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"In 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was leaked to the Guardian. It revealed that, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could…be regarded as religious novices.” The analysts concluded that “a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation.”



Cops shoot and kill man holding toy gun in Walmart | MSNBC

A young man holding a toy rifle in a Walmart was shot and killed on Tuesday by police in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio, according to Raw Story. John Crawford, 22, was carrying a toy gun he picked up in the store, alarming two other shoppers.

LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, told the Dayton Daily News she was on the phone with him while he was browsing in the store. “We was just talking,” she told the Ohio newspaper. “He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him. And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

CBS reports that two other Walmart customers, April and Ronald Ritchie, saw Crawford walking around the store with what appeared to be a gun and called the police. The police station reports that officers asked Crawford to put down the weapon, and opened fire when he did not comply. He later died of his gun shot wounds at a nearby hospital, where his death was ruled a homicide by the Montgomery County coroner’s office. A request for comment by msnbc to the Beavercreek police department was not immediately returned. 

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has said that the gun Crawford was carrying was an MK-177 BB/Pellet rifle, also known as a “variable pump air rifle.” Family members could not be reached for comment by msnbc.

Tasha Thomas, who identified herself as Crawford’s girlfriend, told the Dayton Daily News that she drove Crawford to the Walmart and was also in the store, but was in a different aisle from Crawford when the shooting happened. He was not armed when he entered the store, she said. “He did not have any type of gun on him. It’s not fair.”

A relative told the paper the family had contacted the NAACP and the National Action Network, a civil rights group led by MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton.


Old Tom: Anniversary of the death of a legend

Wednesday marks 84 years since the end of one of the most unique relationships in world history, between two of the most intelligent species on Earth.

The body of Old Tom, the last of the ‘Killers of Eden’, a pod of killer whales who worked side-by-side with human whalers, was found in Twofold Bay on September 17, 1930.

Today, 84 years on, his skeleton is preserved in the Eden Killer Whale Museum, and remains one of the town’s biggest drawcards.

Fittingly, local tourism operators will visit the museum on Wednesday for a screening of ‘This Eden’, the museum’s new DVD showcasing Eden’s vast history, which is largely centred on whaling.

“Old Tom is special because he represents the last of that era,” museum historian and tour guide Barry Smith said.

“His death was the end of an incredible partnership that developed over a period of around 8-10,000 years, dating back to the end of the last ice age.

“Killer whales are very intelligent creatures, and they’d perfected this method of hunting other whales where they would drive them onto the shore and eat there.

“Because the killers only ate the lips and the tongue [of their pray], they found it easier than eating at sea.”

It was through this that the unique bond between human and whale was formed in Twofold Bay.

Read more here.

(via Orca Network)

Text credit: Blake Foden

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