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Update: Auburn Football Players Among Six Shot, Three Killed at Party

© The Associated Press/Vasha Hunt/Opelika-Auburn News
Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson holds photos of DesMonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, Ala., who is wanted in connection with the shootings of six people, three fatally, at a party Saturday night.
A manhunt is underway for the suspect police say shot and killed three young men and injured three more at a Saturday night party near Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

Former Auburn football players and current students Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips were pronounced dead along with Auburn resident Damario Pitts. All were 20.

Current player Eric Mack, 20, was still being treated at an area hospital, and John Robertson, 20, was "fighting for his life" and undergoing critical surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said at a Sunday news conference. A 19-year-old man was treated and released.

"I don't believe they were targeted; I believe there was a fight and someone got carried away and things went too far," Dawson said.

Police are hunting for Montgomery, Ala., resident DesMonte Leonard, 22, who has been charged with three counts of capital murder.

Heart - Black

Man jailed for nine years after killing baby while playing video game

Trent Hapuku

Trent Hapuku: Caused fatal injury to five-month-old Mikara Reti.
A man who killed a toddler after it disturbed him while he was playing a computer game has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Trent Hapuku, 23, was sentenced for the manslaughter by Justice Forrest Miller in the High Court in Napier.

Hapuku killed the five-month-old Mikara Reti on January 11 last year.

Hapuku and Mikara were alone in a sleepout when Hapuku lashed out because the infant was distracting him from playing the PlayStation game Scarface. Mikara was struck so hard his liver nearly split in two against his spine.

Crown lawyer Steve Manning said it was an intentional and violent assault on one of society's most vulnerable members and said a non-parole period was required in order to send a message of denunciation and deterrence.

Mikara's grandmother Selena Reti read a victim impact statement in court describing the effect the death had on the family and told Hapuku "I hope wherever you look you see Mikara staring back at you".


Curfew expanded to more towns in western Myanmar as sectarian violence spreads

Authorities in western Myanmar have imposed new curfews to keep clashes between local Buddhists and Muslim Bengalis from escalating.

State television on Sunday announced a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m curfew has been imposed in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe and three other townships because of elements there acting unlawfully and causing disorder.

The move follows rioting on Friday in two other areas of Rakhine state that left at least seven people dead and 17 wounded. State media called the rioters terrorists, but residents' accounts made clear they were Muslims, apparently retaliating for the lynching of 10 Muslims by a crowd of 300 Buddhists. The lynch mob was angered by the recent rape of a Buddhist girl, allegedly by three Muslim men.

Source: The Associated Press.


Another Black Teenager Gunned Down - This Time In Front Of His Mother

Darius Simmons
© Unknown
75-year-old John Henry Spooner from Milwaukee, WI, appointed himself judge, jury and executioner when he gunned down a 13-year-old boy whose only crime appeared to be...his appearance. The victim, Darius Simmons, was black, unarmed and brutally shot in front of his now grief-stricken mother.

At issue was a gun collection, which had been, according to Spooner, stolen. Simmons lived next door. Spooner confronted Darius, who was in sixth grade, and his mother, Patricia Larry, when the boy was moving a garbage can in the front yard. Darius denied involvement in the theft. In fact, he was in school at the time of the robbery, but that answer was unsatisfactory to Spooner, who proceeded to point his 9mm handgun at Darius.

Bad Guys

Hospital Intern Uploads Abuse of infants on Blog

© Unknown
Photographs online shows Xiao Shiyu teased sleeping babies, holding them upright while their heads drooped helplessly.
A student intern who made fun of newborn babies while working as a nurse in a hospital in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern Zhejiang Province, has been recalled from her internship.

Xiao Shiyu, a senior student at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, posted several photographs online showing her teasing sleeping babies, holding them upright while their heads drooped helplessly, and placed paper shapes on a baby's face to make him look like a pig.

The Children's Hospital affiliated to the university's school of medicine expressed its deep sorrow about the April incident yesterday. It said it was a "single case in the last 60 years" and promised to strengthen the management of interns to "foster qualified medical professionals."

Along with the pictures she posted on mircroblogging site Sina Weibo, Xiao wrote: "I almost died laughing?" and "the babies are too small to resist my mischief."

