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Thursday, 13 August 2015

School Officials Used Young Girl as “Bait” in Rape Sting, She Was Raped and they Covered it Up


Huntsville, AL — In 2010, a 14-year-old Huntsville girl was approached by school officials who wanted to use her as bait in a “sting operation.” The plan was to use the young girl to catch a boy in the act who’d been accused of sexually harassing students. However, their asinine plan backfired, and this innocent young girl was anally raped by the older student.

The plan was for the girl not to do anything and teachers would burst in and catch the boy with a girl in the bathroom, but the boy changed bathroom locations. The girl, known in court records as BHJ, was not found by the incompetent school officials until after the student raped her. 

After their plan had failed, school officials attempted to sweep the incident under the rug. The boy never went to jail. Instead, he was placed in an alternative school, and his records shredded.

Despite medical records indicating that BHJ had anal tearing, indicating that she was, in fact, raped, the incident was entered into school records as “inappropriate touching.”

After the rape, it was revealed that the 16-year-old who raped BHJ was on in-school-suspension for previous allegations of sexual misconduct. Despite being suspended, the boy was allowed to roam the hallways during class time, allowing him to rape BHJ.

“Somebody should have been supervising and not letting him roam the hallways,” said US Circuit Judge Frank Hull.

After the school had set her up to be sodomized, BHJ was left to her own devices. The school board offered no counselling, no help, and she remained a student at Sparkman Middle School for two months until she was moved to another foster home in a different state.

Following the 2010 incident, the officials involved, and the Madison County school board have attempted to defer liability for allowing this incident to happen.

According to AL.com,


 Another school board attorney told parents: “There are two sides to every lawsuit and most of what you have heard and read about this has presented only one side.”

“What’s the misinformation?” asked a parent.

“Part of the misinformation is that the student was unsupervised,” asserted the attorney. “He was not. He was supervised at all times.”

But the girl’s attorneys say the board attorneys are the ones omitting parts of the story in regard to the role of school officials. “This is the exact same behavior we have seen all along from the Board: from the day of the rape, until the time they shredded the boy’s records, until they appealed…” reads part of their lengthy statement last week.

Had the boy actually been supervised, like the school board attorney claimed, then there is no possible way that this would have happened.

BHJ’s lawsuit was even thrown out by a lower court who sided with the school board.

However, on Wednesday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals brought back the lawsuit and granted BHJ’s attorney the ability to sue the Madison County school board.

“This is a unique case because the administrators effectively participated in (the boy’s) sexual harassment by setting (Jane) Doe up in a rape-bait scheme involving (the boy) in order to ‘catch him in the act,'” found the appeals court.

The lawsuit will now continue and with any luck, BHJ will receive just compensation for her role as a pawn in the school’s ridiculous plan. 

Cop Suspected of Hiring Hitman To Kill Mother Of His Unborn Child To Avoid Child Support



Austin, Texas – Austin Police Officer VonTrey Clark is suspected of hiring a hitman to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend because she refused to get an abortion, and he did not want to pay child support. This week, police served warrants on his home and police locker where they allegedly discovered evidence that he was connected to the murder.

According to the recent search warrant, obtained by KXAN, police interviewed one of the suspects in the homicide of Samantha Dean, Clark’s ex-girlfriend, and discovered that Clark wanted “to pay someone $5,000 to kill Dean and her baby due to Dean wanting Clark to pay child support for the baby.”

The suspect also told police that a man named Freddie Smith accepted Clark’s murder-for-hire job and killed Dean. It was also revealed that Smith attempted to make the murder look like a drug deal gone wrong, a plan that was allegedly handed down by Officer Clark.

Cellphone records, along with surveillance video taken from the scene of the crime, allowed police to link the suspects together, and gather enough evidence to obtain search warrants.

Clark, the 32-year-old police officer, has fled to Indonesia, where he has been hiding since July. While in Indonesia, he was recently arrested for visa violations and handed over to the FBI. The officer remains in Indonesia and has not yet been extradited to the US, but remains in FBI custody.


