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-Lurid Crime Tales-
5-Year-Old Girl Permanently Disfigured in Voodoo Ritual, Police Say
[TIME] Two women are accused of burning and permanently disfiguring a 5-year-old girl during a voodoo ritual.

Police said the ritual was meant to remove a demon inside the little girl that was causing her to misbehave, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported. The little girl’s mother requested the ritual, according to police, and has not been charged but is receiving mental health treatment. The mother is of Haitian descent, according to the report, where religious voodoo has been practiced for centuries.

The two sisters ‐ who said they’ve performed the "cleansing baths" before and that children are sometimes burned as spirits leave their bodies ‐ also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother with a machete, according AP.

The boy said his sister was held down twice as the women blew fire over her face, cut her arm and collarbone area and poured something in her eyes that stung, according to the report.

The two Massachusetts women, Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and Rachel Hilaire, 40, have pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to assault and other charges.
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The two Massachusetts women,

What was that about $#ithole countries again?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/04/2018 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Civilization be hard.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  the ritual was meant to remove a demon inside the little girl that was causing her to misbehave

How primitive, we use Ritalin nowadays!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2018 17:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Its Puritan legacy's hauntin'
Poor Santo Domingo on Taunton.
As self-possessed pilgrims
Displace all the Milgrams,
New Englanders, do as yer wantin'!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/04/2018 18:23 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
At least 2 dead, 70 injured after Amtrak train collides with freight train in South Carolina
[WSB-TV] CAYCE, S.C. - At least 2 people are dead and at least another 70 injured after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina early Sunday morning, officials said.

The two deaths occurred in the Amtrak train, not the freight train, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed.

Amtrak train No. 91 was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members when it derailed in Cayce, which is located southwest of the capital city of Columbia.

The accident occurred at 2:35 a.m., the railroad said. Injuries were reported after the lead engine of the Amtrak train derailed, along with some passenger cars, according to the statement.
Amtrack #91, NYC to Miami.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 07:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any more comments on Karma from the DemoProggie left?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/04/2018 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  That means they were on the same freaking track. WTF? Isn't anybody in charge? Oh, right. It's run by the federal government.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/04/2018 8:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Automated systems found to be at fault in.......
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 8:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Photos in source article indicates trains were on 2 different tracks. Article says passenger train engine derailed & collision of cars following then occurred.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/04/2018 9:22 Comments || Top||

#5  looked like a side swipe of the CSX train
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2018 9:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Possible faulty track switch merged one train right into the other?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/04/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||

#7  ...Happened just a few miles down the road from us; got woke up by the sirens and medical helos going overhead.

The place where the accident happened is a spur where trains pull up to load/unload cars - If you look at the Fox News pic, you can see the spur leading off to the left.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/04/2018 10:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Sometimes bad people break the locks and switch the track into the spur track, causing a derailment. The signal system is supposed to detect that, and set the signals to red. But if you time it right, or know a little about the signaling system, one can defeat it. Don't dismiss intentional harm just yet.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/04/2018 16:22 Comments || Top||

#9  ..Happened just a few miles down the road from us; got woke up by the sirens and medical helos going overhead.

Hey Mike, you live near that SC garden spot Sumpter ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 17:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Hey Mike, you live near that SC garden spot Sumpter ?
Posted by: Besoeker 2018-02-04 17:26


Beosoeker,


I'm about 45 miles northeast now, but I lived there from '93 to '06.

However, I'm feeling much better now. :)

Mike

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/04/2018 18:12 Comments || Top||

#11  Whahahahahaa.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 18:18 Comments || Top||



-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Chinese boy loses finger, partial eyesight as charging mobile phone explodes
[GEO.TV] A 12-year-old Chinese boy suffered a major injury to his hand and eye when his mobile phone ‐ that was being charged ‐ went kaboom! in his room, British tabloid Daily Mail reported citing Chinese media.

Meng Jisu was about to pick up his phone, which was plugged into the electric socket for charging, when it blew up, ripping away the index finger of his right hand and leaving him blind in his right eye. The plastic shrapnel from the blast hit his face, causing the injury.

The young boy, who was found unconscious and covered in blood by his elder sister, had to undergo a five-hour-long surgery and is still in the hospital, according to Chinese media, which also identified the mobile phone as locally-made Hua Tang VT-V59.

As per the doctors who operated on Jisu ‐ including People's Hospital chief physician Lan Tianbing ‐ the "’shredded’ index finger was not brought along" and that "it was not possible to reattach" it.

