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Julian Assange seeking asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

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Julian Assange has asked for asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London.
WikiLeaks founder walked into the embassy and asked for asylum under the United Nations human rights declaration

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

He walked into the embassy in Knightsbridge, London on Tuesday afternoon and asked for asylum under the United Nations human rights declaration.

A statement issued on behalf of the embassy said: "This afternoon Mr Julian Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy seeking political asylum from the Ecuadorian government.

"As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito.

"While the department assesses Mr Assange's application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian government.

Stormtrooper

All Over America Government Agents of Tyranny Are Forcing Preppers Back On To The Grid

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In recent years there have been huge numbers of Americans that have sought to go "off the grid" and live a more independent lifestyle. It has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million "preppers" in the United States, and many of them just want to be left alone so that they can take care of themselves and their families on their own land. But that is not the way America works anymore.

In many areas of the country, government control freaks have essentially declared war on preppers and are attempting to force them back on to the grid. In some states, "nuisance abatement teams" are conducting armed raids on off the grid properties. Property owners are being cited for "code violations" and are being told that they are "bothering the neighbors". In some cases, trees and gardens are being forcibly removed. In other cases, entire structures are being relocated or torn down. And in the most extreme cases, property owners are actually being forced off of their properties completely by these control freaks.

You see, the truth is that in America you don't really own your property. You are essentially renting it, and you can only do with it what the government allows you to do. And the government does not like people disconnecting from the grid and living an independent lifestyle. So these battles over property rights are probably going to get even more intense in the years ahead.

These days, many Americans are choosing to grow "survival gardens" as a way to help feed their families and become more independent of the system.

Question

Mass Hysteria Confirmed in New York School

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A bizarre illness affecting nearly 20 students at a Western New York Junior-Senior High school now has an official diagnosis: mass hysteria.

The students, almost all of them girls, and mostly friends, began experiencing involuntary jerks and tics. Sometimes their limbs, neck or face would suddenly spasm; other times they would twitch, grunt, or shout. It was strange and troubling behavior, made all the more scary because it had no clear cause.

The students were examined by school nurses and private doctors, officials from the Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Columbia University. None could find any biological basis for the symptoms. The school was thoroughly checked for mold, lead, carbon monoxide, and other environmental contaminants; those tests also came back negative.

The Buffalo News reported, "A second study has again found that the twitches, involuntary sounds and seizures that beset a group of Le Roy students and attracted international media attention earlier this year had no environmental cause.... Those results from Leader Professional Services, encompassing nearly 6,000 pages of data from various air, soil and water tests done in and around school grounds, support the contention of treating physicians and school administrators that children in this rural community aren't being poisoned by the air they breathe or the water they drink."

Brick Wall

Spain pleads for ECB rescue as bond markets slam shut

Europe's leaders have vowed to mobilize all possible means to counter the region's escalating crisis after Spain's borrowing costs threatened to spiral out of control.
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A man looks at the IBEX-35 index billboard in Madrid on Monday. The IBEX share index in Madrid fell 3pc and Italy's MIB dropped 2.8pc.

Yields on 10-year Spanish bonds surged to a record high of almost 7.3pc as investors ignored the victory of pro-bailout parties in Greece's elections.

The closely-watched two-year yield rocketed by 65 basis points in a matter of hours, signalling a near-total collapse of confidence in Spain's €100bn (£80.3bn) rescue from the EU last week to shore up its banking system.

Cristobal Montoro, the economy minister, warned that Spain is now in a "critical" condition and pleaded with the European Central Bank [ECB] to act with "full force" to defeat markets hostile to the euro project.

Bank of America said Spain may need a second rescue to tide it through the next three years, pushing the total loan package towards €450bn - a sum that would test the EU bail-out machinery and cause serious knock-on effects for Italy. A draft communique from the summit of G20 leaders in Mexico said Europe will take "all necessary measures" to hold the eurozone together and break the "feedback loop" between sovereign states and banks.

Comment: Not an economist myself, but looking at things and having been following the economy closely since 2006, I wonder, how will printing more money, creating more debt, out of thin air improve anything? There are those who will never know hunger and those starving. The ones starving will pay the price and pay back the loans of their Governments. Governments, which are inhabited by those who will never know hunger, other than the hunger for more control and economic slavery for the less fortunate, show little concern.

The opening line pretty much sums it up: "Spain's borrowing costs threatened to spiral out of control." Once you become so engrossed with debt, your actual income is overtaken by the cost of borrowing (interest). Thus the domino effect is happening, likely as planned, country after country in Europe. How the United States stays afloat at this point is only due to the reserve currency status of the (Un)Holy Dollar, which, like the Euro has become, is also printed out of thin air. The ultimate collapse of the U.S. dollar will come eventually - it is only a matter of time.

Europe, however, has had one exception: Iceland Says It Was "Bullied" Over Bank Debt, and would not put up with it. It could be said that maybe Iceland is not run by Pathological, greedy and people-undermining-creatures vs. the rest of Europe, as Iceland forgave the mortgage debt of its population. It was Icelandic Anger that Brought Debt Forgiveness.


Cow

Tasty loot in Spain as economic crisis leads to farm thefts

Culprits include 'retirees, unemployed people, young people' according to local police chief
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In this photo dated Feb. 16, 2011 released by the Spanish farmer's union ASAJA, a cow which has been carved and stripped of most of its meat lies in a field in Fernan Caballero, Spain.

