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Trump tried to bypass Nancy Pelosi and negotiate with members of her caucus. None of them showed up

President Donald Trump tried a new strategy to get his border wall by going around House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Politico reported. He failed spectacularly.

On Tuesday, Trump invited moderate House Democrats to join him at the White House for lunch to talk about his wall and the shutdown. He used a similar strategy when Paul Ryan controlled the House, going around the speaker to negotiate with the far-right Freedom Caucus. But unlike Republicans, no Democrats attended the lunch meeting, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The embarrassing episode shows two things: Democrats are united on shutdown politics and the president is underestimating Pelosi’s hold on her caucus.

“Is anybody surprised that the president is trying to get votes wherever he can get votes?” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) asked reporters this morning, laughing as he said it. “We are totally united, totally.”

Trump is trying to negotiate with someone other than Pelosi. That’s not how the Democratic caucus operates.

The flurry of White House invitations sent out on Tuesday afternoon and evening confused the House Democrats who received them. There seemed to be no real strategy on the part of the White House as to who was being invited, other than to try to make it seem like they were winning over moderate Democrats.


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Attention Whore Falls to Her Death LOL

A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from her summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek.

Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media reports say.

The 36-year-old is thought to have died of hypothermia.

She was a popular figures on social media figure and messages on her Facebook pages pay tribute to her as an inspirational hiker.

Ms Wu was alone on a multi-day tour of a mountain range in Taiwan's Yushan National Park, the reports say.

While she was famous for posting pictures of herself in bikinis from summits, she was an experienced hiker, appearing to use proper equipment and precautions during her expeditions.


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Anti-vaxxers retards are the top 'threats to global health' in 2019, WHO declares

Anti-vaxxers have been named one of the top threats to global health in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The anti-vaccine movement joined air pollution and climate change, HIV, and a worldwide influenza pandemic on the list released on Monday.

'Vaccine hesitancy', as the WHO calls it, 'threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.'

The organization added in its statement: 'Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease - it currently prevents [two to three] million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved.'


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LOL !! Cop Runs Over Pair Lying In Road To Watch Lunar Eclipse


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police department says an officer ran over two people who were lying in a dark roadway to watch Sunday night's lunar eclipse.

In a statement to The Palm Beach Post , West Palm Beach Police said the man and the woman were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said around 11:30 p.m., at the height of the eclipse, the officer was patrolling in a park and driving around 5 mph (8 kph) when his vehicle struck the pair.

The statement said the man and the woman live nearby. Because the park was "extremely dark," officials believe they were trying to watch the eclipse when they were run over.

The officer was placed on administrative leave.

Police said the man and the woman were both 24 years old; their names were not released.


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Based retards chant "Build that wall" and "Go back to your own country" to Native Americans

Students in 'MAGA' hats taunt indigenous elder in Washington, tell them,"Go back to your own country."

A Native American who was seen in online video being taunted outside the Lincoln Memorial said Sunday he felt compelled to get between two groups with his ceremonial drum to defuse a confrontation.

Nathan Phillips said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was trying to keep peace between some Kentucky high school students and a black religious group that was also on the National Mall on Friday. The students were participating in the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, and Phillips was attending the Indigenous Peoples March happening the same day.

Other videos also showed members of the religious group, who appear to be affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, yelling disparaging and profane insults at the students, who taunt them in return. Video also shows the Native Americans being insulted by the small religious group as well.

In later footage, one teen stands directly in front of and stares at Phillips, an elder in Omaha, as he sang an intertribal song, Native American media reported.

Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, said he had been a part of the march and was among a small group of people remaining after the rally when the boisterous students began chanting slogans such as "make America great" and then began doing the haka, a traditional Maori dance. In a phone interview, Frejo told the AP he felt they were mocking the dance.

During the incident, Phillips said he heard people chanting "Build that wall" or yelling at native americans, "Go back to your own country."


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Casino Billionaire and zionist Sheldon Adelson shutting down Vegas' rights to online gambling

>In one of the most brazen examples of crony capitalism since President Trump was elected, on Jan. 14 the Department of Justice just made public a memo stating that federal law prohibits the state legalization of internet gambling. This re-interpretation could potentially reverse states’ existing policies, all as a seeming thank you gift to Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who with his wife just sent over $100 million to Republicans for the midterm elections.

>All of this is not a coincidence. It has been eight years since the Department of Justice issued an opinion based on court rulings and proper statutory interpretation that the long-standing Wire Act does not prohibit states from legalizing online gambling. The decision allowed states like Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to unleash positive economic activity, creating jobs and driving voluntary tax revenue for areas like education and infrastructure.

>Over the past decade, the ability of adults to gamble in their own states and homes has not sat well with Adelson. Despite being labeled as a limited government advocate, Adelson wants the federal government to dictate states’ gambling policies, damaging the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution and short-circuiting the ability of states to make their own determinations on the issue. He began to lobby Congress to overturn the existing interpretation of the law.


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Canada: Fugitive puppy mill owner caught: 200 dogs seized



>An Alberta woman accused of dog hoarding and animal cruelty, who was believed to be living in Jamaica for a period, has been arrested in Manitoba.

>RCMP want her back in Alberta to face charges.

>More than 200 dogs were seized from the Milk River, Alta., property of April Dawn Irving, then 55 years old, in 2014.

>The seizure was the worst case of neglect an animal rescue society says it has ever seen.

I>rving also had more than 80 dogs taken from her property near Foam Lake, Sask., in 2010. That resulted in her being slapped with a 10-year ban on owning more than two dogs a time.

>She was convicted under Saskatchewan's Animal Protection Act after she was accused of operating a puppy mill in 2013 and also faced charges in Fort McMurray under Alberta's Animal Protection Act that were later dropped.

>Animal welfare workers in Jamaica said Irving was living there in 2017, after failing to show up to court dates in Lethbridge the previous year.

>Police say Irving, who at times went by "Carol," was picked up late Wednesday in Manitoba by Stonewall RCMP.

>"Irving is currently in custody in Manitoba and is awaiting transport back to Alberta," RCMP spokesperson Paul Manaigre said Friday.

>The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), which originally helped the SPCA seize Irving's 201 Milk River dogs, said it looks forward to a court date.

>"We never gave up hope that she would one day stand trial," AARCS wrote in a Facebook post.

>"Our hope now is that her day has come and these defenseless animals will finally have the justice they deserve."

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Malaysian Government To Goldman Sachs: Pay Us $7.5 Billion And We Will Drop Criminal Charges

The Malaysian government has a message for Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: Your disingenuous, blame-deflecting apology for Goldman's role in one of the biggest financial frauds ever perpetrated in Asia isn't going to cut it.

According to Bloomberg, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters on Friday that Malaysian prosecutors might consider dropping the criminal charges brought last month against the bank, several Asian subsidiaries and two of its employees (who have also been indicted in the US) if the bank agrees to pay back the total amount that the Malaysian government believes was looted during the fraud.

That amount? A staggering $7.5 billion.

"Goldman Sachs should understand the agony and the trauma suffered by the Malaysian people as a result of the 1MDB scandal," Lim said in the administrative capital of Putrajaya. "An apology is just not sufficient. Not enough. There must be the necessary reparations and compensations."

Earlier this week, Solomon apologized to the Malaysian people during an earnings call with analysts, where he blamed senior banker Tim Leissner (who is now believed to be cooperating with federal authorities to testify about the bank's "culture of corruption") for the scandal and claimed Malaysia was “defrauded by many individuals" who - as was implied - just happened to work at Goldman Sachs.

Lim characterized Solomon's apology as "insufficient", presumably because media reports have revealed that senior Goldman execs, including former CEO Lloyd Blankfein blithely ignored concerns raised by the bank's compliance department and did everything in their power to court Malaysia's business (Blankfein himself was involved in several meetings with then-Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is now awaiting trial on corruptoin charges, and fugitive financier Jho Low, who is believed to have masterminded the scheme).

Goldman earned $600 million in fees on the $6.5 billion in bonds it underwrote for 1MDB, which was launched by Razak as a sovereign wealth fund intended to fund public works projects.



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How workers are winning $15 an hour: by acting like a union

Unions have historically empowered working people to have a voice on the job and a say in how they’re treated, making it possible to win decent pay and benefits that could support a family and lift communities. The periods in American history when the most workers had unions on the job – the 1950s and 1960s – were also the years when the country’s middle class was the biggest.

Over the past three decades, however, powerful companies and politicians have aggressively stripped away workers’ unions in an effort to cut pay and cut jobs. And unsurprisingly, economic inequality has ballooned during this time, with corporate profits soaring as wages flatline.

It’s this crisis of inequality that inspired workers in the Fight for $15 to take bold action and walk off the job, coming together in a movement even without the formal protection of a union. And against big odds, they raised their voices about what they need to support themselves, they went on strike, and they stuck together.

The results have been historic.

After 200 fast-food workers walked off the job for the first time in November 2012, strikes soon spread nationwide, first to Chicago and then to other cities in the midwest, and within a few years walkouts were hitting hundreds of cities across the country.

Now it seems like we’re living in an entirely different world from the one that existed six years ago. A $15 minimum wage is in place or planned in Seattle, Washington DC, Minneapolis, St Paul, California, New York state and Massachusetts. Major private sector employers like Facebook, Target and Amazon have pledged to increase their minimum wages to $15 an hour.

All told, more than 22 million workers have won more than $68 billion in raises since the Fight for $15 started. One-fifth of the country is now covered by plans for a $15 minimum wage.

The Fight for $15 has proven that sticking together and acting in union is the only way to challenge the rigged economy that keeps working people of all backgrounds – black, white and brown – behind.

But to really make a dent in inequality, elected leaders in Congress and across the country need to do more than raise the minimum wage – they also need to reverse decades of attacks on workers’ unions and give all working people the opportunity to join together in a union, no matter where they work.

By making it possible for more people to join unions, elected leaders can empower workers all across the economy to speak up and organize for good jobs, just as brave workers in the Fight for $15 have done. And with the power of a union, workers across the country can have not just the bare minimum, but a real shot at a better life.


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Cop Tries to Kill Woman’s Dog, Shoots Fellow Cop in the Back Instead

Officer Lane Butler is currently in critical condition in an Indiana hospital because one of her fellow officers tried to kill a dog and shot her instead.

According to police, officers were responding to a complaint of criminal mischief Tuesday morning when the shooting happened. Police were at a woman’s apartment to see if a person wanted on a warrant was inside. Police noted that the woman was cooperative and let officers search her home.

Before the officers entered the home, the woman warned them that her large dog was inside and in a cage. Butler and two other officers then entered the home and began searching it. As they searched the home, however, the dog reportedly escaped from the cage and the officers then fled the residence.

As the officers fled, one of them felt it necessary to pull out their pistol and fire at the dog. Instead of shooting the dog, however, the officer shot Butler in the back. Butler was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the round went in just above the protected area in her upper back.


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North Carolina state trooper shot in face, prompting manhunt for suspect


"A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was shot in the face while conducting a routine traffic stop Monday night, prompting an hours-long interagency manhunt that led to the arrest of the alleged gunman and two other suspects, WRAL reported.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office identified the first suspect as 36-year-old John David Jones, whom they called “armed and dangerous" during the manhunt. Authorities located Jones in a wooded area shortly after midnight and arrested him, CBS 17 reported.

Two other suspects – William Allen Boswell, 40, and Bryan Jeffrey Mullins – were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, the report said."

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US Army Struggles Recruiting New Troops Because of Endless Wars, What A Big Surprise

Army recruiters are having a challenging time convincing Americans born between 1995 and 2005 to sign up and serve. The situation is so dire that Army Recruiting Command has turned to e-Sports video game tournaments.

“It is incredible, the amount of coverage that you get and the amount of the Z Gens that are watching these games,” Gen. Frank Muth, the head of Army Recruiting Command, told NPR.

Sponsoring video game tournaments is an effort to boost recruitment after the Army fell short of its 76,500 recruitment goal by 6,500 people last year.

“Calling the Z generation on the phone doesn’t work anymore,” Gen. Muth told NPR. “We’re really giving the power back to our recruiters to go on Twitter, to go on Twitch, to go on Instagram, and use that as a venue to start a dialogue with the Z generation.”

NPR noted that a recent e-Sports tournament featured an Army recruiter as an announcer and went viral with more than 2 million views, adding that "Half [the views] were from people aged 17 to 24."

To further implement the strategy, the Army is now screening more than 4,000 applications from soldiers who want to play video games.

Army Recruiting Command will select 30 of the service's top gamers to be on the new Army e-Sports Team to compete in national gaming tournaments.

Generation Z soldiers are part of this subculture, according to Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Jones, a noncommissioned officer overseeing the Army e-sports Team.



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Canadian air traffic controllers send pizzas to U.S. counterparts working without pay

Air traffic controllers from Atlantic Canada directed a fleet of special arrivals into the New York Air Traffic Control Centre on Friday night, as a gesture of solidarity and respect.

And each was covered in a layer of gooey melted cheese.

The Canadian Air Traffic Controller Association units in Gander, N.L., and Moncton, N.B., ordered pizzas for all of their colleagues at the control centre on Long Island, who have been working without pay since the partial U.S. government shutdown began on Dec. 22.

"It's been so overwhelmingly negative and it's nice to see that there's solidarity out there. There's people out there who are just saying, 'Hey, I work with you as a friend or a colleague and here's a nice gesture of friendship, that we care,'" said David Lombardo, a former air traffic controller who lives in Long Island and runs a social media site for people in the industry.

Aviation is a really tight-knit group of people, it's like a family. And plus, it goes against the whole rhetoric here that we're talking about because it's an international boundary!"

Air traffic controllers provide essential services and are unable to suspend work or take any other job action during the government shutdown, he said. As a result, with no other government services running, they're working without paycheques.

There are currently 14,000 controllers working without pay.


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Brexit May Not Happen, Trade Secretary Tells Sunday Times

The chances of the U.K. leaving the European Union are “50-50’’ if Parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement in January, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said in a Sunday Times interview.

“If we were not to vote for that, I’m not sure I would give it much more than 50-50,” the veteran campaigner for Brexit told the newspaper. “For me that would induce a sense that we had betrayed the people that voted in the referendum.”

Liam Fox

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Fox told his fellow lawmakers that it was a “matter of honor” to back May and he’d rather accept an agreement that falls short of the ideal than risk Brexit’s failure.

“For me, the worst possible outcome of this process would be no Brexit,” he said in the interview.

The vote on the Brexit deal is set for the week of Jan. 14, May has said, without giving a precise date. The premier pulled a vote on the deal scheduled for earlier this month, acknowledging she did not have the support to win approval.

May has sought additional reassurances from the EU that might win the support of her own rebellious Conservative Party lawmakers and her allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which provides the votes to give her a majority in the House of Commons.

Fox said he would like to see more EU concessions on the so-called Irish backstop, language in the deal meant to avoid the creation of a hard border between Ireland, which remains in the bloc, and Northern Ireland.


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Russian NPCs are losing faith in Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Public trust in President Vladimir Putin has fallen to its lowest level in 13 years, according to a Russian state pollster, a setback for the Kremlin which works hard to burnish Putin’s image as a wise father-of-the-nation-style leader.

The poll, by the Public Opinion Research Centre, found that trust in Putin had fallen to 33.4 percent, its lowest level since 2006.

The results do not pose an immediate problem for Putin who won a landslide election victory and a new six-year mandate in March last year, but could embolden would-be successors to begin what is likely to be a long game of jostling for position.

Putin’s overall approval rating, which is different from his trust rating, is still high at just over 60 percent.

His approval rating has slipped from its peak of nearly 90 percent amid dismay over falling household incomes and unpopular government moves to raise the retirement age and hike value added tax.

Putin’s trust rating hit a high of 71 percent in July 2015 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea the previous year.

On the eve of last year’s presidential election, it stood at 55.3 percent. Since then, public trust in him has dropped sharply, falling to 38.3 percent three months later, ending 2018 at 36.5 percent.

Putin remains far more trusted than any other politician in Russia however, the same poll showed.

The second and third most trusted politicians in the poll were Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who received trust ratings of 13.7 percent and 9.3 percent respectively.


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TRUMP NEWS: Man linked to 4 killings suspected of being in US illegally

RENO, Nevada (AP) — Authorities investigating four recent Nevada killings say murder charges are pending against a man suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

Wilbur Martinez-Guzman, 20, was arrested Saturday in Carson City and is being held on possession of stolen property, burglary and immigration charges.

Authorities say they expect to file murder charges against him in the coming days in the shooting deaths of an elderly Reno couple and two women who lived near the town of Gardnerville.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said at a Sunday news conference that federal immigration authorities told his office Martinez-Guzman had lived in Carson City for about a year and was in the country illegally.

Furlong said Monday he didn’t know where Martinez-Guzman is originally from, and a message left with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not immediately returned. President Donald Trump mentioned the killings Monday in a tweet calling for his long-promised border wall.

Authorities say Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead Jan. 10 in her home in Gardnerville Ranchos, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Carson City. Three days later, 74-year-old Sophia Renken was found dead in her home about a mile from where Koontz lived.

On Wednesday, the bodies of 81-year-old Gerald David, and his 80-year-old wife, Sharon, were found in their home on the southern edge of Reno, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Carson City.

Furlong said the investigation is ongoing and it’s too soon to comment on a possible motive. He said Martinez-Guzman didn’t yet have an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


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Instead of Working On Fixing Govt Shutdown, Mad Maxine To Probe Trump's Deutsche Bank Relationships

Now firmly in control of the House, the Democrats are trying to figure out exactly how they will proceed with the myriad investigations they have promised into potential conflicts of interest pertaining to Trump's business dealings (among other things). And apparently, the president's lending relationship with scandal-plagued Deutsche Bank - one of the few banks willing to lend to the Trump Organization over the past decade - could be a jumping off point.

According to Reuters, after pushing to subpoena records from the troubled German lender pertaining to its business relationship with Trump back when she was the committee's ranking member back in 2017, "Mad Maxine" (now backed by "Socialist Sandy") is preparing to renew her efforts - and this time, Republicans are no longer in a position to stop her from demanding records that the bank had previously argued were shielded by client confidentiality laws.

But the probe into Trump's ties to Deutsche Bank won't be handled by financial services exclusively. The House Intelligence Committee, led by longtime Trump antagonist Adam Schiff, is also planning to take the lead on the investigation, alongside finance (though Waters has the broadest power to request records from DB). As Chairwoman, Waters can unilaterally issue subpoenas.

Aides for the two committees are presently discussing how they will divide up the investigative work to avoid overlapping records requests.

Already feeling the heat from its involvement in European money laundering investigations, it appears Deutsche Bank may be abandoning its resistance to the probes, according to a statement to Reuters.

A Deutsche Bank spokesman said: "Deutsche Bank takes its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to cooperating with authorized investigations. Our recent record of cooperating with such investigations has been widely recognized by regulators. We intend to keep working in this spirit."

Waters won't be able to let the subpoenas fly until after the committee's first business meeting later this month. But aides say she's already planning to "move quietly" on the investigation.



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Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control.

The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

At least 44 people are thought to have been infected with ebola and 23 deaths are being investigated.

Senior WHO official Peter Salama said the spread to Mbandaka meant there was the potential for an "explosive increase" in cases.

Mr Salama, the WHO's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said Mbandaka's location on the Congo river, widely used for transportation, raised the prospect of Ebola spreading to surrounding countries such as Congo-Brazzaville and the Central African Republic as well as downstream to Kinshasa, a city of 10 million people.



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Wisconsin lost over 600 dairy farms last year


"Already reeling from tariff war, some farmers aren’t receiving government support checks amid shutdown"

"The Trump administration had promised to help farmers like Boyd, those who suffered as a result of the international trade war after Chinese purchases of soybeans — once 60 percent of the market — plummeted to next to nothing. With farmers on the edge of ruin, the U.S. government offered $12 billion in support since September, checks that had become a lifeline.

But with the government shutdown moving into its third week, Boyd was left waiting for his support check to arrive. Other farmers who still must have their crop totals approved by the government to receive aid were left with no way to apply for it."


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Pelosi cancels Afghan trip after uknowwho leaks plan to terrorists

The news comes one day after Mr Trump banned the Democratic delegation from using a military aircraft for the trip.

Mrs Pelosi's spokesman said on Friday that security officials had determined that Mr Trump's announcement "had significantly increased the danger".

House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi's spokesman said that after Mr Trump revoked use of a military aircraft "multiple" White House officials then leaked her plan to fly Democratic members of Congress on a commercial airline to Afghanistan.

Drew Hammill said in a statement: "In the middle of the night, the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased the danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip."

