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Princes Charles and William refused to meet Trump

Prince Charles and Prince William refused to meet with President Trump during his visit to the United Kingdom, according to London newspaper The Sunday Times.

A source familiar with the planning for the president and first lady Melania Trump's meeting with Queen Elizabeth II told the Times that Charles and William made it clear that they did not want to participate.

“This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub,” the source told the paper. “They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the queen to be there on her own. Usually she is accompanied by somebody. Prince Charles has been substituting for Philip a lot recently.”

Prince Philip, who, at 97, has officially retired from royal duties, “goes to what he wants to go to,” the source said, adding that “if he had wanted to be there he could have been.”

Charles reportedly attended a board meeting for his company and an event with Gloucestershire police, while William participated in a charity polo match and Prince Harry attended other private engagements, according to the Times.

Former presidents have met with other members of the royal family in the past, and it is well-known that former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are close with William and Harry and their families.

http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/397070-princes-william-and-charles-refused-to-meet-trump-report

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San Francisco Mayor: 'There's More Feces ... Than I've Ever Seen'

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to "clean up after themselves."

"I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood," Breed told the Investigative Unit, referencing her conversations with nonprofit groups aimed at serving the homeless.

When pressed about whether her plan calls for harsher penalties against those who litter or defecate on city streets, Breed said "I didn’t express anything about a penalty." Instead, the mayor said she has encouraged nonprofits "to talk to their clients, who, unfortunately, were mostly responsible for the conditions of our streets."

Viral Investigation Exposed San Francisco's 'Diseased Streets'

A recent NBC Bay Area investigation went viral after exposing an alarming amount of trash, drug needles, and feces scattered across San Francisco.

The report centered around a 153-block survey of downtown San Francisco, which revealed trash on every block, 100 needles, and more than 300 piles of feces along the 20-mile stretch of streets and sidewalks.

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/SF-Mayor-Theres-more-feces-on-the-sidewalks-than-Ive-ever-seen-488156431.html

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Florida Cops Ordered to Pin Unsolved Cases on Random Black People to Boost Stats

According to a new report, police officers in a suburban Florida town were instructed to arrest black people they find on the street for unsolved cases, just so they could improve their statistics.

Records of the Biscayne Park police obtained by the Miami Herald showed that the department’s command staff told officers to use troubling methods just so their rate of solving crimes would look good.

“If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” Anthony De La Torre, and officer who worked there, said during an internal investigation.

According to the investigation’s report, De La Torre was the only one to explicitly state that black people were targeted, but three others backed up the allegation that they were told to go after random people.

Former Biscayne Park village manager Heidi Shafran initiated the investigation after getting letters from officers who were upset about what was going on. The letters seemed to back up what De La Torre said.

“The letters said police were doing a lot of bad things,” Shafran told the Herald. “It said police officers were directed to pick up people of color and blame the crimes on them.”

The report also said that second in command Capt. Lawrence Churchman was known for making racist and sexist comments.

Chief Raimundo Atesiano resigned during the investigation in 2014. Both he and Churchman denied the allegations.

Atesiano was in charge for two years. During the first year, all 19 burglary cases were reported as solved. Ten out of 11 were reported solved the following year. According to the Herald, nearly all of those charged were black males.

In contrast, none of the 19 burglaries in 2015 were reported solved.

Atesiano is currently facing a federal indictment for the alleged false arrest of a black teen, where he and two officers were accused of accusing the young man of four burglaries. Atesiano’s attorney, Richard Docobo, says the other officers acted on their own, and that Atesiano only wanted them to be diligent in their work.

https://lawandcrime.com/race-relations/cops-ordered-to-pin-unsolved-cases-on-random-black-people-to-boost-stats-report-says/

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Trump protester ARRESTED after paraglider flies DANGEROUSLY close to Turnberry golf course

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/989080/trump-protest-paraglider-donald-trump-golf-course-turnberry-scotland

The incredible incident took place moments after Mr Trump arrived at the resort in Ayrshire, with a protester branding him “well below par” – using a golf term to mock the US President.

The 'Greenpeace' paraglider swooped on the golf course a few hundred yards above President Trump, with the banner which also include the hashtag urging people to “resist”.

The golf course was surrounded by heavy security due to threats of protests against Donald Trump's visit to the country.

Police Scotland quickly launched an investigation into the security breech and today the forced confirmed they had made an arrest.

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Elon Musk calls Thai trap Brit rescuing diver who dissed him 'pedo guy' on Twitter

Elon Musk has called a British diver who helped rescue schoolboys from a flooded cave in Thailand ‘pedo guy’ on Twitter.

The entrepreneur’s outburst came after diver Vern Unsworth told Mr Musk to “stick his submarine where it hurts” after describing his offer to help with a miniature submersible as a “PR stunt”.

Mr Musk travelled to the Tham Luang caverns in Chiang Rai this week and presented the six-foot submarine - which he said could help free 12 schoolboys stranded for weeks inside the cave.

But Mr Unsworth, who was instrumental in rescuing the school football team, said the vessel the SpaceX boss invented “had absolutely no chance of working” because the inventor “had no conception of what the cave passage was like”.

In response to criticism from the diver, Mr Musk defended his invention through a series of tweets before adding: “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”

Elon Musk

@elonmusk

· 4h

Replying to @elonmusk @zeynep

Water level was actually very low & still (not flowing) — you could literally have swum to Cave 5 with no gear, which is obv how the kids got in. If not true, then I challenge this dude to show final rescue video. Huge credit to pump & generator team. Unsung heroes here

You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thai-cave-rescue-elon-musk-british-diver-vern-unsworth-twitter-pedo-a8448366.html

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Dad of ‘missing’ Chinese woman who splashed ink on Xi Jinping pix goes missing, live on Youtube

Police interrupt YouTube live stream of father of ‘missing’ Chinese woman who splashed ink on Xi Jinping photo

The father of a woman who splashed ink on a poster of Xi Jinping appears to have been taken away by police during a YouTube live-stream on Friday night.

In a series of broadcasts this week, the father had been calling upon police to explain what crime his daughter had committed and to disclose where she is being held. On the evening the protest video was posted on Twitter last week, the woman said police were outside her door. Her account was deleted shortly afterwards, sparking fears that she was in police custody.

Fellow Twitter users have since identified her as Dong Yaoqiong from Zhuzhou, Hunan.

Her father Dong Jianbiao featured in a clip on Friday, streamed live by artist Hua Yong. They were interrupted by men knocking at the door. From the exchange that followed, they appeared to be plainclothes police officers who wanted to take Hua and Dong away for investigation. They did not respond when Hua asked for documentation.

The video ended in chaos, with the men outside forcibly entering Hua’s residence. The camera swings wildly as Yong yells: “Do you have a search warrant? Do you have a search warrant?” It was the last video he posted.

Daughter ‘missing’

Hua Yong was detained last year after documenting mass migrant evictions in Beijing, posted a series of live interviews with Dong’s father on Thursday. Hua had been voicing support for Dong on Twitter and in his live YouTube videos.

Dong showed his ID card, household registration document, and family photos in the clips to prove that he was the father of Dong Yaoqiong.

The 61-year-old coal miner from Zhuzhou, Hunan, said he did not know that his daughter was in trouble until police asked to speak to him on Sunday.

They asked him about his daughter’s education and work history.

I said: ‘did something happen to my daughter?’ They said… your daughter [broke the law] by attacking state leaders. That’s what they said: attacking state leaders.”

Hua said Dong drove 26 hours from his home to Hua’s studio in Yunnan.

