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Sweden opens Europe's first clinic to treat male rape victims

A hospital in Stockholm is understood to be first in the world to set up an emergency department specifically for male rape victims. The clinic at Södersjukhuset opened on Thursday as part of a strategy to ensure "gender equal" patient care.

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Södersjukhuset, southern Stockholm's main hospital where the clinic will be.
Södersjukhuset already runs a round-the-clock walk-in clinic for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted in the city, treating between 600 and 700 patients a year. Now, the hospital, which hosts the largest emergency care unit in the Nordic region, is opening its doors to men and boys who are victims of rape and sex attacks. "We are happy that we now can finally open the first rape clinic for men following the rape clinic for women," Rasmus Jonlund, a press spokesperson for the Liberal Party, which led the campaign for the department in the Swedish capital, told The Local just ahead of the launch.

Comment: No one should have to come to this kind of clinic. Unfortunately, there are sick people in this world who rape.


Dollars

Study reports there's NO state where a single adult can live on less than $14/hr working a 40-hour week

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You read that right. Alliance for a Just Society just released a report. In it they looked at living expenses in every state, for singles as well as families. This is an attempt to figure out what a reasonable living wage would be. What's a "living wage"? The study's definition includes the ability to pay for luxuries items like housing, child care, utilities and savings. The conclusions, while known anecdotally by virtually every American (sans conservatives), are still chilling:
Though $15 per hour is significantly higher than any minimum wage in the country, it is not a living wage in most states. A living wage was calculated for all 50 states and for Washington, D.C. In 35 states and in Washington, D.C., a living wage for a single adult is more than $15 per hour. In no state is a living wage less than $14.26 per hour.

In fact, nationally, the living wage for a single adult is $16.87 per hour ($35,087 annually) - the weighted average of single adult living wages for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Some of the people who have it the hardest? Childcare workers.
In 2014, 582,970 people worked as child care providers at a median wage of $9.48 per hour.

Comment: So the minimum wage number has not been plucked from the sky. If this is not remedied soon, more strife and violence will accelerate in the US. Walmart is already feeling the effects of people not able to purchase more goods.


Sheriff

Cop-worship Sunday: Blessed be the state's punitive priesthood

Pastor Jay Dennis, who presides over the First Baptist Church on the Mall, a large and growing "mega-church" in Lakeland, Florida, urges his congregation to see police officers as angelic beings bearing a divine commission to impose summary punishment. They are to be obeyed, prayed for, and never spoken of other than in tones of chastened gratitude and unalloyed reverence.

"It grieves me on the one hand, and makes me angry on the other hand, when I hear the criticism, and disrespect towards, and violence directed at those in law enforcement," the pastor declared during his "Law Enforcement Encouragement Sunday" sermon on October 4."We want law enforcement to know that First Baptist Church on the Mall supports you one hundred percent, and is committed to pray continually for you."

Cop-worship Sunday is becoming a common observance at American Christian churches -- particularly Republican-leaning Evangelical congregations, whose communicants are especially receptive to the oft-repeated and patently false idea that we are witnessing a "War on Cops." Pastor Dennis dutifully retailed that claim, urging his congregation to "Pray for a hedge of protection around their vehicles, that angels will guard and shield them from danger."

Comment: A corrupted church shielding a corrupted police force. Just goes to show that neither institution has the best interests of the people at heart.


Crusader

Ex-drone pilot turned whistleblower wins award: 'They don't care who gets killed'

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Guilt-ridden American drone pilots continue to quit in unprecedented numbers. One former secret mission operator, Brandon Bryant, who's received a whistleblower award, spoke to RT of the horrors of indiscriminate killing from a safe distance.

"The people that are giving the order to kill - they don't care who gets killed as long as their target gets attacked... they'll take out however many people they can in order to get their results," Bryant says.

The former pilot received the German Whistleblower Award for revealing details of operations taking place at the Ramstein base, specifically, its role in transferring information between the US and its CIA missions in North Africa, Afghanistan and the Middle East. He was among the first to bring into question the role the base was playing.

Comment: Good to see this whistleblower's efforts being rewarded. This should encourage more whistleblowers and conscientious objectors to step forward.


2 + 2 = 4

Psychiatric imperialism: Exporting Western mental disorders

Mental disorders as culturally sanctioned templates for distress

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Generally speaking, culture-specific, or culture-bound, syndromes are mental disturbances that only find expression in certain cultures or ethnic groups, and that are not comfortably accommodated by Western psychiatric classifications such as the DSM and ICD. DSM-IV defined them as 'recurrent, locality-specific patterns of aberrant behavior and troubling experience...'

