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Lambs to the Slaughter: Boston lockdown for manhunt of bombings 'suspect'

Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me...

- some guy, some place, some time long ago

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© Charles Krupa / Associated Press
Police State Boston: A SWAT team prepares to make a house to house search as residents leave the home in Watertown, Mass. on April 19, in their bathrobes and without their shoes. We bet that no search-warrants were issued either.
Don't bother reading this essay, it won't do any good. I mean it, stop reading now, there is no point, it's hopeless. There is nothing worth saying anymore.

All day yesterday the talking heads on the TV informed me that the entire city of Boston is "on lockdown" as enforcement officials search door to door for the one remaining "suspect" in the Marathon Bombings.

And like the obedient, traumatized robots they are, the good citizens of Boston just rolled over and complied. Grateful for the protection of their black-combat-gear-laden overlords, they accepted being harassed and corralled like sheep in their own homes.

Filled with the adrenaline of being directly involved in the center of this clearly manufactured crisis, they waited, trembling inside their bedrooms, not even dimly aware of how they were manipulated and played.

Seriously, how is it possible that people still buy this crap?

Ever wonder why scores of people numbly and willingly lined up for the gas chambers in World War II, without a shred of resistance, without even trying to fight back?

This is why.

This is what we've become.

A nation of slaves.

Blind, deaf, dumb and paralyzed with fear.

Arrow Up

U.S. focuses on social issues, ignoring real injustices of this world

Dalit
© Associated Press
Seven-year-old Dalit girl was burned for walking on a High Caste pathway.
Here in the United States, we tend to make much ado about nothing, losing perspective of what is truly a hardship in the world.

Other than some genuinely pressing matters such as our economic and immigration policy, our politics revolve around purely social topics, like gay marriage or intelligent design-based educational curriculums, important perhaps, but not .

This is not so in every corner of the globe. There are real injustices in countless societies, even ones as successful as India

Over the last few weeks, I have been conversing with Yogesh Varhade, who is president of the Ambedkar Centre for Justice and Peace. He and his organization fight tirelessly for the interests of those stuck at the bottom of India's ages-old caste system.

While every country does have a class structure of some kind, the sort that has prevailed in India is unique. According to ancient tradition, those born into a certain caste are mandated to remain in it for life. This designation has nothing to do with race, ethnicity or even religious differentiation. It is a social construct that has endured well into the modern day, preventing untold millions from looking up at the stars, let alone reaching for them.

The politics Varhade discussed had nothing to do with left, right, liberal, conservative, or whatever. Rather they were the stuff of oppression and violence. A particularly brutal story was the one of a young man who fell in love with an upper-caste woman. He asked for her hand in marriage, and an assailant hacked him to death along with two others.

Bizarro Earth

Mom who allegedly kept her two sons in Ewing, New Jersey storage locker held on $75,000 bail

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© Alex Zdan/The Times
Two children were taken into protective custody this morning after police found them living in a locker at a Ewing self-storage facility, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation. The storage locker interior is shown in photo.
A woman who allegedly lived with her two young boys inside a Ewing storage locker for weeks is being held on $75,000 bail and will likely spend the weekend in jail, police said today.

Sheena Johnson, 27, faces two second-degree counts of child endangerment after Trenton police officers found the two boys, ages 5 and 10, inside the roughly five-foot-by-ten-foot locker at Extra Space Storage on the 1400 block of Prospect Street in Ewing Thursday morning.

Trenton Officer Robert Arnwine tracked the boys down after Johnson was arrested for allegedly slashing the tires of her boyfriend's car on Calhoun Street earlier.

Johnson was also charged with violating a restraining order, Lt. Mark Kieffer said today. Trenton police said Johnson had been turned over to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office and would probably be taken to the Mercer County Corrections Center.

Heart - Black

Indian girl, 5, in serious condition after being raped, tortured for 2 days

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© AP Photo/Channi Anand
A schoolgirl participates in a candle-light vigil for the speedy recovery of a 5-year-old girl who was raped and tortured in Delhi, at Heritage School in Jammu, India, Saturday, April 20, 2013
A 5-year-old girl was in serious condition Saturday after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India's capital for two days, officials said.

The girl went missing Monday and was found Wednesday by neighbors who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her parents, said Delhi police official Deepak Mishra. The girl was found alone locked in a room and left for dead, he said.

A 24-year-old man who lived in the room where the girl was found was arrested Saturday in Muzaffarpur town in Bihar state, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) east of New Delhi, Mishra said. The man was flown to New Delhi, where a magistrate ordered that he be held in police custody.

The girl suffered severe internal injuries, as well as cuts and bite marks on her face and torso, said D.K. Sharma, the medical superintendent of the government-run hospital in New Delhi where she was being treated. Sharma described the girl's condition as "serious" and said doctors were trying to stabilize her condition.

Blackbox

Texas fertilizer plant: Why was the blast so enormous?

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© LM Otero/AP
A firefighter stands on a rail line and surveys the remains of a fertilizer plant destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas, Thursday. A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight.
The explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant had the force of a magnitude 2.1 quake. Here's a look at how the combination of fire and materials at the facility could have produced the blast.

