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Greece Austerity Protests Grow

Demonstrators gather Greece
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Demonstrators gather during a peaceful rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Thousands of protesters have gathered for a 12th consecutive day to protest at fiscal austerity measures and demand that Greece stop paying its debtors. They have also denounced politicians of all stripes as incompetent and corrupt.
Tens of thousands Greeks rallied in central Athens on Sunday to denounce politicians, bankers and tax dodgers, as the government prepared to inflict another bout of austerity demanded by its international lenders.

"Thieves - hustlers - bankers," read one banner as more than 50,000 people packed the main Syntagma square outside parliament to vent their frustration over rising joblessness as austerity bites, blaming the crisis on political corruption.

Turnout was the biggest so far in a series of 12 nightly rallies on the square inspired by Spain's protest movement.

Amidst a sea of splayed hands waved at the parliament building -- an offensive gesture for Greeks -- one demonstrator raised a placard reading "Bravo Yemen", whose president underwent surgery in Saudi Arabia for injuries suffered in a rocket attack on his palace.


Malta: Star The Miracle Dog, Shot 40 Times And Buried Alive, Survives

It seems some animals can overcome even the most gruesome of fates.

These stories of survival are simply incredible, like this dog, who survived over 3 dozen gun shots from a pellet gun and a burial, according to TIME. The stray dog, named Star by her rescuers, was found buried up to her snout in sand in Malta.

It seems to be a miracle in and of itself that authorities were actually able to find her. According to the New York Daily News she was also well hidden.


US: Cops taser a couple of teens, did they go too far?

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Lorain County, Ohio -Two girls were hitting and pulling each others hair.

No one had a weapon and no one attacked an officer so why were both teens tazed? That's the question being asked.

It happened in Lorain County outside Whittier Middle School.

13-year old Stephanie Reese was one of the victims.

"Just a rush going through my body. I couldn't move my hands. I couldn't move my body. I was just going crazy," said Stephanie Reese.

Reese admits she was fighting with another girl when a police officer decided he needed to use force to break it up.


US: Family Furious After Queens Woman Leaves Nearly $250K to Doomsday Prophet

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Wilful Donation: Queens widow Doris Schmitt in her will left $250,000 to "Rapture" guy Harold Camping.

The family of a lonely Queens widow is outraged after she left nearly a quarter-million dollars in her will to the bogus doomsday prophet who led his flock to falsely believe that the world would come to an end on May 21.

"If the money had gone to any other charity in the world my family would be fine with it," Schmitt's great-nephew, Chris Heuwetter, told The Post.

"But it's going to this kooky preacher and that's why we're upset."

Doris Schmitt, 78, died alone in her Rosedale home just weeks before May 21 -- the date that wacky radio preacher Harold Camping claimed the world would end.


US: 13 injured when bounce houses go airborne in New York

A heavy gust of wind blew away inflatable bounce houses with children inside at a New York soccer event, leaving 13 people injured, authorities said late Saturday.

The Oceanside United Soccer Club in Long Island was hosting a tournament Saturday afternoon when three bounce houses started floating away, said Eric Evensen, a Nassau County police officer.

"As children were inside, a heavy gust of wind blew across the field, raising them off the ground and sending them airborne," he said. "Once they hit the ground, they began rolling and struck several people on the ground."

Lara Rhatigan said she was about to enter a ride when her neck got hooked by a rope connected to a bounce house.


People Power! Bank of America Gets Pad-Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It

Collier County, Florida -- Have you heard the one about a homeowner foreclosing on a bank?

Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.

Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.

It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn't owe a dime on their home.

The couple said they paid cash for the house.

The case went to court and the homeowners were able to prove they didn't owe Bank of America anything on the house. In fact, it was proven that the couple never even had a mortgage bill to pay.

Alarm Clock

Hong Kong's "Tiger Parents" Face the Pressure

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Since Amy Chua published her Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, it has dominated school-gate conversation in Hong Kong, with parents soul-searching over how much they demand of their children. The American mother's account of her Chinese-influenced, high-pressure parenting sounded more than a little familiar in the fiercely competitive city, where parents say they are also pushed to perform.
Hong Kong - Since Amy Chua published her Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother it has dominated school-gate conversation in Hong Kong, with parents soul-searching over how much they demand of their children.

