Monday, September 1, 275760

Random Disclaimer: This blog is GRIMDARK AS FUCK.

Everyone, please sign this petition if you value Internet freedom. Congress claims to have vetoed SOPA due to political pressure, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership is more than willing to take up its mantle and pass it and various SOPA-like legislations (or even worse in many cases) that would utterly change the Internet as we know it. So, if you value the Internet, please, sign this bill and make your voice heard NOW. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-sopa-policies-trans-pacific-partnership-notice-and-staydown-efforts-and-other-policies/dXMRvNh8


5/29/12 EDIT: I've just created a new blog exclusively for ponies and pony-related news, WITHOUT the stressful news articles on this blog.  It's no Equestria Daily, nor will it ever be, but it's still a pony blog. Feel free to check it out if you please... http://brony-montana.blogspot.com

If you're a brony and a Final Fantasy fan, and you want to play a game that combines ponies with Final Fantasy, I just thought you might like to know that an excellent fan game called Pony Fantasy 6 was released a few days ago.

If you are interested in this game, and would like to give it a try, please follow this link... http://www.pony-fantasy-6.com/

This blog contains some controversial posts concerning certain political issues and depressing news stories. If you find some of the content on my blog too controversial for your liking, or you're simply interested in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, go to http://www.dailymotion.com/MLPFiMVideos... That is my DailyMotion channel that is filled with every episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic so far. If a new epsisode of MLP:FiM comes on, expect to see it on there within a few hours. It might help to take the edge off from hearing or seeing too much stressful stuff (i.e. some of the posts on my blog), and you may walk away with the realization that not ALL things pertaining to My Little Pony suck. In fact, in the case of FiM, it's AWESOME.

BTW, since DailyMotion absolutely ADORES putting ads all over the place, often ruining perfectly good videos by placing ads at the beginning, end, and occasionally, even the MIDDLE of many videos, please consider installing Adblock Plus for maximum pony enjoyment. DailyMotion can be a great deal better and more enjoyable than YouTube, but only if you use Adblock to get around the horribly annoying ads.

If you're interested in MLP:FiM, but you don't want to go to DailyMotion, either because of the annoying random ads or because the videos play slower there than on other sites, there are dozens, if not hundreds of channels on YouTube that have the entire first and second seasons uploaded to their channels, and they're all ad-free, too. I was planning on creating another YouTube channel to upload pony videos to, but it wouldn't allow me to upload videos past 15 minutes unless I gave a mobile phone number, and I don't have a mobile phone, and I'm NOT breaking these videos into parts.

If ponies aren't your thing, I understand. At any rate, I cannot stress enough that there are PLENTY of depressing pieces of news and controversial opinions about certain subjects on here. But if you can get past this disclaimer, you might find that this blog is fairly interesting and informative. I do my best to post interesting articles from various news sources, many of which provide a glimpse into the harsh realities of the world. Some of them may be easily accessed by searching your favorite news site or clicking on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, etc, whereas some other news stories are less known for various reasons.

Just know what you're getting yourself into before you traverse my blog. There is some HIGHLY depressing stuff on this blog, and I do use plenty of profanity in some of my posts. I am NOT kidding when I say this blog is grimdark as fuck.


BTW, I've noticed a few people have been searching for "Rainbow Dash Attack", basically a ponified version of the popular Adult Swim Flash game "Robot Unicorn Attack". If you want to play "Rainbow Dash Attack", follow the link below.
http://www.comdotgame.com/play/rainbow-dash-attack

If you just want to play the original version, Robot Unicorn Attack, feel free to follow this link...
http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html




Friday, December 31, 275666

Spectacular Neon Blue Lava Pours From Indonesia's Kawah Ijen Volcano At Night (PHOTOS

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/blue-lava-volcano-photos-kawah-ijen-indonesia-_n_4610337.html


