Jew Benjamin Freedman freed from the machinations of the Jews’ global takeover conspiracy

Jew Benjamin Freedman freed from the machinations of the Jews’ global takeover conspiracy

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Did you know that every war America has fought in has been for the benefit of the conspiring Jews in the first instance, because the Jews want to use the gullible goyim in America to help them bring in an ideal monetary world under the auspices of the UN and under the crown of a new ‘Davidic’ king, reigning from Jerusalem, in militant opposition to the promised biblical universal reign of God’s righteous resurrected Son Jesus Christ …

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Officer who shot Michael Brown resigns in Ferguson





A woman holds an upside-down American flag from a moving vehicle as she takes part in a protest near the Ferguson Police Station in Ferguson, Missouri, November 29, 2014.








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A woman holds an upside-down American flag from a moving vehicle as she takes part in a protest near the Ferguson Police Station in Ferguson, Missouri, November 29, 2014.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown resigned Saturday, and protests intensified in the St. Louis suburb where violence erupted earlier this week when a grand jury decided not to indict him.

Darren Wilson, who had been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting, resigned effective immediately, according to his lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, who declined further comment. An attorney for Brown’s family didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

More than 100 protesters gathered near police headquarters, where they were outnumbers by officers, following the news. At least one person was arrested after a brief standoff with officers, while others wearing white masks sat in a nearby street blocking traffic. Another protester burned an American flag.

But many seemed unfazed by the resignation. Several merely shrugged their shoulders when asked what they thought, while Rick Campbell flatly said he didn’t care about the resignation, noting: “I’ve been protesting out here since August.”

“We were not after Wilson’s job,” civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, who planned to preach Sunday at the St. Louis church where Brown’s funeral was held, added later in a written statement. “We were after Michael Brown’s justice.”

Brown’s parents were set to attend the Sunday service with Sharpton.





This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion.








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This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion.

Brown, who was black, was unarmed when Wilson, who is white, fatally shot him in the middle of a Ferguson street, where his body was left for several hours as police investigated and angry onlookers gathered.

Some witnesses have said Brown had his hands up when Wilson shot him. Wilson told the grand jury that he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for his gun.

Wilson, who had been with the Ferguson Police Department for less than three years, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he decided to step down after the department told him it had received threats of violence if he remained on the force.

“I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me,” Wilson told the newspaper Saturday.

Ferguson officials planned to make a statement on Wilson’s resignation Sunday, said Stephanie Karr, city attorney for Ferguson. Karr earlier this week said Wilson had been on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal police investigation.

The U.S. Justice Department also is conducting a civil rights investigation into the shooting and a separate investigation of police department practices.

Away from the protests Saturday night, resident Victoria Rutherford said she believed Wilson should have not only resigned, but been convicted of a crime.

“I’m upset. I have a 16-year-old son. It could’ve been him. I feel that he was absolutely in the wrong,” she said.

Another resident, Reed Voorhees, said he hoped Wilson could find similar work “someplace where he would enjoy life, and move on with his life.”

In the days after the shooting, tense and sometimes violent protests popped up in and around Ferguson, a predominantly black community patrolled by a mostly white police force. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to help.

Then on Monday night — when prosecutors announced that a grand jury declined to indict Wilson — the St. Louis suburb of 20,000 residents was ravaged by looting and violence.

At least a dozen commercial buildings were destroyed in Ferguson and neighboring Dellwood, mostly along West Florissant Avenue, not far from where Brown was killed. By Tuesday, Nixon had sent more than 2,200 National Guard members to the Ferguson area to support local law enforcement.

Though protests calmed significantly, more than 100 people have been arrested since Monday, including 16 at a protest Friday night outside the Ferguson police station.

Demonstrations, which also have been held other U.S. cities, are expected to continue, though a sense of normalcy — or at least a new normal — has begun to settle on the city.

