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Panel Slams Report Saying Norway Killer Sane, Experts Doubt Suicide Attack

Anders Behring Breivik
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Accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik gestures between his defence team Vibeke Hein Baera, left, and Odd Ivar Groen, at the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway.
Oslo - Forensic scientists have criticized a report that says confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was sane when he massacred 77 people last year in a bomb attack and shooting spree.

In a letter published Friday, the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine questioned why that report had not taken into account "important information" provided by the killer's mother, who said that her son's behaviour changed dramatically a year before the July 22 attacks.

Meanwhile, experts testifying in court threw doubt on Breivik's claim that his lethal rampage was a planned suicide attack.

Breivik's mental state is the key issue of his ongoing trial and will determine his sentencing.

If found guilty and criminally sane, he would face 21 years in prison, though he could be held longer if deemed dangerous to society. If declared insane, he would be committed to compulsory psychiatric care.

Two psychological examinations carried out before Breivik's terror and murder trial started in mid-April reached opposite conclusions on the 33-year-old's sanity.

Information provided by the mother was central to the first report, which found Breivik psychotic at the time of his rampage. The second report declared him sane, but said he suffers from personality disturbances.

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Body-Parts Victim a Chinese Student in Montreal

Worldwide hunt for suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta

Jun Lin
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Jun Lin
An international manhunt for a Canadian suspect intensified today as authorities identified the victim of a gruesome killing and dismemberment as Jun Lin, a Chinese student who was studying in Montreal.

Montreal police have confirmed Lin, 33, was killed about a week ago.

Authorities believe he was in a relationship with Luka Rocco Magnotta, a self-styled porn star who fled Canada last weekend, and is now wanted for first-degree murder and carrying out an indignity to a human body.

Montreal authorities believe Magnotta killed Lin and videotaped a sequence of repeated stabbing and dismemberment, before mailing body parts to political parties in Ottawa.

Magnotta flew out of Montreal's Trudeau airport on May 26, and may be in France, although Montreal authorities said he "may have returned under another identity," according to Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière.

Police have received more than 200 tips since Tuesday, and while "the investigation has been going fast," Lafrenière stressed that "it's not a CSI episode."

"I know we would love in one hour to get everything resolved and someone in custody. But having the motive, having why he committed that, we're not up to that yet."


George Zimmerman's Bond Revoked in Shooting of Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman
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George Zimmerman
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester has revoked George Zimmerman's bond in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman now has 48 hours to turn himself in to authorities.

The decision came after the revelation that Zimmerman and his wife may have conspired to lie about thousands of dollars in donations they'd collected before his bond hearing.

In a new motion, prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife of lying to the judge during a bond hearing about money they collected for his defense. Prosecutors allege Zimmerman's wife knew about the donations her husband had collected through a PayPal account, but didn't mention the money at his bond hearing.

The account ultimately collected about $200,000, his attorney later revealed.

"Defendant has intentionally deceived the court with the assistance of his wife," the motion says. "During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing."

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the judge Friday that "this court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny" at the earlier bond hearing.


Snake-Handling "Christian" Pastor Dies from Rattlesnake Bite

West Virginia Pentecostal Pastor Mark Randall "Mack" Wolford, who handled snakes, was fatally bitten by a rattlesnake, which he owned for years, at the Panther Wildlife Management Area, 80 miles west of Bluefield, West Virginia during a Sunday snake-handling service, reports the Washington Post.

Pastor Wolford had posted several statements on his Facebook page on May 22: "I am looking for a great time this Sunday. It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers."

"Praise the Lord and pass the rattlesnakes, brother" he wrote on May 23.

About 30 minutes into the service, Wolford was bitten on the thigh by his yellow timber rattlesnake.

Pastor Wolford was taken to a relative's house to recover, as he always had when suffering from snake bites, but this time he passed away.

Pastor Wolford claimed that the bible required that Christians handle snakes to test their faith per the verses in Mark 16:17-18: "And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Ironically, Pastor Wolford's father also died of a snake bite in 1983.


Mainstream Media Blackout On Voter Suppression In Florida

In 2000, Florida was the deciding factor in the Presidential race. Both candidates were neck and neck with the vote tallies. Complaints of voter intimidation by then Secretary of State, Katherine Harris who purged over 170,000 people as "convicted felons". The actual number of felons on the list was less than 60,0000. This means that 110,000 innocent people (registered Democrats) lost their vote that day. A number that would have pushed Al Gore over the top.

The same thing is being done in Florida today. However, this time it's not about felons, it's about citizenship "eligibility".


Japan and China to start direct currency trading

China overtook Japan to become the world's second-largest economy in 2010
Japan and China will start direct currency trading this week, Tokyo said Tuesday, the first time Beijing has let a major unit other than the dollar swap with the yuan.

The move, which will scrap the greenback as an intermediary unit, comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalizing its currency to rival the dollar.

The two-way trade will also be allowed to move in a wider range than the narrow band at which the dollar and yuan change hands, Dow Jones Newswires and the Nikkei business daily reported.

China will set a daily rate based on dealer quotes with trade allowed to move within a 3% band above or below that rate, the reports said, compared with a 1% band fixed to yuan-dollar trading.

The Chinese central bank earlier Tuesday introduced a rate of 7.9480 yuan for every 100 yen, Dow Jones said.

However, there will be no fixed rates in Tokyo trade with the currencies trading freely, according to the same media reports which provided no further details.


People Power: Growing Students' protests in Canada spread to Toronto

Montreal student protest
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Students protest tuition fee increases on May 30, 2012 in Montreal.
Growing protests across Canada against tuition hikes have now spilled over from Montreal to Toronto as talks between student leaders and officials continue in Quebec aimed at ending the 16-week dispute.

Protesters on Wednesday gathered in downtown of Toronto in solidarity with their counterparts in Quebec, protesting the high cost of tuition.

There were also marches in several other Ontario cities including London and Kingston.

Meanwhile, negotiations between students and the provincial government will resume Thursday after students left a third night of talks saying the government wanted time to study their latest proposal.

On Tuesday, police in Quebec arrested at least 84 protesters outside the venue of the meeting between the two sides.

Students have been protesting across Canada's eastern province of Quebec since February in a bid to add up pressure on the province's government to drop a plan to increase tuition fees.

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"The End Game: 2012 And 2013 Will Usher In The End" - The Scariest [Economic] Presentation Ever?

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If Raoul Pal was some doomsday spouting windbag, writing in all caps, arbitrarily pasting together disparate charts to create 200 page slideshows, it would be easy to ignore him. He isn't. The founder of Global Macro Investor "previously co-managed the GLG Global Macro Fund in London for GLG Partners, one of the largest hedge fund groups in the world. Raoul came to GLG from Goldman Sachs where he co-managed the hedge fund sales business in Equities and Equity Derivatives in Europe... Raoul Pal retired from managing client money in 2004 at the age of 36 and now lives on the Valencian coast of Spain, from where he writes." It is his writing we are concerned about, and specifically his latest presentation, which is, for lack of a better word, the most disturbing and scary forecast of the future of the world we have ever seen....

And we see a lot of those.

Consider this:

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Stocks see worst day of the year

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A gloomy U.S. jobs report and signs of a global economic slowdown hammered Wall Street Friday, wiping out the stock market's gains for 2012 and leaving investors wondering where to turn.

The Dow Jones industrial average sank 275 points, or 2.2 percent, chalking up its biggest one-day drop in more than six months.

Market participants had expected to see a mildly negative employment report Friday, but they "hadn't discounted the kind of numbers we saw this morning," Barton Biggs, a hedge fund manager at Traxis Partners, told CNBC Friday.

Biggs also warned that the chance of a "mild double-dip recession" is now about 40 percent.

"I'm not that bearish about the economy and the market, but am I ready to step in in a big way? No," he said.

Comment: "The downturn in the aggregate U.S. market has shaken some $1 trillion out of investors' pockets". And where does that investor money end up? It didn't just catch on fire.

The housing bubble is still burst and the Job market is stagnant. So where did the Recession end and the double dip begin?

The actual numbers for Unemployment are well beyond what is being reported. 8.2 percent Unemployment is a number based on those who are on Unemployment, not the percent of the population unemployed. Take off those rose colored glasses now, and prepare for what is to come.


More Americans Continue to Accept Creationism Than Evolution

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American who say humans evolved over millions of years into our current form, without intervention from God, are in the minority.
The percentage of Americans who believe God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years is about the same as it was 30 years ago, a new survey indicates.

Today, 46 percent of Americans accept this creationist explanation for human existence, a negligible change from the 44 percent who said they agreed with it in 1982, according to Gallup polls.

In the most recent poll, conducted by phone in May, 15 percent of Americans fell on the other end of the spectrum, saying they believed God played no part in human evolution, a process that had taken millions of years. Nearly all of the rest of the respondents, 32 percent, choose the third option, saying they believed humans had evolved, but that God had guided the process, a belief called "theistic evolution."

Beginning in 1982, Gallup has asked Americans which of these three explanations of human origins they believe. With respect to the original numbers, a slight shift showed up this year with regard to those who agreed that humans evolved without God, which was above the 30-year average, and the theistic evolution explanation, which was below the average.