You've heard of "red hot" and "white hot" to describe searing temperatures. But what about "blue hot"?
That's the surreal hue of Indonesia's Kawah Ijen Volcano, which glows with an otherworldly "blue lava" at night. The mountain contains large amounts of pure sulfur, which emits an icy violet color as it burns, turning the rocky slopes into a hot (at least 239 degrees Fahrenheit),highly toxic environment.
Despite the dangers, photographer Olivier Grunewald captured the scene, along with a group of men who toil on the volcano at night, battling noxious gases to mine sulfur from the crater and carry it out by hand.
Miners carry between 176 and 220 pounds of sulfur chunks per trip and sell the pieces for around 2.5 cents per pound. Yahoo reports theyaverage two loads every 24 hours, thereby doubling their salaries amid sulfurous flames that can reach 16 feet high.
The volcano is the subject of a new documentary -- produced by Grunewald and Régis Etienne, the president of Geneva's Society of Volcanology -- released earlier this month. (See the trailer, in French, below)
PHOTOS of Kawah Ijen's blue lava after the break:

Tuesday, November 30, 275666

Complete D0X of Westboro Baptist Church (This only covers current, non-dead members)



WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH DOXX.
Q: Will some of this information become useless or incorrect?
A: Of course. Some of it is incorrect already. They will change numbers, email addresses etc. We can do it again.

Q:Why are you doxxing Westboro Baptist Church?
A:Read  some articles. Should be self-explanatory:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/westboro-baptist-church-aaron-swartz-anonymous_n_2479019.html

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57564283-93/anonymous-squashes-westboro-plan-to-picket-aaron-swartz-funeral/

http://www.inquisitr.com/440545/anonymous-hacks-the-westboro-baptist-church-posts-all-their-personal-information/

http://www.bubblews.com/news/105107-anonymous-continues-its-hack-offensive-against-westboro-baptist-church

Saturday, December 31, 275555

A veritable encyclopedia of important links, including search engines, Pastebins, proxies, alternative news sources, etc.

Alternative Search Engines
 
001 http://www.mamma.com
002 https://blekko.com/
003 https://startpage.com/
004 https://ixquick.com
005 https://duckduckgo.com/
006 http://www.alltheweb.com
007 http://www.gigablast.com/
008 http://www.proxysearchengine.tk
009 http://74.125.47.132  (google)
010 http://gibiru.com/
011 http://filetram.com/  (file search)
012 http://www.worldcat.org/  (library search engine)
013 http://www.monstercrawler.com
014 http://searchalot.com
015 http://www.searchcanvas.com/
016 http://web.search.ch
017 http://mamma75.mamma.com
018 http://search.freecause.com/
019 http://www.general-files.com/  (file search)
020 http://www.ebook3000.com/ (free books)
021 http://www.sqfile.com  (file search)
022 http://www.zoozle.org/ (file search)
023 http://translate.google.com/
024 http://www.robtex.com/
025 http://95.154.230.253 (hide my ass)

Thursday, December 30, 99999

Saturday, March 6, 99999

A wealth of information about the Deep Web Part 2 (More information, slightly less disturbing shit, 56K WARNING)

http://www.businessinsider.com/tor-silk-road-deep-web-2013-3?op=1

The average person is only aware of a fraction of the Internet.

There is more content out there than any conventional browser can access. These sites are termed
"Deep Web" or "Undernet." They exist outside the scope of Google, Facebook, and your RSS reader. It's the digital equivalent of a thriving city that's been domed over and cordoned off.



These sites are locked down so tightly that you need a special browser to access them. It's called the Tor browser, and it offers you an entirely new way of connecting to the Internet.

Where conventional web browsers like Chrome and Firefox make no effort to conceal your location
or identity, Tor is built upon the idea of preserving anonymity as aggressively as possible.

What is Tor?

Tor, originally an acronym for "The Onion Router," is an anonymity network designed to keep your identity and location completely secure as you browse the web. When you use the Tor browser (a free download), volunteer servers around the world route your internet traffic from server to server before finally delivering you your content. On top of this evasive routing, data is encrypted a number of times as it travels to you.

