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Brave woman takes on 3 armed home invaders, shoots one dead

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Three robbers got more than they expected when an attempted burglary went horribly wrong resulting in their accomplice being shot dead by a woman staying at the Atlanta property.

The two other raiders, who just managed to escape, are described as "armed and dangerous" and being hunted by police.

Gwinnett County Police have released compelling footage of the moment three men brandishing firearms were caught breaking into a house in the early hours of September 16.

CCTV video shows three men bursting through the front door in Spring Drive just before 4am. The group, with their faces uncovered, then appear to search the property.


Family of Keith Scott releases video of police fatally shooting him

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Family members of Keith Scott assemble near a press conference, held after protests against the police shooting of Scott, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 22, 2016
Keith Scott's family has released a video of police officers fatally shooting him that was recorded by his wife, who was talking to police from a distance. It was released to NBC News after law enforcement once again refused to release their footage.

Despite law enforcement's refusal to release any footage, Scott's family made the video recorded by his wife public.

"Don't shoot him! Don't shoot him! He has no weapon, he has no weapon," Scott's wife Rakeyia Scott says.

Officers then can be heard yelling in the background to drop the gun: "Drop the gun! Drop the f***ing gun!"

"He doesn't have a gun, he has a TBI [traumatic brain injury], he's not going to do anything. He just took his medicine," she tells officers.

Arrow Up

UNHCR: Yemeni death toll approaches 4,000 civilians

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Nearly 4,000 civilians were killed during one and a half years of the armed conflict in Yemen, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday.

"We note with deep concern the sharp increase in civilian casualties since the suspension of peace talks, with 180 people killed and 268 injured in August... In total, 3,980 civilians have been killed and 6,909 injured between 26 March 2015 and 22 September 2016," Cecile Pouilly said at a press briefing.

The August figures represent a 40-percent increase compared to the civilian casualties the previous month, with 60 killed and 123 injured, she noted.

"In the light of the high civilian casualty numbers and the terrible suffering of the civilian population, we urge all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, including their obligation to respect the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution. We reiterate our call for the setting up of an international and independent investigative body," Pouilly stressed. Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels since 2014. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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Oxfam: UK exacerbating humanitarian disaster in Yemen by supplying Saudi Arabia with arms, in breach of international law


U.S. Lawyer: After School Satan Club must be allowed to proceed

© Brandy Shreve / Skagit Valley Herald
Parents address the Mount Vernon School Board on Wednesday night during the public comment period to express their concerns and disapproval of the After School Satan Club.
A so-called "After School Satan Club" proposed by the Satanic Temple of Seattle to be held at Centennial Elementary School should be allowed to proceed, an attorney hired to represent the Mount Vernon School District said.

"I think that if the school district denied that application, you would face costly litigation that would be distracting from your mission," said Duncan Fobes of the Seattle-based law firm Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch during a Wednesday meeting of the Mount Vernon School Board. "And would ultimately be unsuccessful."

Fobes was hired by the district's risk-pool insurance group to assess whether the district had legal standing to deny the temple's application.

"We believe that it's clear that, because the district has a policy and procedure that encourages the use of community groups to use your facilities, because you do that, you must open it to this group," Fobes said. "You don't have to sponsor the group, you don't have to help the group."

A 2001 Supreme Court ruling, Good News Bible Club vs. Milford Central School District, stated that if schools allow any organization to use school property, they must allow all organizations — religious and secular — to have access.

Comment: Irrespective of one's beliefs this story stands as a symbol of the direction the U.S. has taken. An elementary school, charged with the care of young children, rendered helpless by a psychopathic 'money shall be god above all' system, which makes it all possible: "There really is no opportunity for us to say no to the Satanic Temple". Indeed. As above, so below.


ISIS radicalizes 2000 teens in France

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Around 2,000 teenagers have been radicalized by the Islamic State propaganda in France, a security source told Le Figaro newspaper, adding that the number of girls embracing jihadist ideology is on the rise.

Since the start of the year security force have identified 1,954 young men and women as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist organization sympathizers, Le Figaro newspaper reported.

An unnamed high-raked security service official told the paper that the levels of radicalization among teens in the country have increased by 121 percent compared to January 2015.

17 French youths have been killed as they fought for the jihadists in Syria and Iraq, the source added. According to the official, 37 teens have been recently indicted in the country on charges related to extremism and terrorism. Another trend that worries the authorities is the increasing number of teenage girls sympathizing with the Islamic State terrorists, he said.

The jihadists are looking for youths with psychological problems, who experience difficulties at school or go through their parents' divorce, the source stressed. Special recruiting techniques, employed by IS, make those young men and women an easy target for the radicals, he added.