Police earlier Saturday reopened several blocks of West Florissant that had been barricaded off since Tuesday. Although most store windows were still boarded up, many have been decorated or spray-painted with messages saying the stores are open and welcoming shoppers.

Some business owners spent an unseasonably warm day tidying up, hoping customers soon would return.

Tracy Ballard, 44, brought her 7-year-old daughter to a store on West Florissant to buy candy and soda, before a trip to the beautician up the street.

“I feel sad for the business owners,” Ballard said. “It’s really sad it had to come from this. We just wanted justice. If we’d have had justice, none of this would have happened.”

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Associated Press writer Jim Salter contributed to this report from Ferguson, Missouri.

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Ferguson witness accounts vary on Brown’s actions















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Just before Michael Brown was felled by police bullets, he turned to face the officer, Darren Wilson, who had been in pursuit.

Then, at the climax of an incident that has gripped and divided the country, Brown started moving toward the officer. The question of what happened next was at the heart of a grand jury investigation as well as a protest movement that erupted out of Ferguson, Mo.

Most of the roughly two dozen witnesses who saw the fatal gunfire Aug. 9 told the grand jury they observed something that was both upsetting and bewildering to them — a wounded black man, his hands raised somehow, walking toward the white police officer who was shooting at him.

Wilson, who the Associated Press said resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday, testified that he shot Brown after the 18-year-old had spun around in preparation for attack, ignoring an order to surrender and instead rushing forward. Blood had already been shed moments earlier during an altercation at Wilson’s SUV when the officer had fired his gun twice. Now, Wilson told the grand jury, he feared for his safety and fired again.

According to transcripts of the grand jury investigation into the deadly encounter in Ferguson, three of the witnesses to the shooting described Brown’s movements as a “charge.” Another couple said Brown may have been charging but were not sure. Most of the rest saw forward motion but described it as “steps” or “walking” or “stumbling,” with about a half dozen of these witnesses interpreting Brown’s actions as an attempt to surrender.

“He just kept walking, he just kept going, he just didn’t stop. Even today, I don’t know why, I don’t understand that,” testified one female witness, who had been visiting the Canfield Green apartment complex and who concluded that Brown was trying to surrender. “I asked my husband: ‘Why won’t that child just stop?’ ”

The question of whether Brown charged at Wilson was a key piece of the puzzle for the St. Louis County grand jury, which decided last week that it would not indict the officer in connection with the killing. But that same question still looms large for the American public, especially for those who see in Brown’s story a miscarriage of justice emblematic of a system stacked against African Americans.

In the weeks after his death, one image became the focus of widespread rage: Brown gunned down with his hands up in surrender. People in Ferguson and across the country took the streets, chanting, “Hands up. Don’t shoot.” Wilson’s supporters, however, have said that the image is a fiction.





A protester holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014 during a demonstration a day after violent protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown.








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A protester holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014 during a demonstration a day after violent protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown.

In the account Wilson gave to the grand jury, he chased Brown after the teen accosted him through the window of the police SUV. Brown, injured by at least one gunshot during that initial confrontation, abruptly stopped running and turned around, ready to attack, Wilson said.

“When he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he’s coming back towards me,” Wilson testified. “His first step is coming towards me, he kind of does like a stutter step to start running. When he does that, his left hand goes in a fist and goes to his side, his right one goes under his shirt in his waistband and he starts running at me.”

St. Louis County prosecutors also have said the evidence shows that Brown pivoted during the chase but have not characterized his intentions. “Michael Brown moved toward Officer Wilson, several more shots were fired by the officer, and Michael Brown was fatally wounded,” prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch said last week at a news conference.

Virtually all the witnesses saw Brown’s hands raised in some fashion, according to the transcripts, but there was wide disagreement over what this meant. One witness who thought Brown was charging said she saw his hands balled up into fists. Others thought the raised hands were a gesture of surrender, though some of these witnesses said they were not lifted in the traditional way, with the hands high and palms facing forward. Others thought Brown had touched a wound on his body and raised his hands in shock.

All the witnesses recalled Brown turning around to face Wilson, with some reporting that Brown was met with a wave of bullets.

Some said they saw Brown move forward despite the gunfire. A least one witness believed the teen was continuing to charge while at least one other believed Brown’s movement was the forward stagger of a severely injured man.

A blood spatter at the scene suggests that Brown moved about 21 feet back toward Wilson after turning around. The pattern of shell casings on the street suggest Wilson was moving backward as he fired at Brown.

One of the witnesses, an employee of a maintenance company who was working at the apartment complex, testified that he heard a loud bang and saw Brown run by. The witness said he then heard another gunshot and saw Brown stumble to a halt and spin around toward Wilson.

“Michael Brown was kind of moving at him like, ‘I’m giving up, hands up,’ ” the witness said. He said he heard Brown shout, “OK, OK, OK.” (Another maintenance worker testified hearing Brown say “OK.” Although some other witnesses also testified that they heard Brown say something, their accounts differed as to what he said. )

Immediately afterward, the maintenance worker said, he wrote down what he saw in case he had to recount it to police. “On Saturday, August 9th, at approximately 12:15, I witnessed one white male police officer gun down and kill one black male,” he wrote.

Another witness, a woman walking past on her way home from the library, said she saw the entire scene. She said she saw Brown “reaching into the car” during the struggle at Wilson’s SUV and heard a gunshot, which she said drew many people in the nearby apartment building to their windows. Then she saw Brown back up a bit and sprint east.

She said Brown didn’t get far before he “turned around.” He then moved forward but it was the motion of a man falling face forward. “To me it looked like murder,” she said.

But the pair of witnesses who testified that Brown charged at Wilson were adamant that the story unfolded differently.

One man who had been working on the property of the apartment complex reported seeing “some sort of confrontation” between Brown and Wilson at the window of the police vehicle.

This witness said he heard a gunshot, Brown fled, and Wilson gave chase with his weapon drawn. At one point, the witness told the grand jury, Brown turned around and “did some sort of body gesture” before coming “forward in the charging motion.”

“When he charged once more, the officer returned fire with, I would say, give an estimate of three to four shots. And that’s when Mike Brown finally collapsed right about even with this driveway,” he said.

A young woman riding through the area with her family in a van said she saw much of the events from the window and also believed unequivocally that Brown was charging, although she said he seemed at some point to have thought about raising his hands.

“When he first started running, ma’am, he was not staggering,” she told the prosecutor. “He was charging this officer and that’s how I feel it was, like he was running towards him. If he had got close enough, I feel like he would have tackled him up against the car,” she said.

To others, Brown’s movements were much harder to interpret.

The woman who had been visiting Canfield Green said they were ambiguous. This witness, who had come to show someone an outfit she had bought for a class reunion, said it appeared that Brown was not charging but rather was stunned and perhaps uneducated about how to respond to the police.

“I don’t honestly think he has been taught,” she said.

The transcripts show that the grand jury evaluated the witnesses for credibility, finding some to be more believable than others. The jurors took pains to figure out whether witnesses might have had any anti-police or anti-black bias that could affect their interpretation of events.

The jurors also tried to determine whether Brown’s movements might have been viewed as a threat, regardless of his intent.

In grand jury testimony, one detective relayed what he had been told by a witness about how Brown had been holding his hands. “I’ll describe it palms up with his hands and fingers roughly at shoulder height, elbows not touching his rib cage, but elbows at a natural fall,” the detective said. The witness had described this gesture as non-threatening.

A juror asked the detective whether he considered such a gesture as threatening. The detective demurred repeatedly, saying it would depend on the circumstances.

But the juror continued to press the detective, asking, if a suspect were “holding [their] hands like this, yet still moving toward somebody, would you consider that a surrender?”

The detective replied: “No.”

Amy Brittain, Kimberly Kindy, Matt Zapotosky and Jose DelReal contributed this report.

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Pacific Storm to Bring Rain, Flooding to California

Much-needed rain will spread over California by the middle of the new week, bringing some relief to the ongoing drought.

A system moving in from the Pacific Ocean will begin to spread rain over the Golden State on Tuesday with rain forecast to continue through much of Wednesday.

While a series of storms have brought rain to parts of northern and central California over the past few weeks, this is going to be the first significant rain event for Southern California since the the spring.

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno could all receive over an inch of rain from this storm with some locations receiving upwards of 2 inches by Wednesday night.














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The heaviest rain is expected to move over Southern California on Tuesday on the onset of the rain, remaining steady through Tuesday night before tapering off on Wednesday.

Travel disruptions are possible on both Tuesday and Wednesday with rain reducing visibility for drivers and causing delays at the airport.

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While this single rain event will likely have a small impact on the long-term drought, it will have a higher impact in the short term.

Many cities across California have only received a fraction of the rainfall that they typically see during the month of November.

Despite the benefits the rain will bring in relation to the drought, it will also bring some negative impacts to those across the state.

Bouts of torrential downpours can result in localized flooding, especially in urban areas and in valleys.

In the most extreme cases, several inches of rain around mountainous terrain could trigger a few mudslides.

This could turn out to be the biggest rain event in Los Angeles since the end of February when a system dumped over 4 inches on the city.

Drier conditions are forecast to return to much of California by Thursday, making for better conditions for those looking to spend time in the outdoors.

However, a few showers may linger around over northern California and along the state’s coast as the storm tracks across the Plains.

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Red Bull-drinking jihadists: inside Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital

The beleaguered inhabitants of Raqqa, self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State (Isis), are suffering widespread hunger, crippling inflation, chronic power shortages and poverty so acute that emergency soup kitchens have been set up.

With no journalists, local or foreign, able to operate inside Syria’s sixth-largest city, courageous local activists have given the Observer a detailed account of life under the jihadists’ totalitarian regime, a rare glimpse of everyday life in the city.

Their testimony reveals the evolution of a community brutally divided into haves and have-nots, with Isis enjoying well-resourced services including “private” hospitals and a relatively high standard of living as many residents struggle to make ends meet.

Crucifixions of Isis opponents have taken place in Raqqa’s Paradise Square, as well as frequent beheadings and lashings for offences as minor as smoking a cigarette. Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, founder of a network of activists called Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, told the Observer: “Isis kills a lot of people, we see a lot of executions, a lot of beheadings. I have seen about five people crucified in the city. People are now calling Paradise Square Hell Square.”

Meanwhile the population is subjected to a rolling daily nightmare as the Syrian government launches air strikes in the morning, which are followed by coalition air raids in the evening.

When warplanes belonging to President Bashar al-Assad killed scores of residents last week, repeatedly targeting heavily populated areas of the city, Isis and its battery of anti-aircraft and missile defences did not fire a single round. The lack of response further enraged Raqqa’s inhabitants towards the extremists, according to witnesses.

“People are getting very angry because Isis do not shoot at the aircraft with their rockets, they just watch the people die. We have a situation where there are Syrian air strikes at the start of the day and coalition air strikes later and in between Isis is controlling and killing the people. Everybody is tired and afraid,” said Raqqawi.

The reports of the activists running Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently offer an insight into how the jihadists intend to run their embryonic caliphate, which so far has around six million people under its rule in northern Syria and northern Iraq.

Raqqawi portrays a dysfunctional economy presided over by an untouchable elite with extremists able to live handsomely as thousands of civilians struggle to afford basic food. The price of bread has risen 150%, from 37p to 94p or 250 Syrian pounds since September. Meanwhile, Isis fighters boast about drinking Red Bull, also costing 250 Syrian pounds a can, and getting paid a stipend equivalent to more than 30,000 pounds of local currency a month, around twice as much as the average wage of Syrians in that part of the country.

Despite the growing disparity in living standards between Raqqa’s residents and Isis – which reportedly earns more than $3m (£2m) a day in black market oil sales – the extremists do not appear interested in distributing their wealth to win favour with the local population.

“We have something here we call kitchen relief, like a soup kitchen, which gives one free meal a day to the people and has more than 1,000 families using it. Isis do not give this kitchen anything,” said Raqqawi.

Water has also become a precious commodity, with some families forced to obtain it from the Euphrates river, according to Raqqawi, after coalition air strikes destroyed the oil refineries and power supply to the city’s water pumps. Raqqawi said that the US air strikes that began hitting the city almost two months ago have ended up adversely affecting the civilian population and not just their intended target of Isis.

Speaking from Raqqa on Friday, Raqqawi said: “The city is suffering from poverty and disease. A big problem is that all the prices inside the city have become very expensive especially after the coalition air strikes. There is no electricity, everyone is dependent totally on the generators.

“When coalition air strikes destroyed the oil refineries inside the city, prices grew threefold. The money that the people have is not enough to buy food, which has become very expensive.”

By contrast Isis, he said, are living in relative luxury. He said that their generators are permanently turned on, whereas in the rest of the city, power is restricted to between three and five hours a day.

In addition, Isis-only hospitals are staffed with the best doctors and the latest equipment while civilians frequently die due to inadequate care: “People are dying from injuries because there is no medical equipment, no supplies, no doctors, no ambulance crews. Isis have their own hospitals where they do not allow the civilians to go. These hospitals have the best medical treatment, the best doctors.”

Activists, located in safe houses dotted throughout the city, use encrypted conversations online to exchange intelligence and evade attempts by teams of hackers employed by Isis.

Among their latest plea to the international community are calls for the US-led coalition to thwart air strikes by the Syrian government by imposing a no-fly zone above the city.

On Tuesday air strikes from Syrian government warplanes targeted at least nine sites in Raqqa, including a crowded market near its museum, and heavily populated civilian areas.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes had killed at least 95 people, among them three women and four children.

Raqqawi referred to the air strikes on Tuesday as the bloodiest since the start of the 2011 revolution, describing how two buses were caught up in the attack. All the passengers burned to death. The death toll was more than 200, he said, with 170 bodies taken to the city’s last remaining public hospital; another 50 bodies were burned beyond recognition.

No one, he said, knew precisely how many residents had been executed by Isis but he said that deaths from disease were rising, although he was unaware of any deaths from starvation despite the growing issue of poverty.

Raqqa’s population is still above 200,000 despite the air strikes, and Isis is said to have a residual force of between 3,000 to 5,000 in the city, although numbers change depending on levels of fighting elsewhere in the caliphate.

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How well do you remember Herman van Rompuy?

(c) Professor of Economics

2 Which of Belgium’s three official languages is Van Rompuy’s native
tongue:

(a) French

(b) Dutch

(c) Double-Dutch

3 What middle name, derived from a mighty, warlike hero of Greek myths and
legends, did Vic and his wife Germaine somewhat implausibly give their
mild-mannered eldest son?

(a) Hector

(b) Achille

(c) Hercule

4 At school, what were Young Herman’s favourite subjects?

(a) Latin and Greek

(b) Maths and Chemistry

(c) Bunking off and cigarettes

5 Who was the hero of Herman’s teenage years?

(a) Elvis Presley, hip-swivelling rocker

(b) Jean Gabin, legendary French movie star

(c) Jean Monnet, founding father of the European Union

6 For many years, the EU has faced the question of whether or not to admit
Turkey to its ranks. In 2004, the year in which Van Rompuy became a minister
of state in the Belgian government, he spoke out against Turkish membership.
But (in his own words) what was the reason – which some might find offensive
– for his objection?

(a) The democratic values which are in force in Europe, and which are also the
fundamental values of political freedom, will lose vigour with the entry of
a less than liberal country such as Turkey

(b) The cultural values which are in force in Europe, and which are also the
fundamental values of the European race, will lose vigour with the entry of
a Middle Eastern country such as Turkey

(c) The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also the
fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a
large Islamic country such as Turkey

7 Prior to ascending to the giddy heights of Euro presidency, Van Rompuy
had the honour of being prime minister of Belgium. But for how long did he
hold this august position?

(a) Under a year

(b) Two years

(c) He served a full, five-year term of office

8 As a typical European politician, Van Rompuy sees his function less as an
inspirational leader or doughty fighter for his cause than a fixer,
deal-maker and stitcher-together of expedient coalitions. So with what
artisanal epithet, intended as a compliment, did France’s Le Figaro
newspaper describe him?

(a) A watchmaker of impossible compromises

(b) A baker of infinitely digestible cakes

(c) A tailor of coats to fit all political bodies

9 How did Van Rompuy himself see his role as the president of the European
Council while chairing negotiations involving the leaders of 27 EU states?

(a) Neither a leader or a follower, but a communicator

(b) Neither a spectator, nor a dictator, but a facilitator

(c) Neither the hammer, nor the nail, but the piece of wood

10 In a less flattering vein, how did Ukip MEP Nigel Farage describe Van
Rompuy – to his face – when he first took office as president in 2010?

(a) “You possess the a physical presence of a gerbil and a vacuum where your
personality should be”

(b) “You have the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low grade
bank clerk”

(c) “You’re as limp as a lettuce leaf and as memorable as a sheet of blank
paper”

11 What was the response in Brussels to Farage’s stinging assault?

(a) He was given a standing ovation by members of other Right-leaning,
Eurosceptic parties from across the Continent

(b) He was given an award for Parliamentary Comedian of the Year by the EU
press corps

(c) He was roundly booed and fined €4,000 (then worth £2,700)

12 In terms of his basic pay, before allowances, what was Van Rompuy’s
annual salary in euros (which was calculated, incidentally as 138 per cent
of the highest pay-grade for an EU civil servant)

(a) €158,645, which was marginally less than David Cameron’s salary as the UK
Prime Minister

(b) €298,495, which was marginally less than President Obama’s salary as US
President

(c) €356,176, which was marginally less than Wayne Rooney’s weekly wage as
Manchester Utd captain


13 One might not expect Herman Van Rompuy to have the soul of a poet, but
he is in fact a published writer of Japanese haiku – three-line verses
comprising 17 syllables. So which of these tributes to Euro-politics did
“haiku Herman” (who plans to devote his retirement to pursuing his poetic
aspirations) pen?

(a) A wreath made of stars

Surging on a blue sea

United forever

(b) Twenty-seven Prime Ministers

Speak with but one voice

Yes, this is compromise

(c) The endless flow of the boy who pees

A continent brought together as one

Brussels sprouts

14 “A haiku usually starts with an experience that can be very trivial,”
Van Rompuy has remarked. So what trivial incident inspired him to write his
first haiku?

(a) His grandson’ balloon popped at a birthday party

(b) A child’s ball landed in his garden

(c) He felt melancholy looking at his daughter’s birthday cake

15 What other prominent post-war European statesman was also fond of
composing hiakus – including one that read: “The boy in the forest / Throws
off his best Sunday suit / and plays naked” – as a means of helping ease the
strain of his position?

(a) Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany

(b) Charles de Gaulle, President of France

(c) Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish Secretary-General of the UN


16 Herman Van Rompuy’s successor as EU Council President shares a name with
a classic Walt Disney cartoon character. Is he:

(a) Michael ‘Micky’ O’Riordan, formerly the Irish minister for health and then
EU commissioner for rural development

(b) Donald Tusk, formerly a Solidarity activist and then prime minister of
Poland

(c) Pluto Stephanides, formerly mayor of Nicosia and then briefly prime
minister of Cyprus


17 As he left the EU, Van Rompuy complied with Brussels etiquette by having
a pop at the UK, claiming that the EU could survive the loss of Britain, but
not that of France. But what adjective did he use to describe the state of
the EU after a hypothetical British exit?