Clark was suspended from the police force last month after he failed to attend a disciplinary meeting. It is suspected that he was in Indonesia at the time.

Clark’s attorney, Bristol Myers, said in a recent statement that, “Unfortunately, there is no legal requirement that an investigator’s affidavit include any of the facts and details that might cut against the desire to search a given place. This affidavit for the locker was cut-and-paste from search warrants executed on Officer Clark’s home and car, and the result was essentially the same: investigators came up empty.”

Myers said that the police department “secretly issued an arrest warrant for Officer Clark after he left for Indonesia, and this is the likely cause of what officials are calling a Visa problem. Officer Clark booked an international round trip flight in his own name, used his own passport, and was easily located. These are not the hallmarks of a fugitive.”

Although Clark is now the primary suspect in the case, he has yet to be formally charged with the murder. 

Watch this rice-grain size motor clock over 100,000 RPMs


This tiny motor is only a little bigger than a grain of cooked rice (4 x 12 mm), but it can generate speeds over 100,000 RPM.

It's designed to run at 3.7 volts, but YouTuber Larskro decided to see what these could handle. At 6 volts, he maxed out his tachometer at 100,000 RPM. He got it going even faster at 7 volts, but they burn out at sustained RPMs over 100,000.

Larskro got his on eBay and modded them with two-color blades so the spinning was easier to see.

Carlos Slim, World’s 2nd Richest Man, Mexico’s Biggest Oligarch, Master of Slimlandia, Suddenly Loses Billions

By Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET.

The world’s second richest man, Carlos Slim HelĂș, is doing something he hasn’t done for a long time: losing lots of money. According to El Financiero, Slim’s holdings are down $7.2 billion so far this year.

While that amount represents one-tenth of Slim’s total worth at the beginning of this year ($77 billion), it’s enough to hurt. After all, when one’s wealth is already so vast that it could buy up pretty much anything on the planet, including small nations, reputation is what ultimately counts.

Until recently, Slim’s reputation as an investor was virtually flawless. His ability to turn just about anything, from banking, retail and airlines to mining, printing, construction, restaurants and telecoms – particularly telecoms – into fortunes was unrivalled. But now losses are piling up. And his reputation is getting dented.

Losing the Midas Touch?

Slim’s gold mining company, Minera Frisco SAB, has tumbled 53% this year, the worst performance among 90 international peers tracked by Bloomberg:

Mexico City-based Frisco has had only one profitable quarter in the past nine, and this year’s 6.7 percent slide in gold prices is just making things worse.

Slim owns 78 percent of Frisco, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, so he’s the biggest loser from the stock’s collapse; it has contributed to a $7.2 billion tumble in his fortune this year, the most among 400 rich people tracked by Bloomberg.

Laura Villanueva, an analyst at Mexican brokerage Monex Casa de Bolsa SA, sees more losses ahead for Frisco as the company struggles with falling output and a high debt load.

Frisco is not the only Slim-owned investment vehicle to have hit the wall. U.S.-traded shares of his telephone behemoth, America Movil SAB, have lost 12%, primarily as a result of losses in the Mexican peso and recent regulatory changes in Mexico. Shares in his bank, Grupo Financiero Inbursa SAB, have also fallen.

Meanwhile, his $74 million investment in the ailing Spanish construction behemoth FCC is increasingly looking like another bad bet. When Slim bought 25.5% of the company back in November last year, at an average price of €9.75 euros a share, many analysts hailed it as yet another piece of shrewd business from a man famed for snapping up bargains in the midst of panics and sell-offs. He even had to fight off interest from fellow billionaire investor George Soros.

But now FCC’s shares are languishing at €8.695, over 10% down from their original price, and rumors are fast spreading that the company could be on the verge of another debt restructuring and capital increase. For Slim, that could mean a further dilution of his capital and yet more squandered funds.

