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4 y.o. preschooler suspended for bringing bullet shell casing to class

The American school system has long abandoned its job of teaching the young. It's not an exaggeration to say that our schools are little more than indoctrination centers. They don't really prepare our children for the world. They just teach them to be scared, dependent, and to disregard any traditional value. And god forbid one of your boys does something even remotely masculine outside of a physical education class or a football field. In most schools, boys are treated far more harshly than girls are for their bad behaviour.

And that may explain what happened to Hunter Jackson, a 4-year-old from Collinsville, Illinois who was attending preschool. During a visit with his grandpa, he picked up an empty .22 casing in a field and took it home with him. But when he took it to school to show his friends, all hell broke lose. The boy's mother explained what happened in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral:
Today, I picked up my happy little 4 yr old from preschool, at A Place to Grow, in Troy. My arrival was met with a stone faced teacher, who told me that Hunter brought a "shotgun bullet" to school. I was horrified. My kid? Who just spent the weekend learning gun safety?

Well....when I was escorted to the office for a sit down. I was handed a tiny .22 empty brass casing. Not a "shotgun bullet". He found it on the ground, expelled from a 22 Rifle over the weekend, while Hunter was target practicing with his Police Officer Grandpa. He was so excited, and snuck it to school to show his friends. We had no idea about it.

I was handed a piece of paper. No words, just eyebrows raised in disgust at my son, explaining that his behavior warranted a 7 school day suspension. Which I still was expected to pay tuition for, of course. And a threat that if his enthusiasm for guns continued, he'd be permanently expelled...


Blue privilege: Cop only gets a speeding ticket for running over and killing a homeless man

Blue Privilege is rearing its head again in the case of a homeless man struck and killed when an on-duty cop unnecessarily sped through a 35 mph zone on a rainy night. For a normal citizen, this would likely bring a charge of involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide. But for Officer Scott George, it means nothing more than a speeding ticket.

York Daily Record reports that George was doing 13 miles over the speed limit, in dark, rainy conditions that would normally call for reducing one's speed. He was on a non-emergency call to investigate a retail theft, when he struck 74-year-old Raymond Updegraff, a homeless man known as "Rayme" around the area.

A state police investigation concluded that Officer George's actions only violated traffic rules - not the safety of pedestrians. George promptly pleaded guilty to speeding and has since returned to duty.

In the 14-page rationalization, District Attorney Thomas Kearney wrote:

"Using the definition of 'probable cause,' one must ask the question as to whether it is 'more likely than not' that the act of travelling 13 miles per hour over the speed limit on a rainy night was a direct or likely cause of the death. In other words, was the death the predictable, expected, likely result of the speeding? The author (Kearney) concludes in the negative believing the requirement for causation cannot be established beyond a reasonable doubt.

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UK Universities cancel Richard Falk event

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Richard Falk
Two British universities have cancelled events planned for the launch of former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk's new book.

The professor of international law was scheduled to speak Saturday about his new book, "Palestine's Horizon", in Middlesex University. But the London based university followed a decision by the University of East London yesterday to pull the event at the last minute.


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Behind the Headlines: Car Terror Attack in London, Crimea Flashpoint, Imperial Hypocrisy in Syria

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here", or so it seems as major events on our planet continue to be typified by chaos, recklessness and fecklessness under the stewardship of a cabal of 'reality creators' with complete disregard for facts.

This last week has seen a uptick in tension in the area of Crimea/Ukraine with the US launching 'Spring Storm' military exercises using the coast of Romania to practice a land invasion. Where were they practicing for? Russia seems to be in no doubt that Crimea, just across the black sea, was the real future target, and while the US exercises were ongoing, the Russian military announced surprise unprecedented military maneuvers on the Crimean peninsula. The US wasn't happy of course, and neither were their lackeys in Kiev.

One day after the exercises ended, a massive explosion occurred at a Ukraine arms depot near Kharkiv, about 60 miles from both the front lines of the conflict in East Ukraine and from the Russian border. It seems most of the missiles and rockets and other ammunition were destroyed. Russia of course was blamed by Kiev, with Poroshenko tweeting that he may ask NATO to come in to "demine" the area (NATO doesn't do demining). The real culprits however, are probably much closer to home.

Imperial hypocrisy was on full display this week as the US continues to blow the hell out of Mosul and its population in its alleged attempt to defeat ISIS in the city. The fact that ISIS is largely a creation of the US and its Gulf allies, and that Russia was able to liberate Aleppo with very few civilian casualties, has been lost in the western media hubris.