(a) damaged

(b) indifferent

(c) jubilant

ANSWERS

1. (c); 2. (b); 3. (b); 4. (a); 5. (a); 6. (c); 7. (a); 8. (a); 9. (b); 10.
(b); 11. (c); 12. (b); 13. (a); 14. (b); 15. (c); 16. (b); 17. (a)

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New Hampshire mansion for just $250k? Only catch – it could be full of booby-trap explosives

Mr Brown, who worked in pest control, and his wife, who had a dental practice,
stopped paying income tax or property tax in 1996, claiming there was no law
stating mandating them to.

In early 2007, a judge convicted the two of hiding $1.9m in income from 1996
to 2003.

But when it came time to turn themselves in following their trial, the couple
refused to be turfed out. They stockpiled weapons and holed themselves up in
the house, holding off federal agents for 90 days, gaining a rather large
following of supporters in the process.


During the standoff, Dan posted no trespassing signs outside his door

The pair told the agents they lined with grounds with explosives to scare off
trespassers and warned them against entering. However they were ultimately
captured by undercover US marshals posing as supporters of their cause.

Mr Brown testified in court that explosives in the woods around their home
were there to scare intruders, not hurt them. But in a radio interview
during the standoff, he said if authorities came “the chief of police
in this town, the sheriff, the sheriff himself will die. This is war now,
folks.”

The house is being auctioned again, starting at $250,000, with all money going
towards the Browns’ massive tax bill.

Mrs Brown is currently serving 37 years in prison and her husband 35 for
crimes relating to both their tax evasion and the subsequent standoff they
had with federal agents.

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Children playing on Sydney beach find baby’s body

“The children were digging – the child was buried under about 30
centimetres of sand,” Holland told reporters.

“The two young children reported to their father who was nearby, who in
turn contacted police.

“Unfortunately due to the decomposition, we can’t tell (the age of the
baby) at this point.”

Investigators were also unable to immediately say how long the body had been
there, he said.

Holland said investigators were looking through birth and hospital records as
well as consulting with the Missing Persons Unit to try and find the child’s
parents.

A post-mortem would be carried out to determine how the baby died, police
added.

Randwick Mayor Ted Seng said South Maroubra was one of the area’s more
isolated beaches, but that it was patrolled by council lifeguards and
volunteer surf life-savers.

“To say that I’m shocked is an understatement,” Seng added in a
statement. “I cannot imagine the circumstances that lead to this tragic
event.”

Last Sunday, a newborn baby was found crying at the bottom of a roadside drain
in Sydney by passing cyclists, with police saying he had been in the
2.5-metre (8.2-feet) deep drain since Tuesday.

The baby’s mother remains in custody after she was charged with attempted
murder, with the case returning to court on December 12.

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Republican staffer faces backlash for criticism of Obama daughters’ ‘classless’ dress

“Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very
much, or the nation for that matter,” Ms Lauten wrote in her post.

“So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’
department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like
being in the White House matters to you.

“Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar,” she added,
apparently referring to the girls’ short skirts.

The post quickly drew ire on Twitter and elsewhere, with many calling for Ms
Lauten to be fired, even after she deleted it and posted an apology.

“After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my
words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were,” Ms
Lauten wrote on Facebook, also widely reproduced before she made her page
private.

“I’d like to apologise to all of those who I have hurt and offended with
my words, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this
experience,” Ms Lauten, once a media director for the Republican
National Committee, added.

Star Jones, a lawyer and television personality, was among those unimpressed. “I’ve
seen tacky people…but rarely seen someone as tacky as £ ElizabethLauten
for slamming the children of the #POTUS,” she tweeted.

Many directed their tweets to Lauten’s boss, as the hashtag
#FireElizabethLauten went viral.

One commenter, whose username is Eclectic John, wrote: “@RepFincherTN08
There is nothing that excuses what #ElizabethLauten posted re the children
of our President. That’s off limits. Fire her now.”

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