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Sect Living in Underground Cells, Children Freed

A self-proclaimed prophet had a vision from God: He would bu
Underground Sect
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Members of an underground sect in Russia's Volga River province of Tatarstan province stand at the gate of a house outside the provincial capital, Kazan.
ild an Islamic caliphate under the earth.

The digging began about a decade ago and 70 followers soon moved into an eight-level subterranean honeycomb of cramped cells with no light, heat or ventilation.

Children were born. They, too, lived in the cold underground cells for many years - until authorities raided the compound last week and freed the 27 sons and daughters of the sect.

Ages 1 to 17, the children rarely saw the light of day and had never left the property, attended school or been seen by a doctor, officials said Wednesday. Their parents - sect members who call themselves "muammin," from the Arabic for "believers" - were charged with child abuse.

The sect's 83-year-old founder, Faizrakhman Satarov, who declared himself a prophet in contradiction to the principles of Islam, was charged with negligence, said Irina Petrova, deputy prosecutor in the provincial capital of Kazan.

The children were discovered when police searched the sect grounds as part of an investigation into the recent killing of a top Tatarstan Muslim cleric, an attack local officials blame on radical Islamist groups that have mushroomed in the oil-rich, Volga River province of Tatarstan.

Eye 2

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Offered Blurry Glasses to Keep Israeli Women out of Sight

Jerusalem - It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighbourhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.

Walls in their neighbourhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code.

Now they're trying to keep them out of clear sight altogether.

The ultra-Orthodox community's unofficial "modesty patrols" are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses. The glasses provide clear vision for up to a few meters so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that gets blurry - including women. It's not known how many have been sold.

For men forced to venture outside their insular communities, hoods and shields that block peripheral vision are also being offered.

The glasses are going for the "modest" price of $6.


Smart Meter Fires Spark Concerns in B.C.

Smart Meters
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BC Hydro plans to install 1.8 million smart meters across B.C. by the end of 2012.
Questions are being raised about the safety of smart meters after fire crews were called to a home in Coquitlam over problems with the box - the second such incident in weeks.

The latest incident happened at about 3 a.m. PT on Sunday morning. There was only minor damage to the home, said Coquitlam fire Chief Scott MacKenzie.

He declined to comment further as the case has now been handed over to BC Hydro for a full investigation.

Technicians had installed a smart meter at the residence - an older home - about a month ago, said a BC Hydro official.

The incident comes after a Mission woman's house burnt down on June 15, just one day after a smart meter was installed there.

A report by the Mission Fire Department said the fire originated at the base plate which the smart meter was plugged into.

BC Hydro says the base is part of the house, so any damage or fault with the equipment is the responsibility of the homeowner.

"There's a lot of steps underway to ensure that everything is safe," said BC Hydro spokeswoman Cindy Verschoor. "But that's not to say that equipment can't malfunction at any time."


UK call centre fires regular staff, employs Prisoners for £3 a day instead

Becoming Green
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The MoJ confirmed that prisoners from Prescoed prison had done 'work experience' at Becoming Green's call centre.
A business is bussing in inmates from an open prison 21 miles away and paying them only £3 a day to work in its call centre.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed that dozens of prisoners from Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire, south Wales, had done "work experience" for at least two months at a rate of 40p an hour in the private company's telephone sales division in Cardiff.

People working in the prisons sector described the scheme as "disgusting" and a "worrying development".

Comment: Prison industrial complex using slave labour at the expense of genuine job seekers

Heart - Black

Phoenix police officer arrested for sexual misconduct with minors - worked with youth group

Christopher J. Wilson
Phoenix police say one of their officers was arrested Tuesday night for sexual misconduct with minors. Chief Daniel Garcia of Phoenix police identified the officer at a news conference Wednesday morning as 43-year-old Christopher J. Wilson.

A 14-year-old boy told his parents about the allegations of sexual misconduct, Garcia said. The investigation began when another victim, a 17-year-old boy, contacted police, he said. The relationship with the 17-year-old lasted three to four months, and the relationship with the 14-year-old was about three weeks long, Garcia said.

Wilson was a community relations officer that worked with a youth group, police said. He was arrested just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at his home without incident. Wilson admitted to the relationships and resigned, police said.

He was a 13-year veteran.


Marilyn Monroe 'Returns as Israeli'

Edith Daniel
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Edith Daniel claims she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.
An Israeli alternative medicine practitioner claimed that the spirit of Hollywood actress and American legend Marilyn Monroe was reincarnated in her body.