Some hard-up Spaniards are stealing the earth's bounty from farmers to help get by, including one case in which a prized calf was killed and filleted overnight by thieves.

Police have added the patrolling of farmland - sometimes on horseback - to their list of daily tasks. Farmers in some areas are teaming up to carry out nighttime patrols on their own.

In villages near farming areas, several thousand paramilitary Civil Guards, regional and local police are even setting up checkpoints to sniff out not drugs or drunken drivers but stolen fruit or farming equipment, like copper wire used in irrigation systems. The Civil Guard says sometimes its officers mount "cage operations" - sealing off whole villages to check cars and trucks for, say, pilfered pears.

The stolen goods are mainly for resale: The food ends up in small roving street markets and the metal goes to scrap dealers. Last year alone more than 20,000 thefts were reported at Spanish farms. The Interior Ministry says it has no comparative figures from other years, or for so far in 2012. But authorities and farm groups blame the thefts on Spain's economic crisis and say they are a big enough problem for the patrols, which began last season, to stay in force this year.

Health

Teen shot with spear through head survives


16-year-old Yasel Lopez was fishing with a friend in Miami when their three-foot spear gun went off unexpectedly, piercing Lopez through his head. Doctors are calling his survival from the accident, nearly two weeks ago, a miracle.

The gun went off unexpectedly when the teenagers were loading it with a spear, sending it straight into Lopez's skull, Tamron Hall reported on TODAY Monday. The force of the impact was so strong it knocked him into the water. Acting quickly, his friend called 911 and Lopez was soon airlifted to Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors raced to save him.

Doctors revealed details Monday about Lopez's ordeal, and how they worked to save his life. "We used a high-speed drill to drill the bone at either end to create an opening through which we could remove the spear," one of the doctors told reporters. They first had to cut the spear to prevent it from moving and allow doctors to do tests. After the spear was cut, doctors said they were able to plan the surgery: "We were able to position him laying with his left side down, right side up, and then we were able to open a large incision."

Arrow Down

Job openings drop, raising concerns about labor market

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People wait in a line at a job fair in Oregon. Government data showed that jobs openings dropped to a five-month low in April.
Job openings declined in April to a five-month low, according to government data released Tuesday, as employers wrestled with worries about the European financial crisis, government deadlock in Washington and other data showing the recovery stumbling.

The Labor Department reported that there were 3.4 million jobs openings on the last day of April, down from 3.7 million in March. The drop was across many industries and professions.

"Job openings decreased for total non-farm, total private, and government as well as in manufacturing, professional and business services, and state and local government," The Labor Department said in a statement.

Given that there were 12.5 million Americans unemployed in April, that would mean 3.7 job-seekers for each opening that month, versus 3.4 for each opening in March.

Cult

Pope To Irish: Child Abuse By Clergy A 'Mystery' That Shook Faith

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Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics on Sunday it is a mystery why priests and other church officials abused children entrusted in their care, undermining faith in the church "in an appalling way."

By describing the decades of child abuse in Catholic parishes, schools and church-run institutions and parishes in Ireland as a ''mystery," the pontiff could further anger rank-and-file faithful in Ireland.

Benedict commented on the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-ups by church hierarchy in a pre-recorded video message for an outdoor Mass attended by 75,000 Catholics, many from overseas, in Ireland's largest sports stadium. Ireland's prime minister and president attended the Mass, the final event of a Eucharistic Congress aimed at shoring up flagging faith.

The weeklong Eucharistic Congress, held by the Vatican every four years in a different part of the world, took place against a backdrop of deep anger over child abuse cover-ups and surveys showing declining weekly Mass attendance in Ireland, where church and state were once tightly entwined.

Shoe

After Slavery Controversy, Adidas Pulls Shackles Shoe

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Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott created the Adidas "shackle" shoe, which the company has announced it is pulling.
Barraged by expressions of outrage, Adidas announced Monday evening that it's pulling a shoe design that critics say evokes slavery.

The design, by eccentric Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott, features a plastic set of shackles. Initially it was met with disbelief, then fury, especially in online arenas. On Twitter, the shoes were labeled "Adidas slave shackle kicks." Talk of a boycott arose.

Early Monday, Adidas defended the shoes as the handiwork of a whimsical designer. By early evening, the shoe giant found itself in a public relations nightmare and announced that it had made a mistake.

The Adidas statement reads, in part: "The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery. Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."

Efforts to reach Scott on Monday were unsuccessful. But on Twitter, he suggested that the inspiration for his shoe came from a 1990s cartoon and toy, My Pet Monster.

Pistol

Afternoon Shooting in Toronto's Little Italy Leaves One Person Dead

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Toronto police cover a body on the patio at the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe at the corner of Montrose and College.
Canada, Toronto - Police are looking for a suspect after a fatal daylight shooting outside a gelato shop in Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood, where dozens of soccer fans had gathered to watch a European Championship game.

Toronto EMS confirmed one person was pronounced dead at the scene and another was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond said reports of gunshots came in at about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe near College St. and Ossington Ave.

Police are looking for a suspect described as six feet tall with blond hair. He was wearing a white hard hat, a safety vest and a white filter mask and was seen running north from the scene.

The shots rang out as soccer fans had gathered to watch Italy play Ireland in a game that sent the Italian team into the Euro 2012 quarterfinals. Drummond urged the crowds of soccer fans spilling out of the area cafes following the game to respect the crime scene.