"In light of the grave threats caused by the President's action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travellers on the flights."

A senior White House official denied the report, telling the BBC: "When the Speaker of the house and about 20 others from Capitol Hill decide to book their own commercial flights to Afghanistan, the world is going to find out.

"The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is an offensive flat out lie."

On Friday, Mr Trump took to Twitter to further attack Mrs Pelosi over the "seven day excursion" to a warzone.


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90 yr old Bigot scum Nobel scientist James Watson loses honorary titles

He is currently in a nursing home recovering from a car accident and is said to have "very minimal" awareness of his surroundings.

In a TV programme, the pioneer in DNA studies made a reference to a view that genes cause a difference on average between blacks and whites on IQ tests.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said the 90-year-old scientist's remarks were "unsubstantiated and reckless".

Dr Watson had made similar claims in 2007 and subsequently apologised.

He shared the Nobel in 1962 with Maurice Wilkins and Francis Crick for their 1953 discovery of the DNA's double helix structure.

In 2007, the scientist, who once worked at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory, told the Times newspaper that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really".

While his hope was that everybody was equal, he added, "people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true".

After those remarks, Dr Watson lost his job as chancellor at the laboratory and was removed from all his administrative duties. He wrote an apology and retained his honorary titles of chancellor emeritus, Oliver R Grace professor emeritus and honorary trustee.

But Cold Spring Harbor said it was now stripping him of those titles after he said his views had not changed in the documentary American Masters: Decoding Watson, aired on US public broadcaster PBS earlier this month.

"Dr Watson's statements are reprehensible, unsupported by science," the laboratory said in a statement, adding that they effectively reverse his apology.


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Mein Fuhrer!Austrian Chancellor cracks down on Islam; to guide country out of globalist EU

==World’s Youngest Leader Closes Mosques, Deports Imams From Austria

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz plans to guide his country out of the globalist EU==

Sebastian Kurz vows that those who preach ‘radical’ or ‘political Islam’ will be expelled from Austria

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the world’s youngest leader, has ordered the closing of seven mosques and has begun deporting “radical” imams back to their homelands due to violations of a recent law in Austria that bans “political Islam”.

“Parallel societies, politicized Islam or radical tendencies have no place in our country,” Mr. Kurz said at a press conference announcing the measures in Vienna, while railing against the disastrous results of multiculturalism in Western Europe.

Chancellor Kurz believes Muslims must be loyal to Austria and willing to integrate into society if they are to stay in the country.

If they form a “parallel society” and start preaching “political Islam“, identity politics and divisiveness, they will be expelled.

Since taking office last year, Sebastian Kurz’s government has been investigating Muslim organizations suspected of violating the country’s 2015 Islam law.

The law aims to prevent any conflict between “thinking of oneself as a pious Muslim and proud Austrian citizen at the same time,” by regulating operations of the Islamic community.

A number of mosques were shut down over suspicions of links to Islamic extremism after images emerged of children as young as four being forced to wear Turkish army uniforms and salute the Turkish flag inside the mosque in Vienna’s Favoriten district.

31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, who claimed victory in Austria’s general election last year while vowing to destroy the New World Order, is making good on his promise to ignore the European Union’s globalist directives regarding Muslim immigration.

Predictably, Kurz’ popular nationalist and anti-globalist policies are proving deeply worrying to the United Nations, which is currently pushing for open borders around the globe.

UN’s Human Right High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein slammed the new Austrian anti-globalist government, claiming their libertarian policies are“dangerous to democracy.”

“We have to be very careful about whether there is an imitation effect for other politicians in Europe,” Al Hussein said.

Hussein also warned, “the extreme right should think very carefully about where it leads its countries and the continent in general.”

The Socialist faction in the European Parliament has also come out against the new coalition saying they would not rule out similar sanctions against Austria that were threatened in 2000 when the FPÖ last formed part of a coalition government.


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China Has Granted Ivanka Trump 5 More Trademarks as Trade Negotiations Continue


The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump’s company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father’s administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.

Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday. A fifth, covering brokerage, charitable fundraising and art valuation services, was approved on Jan. 6, according to online trademark office records. The applications were filed in 2016 and 2017. If no one objects, they will be finalized after 90 days.

Ivanka Trump’s expanding intellectual property holdings have long raised ethical concerns, particularly in China, where the courts and bureaucracy tend to reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.

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Tech writer suggests '10 Year Challenge' may be collecting data for facial recognition algorithm

As innocuous as it may seem, the viral “10 Year Challenge” flooding social media feeds everywhere may have been created to collect large amounts of data for future facial recognition software, according to one prominent tech writer.

Although its inception is hard to pin point exactly, the so-called “10 Year Challenge” or “How Hard Did Aging Hit You” or “Glow Up Challenge” meme appears to have started picking up steam shortly after the New Year.

The “challenge” asks social media users to post side-by-side images of the first profile photo they ever shared on the social media platform (or one from approximately 10 years ago) alongside an image of themselves from the present.

Since the meme was introduced – it’s unclear by whom – it’s become wildly popular on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with millions of people participating in the trend.

Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez shared before-and-after photos of themselves looking like they barely aged while Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong uploaded images of himself poking fun at how grey his hair had become in the past 10 years.


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Pregnant women who used marijuana have fucked up babies

A 24-year-old from California named Carol,had weeks of debilitating morning sickness, persistent pain in her back and hips, and chronic anxiety about becoming a mother, Carol was taking a tranquilizer called alprazolam as needed, plus daily doses of acetaminophen and an anti-nausea drug called metoclopramide.

Carol felt uneasy using the medications. Like many Americans and an even greater proportion of Europeans, Carol (who asked that I not use her surname) favors home remedies over pharmaceutical treatments. “I’ll always choose a tea over a pill,” she says. And so, as she sought relief during her pregnancy, she turned to marijuana.

In the summer of 2007, Carol was surrounded by people touting the wonders of cannabis as a panacea for diseases from depression to glaucoma and myriad ailments in between—including nausea, pain, and anxiety. Worried that her suboptimal diet and poor sleep could be affecting the development of her child, she considered using small amounts of cannabis instead of the multiple prescription medications suggested by her doctor.

“Instead of two or three pills per day, I could have a little bit of pot in the morning,” she recalls thinking at the time, “and everyone agreed it was harmless.” Weighing the options, Carol decided that while she would prefer to consume neither prescription drugs nor cannabis, the latter was the lesser of two evils. “It seemed natural,” she says. Now, with a 2 headed 10-year-old son who suffers from severe schizoid personality disorder aka autism, she wonders if the choice she made has come back to haunt her.

Research that can address the causal nature of these links is still in its infancy, however. The status of cannabis as a Schedule I substance in the US makes it tough to get approval for experiments. For this and other reasons, research on the incorporation of the drug in Western medicine is relatively new as well. This means that conventional health practitioners receive little, if any, information that they can pass onto their patients, including those considering the use of cannabis during pregnancy.

It’s no wonder, then, that 70 percent of women in the United States believe that there is “slight or no risk of harm” in using cannabis during pregnancy. And about 4 percent of pregnant women in the US report using the drug during gestation, just like Carol. Of expectant moms between the ages of 18 and 25, this number is nearly 7.5 percent.


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Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japan’s young men out of their rooms

At least half a million young men in Japan are thought to have withdrawn from society, and refuse to leave their bedrooms. They’re known as hikikomori.

Their families often don’t know what to do, but one organisation is offering “sisters for hire” to help coax these young men out of their isolation.

At least half a million young men in Japan are thought to have withdrawn from society, and refuse to leave their bedrooms. They’re known as hikikomori.

Their families often don’t know what to do, but one organisation is offering “sisters for hire” to help coax these young men out of their isolation.


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Indiana GOP Legislator Sponsors Bill to Teach Creationism in Public Schools

No wonder he’s trying to put forth that Creationism bill again. And that’s not the only disturbing thing about Senate Bill 373. There are actually three separate parts that need your attention.

The first tells schools to put up a “durable poster or framed picture” that says “In God We Trust.” And don’t think you can get away with a small little thing, either. The bill specifies that the poster must be “at least four inches in height by fifteen inches in width and include print large enough to fill the dimensions established by this subdivision.”

The second says that any district offering elective classes that survey the religions of the world — say a “comparative religions” class — must include “the study of the Bible.”

The third is perhaps the most troubling:

The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation.

You know, some Christians understand that teaching Creationism is illegal because it’s not science and it’s just blatant promotion of one religion’s mythology. They don’t even push for that anymore. Even “Intelligent Design” hasn’t worked. They usually say they want to teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, as if any ignorance about the subject is proof that God Did It.

Not Kruse. He’s so old-fashioned, he wants to break the law using the original iteration of anti-evolution propaganda.

Even in Indiana, this likely won’t get anywhere. In 2012, his pro-Creationism bill got through the Senate after an amendment that allowed teachers to include creation myths from other faiths including Islam, Buddhism, and Scientology… but that bill died in the House. There’s no reason this should have any greater success. If it ever passed, the courts would have to overturn it immediately.

Which makes you wonder why Kruse keeps doing this. It’s a waste of time. It’s not science. It doesn’t help students. Why bother? For the same reason Donald Trump keeps pushing for his idiotic border wall: He’s trying to appease his base instead of doing anything substantive and evidence-based.


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Officer who led child abuse investigations cited for lewd conduct with a minor

Vermont State Police have cited former Burlington police lieutenant Arthur Cyr, who once oversaw child abuse investigations in the city, on suspicion of felony lewd or lascivious conduct with a juvenile female under 16 years old.

The juvenile under the age of 16 reported that Cyr had touched her inappropriately on New Year’s Eve in 2016 at a residence in Bristol, nine months after he retired from the police force.

Cyr was cited and released on Wednesday for lewd or lascivious conduct with a child, which carries a penalty of two to 15 years and up to $5,000 in fines.

From May 2008 until January 2010, Cyr was in charge of the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, which was responsible for child abuse investigations, according to a statement released by the Burlington Police Department.

“An allegation like this against a retired police officer will always be painful and disappointing, but given Art Cyr’s prior role of supervising the county’s child abuse investigations, it is especially troubling,” Brandon del Pozo, Burlington’s police chief, said in the statement.

“I am confident that the Vermont State Police has conducted a thorough and impartial investigation that has treated Mr. Cyr like anyone else, and that will help get to the bottom of the allegation,” he added.

The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations received the complaint against the retired officer in late 2018 and passed it to it’s “sister unit,” the Northern Unit For Special Investigations.

A state police trooper ultimately investigated the incident with the Vermont Department for Children and Families and the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to a state police statement. The investigation started Dec. 14, 2018.

Cyr was also previously head of the Burlington Police Department’s crisis negotiation unit. He retired in March 2016 and is now listed on the state employee directory as working for the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.

A call to a landline number listed for Cyr went unanswered.

Cyr is set to appear at 2 p.m. on January 28 at state court in Middlebury.


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>President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that in exchange for border wall funding and ending the partial government shutdown, he would extend temporary protections for so-called "Dreamers" and those with Temporary Protected Status – two key issues for congressional Democrats who nevertheless appeared to hold their ground on refusing the president's demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding.

>"Our plan includes the following," Trump announced in a speech from the Oval Office. "$800 million in urgent humanitarian aid, $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry, an additional 2,750 border agents and law enforcement professionals [and] 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the court backlog…"

>Yet, before Trump even made his 4 p.m. speech, House Democrats were calling it a "non-starter."

>Twenty-five minutes before the planned start of the president's speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement, saying that "initial reports" about Trump's announcement "make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives."

>After the speech, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected Trump's plan

>“It was the President who singled-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place –- offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage-taking.”

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North Koreans Struggle to Fulfill Daily Human Manure Quotas

The North Korean government has decreed that every able-bodied citizen must turn in 100 kg (220 lbs) of human manure a day to be used for fertilizer, to bolster the agricultural sector.

Leader Kim Jong Un announced in his New Year’s address that the agricultural front would be the primary instrument for economic reconstruction.

“After Kim Jong Un’s [speech], the entire population has been mobilized to produce manure as the first major task of the year,” a source in North Hamgyong province told RFA’s Korean Service on Sunday.

“The authorities in each local region task factories, institutions and citizens groups with assigning production quotas to each individual,” the source said.

“They are demanding that each person produce 100kg of human feces per day, or about 3 tons per month,” said the source.

“But how on earth can it be possible for one person to make 3 tons of human feces and deliver it?”

While the collection of feces is a yearly task, high quotas this year are driving many to find interesting ways to collect human feces in the bitter cold, or to find ways to get out of their quota.


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Nigel Farage backs new BREXIT PARTY


Nigel Farage has endorsed a brand new pro-Brexit political party and warned Theresa May he will 'step back into the fray' if exit day is delayed from March 29.

The ex-Ukip leader warned of 'betrayal' of the Leave vote from 2016 and stepped up his vow to return to front line politics to defend it.

Mr Farage has abandoned his old party as current leader Gerard Batten cosies up to far-right activist Tommy Robinson.

But he endorsed a fledgling new party called 'The Brexit Party' set up by another former Ukip politician that has applied to the Electoral Commission.

Mr Farage told the Sun on Sunday: 'There is huge demand for a party that's got real clarity on this issue. You can see and hear the frustration welling up out there.

'It's clear the political elite want to stop Brexit in its tracks and the Prime Minister doesn't have the strength or inclination to see this through.

'I've been watching events with growing dismay — I'm not the only one. Now we are putting them on notice that if Brexit doesn't happen on March 29 we are not prepared to stand by and do nothing.'

He added: 'I've been concerned about the way the Brexit process has been going for some time. The Brexiteers told me to keep quiet and it will all be fine.

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Three hidden bodies found on Washington state property, including woman in shed


Authorities in Washington say three people, including a father and son, were shot and killed at a compound known for hosting transients in the western part of the state – likely by someone they knew.

According to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, relatives discovered the bodies of Darrell Iverson, 57, and son Jordan, 27, at the property in Port Angeles on Monday. Both men's remains had been covered with tarps and other debris. The office said in a statement that relatives had not heard from the Iversons since Christmas Day and went to the property to check on them.

The following day, investigators located the body of Jordan Iverson's girlfriend, 26-year-old Tiffany May, in a locked outbuilding on the property. Authorities said May had been living at the house with the father and son, who operated a small logging business there.

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Trump claims there’s a 10-foot wall around the Obamas’ D.C. home. He is wrong.

Trump lies Trumptards dont even blink. Even if there was a wall he is a former prez. There is a wall of secret service.


In one of his most recent arguments for a southern border wall, President Trump on Sunday falsely claimed that the Washington home of former president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama is surrounded by a 10-foot wall.

Trump’s tweet comes in the midst of a partial government shutdown, which was spurred Dec. 22 by Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. He alleged that the “wall” around the Obamas' mansion was necessary for the former first couple’s “safety and security,” adding that the United States needs a “slightly larger version!”

Trump’s assertion came as a surprise to two of the Obamas' neighbors Monday, who told The Washington Post that there is no such wall. The 8,200-square-foot structure, despite several security features, is completely visible from the street.

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Globalist Kikes To Upload Their Brains Into AI Chips, Implant In Slave Subjects To Live Forever


Richard Skellett, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin.

The process has already been trialled with company BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the UK.

And Sweden-based firm Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British companies about microchipping.

But as humans and machines become more in-sync, it could open up all sorts of possibilities – including being able to live forever.

Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Skellett explained: “There’s a lot of talk at the moment about microchipping employees and there are some companies that are actually doing that.

Chips will be able to store medical data and other personal information.

Mr Skellett added: “Living forever might sound crazy at the moment because the technology isn’t quite there, but we already have the technology to clone.

“The only thing is that something may be an exact replica in terms of DNA but it may be nothing like you because we are made up of both nature and nurture.

“Well I would say that nurture is all to do with learning, you are a product of everything you have experienced, your likes and dislikes and that’s arguably your soul.

“Your soul is you, it’s your beliefs, it’s your values.

If humanity does not refuse this, and complies, then humanity will be enslaved and doomed forever.



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Popular Youtuber Censored, Moves To Real.Video Brighteon Alternative


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An incredibly popular video channel called “Think About It,” which features intriguing, informative analysis on a wide variety of important topics, has announced it is moving a significant portion of its videos to the Brighteon.com platform.

In a video entitled, “Societal Breakdown Is Happening At The Rate Of Speed,” the creator of the Think About It channel explains, “For all of my YouTube subscribers, I have a big announcement. Because of YouTube’s policy to silence free speech and the truth, I’ve decided to… put all of the [censored] videos on Brighteon. Please go to my Brighteon channel… and I promise you every video that I do will be there for you to watch.”

So far, Think About It has uploaded 99 videos. See them all at:


Here are more details about you can help support Think About It:

Websites: https://thinkaboutit.online AND https://thinkaboutit.news

Brighteon Video Channel: https://www.brighteon.com/channel/thinkaboutit

Minds: https://www.minds.com/ThinkAboutItNow

Gab: https://gab.com/ThinkAboutIt

Steve’s move of his Think About It channel to Brighteon underscores exactly why we created Brighteon in the first place. With the insane level of censorship now in place across all the tech giants like Facebook, YouTube, Google and even Apple, creators of valuable content need an online destination where they can exercise free speech without being molested by the tech companies.

We launched Brighteon last July, and we have big news for this year: Brighteon is about to get even better. Coming this year, we have significant advances that content creators will greatly appreciate.



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Executive Producers say 'Family Guy' to Phase Out Homophobic Jokes

"Family Guy" executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin revealed they're phasing out gay jokes from the animated Fox comedy.

While speaking with TVLine about the Sunday, Jan. 13 episode that featured Peter Griffin in a bloody battle President Donald Trump the duo confirmed what Peter told the animated Trump, they are indeed phasing out gay jokes.

"If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they're going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable," Sulkin said.


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Cracks emerging among Senate Republicans as Murkowski calls for end to shutdown


In interviews with a wide range of Senate Republicans, a number have grown anxious about the long-term impact of a partial shutdown that has shuttered a quarter of the federal government and impacted hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors, including many in their states who will soon miss their first paychecks. And some GOP senators are signaling a new willingness to allow a number of key federal agencies – such as the Treasury Department, the Transportation Department and the National Park Service – to reopen even if the fight over the border wall is not resolved, breaking with the White House and Senate GOP leaders.

"I think we can walk and chew gum," GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Tuesday, adding she's "amenable to a process that would allow for those appropriations bills that have concluded some time ago that they be enacted into law – whether it's the Department of Interior or the IRS. I'd like to see that."

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Largest single group of migrants ever tunnels under border wall in Arizona, says Border Protection

The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Protection, according to the agency.

Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds, according to video obtained by ABC News. Smugglers dug a series of seven holes, only a few feet long beneath the steel border fence, with hundreds going beneath the wall and a smaller number clambering over it, according to CBP.

Parents with children now comprise over 80 percent of the total apprehensions of those crossing the 2,000-mile long border with Mexico. The vast majority of them, like the group near Yuma Monday, surrender immediately or seek out Border Patrol agents in order to begin the asylum process


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BREAKING! Ruth Ginsburg on Deathbed with Pneumonia, Set To Retire

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has contracted pneumonia and is fighting for her life, according to reports.

In September, The Santa Monica Observer was the first to report that Ginsburg had developed cancer.

Left-leaning so-called ‘fact-checker’ Snopes immediately attempted to discredit the story, labelling it “false” and stopping its spread on social media. It turns out, Snopes was wrong.

Now that very same outlet has discovered that Bader Ginsburg is currently battling for her life after recently contracting pneumonia, fueling rumors that Ginsburg is set to retire before the end of this month.

The Santa Monica Observer reports: https://archive.fo/hv6ab

As any reader of the Santa Monica Observer knew last September, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed lung cancer. The 85 year old Supreme Court Justice had surgery as quietly as possible on December 22, 2018.

Following surgery, she has developed complications including pneumonia.

Pneumonia often afflicts elderly post surgery patients in the US, since antibiotics have resulted in Multi Resistant Strains of the lung infection.

The left and the main stream media have tried to put on a brave face as Ginsburg missed three straight days of argument this week, interviewing cancer doctors to say that she would recover.

They claimed that she was working in her hospital room, knowing that it was untrue.



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Britain’s first transgender family reveals son, 5, is also transitioning

Britain's first two-generational transgender family have revealed how they have been 'shunned' since they revealed their five-year-old son is transitioning.

They have suffered insults both online and at the hands of their neighbours in their home in Glasgow including even being reported to social services.

Jayden Rogers was born a boy and lives with step-dad Greg, 27, who was born a woman and mum, Jody, 21.Speaking to the Daily Record, Greg defended claims that the couple have been 'encouraging' Jayden in his transition to become a girl.

