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School behavioral specialist lifts teenage student by the neck (VIDEO)

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The school behavioral specialist, pictured right, has been suspended over the incident.
Surveillance footage of a school behavioral specialist lifting a 13 year old boy by the neck and pushing him along a corridor has been released as part of a court hearing into the employee's conduct.

Joseph Golden, 50, is facing charges of misdemeanor simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child over an incident at a school in the Woodland Hills School District in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


Ebola spreading again: Infections up 800% in last week, officials race to track down 400 possible contacts

Last week three suspected Ebola infections were detected in a remote region of the Congo. Since then, World Health Organization officials have been scrambling to contain the virus.

Their efforts appear to have failed.

The contagion continues to spread, and though it's nowhere near the 11,000 people who were infected during the outbreak in 2014, the infection rate has spiked over 800% in just the last seven days, with at least nine new cases reported in the last 24 hours:
The number of suspected cases of Ebola has risen to 29 from nine in less than a week in an isolated part of Democratic Republic of Congo, where three people have died from the disease since April 22, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The risk from the outbreak is "high at the national level," the W.H.O. said, because the disease was so severe and was spreading in a remote area in northeastern Congo with "suboptimal surveillance" and limited access to health care.

"Risk at the regional level is moderate due to the proximity of international borders and the recent influx of refugees from Central African Republic," the organization said, but it nonetheless described the global risk as low because the area is so remote. (NY Times)
The 2014 outbreak likewise started in a remote region of Africa, but containment efforts were ineffective and the virus eventually spread to the United States and Europe.


Woman escapes murder conviction after sawing lover to death during sex game

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A woman who slit her boyfriend's throat with an electric saw during a sex game has escaped a murder conviction in a German court.

The accused, identified only as 'Gabi P', was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison by the District Court of Munich Friday, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Che Guevara

Hundreds of activists fight occupation by rebuilding a Palestinian village

Hundreds of activists, organized by a coalition of Palestinian, Israeli and International organizations joined the families of Sarura to rebuild their village and create the "Sumud Freedom Camp."

The camp is located in an Israeli military firing zone on land belonging to the Palestinian village of Sarura, where 15 to 20 families were expelled by Israeli forces in the 1990's. According to Adam Greenberg, a participant, the camp is inspired by the Standing Rock protests in the U.S. which is working to prevent the building of an oil pipeline on indigenous land.

The coalition includes Palestinian, Israelis and international organizations: the All That's Left Collective, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, Combatants for Peace, the Holy Land Trust, local Palestinian committees and Youth Against Settlements.


German NGO worker killed and Finland woman kidnapped in Kabul amid multiple attacks by Taliban

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A German woman working for an international charity has been killed in Kabul, and another woman from Finland has been kidnapped. The incident comes amid deadly Taliban attacks on police checkpoints, which have left up to 20 Afghan officers dead.

The German woman was killed by unknown attackers in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the German Foreign Ministry confirmed, according to DPA news agency.

Another woman, said to be from Finland, is missing and has possibly been kidnapped, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Najib Danish, said.

Both women were inside a guesthouse in Kabul and worked for Swedish relief organization Operation Mercy.


Terrorists versus terrorists: At least 40 Ahrar al Sham terrorists killed in a double suicide attack in Syria

At least 40 terrorists of the pro-Erdogan regime Ahrar Al Sham movement, including some of their leaders, were killed in a twin suicide attack that occurred in Ahrar Al Sham's headquarters in Tall Al Toukan, a rural settlement located in the eastern countryside of Syria's north-western province of Idleb.

The blasts, which were triggered by a pair of suicide bombers on motorcycles, reportedly targeted a meeting of Ahrar Al Sham's leaders at one of their headquarters. Several Egyptian nationals, who were among the leading figures of the movement, were reportedly killed as well.

According to some sources, Ammar Al Omar, Ahrar Al Sham's supreme leader, was also present at the meeting. His fate remains unknown. The claim cannot be independently verified.


Spring offensive: Taliban kill at least 20 Afghan policemen

At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in a coordinated terror attack by the Taliban on Sunday.

According to Bismillah Afghanmal, the governor of Zabul province, a group of heavily armed Taliban fighters launched coordinated attack on 6 police checkpoints in the Shahjoi district of Zabul province in south-eastern Afghanistan and which lasted about 4 hours.

He also said 15 policemen were wounded in the assault, adding that police reinforcements have been dispatched to all 6 checkpoints, previously raided by the Taliban.

Control Panel

Ideology Vs. Realism: How Devotion to a 'System' Can Blind Us to What Actually Works

In reality, socioeconomic ideologies like socialism, communism, capitalism, agorism, and anarchy are like tools. They are best used under specific circumstances dictated by reality, and just like tools, are best used in combination or sequence toward achieving a certain end.

Healthcare provides a perfect example of this. All can most likely agree that one shouldn't die simply because they cannot afford healthcare. The current state of healthcare - particularly in terms of infrastructure and technology - means that in order to provide healthcare to individuals who cannot afford it "socialist" style policies and charity is required. However, neither is a sustainable or final solution - merely an incremental step toward one.

Free market competition, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and the advance of medical technology makes it cheaper and more accessible for everyone, including those who cannot afford it at current costs. Incrementally, research and development will yield healthcare infrastructure and technology even the poorest can afford without government intervention or charitable organizations.


8 injured when plane crashes into truck on LAX taxiway

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An Aeromexico passenger jet collided with a utility truck on a taxiway of Los Angeles International Airport shortly after landing on Saturday, injuring eight employees who were aboard the truck, but no one on the plane was hurt, authorities said.

The cause of the mishap, which damaged the right wing of the Boeing 737 and left the large supply truck overturned on its side, remained under investigation, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Six men and two women aboard the truck were taken to an area hospital for treatment of various unspecified injuries, none of them considered to be life-threatening, Humphreys said.

Airport officials said all eight were listed in stable condition.


'The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct': Hoax gender studies paper accepted by a peer-reviewed academic journal

Note from the Skeptic editor: Every once in awhile it is necessary and desirable to expose extreme ideologies for what they are by carrying out their arguments and rhetoric to their logical and absurd conclusion, which is why we are proud to publish this expose of a hoaxed article published in a peer-reviewed article today. It's ramifications are unknown but one hopes it will help reign in extremism in this and related areas.
—Michael Shermer

"The conceptual penis as a social construct" is a Sokal-style hoax on gender studies. Follow the authors @peterboghossian and @GodDoesnt.

The Hoax
The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial.
That's how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a "paper" consisting of 3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship. Then a peer-reviewed academic journal in the social sciences accepted and published it.