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A Town Without Poverty? Canada's Guaranteed Income Experiment

Whitehorse, Yukon - Try to imagine a town where the government paid each of the residents a living income, regardless of who they were and what they did, and a Soviet hamlet in the early 1980s may come to mind.

But this experiment happened much closer to home. For a four-year period in the '70s, the poorest families in Dauphin, Manitoba, were granted a guaranteed minimum income by the federal and provincial governments. Thirty-five years later all that remains of the experiment are 2,000 boxes of documents that have gathered dust in the Canadian archives building in Winnipeg.

Until now little has been known about what unfolded over those four years in the small rural town, since the government locked away the data that had been collected and prevented it from being analyzed.

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South Africa: Baby found at rubbish dump recovering

A newborn baby, named Caleb Hope
© Stef Krüger, VolksbladA newborn baby, named Caleb Hope, is treated in a Bloemfontein hospital after being discovered on a rubbish dump, full of bites and with his umbilical cord still attached.

Bloemfontein - A newborn baby boy found wrapped in a blanket at a rubbish dump near an informal settlement in Bloemfontein was doing well in hospital on Monday.

Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic spokesperson Amanda Appelgryn said the child, named Caleb Hope, was in a good condition and breathing on his own.

"He is on antibiotics due to the environment he was found in."

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Fourth Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates in Anti-China Protest

A young Tibetan monk set himself on fire Monday in a remote western town to protest Chinese policies, the fourth monk from Kirti Monastery to self-immolate this year, according to a Tibet advocacy group based in London.

The group, Free Tibet, said in a news release that the monk, Kalsang, set himself ablaze at 2 p.m. in a vegetable market in the town of Aba, known in Tibetan as Ngaba. Kalsang was holding a picture of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled religious leader, at the time and called for religious freedom, the group said. Security officers extinguished the flames. the group said, but the monk's condition was unclear.

Free Tibet did not specify the sources of its information. There was no immediate comment from Chinese officials, and no mention of the self-immolation in China's state-run press.


Occupy Wall Street: Mass Economic Riots Are Now Here And America Will Never Be The Same

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Is Occupy Wall Street going to represent a major turning point in U.S. history? Over the past several years, many people have been warning that we would see mass economic riots in the United States if the economy continued to get worse. Well, the economic riots are now here and America will never be the same. The Occupy Wall Street protests are starting their third week and now similar protests have sprung up in major cities all over the United States. An increasing number of Americans have totally lost faith in the system and are looking for an outlet for their frustrations. Occupy Wall Street is a spark that has started a fire, but most Americans do not understand where all of this is going. In the years ahead, millions more Americans will lose their jobs, millions more Americans will lose their homes to foreclosure and millions more Americans will find themselves drowning in debt. As the economy continues to decline, millions upon millions of Americans will become even more frustrated. In particular, young Americans are really starting to become angry about the economy and our deeply corrupt financial system. Eventually we are going to see an explosion of anger and frustration on the streets of America that is going to be absolutely unprecedented. Occupy Wall Street is just the beginning. If most Americans could see what is coming next, it would chill them to their cores.


Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, To Be Freed

© Pier Paolo Cito/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesAmanda Knox reacts after she was acquitted of all charges against her except for defamation.
U.S. student Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian court on Monday after breaking down in court and pleading for mercy in a dramatic end to her four-year legal battle.

She is expected to be released within hours form her prison in Perugia.

There were cries of "Shame! Shame!" and "Murderer!" from an angry crowd outside the courtroom immediately after the verdict.

The verdict overturns the 24-year-old's convictions for the grisly killing of her British housemate Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007 in the university town of Perugia in central Italy where both young women were studying.

Her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, who was appealing with Knox, was also acquitted of the charges, leaving only one person convicted - local drifter Rudy Guede, who like the other two has always denied murder.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Sollecito to 25 in the original trial. Guede is serving out a 16-year sentence after exhausting his appeals.


UK: Eight injured in huge blaze at Surrey industrial estate following explosion

At least eight people have been injured following an explosion and major fire at an industrial estate in Surrey, emergency services said.

The first alerts came in shortly before 11.30am about an explosion at Hobbs industrial estate, off Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, near East Grinstead, Surrey police said in a statement.

