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The Revolving Door of Insanity or From the Frying Pan Into The Fire

"I freed a thousand slaves - I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman

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Are we hamsters running endlessly on a spinning wheel, oblivious to the fact that we are substantively going nowhere but backwards? Or, are we reasoning, critically thinking human beings who have enough sense to comprehend the enormous difference between being on a perpetually spinning wheel, and making real systemic change that serves the needs and aspirations of ordinary people? The time is here and now for everyday, ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people to address and honestly answer this question. We must take responsibility for our collective destinies.

The political system of the United States really is one wherein the following words, attributed to Charlie King, so thoroughly apply: "America is a melting pot, the people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top." The obvious question is why? Why is this allowed to continue? The answer is not complicated. It is the denial, self delusion, lethargy, and hypocrisy on the part of far too many people in this nation -- stoked and perpetuated -- by the corporate-owned Democratic and Republican parties, the corporate-stream 'news' media, and their concomitant systemic 'educational' institutions. The scum does not float to the top by osmosis. It is quite deliberate.

Bad Guys

Neurosurgeon Jack Kruse booted from Carnival ship over fake tweet

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Nashville neurosurgeon Jack Kruse says he's the victim of cyber sabotage.

Kruse was scheduled as a guest speaker Monday for Jimmy Moore's 5th Annual Low-Carb Cruise on the Carnival Magic out of Galveston, Texas.

But before the ship departed Sunday afternoon, the cruise line learned of a Twitter message from an account containing quotes allegedly from Kruse.

The account - @s...krusesays, which contains an expletive - contained messages claiming Kruse had a "vial of Legionnaires for epic biohack." The Twitter account has since been disabled.

When Carnival learned of the tweet, it contacted authorities, and Galveston police, the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard boarded the ship to investigate.


Outrage Over Madeleine McCann Photo Used in Holiday Advert

Kate and Gerry McCann were "horrified" to discover that the last photograph taken of their missing daughter Madeleine had been used to promote holidays in Portugal.
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Madeleine at the time of her disappearance and as she might look now
The familiar image of the three-year-old was used to illustrate deals offered by lowcostholidays.com on the website VoucherDigg.

But the travel company said it had no advertising contract with the voucher website and admitted that the use of the little girl's picture was "vile".

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, branded it "appallingly insensitive" and said law firm Carter-Ruck had been called in to demand removal of the picture with "immediate effect".

The VoucherDigg site sells breaks in a self-catering family apartment in Albufeira, Algarve, just 25 miles from Praia da Luz, the resort from which Madeleine disappeared five years ago.

The photograph of her dangling her legs in a swimming pool dressed in a pink dress and white sunhat, was taken just hours before she vanished from the family's holiday apartment.


IAEA Inspector Killed in Iran Car Crash

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Tehran - A U.N. nuclear inspector from South Korea was killed and a colleague was injured in a car crash Tuesday near a reactor site in central Iran, state media and the nuclear watchdog agency said.

Iran's state TV said the South Korean inspector was thrown from of the car. He was not wearing a seat belt, the report said, quoting police. The two inspectors were riding in the backseat of the car.

The TV showed video of the other inspector in a hospital bed, not seriously injured. It said the driver, who lost control of the car, was also slightly injured.

State TV showed video of the heavily damaged vehicle.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement it was in touch with the inspectors' families and Iranian authorities.

The IAEA did not name the inspector killed in the crash, but Iran's official IRNA news agency identified as Seo Ok-Seok from South Korea.

IRNA said the inspectors' car overturned near a heavy water reactor being built in Khondab, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Tehran.


Philippines Department Store Fire Kills 17 Sleeping Shop Staff

Shop staff sleeping in a Philippines department store were killed when a fire swept through the building before dawn on Wednesday.

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Volunteers carry a bag containing the body of a victim of the fire that broke out in a clothing store in Butuan City, killing 17 employees
Out of 21 female employees trapped in the fire, 17 were killed, with one still missing and three surviving by jumping from a second-storey window, the provincial fire department said.

"Twenty-one people were asleep on the second floor when the fire struck the ground floor. They could not find the emergency exit because of the huge volume of black smoke," Chief Inspector Mario Palarca said by telephone.


Police Arrest 23 Union Protesters at Florida Casino

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Pro-union protesters demonstrate in front of Mardi Gras casino in Hallandale Beach Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Police arrested 23 protesters for trespassing when they blocked the entrance to Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach.

