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After 30 hours of work, Mita Diran collapsed and died

Mita Diran
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On Saturday copywriter Mita Diran tweeted about working for 30 hours straight at her Indonesian agency job.

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The next day the 24-year-old was dead.

Not long after writing what would be her final tweet, Mita collapsed, fell into a coma and didn't wake up.

She suffered heart failure and died.

Comment: The inhumane workaholic culture to which many people fall prey in our world today is a creation of psychopathic greed: more slaves to them equals more money, so that they continue to have the power and the control. For us, it equals to stress, unhealthy habits to cope with an already unhealthy system, that can deteriorate us on all levels and lead to our untimely death.

Mita's request was very simple, very humane. To just sit with another and share their lives. But who listened? It's natural for psychopaths to be and act as they are; What is so tragic is that they are able to mold us through life-long conditioning into their "image"!


Canadians wary of 9/11 explanations - and of US officials

Rubble of 9/11 WTC7
7 World Trade Center has drawn the focus of the 'truthers' who watch video of its collapse and conclude it must have been felled by explosives
An advertising campaign in Canada raises questions about the US government's official account of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. Are Canadians more sympathetic to anti-American conspiracy theories than Americans themselves?

The posters, displayed on buses in Ottawa, show an image of a World Trade Center building collapsing in the inferno of the terrorist attack that morning.

The advertising campaign is supported by a Lafayette, California-based organisation called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

The office tower, 7 World Trade Center, may have been destroyed in a controlled demolition, members of the organisation purport, rather than in a fire.

Frank Greening, a nuclear scientist who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, knows the people behind the organisation - truthers, as they are known - well. He first met them years ago.


Philippines mayor shot dead in airport attack

Ukol Talumpa, who had survived previous assassination attempts, and his wife among four killed at Manila terminal

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Ukol Talumpa, a mayor in the Philippines, was shot dead at Manila's airport.
A mayor from the southern Philippines, his wife and two others including a boy less than two years old have been fatally shot in a daring attack at a Manila airport terminal that also wounded four other people.

Manila airport general manager Jose Angel Honrado said men on a motorcycle fired at Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of Labangan in the country's south, and his wife as they stepped out of terminal 3 on Friday.

They were declared dead on arrival at a nearby air base hospital along with two others, including a boy aged about 18 months. It was not immediately clear if they were related to the mayor. The gunmen escaped.

Philippine airports are typically packed with people during the Christmas season.

Talumpa won a hotly contested electoral contest for mayor of Labangan in last May's elections, the AFP news agency said.

News reports in the Philippines said Talumpa had survived several other attempts on his life, including a September 2012 grenade attack in Pagadian city where he was vice-mayor, and a 2010 shooting in Manila that left he and a nephew wounded.

Source: Associated Press

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End austerity, Brussels protesters tell EU leaders

anti-austerity protest in Brussels
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Anti-austerity protesters block a main road in central Brussels on December 19, 2013.
Hundreds of people have demonstrated in the Belgian capital Brussels to demand that EU leaders meeting in the city put an end to government spending cuts blamed for mass joblessness and a growing social crisis in parts of Europe.

On Thursday, the demonstrators used tractors and bales of hays to block traffic around the site of the EU summit to protest many of the policies the 28 leaders would discuss during the meeting.

"The idea is to block access to the European summit," said Nic Goertz, a spokesman for the demonstrators, noting that 1,500 protesters had gathered in the Belgian capital.

The protests were organized by Alliance D19-20 which includes trade unions, farmers and groups from across Europe that are unhappy with EU cuts and a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free-trade agreement that is being discussed with the US.

Opponents of the controversial trade deal argue that agreement is nothing more than a ploy by corporate lobbyists to ensure that new laws and regulations benefit large corporations.

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Getting expensive! US may fly supplies out of Afghanistan due to protesters

Pakistani tribesmen protesting
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Pakistani tribesmen in Peshawar shout slogans against US drone strikes in tribal areas.

The United States may have to fly military equipment out of Afghanistan at an additional cost of $1 billion since the land route through Pakistan has been blocked due to anti-US protests in Pakistan, American officials say.

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said flying the military equipment out of Afghanistan to a port would cost five to seven times as much as it does to truck it through Pakistan, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

An unnamed defense official said sending the cargo through the routes in Pakistan would cost around $5 billion through the end of 2014, adding flying the equipment to ports in the Middle East would cost about $6 billion if it continued through next year.

Around one hundred trucks are at the border, and hundreds more are loaded and kept in compounds waiting to leave Afghanistan while dozens of Pakistani protesters have gathered on the overland route.


Birther Booted From CNN During Heated NSA Segment

Larry Klayman birther lawsuit
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A CNN segment about a federal judge's ruling on National Security Agency surveillance turned into an all-out battle that led to the victorious attorney in the case actually getting kicked off the air.

Larry Klayman, a longtime Washington attorney frequently referred to as a "gadfly," had from the start accused CNN anchor Don Lemon of being in the tank for President Barack Obama.