Exploring the Deep Web

Michael Bergman of BrightPlanet puts it succinctly: "Searching on the Internet today can be compared to dragging a net across the surface of the ocean. While a great deal may be caught in the net, there is still a wealth of information that is deep, and therefore, missed."

Using the Tor browser unlocks the door to a whole weird and wild world you never would have guessed existed online. Where Google helps you find the needle, Tor lets you "explore the haystack."

There is lots of promise in Tor's value – people use it to protect their communications, to research
sensitive topics, and to access information they might otherwise not have access to (if a country is behind a firewall, for example). By guaranteeing such a high level of anonymity, Tor lends itself well to information freedom activists, libertarians, and those who simply want to take their Internet safety to the extreme.

But with such anonymizing power made available for free, some less-than-legal (and even downright malicious) operations claim to operate successfully.

Monday, May 7, 2666

The Horrible Saga of SWAP.avi (review of one of the most horrifying, disgusting videos to ever exist)

http://www.somethingawful.com/d/horrors-of-porn/horrible-saga-swapavi.php
At a Glance: SWAP.avi. It is always written in those terrible capital letters, as though the filename itself is screaming at you in startled horror. It can only be expressed aloud as the strangled cry of a sailor who has just spotted an iceberg looming out of fog or the trails of compressed air on the ocean's surface that lead back to a lurking U-boat. It is both warning and epitaph. It is a sun-bleached skeleton in a hanging cage. It is a thieving child's severed head nailed to the wall above the jars of sweet pickled plums in a candied fruit shop. SWAP.avi is not so much a pornographic video as it is a death, final and uncompromising.
Nation of Origin: Brazil, where hearts were entertaining June, you'll stand beneath an amber moon and blow out the back of your head with a 10 gauge shotgun.
Languages: English and the blasphemous flatus expelled by the godless walking asses of the Brasilianjungle primeval.
Sexual Content: Imagine if the Holocaust was a 63 minute long video about pooping. Now imagine your mother drowning in a bathtub full of diarrhea. This is the sexual content of SWAP.avi.
Lesson: the Chinese may land on the moon.


There are moments in American history when a single event, the news of which is propagated by means of 
television, radio and the Internet, has provoked a dramatic shift in the zeitgeist. One would assume that this phenomenon of sudden and often unexpected cultural upheaval is not unique to the United States, as other nations are also composed of humans with similar (although slightly smaller and more horrid) hands, faces and brains.


Every American alive at the time remembers the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the faked video of the moon landing and the recent tragedy of 9/11. As the news of these events spread it became apparent that in those scant seconds the world had changed. No longer did JFK regale Americans with tales of his sexual conquests and attempt to convert bewildered children to the ancient cult of the Catholics. No longer could we sleep in our beds at night assured that the cosmic seeds of Chinamen would never find purchase in alien soil. No longer could we cling to the illusory belief that our skyscrapers were immune to the fell mischief of Loki.


Many of you were probably alive during the events of 9/11/2001 and many of you are probably Americans. If you were not alive yet or you are not an American then I salute you for your ability to read American and suggest you skip past the next paragraph or perhaps amuse yourself by placing an entire set of keys in your mouth.


For those of you from Odin's country, I ask you to recall those hours after you witnessed the ruinous work of the Trickster upon Manhattan's skyline. Recall the stunned daze as you shuffled about your tasks or stared numbly at the televisor screen in your habicube. Remember the way the very earth beneath your feet seemed to sway and shift, as though it were the deck of a longboat crossing the vast gulf of the Atlantic. You were adrift and fearful of this grim absence of certainty called "the future", willing to cling to strange comforts such as magnetic flags and George Bushes.


If this introduction seems to have strayed into the realm of unrestrained melodrama, let me assure you it is only due to the gravity of my subject matter. Today we will be discussing the origins, history, reality and consequences of SWAP.avi, the worst pornographic video ever created. By the end of this article you will have experienced, at best, one of the world-changing moments I have alluded to and, at worst, you will spontaneously combust.