The pictures soon sparked outrage online.

Bizarro Earth

Homeless Woman Tries to Eat Baby's Arm

© Unknown
Police arrested Natasha Hubbard for aggravated assault after she allegedly snatched a baby boy from his stroller.
Police arrested a 36-year-old homeless woman for allegedly snatching a baby boy from his stroller and slamming him into a pole, then trying to break his arm off so she could eat it, authorities said Wednesday.

Adriana Miranda was walking with her sister in downtown Los Angeles during the July 21 incident, pushing her 4-month-old son down the street when Natasha Hubbard allegedly reached into the stroller, unbelted the baby and grabbed him by the leg, swinging him overhead before slamming him into a rail, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The boy's mother and aunt tried to fight Hubbard off, and when Miranda was finally able to grab the baby back Hubbard scratched at her and kept trying to fight.

Bizarro Earth

Magnotta's Aunt Provides Some Insight Into Psychopathy

© Calgary Herald
Plastic surgery: Magnotta bidding for an op on TV in Canada
Investigators are trying to unravel his sick fantasy world, which began in the Toronto suburbs where he grew up - and spread to London

Youngster Eric Newman smiles innocently into the camera for his school yearbook picture.

Back then, in 1993, he was a painfully shy 11-year-old who retreated into a fantasy world to forget his nightmarish home life.

In a bid to impress his disbelieving classmates, he spun incredibly outlandish tales - something he continued to do long after leaving school.

As an adult, he'd lie about being the lover of Canada's most notorious female killer.

Today, however, Eric stands accused of something which truly defies belief.

For he grew up to become Luka Magnotta, the 29-year-old arrested over a cannibal slaying.

According to police, he killed and mutilated gay lover Lin Jun, then ate his flesh with a knife and fork. He also filmed it all and later posted the sick video online.

Comment: Some of the descriptions of Magnotta fit with the characteristics seen in psychopathy. While in this case, the person of interest happens to have an interest in killing, it's helpful to keep in mind that not all psychopaths are the same in this regard and Magnotta would be considered a failure. Many psychopaths, are in fact, quite difficult to detect and have no interest in committing murder and walk amongst us unnoticed for the most part. For more information, see these Sott articles:

Psychopaths Among Us

Beware the Corporate Psychopath

What is a psychopath?

Surviving the office psychopath


Reports of Multiple Victims After Shooting Near Auburn University in Alabama

© The Associated Press
June 10, 2012: Auburn Police cordon off the scene at University Heights apartment complex on West Longleaf Drive.
Auburn, Alabama - The police chief in the Alabama city of Auburn said early Sunday that authorities responded overnight to a report of multiple gunshot victims at an apartment complex, but he added he was not immediately releasing any further information.

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson told the Opelika-Auburn News that police answered a report of multiple shooting victims Saturday night but he had no immediate comment on the situation, the circumstances involved or whether anyone was in custody.

The newspaper reported that several emergency vehicles had converged on the University Heights apartment complex where a number of students who attend Auburn University typically reside.

An Auburn police dispatcher contacted by The Associated Press said early Sunday she had no immediate information to release. Police did not immediately return repeated telephone messages seeking comment and the dispatcher later said she had no indication on any subsequent release of information planned by authorities.

John Atkinson, a spokesman for East Alabama Medical Center, told the newspaper in the report online early Sunday that any information would be released later in coordination with the local coroner's office and the Auburn police department.

Che Guevara

Lauryn Hill Comments on Military-Industrial Complex and Corruption in the Music Industry in Response to Tax Evasion Charges

Lauryn Hill
© Robert Gaultier / Los Angeles Times
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill was charged Thursday with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns over a period in which prosecutors say she earned more than $1.6 million. On Friday, the singer issued a statement regarding those charges.

Oh yes she did.

Ms. Lauryn Hill has, for the last few years, been living relatively "underground," the Fugees singer and solo artist explained in a lengthy discourse posted on a Tumblr blog in very small type.

She had no choice but to "build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda."

The Ministry of Gossip tends to quake in its stiletto boots when the military-industrial complex shows up in the second sentence of anything, and even more so when it shows up in the second sentence. And indeed, Hill said, the stakes were high.

