Photo: LIttle red brocket peers from the grass

This sweet little red brocket, Mazama rufina, was photographed by Andreas Kay in Sangay National Park. Although the species is confirmed to be vulnerable due to loss of primary habitat, thankfully, the National Park is a refuge for rare species of the Andes.

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Teenage Russian boy arrested for decapitating man over dispute about a girl


The beheaded body of Artyom Shustov, 19, was found early today in bushes in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East. His head was severed with a kitchen knife, according to police.

Police have arrested 16 year old Nikita Rasskazov on suspicion of killing his love rival Shustov, said a source in the Investigative Committee, equivalent of the FBI.

The detained youth confessed to first killing the man, then using a kitchen knife to sever his head, which he threw in the Amur River.

‘We detained an acquaintance of the victim who said that he first killed and then beheaded the victim because of jealousy’, a police source told

The girl over whom the pair was allegedly in dispute was not named.

The body was found in Zheleznodorozhnikov (Railway Workers) Park, around 100 metres from the entrance. ‘It was dragged for about ten metres to be hidden into the bushes, the trace is quite visible,’ said a witness.

‘There was no blood next to the victim, but papers covered in blood were nearby,’ the witness said. ‘The body looked very white, as if the head was cut off elsewhere before it was dragged and thrown here.’

‘His fingers were covered with multiple cuts. Perhaps he was trying to protect himself with his hands or fighting the attacker, or both.’ A rose flower tattoo was on the dead man’s chest.

A friend of Artyom’s said: ‘He had no enemies, he was never into drugs or anything like that. He smoked but that was just usual tobacco. ‘Lately he got a bit taken by Jehovah’s witnesses and was seen visiting their praying house.

‘However, that didn’t lead to any deviations in his behaviour. The only change I noticed was positive in that he stopped using swear words.’ A friend had seen Shustov at around 8pm on Thursday with a group of male friends, but there was ‘nothing suspicious’ in their behaviour.

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Alabama gas line explosion leaves several burned, others missing


A gas line explosion in Shelby County has left at least seven people severely burned and 10 acres of land are on fire. Nearby residents have been evacuated without incident, but two pipeline contractors are still missing.

An explosion on a Colonial gas pipeline occurred as “eight or nine” subcontractors were trying to flush one of the lines on Monday, the Birmingham News reported. So far, seven have been reported to be injured and two workers are possibly missing. The fire’s intense heat has hindered the search.

The mainlines have been shut down in Shelby, according to a press release from Colonial Pipelines. While flames from the blaze have reached 50 feet high, no damage has been reported in the nearby town of Helena. The only homes in the vicinity have been evacuated with no injuries.

This is only the most recent incident for the Colonial pipeline. In September, a leak in the pipeline resulted in an estimated 336,000 gallons of gasoline to be lost, the Birmingham News reported. The explosion occurred roughly five miles west from the leak.

This is only the most recent incident for the Colonial pipeline. In September, a leak in the pipeline resulted in an estimated 336,000 gallons of gasoline to be lost, the Birmingham News reported. The explosion occurred roughly five miles west from the leak.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) released a statement saying that his office was “closely monitoring the explosion.”

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New poll shows half of Russians fear Syria intervention could spark WWIII


Almost half of all respondents in a recent Russian opinion poll said they feared that the aggravation of relations between Russia and the West caused by the ongoing crisis in Syria could develop into a global military conflict.

The share of those who see the probability of World War Three in the near future as high or very high is now at 48 percent and those who appraise it as low or very low comprise 42 percent of society, the privately-owned public opinion research center Levada reported on Monday. The remaining 10 percent of respondents said they couldn’t give a simple answer to the question.

When researchers asked citizens if they considered it possible that Russia and the West would eventually find a mutually acceptable solution to the crisis, 35 percent answered that this scenario was likely or very likely. Thirty-nine percent evaluate the probability of such an outcome as low or very low and 26 percent said that they couldn’t answer the question.