He said: “We’ve had people saying we’re using Jayden for attention and that she just wants to be a girl because I changed sex."

“It’s ridiculous. Jayden knows nothing about my past. She just knows me as dad.”


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Justin Trudeau's dad fucked an Afghan hound,look alike wedding singer found in Afghanistan

Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a remote village in Afghanistan, said he had no idea who Trudeau was until everyone started telling him 'Salam Trudeau' or calling him the 'Afghan Trudeau'.

People are claiming to have found the ‘lost twin’ of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and he’s reportedly from Afghanistan! An Afghani wedding singer, who took social media by storm after he appeared on a talent show ‘Afghan Star’, has been deemed the Canadian PM’s doppleganger.

Abdul Salam Maftoon, a singer from a remote village in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, has seen his fame rise quickly for his uncanny resemblance to Trudeau. Maftoon is often seen in traditional Afghan attire, and people constantly comment about their similarities.


BTW, That's Maftoon on the right

The left is Justin in India

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China Is Growing Cotton on the Moon..udate,it's dead

There’s cotton growing on the far side of the moon—the first time plants have sprouted there. On January 3, a lunar lander called Chang’e-4 touched down on the moon, deploying a rover to explore lunar terrain. The lander also carries a container filled with soil and cotton and potato seeds, and the cotton seeds are now sprouting, an image released by the China National Space Administration today (January 15) shows. The image was published on the People’s Daily, China twitter feed, which is run by the country’s state-owned media group.

“Learning about these plants’ growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base,” Chongqing University’s Liu Hanlong, who is leading the experiment, says in a statement, according to the South China Morning Post. The space agency is developing preliminary plans for a crewed lunar landing mission in the 2030s, with the possibility of building a moon base with international cooperation afterward.


China’s Moon Plants That Sprouted Are Already Dead

1/16/19 at 1:20 PM


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Seabird & fish populations plummet by 70%,warmer seas cause plankton Vitamin B1 deficiency

During spring and summer, busy colonies of a duck called the common eider (Somateria mollissima) and other wild birds are usually seen breeding on the rocky coasts around the Baltic Sea. Thousands of eager new parents vie for the best spots to build nests and catch food for their demanding young broods.

But Lennart Balk, an environmental biochemist at Stockholm University, witnessed a dramatically different scene when he visited Swedish coastal colonies during a 5-year period starting in 2004. Many birds couldn’t fly. Others were completely paralyzed. Birds also weren’t eating and had difficulty breathing. Thousands of birds were suffering and dying from this paralytic disease, says Balk. “We went into the bird colonies, and we were shocked. You could see something was really wrong. It was a scary situation for this time of year,” he says.

Based on his past work documenting a similar crisis in several Baltic Sea fish species, Balk suspected that the birds’ disease was caused by a thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Thiamine is required for critical metabolic processes, such as energy production and proper functioning of the nervous system. This essential micronutrient is produced mainly by plants, including phytoplankton, bacteria, and fungi; people and animals must acquire it through their food.

As a young researcher in the late 1980s, Balk started out examining the impacts of industrial pollution and endocrine disruptors on fish health. But he was so taken aback upon seeing the effects of thiamine deficiency on fish, he abandoned his earlier work to focus on this problem instead. In the late 1990s, Balk saw that several fish species in the Baltic Sea, including Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), had trouble reproducing. Many of the larvae couldn’t swim straight and were lethargic before dying. When he supplemented the larvae with thiamine, almost all survived. In contrast, almost all of the larvae not treated with thiamine supplements died. Balk concluded that the fish were suffering from a thiamine deficiency (1).

Since 1995, researchers including John Fitzsimons, then a fish biologist for the Canadian government and now retired, had documented a thiamine deficiency that devastated populations of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) and several species of salmon in the Great Lakes (2). The fish were not reproducing and had difficulty maintaining their balance while swimming. “It’s like the fish were drunk. They lost their balance and would fall on their side,” says Fitzsimons. At first, researchers thought pollutants were to blame, but the suspicion was not borne out in tests. In a moment of inspiration, Fitzsimons realized the fish must be lacking a nutrient.

Fitzsimons supplemented eggs from sick fish with thiamine and other B vitamins. He found that just less than 10% of fish eggs injected with thiamine died. The other B vitamins had no therapeutic effect. In contrast, he saw greater than 75% mortality in the control specimens that received no added vitamins. Fitzsimons and his colleagues concluded a thiamine scarcity was behind the paralysis and population declines of fish in the Great Lakes (2, 3).


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Ukip leader to invite 'Count Dankula' to stand for Scottish parlament



UKIP leader Gerard Batten has suggested he will invite YouTuber "Count Dankula" to stand as a candidate for the Scottish Parliament.

Mark Meechan, 30, is best known for filming his girlfriend's pet dog giving Nazi salutes.

The potential invite came after YouTube entirely de-monetised Meechan's channel, cutting off a source of his income. His funding from Patreon has also been massively reduced, with many backers boycotting the site over its banning of alt-right content creators.

Meechan said he had "literally no idea" what he would do for income, and that due to "the courts and the media", he can't get a regular job.

In response, Ukip's Batten tweeted: "Count Dankula, Ukip member, has been ‘de-monetised’ by YouTube. He can’t now earn advert income from his postings. No reason has been given.

"Alternative media voices are being closed down or denied income. If you don’t follow him already do it now - fight back!"

He later added: "Someone just tweeted back 'He should get a real fucking job, the Scottish bum'. That gives me an idea, I’ll invite him to seek Ukip candidacy for the Scottish Parliament in the next election. There’s a real job for you."

The party has no elected representatives from Scotland in any parliament, with national leader David Coburn having quit the party in December.

Coburn said Ukip had been "infiltrated by people with an alternative agenda", and that it was pursuing "anti-Islam policies".

Meechan was fined £800 after teaching his girlfriend's dog to respond to statements such as "gas the Jews" and "Sieg Heil", and was found guilty of breaching the Communications Act by posting material that was "grossly offensive" and "anti-Semitic and racist in nature".

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Model who claimed to have recordings revealing Trump-Russia ties detained in Moscow

A model who claimed to have recordings revealing ties between President Trump and Russians was detained in Moscow Thursday on prostitution allegations.

Police in Moscow announced that Anastasia Vashukevich was detained at the Sheremetyevo airport, according to The Washington Post.

Vashukevich was deported from Thailand earlier in the day after spending nine months in prison on charges of conspiracy and soliciting prostitution.

Early during her sentence the Belarusian escort said she had 16 hours of audio recordings from August 2016 that allegedly include Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, talking about that year’s U.S. presidential election.

The billionaire has links to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was indicted on charges of financial crimes by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Vashukevich offered the tapes to the U.S. in exchange for asylum. Thai officials turned down a FBI request to meet with Vashukevich and another “sex coach” to discuss the information regarding the alleged tapes.

However, in August, Vashukevich said she had given the tapes to Deripaska for “a little something” in return.


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1 in 4 Russians don't have an indoor toilet

Staunton, January 7 — According to a new report by Russia’s state statistical agency, Rosstat, 35 million Russians live in houses or apartments without indoor toilets, 47 million do not have hot water, 29 million don’t have any running water inside their residences, and 22 million do not have central heating (ehorussia.com/new/node/17679).

In fact, only 62.7 percent of the Russian population has the usual accoutrements of modern existence – water in the house, plumbing, heating and gas or electric ranges, Rosstat says, a fact that must seem incredible to those who visit only Moscow or St. Petersburg but a fact of life for those who lives beyond the ring roads of the capitals.



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German police raid suspected KKK members' homes

German police on Wednesday raided 12 apartments in eight different German states belonging to suspected members of an extreme-right group calling itself the National Socialist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Deutschland.

A total of 200 police officers searched properties in Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate, Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia. More than 100 weapons — including air guns, swords, machetes and knives — were seized in the raids, prosecutors and regional police in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg said.


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Authorities warn about sex traffickers luring teens via gaming app, 7 arrested


"A raid by Florida cops on a squalid mobile home revealed two teenage boys – one of whom had been repeatedly sexually abused – who had been lured from their families via an online gaming app, police said Monday.

St. Petersburg police said the two teen boys – 16 and 17 years old – were rescued in May after Louisiana authorities alerted them the 17-year-old had been persuaded to leave home by someone he met on gaming app Discord and could be living in a mobile home in the Florida city.

On Monday, authorities said six people – five men and a woman – were arrested on human trafficking charges. A seventh suspect, 34-year-old Curtis Lee Gruwell, turned himself in to police on Tuesday, authorities said.'

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Since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed by white American men


"When President Donald Trump signed his since-revised executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, he claimed it was to protect Americans from “radical Islamic terrorists.”

“We don’t want ‘em here,” Trump told reporters at the Pentagon, where he signed the order in January.

But in the eight months since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed in attacks by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners"

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FOX: Trump's pivot on Syria: When final decisions aren't final


"All the anguished hand-wringing by media and political figures, all the doom-and-gloom predictions about global instability, turn out to be overblown.

President Trump is changing his policy on Syria.

That became clear over the weekend, and it says something about this White House that its sharpest critics fail to understand.

What was pitched at first as an immediate pullout of all U.S. troops from Syria now won't take place for months, perhaps years.

Now anyone who wants to criticize Trump for an erratic style, for snap decisions, for zig-zagging on policy, be my guest. It's not the most efficient way to run a railroad."

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Prominent Democrat Donor Indicted On Sex Abuse Charges Involving Minor

Prominent Democrat donor Terry Bean was indicted earlier this month with sex crimes involving a child younger than 16.

The indictment states that the alleged victim was a minor when the incident took place in September 2013.

Bean pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one count of sexual abuse in Lane County court on Thursday.

Fox News reports: https://archive.fo/60nOI

Bean was arraigned Thursday on the charges, TV station KGW8 reported. He pleaded not guilty and was taken into custody at Lane County jail in Oregon. He was released Thursday and told KGW8 he was “innocent.”

The indictment was filed on Jan. 4 but made public following the arraignment.

Bean, a gay rights activist who donated almost $70,000 of his own money to former President Barack Obama’s campaign, was charged with sexual abuse in 2014 but the case was dismissed after the alleged victim did not testify. Prosecutors refiled the charges after this, court records stated, according to The Oregonian. The “alleged victim is not named in the new indictment” but the dates are similar to the previous charges, KGW8 noted.

Bean, a real estate developer, and his former boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene, Oregon, hotel in September 2013. They allegedly used the app Grindr to arrange the sexual encounter. Lawson was also charged but his case was dismissed.

Bean’s lawyer, Derek Ashton said in an emailed statement to KGW8: “This case is a continuation of the 2014 blackmail scam by [Lawson] and others, including today’s accuser. Mr. Bean is the victim and he has paid enough. We will see them in court.”



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INVASION INCOMING PART 18: New Migrant Invasion Hits Mexico, Aimed Towards US Border


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Hundreds of Central Americans entered Mexico illegally as the latest migrant caravan to set its sights on the United States began crossing the Mexican-Guatemalan border en masse Friday.

Not content to wait five days for the humanitarian visas Mexico is offering them, several hundred migrants took to make-shift rafts to cross the Suchiate River, which forms the frontier, or snuck across the loosely guarded border bridge overnight, AFP correspondents said.

That could trigger a new Twitter firestorm from US President Donald Trump, who has urged Mexico to halt such caravans, and who tweeted early Friday: "Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!"

Caravans of migrants hoping to find safety in numbers have taken center stage in the raging US debate over Trump's proposed border wall, which has led to a government shutdown that is now the longest in history.

Around 2,000 migrants are traveling in the latest caravan – smaller than the one that swelled to 7,000 migrants late last year, leading Trump to warn of an "invasion" by "criminals" and "thugs" and send thousands of troops to the US-Mexican border.



House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has stunned the Democratic party by supporting Trump’s proposed border wall, and claiming that walls “protect people.”

Hoyer, the second most powerful Democrat in the House, slammed comments by Nancy Pelosi who said that walls are “an immorality,” asserting that building a wall is “not immoral.”

“Obviously, they work [in] some places,” Hoyer said during a guest appearance on Fox News.

“A wall is – that protects people – is not immoral.”

Hoyer’s comments historically align with most Democrat leaders, including current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who voted for fencing at the border both in 2006 and 2013. Former Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also supported the 2006 bill.

Border security experts also support a border wall.



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Facebook Hires Soros Organization to Curate Your News Feed


Facebook has hired an organization funded by George Soros to ‘fact-check’ what users will be allowed to see on their news feed, the BBC reports.

The organization named “Full Fact” was confirmed on January 11 as one of Facebook’s new fact-checkers. According to the BBC, it will “review stories, images and videos and rate them based on accuracy.”

Newsbusters.org reports: https://archive.fo/hxDkQ

But these fact-checkers might have a bigger agenda, according to their funding page. Google and liberal billionaire George Soros have donated extensively to Full Fact in 2018 alone. It is also funded by a radical leftist, Pierre Omidyar, who funds the Never Trump site the Bulwark, headed by Bill Kristol.

Perhaps the move was meant to placate Soros, whose organizations, including the Color of Change, have lobbied to have Facebook undergo a civil rights audit. Facebook has been under fire following the New York Times report, which said that Facebook hired a right-wing group to do opposition research on Soros.

However, there are no conservative fact-checkers left in the Facebook fact-checking family. With the close of the Weekly Standard, Facebook has yet to name a conservative successor to fact-check.

While Full Fact strenuously objects to any criticism regarding partisan politics, it wrote on its website, “Ultimately, it is for our audience to judge for themselves whether we succeed.”

In 2018, Google donated 210,445 British pounds, plus a 20,000 pound direct donation. That equals $269,175, plus an additional $25,581. Open Society Foundations, funded by George Soros, (who has called for Facebook to be split up), donated 71,917 pounds, or $91,987.

The lead editor at Full Fact is Tom Phillips, formerly editor at Buzzfeed UK. Phillips had written extensively on the alt-right at Buzzfeed, and wrote a piece about the 2016 American election (despite being in the U.K.) In that piece, he referred to the race as a “churning hellscape,” and shared a picture of a weeping woman with the caption, “It’s okay. We can get through this nightmare together! Grab your favorite crying pillow.”



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Bad! Norway Adopts Totalitarian GPS-based Carbon Tax, Despots' Wet Dream

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority is now arguing that GPS based taxation, for the amount of kilometers driven by car, can be done within 5-6 years!

Norwegians trust the government way too much, because they believe that this system will eliminate the need for road tax, fuel tax, toll roads and reduce the cost of car insurance.

No way will the tax be reduced! GPS based taxation is a governments dream! Who is to stop them from issuing parking fees or speeding tickets?

Norway also has a high number of electric cars, and an electric car is sold without any tax or VAT, has reduced road tax, free of reduced toll road passage and does not contribute to fuel taxation. With GPS active, the government can finally collect taxes from electric cars without the messy environmentalists meddling.

In the worst case, a corrupt government can use the system against its people to create implications, push the burden of proof over to a troublesome citizen, in court.

Norway may be a great country regards to statistics, but will be some kind of self-imposed totalitarianism if this nonsense continues. Stay away from Norway if you cherish your hard-earned cash!

The political-economic system post-World War II has been a socialist driven agenda. “Vote for me and I will give you other people’s money.”

This system cannot be sustained when those in power have promised themselves pensions. As government workers retire, they need to be replaced. The growth rate of government has started to explode. Instead of looking at the problem objectively, they are simply looking from paycheck to paycheck on how to meet the next payroll. This leads them to become more and more aggressive in hunting things to tax. Any rational person would look at this economic model and see it leads to massive civil unrest.

They pretend that socialism is to help people, but they come first. As this gets far worse, nothing trickles down to the people.

Even former President Grover Cleveland, who was a Democrat, saw the insanity his party unleashed with the Silver Democrats. Taxing the rich does not present a solution. They will simply leave. The rich, through their investments, create jobs.

This proposal to use GPS to track movements for taxes will allow the government to end tolls, and thus reduce their own workforce and pension liabilities.



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Domino’s,Nando’s,KFC torture billions of chickens behind closed doors, global study says

KFC, McDonald’s, Nando’s and Domino’s Pizza are subjecting billions of chickens to lives of misery that end in a painful death, according to what is thought to be the first global investigation of its type.

The world’s nine biggest chains – also including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway – have, following the investigation, been rated “poor” or “failing” on chicken welfare, and accused of putting birds through “chronic pain” in “brutal” industrial-scale systems hidden from the consumer.

World Animal Protection (WAP)’s report found “an almost-universal disregard among the brands … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their global supply chains”.

The fast-food brands say they adhere to Red Tractor standards or their own animal welfare guidelines, or exceed minimum legal standards.

About 40 billion meat chickens – or broilers – are raised each year in factory farms, living in pain and suffering lameness, skin lesions and even heart failure, the report claims.


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CNRP activist arrested for alleged fake news

Kong Mas, an activist from the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for incitement and allegedly disseminating fake news.

Ministry of Interior spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said the action was taken after the Phnom Penh municipal court issued an arrest warrant. “He had both written and circulated fakes news and was guilty of incitement.”

Sopheak added that Kong Mas, a resident of Svay Rieng province, committed the offences before the 2018 national election.

He said authorities saw inflammatory pictures Mas distributed locally, as well as around 100,000 leaflets about his work.

“We do not think this was a case of acceptable and normal freedom of expression,” Sopheak said.


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Good! Trump Postpones Federal Travel For Pelosi Due To Govt Shutdown

Just one day after Speaker Pelosi chose to exercise her right to not invite the President to give his "State of the Union" address, Trump has responded.

In a letter to Nancy Pelosi, President Trump explains that he will be postponing her trip to various foreign countries due to the shutdown.

Dear Madame Speaker:

Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.

In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown.

Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.

I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves!

Amusingly, Fox News reports that Speaker Pelosi was due to leave for her trip at 3pm.



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Foxconn Cuts 50,000 Jobs In Asia Due To iPhone Sale Slowdown

In the latest indication that the slump in sales of Apple's most recent batch of iPhones isn't a transitory trend, Nikkei Asia Review on Friday reported that Foxconn, one of Apple's biggest and most important iPhone suppliers, is cutting seasonal staff more swiftly than in previous years, a sign that it is bracing for weak sales in the months ahead as the industry suffers its worst downturn in 10 years.

Normally, the 50,000 contract workers who have been let go at Foxconn's most important factory in Zhengzhou would have been kept around for a few more months, as the manufacturer gradually reduced its employee head count.

The report comes after Apple announced plans to cut iPhone production for the second time in two months.

Around 50,000 contract workers have been let go since October at Foxconn Technology Group's most important iPhone factory at Zhengzhou, in China's Henan Province, according to an industry source familiar with the situation. Normally, the contracts of these workers would be renewed every month from August until mid- to late January, when the workforce is traditionally scaled back for the slow iPhone production season.

The depth of the cuts isn't deeper than in previous years, it's just happening much earlier than expected, as many workers were asked to leave before year-end as expectations for holiday sales slumped.



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Facebook paid to host anti-Brexit 'fake news'



Facebook has been accused of "pumping out fake news" after running political adverts claiming endangered animals were being threatened - by Brexit.

The social media giant has been paid hundreds of thousands of pounds by Britain’s two most prominent Remain campaign groups to stir up support for a second referendum.

Latest figures released by the Facebook show the two organisations - People’s Vote UK and Best for Britain - spent £373,587 on Facebook ads in the run up to the parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s defeated Brexit deal.

By contrast, Leave-supporting groups spent a little over £93,000, according to an analysis by the Telegraph of political income disclosed by Facebook.

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Facebook Now Censoring Talk About Politics And Religion At Work


It's not just social media users that are being censored, now its social media employees.

According to a new report by Business Insider, citing an internal company memo, Facebook is now telling its employees what they can, and can't, talk about at work.

Business Insider reviewed an internal company memo where Facebook's CTO claims to have put together "a set of ground rules for open and respectful communication at work, and a central moderation model."

The memo states: "We're keeping it simple with three main guidelines: Don't insult, bully, or antagonize others. Don't try to change someone's politics or religion. Don't break our rules about harassing speech and expression."

Facebook uses Workplace, an app that allows chat, for internal communication. Employees use it for work related projects, but also occasionally for small talk. The app is targeted as the main area where these new rules will apply.

The memo continues: "These guidelines apply to all work communications including Workplace, email, chat, tasks, posters, whiteboards, chalkboards, and face-to-face. Since Workplace is where most of these discussions happen, we are investing engineering resources there."