Comment: Reaping what they sow? What goes around comes around? The US and cohorts' long list of accountability includes the delusions, susceptibility and recruitment of youth in ISIS supported nations.


Charlotte: Suspect arrested in Justin Carr murder

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Protesters light candles on September 22, 2016 at the site where Justin Carr was shot on September 21 during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police two days earlier and two nights of riots.
A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of Justin Carr during Wednesday night's protest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carr died on Thursday evening.

Rayquan Borum, 21, was identified through footage from the scene and arrested Friday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said. They are also using videos to identify suspects in property crimes that occurred Wednesday night, and Putney asked for the public's help in those investigations.

Carr was killed outside the Omni Hotel on Trade Street, where crowds were protesting Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Scott. Police were trying to contain protesters using tear gas. The sound of gunshots can be heard on numerous videos from the site of the demonstration. There have been reports that Carr might have been shot by a police rubber bullet.


What economic recovery? Americans are taking to living in vans down by the river

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Do you remember the old Saturday Night Live sketches in which comedian Chris Farley portrayed a motivational speaker that lived in a van down by the river? Unfortunately, this is becoming a reality for way too many Americans. As the middle class has shrunk and the cost of living has increased, a lot of people have decided to quite literally "live on the road". Whether it is a car, a truck, a van, a bus or an RV, an increasing number of Americans are using their vehicles as their homes. Just recently, someone that I know took a trip down the west coast of the United States and stayed at a number of campgrounds along the way. What she discovered was that a lot of people were actually living at these campgrounds. Of course there are some that actually prefer that lifestyle, but many others are doing it out of necessity.

Earlier this week, Circa.com posted a story about "the van life". One of the individuals that they featured was a recent graduate of the University of Southern California named Stephen Hutchins. Without much of an income at the moment, he decided that the best way to cut expenses was to live in his van...
"The main expenses are insurance for the van, which is like $60 a month," said Hutchins. "Then, I have a storage unit for like $60."

That puts his monthly rent at $120. The van cost him just $125 at an auction.

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Charity on the cheap: Woman can feed up to 150 people with only $20

You know what I find absolutely beautiful?

When a person takes over something that is usually left to be done by the government, does it a thousand times more efficiently, and does it with a true sense of compassion.

One of the major arguments that people have against less taxation and smaller government is that there will be no one to help the poor. If you don't want to see a huge percentage of your money extorted from your paycheck and funneled into expensive government programs, then you're accused of "hating poor people" or being a racist.

But think about it: it's human nature to resent being forced to do something like "give" your hard-earned money to the government so that they can dole it out to others. However, when force is not involved, then true compassion and generosity can shine through, and I believe it would do so far more often.

Snakes in Suits

Mayor of French town wants anyone on 'Fiche S' list kicked out of town

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A mayor of the French town of Évreux has come up with a radical suggestion to evict all the potentially dangerous individuals tracked by police out of town. The proposal comes after the official's request to reveal the names on the watchlist had been rejected.

Guy Lefranc, the head of the town, located in Normandy, says he initially demanded information on all the people on the "Fiche S" list living in Évreux. The "Fiche S" is an indicator used by French police to mark people considered to be a threat to national security.

Lefranc contacted the local prefect, saying that the safety of the town's residents was at stake and having such information at his disposal would help to tighten security. The mayor's request, however, was turned down.

Shooting down the mayor's "perfectly legitimate request" led him to making his radical suggestion on the eviction of all dangerous individuals.

"I am furious," the mayor told AFP on Thursday. "Given that the state does not give us the means to protect the people of Evreux, I demand the state expels all those who are "Fiche S". I feel compelled to ask for this expulsion because I am not entitled to a perfectly legitimate request to know all those who "Fiche S" are," mayor Lefranc said.

Comment: If local authorities are not even aware of who is on the list, that makes the list pretty useless. Individuals who do know who's on the list can then exploit that fact by either allowing acts of violence to go forward, or encouraging them, using the standard NATO strategy of tension.

Heart - Black

Cop charged with manslaughter in murder of Terence Crutcher released on bond

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Officer Betty Shelby of the City of Tulsa Police Department in Tulsa, Oklahoma is shown in this undated photo provided September 21, 2016.
Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, has been released on a $50,000 bond.

Officer Shelby was booked at the Tulsa County Jail on Friday morning and was released about 20 minutes later, ABC news reported.

On September 16, she shot dead Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. The shooting was caught on video. Shelby acted "unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation" with Crutcher, according to an affidavit by an investigator with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office.

Crutcher was wearing baggy clothes but Shelby "was not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating a weapon was present," according to the affidavit.

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