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Bison slaughter begins at Yellowstone National Park

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At least 100 Yellowstone National Park bison have been trapped in corrals near the town of Gardiner since Saturday as the National Park Service begins its grim winter work of shipping some of the wild animals to slaughter.

One large cohort of bison annually migrates north from the park in winter in search of forage as deep snow covers the interior. Another band migrates along the Madison River on the west side of the park exiting near West Yellowstone.

"We've been seeing them migrate through the month of December," said Morgan Warthin, park spokeswoman. "We had anticipated this given the predictions of wintry weather. On the plateau there's been a lot of snow and cold."

Animals trapped by the Park Service are shipped to slaughter facilities for processing with the meat distributed to designated tribes.

Hunt zone

When the animals cross the park boundary into Montana near either entrance they become fair game for licensed state hunters as well as tribal members with treaty hunting rights. So far this winter, tribal hunters have reported taking 80 bison, 36 from the west side and 44 from the north, while state hunters have harvested 19 bison, only six of which came from the north side, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Dollar Gold

Rolls-Royce apologizes for bribery scandal and pays a record $830 million

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The iconic "Spirit of Ecstasy" emblem is pictured on a Rolls-Royce "Phantom" car.
British engineering company Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay a record £671 million ($830 million) to British, US and Brazilian authorities to settle bribery and corruption allegations.

The company said it "apologized unreservedly for the conduct which has been uncovered."

The three countries launched the investigation five years ago, as they suspected Rolls-Royce of hiring intermediaries to pay bribes to win better contracts internationally.

According to Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), this is the "largest individual investigation conducted by the SFO to date."

The SFO concluded that in Indonesia, senior Rolls-Royce employees agreed to pay $2.25 million and give a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit car to an intermediary in exchange for a "favor to Rolls-Royce on a contract" for Trent aero engines. Separately, the British firm bribed a rival bidder to submit an uncompetitive bid to keep the contract.

Snakes in Suits

Sao Paulo: Protesters hurl Molotovs at police, burn barricades and vehicles

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Street clashes, smoke and fire.
Clashes erupted in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, after police moved to evict around 700 squatter families in the east of the city, with Images from the scene showing molotov cocktails thrown at police.

A week ago, the commune - home to some 700 families numbering over 3,000 people - received a notice from the authorities informing them that they were on private property and would have to leave. On Tuesday morning, military police arrived to enforce the court order.

Residents of the squatter camp in the Sao Mateus neighborhood tried to negotiate with authorities at approximately 7.00 am local time, asking officers to delay the eviction until the judge responsible for the suit, Jurandir de Abreu Júnior, could analyze a request by the Public Prosecutor's Office regarding the case and the suspension of the eviction order.

The police refused and moved in at approximately 8.20 am, where they were met with burning barricades and hundreds of activists. In response, the police used tear gas and pepper spray on the protesters.

"After the officers attempted to negotiate with the families, to no avail, the settlers resisted by harassing the police, hurling stones, bricks and firecrackers and setting three barricades on fire," read a statement from the police as quoted by O Globo. "A military police officer was lightly wounded by a homemade bomb and two vehicles of the Shock Troop were damaged. The MPs [military police] acted to ensure compliance with the court order."

The police also arrested Guilherme Boulos, the leader of the Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST) who participated in the protest, along with another activist José Ferreira Lima. The pair was charged for civil disobedience and incitement of violence. In a statement posted to the MTST's official Facebook page, the group described Boulos' arrest as absurd.

Comment: There is something to be said for finding a humanitarian solution to a problem before it creates another. There is a bigger statement made in arresting the person who is trying to do so.


Protester tries to set himself on fire outside Trump hotel in Washington, DC

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Plywood covers protest graffiti at an entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, October 2, 2016.
A California man tried to set himself on fire outside Donald Trump's luxury hotel in Washington, DC, without success. He later told reporters he was protesting Trump being elected president, and was taken to a hospital with minor burns.

The man, who was not identified by name, tried to start a fire at the intersection of 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW around 9:30pm local time on Tuesday. One of the witnesses, a construction worker, said he saw the man surrounded by flames and "uttering the name of President-elect Trump in what appeared to be an angry manner," according to the Washington Post.

As DC firefighters put out the blaze, the man - who did not appear severely injured - spoke with reporters and told them he tried to set himself on fire because Trump was a "dictator" who is "completely incapable respecting the constitution of the United States."


Three Florida utility workers die, one after the other, after entering manhole

When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth.

Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole.

All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. A Key Largo firefighter who made a desperate attempt to save the men also became unconscious within seconds. The firefighter, Leonardo Moreno, an eight-year veteran of the department, was flown to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday.