Rescuers are combing through leveled homes and apartment buildings in the hunt for survivors following Wednesday night's fire and explosion at a small fertilizer and grain-storage company near Waco, Texas.

Initial estimates put the number of fatalities at up to 15, with more than 160 people injured. The blast had enough energy to trip US Geological Survey seismographs as a magnitude 2.1 quake.

How did such a powerful explosion happen?

Evil Rays

Hysterization of society: Malden woman attacked by man accusing Muslims of Marathon bombings

Every day, Heba Abolaban of Malden checks on her family in war-strafed Syria, where water, bread and electricity are in short supply. She was far more worried about them than about herself on Wednesday morning when she put her baby daughter in a stroller and headed into the sunshine to a play group with a friend.

But as they strolled down Commercial Street, an angry-faced man charged toward the petite woman, his hand balled into a fist. He punched her hard in the shoulder and screamed curses inches from her face. Then he pointed at her and walked away shouting.

"He said, '(Expletive) you. (Expletive) you Muslims, You are terrorists, you are the ones who made the Boston explosion,'" said Abolaban, recalling the episode in a phone interview Thursday. "I was really, really completely shocked. I didn't know what to do. Then I realized what happened. I was crying and crying."

Abolaban, a 26-year-old physician who wears a traditional hijab, or head scarf, gripped the stroller carrying her nine-month old daughter and stood in shock. Soon, she and her friend, also pushing a baby stroller, burst into tears.

"I was so afraid he might hurt my baby," she said.

Ambulance

Blast at fertilizer plant kills nearly 70, injures 100s in Texas, authorities say

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A smoke cloud rises from an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, April 18, 2013.
Nearly 70 people have died and hundreds of others injured in a large explosion at a fertilizer plant in the US state of Texas, local emergency authorities say.

West Emergency Medical Services (EMS) director George Smith said that some 60 to 70 people died and hundreds of others were injured in the explosion on Wednesday at West Fertilizer plant in the city of West, located about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Waco.

An official at a hospital in Waco said that they were told to anticipate 100 injured people coming from the explosion area.

According to Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager, the fertilizer facility had an anhydrous ammonia explosion. However, the cause still remains unknown.

There have also been reports of several buildings to be on fire, including a middle school.

Heart

Irish official: Israel boycott passed without debate

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© Reuters
The Irish flag
Boycott was reportedly adopted without any debate or discussion. Only proposer, seconder discussed item on agenda before vote.

The Irish trade union that adopted a boycott of Israel earlier this month did so without any debate or discussion, one of its officials told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

The Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) become the first educational trade union in Europe to adopt a boycott of Israeli academia.

At its annual conference on April 4, it voted to endorse a call by Palestinian activists for a boycott of the Jewish state, "including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programs."

The boycott motion was one of four - submitted months before the three-day conference - that made up the "Miscellaneous" section of the gathering's final day. Typically this section allots very little time to debate the finer details of a motion, and the first two motions - which looked at opposition to a new property tax and the funding of political parties in Ireland - took up all the allotted time, leaving none for the other two.

The boycott motion was third on the list.

Piggy Bank

Banksters and government bureaucrats planning raid on social security and Medicare

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© Marijus Auruskevicius /Shutterstock
President Obama's efforts to appease Washington's Serious People ran into serious obstacles last week. Responding to the cries of the Washington deficit hawks, President Obama proposed cutting Social Security by adopting a different measure of the rate of inflation for the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

This measure would gradually reduce the value of benefits through time. By age 75 retirees would see a benefit that is roughly 3 percent less than under current law. This is a much bigger hit to the income of the typical retiree than the tax increases at the end of last year were to the income of most of the wealthy people.

While cutting Social Security got the predictable applause from the Washington Postand other Washington establishment types, it prompted far more outrage among the president's base than he had anticipated. As a result, Obama's people were busy re-writing the plan at the time the budget was released, trying to ameliorate some of its worst effects.

However the basic objection remains. Why is a Democratic president trying to cut Social Security in response to a crisis created by a combination of Wall Street greed and Washington corruption and incompetence?

If we compare the most recent GDP projections from the Congressional Budget Office with the pre-crisis projections from 2007, the crisis will cost the country more than $17 trillion in lost output. This is more than $50,000 per person. And, rather than making the people responsible pay the cost, President Obama is now looking to cut the $1,250 monthly Social Security check that provides more than half of the income for the typical retiree.

Water

Profits for psychopathic corporations! Nestlé CEO says water should be privatized - not a basic human right

Do you believe water is a basic human right? According to Nestlé CEO water is a foodstuff that should be privatized, not a human right. Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck says that with the global population rising water is not a public right, but a resource that should be managed by businessmen. Please do share your thoughts.

Comment: A 2009 analysis of water and sewer utilities by Food and Water Watch found that private companies charge up to 80 percent more for water and 100 percent more for sewer services. Various privatization abuser failures occurred in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. This is because water corporations are primarily accountable to their stockholders, not to the people they serve, they will avoid serving low-income communities where bill collection might be an issue and because of the risk to profits, there is less incentive to maintain infrastructure.
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