He wrote a letter to the police in Shanghai and You County, his hometown. “Please tell me what law my daughter broke and where she is being held… if there are no procedures then it is a kidnapping carried out by bandits.”

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/14/police-interrupt-youtube-live-stream-father-missing-chinese-woman-splashed-ink-xi-jinping-photo/

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TSA Can Abusively Fondle Your Genitals With Immunity

SA agents and security screeners can’t be sued for false arrests, abuse, or assault, according to a ruling from a federal appeals court in Pellegrino v. the United States of America Transportation Security Administration,

The TSA – whose job is supposedly “fighting terrorism” – is, without doubt, one of America’s most corrupt and incompetent agencies. However, last year, they apparently became so unsatisfied with the mere ability to strip search babies, remove colostomy bags, beat up blind cancer patients, and fondle your genitalia, that they announced a more invasive physical pat-downs. The pat-downs, which TSA warned would probably prompt assault complaints with the police department because of their invasive nature, have been implemented and now, a federal court ruled that these complaints mean absolutely nothing because the TSA cannot be sued.

As the Washington Post reports, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, which sits in Philadelphia, held that TSA officers enjoy sovereign immunity

because, despite their badges and titles as “officers,” they do not qualify as “investigative or law enforcement officers” who could be held legally responsible for abuses under the Federal Tort Claims Act

https://freedomoutpost.com/federal-court-rules-tsa-can-abusively-fondle-your-genitals-with-immunity/

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Trump's Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire 61 foreign workers

"Despite his rhetoric that immigration hurts American workers, President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club is seeking to hire 61 foreign workers for the 2018 winter season, according to the Labor Department.

Trump’s “Winter White House” has applied to hire 21 cooks from other countries to work at the resort from October to May. The Palm Beach, Fla., club also wants to hire 40 foreigners for wait-staff positions.

The seasonal workers would be required to return to their home country once their H-2B visas expire.

Critics of the visa program claim it is a tool employers can use to exploit vulnerable foreign workers and represses wages for American workers by providing a cheap labor source for companies. Supporters say the program is necessary to keep American businesses afloat and allows seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity."

TRUMP CHUMPS CHEER!!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/06/trumps-mar-lago-seeks-to-hire-61-foreign-workers.html

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Protesters in Scotland chant at Trump:'No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA'

A group of protesters gathered at President Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Scotland on Saturday, chanting at him as he played the course.

“No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” the protesters could be heard chanting at Trump in a video posted by a BBC reporter.

Trump has faced widespread protests during his trip to the United Kingdom. About 250,000 people turned out on Friday for mass demonstrations against the president in London, though his schedule largely kept him away from the protests.

On Friday night, a Greenpeace activist used a paraglider to fly over Trump’s Turnberry resort while holding a banner that read “Trump: Well Below Par.”

Protesters are also hoping to fly a blimp depicting Trump as a baby over the course in Scotland after it made its debut during the London protests.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/397011-protesters-chant-at-trump-as-he-golfs-in-scotland

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Bump video still on WTHR website and story updated in 2018

Reporter wins peabody

"But sometimes for others, the word "bump" means something completely different.

"Bump" is referring to cocaine," said 24-year-old Katarina, who discovered the site.

But what she was showing 13 Investigates wasn't a typical drug deal. No, this site peddles something else - revenge porn.

The price to see provocative photos of women whose images are being "pimped out" by ex-partners can range from cash to illegal drugs."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YIpi8GVbc8

https://www.wthr.com/article/woman-starts-petition-to-make-revenge-porn-illegal-photos-sold-for-money-drugs

http://www.ibtimes.com/what-does-bump-mean-4chan-cocaine-revenge-porn-are-connected-local-news-claims-2604206

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Woman fired for calling police on black man wearing socks in pool

A white Memphis woman was fired from her job at an apartment development after she was recorded calling the police on a black man who was wearing socks while swimming in a pool. Trilogy Residential Management said Erica Walker, a manager at one of their properties, was "terminated immediately after we completed our investigation."

The company said Walker would "never be employed by Trilogy Residential Management, LLC or any of its properties in the future."

A woman named Camry Porter recorded the confrontation while she was at the pool area at the Riverset Apartments with her boyfriend and two godchildren on the Fourth of July.

Porter claims Walker said her boyfriend needed remove his socks or leave. Porter later posted video of the incident on Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 1 million times.

"And she was like, 'Well, I'm the property manager,' and she pointed at the rules. The rules say, 'Proper pool attire.' It doesn't specify what proper pool attire is," Porter told CBS affiliate WREG-TV.

Porter said Walker told them hats were also prohibited from the pool, but didn't approach several white men who were wearing hats in the pool. In the video, Walker said hats are allowed if they're not dunked in the water.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/erica-walker-memphis-woman-fired-calling-police-black-man-wearing-socks-pool-2018-07-09/

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World Cup: FIFA demand TV stations stop showing 'hot women' in the crowd

>WORLD Cup broadcasters have been ordered to stop singling out “hot women” in the crowds of football matches by FIFA.

>ByREBECCA PERRING

>PUBLISHED: 09:59, Fri, Jul 13, 2018UPDATED:10:06,Fri, Jul 13, 2018

>Bosses have been monitoring World Cup airtime and say too much time has been spent on picking out attractive women rather than the action on the pitch.

>FIFA’s diversity boss, Ferderico Addiechi, vowed to tackle sexism at the football tournament and said broadcasters had been ordered to stop zooming in on “hot women”.

>Quizzed over whether it would b>ecome an official FIFA policy, Mr diechi said: “This is one of the activities we definitely will have in future - it’s a normal evolution.

>“We have done it on a case-by-case basis when some cases arose and they were pretty evident.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/988280/World-Cup-2018-russia-hot-women-FIFA

For americans who didn't understand football here refer to soccer. Although I believe such restrictions are going to come everywhere even for official and unofficial cheerleaders.

It certainly deserve it's own thread on /s/

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Suspect in Austin shooting spree linked to fatal shooting 2 days earlier, police say

"Police in Austin, Texas, say a suspect arrested in connection with a shooting spree Wednesday is the same gunman who fatally shot a man in an apartment complex two days earlier.

Police arrested Charles Curry, 29, Wednesday in his South Side apartment complex after connecting him to reports of a man who shot at two women while driving a white Chevy Tahoe, FOX 7 reported.

Investigators later linked Curry to the death of Christian Meroney, 32, who was found dead Monday in the hallway of Curry’s apartment complex, police said. It was unclear whether the two men knew each other and no motive was known, police added.

"I think it's weird that it went from Monday to Wednesday where he shot more people," Sarah Houston, a resident of Curry's apartment complex, told Austin's KXAN-TV. "And, he actually lived in the apartment complex where there was a killing and no one found him."

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/15/suspect-in-austin-shooting-spree-linked-to-fatal-shooting-2-days-earlier-police-say.html

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'CNN is FAKE NEWS' Donald Trump LASHES US network during live press conference with May

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/988479/CNN-Donald-Trump-fake-news-US-President-UK-Theresa-May-visit-Fox-News

Donald Trump criticised the American broadcaster during a live press conference with Theresa May.

The US President claimed CNN was “fake news” as he refused to answer a question from one of their reporters.

Mr Trump pointed at Fox News reporter John Roberts to ask a question when a CNN journalist asked if he could quiz the American leader.

The US President said: “No, no, CNN is fake news, I don’t take questions from CNN.”

He repeated: “CNN is fake news, I don’t take questions from CNN. John Roberts of Fox, let’s go to a real network.”

The CNN reporter was heard quickly replying: “We are a real network too, sir.”

During the press conference, the US President also claimed the relationship between the UK and the United States was the “highest level of special”.

