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Oklahoma pipeline explosion sparks large fire, prompting evacuations


A pipeline explosion in a rural northwestern Oklahoma town sent a fireball hundreds of feet into the air, and emergency responders on Wednesday were still at the scene, trying to extinguish the flames.

Deputy Cliff Brinson with the Harper County Sheriff's Department said the blast and fire sounded like the roar of jet engines and that the flames have reached two football field lengths into the sky, CBS reported.

Nobody's been injured, but residents living two miles away from the scene have been evacuated.

Northern Natural Pipeline engineers are still trying to cut the flow of natural gas. The explosion occurred Tuesday evening, but a day later, the fire was still raging.

One commenter at the local KSN television news site said in an early Wednesday morning Internet post: "We are seeing a glow from Lewis, Kansas."


Comment: The uploader on youtube wrote this about the explosion:

A huge explosion tore through a pipeline in Harper, Oklahoma, late on October 8, sparking a fire that could be seen up to 70 miles away. Firefighters and emergency crews from surrounding counties responded. Residents as far away as southern Kansas reported seeing flames. Credit: Spencer Albracht.


Comment: Was the explosion ignited by meteorites from above? There certainly has been an enormous increase in fireballs lately:

Breaking News: Meteor sightings in the 1000′s across the U.S. are reported to American Meteor Society


Ambulance

UN sued over Haiti cholera epidemic

Court case launched in New York over thousands of deaths blamed on sewage discharge from United Nations barracks

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A boy receives treatment for cholera symptoms at a centre in Mirebalais, Haiti. Photograph: Eduardo Verdugo/AP
Victims of the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti are filing a compensation claim against the United Nations in a New York court, demanding that billions of dollars in damages be paid to survivors and the relatives of those killed.

The outbreak has killed more than 8,000 people and made 650,000 ill, according to officials, and scientific studies have shown the cholera strain was likely introduced to the country by UN troops from Nepal, where the disease is endemic, when contaminated sewage was discharged from their barracks into a watercourse. Before that cholera cases had been rare in Haiti.

USA

Censored by the lamestream media: 1 million American truckers planning to jam the Washington Beltway, October 11-13

UPDATE: The groups "Truckers to Shut Down America" and "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" claim they are the "founders" of the trucker movement but other groups are "out there spreading false information."
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Ben Pam, an organizer for the latter group, told the Examiner that truckers are not planning on arresting any congressmen.

"We do not intend to obstruct traffic or close down any roads," he said. "We are not coming to arrest anyone."

He said the truckers only want to "awaken the American people to the complete disregard for the Constitution and bring a message to Congress that We The People demand to be heard."


Comment: Once again the hand of government control by infiltration can be seen. One or two inflammatory statements released by a "loose cannon" (read agent), which have to be contradicted or explained, will likely cause any legitimate movement to rapidly lose credibility. "Divide and conquer" works at every level of activism.


Comment: Despite the disinformation and censorship efforts of government agents like 'right-winger' Pete Santilli, the CIA's Facebook and phony leftist outlet 'ThinkProgress', the truckers' rally - which is apparently still going ahead - is a justified, rational, non-partisan form of protest from ordinary Americans who are fed up with the corruption of CorpGov.

Good luck and godspeed to all those taking part from all of us at SOTT.net.

Show them what 'shutdown' really means!


Bug

Rare amoeba that caused the death of a child in south Louisiana found in water system

Baton Rouge - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Tuesday the CDC confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in five places in DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1, which is one of 14 water systems in the parish.

State health officials say there are no known current cases of illness related to the discovery in DeSoto or elsewhere in Louisiana.

DHH began testing the DeSoto system as a precaution after St. Bernard Parish's water system tested positive. DeSotor was the site of one of two 2011 amoeba-related deaths in Louisiana.

Source: Associated Press

Sheeple

New York middle school bans footballs, and tag at recess

A New York middle school has banned footballs for fear that children might get hurt. There's more to the story than that, of course, but that's the basic gist: Weber Middle School in Long Island, New York, has banned hard footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls and other recreational equipment, as well as some kinds of play, in an effort to help protect students from injury.

Overprotective nannying designed to reduce liability at the expense of kids' enjoyment? A responsible measure designed to protect developing bodies from concussions? There are arguments for both sides, but either way, Weber Middle's policy will start arguments.

The ban includes "hard" balls such as footballs, soccer balls and baseballs. Soft footballs are permitted. Also banned: "hard" forms of tag and other tackling games, as well as cartwheels without an adult present.

School officials cited injury rates as a reason for the policy shift.

Question

Dozens report strong gas-like smell in Richmond, California

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A worker wears a hazmat suit.

A gas-like odor reported by dozens of people in northwest Richmond Tuesday afternoon has dissipated, and no source has been found, fire and hazardous materials officials said.