"The doctors also carried out skin graft on his right forearm, reattached the blood vessels of his thumb, middle finger and ring finger onto his right hand," Daily Mail wrote.

Jisu would hopefully regain 98 percent use of his maimed hand.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Samsung Note 7?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2018 8:54 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
DPRK slams S. Korean conservative media, politicians for calling military parade plan "provocation"
[XINHUANET] The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday slammed some South Korean conservative media and politicians for calling an upcoming military parade here as "provocation."

The official daily Rodong Sinmun published a signed article on the military parade to be held on Feb. 8 in Pyongyang, on the eve of the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The article said that the event will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army (KPA), and accused some South Korean conservative media and politicians of twisting facts and making irresponsible comments on their neighbor's important event.

"It is a unique idea of the Korean army and people to celebrate the founding date of the KPA and no one has the right to make irresponsible comments on it," it said.

DPRK used to celebrate the military founding day on April 25, which marked the founding of a guerrilla troop by Kim Il Sung in 1930s to fight the Japanese occupiers.

Less than two weeks ago, the nation declared that Feb. 8 will be marked as the founding anniversary of the KPA and the "Army-Building Day," as DPRK's Founding President Kim Il Sung established the regular revolutionary armed forces on Feb. 8, 1948.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ...I still say that they're going to fire multiple ICBM class missiles during the Olympics - and maybe even a full-up test shot with warhead.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/04/2018 10:21 Comments || Top||


North Korea Found to Have Made $200 Million by Dodging UN Sanctions
[BLOOMBERG] North Korea received almost $200 million between January and September 2017 from exports of coal, iron, steel and other commodities banned under UN Security Council resolutions meant to crack down on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, according to a confidential report.

Coal shipments were delivered to China, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia and Vietnam by ships using combination of "deceptive navigation patterns, signals manipulation, transshipment," independent United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
monitors said in the report, which was seen by Bloomberg News.

The report noted that increased sanctions have created lucrative markets for North Korean traders to procure petroleum products and export natural resources, and that more action is needed by countries to stop such oil and coal transfers.

The panel of experts’ report also warned of continuing cooperation on ballistic missile development between North Korea and Myanmar and Syria, which have been providing logistical support, military technicians and intelligence operations and using front companies.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Commies


German spy chief alleges North Korea uses Berlin embassy for procurement
[REUTERS] North Korea has been using its embassy in Berlin to procure parts for its missile program, the head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency told a German broadcaster.

No one at the North Korean embassy in Berlin was immediately available to comment on the allegation.

In a program to be aired on NDR television on Monday, BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We determined that procurement activities have been carried out from there that are, in our view, done with a view to the missile program and sometimes also for the nuclear program."

He said it was often so-called dual use goods, which can be used for both civil and military purposes.

Comments released by NDR ahead of the broadcast showed Maassen said German authorities prevented such activities when they found them but he added: "We can’t guarantee that we can detect and prevent this in all cases."

He said it was necessary to presume that parts for North Korea’s launch program "were acquired via other markets or underground buyers had acquired them in Germany".

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Commies


India-Pakistan
Pressure rises on Maldives leader to obey court order to free jailed foes
[REUTERS] Maldives President Abdulla Yameen fired his second police chief in three days and the opposition said it feared violence, as the island nation was pitched deeper into a crisis caused by Yameen’s failure to obey a court order to free tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
opponents.

Three days after the Supreme Court threw out terrorism convictions against Yameen’s political opponents, his government on Saturday was still ignoring international and domestic pressure to set them free.

The court dismissed cases against nine people, including former president Mohammed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader, who now lives in exile in Britannia and has been campaigning to have his political rights restored.

One of the others also lives in exile; the other seven are tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
in the Maldives’ largest prison, on the island of Maafushi.

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets to demand compliance with the court order, and Western countries and international organizations have urged Yameen to obey it.

The court also ordered 12 members of parliament who had been stripped of their seats to be restored to the body. The 12 had quit Yameen’s ruling party last year, and allowing them to return to the legislature would deprive him of a majority.

The crisis poses the biggest threat to Yameen’s control of the Maldives since he took power in 2013, defeating Nasheed in an election that Nasheed’s supporters say was rigged.


This article starring:
Abdulla Yameen
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:


Man visiting patient gunned down at Larkana hospital
[GEO.TV] Unknown gunnies opened fire on Saturday, killing a man in the premises of Sheikh Zaid Women Hospital while he was visiting a patient, police said.
We seen dis movie! Dis is da part before Michael offs da Turk and den goes to Sicily!
The dear departed Wazir Shahani was visiting a female patient at the hospital, who was also his relative.