The Miami Herald reports the arrests came around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as the protesters gathered to complain about what they consider union-busting tactics by the casino. They were also demanding that the casino reinstate workers who were fired after trying to unionize.

Hallandale Beach Police say about 100 protesters blocked the west entrance to keep patrons from entering the casino. Police and casino officials warned them they were trespassing. The protesters who refused to leave were arrested.

Eye 1

'Remorseful Robber' Stabs Girlfriend 34 Times While Daughter's Friend Watched Through Video Chat

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Christopher Piantedosi at his arraignment Monday in Woburn District Court in the murder of his girlfriend.
US - New Hampshire's so-called "Remorseful Robber" is accused of stabbing his girlfriend 34 times in a brutal murder that was witnessed by his daughter's friend who was in the middle of a video chat on an iPad at the time of the killing, a prosecutor said.

Details of the gruesome murder were revealed Monday morning when Christopher Piantedosi, 39, of Methuen, Mass., was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on a murder charge in Woburn District Court.

Piantedosi, who last year admitted to stealing a New Hampshire woman's wallet and other items and later returning them with a note of apology, said nothing and stared at the floor as Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Nicole Allain described how he repeatedly stabbed his longtime girlfriend, Kristen Pulisciano, 38, in front of their 15-year-old daughter last Thursday night at her Burlington, Mass., home.

The murder followed his arrest by Plaistow, N.H., police last summer after he stole from a woman's purse at a Plaistow Market Basket on July 18.

Piantedosi later mailed the wallet back to her and then showed up at her house to return her $90, plus an extra $10, wrapped up in an apology letter along with her stolen GPS and a new charger. Piantedosi signed the letter "Stupid" and was later dubbed the "remorseful robber" by police.


Gun Parts Found in Stuffed Animals at Rhode Island Airport

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Pistol parts hidden in a stuffed animal found by TSA officials at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., Monday May 7, 2012.
US - Police at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport said Tuesday that a domestic dispute was behind an incident in which gun components and ammunition were found hidden inside a child's stuffed animals, including a Mickey Mouse.

Authorities later allowed the 4-year-old boy and his father to continue their travel to Detroit after concluding the man didn't pose a risk, authorities said. He told police that he didn't know the parts were inside the stuffed toys.

"It appears to be the result of a domestic dispute," Rhode Island Airport Police Chief Leo Messier said in a statement. "It was jointly investigated by the RI Airport Police, FBI and the RI State Police and it was determined that there was no threat at any time to air safety."

Officials with airport police and the Transportation Security Administration declined to comment further, saying the incident remained under investigation.

Bizarro Earth

Politician's disappearance fuels Bangladesh crisis

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In this April 29, 2012 file photo, Bangladeshi opposition activists throw stones at vehicles during a nationwide general strike against the abduction of opposition politician Elias Ali in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The abduction of Ali and his driver as they returned home from meeting supporters at a hotel on April 17, 2012, has sparked one of Bangladesh's biggest crisis in years. The clashes have reignited hostilities between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her archrival Khaleda Zia, who have alternated in power since a pro-democracy movement ousted the last military regime in 1990.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh - The night watchman was dozing in a wooden chair just after midnight on a deserted Bangladeshi street when he was startled by a scream. A group of men were pulling two people from a car and forcing them into a black microbus; "The two guys were shouting, 'Save us,'" before the car pulled away, Lutfar Rahman said.

The abductions of an opposition politician and his driver last month have sparked Bangladesh's biggest crisis in years, raised hostilities between the most prominent leaders of its fragile democracy and highlighted a series of seemingly political disappearances.


North Carolina Voters Ban Gay Marriage, Civil Unions

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Lynda Miller casts her vote Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Belville Elementary School in Brunswick County, N.C.
North Carolinians voted to change the state constitution Tuesday to say that the only valid "domestic legal partnership" in the state is marriage between a man and a woman, according to the AP's projection. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent with most counties reporting, making North Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution.

The state already outlawed gay marriage, but the constitutional amendment makes it more difficult for politicians to ever change the law. The amendment also means that a handful of North Carolina municipalities that extended benefits to the domestic partners of their employees will no longer be able to do so, since marriage is now the only valid legal partnership in the state. Former President Bill Clinton urged the state's voters not to support the amendment in robocalls, while President Barack Obama's office said he was also against the change.