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Drugs and vanishing jobs strain the fabric of rural America

© Ty Wright
Near downtown Pomeroy
  • Farm agency finds itself on frontline of fight against opioids
  • Drain of people from countryside picks up pace with job loss
Hannah Harmon's children are playing outside the clinic in southeast Ohio where she gets family counseling twice a month. Staff keep an eye on them as the parking lot fills up with patients seeking dental fillings, pain pills and sympathy. Harmon has five children now: This month she took legal custody of three more kids, siblings from a relative's family wrecked by drugs.

The government agency helping fund the clinic Harmon visits? The U.S. Department of Agriculture. Created in the mid-19th century to ensure the future of farming, it's becoming Uncle Sam's lead tool to fight a social emergency -- soaring drug use, rising suicide rates and deepening poverty -- spreading across the heartland. "We're charged with the responsibility of filling the gap to make sure rural America hasn't been forgotten," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.

That's a daunting task at a time of many-headed crisis for largely white, rural communities like Pomeroy, a town of about 1,800 people about 200 miles south of Cleveland, where the Republican convention gathered this week. The opioid epidemic has accompanied an ebbing-away of jobs and, among some demographics, an unprecedented drop in life expectancy. Any Norman Rockwell idyll of white-picket fences and unlocked front doors has long since been upended by globalization.

Comment: It's in the conditions of social breakdown that dictators arise. Germany was in a similar state in the 1920s and 30s. Remeber how they responded.


Airplane

New Zealand airport evacuated for 2 hours after 'bomb message' found on plane

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A bomb scare has forced the partial evacuation of the airport in Frankton, New Zealand, after a cleaner found a "message" about an explosive device on board a plane that landed in Queenstown Airport.

The note was found at about 3 pm local time on board a Qantas QF121 that had come in from Sydney, Stuff NZ reports. A police spokeswoman confirmed that "some sort of message about a bomb" was discovered on a plane that is now sitting on the tarmac, the New Zealand Herald reports.

The police said that all the passengers had left the plane when the suspicious note was discovered.

Bad Guys

ISIS fighters captured in Manbij while fleeing besieged town dressed as women

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Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) fighters disguised as women were reportedly caught by opposition forces while attempting to flee Manbij, Syria. It came after the terrorist group was given 48 hours to leave the strategic city.

The men, dressed in full black veils, attempted to blend in with civilians fleeing the northern city, after coalition forces issued an order to leave Manbij within two days.

Footage of the three men was published online by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday, which consists of predominantly Kurdish fighters.

Pistol

Shooting at Ohio bar leaves one person dead and multiple injured - shooter still on the loose

A shooting has taken place at a bar in Hamilton, Ohio, killing at least one person and injuring several others. The shooter is on the run, according to local media.

Police were dispatched to Doubles bar and nightclub at around 2am local time on Sunday, Dayton Daily News reported. The person killed was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released, as police are in the process of contacting family members.

The gunman reportedly exited the bar through a back door and is on the run, NBC affiliate WLWT reported.

Police Chief Craig Bucheit said investigators are still working to determine the exact number of victims. Some were transported to hospitals by the local fire department, while others drove themselves.

Cell Phone

Two Canadian teens apprehended and detained after inadvertently crossing US border playing Pokemon Go

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Winnipeggers are flocking to Assiniboine Park and The Forks, among other places, to play Pokemon Go
Two Alberta teenagers were apprehended after they accidentally crossed the U.S. border into Montana while playing the game Pokemon Go, U.S. Border Patrol officials say.

"Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were," the service said in a release on Friday.

Border Patrol Agent John South says the teens wandered into the United States near Sweet Grass, Montana, which borders the town of Coutts in Alberta.

South says agents briefly detained them while contacting their mother, who was nearby on the Canadian side. The agents then released the children to their mother.

South declined to release the teenagers' names, ages or describe what sort of terrain they crossed.

Stormtrooper

South Dakota cops using forced catheterization to extract urine from suspects

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South Dakota police officers are strapping people to beds and having catheters forcibly inserted into their urethras in order to extract urine from them, attorneys say.

According to attorneys for a Pierre man charged with felony drug ingestion who is asking a judge to throw out evidence in his case from an involuntary urine sample, the policy is not new. State prosecutors say the practice is legal but many disagree.

Dirk Landon Sparks said his constitutional rights were violated on March 14 following a report of a domestic disturbance. After being taken into custody, a judge signed off on a search warrant for Pierre police to obtain blood or urine after officers claimed Sparks had become fidgety.

When Sparks refused to comply voluntarily, attorneys say the cops transported him to Avera St. Mary's Hospital where he was strapped to a bed while a catheter was forced into his penis so that a urine sample could be extracted.

