pancake festival morphed into "Ultra" football thug fight (Update)

UK tabloid the Mirror has used the traditional Russian festival of 'Maslenitsa', celebrated during the last week before Lent, as part of a "shock investigation" into Russian football hooliganism.

A video with the title "Russian 'football fans' in bizarre refereed 'fights'", published on the Mirror website on Monday, was part of an article titled "Russia's Ultra yobs infiltrated amid warnings England fans could be KILLED at World Cup."

The video and accompanying photos purport to show Russian football 'Ultras' in "violent action" at a "special festival."

The article also featured on the front page of Tuesday's Daily Mirror newspaper.

The web article, however, failed to mention that the event was actually part of Maslenitsa celebrations - the traditional Russian pre-Lent festival, which this year was at the end of February, and in which people eat pancakes and participate in activities such as sledding.

Comment: For perspective: 'Treated us like rock stars!' Man United awed by Russian fans welcoming British with blankets for the visiting supporters

Update March 23 RT: The organizers of the festival event are now looking to sue the Daily Mirror:
"I was very surprised, because it's a pure falsification," one of the organizers of the event, Yuri Sidorov told RT. "The (Mirror) story is in no way connected to the actual event."

We've been holding traditional games on Maslenitsa for five years there (in Izmaylovo park). With the support of the Ethnosport Federation.

"It happens quite often, the display of Russian traditions it taken in the wrong way by people who have no interest in learning more about it. They add their own thoughts to taint it, which was the case here. (Ultra) fans have nothing to do with it. If you watch videos of fans fights and our wall-to-wall fight, you will see how different they are.

"The head of the Ethnosport Federation, Alexey Kylasov, who has read the article, says he will look to sue that outlet, since it is a falsification. What was their goal, I can't really tell."


Retail cataclysm: Sears warns on the verge of collapse, Payless Inc. headed for bankruptcy

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More than 3,500 retail stores are going to close all across America over the next few months as the worst retail downturn in U.S. history gets even deeper. Earlier this week, Sears shocked the world when it announced that there is "substantial doubt" that the company will be able to "continue as a going concern" much longer. In other words, Sears has announced that it is on the verge of imminent collapse.

Meanwhile, Payless stunned the retail industry when it came out that they are preparing to file for bankruptcy. The "retail apocalypse" that I have been warning about is greatly accelerating, and many believe that this is one of the early warning signs that the economic collapse that is already going on in other parts of the globe will soon reach U.S. shores.

I have repeatedly warned my readers that "Sears is going to zero", and now Sears is officially saying that it might actually happen. When you file official paperwork with the government that says there is "substantial doubt" that the company will survive, that means that the end is very near:
The company that operates Sears, the department store chain that dominated retail for decades, warned Tuesday that it faces "substantial doubt" about its ability to stay in business unless it can borrow more and tap cash from more of its assets.

"Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company's ability to continue as a going concern," Sears Holdings said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sears Holdings operates both Sears and Kmart stores.

In the wake of that statement, the price of Sears stock dipped 13.69% to $7.85 a share.

Comment: From Business Insider:

© Company Data: Business Insider/Mike Nudelman


NY State Supreme Court judge orders Exxon to provide missing documents and Tillerson emails on climate change

© Jim Young / Reuters
ExxonMobil has been ordered to work with New York's attorney general after it revealed it lost emails belonging to its former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who made an account under the alias "Wayne Tracker."

On Wednesday, Judge Barry Ostrager of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan has ordered the company to provide the missing documents from the "Wayne Tracker" account, as well as any undisclosed emails from its management committee by March 31.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is currently leading an investigation into allegations that Exxon misled its investors and the public about risk management issues related to climate change.


Thousands of citizens to protest elite pedophile ring outside the White House

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Thousands of protestors are scheduled to take to the streets of Washington D.C. this month in order to urge Trump to expedite his investigation into the elite pedophile ring operating within the American government.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place in Lafayette Park on March 25th at 11am.

Protestors are planning a peaceful and productive gathering in the nations capital in order to bring public awareness to the Washington D.C. pedophile ring, otherwise known as Pizzagate, and show solidarity to law enforcement officials who are currently investigating it.

Mr. Potato

Gotta be kidding: Chelsea Clinton to receive magazine's lifetime achievement award - at 37

© AFP 2017/ Don Emmert

Chelsea Clinton, at just 37 years old, is set to receive a lifetime achievement award from Variety Magazine at their annual "Women in Power" luncheon next month.

Comment: Question is: Who at Variety Magazine was bribed and cajoled into setting up this bit of ridiculousness?

Clinton, best known for being the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is the current vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, which has been at the center of multiple pay-to-play foreign donation scandals. She has also faced criticism for using foundation funds to pay for her wedding, living expenses and taxes on gifts of cash from her parents.

The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents ...," Doug Band, formerly a top aide to Bill Clinton, wrote to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in an email released by WikiLeaks during the election season. "I hope that you will speak to her and end this. Once we go down this road ..."

Comment: Elitists rewarding elitists for being elitists.


Texas attorneys expected to file lawsuit over mysterious illness plaguing junior high school

Attorneys are expecting to file a lawsuit by the end of the evening Wednesday, over a mysterious illness plaguing a junior high school in Arlington.

Dozens of Nichols Junior High School staff members have reported symptoms including dizziness, headaches and nausea, only while they're in the school building. It's been happening since September.

The district has had outside experts run a battery of air quality and mold tests, but nothing serious has come out to explain the illnesses.

Now the NAACP is working with local attorneys to file the suit, pushing to move students to another building until a cause is found.

Some parents agree. "If something is going on and they haven't found the answer to, I think they shouldn't allow the kids to go to school," said parent Dominique Bailey. "Send them home with their work, or something like that. That way they won't fall back, or at least let us know. That way we have a choice."

Evil Rays

Belgian police stop an attempted car-ramming attack in Antwerp, Belgium

Police officers and the Sedee-Dovo, the Belgian military's bomb disposal squad, near the scene of the arrest in Antwerp
A person has been detained in Antwerp, Belgium, after attempting to drive his car into a busy shopping street at high speed, according to police.

"A vehicle with French plates has tried to drive at high speed into the Meir [shopping street]. A man in camouflage was taken away," Antwerp police chief Serge Muyters told a news conference.

"The pedestrians had to jump aside," he added.

The car was intercepted at nearby port docks, according to the federal prosecutor's office.


#Vault7: Assange due to answer questions on 'Dark Matter' data dump

© Axel Schmidt / Reuters
Julian Assange is due to answer questions submitted via the #AskWL.
Julian Assange is due to answer questions on WikiLeaks latest release in 'Vault 7,' named 'Dark Matter.'

The second release in the series details the techniques that WikiLeaks claims are employed by CIA assets to compromise Apple devices between the manufacturing line and the end user.

Comment: #Vault7: WikiLeaks releases 'Dark Matter' batch of CIA hacking tactics for Apple products