Just over half – 52 percent – of Russians said they approve of their country’s involvement in the Syrian conflict and 26 percent said they had a negative or sharply negative attitude to this. Just under a quarter – 23 percent – couldn’t answer the question about their personal view on the subject. Those who thought that Russia should continue the operation and those who thought that airstrikes should be stopped were divided 49 percent against 28 percent respectively, with 24 percent finding the question too difficult to answer.

The level of awareness about the situation in Syria and the Russian Air Force operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists there remained fairly high. Eighteen percent said they were very closely following developments in Syria and 64 percent revealed partial familiarity with the issue. Just under a fifth – 17 percent – said that they were not interested in news about Syria.

A similar poll conducted a year ago by the independent Levada Center showed that over 70 percent of Russian citizens supported the air operations against IS terrorists in Syria, and almost a half of them agreed that it was right for Russia to support the government of Syria’s democratically-elected President Bashar Assad.

A different poll conducted earlier this month by the state-run research center VTSIOM showed that 73 percent of Russians believed that Western criticism of the air force’s counter-terrorism operation in Aleppo, Syria, was ungrounded and prejudiced. Only 6 percent said the allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the Russian military have some basis in reality.

Russia first deployed an air force contingent in Syria in 2015, after receiving a request for military help from the Syrian government, which is currently battling Islamic State and affiliated groups. Russian war planes began launching airstrikes on terrorists in Syria on September 30, 2015. Their work has aided the Syrian military in achieving considerable success in driving jihadist forces out of the country.

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46 U.S. states seek help from Homeland Security to prevent election cyberattacks


To date, almost every state has called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help defend their voter registration systems from been hacked. However, a few states have argued that federal interference could disenfranchise voters.

The majority of states, 46, have called on the DHS to try and bolster the cyber defenses of their voter registration systems after the government raised the alarm about foreign hackers ahead of the election, according to CNN.

The number of states asking for federal assistance has grown from 33 states in mid-October.

Nearly half US states have had their voter registration systems targeted by foreign hackers, and four systems were successfully breached, sources told ABC News. Among them were Arizona, Florida and Illinois.

On Friday, however CBS reported 11 states, including the battlegrounds of New Hampshire and Michigan, had not accepted DHS help, fearing that voters would think it was a federal takeover and could lead to voter disenfranchisement. Seven states have declined the offer outright: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Of those 11, now only four have rejected federal help.

“The biggest threats to the integrity of this November’s election and our democratic system are attempts to undermine public confidence in the reliability of that system,” Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York School of Law, testified September 28 before the House Oversight and Government Committee’s IT subcommittee.

The hearing had been convened by Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) to determine whether a cyberattack would affect the outcome of the November presidential election. The five panelists agreed it would not.

The DHS offered to help state and local governments test and prepare their systems ahead of the election on November 8. The agency offered to scan systems to check for vulnerability and make recommendations for improving cybersecurity on election and voter registration systems.

State officials have questioned whether those efforts were necessary, arguing it could lead to government waste and redundant efforts and “even open the door to a potential federal takeover of elections.”

“The question remains whether the federal government will subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp told technology blog Nextgov in August.

Cyberattack experts say the danger is not in a hacker seeking to change a vote, the larger danger is that a hacker could modify or delete voter registration rolls and disqualify voters on Election Day.

“Let’s say they wanted to intervene on the side of [Donald] Trump,” Herbert Lin, a senior research scholar for cyberpolicy and security at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation told ABC News. “Then what you would do is find a way of invalidating the voter registrations, deleting the voter registrations of 10 percent of the Democrats in the state. That would make 10 percent of them ineligible to vote.”

Voter registration systems are also tempting to hackers because they provide access to personal information like date of birth, driver’s license number, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.

To date, the largest challenges to voters have come voter registrations roll purging and voting machine problems.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has accused the board of elections in North Carolina of trying to purge voter rolls through a mass mailing.