Gentle readers, you have been warned. To proceed is to cast caution to the wind and jeopardize the touch-paper of your sanity to an unquenchable fire of tumult. Whether you are frail and weak-willed or hale and sound of mind, the advice remains the same; turn back before you learn that which cannot be unlearnt.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Online 'fingerprinting' stalking web users, nearly impossible to block

http://rt.com/usa/174552-digital-fingerprinting-almost-impossible-block/

At least five percent of the internet’s top 100,000 websites are using a new kind of online tracking system – one which essentially takes a “fingerprint” of your computer via its web browser.
What’s more, the software – known as canvas fingerprinting – is nearly impossible to block using conventional privacy tools.
According to a new report by ProPublica, the curtains over canvas fingerprinting will officially be lifted in a forthcoming paper authored by researchers at Princeton University and Belgium’s KU Leuven University.
Here’s how it works: When you visit a website that features such tracking technology, the site asks your browser to “draw a hidden image.” Since every computer renders the image in a different way, that drawing is used to label your device with a unique number that allows trackers to keep an eye on your browsing activity across the internet.
Although there is more than one type of canvas fingerprinting, the most widely used software is developed by AddThis, and is reportedly used on popular websites like Whitehouse.gov, online dating site PlentyOfFish, CBS, and even YouPorn (a list of known sites using the software can be found here).
An AddThis spokesperson also said that it did not inform the websites in question when it put its tracking technology in place. After ProPublica’s original article was published, a YouPorn spokesperson said the website was unaware the app was tracking users and has removed AddThis functionality.
AddThis chief executive Rich Harris stressed that the company does not use canvas fingerprinting for anything other than ad targeting and personalization, and that users can stop their data from being used for advertising or marketing by installing a specific opt-out cookie on their computers. This would not stop AddThis from collecting data, however; it would simply stop them from using it to custom-tailor ads for you.
The company also said it does not use any data it gathers from government websites. So far, it claims to have only used data for “internal research and development.”
Still, the fact that all users have to rely on is a promise from AddThis “is not the best privacy assurance,” said Princeton computer science professor Arvind Narayanan, who helped lead the research team responsible for uncovering the system.
If opting out is not a satisfactory option on its own, you’re left with a few different possibilities. You could download the Tor browser, which helps users avoid numerous types of online tracking, or you could block JavaScript from loading in your browser, which ProPublica notes could make many websites not work properly.
There’s also a browser in the works called Chameleon, which is specifically designed to block fingerprinting, but at this stage is only recommended for “tech-savvy users.”
AddThis is reportedly contemplating ending its test of the tracking tech soon because "it's not uniquely identifying enough."

600 deaths in Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospital

http://rt.com/news/174632-deaths-israeli-gaza-operation/

Israel kept up attacks on Gaza on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians and hitting over 70 targets, including five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the deceased Hamas military chief.
The latest casualties in the fortnight-long violence have brought the Palestinian death toll to 570, according to AP. Almost 100 of them are children and many others are civilians.
Additionally, nearly 500 homes have been destroyed in the Israeli bombardments and 100,000 people have been displaced, said Jens Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) at a Geneva news briefing.
On Monday, a hospital was hit in Gaza, with four people killed and scores of others wounded in the attack. Thirty of the wounded were medics, according to Sky News.
The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a statement condemning the shelling "in the strongest terms," Reuters reports. The organization stated that the hospital came under fire at least four times, with life-saving equipment severely damaged.
About 2,000 rockets have been launched over the past fortnight, Israeli military says. The country has also been destroying tunnels that Hamas reportedly constructed from Gaza into Israel to carry out attacks.

Palestinian boys walk past debris, including Korans and other items from a mosque destroyed in an overnight Israeli military strike, on July 22, 2014, in Rafah the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Said Khatib)
Palestinian boys walk past debris, including Korans and other items from a mosque destroyed in an overnight Israeli military strike, on July 22, 2014, in Rafah the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Said Khatib)
Israeli military accuses Hamas militants of firing rockets from the grounds of Gaza hospitals and seeking refuge there.
All in all, Israel has lost 29 people – two of them civilians, with two soldiers killed on Tuesday, as stated by the country’s militia. This death toll is the highest number of Israeli military deaths since the 2006 Lebanon war.
Violence is raging on the West Bank as well. Medics told Reuters that soldiers shot a Palestinian man dead after cracking down on stone-throwing protesters.
Tel Aviv stated that a Palestinian shot at a car and seriously wounded an Israeli in the Nablus area.
This comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday for talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the region’s plight.
The US is set to give $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, Kerry said.

