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2,500 Ukrainians protest at US Embassy in Kiev (Video) - no international or even local reporting

kiev protestors April 2

'We are not cattle'
On April 1st US Embassy in Ukraine was picketed by 2,500 demonstrators under the slogan "We are not cattle!" - Event got barely any coverage in Ukraine and none in the west

We initially missed the story ourselves since so few reported on it, but have been able to find two useful reports since:
About two and a half thousand Ukrainians surrounded the US embassy in Kiev on the first of April. People who disagree with the appointment of foreigners to the Ukrainian government, as well as the intervention of the Americans and Europeans in the public administration of the country, holding banners saying "We are not cattle!" And they made sounds imitating animals.

Besides the protesters braying and bleating, they were eating cabbage, which was distributed by the organizers of the protest. They also kept two-meter carrots with the symbols of the European Union. By the end of the demonstration of dissent Kiev residents pelted the US embassy with manure.

It is noteworthy that the video from the protest was removed from all the Ukrainian sites and users were blocked. Local journalists hardly covered the event.


Comment: Local media knows better than to give any hint that all is not well in 'glorious Ukraine'. International media are more focused on the circus du jour, which at the moment is Yemen.


Attention

Fire rages for fourth day at fuel storage facility in Brazil's largest port Santos

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© Reuters/Paulo Whitaker
Smoke rises from a fire at a fuel tank storage facility run by Ultracargo in Santos near Sao Paulo, April 2, 2015.
A fire at a fuel storage facility near Brazil's largest port Santos entered its fourth day on Sunday as 110 firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading further, the local fire department said.

Six fuel tanks run by Ultracargo, owned by Brazil's Grupo Ultra, were hit since the blaze started on Thursday morning, sending a column of thick black smoke into the air. Three of them were still burning on Sunday, the fire department and Ultracargo said.

Firefighters said there was little they could do to extinguish the flames before all the fuel was consumed. Instead, they were focusing on dousing nearby tanks to keep the fire from spreading.

Syringe

Nun stabs schoolboy to teach him about the suffering of Jesus

Crazy Nun
© CEN
Wrath of God: Sister Ludovita stabbed a boy in the hand during an RE lesson
An over-zealous nun stabbed a schoolboy in the hand with a needle to show him how Jesus suffered.

Sister Ludovita, 30, had been giving RE classes at a school in the town of Kysucke Nove Mesto in northern Slovakia when she told unsuspecting pupil Adam Celko, 7, to come to the front of the class.

She then took a needle out of her handbag and rammed it into the boy's hand in front of the horrified class, telling him that this was how Jesus suffered - and he would too if he behaved badly.

The boy's outraged mum Helena, 30, said: "When Adam got home he had a wound on the back of his hand and when I asked him what had happened he told me the nun had done it.

Eye 1

Warped! Danish school professor wants to show children porn as a part of their 'education'

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© Reuters / Eric Thayer
A sexology professor has called on Danish schools to show students porn to help them become "critical consumers." Christian Graugaard believes it's important for teens to distinguish between adult movies and real sex relationships.

"Instead of having sex education be boring and technical, where you roll a condom onto a cucumber, I want us to educate young people to be critical consumers who see porn with reflection and critical distance," Graugaard, a Professor at Aalborg University, told public broadcaster DR.

Denmark is among one of the world's most porn-friendly countries. It lifted a ban on pornography in 1967. In 1969, it became the first country in the world to completely legalize pornography.

According to research conducted in the Nordic countries in 2006, up to 99 percent of teenage boys and 86 percent of teenage girls watched porn.

A 2013 study from the University of Copenhagen showed that viewing online porn or sexually explicit content in magazines has little influence on the sexual behavior of teens and young adults.

Comment: What's next? Giving students cocaine to dissuade them from taking drugs? How sickening it is that so many of those society has entrusted to guide our children in their development are without any sense or human decency.


Pistol

Footage exposes Idaho police killing mentally ill, pregnant woman

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Last summer, 35-year-old Jeanetta Rily was shot and killed in front the Bonner General Hospital by members of the Sandpoint Police Department. At the time of the incident she was intoxicated, and displaying aggressive behavior. The woman had a long history substance abuse and mental illness, and after drinking a half a bottle of vodka while ranting about hurting herself and others, her husband decided the best thing to do would be to drive her to the hospital.

Once they arrived, Jeanetta grabbed a three and a half-inch knife from under her car seat. Her husband immediately ran towards the hospital and asked the staff to call the police, and within 15 seconds of arriving on the scene, the police had shot and killed Jeanetta in the parking lot. They would later learn that she was pregnant.

Che Guevara

A lucid, talkative Fidel Castro makes his first public appearance in 14 months

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Former Cuban president Fidel Castro (L) greeting a member of the Venezuelan delegation “II flight Solidarity Bolivar-Marti” who are in Cuba taking part in social and political activities, in Havana on March 30, 2015
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance for more than a year. The 88 year-old met a Venezuelan delegation which had traveled to the island. Pictures showed Castro shaking supporter's hands through the window of a vehicle. Castro made the appearance on March 30; however, it was only reported by Cuban state media on Saturday. It was the first time that the former Cuban president has been officially seen in public in 14 months.

