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Godman Asaram Bapu arrested in Indore, India over sexual assault of minor

© PTIAsaram's photograph that was blackened on a hoarding near his ashram in Jodhpur on Saturday
Controversial godman Asaram Bapu, accused of sexually assaulting a minor, was arrested by Jodhpur police from his ashram here late tonight.

Armed with a medical report that the godman was fit to be interrogated, a team of Jodhpur police arrested 72-year-old Asaram and whisked him in a white jeep about half an hour after the stroke of midnight, after waiting for nearly eight hours at the ashram.

"Asaram Bapu has been arrested and taken away by Jodhpur police", said Superintendent of Police (Indore West) Anil Singh Kushwah told reporters here.

Asked where Asaram was taken to, Kushwah said, "I have no information on that", amidst reports that he was headed to Indore Airport to be flown to Jodhpur where an FIR was filed by a 16-year-old girl alleging she was sexually assaulted by the godman at his ashram in the Rajasthan city.

Meanwhile, SSP Indore Rakesh Gupta told PTI that Asaram has been lodged inside Indore airport and would be taken to Delhi by a morning flight on Sunday, and then to Jodhpur. Security around Indore airport has been beefed up.

As the vehicle carrying Asaram and Jodhpur police made its way out of the ashram in Indore, hundreds of his supporters, watched by posse of policemen, shouted slogans against the police and supporting the self-styled godman.

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I have a dream, a blurred vision

© Wikimedia Commons
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington---in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed "I Have a Dream" speech---has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King's extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.

The March on Washington took place on 28 August 1963. Despite repeated fear mongering by certain commentators and public officials who predicted there would be violence in the streets---over 250,000 people descended upon Washington D.C. in a massive show of unity and peaceful determination.

I was there. About two-thirds of the demonstrators were African-American, and about one-third were white. After all these years I still recall how gripped I was by the vast sweep of the crowd moving like democracy's infantry across the nation's capital, determined to awaken "our leaders" in Congress and the White House.

The high moment of the day was Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. It was a call to freedom and enfranchisement for a people who had endured centuries of slavery followed by segregation and lynch-mob rule. In his speech King reminded us that "the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land."

He went on: "The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom."

King continued to stoke the new militancy: "We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. . . . Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice."

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Man hospitalized in Swedish hospital after cobra bite

© Kamalnv,Wikimedia CommonsThe Indian cobra, Naga naja, shown here with its hood expanded, is often regarded as the archetypal cobra.
A Swedish man was hospitalized after being bitten by a venomous cobra inside his Gothenburg home, officials said.

The 40-year-old man managed to call authorities before he passed out after being bitten by the snake Saturday night, The reported.

When paramedics arrived, 40 other venomous snakes were found in the man's apartment, including a taipan, the world's deadliest snake.

The man was rushed to a local hospital, where he received anti-venom that was sent from Stockholm. His condition was unknown Monday.

Illusionist Joe Labero said the snake was intended for his use. Labero had recently returned from a Morocco where he was inspired by snake charmers.

"We wanted to have animals and something dangerous in the show," Labero told the Aftonbladet newspaper. "At first, we were thinking scorpions, but they are so small and hard to see that we decided on venomous cobras. We have always known of the danger and had respect for them, it was just the plan to have one or two at the show."

Che Guevara

Time-lapse map of worldwide protests since 1979 shows major increase in global social unrest

An animated time-lapse map of worldwide protests from 1979 to 2013:

Comment: This fascinating visual animation of data clearly shows that the planet's population is becoming increasingly agitated by what the Powers That Be are doing to both people and planet.

As Laura Knight-Jadczyk has written:
Does violent human behavior ATTRACT cosmic disorder and planetary response? Is the rise of pathology in power the key element?

1) Psychopaths rise to power and inflict misery and suffering.

2) The masses of humanity become unhappy and miserable but are forced to suppress this out of fear.

3) The planet expresses the unhappiness of the masses in climate disorder which may be related to other cosmic processes.

4) The climate issues exacerbate the fear and unhappiness of the masses.

5) The psychopaths clamp down even harder.

