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At least 10 civilians, including children, killed by U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria

© AP Photo/ U.S. Air Force, Shawn Nickel, File
In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 file photo released by the US Air Force, a US Navy F-18E Super Hornet fighter jet receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of US-led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State group and other targets in Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced Saturday that at least 10 Syrian civilians, among them children, were killed by airstrikes in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS).

According to the observatory, the airstrikes targeting oil fields near the Kabiba village killed three people, one under the age of 18 in the far north east Hasakah province, while seven were killed by strikes targeting a gas station in a city in the eastern part of Syria, Der-Ezzor.

The Islamic State is a Sunni jihadi group that has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it launched an offensive in Iraq, seizing vast areas in both countries and announcing the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control.

In September US President Barack Obama announced his decision to form an international anti-IS coalition. Washington extended its airstrikes against the militants into Syria, while continuing airstrikes against the group's targets in Iraq. Obama said the United States would arm and equip Kurds, Iraqis and Syria's moderate opposition in an effort to eradicate the IS.

Comment: What is becoming ever more evident is that U.S. has no intention of stopping ISIS. By bombing empty buildings, oil refineries, civilians, grain silos and doing nothing to stop the ISIS attack on Kobane they are revealing their goals:

U.S. destroying Syrian infrastructure while ISIS slaughters Kurds in Kobani
what should be obvious based on the history of U.S. interventions - that the real objective of U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria is the reintroduction of direct U.S. military power in the region in order to secure continue control over the oil and natural gas resources of the region, undermine Iran, block the Russian Federation, and break-up cooperative economic and trade agreements between counties in Central Asia and China.

Light Saber

Greed bites back: Chicago drivers' good behavior costs city $50M in revenues from speed cameras

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Drivers in Chicago have gotten wise to speed cameras, budget figures show, and now the city needs to come up with $50 million in revenue. Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars - - through good behavior. Mayor Rahm Emanuel underestimated the intelligence of Chicago drivers, and the city paid for it big time.

On a smooth, wide, well-travelled stretch of Irving Park Road, running between two cemeteries - no homes, no stores, no parking - the city of Chicago is trying to balance its budget. Each flash means a photo; each photo, a violation. Each violation: a hundred bucks, from red-light and speed cameras. CBS 2 has learned the speed cameras caught far fewer speeders than expected.

According to the Mayor's 2015 Budget Overview, there have been "lower than expected violation rates." How much lower? Fifty million dollars lower. Emanuel's administration had figured on $90 million in fines to help balance this year's budget, but they can only count on $40 million. That's a $50 million shortfall, putting pressure on the next spending plan.

Comment: The city was so quick to jump at the chance for revenue that they neglected to look at studies which have shown that the cameras create accidents and they are not always reliable:

UK: Study Finds That Speed Cameras CREATE Accidents

Speed camera madness - man gets ticket for going 0 MPH


Studies explain why Ebola outbreaks in Congo were quickly contained

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Aside from the three nations in West Africa that are struggling with the Ebola outbreak, another outbreak of the virus occurred in Central Africa and was quickly contained. Now, new studies confirm that the two outbreaks were unrelated, and offer explanations why one was contained, while the other spiraled out of control.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began July 26 and was the seventh outbreak in this region since the discovery of the virus in 1976. The first patient was a pregnant woman from Ikanamongo Village who likely contracted the virus when she butchered a bush animal. She died Aug. 11. About 70 more people also became ill and more than 40 died by October, but the outbreak seems to have been tapering off since.

In contrast, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has affected at least 8,400 people and killed more than 4,000 people since it began in Guinea in early 2014 and spread to the neighboring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Comment: Being well prepared to mount a quick and effective response was one reason the outbreaks were initially contained. Unfortunately most hospitals are NOT prepared, so the most important thing for people to understand is that it is imperative to take responsibility for one's own health and well-being. BigPharma and the government are not likely to contain this plague.

Here are suggestions to start implementing now:

Snakes in Suits

US company sells out of Ebola-themed toys

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Promotional blurb on the website advertising the educational toys reads: 'Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes. Share the love!'
An American company has sold out of Ebola-themed toys following a huge surge of interest in the deadly virus as it spreads across the globe.

Giant Microbes advertises three Ebola-themed toys, marketing them as "a uniquely contagious gift" that can help you learn "all about his fearsome front-page disease."

The Ebola virus has so far killed 4,555 people, with over 9,000 confirmed cases across seven different countries.

"Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes. Share the love!" reads the promotional blurb on the website.

Laura Sullivan, vice president of marketing at the company, said to the Toronto Star they had completely sold out worldwide.

"We get it in and sell out in a few days," she claimed, before reassuring potential customers the company were making more as "fast as we can" to keep up with demand.


CNN faces criticism after posting pic on Twitter mocking Ebola crisis

© John Griffin / CNN
A Twitter firestorm erupted after CNN tweeted a photo mocking the fear of Ebola while a congressional hearing took place on the crisis. It comes as 1,000 people are being monitored for symptoms in the US.