Snakes in Suits

S. Korean businessman kidnapped, killed by corrupt Philippine police - Seoul

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Members of the Philippine National Police.
A businessman whose family sent ransom to alleged kidnappers hoping he was still alive was killed by Philippine police the same day he went missing, according to South Korean Foreign Ministry. Seoul authorities demand justice.

A gang of eight people, four Philippines police officers and one former policeman among them, were involved in kidnapping a South Korean citizen Ji Ick-joo from his house last October, according to the investigation, Seoul authorities revealed on Wednesday, AFP reported.

Ji's wife reportedly sent the suspects a PHP 5 million ransom ($100,000) two weeks after he was kidnapped in the city of Angeles, not far from Manila. However, according to the results of investigation provided to the South Korean government by the Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the man in his 50s was already dead.


'More important than ever': RT to begin broadcasting at United Nations HQ

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RT has joined an exclusive list of news outlets to broadcast on the internal information network at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The "UN and RT are two most famous and most recognizable acronyms in the world," the Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said during a surprise appearance at the agreement ceremony, "Of course UN is an old institution, RT is quite young, but they are brash, they are aggressive, they are talented, they are 'in your face!'"

"And you know, let's face it, everybody watches RT: diplomats do it, ambassadors do it, foreign ministers do it, heads of state and government do it.. And they do not just do it, but they discuss it, they make public statement about RT. Sometimes they sound, even in their criticism, as if they are PR representatives of RT."


Female Iranian bodybuilder arrested for 'un-Islamic' photos

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An Iranian bodybuilder has been arrested for publishing revealing photos of herself on social media, the judiciary's news agency reported on Wednesday.

"One of the female bodybuilders who recently published nude photographs on social networks has been arrested," the agency said.

In Iran, "nude" can refer to any woman who is not wearing a headscarf or revealing parts of her body such as arms and legs that must be covered in public.

The unnamed bodybuilder has been sent to prison because she was unable to post bail of two million rials ($50,000, 47,000 euros), the Mizanonline news agency said.

She is thought to be one of two women reported in September to have taken part in an international competition. Iranian women are allowed to take part in international sporting events, but must respect Islamic rules on clothing at all times.


Content Warning: Member of DC Anti-Fascist Coalition penned defenses of adult-child sex in late 1990's

WARNING: certain links below contain graphic descriptions of sexual relations with minors. Reader discretion is advised.

On January 16th, 2017, journalist James O'Keefe and Project Veritas released the first part of footage they had shot documenting attempts by the Anti-Fascist Coalition to commit acts of civil disobedience and protest during Donald Trump's Presidential Inauguration on January 20th.

The video reveals that during the investigation Project Veritas journalists met undercover with members of the Anti-Fascist Coalition, Luke Kuhn and Scott Green, at Comet Ping Pong to discuss ways to disrupt the "Deploraball" Inauguration event. Comet Ping Pong is a Washington D.C. pizza parlor which gained notoriety in late 2016 when online activists accused its owner, James Alefantis, of participating in child human trafficking. The scandal has been termed "Pizzagate" by the media.

Disobedient Media has obtained information indicating that Luke Kuhn made a number of posts online advocating for the legalization of pedophilia. Mr. Kuhn made the posts while a member of the Utopian Anarchist Party (UAP) during the late 1990's. The Utopian Anarchist Party has been identified in other online postings as having links to international child pornography and child exploitation.

On June 19, 1998, Mr. Kuhn made a usenet post in alt.anarchism where he advocated for teenage sex.

A February 2005 post references Mr. Kuhn's post and links the text of it in it's entirety. It also encourages people to search archive.org for archived versions of overthrow.com to find more posts by Mr. Kuhn.

Dollar Gold

Drowning in debt, college graduates refuse to give up luxuries

Most college students today graduate with debt, ranging from mild to severe. In most instances it borders on the severe and making these monthly payments is not an easy feat. In fact, a recent survey from Citizens Bank, college graduates are spending a stunning 18% of their monthly wages on student loan payments.

What's even more tragic is that roughly 60% of these students expect to be making these payments well into their 40's. You are tempted to feel sorry for these individuals until you find out that the bastards don't believe in cutting back. They think it's okay to spend on luxuries while being buried to the hilt in debt. To these morons, we say "you deserve all the pain you have inflicted upon yourselves."

Comment: This is a typical snapshot of the spoiled millennial generation - unwilling to shoulder the responsabilities of life while feeling entitled to their luxuries. As the author states, they're in for a rather rude awakening when the chickens come home to roost. There is little doubt that student debt is a scam, but the "ignore it and it will go away" strategy being employed by this generation is delusional in the extreme.

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