Facebook has also made it easier for employees to report one another when somebody says something that "offends" someone else. The memo continued:

"We are making it easier to report posts and comments, and those reports will go straight to a trained moderator who'll moderate as needed. We're also developing more tools to help proactively."

We can't help but wonder, "Who is training the moderator?"



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Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's attorneys say in a court filing that he plans to undergo hernia surgery in Canada because of injuries he suffered when a neighbor attacked Paul while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

The filing in Paul's lawsuit against Rene Boucher says the senator will travel to Ontario, Canada, for outpatient surgery scheduled later this month.

The document says the surgery is related to the 2017 attack. Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to 30 days in prison. Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence.

A Paul spokeswoman didn't immediately explain why Paul is having the surgery in Canada, where medical care is publicly funded and universally provided. Paul touts private-market approaches for U.S. health care problems.


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Mariah Carey and ex-manager accused by ex-assistant of sexual abuse and pee pee punishment

Mariah Carey's ex-personal assistant has accused the singer and her former manager of subjecting her to "severe sexual harassment and discrimination".

Lianna Shakhnazaryan has filed a legal case against the pop star and Stella Bulochnikov in Los Angeles.

She accuses Ms Bulochnikov of calling her a "whore" and urinating on her, and Carey of physical and emotional abuse.

Representatives for Carey and Ms Bulochnikov did not immediately return requests for responses.

It's the latest twist in a legal battle between Carey and her former assistant. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the singer had sued Ms Shakhnazaryan, also known as Lianna Azarian, for breaking a nondisclosure agreement, negligence and theft.

Carey and Ms Bulochnikov parted ways in 2017 and were also reportedly embroiled in their own legal battle, which was settled last year.

The new legal case from Ms Shakhnazaryan says she worked for the chart-topping US singer and her manager between 2015 and 2017.

She accuses Ms Bulochnikov of yelling racial insults at her, slapping her buttocks and breasts, holding her down and urinating on her, and allowing her to be urinated upon in the presence of others.

Such behaviour took place in Carey's presence, but the star didn't take any action to stop it, Ms Shakhnazaryan claims.

The case also says she reported Ms Bulochnikov's behaviour to Carey in October 2017, but was fired the following month.

She says the singer herself also committed acts of "physical and emotional/psychological abuse", but the case doesn't go into detail.


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The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites

"Working-class whites are the biggest beneficiaries of federal poverty-reduction programs, even though blacks and Hispanics have substantially higher rates of poverty, according to a new study to be released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Government assistance and tax credits lifted 6.2 million working-class whites out of poverty in 2014, more than any other racial or ethnic demographic. Half of all working-age adults without college degrees lifted out of poverty by safety-net programs are white; nearly a quarter are black and a fifth are Hispanic."


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FOX: U.S. forces will remain in Syria until key benchmarks are met, troops could stay for years


Trump declared victory over ISIS in a tweet. His decision to pull out troops was met with resistance and took many off guard. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said at the time that he was “blindsided,” but then said he felt “pretty good” about Syria after a lunch with Trump.

Graham said an early withdrawal by the U.S. would expose Kurd fighters and lead to their slaughter.

Trump insisted that he did not give a timeline on when he’d pull the troops in his December announcement.

Bolton, who was in Israel, said he expects American troops to eventually leave, but “the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”

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Trump thinks fed workers can just ask Daddy for more money


"'He Thinks They Can Just Ask Their Father for Money': Pelosi Blasts Trump After Shutdown Mtg Walk-Out"

During a press conference, Pelosi said that Trump is "insensitive" to the plight of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay.

"He thinks maybe they can just ask their father for more money. But, they can't," she said.

Shepard Smith noted the line was an apparent reference to Trump's own familial wealth.

The president's late father, Frederick Trump Sr., was a wealthy outer-borough developer in New York City, and young Donald had already amassed a several-million-dollar fortune before he was a teenager."

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INVASION INCOMING PART 17: New Caravan Of Illegals Depart Honduras Headed Towards America


Hundreds of migrants have left Honduras, the latest ‘caravan’ hoping to enter the US.

Trump tweeted: “A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy [Pelosi] and Chuck [Schumer] that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe.

RT reports: https://archive.fo/OpVzB

The US government has been partially shut down for over three weeks, as Trump has so far failed to secure $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall from House and Senate Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi (California) and Chuck Schumer (New York). Despite several rounds of negotiations, Pelosi and Schumer have outright refused to fund the wall, preferring what Pelosi called a “technological wall” of drones, infrared sensors, and security cameras along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Trump has countered that a wall or physical barrier is simple and more effective than an array of sensors and devices.

As the partisan bickering in Washington drags on, the members of the latest caravan gathered in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Monday, preparing to set off on a journey of over 2,500 miles that will take weeks or months. Migrant rights group CIPRODEH is accompanying the caravan, and reported some 500 members, including pregnant women, gangbangering thugs, terrorists, kidnapped children and prostitutes gathering in San Pedro Sula.

Of the three caravans or more that left Honduras for the United States last year, the migrants have always given the same reasons for making the journey. Fleeing Honduras’ lawlessness and sky-high murder rate, they set off for the US seeking jobs and stability. President Trump, on the other hand, has characterized the caravans as an “invasion,” and warned the migrants to stay at home and apply for asylum legally.



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NY Times Reveals FBI Attempted Coup D’état Against President Trump

RELATED: >>>/related/5

A report by the New York Times reveals that the FBI attempted a coup d’état against President Trump after he fired Director James Comey in 2017.

The report on the Deep State-led FBI shows the agency launched the secret investigation into Trump based on nothing more than unverified rumors.

Buried on paragraph nine of the NY Times report, the article specifically states there is still ZERO evidence to suggest Trump had any contact with Russian officials.

“No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials,” the article states.


Infowars.com reports: Trump responded to the bogus story in a lengthy tweet-storm Saturday, saying the FBI has “NO interest in going after the Real Collusion” perpetrated by Hillary Clinton and her Deep State cronies.

Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019

…Funny thing about James Comey. Everybody wanted him fired, Republican and Democrat alike. After the rigged & botched Crooked Hillary investigation, where she was interviewed on July 4th Weekend, not recorded or sworn in, and where she said she didn’t know anything (a lie),….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019

….the FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey’s poor leadership and the way he handled the Clinton mess (not to mention his usurpation of powers from the Justice Department). My firing of James Comey was a great day for America. He was a Crooked Cop……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019

…..who is being totally protected by his best friend, Bob Mueller, & the 13 Angry Democrats – leaking machines who have NO interest in going after the Real Collusion (and much more) by Crooked Hillary Clinton, her Campaign, and the Democratic National Committee. Just Watch!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019



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Good! Pentagon Extends Mission to Protect US Border From Invasions Through September


The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the extension in response to a request from the Homeland Security Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. There are about 2,350 troops assigned to the border mission.

The deployment had previously been authorized through Jan. 31 by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

President Donald Trump ordered the deployment in October, shortly before November congressional elections, as a part of an effort to crack down on illegal immigration, as waves of thousands of migrants escaping violence in Central America trekked toward the United States.

Critics, including 'opposition' Democrats in Congress but also some U.S. military veterans, have derided the troop deployment because they hate America.

The Pentagon said it was "transitioning its support at the southwestern border from hardening ports of entry to mobile surveillance and detection, as well as concertina wire emplacement between ports of entry."

It said it would continue to provide aviation support.



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Trump signs law ensuring shutdown pay for government workers

President Donald Trump signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday.

Trump signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, which the White House said "requires the compensation of government employees for wages lost, work performed, or leave used during a lapse in appropriations that begins on or after December 22, 2018, and entitles excepted employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations."

The workers will be paid after the shutdown is over.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, who sponsored the bill, tweeted that Trump signing the legislation "is an important step toward providing our civil servants with some stability and hope."


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Grand Jury To Vote Whether 9-11 False Flag Attack Will Be Re-investigated

(Google Translate)

The Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry was established in New York in February 2018. In April, it tabled a 52-page petition and 57 exhibits before the Attorney General. Southern District of New York. At the end of the six-month statutory period, the Board appointed a Grand Jury to review the complaint.

At this stage, the Committee of Jurists does not question the Bush version of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It does not comment on the impact of the two aircraft that struck two of the three destroyed buildings. It focuses exclusively on the presence of explosives in the WTC1, WTC2 and WTC3 towers. He finds that the role they played that day is a federal crime that has not been prosecuted for the time being.

In the past, prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman was for two years the associate of Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York at the time. Mr. Giuliani had called on his fellow citizens to evacuate towers WTC1 and WTC2 after they had been hit by airliners in view of the risks they had in his view crumbling. However, the buildings were built to withstand much more violent shocks.

The grand jury should be held in 2019. It will be the first time, eighteen years after the crimes, that the US civil (not military) justice will look at one aspect of the attacks of 9/11.



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Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

Antarctica is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, a new study shows.

Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss to be accelerating dramatically — a key indicator of human-caused climate change.

Since 2009, Antarctica has lost almost 278 billion tons (252 billion metric tons) of ice per year, the new study found. In the 1980s, it was losing 44 billion tons (40 billion metric tons) a year.

The recent melting rate is 15 percent higher than what a study found last year.

Eric Rignot, a University of California, Irvine, ice scientist, was the lead author on the new study in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He said the big difference is that his satellite-based study found East Antarctica, which used to be considered stable, is losing 56 billion tons (51 billion metric tons) of ice a year. Last year’s study, which took several teams’ work into consideration, found little to no loss in East Antarctica recently and gains in the past.

Melting in West Antarctica and the Antarctica Peninsula account for about four-fifths of the ice loss. East Antarctica’s melting “increases the risk of multiple meter (more than 10 feet) sea level rise over the next century or so,” Rignot said.

Richard Alley, a Pennsylvania State University scientist not involved in Rignot’s study, called it “really good science.”


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FBI records, emails, Social Security numbers exposed in massive data leak, security experts say

A massive data leak has been discovered at the Oklahoma Securities Commission, in which millions of records – including files related to sensitive FBI investigations over the last seven years, emails dating back 17 years and thousands of Social Security numbers – have been exposed.

The breach was uncovered last month by Greg Pollock, a cybersecurity researcher at UpGuard, who claims the millions of files were publicly available on an online server and didn’t require any password to access them.

“It represents a compromise of the entire integrity of the Oklahoma Department of Securities’ network,” UpGuard’s Chris Vickery told Forbes, the first outlet that reported the breach. “It affects an entire state level agency. … It’s massively noteworthy.”

The Oklahoma agency is in charge of all financial securities business in the state and is tasked with regulation and enforcement of the business.

Vickery told Forbes that the exposed FBI files included “all sorts of archive enforcement actions” from the last seven years.

The leak also contained emails that date back 17 years, Social Security numbers and other data stretching back to the 1980s, Forbes reported.


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'Less beef, more beans': Experts say for a healthier body and planet

A hamburger a week, but no more – that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet.

Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should be about a serving a day, or less.

The report from a panel of nutrition, agriculture and environmental experts recommends a plant-based diet, based on previously published studies that have linked red meat to increased risk of health problems. It also comes amid recent studies of how eating habits affect the environment. Producing red meat takes up land and feed to raise cattle, which also emit the greenhouse gas methane.

John Ioannidis, chair of disease prevention at Stanford University, said he welcomed the growing attention to how diets affect the environment, but that the report's recommendations do not reflect the level of scientific uncertainties around nutrition and health.

"The evidence is not as strong as it seems to be," Ioannidis said.

The report was organized by EAT, a Stockholm-based non-profit seeking to improve the food system, and published Wednesday by the medical journal Lancet. The panel of experts who wrote it says a "Great Food Transformation" is urgently needed by 2050, and that the optimal diet they outline is flexible enough to accommodate food cultures around the world.

Overall, the diet encourages whole grains, beans, fruits and most vegetables, and says to limit added sugars, refined grains such as white rice and starches like potatoes and cassava. It says red meat consumption on average needs to be slashed by half globally, though the necessary changes vary by region and reductions would need to be more dramatic in richer countries like the United States.

Convincing people to limit meat, cheese and eggs won't be easy, however, particularly in places where those foods are a notable part of culture.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, systems analyst Cleberson Bernardes said as he was leaving a barbecue restaurant that limiting himself to just one serving of red meat a week would be "ridiculous." In Berlin, Germany, craftsman Erik Langguth said there are better ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and dismissed the suggestion that the world needs to cut back on meat.

"If it hasn't got meat, it's not a proper meal," said Langguth, who is from a region known for its bratwurst sausages.

Before even factoring in the environmental implications, the report sought to sketch out what the healthiest diet for people would look like, said Walter Willett, one of its authors and a nutrition researcher at Harvard University. While eggs are no longer thought to increase risk of heart disease, Willett said the report recommends limiting them because studies indicate a breakfast of whole grains, nuts and fruit would be healthier.

He said everybody doesn't need to become a vegan, and that many are already limiting how much meat they eat.


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Bay Area McDonald’s cashier admits trying to drown newborn in toilet at work

A 26-year-old Redwood City woman prosecutors say tried to drown her baby moments after giving birth in the bathroom of the McDonald’s where she worked as a cashier has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment charges, prosecutors said.

Sarah Jane Lockner entered the plea Monday after San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Stephanie G. Garratt said she would consider handing down a sentence lighter than the four years she had previously offered, according to Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe.

An attempted-murder charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

According to prosecutors, Lockner gave birth to a baby boy while working as a cashier at the McDonald’s in the 100 block of Chestnut Street in Redwood City on Sept. 4, 2017.

Lockner went to the restroom several times during her shift with complaints of stomach pain, and during one trip a co-worker noticed blood on the floor, which she reportedly dismissed as her having a “heavy period.”

During another visit to the bathroom, a second co-worker checking on Lockner looked over the stall and saw a newborn facedown in the toilet, with Lockner’s hand on his back, prosecutors said. As the coworker stepped down, she told investigators she heard the toilet flush.

Lockner reportedly told the co-worker not to call police, but she did anyway and responding officers found the baby boy not breathing and without a pulse. He was rushed to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, but has since recovered.


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Google Caught Censoring More Search Results

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Google has “huge teams” working on manual interventions in search results, an apparent contradiction of sworn testimony made to Congress by CEO Sundar Pichai, according to an internal post leaked to Breitbart News.

“There are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content,” said Daniel Aaronson, a member of Google’s Trust & Safety team.

“Now, these words are highly subjective and no one denies that. But we can all agree generally, lines exist in many cultures about what is clearly okay vs. what is not okay.”

“In extreme cases where we need to act quickly on something that is so obviously not okay, the reactive/manual approach is sometimes necessary.”

The comments came to light in a leaked internal discussion thread, started by a Google employee who noticed that the company had recently changed search results for “abortion” on its YouTube video platform, a change which caused pro-life videos to largely disappear from the top ten results.

In addition to the “manual approach,” Aaronson explained that Google also trained automated “classifiers” – algorithms or “scalable solutions” that corrects “problems” in search results.

Aaronson listed three areas where either manual interventions or classifier changes might take place: organic search (“The bar for changing classifiers or manual actions on span in organic search is extremely high”), YouTube, Google Home, and Google Assistant.



There has been one previous thread about this article.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro Signs Decree Laxing Gun Control Laws

Such Good!

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree that will temporarily make it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, despite fears the move could aggravate already staggering violent crime.

The executive order, signed in a live television broadcast following a cabinet meeting, allows "good citizens" to more easily own firearms, said Bolsonaro, a former army captain.

"To guarantee the legitimate right of defense, as president I am using this weapon," he said, indicating the pen he then used to sign the decree.

Tuesday's decree makes it much easier for adults with no criminal record to buy guns and keep them at home.

This is a perfect example of a Good! leader. Commies BTFO.



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Good! Court Bans Monsanto's Glyphosate From France Because It Causes Cancer

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A French court has banned Monsanto’s weedkiller ‘Roundup’ from being sold in France due to the fact that it causes cancer.

Germany’s Bayer, which purchased Monsanto for $64 billion last year, is currently facing thousands of US lawsuits by people who say its range of products caused their cancer.

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A court in Lyon in southeast France ruled that the approval granted by French environment agency ANSES in 2017 for Roundup Pro 360 had failed to take into account potential health risks.

Bayer, which said it disagreed with the decision and was considering its legal options, has cited regulatory rulings as well as scientific studies that claimed glyphosate to be "safe."

The firm is appealing a first U.S. court ruling that awarded $78 million in damages to a school groundskeeper from California.

“Bayer disagrees with the decision taken by the Administrative Court of Lyon to cancel the marketing authorization for RoundUp Pro 360,” it said in a statement.

“This product formulation, like all crop protection products, has been subject to a strict evaluation by the French authorities (ANSES), an independent body and guarantor of the public health security.”

Glyphosate, which is off-patent and marketed worldwide by dozens of other chemical groups including Syngenta and DowDuPont’s Corteva Agriscience, is due to be phased out in France within three years under a pledge by President Emmanuel Macron, who stopped short of an outright ban.

The French court said ANSES had not respected a precautionary principle in French law, notably by not conducting a specific evaluation of health risks for Roundup Pro 360.

“Despite the European Union’s approval of the active substance (glyphosate), the court considered that scientific studies and animal experiments showed Roundup Pro 360 … is a potentially carcinogenic product for humans, suspected of being toxic for human reproduction and for aquatic organisms,” the court said in a summary of its ruling.



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White Women are Evil


>Fertility rates for white women were down in every US state in 2017 - below the rate needed for the population to replace itself, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals.

>However, among black and Hispanic women, fertility rates were up in 12 and 29 states, respectively.

>When researchers looked at fertility rates for women of all age groups and races, they found that the nationwide rate was 16 percent lower than what is considered the level for a population to replace itself.

>Experts say this is likely due to the fact that the large proportion of native-born women are having fewer children than before, while the much smaller proportion of immigrant-born women are having more children.

>Additionally, the US white population has been hit hard by the Great Recession of 08-09, and is aging.

>The overall fertility rate was only above the level in two states: South Dakota (with a boom in jobs for white Americans in the energy industry) and Utah (home to a high concentration of Mormons).

>Demographers and public policy experts say if the rate continues to decline, there will not be enough healthy, young workers to keep the economy going and replace an aging population.

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FOX: Giuliani claims 'I never said there was no collusion' in Trump campaign

"President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, claimed Wednesday night that he "never said there was no collusion" between members of President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials – but he did say that Trump himself never colluded with Russian officials.

The former New York City mayor also said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that "if the collusion happened, it happened a long time ago. It's either provable or it's not. It is not provable because it never happened … I'm telling you there's no chance it happened."

Trump previously denied any member of his campaign conspired with Russian officials. In May 2017, Trump flatly stated: "There is no collusion, certainly myself and my campaign.""


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Trump Demands That Reports on Waste and Fraud in Afghanistan Be “Locked Up”

President Donald Trump’s tenuous relationship with the military he commands took another awkward turn last week when he ordered the Pentagon to block the publication of independent reports that have been harshly critical of reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

“What kind of stuff is this?” he asked during a televised meeting with his Cabinet, suggesting that information released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) could be a security risk. “The enemy reads those reports; they study every line of it…. I don’t want it to happen anymore, Mr. Secretary. You understand that.”

Over the past 11 years, SIGAR has probed the management of the more than $130 billion spent in Afghanistan, holding the United States and its Afghan partners accountable for embezzlement and waste in what has became the most expensive reconstruction effort in American history. By its own estimation, the office has recovered more than $951 million from fines and settlements. Its most recent report, released in October, contained the startling conclusion that Afghan government forces now control the least amount of territory of any point in the past three years.


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Soldier: 76 Is Gay, but Overwatch Still Makes Fans Work for Queer Representation

Overwatch received a new tie-in short story, titled “Bastet,” recently. However, bigger than new lore was that the story revealed Soldier: 76, the game’s grizzled Captain America-analog, as the second explicitly gay character in the game’s roster. The fast-paced shooter is clearly Blizzard’s diversity workhorse (with a roster of characters from all over a semi-realistic Earth), but it is still unclear if it’s doing a good job. Soldier: 76 being gay just serves to highlight the game’s — and its developer’s — strange attempts to grapple with storytelling and identity.

Blizzard has courted this kind of awkward, even hostile stance in the past in how it handles LGBTQIA+ communities in their audience, as well as how it celebrates related causes on social media. It doesn’t help that the company also has fairly opaque codes of conducts and punishment systems for their games and related forums. That often allows the widespread streak of homophobic toxicity that has been bred in the gaming community for decades to persist around Blizzard games.

This doesn’t just feel like a consequence of the company’s goals for its creative works, but indicates a conservatism about what their audience wants to see. Historically, queerness not only did not appear in the developer’s games at all, but the few times it did, it was to make a joke; most of which has taken place in World of Warcraft.


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President Donald Trump said Friday he is not looking to declare a State of Emergency to fund the wall, despite restating his right to do so.

“What we are not looking to do right now is ‘national emergency.’ In many ways it’s the easy way out,” he told reporters at a roundtable with law enforcement at the White House.

The president repeated that he had a right to declare a national emergency at the Southern border.

“The easiest solution is for me to call is a national emergency, I could do it very quickly,” he said. “But I’m not going to do so fast because this is something Congress should do we are waiting for the Democrats to vote.”

Trump made his comments as many Congressional Democrats left town for the weekend.

Sen. Lindsey Graham publicly called upon the president to declare a State of Emergency on Thursday, echoing many of Trump’s supporters.

Congressional Democrat leaders remain staunchly opposed to giving in to Trump’s demands for funding for security at the Southern border as the partial government shutdown continues for the 2oth day.

“I’d rather not do it because this is something that Congress should easily do, and I don’t want to give them an easy way out,” he said. “I want the Democrats to come back to Washington and vote.”



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Trump meets with the Russians in the oval office the day after firing Comey.

Trump meets with the Russians in the oval office the day after firing Comey. No transcript. This is not done. All meetings with Presidents and the Russians have been meticulously recorded in the past. Trumptards shrug.

"Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation"

"“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”"


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Belarusian model has evidence of Russia helping Trump win office,deported to Moscow from Thailand

A Belarusian model who claimed she had evidence of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office was deported from Thailand on Thursday after being convicted of participating in a "sex training course".

Anastasia Vashukevich, known by her pen-name Nastya Rybka, was held with several others in a police raid last February in the sleazy seaside resort of Pattaya.

In a case that veered between salacious and bizarre, Vashukevich said she had travelled to Thailand after becoming embroiled in a political scandal with Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska – a one-time associate of Trump's disgraced former campaign director Paul Manafort.

She then set tongues wagging by promising to reveal "missing puzzle pieces" regarding claims the Kremlin aided Trump's 2016 presidential election victory.

But the material never surfaced and critics dismissed the claims as a publicity stunt.

In the risque Pattaya seminar led by Alex Kirillov, a self-styled Russian seduction guru, some participants wore shirts that said "sex animator" – though one person at the time described it as more of a romance and relationship course.

Vashukevich pleaded guilty alongside seven others to multiple charges, including solicitation and illegal assembly at a Pattaya court on Tuesday, which ordered the group be deported.

On Thursday afternoon, Vashukevich and the majority of the convicted were put on an Aeroflot flight for Moscow, bringing to an end the Thai side of a baffling case.

Thailand's immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said the last of the group would leave the country this evening.

It was unclear what would happen to them – including Vashukevich – on arrival in Moscow.

Vashukevich, who has more than 120,000 followers on Instagram and penned a book about seducing oligarchs, also faces legal problems in Russia.

Deripaska won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against her and Kirillov in July after a video apparently filmed by the model showed the tycoon vacationing with an influential Russian deputy prime minister at the time.

Both Washington and Moscow publicly shrugged off Vashukevich's story, which the US State Department described as "bizarre".


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Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow

President Trump directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the extent of his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow — charges to which Cohen has since pleaded guilty, Buzzfeed News' Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier report.

Details: The report — which cites "two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter" — alleges that Trump and Cohen had at least 10 face-to-face meetings about the Moscow deal during the 2016 campaign, and that Cohen provided "regular, detailed updates" to Trump's children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka. Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly obtained evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress through witness interviews and internal documents and communications from the Trump Organization.

Buzzfeed also reports that Trump supported Cohen's plan to fly the candidate to Russia during the campaign to meet with President Vladimir Putin to further negotiate the deal.

Cohen declined to comment to Buzzfeed News. The White House and attorneys for Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization did not return a request for comment. A spokesperson for Ivanka's attorney told Buzzfeed that she was only "minimally involved" in the project.

Why it matters: If true, the report would suggest that Trump downplayed Russian interference and repeatedly lied about having business dealings in Russia during the 2016 campaign, all while secretly pushing the lucrative Moscow project behind the scenes. It would also suggest, for the second time, that investigators have evidence Trump personally directed his attorney to commit a felony.


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LeBlanc, a Republican who voted for Trump, said Trump’s tariffs will cut his profits this year in ha


Complaints Grow Among US Factories That Trump's Tariffs Harm Their Profits

Complaints are intensifying across the industrial United States that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported parts are disrupting factory operations and harming profits, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

"It’s killing us," said Pat LeBlanc, chairman of the Michigan-based EBW Electronics company.

LeBlanc, a Republican who voted for Trump, said Trump’s tariffs will cut his profits this year in half.

"If we fail because the company is being harmed by the government, that just makes me sick," he said.

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Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues

Only about three-in-ten Gen Zers and Millennials (30% and 29%, respectively) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. This compares with 38% of Gen Xers, 43% of Boomers and 54% of Silents. Similarly, while majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government.

When it comes to views on race, the two younger generations are more likely than older generations to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the United States today. And they are much more likely than their elders to approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest.

The younger generations are also more accepting of some of the ways in which American society is changing. Majorities among Gen Z and the Millennial generation say increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is a good thing for society, while older generations are less convinced of this. And they’re more likely to have a positive view of interracial and same-sex marriage than their older counterparts.

As a recent Pew Research Center report highlighted, Gen Z is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation we have seen, but this isn’t all that’s driving the attitudes of this generation when it comes to issues surrounding race and diversity. There are significant, if more modest, generational differences on these issues even among non-Hispanic whites.


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Trade war one-year anniversary: A hopeless economic hell


"America is about to “celebrate” the one-year anniversary of the start of Trump’s trade war.

On January 22, 2018, the man with more business failures than successes — including four bankruptcies — began his assault on the U.S. economy by imposing YUGE tariffs on solar panels and washing machines manufactured outside the US.

The case for tariffs on washing machines was pushed by Michigan-based Whirlpool chairman Jeff Fettig who claimed that tariffs would create new manufacturing jobs in several Midwest states.

“This is a victory for American workers and consumers alike,” Fettig said, despite historical evidence that tariffs create few jobs and always result in higher prices — a point made by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) at the time. “Moms and Dads shopping on a budget for a new washing machine will pay for this — not big companies.”

So, on this one-year anniversary, was Sasse correct? Yep! 100 percent!"

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New Ford Trucks Will Fry Consumers' Brains With 5G, Giving Them Cancer

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Ford has announced that it will deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology in all of its new American car models from the year 2022 onward. The technology will enable vehicles to communicate with one another as well as traffic management infrastructure like traffic lights. Pedestrians will also have the ability to transmit their locations to cars, ostensibly boosting the safety of walkers and cyclists.

The car maker claims it will be useful for situations like four-way stops, enabling vehicles to communicate with one another about who has the right of way. It could also be used for vehicles that are involved in accidents to give approaching vehicles advance status of the situation so they can avoid danger. Traffic lights, meanwhile, would be able to send drivers signals to alert them when they are about to turn red or green or to let them know if they are about to run a red light.

In a Medium post announcing the move, Ford Connected Vehicle Platform and Product Executive Director Don Butler expressed Ford’s excitement over the technology, but he failed to mention the huge downside of all of this connectivity.

Butler wrote that the effort’s timing was “perfect” in light of the cellular industry’s push for building 5G networks, but what price will we all pay for this? For all of its greater speeds and connectivity, 5G could put our health at very serious risk.

5G works using millimeter waves, which use a higher frequency than microwaves and are more easily absorbed by their surroundings. This means that more towers will be needed. It has been estimated that “small cell” towers will need to be placed approximately every 800 feet to provide connectivity, so exposure will be very difficult to avoid with one small cell for roughly every 12 houses.

What happens when your body absorbs these millimeter waves? While we have no idea what the long-term effects of this new technology might be, people in areas where 5G testing is underway have already been reporting a host of side effects, even after just a small amount of exposure.

Some San Francisco firefighters reported memory loss and confusion after 5G was placed in their fire house; their symptoms only subsided when they transferred to new stations. Others have reported miscarriages, insomnia, and nosebleeds due to 5G exposure. With thousands of small cells placed in every city, where will people go if they want to get away from it?

Scientist Mark Steele said: “We are seeing babies dying in the womb as these transmitters are situated outside people’s bedroom windows. It’s a humanitarian crisis.”



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Blizzard quietly confirms another LGBTQ Overwatch hero

In a new short story titled “Bastet,” Blizzard Entertainment confirms that Soldier: 76 (aka Jack Morrison) is the second LGBTQ character in the Overwatch universe.

Former sniper Ana comes across a wounded Soldier: 76 in the streets of Cairo, and takes him back to her hideout. It’s the first time they’ve been reunited since the explosion rocked the Overwatch headquarters in Switzerland — neither of them knew the other one was alive for sure until now. She catches a glimpse of him going through a few photos, and sees an old one of him with a dark-haired man named Vincent.


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Marine files $1M suit over strip search, calls it 'demeaning,' 'degrading,' violation of her


"A former Marine Corps sergeant has filed a $1 million federal lawsuit, claiming her civil rights were violated in 2017 when sheriff's deputies from an Illinois county strip-searched her.

An attorney for Zandrea Askew, 28, said Tuesday that three female deputies from LaSalle County stripped his client as she lay face down on the floor of a holding cell screaming loudly, according to reports.

“Why do you need to take someone’s clothes off if they’re not cooperating with you?” attorney Terry Ekl said. “This was not a strip-search where they were looking for contraband. This was a form of punishment.”

"Askew was arrested after deputies reported finding her “very disoriented and confused” in her car on the side of a road. Court records show misdemeanor DUI and resisting arrest charges were later dropped after it was determined authorities lacked sufficient evidence to make the traffic arrest.

Ekl said Askew pulled her car over because she was ill, adding that his client did not break any traffic laws and cooperated with the deputies’ instructions. Askew also told deputies she had taken prescription medication, according to the arresting deputy’s incident report."

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TRUMP Paves the Way for Loli Brides - Marry Her Elsewhere and Sex with Her is Legal in America!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved during the Trump administration, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements. And in weighing petitions for spouses or fiancees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

But the data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the United States, and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2018 and compiled into a report.

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions.

"My passport ruined my life," said Naila Amin, a dual citizen from Pakistan who grew up in New York City.

She was forcibly married at 13 in Pakistan and applied for papers for her 26-year-old husband to come to the country.

"People die to come to America," she said. "I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it."

Amin, now 29, said she was betrothed to her first cousin Tariq when she was just 8 and he was 21. The petition was eventually terminated after she ran away. She said the ordeal cost her a childhood. She was in and out of foster care and group homes, and it took a while to get her life on track.

"I was a child. I want to know: Why weren't any red flags raised? Whoever was processing this application, they don't look at it? They don't think?" Amin asked.

There is a two-step process for obtaining U.S. immigration visas and green cards. Petitions are first considered by USCIS. If granted, they must be approved by the State Department. Overall, there were 3.5 million petitions received from budget years 2017 through 2018.

Over that period, there were 5,556 approvals for those seeking to bring minor spouses or fiancees, and 2,926 approvals by minors seeking to bring in older spouses, according to the data. Additionally, there were 204 for minors by minors. Petitions can be filed by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

"It indicates a problem. It indicates a loophole that we need to close," Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told the AP.

In nearly all the cases, the girls were the younger person in the relationship. In 149 instances, the adult was older than 40, and in 28 cases the adult was over 50, the committee found. Among the examples: In 2017, immigration officials approved a 14-year-old's petition for a 48-year-old spouse in Jamaica. A petition from a 71-year-old man was approved in 2013 for his 17-year-old wife in Guatemala.

There are no nationwide statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet every state allows exceptions. Most states let 16- and 17-year-olds marry if they have parental consent, and several states — including New York, Virginia and Maryland — allow children under 16 to marry with court permission.


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Man hurt in fire: Landlord: Propane heater fire possible cause of fire

A mobile home fire in Marion sent one person to the burn center with third-degree burns on Monday night, according to reports.

At approximately 8:31 p.m. Monday, fire and emergency agencies responded to 35 Hall Estates Drive in the Dysartsville area after receiving reports of a structure fire with injury.

Upon arrival of first responders and EMS paramedics to the rented trailer, the resident - Ellis R. Barnwell of Marion – was found to have serious burns.

Although fire officials said the initial ignition of the fire was undetermined on Wednesday afternoon, landlord Mark Church told The McDowell News that a speculative cause of the fire was a propane heater that was placed too close to Barnwell’s bed, catching it on fire.

“That’s all I was told about it,” said Church.

According to Dysartsville Fire Chief Nick Washburn, the trailer was considered a total loss.

MedCenter Air transported Barnwell to NC Baptist Burn Center in Winston-Salem in serious condition, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.

“I called to check on him yesterday, but he can’t talk because he’s in ICU with third-degree burns,” said Church.

Dysartsville, Marion, Nebo and Glenwood Fire Departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue, McDowell County Sheriff's Office and MedCenter Air were dispatched to the incident.


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The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change

Last week, an important uncertainty was resolved – and, like most news about climate change these days, it’s not a happy story. A paper published in the journal Science shows that the Earth’s oceans are warming at a rate that’s about 40 percent faster than indicated in the 2013 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Because the world’s oceans work like a giant flywheel, capturing heat energy and then spinning it out over time, warmer oceans have huge implications for everything from the rate of sea-level rise to hurricane intensity for generations to come.

During the last century, as the world heated up from pumping fossil fuels into the atmosphere, about 90 percent of the extra heat going into the climate system has been absorbed by the oceans. “If the ocean wasn’t absorbing as much heat, the surface of the land would heat up much faster than it is right now,” Malin L. Pinsky, an associate professor in the department of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, told The New York Times. “In fact, the ocean is saving us from massive warming right now.”

The authors the new paper resolved the dilemma by using new data from a network of thousands of autonomous robots – called Argo floats –that dive down to depths of 2,000 meters or so and measure temperature, salinity, pH and other ocean characteristics as they slowly ascend. Once the Argo floats surface, the data they have collected is relayed back to scientists by satellite. The upshot of this new data: The climate models were right after all, and the oceans are warming much faster than anyone understood.

The implications are huge.

Fast-warming oceans are devastating to coral reefs. Coral reefs are vanishing five times more frequently than they were 40 years ago, and will be gone entirely within your lifetime.

Fast-warming oceans intensify hurricanes. For example, one recent paper linked the disastrous rains associated with Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston in 2017, with the amount of heat stored in the ocean. Harvey dumped 60 inches of water on Southeast Texas (the most ever recorded from a single storm in U.S. history).

The study, published in the journal Earth’s Future, argued that the added ocean heat content not only increases a storm’s rainfall but also “invigorates and enlarges the storm,” turning it into an even bigger rain-producer. Two independent studies found climate warming boosted Harvey’s rainfall by about 20 to 35 percent.

Hotter oceans also means faster sea-level rise, in part because as water warms, it expands.

But fast-warming oceans are also melting the great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica from below, which has the potential to greatly increase the rate and height of sea-level rise. The warming of the Southern Ocean is particularly alarming, because it could destabilize West Antarctica and lead to the collapse of ice sheets that could raise global sea levels by 10 feet.

Fast-warming oceans also mean that Big Fix technologies like geoengineering and carbon removal, which are increasingly seen as last resort measures to cool the planet, will be less effective. It’s one thing to throw up a sun shade beside a pool; it’s another thing entirely to try to cool down the water in the pool itself.

If there is an upside to this recent paper, it’s this: It’s further proof that climate science — and knowledge about the risks we face in the future — are getting better, more accurate and more sophisticated. We may or we may not be doomed, but we can’t say we weren’t warned


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Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote in parliament


>Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.

>MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March.

>Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election.

>Mrs May said she would make time for a debate on the motion on Wednesday.

>Mr Corbyn said the confidence vote would allow the Commons to "give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government".

>A Democratic Unionist Party source has told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg they will back Mrs May in a confidence vote.

>If MPs vote to back a no confidence motion, the government, or anyone else who can command a majority, would get 14 days to win a further confidence vote. If they can't win that, a general election will be then held.

>Some 118 Conservative MPs voted with the opposition parties against Mrs May's deal.

>In normal times, such a crushing defeat on a key piece of government legislation would be expected to be followed by a prime ministerial resignation.

>But Mrs May signalled her intention to carry on in a statement immediately after the vote.

>"The House has spoken and this government will listen," she told MPs.

>She offered cross-party talks to determine a way forward on Brexit.

>President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said he regretted the outcome of the vote and that he urged the UK government to "clarify its intentions with respect to its next steps as soon as possible".

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People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds

Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic — including party affiliation.

The role of fake news in influencing voter behavior has been debated continuously since Donald Trump’s surprising victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. At least one study has found that pro-Trump fake news likely persuaded some people to vote for him over Clinton, influencing the election’s outcome. Another study found that relatively few people clicked on fake news links — but that their headlines likely traveled much further via the News Feed, making it difficult to quantify their true reach. The finding that older people are more likely to share fake news could help social media users and platforms design more effective interventions to stop them from being misled.

Today’s study, published in Science Advances, examined user behavior in the months before and after the 2016 US presidential election. In early 2016, the academics started working with research firm YouGov to assemble a panel of 3,500 people, which included both Facebook users and non-users. On November 16th, just after the election, they asked Facebook users on the panel to install an application that allowed them to share data including public profile fields, religious and political views, posts to their own timelines, and the pages that they followed. Users could opt in or out of sharing individual categories of data, and researchers did not have access to the News Feeds or data about their friends.


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The Tech Education Con


It is impossible to talk about tech education and philanthropy without talking about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its younger equivalent, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Created from the immense wealth of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively, these organizations — aside from helping these billionaires keep their money isolated from public coffers and democratic control — have their eyes set on expanding tech education in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

In the same way the American military uses the idea of “freedom” as a reason to invade other nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg initiatives use philanthropic means to exploit some of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in the world. For Gates and Zuckerberg, foreign tech education is a way to develop cheap labor for their corporate empires — and a way to garner praise while doing it.

Gates and Zuckerberg are both backers of Bridge International Academies (BIA), a for-profit education business that provides low-fee, private, and informal schools throughout Africa. Highly profitable, BIA streamlines their education system by collecting massive amounts of data on student performance and compares students across classes, regions, and countries, making standardized testing and score-based performance central to their education system. By backing companies like BIA, Silicon Valley investors yield sizable profits at the expense of some of the world’s most marginalized children while also delegitimizing public education in those countries.

While not exactly technical training, BIA’s tech-driven education builds the foundation for many students in Africa to enter the tech job market. It’s no coincidence that one of Microsoft’s largest international investments is in “transforming the [African] continent.” Named 4Afrika, this initiative is a large recruiter for local workers. Through the initiative, Microsoft has invested millions in “educating the next generation of African web developers” in order to galvanize the massive and largely untapped market in Africa.

Gates and Zuckerberg have a long track record when it comes to privatizing public education in the US as well. Zuckerberg donated $100 million to replace Newark public schools with charters. Gates was a primary backer of Pearson’s Common Core system, a now-widely adopted curriculum for K-12 that emphasizes standardized testing for its efficiency and low costs. Pearson and Microsoft signed a deal to put the Common Core courses on Microsoft devices, allowing Microsoft to compete against Google’s Chromebooks and Apple’s iPads for school district spending. Gates, who is still a major shareholder of Microsoft stock, is cashing in on this, too.

Summit Learning, Facebook’s attempt at education software has been adopted by over three hundred schools nationwide. Students have complained about the ineffectiveness of the application, and last November students in New York City walked out in protest of the teaching method. This should come as no surprise given that the tool was built largely by Facebook engineers, none of whom are trained in pedagogy.

And while the short-term financial gains can seem significant, the broader project of privatizing education isn’t just about making a quick buck for these companies. It’s also a long-term transformation that benefits capital in multiple way, from new (and often unregulated) business opportunities to make money to churning out the next generation of pliant workers, in tech and elsewhere.

The tech giants are obsessed with technical training initiatives for poor and marginalized students. Microsoft works with Girls Who Code, while Google backs the National Society of Black Engineers. Amazon launched a program, blatantly named Amazon Future Engineer, that encourages more black, Latino, and female students to code.

For the tech giants, it’s a clever move. They get showered with good PR for practicing diversity and inclusion (despite their own companies not actually being diverse) and save on hiring costs by paying women and black tech workers lower-than-average salaries — women and black software engineers both make 8 percent less money on average than their male and white counterparts, respectively.