One example of a culture-bound syndrome is dhat, which is seen in men from South Asia, and involves sudden anxiety about loss of semen in the urine, whitish discoloration of the urine, and sexual dysfunction, combined with feelings of weakness and exhaustion. The syndrome may originate in the Hindu belief that it takes forty drops of blood to create a drop of bone marrow, and forty drops of bone marrow to create a drop of semen, and thus that semen is a concentrated essence of life.

Comment: Psychiatric Disorders: The Facts Behind the Billion Dollar Marketing Campaign


Eye 1

Violence is on the rise in NYC prisons

© Brendan McDermid / Reuters
Corrections officers work in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York
Violence is on the rise in New York City jails, even as the city spends more money on its declining number of inmates, an alarming new report has revealed. A senior city official called the situation "completely out of hand."

The jail population in New York is the lowest it's been in 31 years, according to a report that City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released on Friday. However, the more money the city's correctional department seems to spend, the worse things seem to get inside the city prisons.

"The Department of Correction is pouring huge amounts of money into this problem, but we aren't seeing any real results or improvements," Stringer said.

Comment: Also see: Prison-industrial complex threatens to sue states to get more slave labor


Heart - Black

Racist Israeli parent demands 3-year-old Arab girl's expulsion from kindergarten in internet rant: 'Scum must be isolated'

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A father from a Beer Sheva kindergarten in southern Israel went on a hate-filled racist rant in a WhatsApp group for parents. He called for an Arab Bedouin girl to be expelled, saying "scum must be isolated."

The conversation, according to Ynet News, started out with the parents discussing a recent increase in Palestinian-Israeli violence. The subject of the little girl, Nura, aged just three, came up as one parent fanned the flames, taking the question further.

"If there is an Arab kid in the kindergarten it's time to expel him!" the parent started off, before suggesting that "She has no place in the Jewish State... she should study in her village. Go to Syria; they love you there, Assad is waiting."


Comment: So much for Israel's claim to be "the only democracy in the Middle East". Israel is an apartheid state, no more, no less, and deserve the pariahhood thinking parts of the world have assigned them.


The whole thing was a profound shock to Nura's father, Hamed, who plans to remove his daughter from the kindergarten, and accuses the parent of racism.

Cow Skull

Food scarcity and riots on the way

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The most frequently I asked questions I get are (1) what will be the next false flag; and, (2) when will it happen? It is a fools errand to attempt to answer the second question. However, the answer to the first question is painfully obvious.

The economy is $19 trillion dollars in debt, we have a $240 trillion dollar unfunded and mandated set of liabilities (e.g. Social Security) and the 800 pound gorilla in the room is the $1.5 quadrillion dollar credit swap derivatives debt on a planet whose entire GDP is just $70 trillion dollars. It is only a matter of time until this house of cards come crashing down around us. When that day comes, our food vulnerabilities will be exposed first and foremost.

Comment: See these among many other articles and shows we have carried here on the whys and ways of prepping: And do have a listen to the SOTT Talk Radio shows that are devoted to this subject:


Pistol

Iran: 2 Shiites killed in drive-by shooting at ceremony

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Iranian men beat their chest during the Ashura commemorations.
A gun attack on a Shiite religious ceremony in Iran has left two people dead and two others injured on Friday night.

The incident happened in the city of Dezful in the south-western province of Khuzestan, where a group of believers were commemorating Ashura festival. A car approached the groups and opened fire at around 22:30 local time (19:00 GMT), the Fars news agency reported, citing an eyewitness.

Ashura is a 10-day festival of mourning for the Shiite leader Hussein, who was killed by his Sunni rival in the 7th century, shortly after the schism in Islam.

A similar attack took place in Saudi Arabia on Friday, where a gunman killed five Shiite worshipers before being shot dead by police. The Sunni terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility.

No group immediately owned up to carrying out the attack in Iran. Tehran is a major ally of the Syrian government, which is fighting various terrorist and rebel groups, including IS.

Comment: An ISIS attack in Turkey, a plot foiled in Russia, another attack in Saudi Arabia, and now Iran. Given that Western powers are not at all pleased that Russia has directly countered their plans to destabilize the Middle East, expect more such attacks as terror is used to send a message to anyone the West perceives as being even slightly out of step with their agenda.


Airplane

Russian Emergencies Ministry plane evacuates dozens from war-torn Syria

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After delivering humanitarian aid to Syria, a Russian plane evacuated 56 individuals, including Russian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian citizens.

"Fifty six people, including ten children, left Syria on board the Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft," a spokesperson from the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. "There are 38 Russian citizens among them, 8 Belarusian nationals, four Ukrainian citizens and two citizens of Syria."

Comment: Russia also recently sent its 41st humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine.