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'Black Widow' Sentenced to Death in Japan

Kanae Kijima
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Kanae Kijima
A Japanese "black widow" who killed three men after dating them for their money was sentenced to death on Friday in a case known by the name of the female spider that eats its partner after mating.

Kanae Kijima, 37, was convicted of murdering the three men, aged 41, 53 and 80, whom she met through Internet dating sites.

Kijima, who has a past as a paid-for mistress, killed the men by poisoning them with carbon monoxide from burning charcoal briquettes after giving them sleeping tablets.

Saitama district court heard how she had wanted to stop them from demanding back money she had taken from them over the course of brief relationships.

"Three times she carried out extremely serious and vicious crimes," presiding judge Kazuyuki Ohkuma said.

The thick-set Kijima, who according to media reports appeared in court wearing a short skirt, committed the crimes "in order to maintain her luxurious life full of vainglory without working", the judge said.

Eye 1

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Contestant Pleads Guilty to Fraud

© Florida Mugshots
Michael A. Prozer III
Michael A. Prozer told matchmaker Patti Stanger he was worth hundreds of millions of dollars, now he faces years in jail

This may come as a shock but reality TV isn't always as real as it may seem.

One of the "millionaires" who appeared on Bravo's hit show The Millionaire Matchmaker in 2009 has pleaded guilty to bank fraud among other charges and he is definitely not worth a million dollars.

Michael A. Prozer III obtained a $3 million loan just months before his television appearance by pretending he had millions of dollars in other banks.

The Tampa resident was on trial and while the lawyers were picking a jury, he presented his open plea.

Prozer's lawyer told the Tampa Bay Times his client decided to make the plea because the risk of losing was too great.


Seven Arrested after Vandals Trash Education Minister's Office

© CTV Montreal
Montreal police arrested seven students after the education minister's office was vandalized Friday morning.
Canada, Montreal - Anti-tuition hike protesters started Friday with a bang as a group of 15 people vandalized the Montreal office of Education Minister Line Beauchamp.

Vandals broke a window, entered and trashed the office at around 8:30 a.m. before rejoining a group of 40 other demonstrators outside.

Police say seven people were arrested soon afterward.

Three people were arrested for participating in an illegal gathering, while another three were detained for mischief and participating in an illegal gathering.

The seventh person was arrested for break-and enter.

The arrests took place shortly after about 15 people smashed two windows and then vandalized Education Minister Line Beauchamp's office in her riding of Bourassa-Sauve.

Bad Guys

The secret sterilisation of women in Uzbekistan

sterlization of women
Doctors say that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women without their consent or knowledge.

Adolat has striking looks, a quiet voice and a secret that she finds deeply shameful.

She knows what happened is not her fault, but she cannot help feeling guilty about it.

2 + 2 = 4

Speaking Out Against Misogyny and the Cycle of Violence

© Matt Davidson
To keep quiet about sexism and verbal put-downs is to condone violence.

TRUE story. People hovered in the chemist shop waiting area. She felt one of the guys looking her up and down. Taking his turn to speak with the chemist, he said loudly: ''You can always tell a depressed lesbian, can't you?'' Mildly discomforted, the chemist remained silent.

By choosing silence, the chemist becomes what filmmaker Abigail Disney describes as a ''tolerator'' - someone who knows that another's behaviour is unacceptable but offers no resistance or contestation. The tolerator becomes complicit in the other's action. Without challenge, the guilty party receives tacit permission to continue behaving boorishly.

Comment: While the article states that much of the violence spoken of may be perpetrated by men, it is rationalized by both genders via ponerization. To find out more about ponerology see these Sott articles:

Political Ponerology: A Science of Evil Applied for Political Purposes

Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes


LA police kill fleeing, unarmed teen as eight officers fire 90 rounds at him

LA teen shooting
A Los Angeles teen was killed by a hail of police gunfire on Wednesday night after eight officers fired 90 rounds in total as he appeared to point an object at them, according to The Associated Press.

Police confronted 19-year-old Abdul Arian following a car chase that was caught on video, during which he allegedly called 911 and warned that he had a weapon and would hurt officers if they pointed firearms at him. After he was gunned down, officers discovered that he was unarmed.


Jan Brewer signs abortion ban defining pregnancy before conception

AZ Governor Jan Brewer
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Jan Brewer
Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed one of the most controversial and restrictive abortion bans in the country, which experts say effectively bans abortions after 18 weeks and declares that a woman could be pregnant 2 weeks before she even had sex.

Light Saber

Newark Mayor Cory Booker runs into burning house, saves woman's life

Cory Booker
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Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ
Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, claims he had a "come to Jesus" moment on Thursday night after he arrived home to discover a neighbor's residence on fire.

After a moment of arguing with his security team, he charged into the blaze, which he said had fully engulfed the house, in search of the last person remaining inside. Speaking to CBS This Morning on Friday, he explained that after finding the woman, he threw her over his shoulder and "punched through the kitchen" to escape.


MSNBC on Reactor No. 2: It is beyond human capability, "problem gets worse and worse and worse"

- The really bad news is this is the good news, as they can't even determine what is going on at Reactors No. 1 and 3

Title: Video: How do you solve a nuclear disaster?
Source: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show
Date: April 6, 2012

Arrow Up

Temperature rises at Fukushima No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool, now around 50°C

Unit 4 of the crippled Fukushima
© Air Photo Service Co. Ltd., Japan
This March 24, 2011 aerial photo shows damaged Unit 4 of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
Summary of temperature rise at Reactor No. 4′s spent fuel pool since Thursday morning:
  • Apr. 12 @ 3a = 28°C (Source)
  • Apr. 12 @ 8p -to- Apr. 13 @ 3a = 49.9°C, stable (Source)
  • Apr. 13 @ 10a = 55°C (Source)

    Title: TEPCO Press Conference 4/13/2012 11AM: Reactor 4 SFP Temperature Was 49.9 Degrees Celsius as of 3AM, 4/13/2012
    Source: EXSKF
    Date: April 12, 2012UPDATE: Matsumoto was speaking about the Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool, and mentioned the temperature. I took to mean the temperature of the SFP, but it is more likely that Matsumoto suddenly switched back to talking about the temperature of the Reactor 1 dry well. Sorry for the confusion. A lot of viewers apparently thought Matsumoto was talking about the Reactor SFP like I did.

    So, it was the Reactor 1 dry well temperature that started to rise noticeably starting 4AM on April 13, 2012.

    No word yet on exactly what the temperature is in the Reactor 4 SFP.

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