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November 04, 2013

One billion liters of toxic mine pollution has flooded into the Athabasca river

Coal Mine Muck Spills, Dumping 264 Million Gallons Into Canadian Waterways | ThinkProgress
An estimated one billion litres — or about 264 million gallons — of muck from an Alberta, Canada coal mine broke out of its containment pond on Halloween. The liquid flowed down two creeks and across 25 kilometers from the Obed Mountain coal mine to the Athabasca River, and is now headed downriver. “There’s actually quite a noticeable change of color [in the river],” said Alberta Environment spokeswoman Jessica Potter. “It’s like muddy water… murky, muddy water.” Staff from the Alberta Health Services are now analyzing water samples to check if any of the sediments could cause environmental or health damage. The water contained coal dust, clay, mudstone, sandstone, shale and dirt, though the Edmonton Journal quoted an anonymous Sherritt official claiming “the materials in the pond are inert and aren’t toxic to humans or fish.” According to the Journal, such containment bodies are generally designed so that water runoff from the operations flows into the ponds, and then stays until the sediments settle to the bottom, leaving the water safe to release. Operations at the mine, which is owned by Sherritt International, were actually suspended last November, and it since been undergoing reclamation.

October 26, 2013

Google paying AdBlock Plus to not block Google's ads

Report: Google paying AdBlock Plus to not block Google's ads - Neowin
AdBlock Plus is certainly a popular add-on for web browser such as Firefox, Chrome and most recently Internet Explorer. The program allows for a mostly ad banner free experience while surfing the Internet. Now a new report claims that Google is paying money to Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus, so that its ads get through the browser ad remover. The German language website Horizont doesn't state just how much money Google might be paying to have its ads become immune to AdBlock Plus's powers. However, in a FAQ page, Eyeo does state that " ...we are being paid by some larger properties that serve nonintrusive advertisements that want to participate in the Acceptable Ads initiative." The same FAQ page also says that smaller websites and blogs can be ‘whitelisted’ so that their ads also are not blocked by AdBlock Plus. Neowin certainly qualifies as a smaller independent web site, which still uses banner ads as its main source of revenue. As we occasionally remind our readers, we would greatly appreciate it if you whitelisted Neowin if you use AdBlock Plus or another web browser ad blocking add-on. It will help keep the site going for the many members of our great Neowin community. There's also an option to buy a subscription to the site that removes all ads without the need for an ad-blocker.

October 25, 2013

"He must be guilty, he fled when I shot at him"

Alabama man is convinced his neighbor is a rapist, so he tries to hire the KKK to "hang him like an animal." The neighbor was a convicted sex offender, but there was no proof he'd done anything to the man's wife. Alabama Man Pleaded Guilty To Hiring 'KKK' To Hang Neighbor 'Like An Animal'
Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, a 29-year-old veteran from Munford, Ala. entered a guilty plea in federal court Thursday for attempting to hire what he thought were Ku Klux Klansmen to murder his neighbor. According to court documents, Morgan told an undercover FBI agent he wanted to see his neighbor "hung from a tree like he is an animal" and "his dick cut off" over accusations that the man, a convicted sex offender, had raped his wife. An affidavit given by FBI Special Agent Cornelius Harris Jr. in support of a criminal complaint filed Aug. 26 explains that Morgan believed his neighbor, Clifford Maurice Mosley, raped his wife earlier that month. Records show that Mosley, who is African American, was arrested in 2008 for sexual abuse, a fact Morgan was aware of. Harris wrote that Morgan told an undercover FBI agent he responded to the alleged rape by attempting to "force a confrontation" with Mosley on Aug. 22 by firing "multiple rounds of ammunition" at Mosley on the street outside their homes. "Mosley fled on foot as Morgan fired several shots in the ground beside him in an effort to intimidate him," explained Harris. "Morgan assessed that Mosley must be guilty of the rape of his wife because Mosley never tried to defend himself by standing his ground or offering to reason with Morgan." Shortly after this incident, Harris said an undercover FBI agent who identified himself as a Klansman called Morgan in order to "verify his desire to murder" Mosley. According to the complaint, during that conversation, Morgan described the shooting incident and said he would meet with the agent on Aug. 25 to arrange payment. The undercover agent claimed he was "en route to Tennessee to pick up a partner to take care of this matter for Morgan." "Morgan advised that he and his family are supportive of the plan to murder Clifford Maurice Mosley," Harris wrote, adding that Morgan said his father-in-law and mother-in-law wanted "to dynamite the entire block." Harris also quoted Morgan as having provided detailed instructions about how exactly he wanted Mosley to be killed by the Klan. "I want this man hung from a tree like he is an animal. I want his dick cut off and I want him cut," Morgan said, according to the complaint. "You're a hunting man right? ... I want him hung from a tree and gutted and left him hung in that tree. ... That's how I want him to die. Die a slow and painful death."