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Amanda Knox gets 26 years for sex murder of student

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© Irish Independent
Amanda Knox awaited the verdict in her trial in Italy last night
An Italian jury last night convicted Amanda Knox of murder. The 22-year-old American was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Knox and former lover Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Knox and Italian Sollecito (25) killed the 21-year-old Ms Kercher in what began as an extreme sex game and ended with Sollecito holding her down while Knox cut her throat with a six-inch kitchen knife.

They committed the killing in Perugia, Italy, with small-time drug dealer Rudy Guede, 22, who was jailed for murder and sexual violence last October for 30 years.

Knox bowed her head and burst into tears as the verdict was read out.

Comment: What is clear is that this was a case of railroading.


Red Flag

GLD ETF Warning, Tungsten Filled Fake Gold Bars

"Gold Finger - A New Take On Operation Grand Slam With A Tungsten Twist"

I've already reported on irregular physical gold settlements which occurred in London, England back in the first week of October, 2009. Specifically, these settlements involved the intermediation of at least one Central Bank [The Bank of England] to resolve allocated settlements on behalf of J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank - who DID NOT have the gold bullion that they had sold short and were contracted to deliver. At the same time I reported on two other unusual occurrences:

1] - irregularities in the publication of the gold ETF - GLD's bar list from Sept. 25 - Oct.14 where the length of the bar list went from 1,381 pages to under 200 pages and then back up to 800 or so pages.

2] - reports of 400 oz. "good delivery" bricks of gold found gutted and filled with tungsten within the confines of LBMA approved vaults in Hong Kong.

Comment: Why, we wouldn't believe these allegations for all the tungsten in Fort Knox. Or would we?

Could it be? Salted gold bars being held as genuine the world around? GLD really a diversion from holding legitimate hard assets? The Fed caught lying (the Fed lying? Gasp!) about gold swaps?

Another confirmation of the wisdom:

"Believe nothing,
Verify everything,
Think with a hammer."


Cult

Rumbled! Mossad gaffe reveals 'Iran ship photos' were forged

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Iran says labels reading 'Ministry of Sepah', a body that no longer exists, are enough to prove that the photos released by Israel are forged.
After Israel released photos it said proved that a huge shipment of weapons for Hezbollah came from Tehran, Iranian news agencies publish evidence showing that the photos are forged.

Israeli naval sources recently claimed that they found a large cache of Iranian-made arms when they stormed a vessel near Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.

They claimed that the ship was heading for the Hezbollah resistance movement, either in Lebanon or Syria.

Iran instantly dismissed the claims, issuing a statement with which it condemned Israel's many acts of piracy in international waters.

Laptop

Bridgend Is A Strange Place: Wife Posed As Schoolgirl To Trap Paedophile Husband

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© Andrew Lloyd/Wales News Service
Cheryl Roberts
A woman who suspected her 68-year-old husband of propositioning teenagers on the internet posed as a schoolgirl to lure him into a trap.

Cheryl Roberts, 61, created a false profile and pretended to be 14 as she exchanged intimate messages with him in a chat room. After he asked her for sex she reported him to the police.

David Roberts found out that he had been making advances to his own wife only after being arrested. He admitted that he had hoped to have sex with the "schoolgirl".

On Wednesday he was ordered to attend a programme for sex offenders as part of a three-year community order. He was also banned from contacting children on the internet and will have to register as a sex offender. Mrs Roberts was praised by a children's charity for reporting her husband.

Comment: Bridgend is an unusual place indeed - have a look at the following selection of articles. You may also like to search for the name of the town in our search box...

Woman found dead in 'suicide county'
UK: Bridgend hanging is 23rd suicide in area in 20 months
Bridgend Suicides Linked to Cell Phone Towers


Syringe

Connecting the Dots: The Mass Poisoning Begins, the Secret Team's Tricks Continue and the Dollar's Supremacy Heads for its End

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Terrorism has been defined as "a criminal act that influences an audience beyond the immediate victim". We agree, but the question is, what entity today has the greatest capacity to carry out criminal acts and influence an audience beyond the immediate victim? Figure that one out, and you've got the real terrorists.

But first, let's look at some of the influences we've all come under during the month of October. Vaccination season has kicked off in US, Canada and UK and Obama has declared the swine flu a national emergency! Well, if Mr. Charm, Change and Hope says so, it must be true! Right? Read on and we'll take you through the talking points...

Chess

Cut Wall Street Out! How States Can Finance Their Own Economic Recovery

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Photo Illustration: Troy Page / truthout; Adapted From: AComment, ribarnica and austrini / flickr
Pouring money into the private banking system has only fixed the economy for bankers and the wealthy; it has not done much to address either the fundamental problem of unemployment or the debt trap so many Americans find themselves in.

President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan has so far failed to halt the growth of unemployment: 2.7 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus plan began. California has lost 336,400 jobs. Arizona has lost 77,300. Michigan has lost 137,300. A total of 49 states and the District of Columbia have all reported net job losses.

Heart - Black

Canada: Psychopath named long-term offender

Judge sends man to prison after girlfriend terrorized with 'spectacularly gratuitous' violence

Ottawa - A diagnosed psychopath who once plunged a fork into his girlfriend's eye and had what a judge described as a long and "deeply troubling" history of violently abusing and threatening his intimate partners has been declared a long-term offender and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Colin McKinnon said it was time for Jason Kirk Bone, 29, to "graduate" to the federal prison system after years of harsh warnings he wouldn't heed from judges and Crown attorneys about more severe punishments if he didn't address problems with anger, jealousy and severe drug and alcohol abuse.

Wolf

Canada-wide hunt for violent sexual deviant

A B.C. woman -- the traumatized sexual-assault victim of a violent psychopath -- has sought police protection since learning her attacker is on the loose.

Rapist Dean Robert Zimmerman disappeared from his Calgary home less than two weeks after being released from prison for sexual assaults, and police say he's already wanted for new offences.

Zimmerman, 44, who is described as a psychopath whose violence toward women is escalating to a deadly level, skipped out on a meeting with Calgary police last Wednesday. There are fears he will strike again.

"There is a likelihood you would commit an offence causing serious harm or death," the National Parole Board wrote Oct. 29, 2008. The "degree of violence toward your victims appears to escalating."

Heart - Black

Evangelical Churches involved in torture and murder of thousands of children denounced as witches

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This Aug. 18, 2009 photo shows children accused of witchcraft waiting for food at the Children's Rights and Rehabilitation Network in Eket, Nigeria. The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it has taken on new life recently partly because of a rapid growth in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria's 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered.

Eket, Nigeria - The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him - Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

Heart - Black

South Wales cat killer strikes again

A serial cat killer in South Wales appears to have struck again just a few miles from where eight pets mysteriously died in the summer.

This time four cats are suspected to have been killed after drinking poisonous anti-freeze left out for them in Caldy Close, Barry, according to The Sun.

It follows the first eight cats dying of the same cause in Underwood Place, Bridgend, some 10 miles away, in July and August.