Nov 17

- Ukraine Bank Runs Begin As Poroshenko Plans To Sever Socio-Economic Ties With Separatist-Held Regions (ZeroHedge, Nov 16, 2014):

In what the pro-Russian separatists call “an act of genocide,” Ukraine’s President Poroshenko signed a decree Friday that will explicitly withdraw state support for the regions within a month. While appearing to implicitly recognize the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as autonomous, the decree means that the central bank will no longer service bank accounts, prisoners will be transferred (inmates with minor offences will be released), and perhaps most troubling as the cold winter begins, the order covers all public services, including crucial ones, such as schools, hospitals, and emergency services; and local heating and power plants will be subject to new laws that could involve cutting energy supplies altogether to the plants that don’t pay. Luhansk’s leader exclaimed, “the total socio-economic blockade of Donbass is de facto an act on genocide and devastation of our people,” and as the images below show, bank runs have already begun across the region with long lines forming at ATMs. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

Cops burst into school, weapons drawn, in surprise active shooter drill

- Cops burst into school, weapons drawn, in surprise ‘active shooter drill’ (RT, Nov 16, 2014):

Teachers and students at a Florida middle school got the shock of their lives as an unannounced ‘lockdown active shooter drill’ sparked panic as police burst into classrooms with weapons drawn, drawing sharp criticism from the community.Students at Jewett Middle Academy in Winter Haven, Florida, spoke of the terror they experienced as police officers carried out their ‘active shooter drill’ inside classrooms – without informing teachers ahead of time about the exercise. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

Putin-G20

- What A Difference A Week Makes In International Diplomacy (ZeroHedge, Nov 16, 2014):

It is often said that a picture paints a thousand words, so here are 3000 words on the state of international diplomacy.

Last week’s APEC Summit… Putin between China’s Xi and Brunei’s Hassanal Bolkiah with Obama positioned with the wives…

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This week’s G-20 Meeting… Obama front-and-center between China’s Xi and Brazil’s Rousseff (just in front of Britain’s Cameron) with Putin almost out of shot Continue reading »

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Nov 17

- State Department Hacked, Shuts Down Worldwide Email System (ZeroHedge, Nov 16, 2014):

As the G-20 meeting comes to a ‘successful’ end with back-patting congratulations having agreed to create $2 trillion more GDP out of thin air (or maybe hookers and blow), it appears that someone – or more than one – among these nations was less than diplomatic towards every nations’ best friend – America. As AP reports, The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. Earlier attacks have been blamed on Russian or Chinese attackers, although their origin has never been publicly confirmed. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

- The Real Reason Why Germany Halted Its Gold Repatriation From The NY Fed (ZeroHedge, Nov 16, 2014):

Following the stunning announcement in January 2013 that the Bundesbank would repatriate 674 tons of gold from the NY Fed and the French Central Bank, a year later the Bundesbank followed up with a just as stunning revelation that of the 84 tons the bank was supposed to bring back home, it had managed to obtain just a paltry 37 tons, with only 5 tons originating from the NY Fed.

The reason given for this disappointing amount was as follows: Continue reading »

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Nov 17

- Obama Comments On Grubergate: “I Did Not Mislead Americans” Even As Gruber Pocketed Millions (ZeroHedge, Nov 16, 2014):

The last thing Obama needed brought up during the just concluded G-20 conference, where world leaders generously agreed to boost global GDP by $2 trillion (let’s all hold our breath while they “just go find a cash machine“) while bashing Putin pretty much non-stop for 48 hours to the point where the Russian leader left early (due to “lack of sleep“), was the whole “Gruber thing”, i.e., the recent revelations that the architect of the “Affordable” Care Act, Jonathan Gruber, relied on the “stupidity of American voters” to pass Obamacare. Sadly for the American president, not even halfway around the world could he get away from the humiliation that has clouded his one and only domestic policy “success” in his 6 year tenure. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

FYI.


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- ISIS video shows beheading of US hostage Peter Kassig (RT, Nov 16, 2014):

US President Obama has confirmed the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig by Islamic State militants, after a video on social media purported to show his death. The militant group has further threatened to kill other US citizens “on your streets.”

“Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter,” Obama told reporters on Air Force One during his homeward bound trip from Australia.

Obama went on to praise Kassig, labeling the act in which he was killed as one of “pure evil.” Continue reading »

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Nov 17

H/t reader squodgy:

“You really cannot make this up……..Next they’re going to be setting up road blocks everywhere because they think terrorists are hiding in our fuel tanks.”


Cruising to Jihad
Cruising to Jihad

- Jihadis Using Cruise Ships to Reach Middle East (Not Satire) (The Dissenter, Nov 13, 2014):

Ho ho, this is just hilarious. But serious.

You know what cruises are, right? A couple of days at sea, a day or two in some cheesy port, mostly time spent eating madly at buffets, sucking down booze, laying in the sun in between turns at the buffet and the bar, that kind of thing. Other than regular occurrences of alcohol poisoning, heart attacks on the massage tables and the occasional passenger overboard, cruises are pretty laid back vacations.

(Cue ominous music) Until. Now. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

Britains Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier
Britains Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier

- ‘Anyone with a pulse’: British Army to recruit over 50s as reserves dwindle (RT, Nov 14, 2014):

Britons over the age of 50 will soon be able to join the UK’s Army Reserve in a Ministry of Defence (MoD) drive to bolster the force’s recruitment rate.

The strategy was sparked by recent attacks on the nation’s recruitment figures for part-time soldiers. Critics condemned the reserve battalion’s dwindling numbers as “embarrassing” and “shocking” in the wake of a failed coalition drive to attract thousands of new recruits.

Senior army officers have been accused of “Dad’s army desperation,” with one retired commander warning The Times “they will take anyone with a pulse.” Continue reading »

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Nov 17

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- Putin Arrives At G-20 Meeting Escorted By 4 Warships; Sent Clear ‘Message’ By World Leaders (ZeroHedge, Nov 15, 2014):

Having been ‘guest-of-honor’ at the APEC Summit the previous week, it appears Russian President Vladimir Putin is getting the ‘Obama-at-APEC’ treatment at the G-20 meeting in Brisbane. Following his ‘odd’ shaped convoy of protection last week, The Independent reports Putin chose a different type of entourage this week as he headed to meet the world’s leaders. Putin has stationed four warships close to Australian waters as he arrived in Australia. Having drawn ridicule from no lesser wit than Britain’s David Cameron who sarcastically bleeted, I didn’t feel it necessary to bring a warship myself to keep myself safe at this G20, and I’m sure that Putin won’t be in any danger,” when it came time for the team photo, it was clear what ‘message’ was being sent

 

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Nov 17

kkk

- Missouri KKK: We will use ‘lethal force’ against Ferguson protesters (RT, Nov 15, 2014):

The Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is threatening to use “lethal force” against protesters in Ferguson who threaten their safety, equating some demonstrators to “terrorists.”

Frank Ancona, leader of the KKK’s Missouri operations, has been distributing fliers in the metropolitan St. Louis area warning protesters in Ferguson that those who have threatened police officers and their families will be met with violence themselves.

The flier, obtained by Vice News, is addressed to “the terrorists masquerading as peaceful protesters.” It also states that they have “awakened a sleeping giant.”

“You have been warned by the Klu Klux Klan!” it continues. “There will be consequences for your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.” Continue reading »

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Nov 17

Flashback:

- Pentagon Cannot Account For 2,3 TRILLION Dollars (Video)


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- Report: $420M in U.S. Weapons, ‘Sensitive Items’ Go Missing in Afghanistan (Washington Free Beacon, Nov 13, 2014):

Internal Pentagon report highlights ongoing mismanagement 

Nearly $420 million in weapons and other “sensitive items” have gone missing from U.S. Army bases in Afghanistan and are not likely to be recovered due to mismanagement and improper accounting, according to an internal report by the Pentagon’s inspector general obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Some 15,600 pieces of equipment—including “weapons, weapons systems, and sensitive items”—went missing in the past year from Army facilities in Bagram and Kandahar, accounting for around $419.5 million in losses, according to the report, which was issued in late October and marked “for official use only.” Continue reading »