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Video: Arkansas Cop Casually Shoots a 9-pound Dog

Graphic video released Friday show's a sheriff's deputy in Faulkner County, Arkansas casually shooting a small dog after the owner refused to walk outside of his yard to talk to the deputy, in what the owner says was an act of retaliation.

According to local news outlet NEA Report, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an aggressive dog in the town of Conway. When deputy Keenan Wallace arrived outside of Conway resident Doug Canady's house, Canady refused to walk out to the sidewalk to talk to him.

"OK, I'm going to come to you, and if your dog gets aggressive, I'm going to shoot it," Wallace responds in cell phone video captured by Canady.

The dog in question was more chihuahua than pit bull, but nevertheless, Wallace strode onto the lawn, and when the small animal started yapping at him from several feet away, he shot it in the face.



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Suspected Cosplay Stalker Destroys Seven Cars During Anime Con

A suspected arson attack, allegedly carried out by an “obsessed stalker”, has torched seven cars in the parking lot of a hotel where Anime Los Angeles attendees have been staying over the weekend.

The incident took place early on Sunday morning, just before 2am. The night manager of the Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario, California told ABC News that surveillance footage “showed a man walk up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline all over it and then [flick] a match on it”.

That car belonged to cosplayer Julia Moreno Jenkins, who says her vehicle was “targeted and set on fire by an obsessed stalker”. Once it was in flames, the fire then spread to nearby cars. As a precaution, the hotel was evacuated.


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Robotic dildo barred from top tech showcase, prompting sexism claims

Administrators with the Consumer Technology Association, the organization behind at the annual Las Vegas-based trade show, had contacted the company and told them that not only were they rescinding the award, the company would not be allowed to showcase the product at CES 2019.

Haddock wrote that immediately after she asked why the award was revoked, CTA told the company that entries “deemed by CTA in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA’s image will be disqualified”. In a statement, CTA officials said the product “should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program” because it “does not fit into any of our existing product categories”.

“CTA has communicated this position to Lora DiCarlo,” the statement reads. “We have apologized to the company for our mistake.”

Haddock called this “an even more insulting and frankly ridiculous assertion”. She noted that her team of engineers designed the Osé in partnership with Oregon State University, whose robotics lab is ranked as one of the best in the nation.

“Osé is the subject of eight pending patents and counting for robotics, biomimicry, and engineering feats,” she wrote. “Osé clearly fits the Robotics and Drone category – and CTA’s own expert judges agree.”

CTA’s statement does not explain why Lora DiCarlo can no longer showcase its product at CES, and officials did not immediately respond to follow-up questions. But Techcrunch noted that OhMiBod, a Kegel exerciser, won the digital health and fitness product category in 2016. Meanwhile, Haddock pointed out that “a literal sex doll for men launched on the floor at CES in 2018 and a VR porn company exhibits there every year, allowing men to watch pornography in public as consumers walk by”.

“Men’s sexuality is allowed to be explicit with a literal sex robot in the shape of an unrealistically proportioned woman and VR porn in point of pride along the aisle,” she wrote. “Female sexuality, on the other hand, is heavily muted if not outright banned. You cannot pretend to be unbiased if you allow a sex robot for men but not a vagina-focused robotic massager for blended orgasm.”

Haddock said it was important to call CTA out because “these biases smother innovation by blocking access to funding, exposure, and consumers that could take brands and products to the next level”.

“You never know how technology can be used, the future of healthcare might well be in the patent for a sex toy,” she wrote. “But if CES and CTA are so intent on keeping women and sex tech out, we’ll never find out.”


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This crab could save your life - if humans don't wipe it out first

Peeps in the world are aware their wellbeing may one day depend on a blue-blooded crab that looks like a cross between the facehugger from Alien and a gigantic louse. Fewer still realise this ancient creature now faces its greatest threat in more than 450m years.

The American horseshoe crab outlived the dinosaurs and has survived four previous mass extinctions, but is now menaced by the pharmaceutical industry, fishing communities, habitat loss, climate change and, most recently, choking tides of red algae off the east coast of the United States.

Abundant three decades ago, this living fossil, which is actually more closely related to spiders than crabs, was put on the vulnerable list by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2016. Scientists say the crab’s decline symbolises the huge economic and health costs of biodiversity loss worldwide.

This will be underscored by a UN report this month that will show humanity is running down the natural capital of the Earth at a “startling” rate. Since 1992, more than 30% of the planet’s ecological wealth – the estimated value of species, forests, rivers and soil – has been lost, with profound consequences not just for conservation but for the health and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people.

To address this, many wildlife campaigns focus on pandas, tigers and other cute megafauna, but the biggest economic damage is being done to less charismatic species such as insects, worms, plants, fish and crabs.

The copper-based blood of the horseshoe crab is used to make the most sensitive indicator of bacteria ever discovered, limulus amoebocyte lysate. The lysate is vital to identifying contaminants in medical equipment before surgical operations, pacemaker fittings and many vaccinations.


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2 hurt in propane explosion in northern Indiana

Two people were hurt Saturday afternoon in a gas line explosion in this town of about 150 people in northern Indiana.

Bluffton Police Department at 2:39 p.m. sent multiple fire departments to an address in the 6700 block of South Meridian Road. It's a rural homestead a short distance south of Poneto.

Firefighters remained on the scene seven hours later.

A ruptured propane line on a wall-mounted heater is believed to have caused the explosion.

The two people were taken to St. Joseph Regional Burn Center in Fort Wayne for treatment. The identities and conditions of the two people hurt have not been released.


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Cohen on poll rigging report: 'What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of' Trump


President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday said that he acted at "the direction of and for the sole benefit of" President Trump after a Wall Street Journal report detailed how he hired a small polling firm to rig two online polls in the president's favor.

Cohen, who was sentenced last month to three years in prison for a series of crimes he committed while working for Trump, tweeted that he "truly regret[s]" his "blind loyalty" to the president, adding that Trump did not deserve his support.

"As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it," Cohen wrote.

Cohen is accused in the Journal's report by John Gauger, director of RedFinch Solutions LLC, of hiring Gauger's firm to rig two online polls to show increased support for Trump, a plan Gauger says was unsuccessful.

Gauger also told the Journal that Cohen paid for RedFinch's services with a Walmart bag full of $12,000 to $13,000 in cash, less than what was owed. The president's former attorney denied that accusation in a statement to the newspaper, maintaining that he had paid for Gauger's services by check.

Cohen was sentenced in December for multiple financial crimes, including campaign finance violations related to the 2016 election and his payments on behalf of the president to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who threatened to come forward with stories of affairs with Trump in the final weeks of the election.

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Child Hurt Falling Into Rhino Exhibit in Florida Zoo

Officials say a 2-year-old girl has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo.

Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

The zoo's executive director Keith Winsten tells Florida Today they don't believe the rhino's horn touched the child. The extent of her injuries wasn't immediately known.

He says she fell through the steel poles that separate guests from rhinos during a hands-on experience.


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Propane Stocks Near Average

U.S. propane/propylene stocks decreased by 1.2 million barrels last week to 67.5 million barrels as of January 11, 2019, 0.4 million barrels (0.6%) lower than the five-year (2014-2018) average inventory levels for this same time of year. Gulf Coast inventories decreased by 0.8 million barrels, Midwest inventories decreased by 0.6 million barrels, and Rocky Mountain/West Coast inventories decreased slightly, remaining virtually unchanged. East Coast inventories increased by 0.2 million barrels. Propylene non-fuel-use inventories represented 8.1% of total propane/propylene inventories.


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows 'no evidence of remaining disease,' Supreme Court says

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery from surgery is "on track" but she will miss oral arguments next week, the Supreme Court announced Friday. Ginsburg is still recuperating from surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs.

"Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required," said court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg.

Ginsburg, 85, who missed oral arguments this week, has not been on the bench since her surgery last month, but she has participated by reading briefs at home.

Her absence comes as the court is considering whether to take up several controversial issues including the administration's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and its ban that blocks most transgender individuals from serving in the military. The justices met behind closed doors earlier on Friday to discuss pending petitions and Ginsburg participated by proxy.

Monday marked the first time she had ever missed oral arguments due to her health. She has survived two other bouts of cancer.


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Charlottesville: Ex-Mason student sentenced to 3 years in prison for 'vicious' beating

An ex-Mason High School student was sentenced to more than three years in prison Monday for maliciously wounding a black man during the 2017 white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore sentenced Daniel Borden, 20, to three years and 10 months in prison for beating DeAndre Harris with a 6-foot wooden plank in a parking structure near the University of Virginia during the rally.

The assault was captured on video and sparked national outcry.


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3-mile trail extension opens to public

After more than three years of construction, a much-anticipated path connecting trails in Bolton and Manchester opened to the public Friday.

The approximately 3-mile trail extension connects Manchester’s Charter Oak Greenway to Bolton’s Hop River State Park Trail. This creates a 20-mile trail system connecting three towns, as Bolton’s trails continue into Vernon.

The extension also connects the trails to the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile route stretching from Maine to Florida. The route is composed of about 30 percent trails, with the remainder running along roads.

Construction on the extension, which was headed by the state Department of Transportation and funded with state money, began in October 2015. The extension was originally slated for a May 2017 completion date.

Former Bolton Selectwoman Gwen Marrion, who is a longtime advocate of the trail extension, said construction was more challenging than on other trails.

“With some trails … there is already an existing railroad bed,” Marrion said. “Turning that into a trail is a lot simpler than creating a new trail” out of nothing.

In addition, Marrion said, the trail had to somehow get from the south to the north side of Route 6/44. This meant a bridge had to be built, so the trail could go over top of the highway.

With the extension now open to the public, recreational and commuter bicyclists can rest easier.

Barbara Amodio, co-chairwoman of Bike Walk Bolton, said the extension would move commuting bicyclists from the roadways they used to share with cars to the much safer trail space.

For “commuters who are coming from Bolton and from Willimantic and from the Coventry area, for them to be able to commute on a safe space has been pretty exciting,” Amodio said.

Marrion said she foresees the path having positive impacts on not just the biking community, but on local businesses and the statewide community.

“This is such an important gap between trail segments that it’s going to open up a flow of trail users,” Marrion said. “I believe the commuter lot (that sits on the trail) is going to become a site where people can park their cars and start and then go to local businesses.”

Marrion said the trail access points, especially the commuter lot, are now full of potential for new businesses, from coffee and ice cream shops to bike rental and repair shops.

The trail completion is “going to bring people in,” Marrion said. “I’m really hoping that the businesses will flourish as a result of the additional traffic.”

Although the trail extension opened to the public Friday, Bolton First Selectwoman Sandra Pierog said there would be a trail celebration scheduled for the spring. The exact date has not yet been selected.


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Trump Wants Trade Deal With China to Boost Stock Market, Sources Say

Chump panics because his tariffs are tanking the economy. Trumptards cheer!

President Donald Trump is increasingly eager to strike a deal with China soon in an effort to perk up financial markets that have slumped on concerns over the trade war, according to people familiar with internal White House deliberations.

Talks between mid-level U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing were extended for a third day into Wednesday, adding to optimism fueled by tweets from Trump that the two sides are making progress toward an agreement.

Inside the White House, some key economic advisers are campaigning for a quick resolution to the trade conflict to help soothe battered markets. The S&P 500 Index has fallen about 8 percent since Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a 90-day truce at a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina.

“Talks with China are going very well!,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, the latest in a series of upbeat messages from him on the negotiations since both his meeting with Xi and the December market turmoil.

According to people familiar with the matter, Trump’s willingness to cut a deal with Beijing is driven in large part by his desire for markets to rally.


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Leaky propane tank leads to evacuation

Neighbors in a trailer park were evacuated Wednesday afternoon as firefighters worked to vent a home after a propane tank leak caused dangerous levels of gas to build up in a vacant trailer overnight, fire officials said.

A resident at Village Park Inc., a trailer park at 35 Main St., may have been moving their belongings out of the trailer when something hit the home’s propane tank and caused the leak, Fire Chief Kevin Cooney said. The trailer was vacant overnight on Tuesday.

Firefighters responded to reports of a gas leak around 3 p.m. Wednesday and could detect the smell of propane from outside the trailer. They evacuated the three closest neighbors in case of an explosion.

Firefighters had the power to the trailer shut off before entering to vent the gas.

Cooney said the heavy odor they encountered led firefighters to believe the propane tank had been leaking since Tuesday.

The trailer was fully vented within an hour, and neighbors were let back into their homes at that time, he said.


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Tree Disease Closes Trail

Hanover — A cherished trail in Pine Park likely will be closed for at least a year, and other areas will be temporarily closed because of a bevy of diseased pine trees across more than 4 acres of the park north of downtown Hanover.

A hiker’s tip in November about numerous dead trees leaning over the Cathedral Aisle Trail — named because of the arching, canopy-like effect of the towering pines within it — got the attention of Dartmouth College arborist Brian Beaty, according to Pine Park Association President Linda Fowler.

A subsequent visit from Kyle Lombard, New Hampshire’s forest health program coordinator, revealed that dead trees spanning 4 to 5 acres in the park have suffered from various fungal afflictions. They include Rhizosphaera, or needle cast, an airborne disease that strips pines of all but their youngest needles, and root rot, which attacks the tree from underground.

The dead trees — eyesores amid an otherwise pristine landscape in a popular and historic park abutting the Connecticut River and Hanover Country Club — also may have been attacked by turpentine beetles, which bore into the bark of stressed or diseased pines.

Many of the trees are more than 100 feet tall and nearly as many years old.

“It’s hard to know what started it, but trees are more susceptible when there is a high density of large trees in close proximity,” Lombard said on Thursday. “Needle cast is something that has been affecting forests across New Hampshire. We had a wicked drought in 2016 and it was hard on a lot of our forests, especially in areas near rivers, where the soil is sandy. Once needle cast sets in, things tend to snowball from there.”

While the trees are yet to be counted or marked, they’re visible in blighted swaths along southern portions of the approximately quarter-mile Cathedral Aisle Trail, which connects the center-of-the-park Esker Trail to the Girl Brook Trail, which circuits the park and is its most used trail.

Cathedral Aisle has been closed since early December as the Pine Park Association, the town of Hanover and Dartmouth College have begun plans to remove the dead trees. (Under an agreement dating to 1913, the nonprofit association owns the park’s roughly 95 acres while the town and college oversee its maintenance).

The removal project could last two to three weeks, depending on weather conditions, and will result in closings of most of the trail network as well as the parking lot on Hilton Field Road abutting the Hanover Country Club golf course, which will be used as a staging area, Fowler said. The portion of the golf course near the parking lot that is popular for sledding also will be off limits during the project, she added.

Dartmouth facilities operations and management staff on Thursday indicated they hope the project will be underway in the coming weeks to avoid potential conflicts during mud season. A Pine Park Association document regarding the situation lists Jan. 23 to Feb. 6 as a possible window.

“We know we want it to take place in the winter, because the area can get very muddy if you wait too long,” said Tim McNamara, Dartmouth’s associate director of facilities and operations. “There are a lot of logistics and things to consider in terms of what methods to use, because it’s a narrow trail and we’ll be bringing (the felled trees) across part of a golf course.”

Fowler, a professor of government emerita at Dartmouth, is wary of the potential proliferation of invasive species once the trees are felled, especially since deer will be wont to snack on the non-invasive young growth that replaces them. Deer overpopulation has been an issue for years in Hanover, which last year attempted to address it in part by piloting a special hunting program that granted 100 hunters with permits to take up to two antlerless dear, a first for a New Hampshire municipality.


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Crabs take over electric signboard at train station

It’s not unusual to stumble across something out of the ordinary while waiting on a station platform to board a Japanese train. Over the years, commuters have seen secret milk stands, heard the voice of an adult video game voice actress over the speakers, and boarded carriages to the tune of "Star Wars" jingles.

Now commuters are talking about another bizarre discovery, thanks to a series of images taken by Twitter user @absol161 at Nishi-Funabashi Station in Chiba, Tokyo’s neighboring prefecture.

The image above shows a signboard, usually reserved for displaying train arrival and departure times, lit up with a series of bright orange crabs. And they weren’t the only colored crabs taking over the display, as they were soon followed by another set of cheeky crustaceans, only this time they were going for a joyride on a train.


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Review: Race and Sex in Plantation America in ‘Slave Play’

Kaneisha begs Mista Jim, her overseer on the MacGregor plantation, to call her a “nasty Negress” as he forces himself upon her.

Mistress Alana, the lady of the manor, lustily wields her mother’s hand-me-down dildo to penetrate Phillip, her violin-playing house slave.

[The best theater of 2018]

Elsewhere on the Virginia plantation, Gary, who is black, makes a white indentured servant named Dustin bring him to orgasm by licking his boots.

That’s how “Slave Play,” which opened on Sunday at New York Theater Workshop, begins — and then it gets really outrageous.

Saying much more would mean giving away at least one huge surprise that this willfully provocative, gaudily transgressive and altogether staggering new play by Jeremy O. Harris has in store. And yet its urgency and sheer cultural heft, deployed like weapons in a furiously entertaining production directed by Robert O’Hara, don’t leave much choice. It all but demands to be — in its own terminology — processed.

So proceed with caution, and let’s make “spoiler” our safe word, shall we?

Not that there’s much pretense to narrative normalcy. You will know something’s askew even before you get to the end of the first of those quasi-pornographic playlets. Kaneisha (Teyonah Parris) is more assertive — and Mista Jim (Paul Alexander Nolan) more nervous — than you would expect in a real antebellum encounter. Then, too, Kaneisha is occasionally overtaken by musical fits in which Rihanna’s song “Work” causes her to twerk.

Music plays a role in the other sex scenes as well. Mistress Alana (Annie McNamara) can’t stand the “new” tunes by Beethoven that Phillip (Sullivan Jones) prefers to play; she instead demands a spiritual, or whatever it is that makes “the ladies down at y’all’s cabin” swoon.

And as Gary (Ato Blankson-Wood) starts to dominate Dustin (James Cusati-Moyer), he is suddenly overcome by the song “Multi-Love,” a 2015 hit from Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Though Mr. Harris is still in drama school, and “Slave Play” is his first professional New York production, he writes as if he’s known all his life how to twist audiences into all kinds of pretzels. In particular I can say as a white person that he manipulates white discomfort expertly to the advantage of his storytelling. Until I encountered his potent brew of minstrelsy and melodrama I hadn’t known it was possible — except perhaps in plays like “Bootycandy,” by Mr. O’Hara — to cringe and laugh and blush at the same time.

So it comes as a relief, at first, when the play completely changes course about a quarter of the way through its intermissionless two hours. The six characters now reappear — spoiler! — as contemporary interracial couples in sex therapy.

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It seems that the MacGregor plantation has become a resort and conference center; the couples are there as part of a weeklong program run by the social scientists Teá (Chalia La Tour) and Patricia (Irene Sofia Lucio), late of Smith and Yale. Their program focuses primarily on helping the black participants, who are no longer able to receive pleasure from their white — or whiter — partners. The scenes we saw at the beginning of the play were their therapeutic fantasies, spun out in role-play.



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KWA employees get raise

1,200 current employees of Korean Women’s Association (KWA) are getting a raise. At the December board meeting, the proposal to increase KWA’s starting wage to $15 per hour received a unanimous vote of approval.

“As an organization designed to help people find ways out of poverty, it was impossible to justify paying some of our staff wages that kept them in poverty,” said KWA Board Chair Grace (Myung Sook) Kim.

Employees will see the raise implemented in their first paycheck of 2019. They include in-home caregivers, as well as staff in other programs including domestic violence, immigration, nutrition, and health navigation.


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Sexy Indonesian scientist eaten alive as croc climbs 8' wall to get at tidbit

A female scientist was eaten alive by a crocodile, at an Indonesian research facility on Friday. It is believed that the 17-foot long crocodile attacked the researcher, Deasy Tuwo, who was feeding it, by jumping up an 8-foot tall enclosure wall and dragging her in.

. Tuwo’s remains were discovered late in the afternoon by her colleagues, when they noticed a “strange shape” in the water, according to several media reports.

The Times, a British news website, reported that the crocodile, named Merry, had ripped off Tuwo’s left arm and mutilated her upper torso. Terrified, Tuwo’s colleagues reported the matter to the police, who strugggled to extricate the researcher’s remains from the violent crocodile, according to the The Daily Mail website. The crocodile has since been moved for tests to a wildlife rescue centre in Bitung, according to reports.

The primary consensus has pinned the blame on Merry, who has previously been known to attack other crocodiles and hot scientists

Alexandra Ferguson posted on Facebook: “I hope that beautiful creature will not be sliced open and killed for what is nature to them.”