When he was within the hospital’s premises, two gunnies entered the area and opened fire. The unknown gunnies bravely ran away from the spot after firing.

Police said that the armed assailants ran from the spot after the firing. Police followed one attacker and nabbed
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
him, while the other remains on the run.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What's all this 'Cannot load M3U8: Crossdomain access denied'? It's all over Rantburg lately.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 02/04/2018 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  It appears to be a flash player issue, something to do with a firewall setting for allowing videos and flash game from behind a corporate firewall.

At least this is what I see when I searched for this.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 02/04/2018 11:25 Comments || Top||

#3  For certain websites it now seems to be automatically added to the headline when it is copied and pasted into Rantburg’s article submission form — whether it comes from the site or is a result of Fred’s security protocols I would not venture to guess, Herb McCoy7309. We usually clean that kind of thing up before publication, but I was away for the weekend, leaving the team short-handed and concentrating on essentials. This is why we are adding more moderators.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2018 17:38 Comments || Top||

#4  .....I was away for the weekend, leaving the team short-handed and concentrating on essentials.

We survived, but it wasn't pretty.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2018 17:52 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Accused serial killer's methods eerily match Stephen King story
[NYPost] In Stephen King’s macabre short story "The Lawnmower Man," a sex-crazed landscaper murders and dismembers the suburban homeowner who hires him to cut his overgrown lawn.
Well, they properly spelled Mr. King's name.
The tale ends when detectives arrive and end up trying to gather up the victim’s remains, which are scattered in a backyard birdbath and throughout the expanse of freshly mown grass.

While King’s story is the stuff of fiction, a real-life version seems to be playing amid the manicured lawns and neat flower boxes of Canada’s largest city, where officials are digging for human remains after the arrest of a landscape contractor last month.

Bruce McArthur, 66, was charged in Toronto with the murder of five men. Police say that they may be dealing with a serial killer, and that there may be many more victims.

McArthur, a jovial and portly man who was a fixture in the bars and eateries of Toronto’s Gay Village district, had also played Santa Claus at a suburban mall last Christmas, according to his Facebook page, which was taken down shortly after his arrest last month.


[Dean Lisowick in an undated photo. Bruce McArthur has been charged for his murder.
[Undated photo that looks more like his first booking than AARP ID. I believe the PD may have had some contact with him.
In Toronto, police now believe McArthur’s alleged victims may also include women. He described himself as "sexually versatile" on the SilverDaddies dating site.

On his dating profile, McArthur wrote, "I can be a bit shy until I get to know you, but am a romantic at heart."

His next court appearance is scheduled for Valentine’s Day
Irony. It's what's for breakfast.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [412 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That picture is of one of the murder victims, not the perp.

Pic of murderer is in your link.
Posted by: Percy Protector of the Hatfields5158 || 02/04/2018 13:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Thanks Percy. No more posting after the second glass of wine...I swear!
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/04/2018 14:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Accused serial killer's methods eerily match Stephen King story

Karma?
Posted by: gorb || 02/04/2018 18:31 Comments || Top||



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  Bomb blast kills top military commander in S. Yemen Zoom
Sat 2018-02-03
  Ahrar Al-Sham’s top commander in northern Idlib has been assassinated
Fri 2018-02-02
  Four Migrants Critical after Being Shot in Calais Brawl
Thu 2018-02-01
  Robert Mueller Requests Postponement of General Mike Flynn Sentencing… It was a set up
Wed 2018-01-31
  Southwest State Confirms The Death Of Burhakabo Military Commander
Tue 2018-01-30
  Iraqi court sentences Al-Qaeda member to death over executing eight civilians in 2007
Mon 2018-01-29
  McCabe Resigns
Sun 2018-01-28
  Top Houthi leader killed in Sanaa by unknown individuals
Sat 2018-01-27
  Taliban kill 40 63 90 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital Kabul
Fri 2018-01-26
  Mosul clean up continues: 21 turbans permanently unwound, 9 more jugged
Thu 2018-01-25
  Double car bombing kills 33 in Benghazi
Wed 2018-01-24
  Two suicide attackers, Islamic State member killed as troops repel attack in Baghdad
Tue 2018-01-23
  1.5K al-Nusra troops surrounded in Idlib
Mon 2018-01-22
  Tunisian forces kill top aide of Al Qaeda leader in Maghreb
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
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  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

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