It added: "Surrey police, Surrey fire and rescue service, South East Coast ambulance service and Surrey air ambulance are all in attendance at the scene."

The ambulance service said eight people were being treated for injuries, although she had no information yet as to how serious these were. Two helicopter ambulances and six ambulances were sent to the scene.

Comment: There was also a huge fire at a chemical plant in the US today:

US: Texas - Massive chemical plant fire near Dallas

A message from the Universe to the two biggest warmongering countries on the planet, perhaps.


US: Texas - Massive chemical plant fire near Dallas

A massive fire was burning Monday morning at a chemical plant in Waxahachie, located about 30 miles south of Dallas.

Firefighters were on the scene at the 1600 block of state Highway 287 at the Magnablend chemical company, which manufactures custom chemicals for a variety of industries, including oil fields, agriculture, pet food and feed supplements, water treatment, construction and industrial cleaning.


Recession Trend: 51 Million Americans Live With Extended Family

Return Back Trend
© Lawrence Atienza, ShutterstockMoving back in with mom and dad has become a growing trend in the wake of the recession, according to an October 2011 Pew Research Center Report.
Tales of foreclosed families and unemployed college students moving back in with mom and dad aren't just anecdotal: A new report finds that more than 51 million Americans now live under one roof with multiple generations of family

That number, up from 46.5 million in 2007, represents the largest increase in multigenerational households in modern U.S. history. Unemployment is the biggest driver of the trend, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

About 6.9 million of America's multigenerational homes consist of two adult generations, such as an adult child returning home to his or her parents. Another 4.2 million households contain three generations or more, while about 857,000 consist of grandparents caring for a grandchild.


Police State Justice Under Obama

Obama, police state
Lawlessness, injustice, and contempt for democratic values define his administration. He delivered change all right - for the worst, and nothing ahead looks promising.

Obama-style "rules of engagement" include bullets, bombs, slit throats, knives in the back, or drone attacks justice.

Targeted victims are declared guilty by accusation. Due process and judicial fairness are discarded artifacts. US citizens are as vulnerable as global enemies.

No one is safe anywhere in a world ruled by rogue leaders, taking the law into their own hands with impunity.

As a result, freedom and security were jettisoned to memory hole oblivion. Let's count the ways.

Muslims are targeted for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity.

Torture remains official US policy.

America's domestic and overseas gulags match the worst anywhere. Out of sight and mind, inmates are dehumanized and brutalized.

America's business is war and grand theft globally. Countries are raped and pillaged on the pretext of humanitarian intervention.

Everyone except corporate favorites and complicit elites suffer.

Ten Muslim Southern California students were convicted for exercising their First Amendment rights. Others are hunted down and prosecuted ruthlessly for political advantage.

Thousands of political prisoners suffer unjustly, including undocumented Latinos here because destructive trade pacts destroyed their livelihoods.

State-sponsored murder is official policy. Innocent victims include Troy Anthony Davis. Others wait their turn on death row. Federal, state and local authorities call it justice. Human rights activists call it crimes against humanity.


US: Washington Former Police Officer Accused in 1957 killing of Illinois Girl Now Charged with Raping Another Girl

© The Associated PressThis undated photo provided by the Sycamore, Ill., Police Department shows Jack Daniel McCullough of Washington state. McCullough, a former police officer accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl, was charged in a separate case with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from the same small town. Illinois State Police announced the grand jury indictment on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, but didn’t say when the sexual assault happened.
A 71-year-old Washington man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl has been charged in a separate case with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from the same small town.

Illinois State Police announced the grand jury indictment of Jack McCullough on Friday but didn't say when the sexual assault happened. He was indicted this summer on felony murder, kidnapping and abduction charges in the death of Maria Ridulph of Sycamore.

McCullough was arrested in Seattle in July in one of the oldest cold-case murders in the nation to be reopened. He has been held on $3 million bail in a jail about 65 miles west of Chicago.

The 14-year-old girl told investigators McCullough raped her when she was 14 in Sycamore, prosecutors and state police said. He's now also charged with one count of child sexual assault and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.

"Sadly, we have another victim, and for the families of all victims, the pain never goes away," Illinois State Police director Hiram Grau said in a news release.