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Cop shoots himself to collect worker's comp and ignites a manhunt for an innocent man

Brian Eubanks and policemen
On April 11, 2017, Newcomerstown police launched a massive statewide "Blue Alert" manhunt for two suspects who allegedly opened fire on officer Brian Eubanks. Departments statewide combed the streets looking for two men in a black Geo Tracker, one wearing a red sweatshirt and the other wearing a lime green shirt. One was in a tactical vest and they were armed with a shotgun and handguns, the attorney general's office said. Authorities even had a suspect's name, Chaz Gillilan.

Social media took to sharing the story and prayers were sent the officer's way. Local media kept the town updated on Eubanks' status, and the town was relieved when they found out he would make a full recovery.

But everyone - the police departments, the state politicians, the media, and the citizens - had all been duped.

Chaz Gillilan never shot at Eubanks, nor did the other mythical suspect. No, Eubanks shot Eubanks. That's right. The blue alert, the statewide manhunt, the deprivation of Chaz Gillilan's rights, all of these happened because officer Eubanks shot himself - in an attempt to collect workers compensation - and then fabricated an elaborate story to cover it up.


How Jordan Peterson's stoic world view provides an antidote to nihilism, identity politics and the tribalism of cultural Marxism

Jordan Peterson
It reflects how polarised our age has become that Jordan B Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology, has become both a cultural rock star and an object of intense hate.

For Camille Paglia, the contrarian social historian, he is "the most important and influential Canadian thinker since Marshall McLuhan". (I would give the philosopher Charles Taylor that prize.)

Canadian columnist Tabatha Southey dismissed Peterson as "the stupid man's smart person" in a snarky article where she lampoons "his long, rambling pseudo-academic takes on common self-help advice and his weird fixation on Disney movies".

Peterson came to public attention when he opposed a Canadian law that added gender expression and identity to anti-discrimination law. He objected to the law being used to force people to use pronouns such as "ze" and "zher".

Eye 2

Israeli soldiers tear gas Palestinians planting olive trees near Nablus

palestine gas nablus
Israeli soldiers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinians, who were planting olive trees in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many of them.

Fuad Ma'ali, the head of Beita Local Council, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the Palestinians, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at them.

He added that dozens of residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment by local medics.

The official stated that the Palestinians were planting olive trees in their lands, which the army has been trying to illegally confiscate from them.

Comment: Destroying one of the few remaining Palestinian industries, not to mention a centuries-old cultural touchstone, is just one of the many ways Israel is attempting to erase the existence of Palestine.

Heart - Black

70yo assaulted 3 refugees outside German church, released by police

German police
© Lukas Barth
German police cordon is seen at the scene in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany, November 6, 2017.
A 70-year-old knifeman has assaulted three refugees in Germany, allegedly over dissatisfaction with the country's refugee policy. The attacker, however, has been released by police, who said there were no grounds to detain him.

The man assaulted three refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria outside a church in the western German town of Heilbronn on Saturday evening, local police said in a statement. All three men were injured, and a 25-year-old Iraqi was taken to hospital with severe injuries. The assailant was overpowered by a passerby, who restrained him until police arrived.

The 70-year old was "heavily intoxicated" at the time of the attack, the Heilbronn Prosecutor's Office and the police said in a joint statement on February 18. They also noted that the perpetrator had a clean criminal record and was "previously unknown to the police."

The incident is currently being treated as an "aggravated assault,"according to another joint statement that was issued on February 20. It added, however, that the case could be reclassified as "attempted murder."


Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation Comes Under Massive Fire, No Casualties Reported

Khmeimim Air Base in Syria
© Sputnik/ Michael Klimentyev
President Vladimir Putin visits Khmeimim Air Base in Syria
Sputnik has received reports that the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, a peace monitoring and humanitarian organization jointly run by Russia and Turkey, came under attack on Tuesday. No Russian casualties were reported from the incident, but Syrian civilians have been reported dead and injured.

"Residential areas, hotels in Damascus, as well as the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation came under massive shelling by illegal armed groups operating in East Ghouta area today, causing significant infrastructural damage and casualties among the civilian population," the center said in a statement.