Little Sympathy in Slimlandia

While Slim is often celebrated in the international press for both his sharp business acumen and generous philanthropy, his recent misfortunes are unlikely to elicit much sympathy back home in Mexico, a country that boasts some of the worst inequality rates on the planet.

While Slim may not be the primary cause of that inequality, he is certainly one of the primary beneficiaries and arguably its most visible symptom — so much so that George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, recently rechristened Mexico: “It’s virtually cradle to grave. It’s Slimlandia. You are engulfed by Slim in Mexico.”

Slim owns controlling interests in at least 222 different companies and minor stakes in countless more. His vast business empire is influential in just about every sector imaginable of the Mexican economy and accounts for a mind-blowing 40% of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange. As Paul Harris writes in The Guardian, the sheer scope of his holdings is breathtaking:

It is virtually impossible for Mexicans to go about their lives without in some way contributing to his fortune… They are born in Slim’s hospitals, drive on his Tarmac, smoke his tobacco. They build their houses from his cement, eat in his restaurants, talk on his phones, and sleep in bed linen made in his factories.

As I wrote in Slimlandia: Mexico in the Grip of Oligarchs, Slim is not Mexico’s only billionaire. There are 15 others on Forbe’s latest billionaire’s list, which this year does not include the fugitive Mexican drug trafficker Chapo Guzman, who bizarrely was featured on the list four separate times before a public outcry in Mexico put an end to the practice.

Together these 16 individuals – half of whom are or were owners of former state-run enterprises – boast a combined wealth of $144 billion, equivalent to 11.4% of Mexico’s GDP of $1.26 trillion in 2014.

Putting the Robber Barons to Shame

Even after his recent setbacks, Slim’s holdings account for just under half of that amount: his total wealth of approximately $70 billion is the equivalent of nearly 6% of Mexico’s GDP. This puts even the U.S. robber barons of the 19th century to shame: at the peak of his powers, John Rockefeller was worth just 2.5% of U.S. GDP.

It’s no coincidence that Mexico is the most unequal of the 34 nations that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As a recent in-depth report by El Daily Post reveals, there are 2,540 Mexicans whose net individual assets reach $30 million dollars or more.

They would fit into two Metro trains, but control 43% of the total individual wealth in the nation. Meanwhile, 61 million Mexicans, the equivalent to Italy’s total population, cannot afford a decent standard of living.

Most worrisome of all, the gaping gulf between the nation’s super rich and the super poor continues to grow at breakneck pace. In the last 40 years, Mexicans’ purchasing power has not just stagnated, as has happened in many Western nations, but hasshrunk by two-thirds. In 1976, a family on minimum wage could buy four times as much as today.

In the last 18 years, the average fortune of Mexico’s select group of 16 billionaires grew from $1.7 billion to $8.9 billion. Meanwhile, the average Mexican in the lower 20% has a net worth of $80 dollars. There are few better examples of systemic failure.

For decades, Mexico has followed — and in many ways continues to follow — the rule book of modern economic governance. It is Latin America’s second most privatized nation. And it has signed more free trade agreements than just about any other nation under the sun. Yet the result is ever-increasing concentration of power and wealth, stagnating incomes, rising prices, and dwindling choices for consumers who have to deal with Slim’s empire whether they want to or not. So his $7.2 billion loss so far this year elicits scant sympathy in Slimlandia. 

Mexico is already working on a recipe for its next debt crisis. Read… Corporate Dollar Debt Explodes in Mexico as Peso Dives 

Researchers have successfully 3D-printed brain tissue for the first time

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Studying the brain is, as one might imagine, a fairly complex task—and it’s not tremendously often that scientists get to study the brain in all its three-dimensional glory. Instead, neuroscientists often rely on in vitro brain cell or tissue samples from animals. But when it comes to understanding the complex nature of the brain and its 86 billion nerve cells, those flat lab samples have limitations. But breakthrough research from researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) in Australia has created 3D-printed layered structure that incorporates neural cells to mimic the structure of brain tissue, and it could have major consequences in studying and treating conditions such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s.