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George Zimmerman's father: My son is not racist, did not confront Trayvon Martin

Trayvon martin and George Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
The Sanford Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, did not instigate the encounter but has received death threats and moved out of his home, his father told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.

George Zimmerman, 28, has not been arrested, something that has put him and the Sanford Police Department at the center of a firestorm. Critics say Trayvon, who was visiting family from his home in Miami, was a victim of racial profiling.

Zimmerman's father, 64-year-old Robert Zimmerman of Lake Mary, delivered a one-page letter to the Sentinel on Thursday, saying that the depiction of his son in the media has been cruel and misleading.

George Zimmerman is Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family, the statement says.

"He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever ...," the letter says. "The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."

The letter does not provide details about what happened Feb. 26 on a walkway in the gated community where George Zimmerman lives and where Trayvon was visiting. But it does challenge one basic assumption of the family's lawyers: that Zimmerman's intent when he got out of his sport utility vehicle was to confront Trayvon after calling police to report a suspicious person.


Farrakhan Tweets: 'Where There Is No Justice, There Will Be No Peace...Law of Retaliation May...Be Applied'

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been among the vocal voices weighing in on calls for justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was gunned down last month while walking home in Sanford, Florida. On Wednesday, a march was held in New York City in support of the teen's family, as federal and local authorities launch investigations into how the incident unfolded and why the state's "stand your ground" law applied to the shooter in this case.

On Twitter yesterday and today, Farrakhan sent some curious tweets regarding peace, justice and retaliation that could be interpreted as a veiled threat.
Louis Farrakhan
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Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Leader, Nation of Islam is seen during his speech.Rosa Parks Funeral at Greater Grace Temple Church.Detroit, Mi, November 2, 2005, Detroit, MI.

"Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Soon the law of retaliation may very well be applied," Farrakhan wrote, including the hashtag #Trayvon to clarify the subject of his angst. "Let us see what kind of justice will come for his bereaved family and our bereaved community," he said in the previous social media message:
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As Santorum Fires Gun, Woman Shouts 'Pretend It's Obama'

US: West Monroe, Louisiana - At a campaign stop at a firing range, while Rick Santorum was firing off some rounds, a woman shouted, "pretend it's Obama."

Santorum, who was far from the woman, couldn't hear the comment as he proceeded with his target practice. Neither could his staffers.

But the yell - the identity of the yeller is not clear, although the words were clearly audible - was in close proximity to journalists traveling with the candidate.

Black Cat

SPCA Says 15 Cats Found Mutilated in British Columbia City Since June

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Marcie Moriarty of the B.C. SPCA said they are investigating after as many as 15 cats were found mutilated and killed in the Maple Ridge area over the past several months.
Canada: Maple Ridge - The SPCA in British Columbia is asking for public to find out who is behind "a disturbing series" of incidents in which 15 cats have been found mutilated in the Maple Ridge area.

The society says the incidents began in June 2011 and the most recent was on almost two weeks ago on March 11 when a black and white cat as found almost completely severed in half.

SPCA spokeswoman Marcie Moriarty says in many of the cases, cats were found severed almost perfectly in half by a sharp object.

She says the actions appear to be deliberate and the society is anxious to find whoever is responsible for the mutilations.

Moriarty says the BC SPCA and the Ridge Meadows RCMP have been working together on this file for several months but have been unable to locate a suspect.

She says the society is asking for the public's help before more innocent animals are killed.

"It is sickening that anyone would do this and once again we urge anyone with information to please call us so that we can put a stop to this cruel behaviour," said Moriarty.

Che Guevara

Thousands of Students March in Montreal Against Tuition-Fee Hikes

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A masked student confronts a police officer as they try to block the access to the Port of Montreal during a demonstration against tuition hikes in Montreal on Thursday.
Canada, Montreal - Several thousand students are marching through the streets of Montreal in the biggest protest yet against proposed tuition hikes in Quebec.

The chanting, placard-waving throng is snaking its way along downtown streets and is headed for Old Montreal.

There are no immediate reports of any incidents.

The protest comes two days after the provincial budget and a blunt refusal by Premier Jean Charest's government to back down on the hikes.

The province is nearly doubling tuition fees over five years, to about $3,800. It will reach its target with a series of $325-a-year increases. However, the tuition fees in the province will still be among the lowest in Canada even after the hikes.

Students have been staging almost daily protests for the last several weeks and blocked a major commuter bridge on Tuesday. Police have also ramped up tactics and have used chemical sprays against the demonstrators.

The government has toughened its own tone lately.

Che Guevara

French Teacher Urges Minute's Silence For Murdered Patsy


Le lycée Gustave Flaubert de Rouen, where a teacher has been suspended for calling Sarko out on his evil deeds
A French teacher faced disciplinary proceedings Friday for allegedly urging her class to observe a minute's silence for serial killer Mohamed Merah, the day after he was shot by police.