A Palestinian man removes goods from the rubble of a destroyed store located on the ground floor of a building hit by an Israeli air strike on July 22, 2014 in Gaza city. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
A Palestinian man removes goods from the rubble of a destroyed store located on the ground floor of a building hit by an Israeli air strike on July 22, 2014 in Gaza city. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
The US is "deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel's appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself," Kerry said.
"But always, in any kind of conflict, there is a concern about civilians - about children, women, communities that are caught in it," Kerry added, as quoted by Reuters.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to fly to Israel on Tuesday for peace negotiations with the country’s premier Benjamin Netanyahu and to meet the Palestinian authorities.
A day earlier, Ban Ki-moon condemned the killings as an "atrocious action," and called for an immediate end to the fighting, urging Israel to “exercise maximum restraint.”
“Too many innocent people are dying (and) living in constant fear,” he said at news conference in Doha.
Last week, Egypt suggested a roadmap for the ceasefire which Israel accepted, but Hamas rejected.
The ceasefire plan stalled after Hamas requested that Israel and Egypt lift the blockade on the coastal region that has a population of 1.8 million people. Another demand was for Israel to free a few hundred Palestinian inmates detained after the murder of three Jewish teenagers last month, Reuters reported.
"The world must understand that Gaza has decided to end the blockade by its blood and its heroism," deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a televised address on Monday.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Five hurt after hot air balloon crashes into power lines in Massachusetts


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/21/five-hurt-after-hot-air-balloon-crashes-into-power-lines-in-massachusetts/?intcmp=latestnews


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July 20, 2014: Investigators examine the remnants of a hot air balloon that caught fire after hitting power lines before crashing into a yard in Clinton, Mass. Five people were hospitalized with burns. (MyFoxBoston.com)
Five people were injured after a hot air balloon knocked into electrical wires, caught fire and landed in a residential area in eastern Massachusetts Saturday night.
The incident happened at around 7:40 p.m. local time in Clinton, approximately 45 miles west of Boston.
One witness told MyFoxBoston that before the balloon hit the power lines, people had gathered to watch, waving at the occupants inside and smiling. Then, the balloon tried to climb over the power lines, but hit the lines instead and caught fire.
"We saw sparks," one witness told the station. "We thought the worst."
The injured occupants suffered burns ranging from minor to severe, according to The Clinton Item. They were taken to Clinton Hospital to be treated.
The balloon landed in the yard of a home, where it could be seen sitting upright Saturday night.
Power outages were reported in the area surrounding the crash after the incident. National Grid reported that roughly 600 customers lost power in the area, though all had their power restored by Sunday morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. There was no immediate word on the victims' conditions Sunday.
Click for more from MyFoxBoston.com

6 killed in separate Arizona small plane crashes, one sparks wildfire


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/21/arizona-wildfire-sparked-by-plane-crash-that-killed-4/?intcmp=latestnews


