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Month – October 2014

77 Year-Old Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance Finally Solved?

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Researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Discovery have matched a piece of aircraft debris found on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro with a patch that replaced a navigational window on Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. If the group is correct, then the aviatrix and her navigator Fred Noonan did not crash into the ocean as was assumed. This means they likely died as castaways. Earhart was trying to circumnavigate the world near the equator when she ran low on fuel.

Indigenous Communities Take Chevron to Global Court for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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The formal complaint to the International Criminal Court in the Hague is over Chevron’s repeated refusal to clean up its toxic contamination in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. The site has been linked to high cancer rates and birth defects. The communities won a judgment in an Ecuadorian court in 2011. The country’s National Court of Justice upheld the verdict last year, but cut the initial mandated payment from $18 billion to $9.5 billion. So far, the rich oil company has not paid a penny.

Roma Downey and Husband Raising $25 Million to Help Christians Displaced by ISIS

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Last February the husband/wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey released the “Son of God” movie. Now they’re putting their money where their mouth is. The two have already donated the first million dollars to help Christians and others displaced by ISIS. The UN reports 800 thousand people need shelter and 2.8 million urgently need food as winter approaches. The refugee crisis has been compared to the Rawanda genocide.

Federal Election Commission May Stifle Unsponsored Internet Videos

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Can someone explain how this is not a violation of free speech? Ann Ravel, Vice Chair of the Federal Election Commission, has announced plans to start the process of regulating Internet-based campaigns and videos. The triggering event was a tied vote that failed to determine that two unsponsored anti-Obama YouTube videos violated rules because they did not report finances or offer a disclosure.

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