6) A breaking point is reached when humanity and the planet react to pathology and death and destruction on a massive scale is the result, leveling the playing field.

7) Human beings learn to help each other to survive until psychopaths come along and subvert them and the process begins again.


Fake domestic terrorism alert! Undercover police officers entrap 'Sovereign Citizens' in plot to execute Las Vegas cops

An undercover police operation stopped a plot by members of an anti-government movement to kidnap and execute police officers, Las Vegas police said Thursday.

Following a four-month investigation, police arrested roommates David Allen Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67.

"As the investigation progressed, we became aware that these two individuals were extremists in their beliefs and were actively plotting to kidnap and kill at least one southern Nevada police officer," said Lt. Jim Seebock with the department's counterterrorism Section.

Their plan did not single out a particular officer or law enforcement agency, but was to be a "target of opportunity," Seebock said.

"The suspects further believed once the first kidnapping and execution was accomplished, they would be compelled to keep repeating their actions -- kidnapping and killing multiple officers," he said.

Comment: "The movement does not recognize the authority of federal, state or local governments."

That right there tells us why this movement is a target for COINTELPRO.


Married nearly 66 years, Ohio couple dies on same day

They met in elementary school, began a romance during World War II and married not long afterward. They had a lifelong devotion to each other as husband and wife that lasted nearly 66 years -- and one day earlier this month they died, just 11 hours apart.

Their children call it their "final act of love."

Harold Knapke, 91, and his wife, Ruth, 89, died August 11 at the Versailles Health Care Center nursing home in Russia, Ohio, spokeswoman Teresa Pohlmon said.

Their children said they were nine days short of their 66th wedding anniversary.

"It's consoling to us that they went together," said their daughter, Margaret Knapke. "On one hand it's difficult to lose both parents at once when you didn't see it coming ... but it's very consoling that they got to go together."

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Charges mulled against writer who told Canadian family to 'euthanize' autistic son

Canadian authorities are considering criminal charges -- albeit not for a hate crime -- against whomever wrote a stark letter to an Ontario family urging them to either "move or euthanize" their autistic son.

Prosecutors determined that "despite the hateful language used," the content of the letter "falls below the threshold for a hate crime," the Durham Regional Police Service issued a statement Tuesday.

"However, there are other criminal code issues that are being considered," police added.

The anonymous letter stirred a far-reaching outcry, as well as prompting neighbors to rally around the targeted 13-year-old, Max Begley, since it became public.

Red Flag

Mother of dead teen gloomily blasts judge for lenient sentence of rapist

Auliea Hanlon told CNN on Thursday the month-long sentence of her daughter's admitted rapist and former teacher was "horrific."

Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh suspended all but 30 days of a 15-year sentence for Stacey Dean Rambold, who admitted to raping Cherice Morales when she was 14-years-old.

Baugh said the girl, who later killed herself, was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher


Most French oppose attack on Syria and don't trust Hollande to do it: opinion poll

© Reuters/Jacky NaegelenFrench President Francois Hollande and Ahmad Jarba (R), head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, speak to journalists in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris, August 29, 2013.
Most French people do not want France to take part in military action on Syria and most do not trust French President Francois Hollande to do so, a poll showed on Saturday.

The United States said on Friday it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for a chemical attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week, and Hollande said Britain's parliamentary vote against military strikes would not affect France's own actions.

The BVA poll released by Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France, showed 64 percent of respondents opposed military action, 58 percent did not trust Hollande to conduct it, and 35 percent feared it could "set the entire region (Middle East) ablaze".


Vapors spark explosion at NW Iowa recycling center

An explosion leads to a massive amount of smoke and flames at a Western Iowa business.

The incident, at Schau Recycling, caught the company and its neighbors off guard.

"I heard what I thought was a sonic boom," said Brian Muhlbauer.

"I knew it either had to be a jet flying over or explosion," added Lonnie Heuton.

The rumbles were heard and felt blocks away. Heuton was in his office at Adam's Motors.

"The windows rattled. I was standing just two feet from the windows and they did rattle," he described.

Crews arrived to find flames shooting out from a 30-foot pile of scrap metal.