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July 20, 2014: Smoke from a fire sparked by the crash of a single-engine plane rises over Fay Canyon, near Sedona, Arizona. (MyFoxPhoenix.com)
Authorities say six people were killed Sunday in two separate small plane crashes in Arizona, with one sparking a wildfire. 
The Federal Aviation Administration says that hikers reported the first crash in the Bear Mountain area near the town of Sedona at approximately 3 p.m. local time. Approximately 3 hours later, the United States Forest Service said that the wreckage of a single-engine plane had been found. 
No further details about the plane or the victims were immediately available. Officials told the Associated Press access to the crash site was difficult because of the uneven terrain and the nearby fire.
The Arizona Republic reported that the crash had sparked a fire in Fay Canyon. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, the fire had burned 25 acres and was 0 percent contained. Two helicopters, two engines, one fuels crew and the Sedona Fire District were responding to the fire Sunday evening, and one hotshot crew and three helicopters were due to arrive in the area Monday.
The newspaper reported that smoke was visible around Williams, Flagstaff and Sedona.
Later, authorities said a small plane crashed in northern Arizona's Mohave County near the Utah border, killing two people.
Sgt. John T. Bottoms of the Arizona Department of Public Safety told Salt Lake City's KSL-TV that the crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. local time.
The FAA says that the plane went down "under unknown circumstances" and was on fire.
Bottoms said that crews hiked to reach the plane, which was on a ledge, and used water backpacks to extinguish the blaze.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate both crashes.

Dog fatally attacks 7-month-old baby in Ohio



Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy.

Police tell The Dayton Daily News that the baby's step-grandmother was watching the infant for the day when her dog attacked and killed him Sunday afternoon.
A Montgomery County coroner's investigator says the baby, whose name hasn't been released, is from another state.

An autopsy is planned for Monday.

An animal control officer removed the dog.

Montgomery County records show an American Staffordshire terrier, which resembles a pit bull, is registered at the address where the baby was killed.

A June 3 police report shows the same dog attacked and injured another dog before it got away.

People who gathered at the home after the attack cried and screamed. Police say the step-grandmother was extremely distraught.

Libya: 47 killed in clashes between rival militias fighting over Tripoli airport

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/21/libya-47-killed-in-clashes-between-rival-militias-fighting-over-tripoli-airport/?intcmp=latestnews

Libya's Health Ministry says clashes between rival militias fighting for control of the international airport in the capital, Tripoli, have killed 47 people over the past 24 hours.
The ministry said on its website late Sunday that the fighting also left 120 people wounded. It also says it hasn't yet received all casualty reports.
The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli.
The clashes resumed Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed.
Libya is going through one of its worst spasms of violence since the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Rival militias have forced a weeklong closure of gas stations and government offices.

UN Security Council demands Gaza cease-fire, stops short of calling for Israel pullout

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/21/un-security-council-demands-gaza-cease-fire-stops-short-calling-for-israel/

The United Nations Security Council called for an immediate halt to fighting in the Gaza Strip at an emergency session Sunday evening, but stopped short considering a draft resolution that would have called for Israeli forces to withdraw from the territory.
The draft resolution had been proposed by Jordan, which had requested the meeting of the Security Council as the Arab League's representative on the panel. A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the Associated Press expressed also expressed "grave concern" at the high numbers of Palestinian civilians reported killed in Gaza, including children. However, the Jordanian proposal was not discussed.
A press statement issued by the Security Council expressed "serious concern at the escalation of violence," called for the protection of civilians under international humanitarian law, and said it was troubled by the growing number of casualties. 
The Palestinian United Nations envoy, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, was disappointed. "We were hoping for the Security Council to adopt a resolution to condemn the aggression against our people," he told reporters. But he said Sunday's council statement was "a test" for Israel to see if it would comply.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin stepped out of the meeting briefly and complained to reporters that the council had been summoned to meet without a specific proposal to discuss.
"Why have this meeting?" Churkin asked. "The Security Council is put in a very awkward position. Obviously, nothing is going to come out of it."
After the meeting, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, tweeted: "Gaza ceasefire would let us address urgent humanitarian needs & underlying issues. Must work to get off this dangerous path & restore calm."
Prior to the closed-door session, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon criticized Israel's ground offensive in Gaza, labeling it "an atrocious action." Israel's Ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, defended the Israeli military's actions, saying that Israel had been forced to defend itself against rocket attacks launched by the Islamic militant group Hamas and adding that Israel's military was exercising restraint. 
Earlier Sunday, Prosor had denied reports that Hamas had captured an Israel Defense Forces soldier.  
The Security Council session came after thirteen Israeli soldiers were confirmed killed in heavy fighting in a Gaza City neighborhood early Sunday. Among the dead were two American-born IDF soldiers: California-born Max Steinberg,24, and Texas native Sean Carmeli, 21. Twenty Israelis have died since the offensive began last week, while Gaza Health Ministry officials said Monday that 501 Palestinians had been killed, though it is not clear how many of those were Hamas militants. 
Secretary of State John Kerry was due to arrive in Cairo Monday to try to work out a cease-fire. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Kerry would seek a cease-fire based on the truce agreed to by Israel and Hamas in November 2012. In that agreement, Israel agreed to stop incursions into Gaza as long as Hamas and other Palestinian factions agreed to stop attacking Israel.
In a conversation with an aide picked up by a live microphone while Mr. Kerry was waiting to conduct television interviews Sunday morning, he commented on the continuing fighting in Gaza.
"It's a hell of a pinpoint operation. It's a hell of a pinpoint operation," he said in a sarcastic tone, in a clip aired on Fox News Sunday.
Kerry said Israel had the right to fight back against Hamas's efforts to use tunnels to surreptitiously ferry fighters from Gaza into Israel.
"You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels," he said. "We completely support that and we support Israel's right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in."
Mr. Kerry said it is up to Hamas to agree to a truce.
"It is important for Hamas to now step up and be reasonable and understand that you accept the cease-fire, you save lives," he said "And that's the way we can proceed to have a discussion about all of the underlying issues."