The revolutionary icon was wearing a blue and white tracksuit and a black cap, as well as a hearing aid. Pictures taken of the former leader showed him shaking the hands of supporters through the window of the vehicle he was traveling in. He also met 33 Venezuelans at a school, who had been visiting Cuba on a solidarity mission. Castro spent around 90 minutes talking to the delegation in the capital Havana.

Granma, the official Cuban newspaper, said Castro "greeted, one by one and without any difficulties, the Venezuelans," who were left impressed "by Castro's lucidity and his attention to the details of what is happening in Venezuela," AFP reported.

Bug

Delaware family in critical condition from methyl bromide pesticide exposure at luxury Virgin Island resort

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Theresa Devine and Steve Esmond
Two Delaware boys are in a coma and their father still is unable to talk or move two weeks after they became sick -- perhaps from pesticide exposure, federal officials say -- during a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, their lawyer said Saturday.

Steve Esmond, his teenage sons and the teens' mother fell ill more than two weeks ago in St. John, where they were renting a villa at the Sirenusa resort.

The family was airlifted to hospitals in the United States. The boys, 16 and 14, were in critical condition at a Philadelphia hospital on Saturday, the family's lawyer, James Maron of Delaware, said.

"The boys are in rough shape," Maron said.

"The family are all fighters," he added. "They're fighting for everything right now. I understand it's a long recovery."

Esmond, also being treated at a hospital, is conscious but cannot move, Maron said. The teens' mother, Theresa Devine, was treated at a hospital but released, and is now in occupational therapy, Maron said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the presence of a pesticide at the rented villa in St. John may have caused the illnesses, which were reported to the EPA on March 20.

Paramedics were called to the villa, which the family began had been renting since March 14.

Comment: The EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice? The interest in a pesticide poisoning at a resort in the Virgin Islands is puzzling. Hundreds of thousands of people are poisoned by pesticides every year in the continental U.S. and the government could really care less.


Chalkboard

The extreme irrationality and insanity of Common Core

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"In a tightly controlled setting, subjecting a young child to cognitive dissonance amounts to mind control." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

For the sake of my argument here, I'm putting aside the fact that public education belongs under the purview of the states and not the federal government.

This article is about how the federal government decided Common Core would succeed.

I'm not going to recite brain-numbing examples of teaching basic math to very young children, under the Common Core system. Suffice it to say, I can add 9 and 6 and come up with the right answer. And I know why 9 and 6 equals 15. I don't need Boolean algebra or set theory or a base-10 system to understand why addition works.

Comment: Read the following articles for a more 'intimate investigation into the prison of modern schooling'


Clock

Big ideas needed: Three reasons why the U.S. is broken, bloated and bleeding

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I've heard both EPA Chief Gina McCarthy and "The Newsroom's" Will McAvoy say that the United States used to be a lot tougher than it is now. "We have not shied away from difficult decisions," McCarthy told the American Meteorological Society in January. "We didn't scare so easy," said McAvoy in 2012.

Those sound like fine virtues, but I'm 28 years old, and I can't recall a time I ever felt like the United States wasn't scared of something. I already know the super patriots will castigate me based on the title of this piece alone.

That is because, gentle readers, the United States' biggest fear these days seems to be one idea.

Now, don't get ahead of me just yet. I know the United States has always been afraid of some ideas. The founding fathers had to eliminate an antislavery passage in the original Declaration of Independence because the idea of truly universal human rights was too seditious for history's most seditious (free) men. Their descendants, the pioneers, nearly obliterated the continent's native peoples because the idea of sharing it was simply untenable for them. Reconsidering our failed drug policy will require a heckuva lot more courage than our current policymakers can muster, because the idea that 50 percent of federal convicts are in prison and not rehab makes for mighty uncomfortable conversation.

So what one idea am I talking about? Well, the big idea. The big idea of what exactly we want the United States to be. The big idea involves talking about the United States, and discussing the United States, and admitting that the United States fell behind the rest of the developed world on pretty much any index we belong to a long time ago. According to one global report, we're 25th in math and science. According to another, we're 14th in reading. According to Legatum, we're 31st in safety and security, 21st in personal freedom.

Books

Stanford University: Tuition is now free for students from families earning less than $125K a year

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  1. Stanford University will provide free tuition to parents of students who earn less than $125,000 per year — and if they make less than $65,000, they won't have to contribute to room and board costs either.
  2. Students are still expected to pay $5,000 toward college costs from summer earnings and working part-time while enrolled in college.
  3. The announcement is an expansion of Stanford's old financial aid policy, which previously applied to students from families making less than $100,000 per year.
  4. Most universities can't afford to offer such generous financial aid to their students. But they could draw a lesson from the plan's simplicity.

Comment: If American colleges wanted to they could implement free tuition. Germany has done it and university education in Sweden, Norway and Denmark has been free for years. Alas, the US seems content in burdening its young people with crushing student loan debt. Is it likely that other American universities will follow Stanford's lead?