Comment: It's interesting how the above article tries to put a negative spin on what Ms. Hill has to say. And what she has to say is bold and truthful and as we all know, the MSM hates the truth. Read her statement below; emphases by Sott editor.
It was reported yesterday that Ms. Lauryn Hill has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor failure to file taxes. These charges were incurred for the years of 2005-2007, during a time in which Ms. Hill had removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger. In response to these charges, Ms. Hill has issued the following statement:

"For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance. I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it's control over a given paradigm. I've seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power. These devices of control, no matter how well intentioned (or not), can have a devastating outcome on the lives of people, especially creative types who must grow and exist within a certain environment and according to a certain pace, in order to live and create optimally.

I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it. During this critical healing time, there were very few people accessible to me who had not already been seduced or affected by this machine, and therefore who could be trusted to not try and influence or coerce me back into a dynamic of compromise. Individual growth was expected to take place unnaturally, or stagnated outright, subject to marketing and politics. Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright. When one has a prolific creative output like I did/do, and is then forced to stop, the effects can be dangerous both emotionally and psychologically, both for the artist and those in need of that resource. It was critically important that I find a suitable pathway within which to exist, without being distorted or economically strong-armed.

During this period of crisis, much was said about me, both slanted and inaccurate, by those who had become dependent on my creative force, yet unwilling to fully acknowledge the importance of my contribution, nor compensate me equitably for it. This was done in an effort to smear my public image, in order to directly affect my ability to earn independently of this system. It took a long time to locate and nurture a community of people strong enough to resist the incredibly unhealthy tide, and more importantly see through it. If I had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family. Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option.

As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by. This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children.

There were no exotic trips, no fleet of cars, just an all out war for safety, integrity, wholeness and health, without mistreatment denial, and/or exploitation. In order to liberate myself from those who found it ok to oppose my wholeness, free speech and integral growth by inflicting different forms of punitive action against it, I used my resources to sustain our safety and survival until I was able to restore my ability to earn outside of it!

When artists experience danger and crisis under the effects of this kind of insidious manipulation, everyone easily accepts that there was something either dysfunctional or defective with the artist, rather than look at, and fully examine, the system and its means and policies of exploiting/'doing business'. Not only is this unrealistic, it is very dark in its motivation, conveniently targeting the object of their hero worship by removing any evidence that they 'needed' or celebrated this very same resource just years, months or moments before. Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process.

It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else. Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking. To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights! These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech! Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!

Learning from the past, insulating friends and family from the influence of external manipulation and corruption, is far more important to me than being misunderstood for a season! I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.

I conveyed all of this when questioned as to why I did not file taxes during this time period. Obviously, the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments, as authorities, who despite being told all of this, still chose to pursue action against me, as opposed to finding an alternative solution.

My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family.

As this, and other areas of issue are resolved and set straight, I am able to get back to doing what I should be doing, the way it should be done. This is part of that process. To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me."
A few songs by Lauryn Hill from the album MTV Unplugged No. 2.0.


America's Student Loan Racket

student debt protestor
© AP
This writer's recent book titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" includes a chapter on America's student loan racket. It discusses the issue in detail.

It explains a disturbing government/corporate partnership. Students are exploited for profit. Providers are enriched. For many, rising tuition and fees make higher education unaffordable. Others need large loans to attend. As a result, they become debt entrapped.

Some face burdens up to $100,000 or higher. If unpaid after 30 years, it's a $500,000 obligation. If default or declare bankruptcy, it's unforgiven. Bondage is permanent.

Lenders thrive from defaults. Wages can be garnished. So can portions of Social Security and other retirement benefits. A conspiratorial alliance of lenders, guarantors, servicers, and collection companies derive income from debt service and inflated collection fees.

Education today grows more unaffordable. Many students are priced out and can't attend. Others become debt entrapped. Growing numbers remain there for life. A predatory system fleeces them.

Principle, accrued interest, late payment and collection agency penalties create enormous burdens to repay.

Once entrapped, escape is impossible. Unless repaid, future lives and careers are impaired. Today's economic crisis exacerbates conditions. Job opportunities are scarce. Ones for higher education grads are even fewer.