“I give our relationship, in terms of grade, the highest level of special.

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Evil sick Sasha Baron Cohen disguises self as disabled solider and punks Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday fired back at “Borat” star and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for disguising “himself as a disabled U.S. veteran, fake wheelchair and all” in an outlandish effort to trick her into an interview.

Palin called the move “evil” and “sick,” telling Good Morning America that she "literally and physically removed” her mic and ended the interview.

“It was supposed to be this big time Showtime documentary, and it was passed to me by a speakers’ bureau, which, you know, I would assume had done some vetting,” she said.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate admitted earlier this week that she “flew across the country” for an interview with the disguised comedian — but when she arrived for their sitdown she could immediately sense that something was not quite right, she said.

Palin recalled how Baron Cohen started showing her graphs and statistics — everything riddled with typos — that “didn’t look quite right and part of his propaganda.” She said it was all tied to sex changes and transgender topics, and “he brought up Chelsea Clinton and said she was a recipient of a government-funded sex change.”

And from there, it only got worse.

“It was occurring to me, whatever this show is, whatever this interview really is, is all about humiliation and devaluing middle-class Americans, whom I represent,” Palin told GMA.

In a promo shared on the comedian’s twitter account this week, former Vice President Dick Cheney can be seen signing a gallon jug and towel — or a “waterboard kit” as Baron Cohen calls it.

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, recently pardoned by the President, in an interview with Breitbart on Thursday became the latest person in Trump’s orbit to reveal that he’d been tricked into the prank interview. Baron Cohen, allegedly disguised as a Finnish comedian, crossed paths with Arpaio in October 2017.

Roy Moore on Thursday threatened to sue Showtime after the prankster lured him out to Washington in February to accept a fake pro-Israel award.

“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen,” Moore said in a statement.

“If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another,” he said. “As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny-news-sarah-palin-sacha-baron-cohen-arpaio-moore-20180713-story.html

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Sunday World staff member injured after sulphuric acid sent in post

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sunday-world-staff-member-injured-after-sulphuric-acid-sent-in-post-37119868.html

A staff member at the Sunday World has been injured after receiving a package which contained Sulphuric Acid.

Gardaí have now sought help from Interpol officials in tracking down the person responsible for sending the package which came from Spain via Germany.

The package was delivered to the offices of INM at the end of last month.

An investigation is underway to determine whether the package was sent in error or if it was a deliberate attempt to cause harm.

Police in Spain trying to track down the sender have been liaising with the parcel distribution company.

Full details of the incident can be found in today's Sunday World.

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Designated streets of San Francisco:16,015 complaints of shit on streets in last week alone

San Francisco’s fecal fiasco has the city in deep doo doo.

A website logging Baghdad by the Bay’s turd tornado has racked up 16,000 complaints in the last week.

As The Toronto Sun reported on Thursday, San Francisco is getting hammered with a slew of black eyes. A $40-million convention cancelled because attendees were scared.

Armies of the homeless and drug-addicted have turned the once beautiful city into a toilet.

Now, sf311.org allows residents to ask for maintenance from the city government. It has received a whopping 16,015 complaints with the keyword “feces” in the last seven days.

Most refer to piles of poo scattered about in Paris for the politically correct now honeycombed with homeless encampments.

http://archive.fo/0WhGz

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NATO officials liken Trump to 'old uncle' who went nuts,summit was not a success

President Trump's attendance at the NATO summit in Brussels wasn't exactly smooth sailing, but it went about as well as European leaders had hoped given their concerns, officials told Axios on Thursday.

Perhaps the disastrous G7 summit had NATO allies expecting more aggressive conflict with the U.S. leader, making it a relief when Trump merely badmouthed the treaty agreement, criticized Germany, and falsely claimed that everyone had promised to up their defense spending. One senior European official said that NATO members didn't take Trump completely seriously when he began talking about increased spending.

"It was more a rant '2 percent immediately' than a formal demand … there was no clear threat of withdrawal," the official told Axios. "Usual Trump: a stream of incoherent sentences. … The allies looked the other way as when the old uncle gets nuts."

http://theweek.com/speedreads/784448/nato-officials-try-convince-themselves-summit-success-liken-trump-old-uncle-who-went-nuts

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Elon Musk ‘can stick his submarine where it hurts,’ says diver who helped rescue Thai boys

A British diver who was involved in the successful rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has heaped scorn on Elon Musk‘s offer of a miniature submarine for the mission, describing the billionaire entrepreneur’s idea as a “PR stunt.”

Vern Unsworth told CNN that the submarine “had absolutely no chance of working” because Musk “had no conception of what the cave passage was like.”

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO had floated a number of high-tech ideas to assist with the rescue, including an underwater air tunnel and an inflatable tube, before settling on the mini submarine, tweeting videos of the contraption being tested. He even traveled to the Tham Luang cave complex and presented the vessel.

The Thai provincial governor overseeing the rescue operation passed on Musk’s sub, however, saying that while he appreciated the offer, the submarine simply wasn’t suitable for the cave rescue mission. Musk responded by saying the Thai official was “not the subject matter expert.”

The submarine was “about 5-foot-6 long, rigid, so it wouldn’t have gone round corners or around any obstacles,” Unsworth continued. “It wouldn’t have made the first 50 metres from the dive start point.

Unsworth, who lives in Chiang Rai province and spent six years exploring the Tham Luang caves, said authorities were right in asking Musk “to leave very quickly” after he turned up at the cave site on July 10.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4332279/thailand-cave-rescue-diver-elon-musk-submarine/?utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=%40globalnews

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Farmers say China has already started to cancel orders due to Trump tariffs

"According to Iowa Agriculture Secretary Michael Naig, China has already canceled orders on products it typically imports from the state.

“We are already feeling the brunt of these tariffs in the form of a reduction in the purchase of products that historically we’ve been selling to China for many years now, soybean in particular,” he said on “Power Lunch.”

Farmers feeling pain from tarifs Farmers feeling pain from tariffs

18 Hours Ago | 03:49

As trade tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate, farmers in Iowa are starting to feel the pain.

According to Iowa Agriculture Secretary Michael Naig, China has already canceled orders on products it typically imports from the state.

“We are already feeling the brunt of these tariffs in the form of a reduction in the purchase of products that historically we’ve been selling to China for many years now, soybean in particular,” he said on “Power Lunch.”

Last week, China slapped retaliatory tariffs on $34 billion worth of U.S. goods, including soybeans and pork, in response to U.S. duties on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Farmer Bruce Wessling checks a corn field near Grand Junction, Iowa.

Scott Morgan | Reuters

Farmer Bruce Wessling checks a corn field near Grand Junction, Iowa.

President Donald Trump responded earlier this week by unveiling a list of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The duties will not go into effect immediately but will undergo a two-month review process. China then hit back with its own threat of tariffs on $200 billion of U.S. goods.

Naig said that Iowa predominantly produces corn and soybean, so farmers can’t try to come up with a “plan B” by shifting production.

“They’ve spent a lot of time and energy to build this market, particularly China and soybean, and we’d like to see that effort pay dividends, not be wasted,” he said.

China buys about half of the U.S. soybean exports, and roughly one in three rows of soybeans grown on the nation's farms goes to the world's second-largest economy, according to the American Soybean Association. Nearly $20 billion in U.S. agricultural exports went to China last year, with more than half of that amount coming from soybeans.

While producers are concerned about the “near-term turbulence” in the marketplace right now, Naig said there is also fear about destroying demand for their products around the world on a more permanent basis.

“Our message to the president is we can’t continue to bear the brunt of the retaliation and that our farmers really can’t afford to wait,” he said. “They are planning for a 2019 growing season and for making economic decisions that will impact them for years to come.”"

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/farmers-say-china-has-started-to-cancel-orders-due-to-trump-tariffs.html

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Miami man with no arms charged with stabbing Chicago tourist

Miami Beach police say 46-year-old Jonathan Crenshaw held a pair of scissors with his feet and stabbed 22-year-old Cesar Coronado just after midnight Tuesday. The Miami Herald reports that Crenshaw is a popular fixture in the area, known for painting on canvases along a trendy spot in South Beach.

According to the arrest report, Crenshaw says he was lying down when Coronado approached him and kicked him in the head. Police say Crenshaw stabbed Coronado twice and fled the scene.

A friend who was traveling with Coronado said they asked Crenshaw for directions when he suddenly jumped up and stabbed Coronado in his arm. He was taken to the hospital.

Crenshaw has been charged with aggravated battery.

https://wsvn.com/news/local/miami-man-with-no-arms-charged-with-stabbing-chicago-tourist/

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Meximonkey Meth Madness: 13y/o Girl Beheaded by Cartel, Drug Dealing Illegal Alien Grandma Dead Too

OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. - An Alabama 13-year-old found dead in a wooded area last month was beheaded after she saw two men stab her grandmother to death, an investigator testified Thursday.

The grisly details of Mariah Lopez’s slaying came out during the preliminary hearing of Yoni Martinez Aguilar, AL.com reported. Aguilar, 26, and Israel Gonzalez Palomino, 34, are each charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Lopez and her 49-year-old grandmother and legal guardian, Oralia Mendoza.

Palomino is also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Members of the middle schooler’s family wept as Investigator Stacy Rutherford testified about the details Aguilar, who was Mendoza’s live-in boyfriend, gave in a statement following his June 14 arrest.

I just left the preliminary hearing for Yoni Aguilar, one of the accused killers in the Madison County slayings of a grandma and 13-year-old. pic.twitter.com/LvVlYklyfO — Ashley Remkus (@aremkus1) July 12, 2018

Related story: Police: 13-year-old girl dead in ‘brutal’ killing, grandmother’s body also found

According to AL.com, Aguilar told detectives that Mendoza was involved with the Sinaloa cartel, considered to be the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organization.

Rutherford testified that the defendant told investigators that he, Palomino, Mendoza and a woman named Leticia Garcia traveled June 2 to Norcross, Georgia, where they picked up a quarter kilo of meth for the cartel. Along the way, something went wrong and Palomino became suspicious that Mendoza and Garcia, who was also tied to the cartel, might be setting him up, Aguilar said in his statement.

WAAY in Huntsville reported that Rutherford testified that sometime after the group returned to Huntsville, Palomino learned that Mendoza had removed the SIM card from her cellphone. He also found a text she sent during the drug run to Georgia, in which she asked an unknown woman to pick up her granddaughter, who was with Palomino’s wife, because she feared that she and her granddaughter were in danger.

Early on June 4, the men woke Mendoza at their Huntsville home and told her that they were taking her and Lopez, who had special needs, somewhere safe, AL.com reported. Rutherford testified that they were instead taken to Moon Cemetery, located about 15 miles southeast of the city in Owens Cross Roads.

Palomino and Mendoza argued in the cemetery about the drug deal and Palomino stabbed the grandmother multiple times, leaving her for dead, Aguilar told investigators.

Lopez, who witnessed her grandmother’s slaying, was taken to a wooded area about 2½ miles from the cemetery, where Aguilar said Palomino forced him to kill the girl.

Rutherford testified that Aguilar told investigators he was holding the knife when Palomino grabbed his arm and moved it back and forth in a “sawing motion,” with which the girl was beheaded.

Aguilar said he participated in the slayings out of fear.

“He said he was fearful of Israel,” Rutherford testified, according to AL.com.

The men left the teen’s body where she was killed and stopped to clean Palomino’s car, the detective said.

Mendoza was reported missing two days later by worried relatives, WAFF in Huntsville reported last month. Lopez’s body was found the following day.

Madison County investigators released information describing the items the body was clothed in: red pajama pants with gingerbread men on them, as well as a pink undershirt and black tank top. The news release also indicated that the young victim had a cerebral shunt.

Lopez’s mother – who is also Mendoza’s daughter – showed up at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office a short time after the description was released and told investigators that the body might be that of her daughter, Sheriff’s Office officials said. Dental records provided a positive identification a week later.

Mendoza’s body was found at the cemetery June 15, after Aguilar gave his statement to investigators. She was also identified through dental records, Sheriff’s Office officials announced June 27.

https://archive.fo/aUppg

https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending-now/13yearold-girl-beheaded-after-seeing-grandmother-killed-in-alabama-cemetery/789237419

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Woman has boyfriend punch her stomach 10 times to end 30 week pregnancy

https://www.wric.com/news/national/pregnant-woman-had-boyfriend-punch-stomach-to-kill-baby-police-say/1269359296

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) - The parents of an infant who died shortly after birth are accused of intentionally killing the child by inflicting wounds while she was still in the womb, according to court documents. 

The parents – who were not identified in the documents – arrived at Kern Medical on May 24 to deliver the baby.  

After delivery, medical staff found the child to be suffering from a fractured skull and spinal injuries, the reports said. 

She died shortly after. 

Kern Medical staff also noticed "severe bruising" on the mother's stomach, which she initially attributed to a fall, according to court documents. 

The staff called police following the baby's death. 

After being questioned by officers, the mother eventually admitted she and her boyfriend intentionally caused the injury to her stomach to harm their unborn baby, the documents said. 

The mother and her boyfriend agreed they did not want to have the child, and she instructed him to squeeze and punch her stomach "at least 10 times," according to an affidavit. 

She told police she eventually no longer felt the baby moving. 

Her boyfriend denies ever striking the mother or harming his unborn child. 

The Kern County District Attorney is still investigating the incident and has not decided whether to file charges against the parents. 

California penal code defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought, but with the provision that the law does not apply to any person who commits an act that results in the death of a fetus if the act was solicited, aided, abetted, or consented to by the mother.

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China surpasses North America in attracting venture capital funding

China surpassed North America in attracting venture capital for the first time in the second quarter, helped by a record US$14 billion fundraising round by Alibaba Group Holding affiliate Ant Financial Services.

Start-ups in China accounted for 47 per cent of the world’s VC funding in the three months ended June, compared with a combined 35 per cent for the US and Canada, according to a report by Crunchbase, which tracks and compiles fundraising data.

China has seen a surge in the number of start-ups in recent years as the government vowed to do more to implement an innovation-driven development strategy to make the country more competitive.

The pledge comes amid China’s renewed efforts to transform itself from the factory floor of the world into a global innovation powerhouse and echoes President Xi Jinping at the 19th Communist Party Congress, where he listed the internet, big data and artificial intelligence in his keynote address.

Venture capitalists poured billions into areas from artificial intelligence to blockchain, lured by the prospect of backing the next Alibaba, Tencent Holdings or Baidu, while start-up founders aspired to become billionaires like Jack Ma Yun or Pony Ma Huateng. Alibaba is the parent company of the South China Morning Post.

https://www.scmp.com/tech/article/2153798/china-surpasses-north-america-attracting-venture-capital-funding-first-time

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4,977 homeless people in all of Japan

The number of homeless people in Japan hit a 15-year-low below 5,000, the welfare ministry said, attributing the drop to efforts by local governments to help them become independent.

As of January, 4,977 people were living in such places as riverbeds or parks across the nation, down 557 from a year earlier and dipping below 5,000 for the first time since the ministry started a survey on homeless people in 2003.