In a video interview (Hebrew), Dr. Edith Daniel showed videos of herself in an ecstatic state, and told the camera Norma Jeane Mortenson was living in her body.

Edith was the name she was given by her mother, Daniel said. "I added Norma Jeane to my name when I received my doctorate," the Hebrew news site NRG reported on Sunday.

Daniel said that for years she felt something was strange and different about herself. At the age of five she saw a picture of the actress, kept by her father in his closet, for the first time. Marylin Monroe, unclothed, caused Daniel "to feel something" about herself.

Daniel, who holds a doctorate in alternative medicine and homeopathic remedies, turned to Dr. Bruce Goldberg, a hypnotherapist who authored a book on reincarnation, to try to understand what she was feeling.

Heart - Black

Secret diary of a 'paedophile teacher:' Chilling 800-page journal details how pre-school professor 'groomed young children in his care'


Busted: Federal agents have so far unearthed 4,100 images of child pornography and child erotica on just one of the more than 500 CDs seized from David Moe's home
A disturbing secret diary of a pre-school professor who is under arrest for possessing child pornography reveals moments of physical contact with many of his pupils. David Moe, 45, has worked as a teacher at the exclusive Paddington Station School in Denver for the past 18 years. However, he was arrested on July 24 for possessing large amounts of child pornography and has since been held in jail.

During a bail hearing yesterday, Denver prosecutors read out excerpts from the secret 800-page diary of Moe, which he had kept since 1997. Of one girl, Moe wrote, 'Did hold [name withheld by prosecutors] by the waist briefly, and she didn't flinch.' Another record read: 'Had [name withheld] by the hips, and she was fine by that,'. Moe wrote of another little girl entrusted to his care. 'Gave her a kiss on the cheek, and no bad reaction. I love her so much.'

In reply to one of his advances, Moe recalled a girl saying: 'I only let my family tickle me.' To this, he said in his diary: 'She's obviously been coached.'

Prosecutors revealed the journal's existence in a Denver federal court to argue to Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty that Moe should not be released before his upcoming trial.

But despite all of the chilling testimony revealed by federal agents handling the case, Judge Hegarty seemed skeptical the journal was, as Denver's 9News.com put it in their account of the proceedings, a smoking gun.


Kid Hospitalized for Dehydration After 4 Days of Xbox

Video Games
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A 15-year-old Columbus boy was hospitalized for dehydration after locking himself in his room to play an Xbox game for four consecutive days.

WCMH-TV reports that Tyler Rigby collapsed and was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after a Modern Warfare 3 marathon that left him severely dehydrated.

"It's like he was looking at me but he wasn't there. It was like he was looking through me," Jennifer Thompson, Tyler's aunt, told WCMH.

Cell Phone

Apple and Amazon security lapses exposed after writer has entire digital life destroyed by hackers in minutes

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Apple has been accused of having major lapses in its online security after a writer had his 'entire digital life' destroyed by hackers in less than an hour
A leading tech writer has revealed how easy it was for his 'entire digital life' to be destroyed in less than an hour - and how Apple security lapses mean it can happen to you.

Mat Honan, who writes for Wired, was hacked because Apple only requires basic security questions in order to access your Apple ID.

From there the hackers were able to delete his Google and Gmail account, stop his iPhone from working and take control of his Twitter page.

Along the way everything on his laptop, including every photo he had of his one-year-old daughter, was wiped.

In a disturbing article on Wired.com, Honan reveals how he actually spoke to the hacker who carried out the attack.

After telling him how he did it Honan was then able to repeat the same steps - and carry out his very own mock hack.

In the story Honan writes that on August 3 he realised something was wrong when all of a sudden his iPhone powered down.

When he tried to connect it to his computer he was asked for a four digit pin - which the hackers had already put on the machine to stop him from accessing it.


Exorcism Leaves Toddler Dead in Malaysia

Bukit Mertajam - A toddler died during what is believed to be a 20-hour exorcism ritual.

Police stormed a double-storey house in Taman Bukit Minyak on Sunday night and found a group of eight people lying on top of the two-year-old girl.

The girl was lying face down under the human pile made up of her parents, grandmother, uncle, aunt, two cousins and their Indonesian maid.

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azman Abd Lah said the family members, aged between 16 and 67, were lying on top of each other with the toddler at the bottom in the master bedroom. The lights in the room were switched off.

"The child died due to breathing difficulties," he said. Her body has been sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for a post-mortem.

The case, he added, was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Apparently, another of the girl's uncles had earlier come by to invite the family for dinner but was chased away.