The American mother's account of her Chinese-influenced, high-pressure parenting sounded more than a little familiar in the fiercely competitive city, where parents say they are also pushed to perform.

Jachinson Chan's daughters, aged 11 and 13, are ferried to an extracurricular activity every day of the week -- from Spanish to guitar, tennis and extra mathematics.

"People think we're crazy," he said -- but not because his children are too busy. "We're a joke among our friends because we don't have that many activities."

And not just any activity is good enough. "Piano is no longer considered a big deal," said Chan. "If your kid is in primary school and he or she can play the piano really well, the schools will yawn.

"You need trombone, for example -- something that not many people want to play. Parents are encouraging their kids to play the oboe."

OECD rankings generally place Hong Kong above the international average in education standards, and often near the top worldwide, but local universities only take 18 percent of school students.

So as parents climb the ladder in one of the world's most competitive economies, they and their children must also contend with the academic equivalent.

The results? A survey by retail group Plaza Hollywood in April said more than two-thirds of Hong Kong parents placed a higher premium on their child's grades than their health -- though the survey was unclear about its methods.

Media reports have said that children as young as three are being taught for 10 hours a day at some kindergartens.

Comment: Perhaps expectations in general should not be based on what society as a whole defines as success but rather what is healthiest for the child in the long term.

For more information regarding the effect of parental expectations on children, see this Sott link:

Parents' expectations, styles can harm college students' self-esteem

Star of David

Libyan 'rebels' (unlike Ghaddafi) will recognise Israel, Bernard-Henri Lévy tells Netanyahu

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Bernard-Henri Lévy, a leading French Zionist, seen here speaking at a rally in support of Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, helps galvanise people in favour of the Zionist World Revolution.
Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) is ready to recognise Israel, according to French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who says he has passed the message on to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The NTC "will be concerned with justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel" it it takes power, Lévy said after meeting Netanyahu Thursday.

"The future regime will maintain normal relations with other democratic countries, including Israel."

Netanyahu's office confirmed the meeting with Lévy but did not comment on the discussion. "The prime minister likes to meet intellectuals," a spokesperson said.

Bizarro Earth

Jewish Groups Blast "Foreskin Man" Comic Book's "Overly Anti-Semitic" Images on Circumcision

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Front page of Foreskin Man comic, created as part of campaign to ban circumcision in California.
Los Angeles - A politically motivated comic book pitting a blond superhero called "Foreskin Man" against a sinister-looking "Monster Mohel" is causing a serious flap in California.

The colorful series was created by the "intactivist" group MGMBill.org as part of its campaign to ban circumcision through ballot initiatives.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is blasting it as overtly anti-Semitic.

"Foreskin Man, with its grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes, reaches a new low and is disrespectful and deeply offensive," Nancy J. Appel, ADL Associate Regional Director, said in a statement Friday.

The online series portrays a menacing-looking mohel - someone specially trained to perform the traditional Jewish circumcision ceremony - waving bloody scissors over a screaming baby laid out on a pool table.


US: Man Accused of Killing Florida Baby Arrested in Alabama

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Charles Colvin Jr
A man accused of killing a 6-month-old baby in the Florida Panhandle has been arrested in Alabama and is awaiting extradition.

Fort Walton Beach police say Charles Lenear Colvin Jr. was arrested Thursday in Opp, Ala.

The 24-year-old is charged with murder in the death of Xavier Boyd on Feb. 9.

According to a police report, Colvin told police the baby had choked on some formula and stopped breathing. The baby died at a Pensacola hospital.

A medical examiner concluded the baby died from blunt force trauma to the back of his head.

Fort Walton Beach police say Colvin fled after an arrest warrant was issued April 21.

Police spokesman Rick Hord says investigators recently received tips that Colvin was in Alabama.