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Nov 17

Gladiator

- ‘Syrian hero boy’ is a FAKE: Norwegian director admits that footage of youngster dodging sniper fire to rescue girl was actually shot on Gladiator film set using professional actors (Daily Mail, Nov 15, 2014):

  • Video appeared to show boy dodging bullets in streets of countryside town
  • One-minute clip was viewed more than 3.6 million times in just five days
  • But Norwegian director has revealed that it was shot in Malta this summer
  • Explained he wanted to spark a debate about children living in war zones 
  • Lars Klevberg said he did not feel uncomfortable about deceiving viewers 

A video that appeared to show a young Syrian boy running through sniper fire to rescue a young girl is a fake, it has emerged.

The boy was hailed a hero after the one-minute clip, thought to be filmed in Yabroud, a countryside town 50 miles from Damascus, was posted online earlier this week.

But a group of Norwegian filmmakers have today revealed that the footage was in fact shot on location in Malta using professional actors. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

FYI.


- SIMON HEFFER: ‘Savage cuts’? You ain’t seen nothing yet (Daily Mail, Nov 15, 2014):

The hysterical complaints from the Left have not ceased in four years. The Government’s cuts are ‘savage’; they are betraying the poor, cruelly cutting welfare, imposing an unfair ‘bedroom tax’ and slashing public sector jobs.

Well, if the Guardian-reading classes think we’ve suffered an excess of austerity since 2010, I have a message for them, and indeed the rest of the country: you ain’t seen nothing yet. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

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- What really happened in Beijing: Putin, Obama, Xi — and the back story the media won’t tell you (Salon, Nov 14, 2014):

Ukraine, Iran’s nukes, the price of oil: There are ties worthy of a Bourne film, if the media connected the dots

By way of events on the foreign side, the past few weeks start to resemble some once-in-a-while event in the heavens when everyone is supposed to go out and watch as the sun, moon and stars align. There are lots of things happening, and if we put them all together, the way Greek shepherds imagined constellations, a picture emerges. Time to draw the picture. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

- Meet the Warmongering Billionaires Who Will Spend a Fortune to Influence the Next President (Alternet, Nov 13, 2014):

Clinton has given backers like Saban ample reason for thinking of her as the perfect candidate for Israel. During the 2008 presidential election, Clinton was asked by ABC’s “Good Morning America” what she would do if Iran used a nuclear weapon on Israel. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” she said. This year, in an interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, she doubled down on her pro-Israel agenda. “If I were the prime minister of Israel, you’re damn right I would expect to have control over security [in the West Bank],” she said. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

‘Outraged’ French union urges Hollande to honor Mistral deal, 2,500 jobs at stake (RT, Nov 16, 2014):

One of the French biggest union federations, Workers’ Force, has urged Paris to fulfill the Mistral deal and deliver the two warships to Russia, otherwise 2,500 shipyard employees may lose their jobs.

The union expressed “shock and outrage,” Le Figaro reports, after Paris postponed the delivery on the Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia due to pressure from the US and EU, which imposed several waves of sanctions against Moscow after Crimea joined Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

President Francois Hollande’s decision has put 2,500 workers at risk of redundancy, which is absolutely unacceptable, Workers’ Force representatives told Le Figaro newspaper. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

- And The Biggest Winner From The Oil Price Plunge Is… (ZeroHedge, Nov 15, 2014):

“The Chinese, among others, seem to be responding to the lower oil price with additional demand,” notes one tanker executive as Bloomberg reports the number of supertankers sailing toward China’s ports matched a record on Oct. 17 and is still close to that level now. The plunge in price has enabled China to add 35 million barrels to its inventories in the past three months as the nation fills its strategic petroleum reserves, OPEC said yesterday. Furthermore, though the oil slide is hurting nations from Venezuela to Iran – that depend on energy for revenues – ship owners serving the industry’s benchmark Middle East-to-Asia trade routes are reaping the best returns from charters in years as the slump drives down the industry’s single biggest expense. As one analyst notes, “we’ve seen the Chinese buying a lot from the Middle East and that’s really let rates cook.” So it appears the Chinese, in the face of the worst growth and economy in years, are rational enough to buy more at lower prices (as opposed to the buy-more-because-stocks-are-at-all-time-highs Western investors).

A near-record 113 tankers are destined for China…

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As Bloomberg reports, Continue reading »

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Nov 17

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- Shock At ISIS Beheadings, Silence At Saudi Arabia’s: Why? (ZeroHedge, Nov 15, 2014):

In the past 3 months there has been much discussion regarding the gruesome and barbaric beheadings by ISIS of western hostages. Yet surprisingly, a similar and just as barbaric tradition has been taking place for ages just a few hundred miles east of ISIS, in Saudi Arabia. It has been met with nothing but silence by the same indignant western societies who are quick to condemn ISIS villainy. Why the disconnect? According to the following interview by Canada’s CBC reporter Anna Maria Tremonti with Newsweek’s Janine Di Giovanni looking at the “shock over ISIS beheadings but silence over Saudi Arabia beheadings” the answer why few if any dare to criticize the Saudis is simple: oil.

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Nov 17

- Why the US, UK, EU & Israel hate Syria (RT, Sep 9, 2013):

Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

A young, soft-spoken girl living the Syrian tragedy spells it out with far more common sense, truth and honesty than powerful Western governments and their money-controlled mass media puppets.

Identifying herself only as “Syrian, Patriot, anti-Neocon, anti-NWO, anti-Zionist”, early last year she set up her own YouTube Channel (YouTube/User/SyrianGirlpartisan).

In a short (nine-minute) video she explains “eight reasons why the NWO (New World Order) hates Syria.”  We would all do well to listen in… Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission (RT, Nov 15, 2014):

The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats.

A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since late August, Navy officials told Bloomberg. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

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- Canada’s PM To Putin: “I Guess I’ll Shake Your Hand…” Putin’s Response “Was Not Positive” (ZeroHedge, Nov 15, 2014):

Following last week’s (humiliating for the US) APEC meeting in Beijing, in which the BRIC nations clearly distanced themselves from the “developed world” and the topic of the “Russian invasion of Ukraine” was largely missing as it is clearly not in the interest of the Pacific nations to warmonger when the two key nations, Russia and China are obviously not complying with the western media ‘straight to populism‘ narrative, it was time for another major world summit, this time in the quite “western” Brisbane, Australia. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

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- When Did “Dickhead” Become Part Of Federal Reserve Jargon? (ZeroHedge, Nov 14, 2014):

Update:


When in the course of human events, a simple tweet observing the farce that America’s centrally-planned economy and markets have become as a result of the relentless intervention of a few clueless economic hacks…

… Incites a response such as this by a taxpayer-funded peer of the abovementioned clueless economic hack, a peer who incidentally has never stepped a foot outside of academia in his entire “professional” career:

… a person who is a “Vice President” at the St. Louis Fed, the same Bank whose president is singlehandedly responsible for the last 10% upswing in these here rigged “markets”… Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- Arctic Sea Ice Extent At Its Highest Level In Over A Decade (Real Science, ):

Arctic Sea Ice Extent At Its Highest Level In Over A Decade

http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/old_icecover.uk.php

With Antarctic sea ice at a record high, northern hemisphere snow cover near a record high, and Arctic sea ice at a decadal high, government climate experts say that it is the hottest year ever.

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Nov 16

H/t reader squodgy:

“Played right down by the complicit BBC, this investigation will go nowhere. It is odd that the UK Gov can still find nobody to chair the paedo enquiry because all the prospectives meeting the ‘experience’ criteria have also had connections with those being investigated….what a sad state of affairs….made worse by the sudden & mysterious nee suspicious resignation of two very senior Tory politicians when Judge Butler Schloss was forced to resign from leading what would have obviously been a cover-up enquiry.”


