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Killer Dad: I feel like I killed my daughters twice

Chris Watts Killer Dad
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The Colorado monster convicted of murdering his family feels that he killed his two young daughters "twice" — because they survived his first attempt to smother them before he got back into bed and strangled his wife, according to his prison pen pal who wrote a book about the case.

Author Cheryln Cadle, who has reportedly exchanged letters and phone calls with accused killer Chris Watts — the basis for her book, "Letters from Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts Family Murders" — shared the disturbing account in a Tuesday "Dr. Oz" interview.

Watts told Cadle that the plan was to kill his daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, first before turning his attention to his 15-weeks-pregnant wife, Shanann, the author shared.

Comment: Are we supposed to feel bad for him? No one in their right mind should feel pity for the man who murdered his family. That kind of manipulation is what is typically seen in the behavior of psychopaths.

For more on this story, check out the Chris Watts Documentary:


Jonathan Haidt: The dark psychology of social networks and why it feels like everything is going haywire

abstract painting
© Mark Pernice
Suppose that the biblical story of Creation were true: God created the universe in six days, including all the laws of physics and all the physical constants that apply throughout the universe. Now imagine that one day, in the early 21st century, God became bored and, just for fun, doubled the gravitational constant. What would it be like to live through such a change? We'd all be pulled toward the floor; many buildings would collapse; birds would fall from the sky; the Earth would move closer to the sun, reestablishing orbit in a far hotter zone.

Let's rerun this thought experiment in the social and political world, rather than the physical one. The U.S. Constitution was an exercise in intelligent design. The Founding Fathers knew that most previous democracies had been unstable and short-lived. But they were excellent psychologists, and they strove to create institutions and procedures that would work with human nature to resist the forces that had torn apart so many other attempts at self-governance.

For example, in "Federalist No. 10," James Madison wrote about his fear of the power of "faction," by which he meant strong partisanship or group interest that "inflamed [men] with mutual animosity" and made them forget about the common good. He thought that the vastness of the United States might offer some protection from the ravages of factionalism, because it would be hard for anyone to spread outrage over such a large distance. Madison presumed that factious or divisive leaders "may kindle a flame within their particular States, but will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States." The Constitution included mechanisms to slow things down, let passions cool, and encourage reflection and deliberation.


'False wall' found in Colorado Springs day care owner's house with 26 kids in basement

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A day care in Colorado Springs is under investigation for reportedly housing too many children in a nearby home in the basement.
Colorado Springs Police are reporting they were executing a welfare check at a Colorado Springs day care, leading them to the owner's house where they found a "false wall" and 26 children in the basement. All of the kids found were younger than three.

Authorities were conducting the welfare check at Play Mountain Place on Wednesday. They had received multiple complaints that the facility was housing more children in their care than their license permitted. Play Mountain Place is located along Willamette Avenue off N. Institute Street just west of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

When officers arrived to the day care facility, there were no children inside. Officers tried to contact the owner at her residence, which is on the same property as the day care facility.

"The owner, identified as 58-year-old Carla Faith, refused to cooperate with officers; however, officers could hear the noises of children coming from her home," Lt. James Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department wrote in a release. "During their investigation, officers found a false wall that led to the home's basement. When officers walked down the stairs, they located two adults and 26 kids inside a finished basement, all of who were under the age of three-years-old. Officers immediately began working with [The Colorado Department of Human Services] to release the children back to their parents."

The owner, Carla Faith, was not arrested. Police are reporting detective plan to pursue "appropriate" charges. It isn't clear if the other two employees found in the basement will face charges.

Brick Wall

Judge rules 'ISIS bride' Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen

Hoda Muthana
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Hoda Muthana
"ISIS bride" Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen — and America is under no obligation to let her back into the country, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Judge Reggie Walton found there was enough evidence to prove Muthana — the US-born mom who fled her home in Alabama to join the terror group in Syria in 2014 but has been begging to come back to the US — was born while her father was a Yemeni diplomat, BuzzFeed News reported.

The judge said Muthana's father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, can't provide financial support to either her or her 2-year-old son, Adam, who was born in ISIS territory, without facing potential charges of providing material support to terrorism.

Arrow Down

A&E waiting times in England worst on record, other key targets missed


Just 83.6% of patients arriving at all types of A&E were treated or admitted within four hours, according to NHS England data. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA
A&E waiting times are at their worst on record as the NHS comes under intense pressure before what doctors and hospital bosses fear will be a very tough winter for the service.

Less than three-quarters (74.5%) of people who sought care at A&E unit in England in October were treated and then discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours - the smallest proportion since the target was introduced in 2004.

That is far below the 95% of patients that ministers and NHS chiefs say should be dealt with by A&E staff within four hours.

Comment: RT reports:
While UK politicians scrap for votes to help them gain power in the election, new data published by NHS England show that British people are struggling to survive as emergency hospital waiting times reach shocking levels.

The wellbeing of the NHS - a treasured British institution - is a major concern for people, coming second only to Brexit on their list of priorities. So, with the UK in the middle of a general election campaign, such woeful figures may have a damaging impact on the Tory government.