Meanwhile in London, "ISIS'" new tactic of 'car terror' came to the 'heart of power' in London, Westminster, with a 'lone wolf' knocking down several people on Westminster bridge before crashing into the railings outside the Houses of Parliament. Above and beyond the goals of spreading more fear among the people of Europe and provoking religious tension, was someone sending a message to the British political elite? And in the USA, mass casualty shootings continued apace.

What is the world coming to?

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3 dead, 29 inmates escape through tunnel during a Mexican prison riot

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Three inmates were killed during a riot at a Mexico prison, which broke out following a mass escape of prisoners from the facility through a 40-meter-long tunnel, which they dug five meters underground.

Twenty-nine inmates escaped Ciudad Victoria Sanctions Execution Center in Tamaulipas, Thursday, by tunnelling beneath the prison wall. The incident was confirmed by the Security Ministry of Tamaulipas, which warned people to avoid the area of the prison, and suspended visits to the facility.

A motorist was reportedly killed in an apparent carjacking as part of the escape. Thirteen of the prisoners have since been recaptured, while 16 remain at large, according to authorities.

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Millions march in Yemen against airstrikes to mark second anniversary of Saudi-Western bombing campaign (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Sanaa, Yemen March 26, 2017.
Massive crowds have hit the streets of Yemen's capital, Sanaa in protest of the Saudi-led bombing campaign against the country's Shia militias.

The rally marks the second anniversary since the start of the intervention and bombing campaign by a coalition of nine African and Middle Eastern countries against the Houthi rebels.

According to RT's Ruptly news agency, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the demonstration. However, there is no official confirmation of the number.


'We've just pulled ourselves together': Greece to stop taking back refugees - migration minister

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An Afghan migrant shouts at a police officer, Athens, Greece.
Greece will cease taking back refugees under the controversial Dublin Regulation, as the country's limited capacities to host people are already on the brink of collapse, the Greek migration minister announced in an interview.

As the European Commission pressures Athens to re-implement the Dublin Regulation - stipulating that refugees can be returned to the first EU state they arrived in - the Greek migration minister told Spiegel his country is not in a position to do so. The agreement was put on hold for Greece back in 2011 over problems in the country's asylum system.

"Greece is already shouldering a heavy burden," Ioannis Mouzalas, the migration minister, said.

"We accommodate 60,000 refugees... and it would be a mistake to make Greece's burden heavier by the revival of the Dublin agreement," he said, also adding that Germany, the primary destination for most refugees, "wants countries where refugees arrive first to bear a large portion of the burden."

Under the Dublin Regulation, the European state where the asylum-seeker first arrives in the EU is responsible for examining an asylum claim. Refugees are fingerprinted in their first country of arrival to ensure irrefutable evidence of their entry.


One killed, at least 14 injured after shooters open fire in Cincinnati, Ohio night club

One person has been killed and at least 14 others injured at the Cameo Nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, local police report. The victims of the shooting have been taken to area hospitals as police interview witnesses.

The shooting happened at about 2am local time on Sunday, WLWT report.

Police in Cincinnati say there were "at least a couple of shooters" who opened fire on clubgoers, as cited by AP.

Security forces would not immediately report whether anyone was taken into custody over the shooting or what circumstances led to it.


Two young children, 31 animals found in 'deplorable and unsafe' home conditions in Georgia

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Top: Grandparents - Brandi Pybus-McCoy [L] and Nicholas Luciano. Bottom: Parents - Eamantha Crain [L] and Zachariah McCoy
Officers describe it was the worst and most disgusting case they had ever seen.

A two-year-old toddler and seven-month-old baby are now in protective custody waiting for health reports after Hogansville police found them in a home "deplorable and completely unsafe for habitation." A report also says there were more than 30 animals living in and around the home.

Hogansville Police Sargent Jeff Sheppard calls the home "hard to describe".

"You couldn't even tell where the floor ended and the feces began," Sheppard says. "[This case] is one of the worst I've ever seen."

Sheppard says Housing Code Enforcement was anonymously tipped to a home and camper in the 4700 block of Mountville-Hogansville Road. Inspectors went to the home Monday at about 4 p.m. and later requested help from Hogansville Public Works, LaGrange Animal Control, Troup County Marshals and Fire Departments.

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Man charged with murder after stabbing his newborn baby and toddler daughter to death

A North Carolina father was charged Saturday with stabbing his infant and toddler daughters to death, a day after he drove off with them "in a rage."

Tillman Freeman III, 30, of Fayetteville is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman, said Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin.

Their bodies were found about 2 a.m. Saturday in a car that had driven into the woods between Raeford and Aberdeen.

"It was horrific," Peterkin told the Fayetteville Observer.

The children had been stabbed multiple times with what appears to be a hunting or survivalist-type knife, he said.