- Westminster paedophile ring investigated over murder links(Telegraph, Nov 14, 2014):

Scotland Yard is looking at claims that an alleged paedophile ring with links to former government figures, could have been involved in a murder

Detectives investigating allegations of a paedophile ring with links to Westminster are now examining connections to a possible murder, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Scotland Yard launched Operation Fairbank two years ago to probe suggestions that high profile political figures had been involved in organised child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.

But now officers have set up a new strand of the inquiry, named Operation Midland, after being passed information about alleged murders that may have been connected with the paedophiles. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- Monsanto, Dow Chemical File Lawsuit to Destroy Maui County’s GMO Ban (Common Dreams, Nov 14, 2014):

Lawsuit comes just one day after supporters of GMO planting ban in Hawaii filed a motion of their own with local courts seeking “transparency and proper implementation” of the moratorium approved by voters on Election Day

Alongside other plaintiffs, two of the world’s most powerful agrochemical companies, Monsanto and Dow Chemical, filed suit against Maui County in Hawaii on Thursday, less than two weeks after voters there approved a moratorium on the planting and cultivation of genetically-modified crops within the boundaries of their communities. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

Gold-bars

- Iran launches Middle East’s ‘biggest’ gold plant, plans to double production (RT, Nov 15, 2014):

Iran has opened a new gold processing plant, reportedly the biggest in the Middle East, hoping to double its production of precious metals. Using a unique technology, Tehran says it will now mine up to three tons of gold per year.

Iranian TV reported that the opening ceremony was attended by First Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri.

The new facility is located near one of the country’s richest mines, Zareh Shuran. It is located 35 kilometers from the city of Takaab in northwest Iran, in an area where gold, silver, and mercury are extracted.

The gold ore reserves of the Zareh Shuran mine are estimated at 20 million tons. ((…with an average karat of 5.5 gram per ton which is considered one of the most valuable known mines in the country.)) Continue reading »

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Nov 16

Flashback:

- World’s Leading Vaccine Pioneer Dr. Maurice Hilleman Admits: HIV And Cancer Come From Vaccines (Video):


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- Can vaccines cause autism, cancer, other deadly diseases? What does that mean about Ebola vaccine? (Washington’s Blog, Nov 14, 2014):

I’ve reviewed two of Ken’s books:

  • Cancer Vortex provides similar powerful history of the medical oligarchs who block medically and legally proven cancer cures in order to protect industry profits in the annual billions (here, here, here, here).

Ken’s following article on vaccines is reprinted with his permission. I’ve also reprinted Medical industry profits pre-empt healthcare.

If the US .01% will engage in actions that war and poverty-murder millions every year, harm billions every year, and bankster-loot trillions every year, year-after-year, the following information is important to thoughtfully consider. Ken’s article: Continue reading »

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Nov 16

Corporate Profit

- Chart of the Day – This is What Neo-Feudalism Looks Like (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 14, 2014):

I got this from Naked Capitalism. Before presenting the chart, here are some words to bear in mind from Yves Smith:

Short omits some key elements from his discussion. One is that until recently, a profit share of GDP of 6% was perceived to be a cyclical peak; no less than Warren Buffet deemed a higher level to be unsustainable. And in fact, we see an explosion of profit share from 6% to 10% of GDP in the runup to the crisis, roughly from 2003 to 2007. The “rescue the banks and financial markets” measures succeeded in bringing the profit share back to its pre-crisis levels, at the expense of workers.

Notice the inflection point in profit share is 1987, when Greenspan became Fed chairman. Correlation may not be causation, but the timing is almost exact.

The Maestro strikes again! Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- Kentucky cops raid teenagers’ field party, kill girl who tried to escape (Police State USA, Nov 12, 2014):

HEBRON, KY — Police charged into a darkened field trying to arrest teenagers for consuming alcohol without government permission, and killed a young woman in the process.

The deadly raid occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 26th, 2014. After witnessing “cars full of juveniles” and “hear[ing] loud music and people screaming,” Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman radioed for “several patrol cars for assistance, as it seem[ed] like a large party with underage drinking was going on,” according to an official report. Continue reading »

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