"As far as we know, the odor was just here for a brief period of time, but eventually it dissipated into the atmosphere," Richmond fire Chief Michael Banks said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't find the source."

Fire crews responded to an influx of calls around 2 p.m. about a strong gas odor throughout northwest Richmond Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

Banks said some callers complained of headaches and breathing issues after smelling the odor, and a couple of people went to the hospital to be evaluated as a precaution.

Sherlock

Mother of 'Baby Hope' identified after 22 year NYPD search

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A poster provided by the New York City Police Department seeks help identifying the victim dubbed "Baby Hope."
Police in New York investigating the cold case of an unidentified dead child dubbed "Baby Hope" have said that they have identified the girl's mother through an anonymous tip and DNA testing.

The mother is not a suspect in the child's death and police are looking for the little girl's father, police said.

The body of the girl was found inside a cooler in a wooded area near the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood in 1991. Police said that the girl, who was between 3 and 5 years old, had been malnourished and was sexually abused.

"We have been able to identify the mother of Baby Hope," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said today. "A DNA match was made with the mother and the mother is cooperating."

The NYPD began a new push this summer after they reopened the case that has haunted detectives for over two decades. After canvassing Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood and distributing fliers, detectives were able to identify the girl's mother.

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Teenage girl killed after leaping from moving vehicle during argument with parents

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Police say a 17-year-old girl died Saturday after leaping from a minivan being driven by her stepfather. Her mother was also a passenger in the vehicle. Laikyn Field, a sophomore at Jennings County High School, reportedly hit the pavement so hard that she later died from head injuries.

It's been reported that the teen jumped from the van's rear passenger side after becoming upset, although Police are trying to verify what was going on inside the vehicle that may have contributed to her decision.

Sheriff

Huge biker gang chases SUV through New York City, beats target to a pulp in front of wife and daughter - Prosecutors dragging their feet cause biker gang leader is undercover cop

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Alexian Lien after he was attacked by motorcyclists on Sept., 28, 2013
An off-duty undercover cop who claimed he took no active role as fellow bikers pulled a Manhattan dad from his SUV and beat him to a pulp actually furiously slapped the car's back window so hard that it shattered at the height of the bloody road-rage attack, sources told The Post.

The cop, a seven-year veteran, had told investigators he didn't help the injured man because he rode up to the scene as the beating was nearly over, sources said.

The development came as another biker who helped in driver Alexian Lien's beat-down was arraigned in Manhattan Court on Tuesday.

Craig Wright, 29, of Brooklyn can allegedly be seen on video throwing punches through the shattered driver's-side window of the 33-year-old victim's Range Rover in front of Lien's terrified wife and 2-year-old daughter. Wright is also seen allegedly kicking Lien outside the SUV. He was held on $100,000 bail Tuesday.

Comment:
"Prematurely charging individuals with low-level crimes does not further the goals of the investigation and could weaken the cases we expect to bring against the perpetrators of serious crimes."
That's cop-speak for "We're letting this one fly."

There's no such thing as an "off-duty undercover police officer." These state agents often go undercover for years, even decades, at a time.

The officer's superiors protesteth far too much about "canning" their man, while completely contradicting themselves by not having any of this biker gang prosecuted.

Take a look at the original video of this car-chase. It's pretty obvious that Cruz's account of what happened is very unlikely. The biker gang was chasing the victim's car; once they had it surrounded, Cruz slammed on his breaks hard, forcing the victim to 'bump into' his motorcycle, at which point the gang gained 'just cause' to chase him all the way downtown, then beat him to pulp in front of his wife and daughter.

In Amerika, criminals walk free because they work for the Federal Government, while innocent people are tased to death because "they looked at me funny."


USA

U.S. adults way behind counterparts overseas in skills

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Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., in 2012. The high-tech electric cars sell for more than $60,000 each. American workers sometimes lag behind their foreign counterparts in certain basic skills such as math and problem-solving.
Americans trail adults in other countries in math, literacy, problem-solving.

Americans have been hearing for years that their kids are lagging behind the rest of the developed world in skills. Now it's the adults' turn for a reality check.

A first-ever international comparison of the labor force in 23 industrialized nations shows that Americans ages 16 to 65 fall below international averages in basic problem-solving, reading and math skills, with gaps between the more- and less-educated in the USA larger than those of many other countries.

The findings, out Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education, could add new urgency to U.S. schools' efforts to help students compete globally.

The new test was given to about 5,000 Americans between August 2011 and April 2012. The results show that the typical American's literacy score falls below the international average, with adults in 12 countries scoring higher and only five (Poland, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy) scoring lower. In math, 18 countries scored higher, with only two (Italy and Spain) scoring lower. In both cases, several countries' scores were statistically even with the USA.