"There are no casualties among the Russian military personnel," the statement added.

Stock Down

All signs are there: When do we come to our senses that America is bankrupted?

US deficit spending
© Real Investment Advice
Make America great again means spend money you don't have. This is not a recipe for success but rather one of failure. When do we come to our senses that America is bankrupted?



Left-wing indoctrination in schools is worse than you think

Teachers for social justice
© Teachers for Social Justice
Edina High School in suburban Minneapolis was long regarded as one of the country's top secondary schools. In recent years, its national ratings and its local reputation have slipped, perhaps in part because teachers are spending time promoting a left-wing agenda and bullying conservative students rather than teaching the subjects they are paid to teach.

Following last November's election, 80 Edina High School teachers - which must represent pretty much the entire faculty - signed an editorial in the school's newspaper that was basically a Democratic Party manifesto. The editorial was authored by Tim Klobuchar (second cousin). It went so far as to oppose calls for unity; unity, it implied, will exist only when all conservatives have been banished from the stage.

Comment: Do we even have an idea how rampant this syndrome is? Those who could or would report are being silenced by stigmatism and persecution for a differing opinion and choice. Sadly, children now are targets as this abomination to democracy and suppression of rights gains momentum.


Fukushima nuclear plant firm ordered to pay $143k to family of 102yo suicide victim

Japanese man
© Damir Sagolj / Reuters
A Japanese court has ordered the operators of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 15.2 million yen (US$143,400) in compensation to the family of 102-year-old Fumio Okubo, who killed himself rather than leave his home village.

On Tuesday, the Fukushima District Court ruled that the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) had to pay damages to Okubo's family, ruling that the nuclear disaster of 2011 was in large part responsible for his death.

"It is significant that the court recognized the eldest man in the village who would have lived out his final days in his homeland was hit by such a terrible tragedy," lawyer Yukio Yasuda said.

Okubo, who used to work as a farmer, had lived his whole life in the village of Iitate, some 40km (25 miles) from the disaster site of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the northeast of Japan. On March 11, 2011 the power plant was hit by a tsunami, sending its reactors into a meltdown.


Russian Foreign Ministry: Tens of Russian and CIS Citizens Killed in Syria Were Not Military

Allepo's historic citadel
© REUTERS/ Abdalrhman Ismail/File Photo
A general view taken a drone shows Allepo's historic citadel, controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, as seen from a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria, October 12, 2016
According to preliminary information shared by the Russian Foreign Ministry last week, at least 5 Russian volunteers were killed in US-led coalition's airstrike on pro-Damascus forces in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that tens of Russian and CIS nationals had been killed in recent clashes in Syria, emphasizing that they were not military.

"In the course of the recent military clashes, in which the Russian servicemen did not participate in any way [...], Russian and CIS countries' nationals were killed and several others were wounded."

Comment: See also: Moscow: '5 people could have been killed in US airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor, and we're not even sure they were Russians'

Arrow Up

Iraq Kurdistan Official: Turkey-Syria Team-Work is Most Welcome in Afrin Crisis

© Photo: Bertramz
Afrin, Syria
The ongoing crisis in Syria's Afrin, the subject of the Turkish military operation Olive Branch, cannot be resolved without an understanding between Turkey and Syria, Hemin Hawrami, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leadership Council, told Sputnik.

"If there will be Turkey involved with Syria and others to find a solution to end the miseries of the people, then it is most welcome. But if there is no mutual understanding between Turkey and Syria, between Russia and Turkey, and Turkey and Iran, and Iran and Syria, with taking into consideration the concerns of the Kurds on the ground, then it's a recipe for further destabilization and confrontation," Hemin Hawrami, who used to be a senior assistant to Iraqi Kurdistan's ex-President Massoud Barzani, said during Valdai Discussion Club's Middle East Conference when asked if such a deal between YPG and Damascus can be a way out.

He stressed that for the Kurds, any solution which would protect the life of the Kurds and other citizens in Syria would be a beginning to bring violence to an end.