Welcome to Sott.net
Mon, 05 Dec 2016
The World for People who Think

Society's Child
Map

Post-It Note

300,000+ honey bees die in mysterious hives attack, poison suspected

© Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News
Buddy Depew, co-owner of Sequim Bee Farm, goes through his hives after someone poisoned about 20 of his hives.
More than 300,000 honey bees have been killed in a suspected poison attack, in which alleged vandals devastated at least 20 hives at a private bee farm in Washington.

Owners at the Sequim Bee Farm thought a bear got its paws on their honey when they saw one of their hives knocked over. However, that story just did not pan out.

"We knew a bear wouldn't just stop pushing over with all the honey in the hive," Buddy Depew said, according to Peninsula Daily News. "I got to looking, and the rest of the hives, the bees, were all gone."

Depew then found that even though the bees were gone, honey in those hives was left untouched. He now believes that vandals poisoned his bees, specifically because yellow jackets, known to steal honey rather than make, were also dead.

People

We're all paying the price for out of control political correctness on campus

© Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images
University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson debates gender-specific language.
Free speech is under fire on Canadian campuses.

At the University of Toronto, professor Jordan Peterson has caused an uproar on campus because of his refusal to use gender neutral pronouns like "ze" and "hir." Some people claim that professor Jordan Peterson is under attack because his speech is very controversial and wrong.

But the reality is that every single person who wants to engage in free expression on university must deal with the campus thought police, first.

The Canadian Taxpayer Federation's (CTF) student initiative, Generation Screwed, which deals with government debt and fiscal issues, has had its own share of challenges.

What's so controversial and wrong about talking about government debt? Nothing much. Yet Generation Screwed has similarly faced censorship and rules dreamed up by busy-body student organizers.

X

Removing women's choice: Only abortion clinic in Dayton, Ohio loses operating license

© Andrew Kelly/Reuters
Looking at life from both sides.
The Ohio Department of Health revoked the operating license of the last remaining abortion clinic in the city of Dayton. Pro-life advocates applaud the move, but pro-choice organizations are planning to appeal the decision.

The Women's Med Center of Dayton had its operating license revoked due to a failure to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies. Ohio state law prohibits public hospitals from participating in transfer agreements with abortion clinics, and the clinic did not provide enough physicians for backup care, a factor for which many pro-choice supporters blame on pro-life intimidation tactics.


Comment: Making the choice of 'no choice'...for someone else. Seems to be a means used on all levels of society, including nation to nation.


Pistol

Bullying led Texas City senior to commit suicide

© www.channel3000.com
Brandy Vela, tragic end to a beautiful young woman.
Texas City High School senior Brandy Vela took her own life Tuesday afternoon. Her family says despite being well-loved and having a lot of friends, none of it helped when it came to what they call the "relentless bullying" that led to her eventual death. Brandy Vela's final text to her family was: "I love you so much just remember that please and I'm so sorry for everything."

"I was the first one here," said Jacqueline Vela, Brandy's older sister, describing the last moments she had with her. Jacqueline, 22, said she tried everything she could to save her 18-year-old sister Tuesday. "I heard someone crying so I ran upstairs and I looked in her room and she's against the wall and she has a gun pointed at her chest and she's just crying and crying and I'm like, 'Brandy please don't, Brandy no,'" Jacqueline said.

Brandy's entire family tried to find the right words, but their troubled teen had already made up her mind. "I was in my parents' room and I just heard the shot and my dad just yelled, 'Help me, help me, help me,'" Jacqueline recalled.

Brandy shot herself in front of her parents and grandparents. Police said, she died at the hospital.

Comment: Update:
Police are investigating the bullying under a part of the state's computer crimes code. The law does not specifically prohibit cyberbullying or harassment, but does ban online impersonation that is done "to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten any person."

Depending on the extent of the bullying, such a crime could be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, Stanton said.

The connection between cyberbullying and suicide is also being taken up by the Texas Legislature. Earlier this month, state Sen. Jose Menendez and state Rep. Ina Minjarez filed "David's Law," which would require school districts to have cyberbullying policies and requires them to notify parents when children are bullied.

The law is named after David Molak, a 16-year-old Alamo Heights High School student, who killed himself in January, hours after receiving a group text harassing him about his physical appearance.

The law would make electronically harassing or bullying anyone under the age of 18 through text messages, social media, websites and apps a misdemeanor offense.



Pirates

Hostages evacuated after siege at Paris travel agency

© Charles Platiau / Reuters
French police secure a street near the travel agency where a gunman has taken hostage about half a dozen people in what appears to be a robbery, a police source said, in Paris, France, December 2, 2016.
A siege in a Paris travel agency office has come to a close with the release of six hostages, but the suspect is reportedly still at large. Local media reports suggest that the incident was a botched robbery attempt. It started at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday when the man, who was reportedly armed with a handgun, stormed the Asieland agency on Boulevard Massena, in the 13th Arrondissement. On its official Twitter account, the Paris police force asked people to avoid the area. Negotiators were called to the scene.

Reuters reported that the travel agency has been held up before and is particularly popular with Asian customers who deal in cash transactions. Shortly before 9 p.m. local time, Paris police tweeted that the standoff had ended after police intervention. They said six people were evacuated from the office, but the gunman was not among those who came out.

AFP has reported that he fled the scene. "There were two different floors, a ground floor and a basement," Jérôme Coumet, mayor of the 13th Arrondissement, told reporters. "The employees were afraid that the robber would still be there, which was not the case. Everyone was released but the robber has not yet been arrested."