Sparks was charged with obstruction, two counts of felony drug ingestion, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after his urine tested positive for THC and methamphetamine.

In a motion filed May 16 in Hughes County, attorneys for Sparks argued that forced catheterization was not explicitly authorized by the judge in the warrant for blood or urine, meaning that Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures were violated.

Stormtrooper

Ominous threats of civil war now being issued from cops across the U.S.

With increasing frequency, law enforcement personnel - including prominent sheriffs, police chiefs, and other command-level officers - are overtly stating that they are at war with the public they supposedly serve. Few have been as candid as a self-identified police officer and combat veteran named Brandon Obie.
"A lot [sic] of these thugs don't realize that a lot [sic] of us officers have spent a lot [sic] of our time downrange stepping in the sandbox and are ready for a righteous fight if they want to bring one," snarled Obie, his spelling reflecting the undemanding intellectual standards of his profession, in a comment posted on a law enforcement-oriented Facebook page. Identical sentiments were expressed by Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department, who lectures nation-wide on officer safety issues and editor-in-chief of the publication Law Officer.

Light Saber

Syrian commandos hunt down, kill 'moderate rebels' who beheaded 12-yo Palestinian boy last week


It's called karma, psycho, otherwise known as the Syrian special forces.
The terrorist, who beheaded a 12-year-old Palestinian boy on charges of assisting Syrian government forces in Northern Aleppo on Wednesday, was killed in the Syrian Special Forces' raid in the Northern farms of Aleppo city, informed sources confirmed Saturday.

"The Syrian Army troops, tipped off by intelligence agents, found out the hideout of a group of Nouralddeen al-Zinki movement in al-Malaah region and stormed their position, killing several terrorists, including the man who decapitated the Palestinian boy," the sources said.

A video showed on Wednesday that Nouralddeen al-Zinki Movement, named by the US as a moderate group, arrested, tortured and severely executed a very young boy on charges of cooperating with the Syrian government forces.

A video released by militants near Handarat refugee camp showed that the terrorists of Nouralddeen al-Zinki tortured a kid on charges of assisting Syrian soldiers and beheaded him in front of the people over a truck.

Nouralddeen al-Zinki is affiliated to the Free Syrian Army which receives US financial supports as a moderate group.

The Takfiri group has been using US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in Aleppo battlefields.

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Gear

License to kill? After train attack in Germany cop leader says politicians have no right to question police violence


Head of the German police union and fascistic creature Rainer Wendt
Immediately after Monday's bloody attack on train passengers in southern Germany by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee, Green Party politician Renate Künast spoke out. In a Twitter message, she queried why the attacker had been shot to death rather than incapacitated.

Her Twitter account was subsequently bombarded with ugly denunciations and aggressive hate mail. Any critique of the actions of the police, who killed the attacker with a shot to the head, is to be suppressed.

Particularly aggressive was the response of the head of the German police union, Rainer Wendt. He said the police were very well trained and knew exactly what had to be done in such dangerous situations. "We don't need any parliamentary smart asses," he said in a discussion with television channel N24. "Perhaps one should recommend in principle that in such situations, politicians should not tweet for 24 hours," he suggested to Künast in the Saarbrücker Zeitung .

That a parliamentary deputy had dared to question the activities of the security forces threw Wendt into a rage. He repeated in several interviews, "It is an extremely stupid question, one must say. From clueless politicians. And it is actually really annoying as well" (N24 interview).

Comment: It is becoming ever clearer that, one by one, the so-called civilized countries of the West are falling prey to the ponerizing effects of militarism and a police state mentality, ie. pathological thinking. We're seeing and experiencing it in France, the U.S., Great Britain - and now Germany. Watch it spread and intensify with many of the voices of sanity getting shouted down and beaten down - unless many more join the chorus and correctly identify the problem.


Sheriff

Michigan State Police will use mouth swabs to test drivers for cannabis

Michigan State Police plan to implement one of the most invasive methods of drug testing in the country in a pilot program: saliva tests.

Five counties will force their residents into becoming guinea pigs for what must be the worst thwarting of constitutional and privacy rights in recent years. Saliva-based tests will check drivers for cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and more — thanks to perhaps the most despised governor in the U.S., Rick Snyder.

"The five-county pilot program will be used to help determine accuracy and reliability of the tests," Snyder explained in June after signing the bill into law, as MLive reported.

In other words, whoever happens to be unfortunate enough to have their saliva tested will literally be a guinea pig of the state — and there doesn't appear to be any further information concerning recourse for those tested should the tests prove inaccurate.