She, went on,"Perhaps they could wait until the reptile digested it's meal and defecated, and the feces could be given a proper funeral service"


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Four men receive hefty fines for catching 98 undersized crabs at Coodanup Reserve

Four men received hefty fines in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday for catching and planning to eat 98 undersized crabs from Coodanup Reserve.

Hsin-Feng Hsieh, Ka Chun Wong, Yi-Fi Zou and Lixiang Lin entered endorsed guilty pleas to their charges and did not appear in court.

Fisheries prosecutor Dean Gregory told the court the men were sharing one scoop and one steel glove and putting the crabs into two buckets, about 10.30pm on November 17, 2018.


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About 1/2 of votes don't know Trump was born rich - Do these people know how to read?

"Large swaths of the public believe the Trump myth. Across three surveys of eligible voters from 2016 to 2018, we found that as many as half of all Americans do not know that he was born into a very wealthy family. And while Americans are divided along party lines in their assessment of Trump’s performance as president, misperceptions regarding his financial background are found among Democrats and Republicans.

The narrative of Trump as self-made is simply false. Throughout his life, the president has downplayed the role his father, real estate developer Fred Trump, played in his success, claiming it was “limited to a small loan of $1 million.” That isn’t true, of course: A comprehensive New York Times investigation last year estimated that over the course of his lifetime, the younger Trump received more than $413 million in today’s dollars from his father. While this exact figure was not known before the Times’ report, it was a matter of record that by the mid-1980s, Trump had been loaned at least $14 million by his father, was loaned at least $3.5 million more in 1990, had borrowed several more million against his inheritance in the 1990s after many of his ventures failed, and had benefited enormously from his father’s political connections and co-signing on loans early in his career as a builder."


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Tracking Horseshoe Crabs by Acoustic Telemetry May Bring New Insights to Habitats

–Horseshoe crabs have been on earth since before dinosaurs, and they are an important part of the life ecosystem, as multiple marine animals, such as migratory shorebirds and Loggerhead sea turtles, depend on horseshoe crabs for food. Horseshoe crabs also play an integral role in human health advancements, as compounds in their blood can detect bacterial pathogens. These have been used in medical supplies to reduce the risk of infection. Therefore, being able to track the underwater seasonal movements of Atlantic horseshoe crabs would provide insight into their habitat use and help facilitate horseshoe crab management strategies. Justin Bopp, a Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) PhD student, is using a method of acoustic telemetry to track horseshoe crab movements.

Two technologies are required to carry out the research – a passive acoustic receiver that is placed underneath the water’s surface and “listens” for sound signals emitted by acoustic transmitters, which are attached to the shell surface of each horseshoe crab.

So far, Bopp has tracked more than 80 crabs in the New York region. He hopes the research will lead to new understandings of important horseshoe crab habitats, migration patterns, and conservation practices.

The research is funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Ocean and Great Lakes award.


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The wall was a campaign device to focus on immigration and Trump as builder

Where The Idea For Donald Trump's Wall Came From

"Joshua Green had good access to Trump insiders, including Sam Nunberg, who worked with Stone. “Roger Stone and I came up with the idea of ‘the Wall,’ and we talked to Steve [Bannon] about it,” according to Nunberg. “It was to make sure he [Trump] talked about immigration.”

The concept of the Wall did not click right away with the candidate. “Initially, Trump seemed indifferent to the idea,” writes Green. “But in January 2015, he tried it out at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a presidential cattle call put on by David Bossie’s group, Citizens United. ‘One of his pledges was, ‘I will build a Wall,’ and the place just went nuts,’ said Nunberg. Warming to the concept, Trump waited a beat and then added a flourish that brought down the house. ‘Nobody,’ he said, ‘builds like Trump.’”"


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Study Suggests Hermit Crabs Evolved Long Penises to Defend Against Shell Thieves

Hermit crabs may have evolved longer penises so they can avoid being robbed during sex, according to new research.

Most hermit crabs live in the discarded shells of other creatures such as snails, moving into a larger shell when they outgrow their old one. But suitable shells are often in short supply. This presents a problem for amorous hermit crabs, since they must come part way out of their shells in order to mate. As a crab emerges, it can create an opportunity for another crab to rush in and steal the shell.

Mark Laidre, a biologist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, reasoned that longer penises might solve this dilemma for males, allowing them to reach out to a female while keeping the rest of their bodies firmly inside their shells. To test this idea, he measured 328 hermit crabs preserved as museum specimens.

The specimens represented nine species with different approaches to shell use. Three of the species modify the interiors of shells, a laborious undertaking that increases the value of the shell to its owner. Another five species use un-modified shells – still valuable, but easier to replace. In the final species, shells are only used by juveniles, so mating adults have nothing for other crabs to steal.

As predicted, Laidre found that the longest penises (relative to body size) belonged to the hermit crabs with the most to lose: those that modified their shells. Indeed, the more a species invested in remodeling, the longer its penis tended to be. The five species that used un-modified shells tended to have medium-length penises on average, while the penises of the shell-less species were among the shortest.

The findings, published today in the journal Royal Society Open Science, suggest that hermit crab penises have indeed evolved partly as anti-theft devices. Laidre calls this idea the "private parts for private property" hypothesis – although it could be argued that if only the penis emerges, it is actually its owner's least private part.


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Dead Newborn Found in Amazon Distribution Center Restroom

A newborn girl has been found dead inside a woman's restroom at an Amazon distribution center in Arizona.

The baby was discovered Wednesday night at a distribution center in Phoenix, AZ Family reported. Police responded to a call about a dead child around 8:30 p.m., and when firefighters responded to the scene, they confirmed the newborn's condition.

In a statement to the media outlet, Amazon said the incident is "terribly sad and tragic." The company is working with authorities to "support their investigation."

"The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority," the company said.

Authorities said the newborn was near- or full-term, and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office will determine a cause of death. According to AZ Family, police had identified the mother Thursday morning and were speaking with her.

Authorities would not reveal the woman's name or if she was an Amazon employee. An Arizona law passed in 2001 allows mothers to leave their newborns with someone at a safe-haven facility without fear of prosecution. Such facilities include hospitals, churches, fire stations and adoption agencies.

Authorities have not announced what, if any, charges the newborn's mother will face.


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Escaped Rodeo Cow Evades Capture on Alaska Trails

A rodeo cow named Betsy has evaded capture for six months as she wanders the trails of Alaska's biggest city, the cow's owner said.

The 3-year-old cow "busted out" of a pen before participating in junior events at the Father's Day Rodeo in Anchorage, rodeo promoter Frank Koloski told the Anchorage Daily News.

Betsy headed to the Hilltop Ski Area and was spotted grazing on slopes during the summer, Koloski said. She then moved to the network of trails that crisscross the Anchorage Hillside when snow fell.

Trail users began spotting her in the fall, posting about their sightings on social media and giving Betsy near-celebrity status.


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Russian Startup Wants to Put Ads in Low-Earth Orbit to Ruin The Sky For Everybody


16 JAN 2019

Will there be no end to people trying to muck up the night sky? Around this time last year it was a disco ball sent into low-Earth orbit. Now a Russian startup has had the colossally dense idea of sticking beaming billboards up there, to shine advertising back down to Earth.

Putting aside the fact that advertising is already ubiquitous, the notion of adding a significant source of light pollution to the night sky has astronomers - professional and amateur alike - fuming.

The startup is called StartRocket, and it hopes to use an array of tiny cubesats to create a programmable display in the night sky.

Orbiting at a low-Earth altitude of 400-500 kilometres (248-310 miles), according to the startup's website, these satellites would each bear a collapsible sail that is capable of reflecting the light of the Sun to form a single pixel.

Because it would be dependent on the Sun, it would only be able to display at dawn and dusk.

All up, the "billboard" would have an area of 50 square kilometres (19 square miles). This Orbital Display, as it is being called, could then be programmed to display logos to people around the globe, for 6-minute intervals, around 3 or 4 times a day - theoretically, at least.

"We are ruled by brands and events," project leader Vlad Sitnikov told Futurism.

"The Super Bowl, Coca Cola, Brexit, the Olympics, Mercedes, FIFA, Supreme and the Mexican wall. The economy is the blood system of society. Entertainment and advertising are at its heart.

"We will live in space, and humankind will start delivering its culture to space. The more professional and experienced pioneers will make it better for everyone."

But, as the response indicates, "better" is a matter of opinion, mainly because of the light pollution the Orbital Display would generate.

"It's a threat to the ability to do astronomical research from the ground," astronomer John Barentine of the International Dark Sky Association told Astronomy.com. "Every one of those moving blips of light in the night sky is something that can interfere with our ability to collect photons from astronomical sources."


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A Day After Alex Jones’ New Infowars Channel Launches, Roku Removes It

Roku, the streaming video company, said Tuesday that it would no longer include a channel for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars network on its platform — less than a day after the new channel first went live.

Roku’s Infowars channel came months after several media and tech companies — Twitter, Vimeo, Facebook, Apple, Spotify — removed Jones and his content from their platforms.

A judge recently ordered Jones to turn over Infowars financial and marketing documents to the families of Sandy Hook victims that sued Jones over his characterization of the 2012 elementary school shooting massacre as a hoax.

A spokesperson for Roku told NBC News that Jones had previously been on the platform, but that his content was “not used much” and required a subscription and authentication. That old channel and the new channel launched Monday were both removed from the Roku platform, the spokesperson told NBC News.

The report noted that Roku initially told Digiday Tuesday that “to our knowledge, InfoWars is not currently in violation of [Roku’s] content policies,” and that “we do not curate or censor based on viewpoint.”


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University Of Glasgow Commits To Pay Reparations For Profiting From African Enslavement

The University of Glasgow has announced it made £200 million ($255 million) from the transatlantic slave trade according to a comprehensive report, and because of that, will make reparations through a “reparative justice program” and by establishing ties with the University of the West Indies. (Photo: National Library of Jamaica.)

Even as those who oppose reparations argue it is unfeasible or too costly, one British university is proving that it is both possible and necessary to make amends for the enslavement and genocide of African people. While the steps made so far may not seem so substantial, this institution could provide a model for others to follow.

The University of Glasgow made £200 million ($255 million) from the trans-Atlantic slave trade, according to a comprehensive report, and because of that will make reparations through a “reparative justice program” and establishing ties with the University of the West Indies. Reparative justice — which is known by various terms such as “restorative justice,” “communitarian justice,” “making amends,” “positive justice,” “relational justice” and “community justice” — responds to criminal behavior by balancing the needs of the community, the victims and offenders, according to the United Nations.

As opposed to retributive justice — which focuses on criminal punishment for the offender of an individual act, such as retaliation or “an eye for an eye” — reparative justice is about a people’s collective responsibility for committing wrongs, for stealing that which they had no legitimate right to own during times of enslavement or genocide. The reparations do not necessarily take the form of a cash payment to victims to alleviate suffering. According to Restorative Justice International, a global criminal justice reform association advocating for an expansion of victims-driven restorative justice, such a system places victims first, while holding the offenders accountable by having them learn how to make things right from the victims’ perspective.

“Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational,” notes the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation.


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Texas pastor who prayed for Pulse club victims’ deaths resigns because he's into prostitutes

Another day, another grotesquely hypocritical “Christian” leader goes down. The Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, was once pastored by a man name Donnie Romero. If you don’t remember Donnie Romero, he was the pastor who said he was “praying” for the deaths of critically injured victims of the Florida Pulse nightclub shooting. A really spiritual guy. In a shocking* turn of events, Romero announced the following to his flock last week, at an hour-long meeting of the congregation. He was very weepy.

Anderson: I'm just gonna mention, you know, what the sins were without going into detail. Basically the major sin involved was being with prostitutes. And then there were also marijuana and gambling that were also discovered."



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Secretive security agency in Moscow holds US citizen over spying allegations


An American citizen has been detained in Russia over spying allegations leveled by the country’s domestic security service, Reuters reported early Monday.

The FSB, the country's main security arm, said the unidentified American was detained in Moscow on December 28 and there is a criminal case against him, according to the report.

The FSB said the American faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted, TASS news agency reported.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

The FSB, which conducts domestic intelligence and counterintelligence, is a spin-off from the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A former KGB agent, Vladimir Putin ran the FSB before ascending to the presidency.


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GoFundMe Will Refund All Donations Made to Florida Veteran’s ‘Fund the Wall’ Campaign

Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, has since created a 501(c) (4) nonprofit “We Build the Wall, Inc.,” and is asking people to send their donation to the new organization instead. Kolfage blamed Washington gridlock in part, saying that “the federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.”

GoFundMe Director of North America Communications Bobby Whithorne said in a statement that all donors will automatically receive a refund unless they decide to send the money to Kolfage’s nonprofit, which is classified by the IRS as a “social welfare organization.”

“There was a change in the use of funds,” Whithorne said. “When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer specifically stated on the campaign page, ‘If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny.'”

Among the members of “We Build the Wall,” Kolfage names former Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, Blackwater founder Erik Prince and former Kansas Secretary of Sate Kris Kobach, among others.

Kolfage believes the organization can complete “significant segments of the wall” faster than the government, according a statement he added to the GoFundMe description.

Kolfage, who urged donors to look him up to make sure the campaign was legitimate, was running a page titled Right Wing News – along with affiliated sites – which was purged by Facebook for publishing false news and conspiracy theories, according to NBC News.

He also operates a website Fight4FreeSpeech that was created shortly after Right Wing News was taken down, according to NBC News. There is a GoFundMe campaign owned by Kolfage under the same name with the update, “We have moved our campaign to a new website,” with a link to an outside site.

Kolfage told NBC he didn’t disclose the fundraising effort in the wall GoFundMe because he didn’t want to “mix the two,” saying, “my personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall.”


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Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell.

In a few short years after the Intermodal opened, Elwood became the largest inland port in North America. Billions of dollars in goods flowed through the area annually. The world’s most profitable retailers flocked to this stretch of barren country, while the headline unemployment rate plunged. Wal-Mart set up three warehouses in Will County alone, including its two largest national facilities, both located in Elwood. Samsung, Target, Home Depot, IKEA, and others all moved in. Will County is now home to some 300 warehouses. A region once known for its soybeans and cornfields was boxed up with gray facilities, some as large as a million square feet, like some enormous, horizontal equivalent of a game of Tetris.

Fifteen years before Amazon’s HQ2 horserace, Elwood had won the retail lottery. “Nobody envisioned what we have out here,” said Jerry Heinrich, who sat on the board of the planning commission that first apportioned the land for development in the mid-1990s. “It was never anticipated that every major business entity would end up in the area.”

But this corporate valhalla turned out to be hell for the community, which suffered a concentrated dose of the indignities and disappointments of late capitalism in the 21st century. Instead of abundant full-time work, a regime of partial, precarious employment set in. Temp agencies flourished, but no restaurants, hotels, or grocery stores ever came, save for the recent addition of a dollar store. Tens of thousands of semis rumbled through Will County every day, wreaking havoc on the infrastructure. And as the town of Elwood scrambled to pave its potholes, its inability to collect taxes from the facilities plunged it into more than $30 million in debt.


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Gamblers Made $270,000 Betting That Trump Would Lie a Bunch in His Address

Trump's Oval Office address Tuesday was mostly a waste of time. He may not have declared a national emergency to secure funding for the border wall, but he did manage to rattle off a bunch of his usual false and misleading immigration lines, all in a bafflingly low-energy monotone. The only real takeaway from the entire thing is that Trump still can't read off a teleprompter too well.

But there were at least a few people out there who benefitted from the thing: namely, the gamblers who placed bets on how much he'd lie, BuzzFeed News reports.

An online gambling house called BookMaker took bets on how many "false statements" Trump would make in his eight-minute speech, with the over-under set at 3.5. BookMaker's odds consultant, John Lester, told the New York Daily News that the site intentionally avoided calling them "lies," so it wouldn't have to "prove that the President is intentionally misleading the public."

According to Lester, the site had pulled in "over $100,000 in action on this wager in the first twelve hours alone," and it sounds like the people who bet on Trump's, uh, tenuous relationship with the truth made some serious cash.

"With all the cable networks agreeing to air the speech, it came down to, how many times is the president willing to exaggerate the truth to accomplish his agenda when he knows the world will be scrutinizing his every word?" Lester told BuzzFeed News.

The answer, according to the Washington Post, was a lot. Over the course of his short address, Trump reportedly dropped eleven untruths, from misrepresenting the new trade deal with Mexico to claiming that a wall will stop the flow of heroin across the border, even though 90 percent of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry.

Now, BookMaker has to shell out a reported $276,424 in total wins. "It's a bad day for Truthiness and Bookmaker," Lester told BuzzFeed. "We knew we were in trouble early with this one."


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Police officer accused of having hundreds of child porn files

A North Branford police officer was arrested after allegedly being found with hundreds of pornographic media files involving children.

Hamden police arrested 58-year-old Anthony DeLuise on Monday after officers executed a search and seizure at his home on Sebec Street in July.

DeLuise is a North Branford police officer but has been absent from his position since Feb. 14, 2018.

During the search and seizure, police found multiple media storage devices containing upwards of 1,000 still image and movie files of suspected child pornography.

Police said the investigation into DeLuise and his address began in January 2018.

In July, police said they were granted an arrest warrant from Meriden Superior Court.

DeLuise was charged with Possession of Child Pornography in the 1st Degree and released on a $25,000 bond.

He is due in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 8.

In a statement, North Branford Police Chief James Lovelace said “The charges against Mr. DeLuise are disturbing and troublesome, however, they are the actions of a single person and do not reflect the behavior of the dedicated men and women of the NBPD.”

DeLuise is a sergeant with the North Branford Police Department and was the president of the police union.


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January Blue Crab Trap Closure Cancelled Due to Lack of Derelict Traps in the Panhandle

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has canceled the blue crab trap closure previously scheduled for Jan. 5-14, 2019, for all waters from Escambia through Franklin counties.

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may remain in the water during this period.

This cancellation is due to reports of a lack of derelict traps in the Panhandle as well as impacts to the region from Hurricane Michael.

Lost and abandoned blue crab traps are a problem in the blue crab fishery because they can continue to trap crabs and fish when left in the water.

They can also damage sensitive habitats and pose navigational hazards to boaters on the water.


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'McJesus' sculpture to be removed from museum after violent protest

Hundreds of Arab Christians demonstrated at the museum last week to call for the sculpture's removal, the Times of Israel and Associated Press reported. According to the AP, police said protesters threw a firebomb at the museum and stones that wounded three police officers. Police used tear gas and stun grenades in response, per the AP.

According to the Guardian,Arab Christians only account for 2 percent of Israel's population.

Museum director Nissim Tal told the AP that the backlash surprised him given that the exhibit had been on display for months. The work's loan began in June, per the agreement Kalisch Rotem tweeted.

The museum's website says the exhibit, called "Sacred Goods," "focuses on the responses of contemporary artists to issues of religion and faith in the contemporary global reality, which is dominated by the consumer culture."

The museum described Leinonen's work and others in the exhibit as "subversive" and "provocative works that address the collaboration between religious systems and the consumer culture."

The artist told the Jerusalem Post earlier this week that he didn't intend for the sculpture to be shown in Haifa.

The protests "came to me as an upsetting surprise, particularly because my work is in the exhibition against my wishes," Leinonen told the newspaper.

Leinonen also said that he had asked the museum to remove the work and that he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement – aimed at pressuring Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev had also called for the work's removal, but the museum had resisted, citing freedom of expression.

"Without any connection, we believe in freedom of speech as a cornerstone of democracy," Kalisch Rotem tweeted, according to the Times of Israel's translation. "We regret the distress experienced by the Christian community in Haifa, and the physical injury and violence that followed. We thank the heads of the Christian churches and priests in Haifa for the dialogue and desire to bridge, the effort to reach a solution, and to prevent violence."


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We Have a Right to Boycott Israel

The bill, appropriately titled the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, establishes criminal and civil penalties of up to $1 million for American persons and companies who engage in actions “which have the effect of furthering or supporting . . . restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by any international governmental organization against Israel.” While it’s unclear how strictly the act would be enforced, it is clearly a gross infringement on free speech — targeting Americans who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights and engage in an organized boycott.

The Senate measure was conceived after the United Nations Human Rights Council voted in 2016 to create a “blacklist” of companies that do business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Building on a 1979 law designed to counteract the Arab League’s boycott of Israel, the Cardin-Portman legislation would extend the existing prohibition to cover boycotts against Israel called for by international organizations like the United Nations and the European Union.