San Diego strippers sue cops for photographing them nude during ‘club inspections’

http://rt.com/usa/173676-san-diego-stripper-suit/

The San Diego Police Department was hit with a lawsuit this week by 30 strippers who say local cops violated their rights during licensing inspections that occurred at two area establishments since 2013.
On Wednesday, attorneys for the dancers formally accused the SDPD officers of causing "emotional distress and pain” by raiding strip clubs, then conducting thorough inspections in which the women were photographed by the police in various stages of undress.
City protocols requires that establishments with nude dancing obtain a permit, and the Los Angeles Times reports that such licenses allow the police to make “regular inspections” at any time.
“The San Diego code mandates we make these inspections," police spokesman Lt. Kevin Mayer told the Times. "This is not a criminal matter, this is a regulatory matter."
But while city police say they must keep detailed records of the dancers, including information about any distinctive tattoos, attorneys for the women say officers acted inappropriately when making these inspections.
According to Reuters, an attorney for the plaintiffs said the officers’ “arrogant and demeaning comments and ordered them to expose body parts to ostensibly photograph their tattoos."
“The police officers had no legitimate safety concerns, nor were the manner of the detentions commensurate with any articulable threat,” remarked lawyer Dan Gilleon.
“They had certain girls just strip down to nothing,” a dancer who goes by the name of Brittany Murphy told a local Fox News affiliate.
Speaking to the Times, Gilleon said officers may be allowed to photograph the employees, but went over the line by detaining them inside of strip clubs for more than an hour against their and “without probably cause.”
"I didn't know whether it was a bank robbery or there was a serial killer loose the way that they had come in like that," Rich Buonantony, the manager of Cheetah’s, told 10 News earlier this year after 10 officers swarmed his club "with guns and bulletproof vests" before photographing 30 "almost nude" dancers and "interrupting business for a couple of hours.”
Katelynn Delorie, a dancer who witnessed that raid, explained at the time that police stormed the establishment and then "asked us for our licenses and then took down our Social Security, our information and then had us all line up in the back of the dressing rooms and take pictures."
"They made me feel like I was a gang member pretty much, and they wanted to document every single one of my tattoos,” she said.
"Either the officers acted maliciously, knowing they were violating claimants' civil rights or SDPD's failure to train the officers amounted to deliberate indifference to the claimants' rights," Gilleon told the Times this week.
Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages to "punish and to make an example" of the city and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, as well as to deter others "from engaging in similar conduct,” the Times reported.