Perhaps sensing that this could have catastrophic consequences for the Tories, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth leapt on the new NHS figures, tweeting: "It's official - the Tories have pushed our NHS into crisis."

The Tories' Health Secretary Matt Hancock attempted to downplay his government's role in the poor statistics, insisting that his party was pledging the "biggest cash boost to the NHS but Corbyn's chaotic policies will put that at risk." The Tories have been in power since 2010.

No UK political party can claim to be completely innocent in the defunding and overall destruction of the NHS, although the Tories certainly have given it their best shot.

Knowing that the NHS will be such a pivotal issue in December's snap poll, both the Conservatives and Labour have promised to spend big on it. Labour has announced that an extra £26 billion ($33.4 billion) will be allocated in real terms - around £6 billion ($7.7 billion) more than the Tories.
See also: Cost of Privatization in UK: Rail, water & utilities hit households financially - study


Mass pig slaughter to combat swine fever turns South Korean river red

pig slaughter South Korea
A river coloured red with pigs blood in Yeoncheon county near the Demilitarise Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
A river near the inter-Korean border turned red with the blood of pigs slaughtered as Seoul attempts to curb the spread of African swine fever.

South Korea has culled around 380,000 pigs since the first case of the haemorrhagic disease - which is not harmful to humans but is highly infectious in swine - was reported in September.

Pig cases are nearly always fatal and there is no antidote or vaccine, with the only known way to prevent the disease from spreading being a mass cull of livestock.

A local NGO said that heavy rains last week caused blood from a burial site near the inter-Korean border - where some 47,000 pig carcasses were piled up - to seep into the Imjin River on Sunday, turning some of the stream red.


Ceasefire agreement reached in Gaza, Israel

Gaza Israel
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Tensions escalated in the Gaza Strip on 31 October, as IDF reported a rocket launched at its territory from across the border. Since then, the Israeli military has detected hundreds of rockets fired from the enclave.

A ceasefire agreement has been reached between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group, Kann News reported. According to an Egyptian source, it comes into effect at 5:30 am.

Earlier in the day, the leader of Islamic Jihad, Zeyad al-Nakhala, offered Israel terms for a ceasefire in the Gaza strip, while also accusing Israeli forces of starting the aggressive actions in the region.

Heart - Black

'Are you immortal? Let me check!' Terrified witnesses recall gunman blasting students at Russian college to Nirvana's music

College shooting in Russia
© RIA Novosti/Yevgeny Zemtsov
He was kicked out of the classroom for being late, but returned with a high-power shotgun and blasted fellow students at point-blank range. Witnesses have recalled the rampage at a college in Russia's Far East.

What seemed to be a regular day turned into a nightmare for students of the Amur College of Construction and Utilities in the city of Blagoveshchensk, near the Chinese border. Their quiet, below-average classmate - who they say was bullied at school - turned into a cold-blooded gunman after a seemingly unremarkable incident on Thursday morning.

The 19-year-old student, identified by the media as Daniil Zasorin, was told to leave after he came late for class. It is hard to tell what was actually behind his decision to return with his firearm - legally obtained and registered to the shooter himself - constant bullying or something more painful.

Some students suggested it was vengeance against his classmates for allegedly raping his girlfriend, according to Telegram channel Mash. The crime, they say, occurred inside the college building, and was to become a bloodbath in a matter of minutes.

Comment: Previously: 1 killed, several injured after college student opens fire at classmates in Russia's Far East


'Viva Morales': Massive march in Buenos Aires mobilizes against coup in Bolivia

Bolivian march
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The Bolivian community's massive march in Buenos Aires.
"We will return better, we will fight, we will win and we will return. Long live Evo Morales Ayma," Bolivians living in Argentina chanted in unison.

Thousands of demonstrators marched Tuesday along the main avenue in Argentina's capital to reach the Bolivian Embassy in Buenos Aires, condemning the coup that Bolivia is going through and offering full support to the legitimate president Evo Morales.

A prominent figure of the Bolivian community in that country Iber Mamani thanked the "support offered by the social and political organizations of the popular Argentinian countryside that pronounced themselves against the coup," and demanded the protection of "the lives of the comrades who today are being persecuted, kidnapped and tortured."

The leader of the MST Vilma Ripoll also present at the march, expressed the her "rejection to the coup carried out by the big bosses, the corporations and the armed forces, and endorsed by politicians like Mauricio Macri who until now has not declared anything about it."

Comment: See also:


India's MoD wants 550 robotic surveillance units for Jammu and Kashmir, prototypes requested

2 on patrol
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From helping in cordon-and-search ops, negotiating obstacles to lobbing grenades at terrorists holed up in buildings, the Indian Army will soon have robots to help it in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Defence has started the process of procuring around 550 robotics surveillance units with minimum 25 years of service life for counter-insurgency ops in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said on Wednesday.

A senior Indian Army officer told IANS that these robots should be capable of climbing stairs and negotiating obstacles apart from throwing grenades at terrorists in built-up areas. "These robots should be capable enough for water fording with minimum 20-cm depth," the officer said.

During cordon-and-search-operations in the Valley, these robots will be the first line of defence, thus helping prevent casualties. "This would avoid casualty to our own troops during initial breach by terrorists," the officer said.