Education Minister Luc Chatel called for the teacher to be suspended after her class reported she had called Merah a "victim" and said his links to Al-Qaeda were invented by the media and "Sarko", referring to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Student representatives in the final year class in the northern city of Rouen wrote to the principal to voice "shock" at being urged in an English lesson to pay respect to a self-declared Al-Qaeda militant who killed seven people.

Most of the class walked out, though some remained "to try to understand what she was talking about," their letter said.

Comment: Update: The teacher has now been suspended, with the likelihood of being dismissed for good.

The woman is described by French daily L'Express as a "psychologically fragile woman", precisely the 'scientific' basis upon which French Witch-Hunters-in-Chief, the MIVILUDES organisation, cites its insane activities (persecuting non-existent 'cultic deviances').

So it seems that from now on in France those who cannot be labelled 'terrorists' or 'political extremists' for calling out the French government on its lies will instead be labelled crazy, lose their jobs and be excommunicated from the community.

France, say hello to MIVILUDES, Fenech's GMO dinners and magic pills.

Big Agri-Business, Big Pharma, Arms Trafficking, Suicide Cults and MIVILUDES - The Truth Behind France's Cult-Hunting Policies Exposed

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Truckers leave road in droves

 Truckers fill up at a truck stop last month in Rye, N.H.
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Truckers fill up at a truck stop last month in Rye, N.H.

Shortage in quality drivers

Trucking companies are struggling to find qualified drivers even as the U.S. unemployment rate remains at the highest level in almost 30 years.

Driver turnover rose to 89 percent in the third quarter of 2011, the highest since 2008 and the fourth consecutive quarter of increases, according to data from the American Trucking Associations.

That's mostly because new regulations and job prospects in other industries are creating a "quality shortage" of available workers, said Bob Costello, chief economist for the Arlington, Va.-based group.

2 + 2 = 4

Bus Driver in Ohio Accused of Choking Student

Columbus, Ohio - A veteran bus driver accused of choking a third-grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video was fired by the school district on Thursday, a district spokesman said.

The Columbus City Schools district fired driver Laura Roberson on a district charge of malfeasance for inappropriate contact with a student, district spokesman Jeff Warner said.

Warner said a surveillance system recorded Roberson on Tuesday afternoon while she drove the 9-year-old student she was driving from school on Tuesday. He was not sure how many other children were on the district bus used to transport special-needs children, and did not know whether the girl required treatment for any injuries.


Burning the Library of Alexandria Again

Library of Alexandria painting
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"...the Library at Alexandria was charged with collecting all the world's knowledge. It did so through an aggressive and well-funded royal mandate involving trips to the book fairs of Rhodes and Athens and a policy of pulling the books off every ship that came into port. They kept the original texts and made copies to send back to their owners." (Wikipedia)

We have it in our grasp to realize the original mission of the Library of Alexandria, "collecting all the world's knowledge", but with significant improvements on the original plan:
  • Multiple, redundant, perfect copies.
  • Copies in multiple physical locations, (to avoid the problem of, say, one central location being burned down and losing the whole collection).
  • Storage of not only texts, but images, audio recordings (music, spoken word, etc.), and video.
  • The ability to search all of this knowledge comprehensively yet instantly that the librarians of Alexandria could not even have imagined (but would have loved!)
  • The ability to interconnect between all these texts and other media so that connections between them can be made explicit and easily navigable.
  • Access to all this from almost anywhere in the world, rather than scholars having to travel to a single location in Egypt.
  • Participation by all scholars (or anyone with something to share) from all over the world, rather than a relatively small group of scholars funded by a single government.
  • And all of this based on a voluntary process of sharing. No breaking in and stealing originals from anyone. If anyone wants to keep something to themselves they simply refrain from sharing it and this great project will leave them in peace.

Heart - Black

Infamous Abu Ghraib guard has no regrets

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US Army Private First Class Lynndie England arrives for the second day of her court-martial in the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal 03 May, 2005 at Fort Hood, Texas.
One of the guards involved in the 2004 Abu Ghraib abuse scandal says she does not regret her actions. The revelation comes in the wake of the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier, further tarnishing the image of the American military.

"Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal," England said in an interview with The Daily referring to the Iraqi prisoners who were sexually and physically abused in the infamous prison near Baghdad. "They weren't innocent. They were trying to kill us and you want me to apologize to them? It's like saying sorry to the enemy."

Lynndie England, 29, became one of the symbols of the controversial 2003 US invasion of Iraq after photographs of her smiling while giving a thumbs-up in front of a pile of naked Iraqi detainees and pulling a man by a leash went public. The pictures sparked international outrage and shone a spotlight on the abuse and misconduct committed by US soldiers, fueling anti-American sentiments across the world.

"All the prisoners that were there were on the tier of high-priority. They were there for a reason. They had killed coalition forces or they were planning to," England told The Daily on Monday. "They had information about where insurgents were hiding."

Comment: Left to wonder if she was concerned about alleged Jihadists who "killed coalition forces or they were planning to", why was she so infatuated with mens penis's and/or forcing them to masturbate?

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