Before having him on, CNN aired a report about Klayman that highlighted a lawsuit he filed last year that Obama shouldn't be president because no one has confirmed he's a "natural-born citizen," and featured footage of Klayman at a rally saying "we are now ruled, quote unquote, by a president who bows down to Allah."

A former George W. Bush staffer in the report referred to Klayman as a "professional litigant" who "pretends that he's fighting for the little guy when he's really fighting for himself and his own, in my opinion, delusions of grandeur."

When Klayman finally came onscreen, he started by addressing Lemon: "I think it's important to note that you're a big supporter of Obama, you have favored him in every respect, you have to do a hit piece to diminish a very important decision - "

"Are you talking about me personally?" Lemon asked. "None of that is true, but go on."

"Well, it is true, Don. I've watched you for many years. You're an ultra-leftist and you're a big supporter of Obama," Klayman said. "Let's talk about the NSA, let's not talk about Larry Klayman. This victory is for the American people. It wasn't for me. And you, as somebody from the left ... should appreciate that you don't have a police state in this country that's going to be able to intimidate Americans to chill their free speech rights ... rather than talking about that you've got to try to take out somebody that has challenged President Obama."

Lemon said he was "not here to get into an argument" and that "nothing you have said about me has been correct." When Klayman kept interrupting, Lemon threatened to cut his microphone.

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Too poor for plastic surgery, Korean teens try DIY methods

Plastic Surgery
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Advertisements for plastic surgery clinics are displayed in July at a subway station in Seoul.

Seoul - In the heart of Seoul's famous Gangnam neighborhood lies the "Beauty Belt," a grouping of streets lined with hundreds of cosmetic surgery joints.

Untold numbers of Koreans - as well as Chinese and Southeast Asian tourists - have trekked to this district, seeking a pointed nose, rounded eyes, a slimmer jaw line and even a gentler smile, considered graceful in some East Asian countries.

South Koreans are the most cosmetically enhanced people in the world, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. In this hyper-competitive society, plastic surgery is often seen as a prerequisite to job and relationship success.

But what if you can't afford these high-end clinics?

Turns out, there's an alternative: do-it-yourself cosmetic enhancements.

It's popular among anxious Korean teens who lack the funds to purchase the rarified good looks plastered on subway and bus advertisements. Taken together, a "VIP package" of procedures such as an eye lift, nose job, and even a popular jawbone-cutting operation can fetch more than $10,000.

Impatient for such treatments, these youngsters are taking the burden upon themselves to craft a better face. Enter the DIY craze, a potentially hazardous fad among high school friends who self-apply cheap and scantily regulated tools bought online.

The process usually doesn't involve self-mutilation (although there are exceptions). But cosmetic surgeons insist it is potentially dangerous because it involves trying to contort and manipulate bodies that have not fully matured - offering the potential for harm.


Is the U.S. government changing the amount in people's financial accounts and manipulating financial systems?

Official White House Spying Panel Implies that It Might Be ...

Hidden in the report which the White House panel on NSA released today is a stunning implication: that the U.S. government has been using its massive offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts and otherwise manipulating financial systems.

Specifically, the panel's report states (page 221):
(1) Governments should not use surveillance to steal industry secrets to advantage their domestic industry;

(2) Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems ....


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Scrooge Jack Kingston: Force poor kids to 'sweep the floors' to get school lunches

A Republican congressman from Georgia who is hoping to be party's next Senate nominee said over the weekend that poor children should have to pay or sweep floors if they wanted to eat school lunches.

"I'm on the Agriculture Committee, we have jurisdiction over the school lunch," Rep. Jack Kingston explained to the Jackson County Republican Party in a clip obtained by The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel. "School lunch program is very expensive."

"But one of the things I've talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don't you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?" he suggested. "Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria - and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money."

"But think what we would gain as a society in getting people - getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch," Kingston added.

While campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also floated the idea of replacing unionized janitors with children during a talk at Harvard's Kennedy School.

He later told a crowd in Iowa that poor children were basically lazy.

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Girl, 7, shot 6 times saving mom

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Selietha Parker and her daughter Alexis Goggins.
A 7-year-old-girl is being hailed as an "angel from heaven" and a hero for jumping in front of an enraged gunman, who pumped six bullets into the child as she used her body as a shield to save her mother's life.

Alexis Goggins, a first-grader at Campbell Elementary School, is in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Detroit recovering from gunshot wounds to the eye, left temple, chin, cheek, chest and right arm.

"She is an angel from heaven," said Aisha Ford, a family friend for 15 years who also was caught up in the evening of terror.

The girl's mother, Selietha Parker, 30, was shot in the left side of her head and her bicep by a former boyfriend, who police said was trying to kill Parker. The gunman was disarmed by police and arrested at the scene of the shooting, a Detroit gas station. Police identified him as Calvin Tillie, 29, a four-time convicted felon whom Parker had dated for six months. Parker, who was treated and released at Detroit Receiving Hospital, is now at her daughter's bedside. She declined to comment Tuesday.