The legislation, which currently enjoys the support of fifty senators, both Democrats and Republicans, faces uncertain prospects in the new Congress, where Democrats will control the House and new members, like Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), have publicly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS). Senators like Bernie Sanders and, more surprisingly, Dianne Feinstein have also pushed back against the Cardin-Portman bill, and a lawsuit filed by Bahia Amawi — a Palestinian-American who recently lost her job at a Texas elementary school for refusing to sign a “pro-Israel loyalty oath” — has provided additional ammunition.

But whether the bill passes or not, it is part of an ominous trend to curb Palestinian grassroots activism and silence political speech critical of Israel. “Since 2014,” the advocacy group Palestine Legal reports, “at least 102 anti-BDS measures have been introduced in state/local legislatures across the country. As of November 2018, 26 states have enacted anti-BDS laws.” The law that ensnared Amawi mandated that she promise that she wouldn’t boycott or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on Israel.

Boycotting goods is a longstanding American tradition. The American Colonists refused to buy imported British manufacturers to protest excessive taxes. Abolitionists and antislavery activists swore off slave labor–produced products in favor of “free goods.” The New York Manumission Society organized boycotts against New York merchants and newspaper owners involved in the slave trade.

The tradition carried over into the twentieth century. In March 1933, the Jewish War Veterans of America staged a mass rally in New York City, where congressman William W. Cohen told those gathered that “any Jew buying one penny’s worth of merchandise made in Germany is a traitor to his people.” Civil rights activists staged boycotts of segregated buses and streetcars in the South in the middle of the century. Antiwar activists boycotted US defense contractors during the Vietnam War and published detailed lists of military contracts held by GE and other companies. The anti-apartheid movement refused to purchase South African wines and oranges, declined to compete with all-white Olympics teams, and shamed US businesses that profited from the racist system.

The fundamental principle guiding these activists was that boycotting goods to protest injustice was not only a civil right, but also a civic duty.


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Colorado man accused of killing his missing fiancee is due to appear in court Monday.

Patrick Frazee was arrested Dec. 21 on suspicion of murder and solicitation of murder in the death of Kelsey Berreth, who was last seen on Thanksgiving. Investigators haven't released details about what led to his arrest or how the flight instructor died. However, they have said evidence suggests she was killed at her home in a mountain town near Colorado Springs and that her cellphone was tracked to Idaho three days after Thanksgiving.

They haven't said whether they have found her body.

Berreth and Frazee have a 1-year-old daughter.


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Texans prepared to fight expropriation of their land for the wall. Years in court. Duh no wall


"As President Donald Trump traveled to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall , landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way.

The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and announced plans to start construction next month. Rather than surrender their land, some property owners are digging in, vowing to reject buyout offers and preparing to fight the administration in court.

“You could give me a trillion dollars and I wouldn’t take it,” said Cavazos, whose land sits along the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas. “It’s not about money.”

Standing near the Rio Grande, Trump was asked Thursday how quickly border wall construction could start if he declared an emergency.

“I think very quickly,” he said, adding that while someone “perhaps” might sue to stop construction, “we would win that suit, I believe, very quickly.”"

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Crazed raccoon captured after pair of attacks that left woman bloodied, dog injured

Officials on Thursday captured a raccoon that attacked an 83-year-old woman and likely sunk its teeth into a dog within less than 24 hours in the same Monmouth County neighborhood.

The raccoon was set to be euthanized and tested for rabies after the pair of attacks in Belmar, said Monmouth County SPCA Chief of Law Enforcement Ross Licitra.

In the first reported incident, a borough resident was on her back porch when the animal lunged at the woman, biting her hand, back and ankle Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. A neighbor reportedly used a shovel fight off the vicious mammal before it fled.


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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.


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Man steals lights off top of police car


A hunt has been launched for a thief who walked away smiling after stealing the blue lights from the top of a police car.

British Transport Police has released CCTV in a bid to track down trace the man, who can be seen carrying the cylindrical blue light over his shoulder and looking happy with himself.

The incident happened at Sunderland Railway Station just before 4.30am on Boxing Day.

Officers are now appealing for any information that could help track down the culprit.

He has dark hair, and is wearing a blue top, navy trainers and red Nike trainers in the CCTV image.

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How capitalists talk about climate change

The world’s scientific community predicts up to two feet of sea level rise by just 2100, likely accompanied by a rising tide of climate refugees. So it’s worth dissecting how America’s dominant conservative media have swept the issue under the rug for two generations. To watch the evolution of climate change denial in action—and learn how to fight it—a great place to turn is the nation’s highest-circulation newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.

The most eminent U.S. conservative news source, the Journal’s reporters are among the best in the country, reflecting a common pattern among the business press, which is written for executives, investors, and managers who need reasonably accurate information in order to run the corporate economy. However, its op-ed page is essentially Fox News with AP English, and its long tradition of climate denial and more recently fatalism is the perfect window into what future generations are going to demand: a fucking explanation for how people were able to accept several decades of knowingly utterly wrecking the future environment, years after the science was settled.

The reality, as even the Journal recognizes, is that there has been a scientific consensus on climate change for some time. However few people have any idea what constitutes scientific consensus—broad agreement—about a phenomenon. However, climate researchers have examined this specific issue, and their findings are striking. For example, one research paper in Environmental Research Letters examined an amazing compilation of 11,944 climate-relevant paper abstracts, showing a high level of professional consensus. “Among abstracts expressing a position on [anthropogenic global warming], 97.1% endorsed the consensus positions that humans are causing global warming…we invited authors to rate their own papers…97.2% endorsed the consensus…Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.”

Importantly, a fascinating research article published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences studied how the subject had become politicized. Applying an analysis algorithm to a giant number of texts discussing climate, it concluded “organizations with corporate funding were more likely to have written and disseminated texts meant to polarize the climate change issue.” More specifically, “corporate funding influences the actual thematic content of these polarization efforts,” so that rather than a non-partisan scientific subject the issue is treated like a “polarized” political issue, with corporate-driven talking points always present. The paper empirically highlights “the actual social arrangements within which large-scale scientific (mis)information is generated, and the important role private funding plays in shaping the actual ideological content of scientific information that is written and amplified.”

With this broad outline in hand of the scientific consensus on climate, as well as scientists’ own understanding of corporations muddying the water, let’s have a look at the history of the Journal’s foot-dragging on climate, remembering that this is business media–primarily capitalists talking to one another. It reveals an evolution from full denial to a heinous resigned fatalism, in the process creating right-wing tropes that became hugely widespread in reactionary media from Rush Limbaugh to South Park.

Consider the 1980s, when NASA scientist James Hansen first brought the issue to national attention with his 1988 Congressional testimony. The Journal immediately led right-wing opinion away from its traditional mostly pro-science, can-do Yankee attitude toward one of stuffing fingers in the ears. An early op-ed, “Fact and Fancy on Greenhouse Earth,” was among the first to make the now-familiar claim that the science wasn’t there yet, claiming that far more data would be needed to confirm a trend agreeing with climate change projections. And thus confidently overruling from their press offices all the professional scientists spending their lives studying the subject. It also took the particularly cheap step of calling anthropogenic change a “theory,” avoiding the fact that “theory” in science means a testable, evidence-based explanation of something, whereas people typically use the word “theory” the way scientists use “hypothesis”—an educated guess.


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Alex Jones, Infowars Must Hand Over Documents to Sandy Hook Families Suing Conspiracy-Minded Host

Conspiracy theorists have harassed victims’ families, first responders, and some entirely unconnected individuals starting within minutes of the reports coming out about the shooting. Many affected parents, relatives, and others have had to move, often repeatedly, to avoid letters, phone calls, and sometimes in-person confrontations. The FBI agent in this lawsuit, William Aldenberg, was alleged to be “portrayed” by Sandy Hook parent David Wheeler, also a plaintiff in this case.

No credible evidence has ever emerged to support “crisis actor” theories, which arise after nearly every mass shooting in the U.S., and allege that the government uses these incidents as an excuse to seize firearms from Americans, but it’s served as rich fodder for conspiracy videos.

Jones has been banned from nearly every social-media network, payment system, and media-distribution platform.

Jones has stood on First Amendment grounds and state laws that provide additional protection for participation in public discussion. The lawsuits attempt to portray Jones and colleagues as knowingly engaging in falsehood, which is not protected speech.

However, in March 2017, Jones issued a retraction and an apology to a pizza parlor owner after the owner’s lawyer contacted Jones. Jones had spread a theory known as “Pizzagate,” which maintained an elaborate pedophilia ring was run by prominent politicians, headquartered in the non-existent basement of a Washington, D.C., restaurant.


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Shakeup at prominent cannabis lab follows allegations two owners have neo-Nazi ties


"Bethany Sherman, listed in state records as managing member and CEO of OG Analytical, said Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, that she is stepping down from the company she founded in 2013 and plans to sell the lab after claims surfaced that she is associated with white power groups. The Eugene resident denied being a neo-Nazi and said her only "crime is a thought crime."

Voelker said Sherman came to the lab Wednesday "in a moment of extreme distress" and blamed the staff for failing to support her when antifa's allegations became public.

"She came in and went off on us for not supporting her," said Voelker. "She was shocked we didn't stand up and support her and we said we can't support these beliefs."

Voelker said other employees angrily confronted Sherman about her views.

"She doesn't seem to get that those views are repugnant to most people," Voelker said."

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How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend

“He said he wanted to do a rhyme on the Holocaust,” Caldwell remembered. “I thought that was really insightful. I thought that it would be something good for the kids to hear.” This was unusual, but not against “da mutha f**ckin rulz” pinned to the door, which began: “PROJECT BLOWED IS PRESENTED FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP ENTIRELY FOR BLACK PEOPLE.” The sign continued: “DO NOT GET VIOLENT BECAUSE THIS IS A BLACK-OWNED, BLACK-OPERATED BUSINESS.”

The entrance fee was $2 to perform, $4 to watch, and rappers were expected to “perform a polished piece of music,” wrote Jooyoung Lee in Blowin’ Up, a history of the club, adding: “The open mic is a lot like peer review.” Emcees with the skill to rap spontaneously—“freestyling”—enjoy the greatest respect. But when a rapper forgets his lines, stutters, or shows up unprepared, the crowd forces them offstage with a devastating chant:

“Please pass the mic!”

The DJ demanded Hershfield’s backing music. He handed over a cassette tape of Chopin. Piano music filled the room. Regulars in the audience, known as “Blowdians,” looked at one another.

“They all were going, ‘Uh hunh, uh hunh,’” Hershfield recalled, but they quickly tired of the classical music.

“Okay,” someone said. “Get rid of that music and let’s hear you rap.”

Alone on the stage, Hershfield gripped the mic and began:

“God, this is a tough thing to write

The feeling I got in my heart tonight

Just to think of the Holocaust

So deep and sadly blue

And still so many people

Don’t think it’s true.”

The crowd was silent. Here was an old man, reading a poem.

“The first time he was up there, he wasn’t that successful,” Caldwell said. But out of respect, the audience didn’t chant him off. Project Blowed calls itself the longest-running open-mic session in the world, and they’d never seen anyone like Hershfield onstage. “First of all, he’s Caucasian around all these people of color,” said one regular, called Babu. “I thought he was some kind of spy.” Hershfield was also the oldest person in the room: “If you up in your mid-thirties and still ain’t got it,” a Blowdian called Trenseta would say, “leave hip-hop alone, and go get you a little job at International House of Pancakes or some shit!” Hershfield was now 63, a dinosaur in rap years.


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Famed Doctor DIES From Vaccine Within Minutes After Shot, Media Rushes To Cover-up!

Vaccine shot killed famed cancer doctor in mere minutes from “total organ failure” … state-run media desperately tries to cover it up!

Dr. Martin Gore, a widely celebrated cancer doctor credited with “saving thousands of lives” died from “total organ failure” just minutes after receiving a vaccine shot yesterday. Dr. Gore was a professor of cancer medicine at the Institute of Cancer Research based in London. He “died suddenly yesterday after a routine inoculation for yellow fever,” reports The Times (UK).

“His death highlights the increased risks associated with the vaccine for the growing number of older travellers visiting exotic destinations,” the paper explains.

It also underscores the horrific price of believing in Big Pharma, chemotherapy and vaccines. Throughout his career, Dr. Gore oversaw the harming of tens of thousands of children who were subjected to toxic chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Ultimately, he was killed by his own false belief in the safety of vaccines, another weaponized form of toxic medicine. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

So far, the U.S. media has completely blacked out the story in yet another effort to silence any truth about the deadly dangers of vaccines. There isn’t a single establishment news outlet in the United States that has accurately reported on this vaccine-induced sudden death of a cancer doctor. In truth, vaccines kill people, yet the CDC-directed U.S. media pretends no one ever dies from vaccines in order to deliberately mislead the public, resulting in more people being killed by vaccine injuries.

Even the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity where Dr. Gore also worked withheld the truth in their own Facebook announcement about his death, saying, “It is with deep sadness that The Royal Marsden announces the sudden death of Professor Martin Gore CBE who died this morning,” utterly failing to mention he died from a vaccine jab.

The BBC also tried to hide the truth about this vaccine-induced fatality by eliminating any word of "vaccine" from the headline of the story announcing his death. "Royal Marsden's leading cancer expert Martin Gore dies," states BBC News, deliberately misleading readers because the BBC is, of course, state-run fake news.

The BBC even goes on to misleadingly claim, "The cause of his death is not known." We wonder what Dr. Gore would think if he knew the BBC was using his death to promote more vaccines that will kill more people, all while burying the truth about the serious risks associated with vaccine shots.

Regardless of what your position on vaccinations is, any rational person cannot deny that the ingredients in vaccines are toxic. In fact, almost every single ingredient in any immunization is toxic to the human body. Besides the vitamins and minerals, nobody in their right mind would drink a concoction with any one or combination of most of the vaccine ingredients. Most vaccinations are directly injected into our bodies, allowing the ingredients to directly enter the bloodstream, which rationally, seems like an even more dangerous approach.

Vaccine ingredients (adjuvants and preservatives) and substances used in the manufacturing process, including vaccine-production media that are present only in trace quantities, include: sucrose, fructose, dextrose, potassium phosphate, FD&C Yellow #6, aluminum lake dye, fetal bovine serum, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate, aluminum hydroxide, benzethonium chloride, lactose, aluminum potassium sulfate, peptone, bovine extract, thimerosal, ammonium sulfate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, bovine extract), calf serum, aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate, squalene and ethanol. Vaccinations also contain many inorganic minerals, vitamins, amino acids, salts, and sugars.

Much of the vaccine material will not leave the body without assistance, especially with a typical modern lifestyle and diet.


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Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Says 'We Missed The Mark' With Controversial DLC Relationship

A day after apologizing for surprising Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players with a mandatory in-game relationship that seemed to contradict the game’s pre-release promise to let players define their character’s own sexuality, the game’s creative director offered a fuller apology and explanation of what his team was trying to accomplish and what they got wrong.

“Reading through player responses [to] our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in,” Odyssey creative director Jonathan Dumont said in a post on the game’s forums. “The intention of this story was to explain how your character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark.”

He went on to say that players will not have to continue the romantic relationship in the next installment of the game’s DLC, saying the developers wanted players to have the option of deciding that their character choice to procreate was a utilitarian decision rather than a romantic one.

The plot development occurs at the end of the second chapter of a three-part paid expansion and constitutes a spoiler for those who haven’t played the game.

At the end of the DLC, the player’s character decides to enter into a relationship with either the daughter (if they’re playing as Alexios) or son (if they’re playing as Kassandra) of the proto-Assassin Darius. They then have a child. As Kotaku writer Heather Alexandra noted yesterday after playing through the DLC, the player can rebuff the romantic advances of Darius’ kid but they’ll still wind up in a relationship and have the baby.


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Propane supplies back on the rise

A Christmas Eve disaster declaration to avert a propane shortage in Colorado has helped boost supplies, making any emergencies unlikely as temperatures plunge, the head of a trade association said Friday.

"We're already starting to see an increase in supply," said Dan Binning, executive director of the Colorado Propane Association.

During the last three weeks, several suppliers experienced a series of problems, from computer troubles to equipment breakdowns, that stoked concerns supplies might get tight. To avoid any shortages, Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a disaster emergency Dec. 24 that exempts commercial drivers hauling propane from federal caps on their work hours.

The suspension of the regulations runs through midnight Jan. 8.

A similar order has been issued in Oklahoma. In Colorado, Binning said, all the suppliers are up and running again, although they might not be at full capacity.

The executive order waives the federal regulation that limits a commercial driver's time to 11 hours behind the wheel and a total of 14 hours on the job in one day. Binning said drivers going to propane storage facilities in Kansas, Utah or Texas spend several hours on the road and then might end up waiting a few hours in line. They would likely exceed the 14-hour cap.

Drivers and companies still have to prioritize safety and meet state and federal financial and other requirements, the executive order said.

The last time the Colorado Propane Association requested a waiver was in 2014 when frigid weather in other parts of the country was straining supplies.

Propane is a product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. While Colorado is a major gas and oil producer, the state can be vulnerable to propane shortages due to a lack of pipelines and storage facilities, according to the Colorado Energy Office.

Propane makes up about 5 percent of Colorado's energy market, which is typical for many states, Binning said.

Propane is used for home heating, cooking, water heating, drying crops and transportation fuel.

The executive order was issued because the state wants to be sure Coloradans have propane when they need it, said Micki Trost, spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

"We didn't want to start looking for a solution after people didn't have a supply on hand," Trost said.


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Kremlin Blessed Russia’s NRA Operation, U.S. Intel Report Says

The Kremlin has long denied that it had anything to do with the infiltration of the NRA and the broader American conservative movement. A U.S. intelligence report reviewed by The Daily Beast tells a different story.

Alexander Torshin, the Russian central bank official who spent years aggressively courting NRA leaders, briefed the Kremlin on his efforts and recommended they participate, according to the report. Its existence and contents have not previously been reported.

While there has been speculation that Torshin and his protege, Maria Butina, had the Kremlin’s blessing to woo the NRA—and federal prosecutors have vaguely asserted that she acted “on behalf of the Russian federation”—no one in the White House or the U.S. intelligence community has publicly stated as much. Senior Russian government officials, for their part, have strenuously distanced themselves from Butina’s courtship of the NRA, which she did at Torshin’s direction.

The report, on the other hand, notes that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was fine with Torshin’s courtship of the NRA because the relationships would be valuable if a Republican won the White House in 2016.


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Donald Trump Suffers Setback as Senate Rejects Hundreds of Nominations

Earlier this week, Trump laid the blame squarely at the feet of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, accusing the New York senator of deliberately slowing down the process of approving nominations put forward by the White House.

"More than a year longer than any other Administration in history,” the President tweeted on Monday. “These are people who have been approved by committees and all others, yet Schumer continues to hold them back from serving their Country! Very Unfair!”

The decision was praised by progressive groups, who lauded the Senate for rejecting the nominations.

"Each of these nominees, if confirmed, would have received a lifetime seat on the federal courts and had a profound impact on the lives of Americans long after Donald Trump leaves the White House," Marge Baker, the executive vice president for People for the American Way, was quoted as saying by The Hill.

In December, Senate Democrats vowed to reject end-of-year judicial nominations and were true to their word. According to The Hill, the rejections included approximately 70 judicial nominees. Politico reported on Wednesday that 31 of the 70 nominees were pending on the Senate floor, while another 21 were waiting on a vote from the Judiciary Committee at the end of the session.

A tracker from The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service shows the Senate has so far approved 434 nominations out of the 707 positions that require confirmation. The Senators’ decision to knock back a large number of nominations—the full list was published in the Congressional Record on Friday—has now thrown them into jeopardy.


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Ugly Woman accused of vandalism at North Carolina synagogue

Police have accused a woman of vandalizing a North Carolina synagogue.

A news release from Cary police says 57-year-old Lisa Marie Burns was arrested Friday and charged with ethnic intimidation and property damage.

A news release said officers responding to a call from a resident Thursday found orange spray paint on one of the man's cars and a broken headlight on another.

A subsequent call from Congregation Sha'arie Shalom found its windows broken and profanity spray-painted on the side of the building.

Investigators determined Burns was a neighbor of the man whose cars were vandalized. They say that during questioning she expressed disdain for people of other religions and ethnic backgrounds.

Burns is jailed on a $2,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.


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More farm welfare from Trump to make up for his tariffs

Trump on Monday announced his administration was planning to disperse a second tranche of aid as part of a $12 billion package meant to assist American farmers stung by retaliatory trade measures enacted by China and other foreign governments.

"Today I am making good on my promise to defend our Farmers & Ranchers from unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations," Trump tweeted. "I have authorized Secretary (Sonny) Perdue to implement the 2nd round of Market Facilitation Payments. Our economy is stronger than ever–we stand with our Farmers!""