"Support measures from local governments, such as offering counseling, are believed to have produced certain effects" in bringing down the number of homeless people, a ministry official said.

The survey was conducted with local government officials patrolling their communities to spot people living without a permanent dwelling.

The ministry noted that the actual number could be higher than 4,977, as the survey was based on observations by officials, thus a homeless person would not have been included if he or she was at a different location when the officials went to parks and train stations to look for people living there.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/no.-of-homeless-in-japan-hits-15-year-low-below-5-000-gov't

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Oldest copy of Greek epic poem,The Odyssey unearthed in Greece engraved on tablet

An ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

The clay slab is believed to date back to the third century, during the Roman era.

"If this date is confirmed, the tablet could be the oldest written record of Homer's work ever discovered" in Greece, a ministry statement said.

The extract, taken from book 14, describes the return of Ulysses to his home island of Ithaca.

The tablet was discovered after three years of surface excavations by the Greek Archaeological Services in cooperation with the German Institute of Archaeology.

It was found close to the remains of the Temple of Zeus at the cradle of the Olympic Games in western Peloponnese.

First composed orally around the 8th century BC, the epic – which is attributed to ancient Greek author Homer – was later transcribed during the Christian era onto parchment of which only a few fragments have been discovered in Egypt.

http://www.france24.com/en/20180710-ancient-tablet-odyssey-epic-discovered-greece

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North Carolina woman charged after tying puppy to truck, driving until it died: police

A North Carolina woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly tied a puppy to a pickup truck and dragged it until it died.

The woman, 45-year-old Gloria Mitchell, was reported to be intoxicated at the time of the incident, which occured at a local motel, Selma Police Department said, according to the WBTV.

Earlier this month, Mitchell reportedly tied the puppy to the front of her pickup truck and dragged it around even after witnesses at the Knights Inn told her to stop.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/14/north-carolina-woman-charged-after-tying-puppy-to-truck-driving-until-it-died-police.html

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This Little-Known STD Could Become The "Next Superbug" Within A Decade

There’s a little-known sexually transmitted disease (STD) that’s on the rise – and could soon become a very big problem.

Sexual health experts warn that Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) has the potential to become a drug-resistant superbug within a matter of years.

Research by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) found that over 70 percent of sexual health experts said that if current practices do not change, MG will become resistant to first and second line antibiotics within a decade. Left unchecked, they say this could result in thousands of women each year at increased risk of infertility from pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG.

As a result of these daunting statistics, BASHH have just released draft guidelines to help the public and health services deal with this impending crisis.

“MG is rapidly becoming the new superbug: it’s increasingly resistant to most of the antibiotics we use to treat chlamydia and changes its pattern of resistance during treatment so it's like trying to hit a moving target,” Dr Peter Greenhouse, sexual health consultant from the UK, said in a statement.

If you’ve never heard of MG, that’s not surprising. The infection was only discovered in the 1980s, yet scientists didn’t know until years later that it was actually transmitted via sex. This lack of awareness is also part of the problem; the new data suggests that just one in 10 sexual health clinics in the UK have the right kits to diagnose the infection.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/this-littleknown-std-could-become-the-next-superbug-within-a-decade/

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FOX: Findings that Russia meddled to help Trump beat Clinton were 'accurate and on point': Senate

"Findings by the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win were "accurate and on point," according to an unclassified report and accompanying statement by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Tuesday.

The committee's findings came after a lengthy review of the "sources, tradecraft and analytic work underpinning" a January 2017 intelligence community assessment.

The FBI's and CIA's "analytical disagreement" with the NSA over whether Russia sought to bolster the Trump presidential campaign was "reasonable," the report also said.

While the FBI and CIA had "high confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin aspired to help Trump's election chances by denigrating opponent Hillary Clinton, the NSA had only "moderate confidence" in that assessment, according to the January 2017 analysis."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/03/findings-that-russia-meddled-to-help-trump-beat-clinton-were-accurate-and-on-point-senate-intel-panel.html

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Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/comcast-starts-throttling-mobile-video-will-charge-extra-for-hd-streams/

Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service is imposing new speed limits on video watching and personal hotspot usage, and the company will start charging extra for high-definition video over the cellular network.

The short version is that videos will be throttled to 480p (DVD quality) on all Comcast mobile plans unless you pay extra, while Comcast's "unlimited" plan will limit mobile hotspot speeds to 600kbps. Only customers who pay by the gigabyte will get full-speed tethering, but the cost would add up quickly as Comcast charges $12 for each gigabyte.

>Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service is imposing new speed limits on video watching and personal hotspot usage, and the company will start charging extra for high-definition video over the cellular network.

>The short version is that videos will be throttled to 480p (DVD quality) on all Comcast mobile plans unless you pay extra, while Comcast's "unlimited" plan will limit mobile hotspot speeds to 600kbps. Only customers who pay by the gigabyte will get full-speed tethering, but the cost would add up quickly as Comcast charges $12 for each gigabyte.

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Charlottesville judge awards Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler $5 for activist cursing at him

A Charlottesville judge decided Friday that a local activist violated Virginia’s anti-dueling statute when she screamed curses at Jason Kessler.

Kessler cited the statute in his $500 lawsuit against Donna Gasapo, whom he said used insulting language that tended toward violence and a breach of the peace. Kessler said he sued for a small amount of money based on the principle of the matter and a desire to preserve public civility.

With dozens of supporters seated behind her in Charlottesville General District Court on Friday, Gasapo never denied yelling curse words at Kessler on March 16 outside of DeAndre Harris’ assault trial in the same courthouse.

But her attorney said she was protected by the First Amendment to express rhetorical hyperbole and make exaggerated statements.

Representing himself, Kessler argued that Gasapo’s words — “F— you … f— you, a—— … crybaby Kessler” — were fighting words and could have incited violence. In the video that Kessler played as evidence, Gasapo also can be heard calling Kessler a “murderer.” Kessler said Gasapo was falsely assigning him blame for the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed in a car attack on the day of the Unite the Right rally, which Kessler organized.

In his suit, Kessler asked that Gasapo be held responsible for the actions that might stem from her words.

“This is an opportunity to bring civility back to our community,” said Kessler.

Gasapo’s attorney, Pam Starsia, rebutted Kessler’s claims and said he did not suffer any actual damages from her client’s words. Identifying Kessler as a public figure, Starsia said there were higher standards for proving malice in someone’s words.

When asked about her words, Gasapo said she uttered them in anger and was upset that Kessler would show up to Harris’ trial, as Harris was a victim of the violence on Aug. 12. She said she was trying to drown out his hateful words.

“Someone in our community was murdered,” Gasapo said. “White supremacists stormed into our city. It doesn’t sit well with me.”

Kessler said he felt his character was damaged when Gasapo called him a murderer and that her choice of words could have provoked him to violence.

“There was a chance that I could respond violently and I don’t want that to happen,” he said.

Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. agreed with Starsia and said that Kessler is a public figure and that Gasapo is free to make statements of rhetorical hyperbole. But, he said, he believed her words did threaten to breach the peace and could have incited the addressee to fight.

However, Downer also said he did not believe Kessler was damaged in any way, particularly because Kessler posted the video online. Instead of the $500 that Kessler asked for, Gasapo will be responsible for paying $5 in damages.

Following the hearing, Starsia said she disagreed with Downer’s decision and said an appeal would not be off the table.

“I’m comforted by the fact that the judge recognized that Mr. Kessler was not damaged in any way here,” Starsia said. “We’ll have to discuss our options.”

“I think we should all be very concerned about what this ruling means in terms of opening up other frivolous harassment suits against members of our community who are expressing their opinions and their very real feelings of frustration, which we believe are protected by the First Amendment,” she said.

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/charlottesville-judge-awards-unite-the-right-organizer-jason-kessler-for/article_8b934487-14dd-535a-8499-fda7b9a682a2.html

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First-Of-Its-Kind University Study Proves Without A Doubt That Your Phone Is Spying On You

For years, conspiracy theories about smart phones listening to users without their permission to show them advertisements have abounded.

While some researchers have shown this could happen, a first of its kind study just found something far more insidious. Academics at Northeastern University have just proven that your phone is recording your screen - as in taking video - and uploading it to third parties.

For the last year, Elleen Pan, Jingjing Ren, Martina Lindorfer, Christo Wilson, and David Choffnes ran an experiment involving more than 17,000 of the most popular Android apps using ten different phones. Their findings were alarming, to say the least.

As Gizmodo points out, during the study, the researchers started to see that screenshots and video recordings of what people were doing in apps were being sent to third-party domains. For example, when one of the phones used an app from GoPuff, a delivery start-up for people who have sudden cravings for junk food, the interaction with the app was recorded and sent to a domain affiliated with Appsee, a mobile analytics company. The video included a screen where you could enter personal information - in this case, their zip code.

GoPuff did not disclose in its terms of use that its app was recording users screens and uploading this data to a third party. What’s more, when they were contacted by the researchers GoPuff merely added a disclosure to their policy acknowledging that “ApSee” might receive users PII.

The fact that these apps can record your screen without you knowing and use this data is chilling. It illustrates how easy it would be for a malicious actor to be able to look at your private messages, personal information, passwords, photos, and videos. None of this is stopped by your phone’s security either as it is a function built into the apps and you don’t have an option to disallow it.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/first-its-kind-university-study-proves-without-doubt-your-phone-spying-you

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Comrades Trump & Putin commiserate about how the 'fake news' and 'deep state' are against them

President Donald Trump reportedly treats Russian President Vladimir Putin as a confidant while bullying and ignoring other world leaders.

Trump consults Putin on international policy and the two commiserate over American forces they believe to be acting against them, according to The Washington Post.

"The president thinks he can be friends with Putin," former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said, according to US officials cited by the Post. "I don't know why, or why he would want to be."

Putin, meanwhile, appears to be playing to Trump's likes and dislikes, often showering the US president with praise and flattery. The Post reported that the Russian leader also often strikes a chord with Trump by focusing on some of his key grievances.

For instance, he and Trump commiserated about how the "fake news" and the "deep state" are working against them, a senior US official told The Post.

"It's not us," Putin reportedly told Trump. "It's the subordinates fighting against our friendship."

Former US intelligence chiefs have suggested the overtures from Putin, who is a former KGB intelligence officer, are part of his effort to recruit Trump as an unwitting Russian asset.

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-putin-confidant-nato-helsinki-summit-2018-7

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White Nationalist Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman Arrested for Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Kyle Chapman, a prominent member of the far-right who lives in the Bay Area, was arrested in Oakland on July 3 and is being held in Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail without bail on charges that he assaulted a man in a Texas bar fight one year ago.

A Travis County judge issued a warrant for Chapman's arrest in March of this year following an investigation of the bar fight. Since then, Chapman has been a fugitive from justice.

Chapman rose to prominence following several violent protests in Berkeley in March 2017. During one of the rallies, Chapman was videotaped hitting several people over the head with a large wooden cane. After the attack, his followers nicknamed him "Based Stickman," and Chapman has turned his violent reputation into a profitable brand by selling his own line of clothing and appearing at pro-Trump and anti-immigration rallies around the country.

Last August, the Alameda County District Attorney charged Chapman with possession of a leaded cane for his actions in Berkeley. He has pleaded not guilty to the felony allegation.

On July 1 last year, Chapman was in Texas for the "Texans for America Freedom" rally at the State Capitol in Austin. Chapman was a featured speaker at the event.

After the protest, Chapman ended up at the Dirty Dog Bar, one of many nightclubs on Austin's busy 6th Street party district.

According to court records, at about 1:30 in the morning, Chapman was shoving people in a "mosh pit" when he got into an altercation with another bar patron. An Austin police detective wrote in a affidavit that Chapman punched the other man and then hit him across the face with a wooden bar stool.

The detective interviewed a witness who described Chapman's behavior at the bar as an "attempt to instigate" a fight. The witness said he saw Chapman punch the victim, and a second unidentified man who appeared to be with Chapman threw another punch.

https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2018/07/06/white-nationalist-kyle-based-stickman-chapman-arrested-for-felony-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon

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Heroic Man Takes A Stand, Accused Of Plotting To Burn Down Condo, “Kill All The Jews”

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami Beach man upset with his Jewish neighbors after he was evicted from his condo reportedly vowed to burn down the building with “all the f***ing Jews.”

Witnesses told police that Walter Stolper, 72, had shown aggression toward some of residents and board of directors of his building at 56th Street and Collins Avenue.

One witness said Stolper said he was going to burn the building down and “kill all Jews.”

Stolper reportedly said he planned to fill plastic containers with gas, pour it down the main drain line and ignite it. He also said he had purchased padlocks to put on the fire hoses to prevent the fire department from using them, according to his arrest report.

When police officers to Stolper’s building to ask him about the threat, they reportedly found him in the parking garage moving two plastic containers with gas in a shopping cart. As the officers got closer, they could smell the gas.

As they were speaking with him, a building resident approached and said there was a strong odor of gas in the hallways and elevators.

Police found eight plastic containers filled with gas in the garbage chute dumpster. The containers were identical to the ones Stolper had in the shopping cart. Police were also able to determine that gas has also been poured down the chute from the 15th floor.

While interviewing Stolper in his 15th-floor unit, they observed artifacts with swastikas and books of Nazi ideology. They also noticed that Stolper had destroyed the smoke detector in his unit which was hardwired into the building’s fire system.

When asked about the gas in the containers, Stolper told the officers, “I bought the gas to make a small BBQ.”

Stolper was arrested and charged with one count of attempted arson.

http://archive.is/L2VMr

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/07/13/man-plotted-to-burn-down-condo-kill-all-jews/

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EU warns member states to plan for 'no deal' Brexit following Theresa May's Chequers deal

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-no-deal-eu-chequers-theresa-may-david-davis-a8445791.html

The European Commission has warned EU member states to step up planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit following the publication of Theresa May’s Chequers deal with her cabinet.

The new 15-page document, seen by Ireland’s public broadcaster RTÉ, lays out contingency planning guidelines on preparing for Britain crashing out without an agreement in March.

The action plan, drawn up by a new EU “preparedness” taskforce, warns of long queues for lorries at ports, and potential serious consequences for pharmaceuticals, financial services and aviation.

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Crush of Scandals

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has resigned after a deluge of damaging revelations about his spending, travel, and a condo rental deal that prompted some Republican lawmakers to distance themselves and question his continued effectiveness.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that he’d accepted the resignation. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Trump said.

Pruitt chose to resign because he felt he was a distraction, and there was no “final straw,” Trump said. “It was very much up to him,” Trump later told reporters on Air Force One en route to Montana. “We’ve been talking about it for a little while and I decided he had to go before the mid-term elections, but don't worry, we got a coal burning guy to fill the position.”

A former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, will take over the agency as acting administrator on Monday, Trump said, after more than two months serving as the EPA’s No. 2 official.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-resigns-amid-crush-of-ethics-scandals?utm

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1/3 of Russians under 25 want to Immigrate to Germany(16%), US(7%), Spain(6%)

A recent survey conducted by the state-funded pollster VTsIOM shows that 1 out of 10 Russians want to leave the country.

Young Russians were especially keen to move: Among those aged 18 to 24, almost one-third (31 percent) of respondents said they wanted to leave the country.

For decades, Russia has suffered a brain and youth drain: According to federal statistics agency Rosstat, more than 300,000 people left the country in 2016.

VTsIOM said that more than a quarter of those who thought of leaving had already begun preparing for the move by “collecting information about the destination country.” Twenty percent are learning a foreign language.

The top three destinations were Germany (16 percent), the United States (7 percent) and Spain (6 percent), the pollster said.

Notably, one out of four of those questioned in the poll could name a relative or acquaintance who had moved away from Russia in recent years.

The poll was conducted through phone interviews with 2,000 respondents on June 6-7.

A similar poll conducted recently by the independent Levada Center put the number of Russians considering emigration at 15 percent.

Muscovites were especially keen to move, the pollster found, with one out of five capital city residents thinking of packing their bags.

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/one-in-10-russians-want-to-emigrate-state-pollster-62113

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Mitch McConnell chased from restaurant by protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was followed to his car Saturday by protesters who hurled both personal insults and political rhetoric at him while he left a Kentucky restaurant.

The encounter, which took place in a parking lot outside of a Louisville restaurant, was captured on camera by one of the protesters. In the video, you can hear the group of protesters chanting "vote you out!" and "abolish ICE!" to the Republican senator from Kentucky. One man can be heard calling the senator "turtle head" and repeatedly saying "we know where you live" as the senator and two dining companions climb into their parked vehicle.

McConnell did not respond to the protesters' comments. The Washington Post was first to report the video Sunday.

The encounter was the second one to occur to McConnell in the last two weeks. In late June, the senator and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were confronted by protesters in Washington, DC, while leaving an event at Georgetown University.

According to the Post, hundreds of people were protesting Saturday outside Louisville's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, just a few miles from the restaurant. Among the protesters were members of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. When someone noticed McConnell at the restaurant, they called on the protesters to confront the senator.

"If the Leader comments on being called a fascist and a supporter of ICE by a small handful of extremist protesters then I will let you know," McConnell's spokesman, David Popp, told the Post after the incident

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38596699/mcconnell-chased-from-ky-restaurant-by-protesters

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AT&T promised lower prices after Time Warner merger—it’s raising them instead

>AT&T is raising the base price of its DirecTV Now streaming service by $5 per month, despite promising in court that its acquisition of Time Warner Inc. would lower TV prices.

>Just two months ago, AT&T said in a court filing that buying Time Warner would allow it to lower TV prices. The US Department of Justice tried to stop the merger, arguing that it would raise prices for consumers, but a federal judge sided with AT&T. The merger was completed on June 15.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/att-promised-lower-prices-after-time-warner-merger-its-raising-them-instead/

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Fear Of Guns Now Being Taught And Officially Propagandized In Public Schools By Liberal Teachers

The fear of guns will be on the fourth-grade curriculum if some Colorado Board of Education members get their way.

“Explain the potential dangers of having weapons at home, in school, and in the community” is a controversial line contained within new health standards for Colorado fourth graders. Not surprisingly, the standards generated controversy at a June 13 meeting of the Colorado Board of Education.

Moreover, the standards included conflict-resolution techniques, alternatives to violence, and promotion of violence-free relationships, The Denver Post reported. Ironically, the section on weapons generated conflict between liberals and conservatives on the board.

https://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/fear-of-guns-being-taught-public-schools/

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Paul Manafort's new mug shot. LOL

Paul Manafort’s new mug shot. He was transferred to a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, from a facility about 100 miles away so he could be closer to the courthouse where he will be tried on charges of bank and tax fraud.

Officials told The Washington Post that Manafort has been booked into the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia, which is a few blocks from the federal courthouse where he will be tried for bank and tax fraud charges this month.

Manafort, who is also being prosecuted by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is reportedly not happy with the move.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-manafort-mug-shot_us_5b477f97e4b0bc69a784fc60

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David Davis prepared to join Eurosceptic rebels and vote against the UK Government

David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, is prepared to join Eurosceptic MPs and vote against the Government next week in a move that could force ministers into a climbdown.

Mr Davis, who quit last week in protest at the Chequers compromise, is willing to back an amendment which will enshrine in law a commitment that there will be no customs border down the Irish Sea.

It is one of four amendments to the Government's flagship trade bill that have been tabled by Eurosceptics in a bid to block the Prime Minister's Chequer's compromise over Brexit.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/07/13/david-davis-prepared-join-eurosceptic-rebels-vote-against-government/

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Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes

Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes

n an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland.

The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika.

In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast.

The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.

The successful experiment offers a potential new solution against diseases which infect millions every year.

Many mosquito-spread diseases are difficult to treat. Some don't have effective vaccines, pesticides can be unsustainable, and methods such as clearing standing water are inefficient against mosquito breeding rates.

The Zika virus is an infamous example. Its explosive outbreak in 2015 infected millions worldwide, causing babies to be born with neurological disorders. Researchers raced to develop a vaccine, and many are still conducting trials.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/10/australia/australia-mosquito-disease-experiment-intl/index.html

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PA.Cops run over man with bulldozer after he fled his 10 weed plants

State police went grossly overboard in their pursuit of a marijuana suspect whose body was found under a bulldozer that authorities used to search for him in thick brush, a pot advocacy group said Thursday.

Officials with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws blasted state police for calling in a helicopter and commandeering a Pennsylvania Game Commission bulldozer as they tracked Gregory Longenecker, 51, who’d fled law enforcement on state game lands about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from his hometown of Reading.

Police said they found 10 marijuana plants at the scene.

“We simply cannot understand how a man is dead over an investigation involving 10 cannabis plants,” said Patrick Nightingale, executive director of NORML’s Pittsburgh chapter and a former Allegheny County prosecutor. “The whole investigation was ridiculous. I’ve seen law enforcement take down major heroin traffickers that haven’t engaged in this level of aggression.”

A state police internal investigation is underway. The unidentified trooper who rode the bulldozer has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome, said a state police spokesman, Cpl. Adam Reed, who declined further comment.

The chase developed Monday morning after a game commission worker who had been clearing brush spotted a parked car he thought looked suspicious and called local police, who, in turn, contacted state police.

One suspect was arrested by the Bernville police chief, but Longenecker eluded capture.

A state police helicopter spotted him in the underbrush, and the game commission worker, with a trooper aboard, used the bulldozer to blaze a trail in pursuit. The chopper lost sight of him, and the trooper told the worker to stop the machine, according to a state police account. That’s when they spotted his body.

The second suspect, David B. Light, 55, of Sinking Spring, was charged with drug offenses. Light’s attorney, who has also previously represented Longenecker, declined comment. It wasn’t clear whether Longenecker’s family has hired a lawyer.

Jeff Riedy, executive director of the Lehigh Valley chapter of NORML, said the marijuana plants likely had a street value of under $5,000.

“I doubt they were even planning to sell this on the street. If you’re a consumer of marijuana, 10 plants is nothing,” he said. “Ten plants isn’t even going to get you through the year.”

https://apnews.com/3cdf7dd4e5f94674b74ee2ba576fc87e

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Speeding Arizona Congressman Claims 'Immunity' When Pulled Over;

Republican Representative bragged to a police officer that he sometimes drives at 140 mph.

Paul Mosley, of Arizona, was caught driving at 97 mph in a 55 zone, but told the police officer he should be let go because of his “immunity as a government official.” According to a deputy’s report, obtained by Parker Live, Mosley was swerving through traffic on State Route 95 north on Resort Drive.