Laptop

Anonymous' public face & journalist Barrett Brown speaks with Sputnik after release from U.S. prison

© Sputnik
Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was released from a Texas federal prison on Tuesday after spending over four years behind bars. On Thursday, he joined Sputnik Radio's Eugene Puryear host of By Any Means Necessary for his first interview since his release.

Brown, 35, who was once the most public face of Anonymous, was indicted in December 2012 on multiple charges including sharing a link to hacked material from intelligence firm Stratfor. Many of the charges were dropped, including identity theft, possession of stolen credit card numbers, and, most famously, a charge for sharing a hyperlink.

Brown's arrest sent shivers through the global journalism community, as many reporters depend on digging through hacked or illegally-obtained content for information.

In January 2015, Brown was convicted after accepting a plea deal, admitting guilt on the charges of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, interfering with the execution of a search warrant, and being an accessory after the fact in an unauthorized access to a protected computer.

Comment: See also:

WikiLeaks publishes new email batch in honor of whistleblower Barrett Brown - HBGary Federal discussed 'sniffers & taps on journalists'


Candle

Los Angeles remembers 1,400 forgotten dead in yearly ceremony

© Thomas Harlander
Every year, the county buries the ashes of the unclaimed at a cemetery in Boyle Heights

In the shadow of the crematorium, its chimneys cold, a crowd gathers around a mass grave. Univision , Telemundo, and ABC vans are parked on the browning grass nearby. L.A. Times photographers duck and kneel. The rest stand in silence—county employees, representatives of various faiths, a professor of gerontology and her student, the curious, and the respectful. In silence they honor the city's forgotten dead.

In L.A. County more than a thousand bodies are left unclaimed every year. Some who die forgotten are homeless. Many are elderly, left in nursing homes for their final days. Others are stillborn babies, undocumented immigrants, and homicide victims. If the coroner's office can't locate the next of kin, or if family will not claim the remains (they may be unable or unwilling to pay mortuary fees), unclaimed persons are shipped to the Los Angeles County Crematorium Cemetery, a five-acre, county-owned plot at the southernmost end of Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights. Once cremated, the remains are housed on site. The name and the dates of birth and death of each person are logged by hand in heavy books, as they have been since 1896. If the ashes remain unclaimed for three years, they're buried in a mass grave marked by a small plaque embossed with the year of cremation. This annual public ceremony is held to pay respects.

Pirates

Path to jihad: Jailed ISIS members in Erbil, Iraq, tell their stories

© REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
Former bakery worker Walid Ismail speaks during an interview with Reuters in a Kurdish security compound in the city of Erbil, Iraq November 28, 2016. Picture taken November 28, 2016.
When Kurdish forces began firing rockets at a suspected Islamic State hideout in northern Iraq, one of those inside, former bakery worker Walid Ismail, said he tried to persuade the others to surrender.

Some wanted to hold hand grenades to their throats and pull the pins. In the end, a Tunisian militant among them detonated a suicide bomb, hoping to wipe out their attackers.

Instead he killed five of the group and injured the rest. Ismail said the others were then killed by the Kurds and he only made it out by shouting that he had no bombs.

An online video shows him looking terrified as he emerges from the house in the town of Bashiqa near Mosul with an injured hand, to be arrested by Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

Today, the 20-year-old sits with his ankles shackled in a security compound in the city of Erbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region, which is fighting alongside Baghdad to drive Islamic State from its stronghold in Mosul and nearby towns.

Handcuffs

Arizona border police arrest three sex offender deportees within three hours

© Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images
Border Patrol agents arrested three previously deported sex offenders in a three-hour span on Wednesday in southern Arizona.

The agents assigned to the Tucson Sector apprehended the three previously deported sex offenders in three separate incidents on Wednesday morning. The arrests occurred after the criminal aliens illegally re-entered the U.S., according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Tucson, Arizona.

Officials did not release any specifics other than they were foreign nationals from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico. The three men had been previously removed after being convicted of sex crimes against children, the CBP stated. Breitbart Texas reached out to CBP officials for more details about the criminal aliens and their criminal/deportation history.

Dollars

Hurtling towards a cashless society: 1 out of 3 people never use cash

We recently learned how serious these criminals are about stealing the sovereignty of every person on planet earth. Actually, most people are willingly handing over their sovereignty to the banks/government and have no idea what they are actually doing.

When India banned, made illegal, the 500 and 1000 rupee banknote this move affected 1 out of every 7 people on planet earth. That means that every 7th person, anywhere and everywhere, you come in contact with may have been affected by this cash ban.

Our individual sovereignty is tied directly to our ability to move freely about. When every step we make is tracked by the bank/government our sovereignty is gone forever. Freely trading commerce is one of the cornerstones of human sovereignty. Without the ability to conduct business with whom we wish, when we wish, we are nothing more than cattle to the overlords of the land.

An expat living in Thailand sent me an email last week, at the height of India blowing apart because of the idiotic decision by Prime Minister Modi to eliminate the two most used bank notes in India. The email was to inform me that Thailand would be implementing a new policy in the early part of 2017 to completely eliminate coins from circulation. South Korea has already taken measures to eliminate coins from circulation.

Comment: Why are the powers that be pushing for a cashless society?:
If society becomes cashless, dissenters can't hide cash. All of their financial holdings would be vulnerable to an attack by the government.

This would be the ultimate form of control. Because - without access to money - people couldn't resist, couldn't hide and couldn't escape.