During early voting in several counties in Texas and North Carolina, voting machines listed the wrong vote for voters.

The hacking threats according to the FBI come from foreign hackers. “There’s no doubt that some bad actors have been poking around,”FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee September 28, without offering any more specifics.

Comey said there had been “some attempted intrusions at voter registration databases” since August when the FBI issued a bulletin to state governments warning that hackers had infiltrated the Illinois State Board of Elections on roughly 90,000 voters.

Arizona, Illinois, Florida and more than two dozen other states have already had their election systems scanned, probed or breached by hackers.

The Obama administration has accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the US presidential election through coordinated cyberattacks on political parties. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking before an audience in Sochi last Thursday, denied the charges, saying that US elites have used the “mythical and fictitious” issue to distract attention from real government problems.

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Donna Brazile out at CNN, busted by Wikileaks sharing questions with Hillary Clinton in plot to crush Bernie Sanders


Wikileaks delivers on its Donna Brazile surprise.

Wikileaks just blew apart DNC Chair Donna Brazile.

Remember when DNC Chair and former CNN employee Donna Brazile emailed the Clinton campaign ahead of a town hall meeting to give the heads up that…

“From time to time I get the questions in advance”.


Then Donna had this heated exchanged with FOX News’ Megyn Kelly, where Brazile is obviously lying, trying to divert and dodge the questions…and of course blame Russia for all her problems.

As Donna tried to lie her way out of her very own corrupt ways, Wikileaks warned the DNC chair that a surprise was on its way.


The Daily Caller reports

Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, began providing town hall and debate questions to the Clinton campaign earlier than previously known, emails released by WikiLeaks on Monday show.

The email threads also show that Brazile, a former CNN contributor, revealed to the Clinton campaign the name of the person who provided her with a question that was asked of Clinton at a March 13 town hall co-hosted by CNN and TV One. Brazile also shared a question from a debate hosted by CNN a week earlier.

Zerohedge reports

Now, the latest WikiLeaks dump reveals that it wasn’t just a one-off thing. The following email from Brazile, sent one day prior to a March 6th debate with Bernie, shows yet another occasion of her providing an advanced peak at debate questions to the Hillary campaign. We can’t imagine that Bernie supporters are very happy that this is the person chosen to takeover the leadership position at the DNC after Schultz was pushed out for showing favoritism toward the Clinton campaign.


Transcript from the New York Times, show that Hillary Clinton was well prepared for a question from Lee-Anne Walters about lead poisoning.

Hillary had statistics ready about 500k children having “lead in their bodies”.

As Zerohedge sarcastically further adds…those are just stats that most people have on the top of their minds.

COOPER: I want to go to Lee-Anne Walters. This is Lee-Anne Walters. She was one of the first people to report problems with the water in Flint. One of her twin boys stopped growing. Her daughter lost her hair.

She says she’s undecided, and has a question for both of you to answer, but we’ll start with Senator Sanders. Ms. Walters?

QUESTION: After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — the citizens that have said service lines.

SANDERS: I will make a personal promise to you that the EPA and the EPA director that I appoint will make sure that every water system in the United States of America is tested, and that the people of those communities know the quality of the water that they are drinking, and that we are gonna have a plan to rebuild water systems in this country that are unsafe for drinking. COOPER: Let me just point out for accuracy’s sake, there is 10 million lead service pipes delivering water to people all across this country tonight. Secretary Clinton?

CLINTON: Well, I agree completely. I want to go further though. I want us to have an absolute commitment to getting rid of lead wherever it is because it’s not only in water systems, it’s also in soil, and it’s in lead paint that is found mostly in older homes. That’s why 500,000 children today have lead — lead in their bodies.

So, I want to do exactly what you said. We will commit to a priority to change the water systems, and we will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere.

We were making progress on this in the 1990’s. I worked with then Senator Obama to get more money, more support to do more to remove lead.

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