Connecticut trooper admits to stealing cash, gold crucifix from dying motorcyclist

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A veteran Connecticut state trooper faces a year and a half in prison after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing a dying motorcyclist’s cash and gold crucifix at the scene of a 2012 crash.
Aaron “AJ” Huntsman, 45, was caught by his own dashboard camera stealing the items belonging to John Scalesse, who was killed on Sept. 22, 2012 after his motorcycle crashed into a construction company truck in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the state police force, pleaded guilty to two felonies: third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence. Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin imposed a term in prison of 16 months and then five years of probation, opposed to the possible 10 years Huntsman could have received.
The former trooper’s plea was made under the Alford Doctrine, meaning Huntsman did not admit guilt but is conceding that there is high probability he would be found guilty if the case went to trial. After the plea, the judge then found Huntsman guilty.
Upon sentencing on October 3, Huntsman has the right to argue for a lesser term.
Huntsman left the courtroom on Wednesday “with a big smile on his face following the hearing,” the Connecticut Post reported. Huntsman declined to offer comment at the time.
Huntsman was the first trooper on the scene after Scalesse, a former executive of the JAS Masonry, crashed on the Merritt Parkway in 2012. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Huntsman approached Scalesse as he lay dying and picked up Scalesse’s gold chain from a pool of blood. The trooper then took a roll of bills totaling $3,700 from Scalesse’s pocket. Huntsman later told Scalesee’s father that he did not find any money on the victim, according to the affidavit.
The money was later found under the front seat of Huntsman’s cruiser. Connecticut state police said the trooper maintained his innocence even after he was shown the video, from his own dashboard camera, of him taking the money.
“John didn’t deserve his memory to be tarnished like this and we are finally glad it’s almost over,” said Scalesse’s mother, Marguerite Scalesse, the Post reported. “After all we have gone through we are glad that he (Huntsman) at least didn’t make us go through a trial.”

Drought-damaged California hoses water wasters, sidewalk sprayers with $500 fine

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California water regulators have instituted statewide water restrictions for the first time ever as authorities struggle to get a handle on the worst drought in decades.
The action by the State Water Resources Control Board comes after its own survey revealed that residents have actually upped their water consumption, despite conservation efforts by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water usage by 20 percent.
While water consumption dropped 5 percent statewide for the year, it jumped 1 percent this May in comparison with the same month in previous years.
The new restrictions will ban wasteful outdoor watering, such as sprinkler systems whose runoff flows on to sidewalks, hosing down streets and driveways, or washing a vehicle without a shut-off nozzle on the hose.
Violators could be fined up to $500 dollars, with multiple public employees, including local water agencies, empowered to enforce the new rules.
Exemptions for public health and safety, including allowing cities to power-wash sidewalks to remove human excrement left by homeless people, are included.
The rules will take effect in early August.
"Not everybody in California understands how bad this drought is ... and how bad it could be," Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus told the Associated Press before the vote. "There are communities in danger of running out of water all over the state."

The remains of an automobile is pictured on the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California January 21, 2014. (Reuters/Robert Galbraith)
The remains of an automobile is pictured on the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California January 21, 2014. (Reuters/Robert Galbraith)
After the measure passed 4-0, Marcus called the vote historic, as it would spread the burden of the drought beyond farmers and wildlife protection agencies.
"Our goal here is to light a fire under those who aren't yet taking the drought seriously," she said.
Should the measures prove ineffectual, other steps could be taken, including further tightening the screws on landscaping, higher rates for wasteful consumers, and forcing water agencies to fix leaking pipes, which waste an estimated 10 percent of all water used.
The state is suffering through a three-year dry spell, resulting in plummeting reservoir levels and a 2.2 trillion loss of usable surface water for farmers.
Earlier this month, Lake Mead in Nevada, the country’s largest reservoir, reached an all-time low.
Virtually all of California, the US’ largest by population and third largest by area, is in some stage of drought. Around 79 percent of the Bear State is suffering from ‘extreme’ to ‘exceptional’ drought conditions — the two worst categories — according to US Drought Monitor data.
A study released earlier this week by the University of California-Davis found that the drought will cost the state's economy $2.2 billion and about 17,000 jobs in the agricultural sector.