The photo was posted by John Griffin, a senior producer at CNN, and shows three New Day anchors - Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira, and Alisyn Camerota - pretending to be scared while two men in protective gear stand over them. The post has since been removed.

Social media users, particularly on Twitter, did not waste time reacting to the questionable post. For example, Addictinginfo.org slammed CNN for tweeting an image mocking the Ebola crisis.


Bolivian 'Day of Dignity' commemorates 'Black October' massacre

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Family members of victims of the 2003 repression
Residents of El Alto, protagonists of 2003 "Gas War," Demand Extradition of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada from U.S.

Every year, thousands of Bolivians march in the month of October to remember the 2003 "Gas War," also known as the "Black October" massacre. Eleven years ago on October 17, 2003 Bolivian President Gonzalo "Goni" Sanchez de Lozada fled Bolivia on a commercial jet, leaving behind a trail of blood.

More than 60 people including men, women, and children were indiscriminately mowed down by the military's bullets under Sanchez de Lozada's command. Protests that began in the countryside quickly spread to the bustling city of El Alto, perched 4,100 meters above sea level overlooking Bolivia's administrative capital of La Paz, and the deadly response of the military was swift.

Demonstrators were opposed to a plan to export Bolivia's then privatized natural gas through neighboring Chile, perceived by many Bolivians to be a historical national enemy due to the loss of their coastline to British-backed Chile in the War of the Pacific.

The residents of El Alto risked life and limb in the streets demanding the nationalization of Bolivia's natural gas reserves so that all Bolivians would benefit from the country's natural resources rather than a small and privileged class of businessmen.

As the death toll mounted, Sanchez de Lozada's key supporters resigned one by one, and he narrowly escaped by helicopter to the airport of El Alto where he then flew to the eastern city of Santa Cruz before fleeing to the United States.

Comment: See: Bolivia nationalization further sidelines U.S.


Mexico: New graves found in hunt for missing students

People searching for 43 missing Mexican students say they have found new burial pits.
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Protesters hold photos of missing students outside the Attorney General's office.
The 43 have been missing since they clashed with police almost three weeks ago in the town of Iguala. Vigilantes who joined the search said they had found six new burial pits, at least two of which contained what they believe are human remains. The search had been stepped up after forensic tests showed bodies found on 4 October were not those of the students.

Gruesome find
The latest burial pits were found by members of a group of vigilantes who had travelled to Iguala to help with the search. They said they had found six pits, two of which looked freshly dug but had not been used yet.

They searched three of the remaining four and said they found what looked like human remains, clothes and hair in two of them. If confirmed, this would bring the total number of mass graves found around Iguala since the students' disappearance to 19.

Comment: The Mexican state of Guerrero is notorious for marijuana and opium traffic. The relentless drug wars have resulted in over 40,000 gang-related murders and thousands of missing persons. Numerous mass graves and hundreds of bodies riddle drug-run localities victimized by a combination of organized crime, corrupt local police and territorial drug gangs. There is speculation that the 43 students were turned over to a local drug gang by the police. In the scuffle, two students died and one was left in a vegetative state. The body of a third student was found later, his face skinned and his eye gouged out. Iguala's mayor and police chief, both suspected of working with the cartel, are on the run. There are eight more mass burial sites yet to be examined. Psychopathic Gangsters. Pure Evil. Not Muslims. To speculate who is keeping these cartels in business...just look northward.

Heart - Black

1.6 million UK pensioners living in poverty

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More than one and a half million British pensioners are "floundering" on low incomes and consigned to poverty, a report by elderly care charity Age UK suggests.

The research, How We Can End Pensioner Poverty, published on Friday, reveals that poverty among pensioners is rife in Britain, with 1.6 million living below the poverty line and a startling 900,000 living in "severe poverty."

While Age UK acknowledges the number of this category of British pensioner has fallen since 2000, the charity warns progress has stalled recently.

The charity's research reveals the single biggest cause of pensioner poverty in Britain is older peoples' failure to claim from the £5.5bn state benefit they are entitled to. These benefits would amount to an extra £1,700 per year, or £33 per week, for the claimants in question.

Light Sabers

Playing European countries against one another: NATO is to blame for Serbia-Albania brawl on a football pitch

Who would expect that a football match between Serbia and Albania would turn into a battle? Everyone! It's Serbia and Albania; it was bound to happen.

Not until US influence is excised from the Balkans can things ever settle down there, argues analyst Nikola Mirkovic.


Frustrated parent with engineering degree lashes out at Common Core

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There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Common Core Standards, and one parent's rant quickly made the Internet rounds after he expressed frustration over his child's math assignments.

Earlier this year, Jeff Severt's son was given a math problem to solve using a number line and strategies, which is the new Common Core approach used in schools, KSDK reports. The assignment instructs kids to help a boy named Jack subtract 316 from 427.

The answer of 111 can be found in seconds using the old fashioned math, but the new way was difficult for the father to figure out.

According to The Blaze, Severt wrote a sarcastic response on the math problem.

"I have a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications," he wrote. "Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct. In the real world, simplification is valued over complication," he added, signing the letter as a "frustrated parent."

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