The incident occurred in March and the police report was made public this week.

After being pulled over, Mosley was waving out of his window so the officer would recognize a placard indicating he was a government official. The report states that Mosley told the officer he shouldn’t “waste time” issuing a ticket.

“I explained the reason for the stop to Mosley and asked if there was any reason he was traveling so fast,” the deputy wrote in the report. “I informed Mosley that 97 mph in a 55 mph zone is considered criminal speed. Mosley stated he was just in a hurry to get home to surprise his family in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

“Mosley also told me that I should just let him go and that I shouldn’t waste anymore of my time dealing with him due to his immunity as a government official.”

After running his license, the police officer returned to Mosley and told him to watch his speed. Mosley took the chance to brag about speeding in the past. “Yeah, this goes 140,” he said. “That’s what I like about it. I go 130, 140, 120. I come down I-10, I was going 120 almost, you know, if there was no traffic.”

http://www.newsweek.com/speeding-arizona-congressman-claims-immunity-when-pulled-over-brags-cop-he-1022154

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Europe threatens to sink May's new plan over Irish border concern

https://belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/brexit/europe-threatens-to-sink-mays-new-plan-over-irish-border-concern-37112918.html

The body's Brexit steering group, chaired by co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt, met yesterday and said in a statement after the UK white paper was published that it would "not consent" to a deal "without a credible 'back-stop' provision for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border".

The intervention means there is likely to be further trouble ahead on the border issue - with the risk that the whole deal could be sunk over it.

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Britain's heatwave leads to archaeological finds, sun & heat burns outlines in ground

The current heatwave is providing a near-unprecedented bonanza for archaeologists, as scorched conditions all over Britain expose the previously undiscovered or long-hidden outlines of everything from ancient fortifications to remnants of the Second World War.

In what was described as “a frantic race against time and weather”, archaeologists are scrambling into aeroplanes or flying drones to search for the outlines which are visible from the air as “crop marks”, before they are once more erased by rain.

In Wales alone the new discoveries have included an early medieval cemetery in south Gwynedd, a Roman villa in the Vale of Glamorgan, a prehistoric or Roman farm near Newport and a Roman fortlet near Magor, south Wales.

Members of the public are spotting the signs of everything from Bronze Age burial grounds in their local park to long-forgotten Second World War air raid shelters in back gardens and schools.

With Britain having experienced its longest heatwave since 1976 and the hottest June on record, a remarkable number of crop marks have appeared, sometimes showing the presence of buried remains that have lain unnoticed for decades or, in the case of the new discoveries, for centuries.

A buried ditch that once ringed a hill fort will collect more underground water and nutrients, so the plants above it will grow taller and greener while the hot weather parches all the neighbouring vegetation. The underground remains of a wall, meanwhile, will have drier and poorer soil above it, producing shorter and browner plants.

Ms Barker explained that the differences are more noticeable in the kind of prolonged hot weather that can affect even normally hardy greenery like grass. Which means that when the rain comes, the crop marks vanish again.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-heatwave-archaeologists-discoveries-expose-hidden-treasure-history-crop-marks-forts-finds-a8442531.html

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Trump's longtime personal driver sues for several years of unpaid overtime

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-driver/trumps-longtime-driver-sues-for-several-years-of-unpaid-overtime-idUSKBN1JZ299?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

>NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man who said he was Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 20 years sued the U.S. president’s company on Monday, claiming he was not paid for thousands of hours of overtime.

>Noel Cintron, 59, said the Trump Organization has not paid him for 3,300 hours of overtime in the last six years or given him a “meaningful” raise for 12 years.

>The Trump Organization said Cintron was paid fairly.

>Cintron is seeking damages that his lawyer said could reach $400,000, including punitive damages and sums for federal and state labor law violations.

>The unpaid overtime alone totaled more than $178,000, at $54.09 per hour, and could have been higher but for a statute of limitations, the complaint said.

>He said his salary was raised to $68,000 in 2006 and then to $75,000 in 2010, but the latter increase required him to surrender health benefits. Cintron said this saved Trump $17,866 in annual health insurance premiums.

>Larry Hutcher, a lawyer for Cintron, said his client had not sued sooner because he had been unaware of his rights, and that it was “regrettable” a lawsuit became necessary.

>“It’s ironic that President Trump, who portrays himself as an advocate of the working man, doesn’t see fit to pay his own driver a fair wage,” Hutcher said in an interview.

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Maga Neggress who beat 91 yr old beaner with a brick is Arrested

A week after a 91-year-old Mexican man says he was beaten with a concrete block in Southern California, a woman has been arrested in connection with the assault, authorities said.

Laquisha Jones, 30, was arrested Tuesday night in Los Angeles on suspicion of beating Rodolfo Rodriguez last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

She was being held on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $200,000

Rodriguez, who is recovering at his relatives' Willowbrook home south of Los Angeles, said he was walking to a park on July 4 when he passed a woman and a girl.

Without warning, the woman hit him with a concrete block, he said, and enlisted a group of men to kick him.

"I didn't even bump into her kid," Rodriguez said. "I just passed her, and she pushed me and she hit me until she was done."

A witness, Misbel Borjas, said she saw a woman hitting Rodriguez in the head with the block.

"I heard her saying, 'Go back to your country; go back to Mexico,' " she told CNN by phone.

Authorities said Jones is black and a Los Angeles resident.

http://archive.is/RxXGv

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Execution by Fentanyl Is About To Be Used In Nevada

The life of convicted killer Scott Raymond Dozier currently lies in the hands of a very controversial drug.

This week, the state of Nevada plans to be the first US state to carry out an execution using fentanyl, the notorious recreationally-used drug that’s become synonymous with the country’s opioid epidemic.

A hearing will take place on Wednesday, July 11, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. If it gets the go-ahead, Dozier will be dead by 8:30pm later that day.

Fentanyl is a potent and highly-addictive opioid narcotic that is typically used to treat severe chronic pain. Much like heroin and other opioids, fentanyl works by binding to the body's opioid receptors, specialized cells found in the brain, spinal cord, and digestive tract that control pain and emotion. In turn, this triggers the release of endorphins, the naturally occurring “feel good” chemicals that we normally produce after we eat, rest, or do something pleasurable. It also suppresses the brain activity that controls breathing.

In high enough quantities – just a quarter of a milligram – it will depress the respiratory system and slow down the rate of breathing to the extent that the body becomes starved of oxygen

Nevada wants to use fentanyl in Dozier’s execution because of the national shortage of lethal injection drugs. He will first be injected with midazolam, followed by fentanyl, then a muscle paralyzing drug.

However, the use of this untested technique is causing a big stir.

The Associated Press reports the pharmaceutical company who manufactures the drug midazolam has filed a lawsuit saying their drug is “not approved for use in such an application” and argues that the drugs were illegally obtained.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/a-new-and-controversial-method-of-capital-punishment-is-about-to-be-used-in-nevada-/page-2/

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Nigerian Witch DR Dies After Offering Customer To Test 'Bullet Proof' Charm Necklace on himself

Nigerian healer died after attempting to demonstrate the efficacy of his bulletproof charms to a client.

Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, died when he told one his clients to shoot him in an attempt to test his charms.

“A young man had gone to [the healer] to prepare bulletproof charms for him, which the witch doctor did. To prove the efficacy of the new charms, [he] positioned and handed over a gun to his customer. Tragedy struck,” the BBC reported, citing the Nigeria-based Punch Newspaper.

Even local police seemed to trust bulletproof charms more than the armor itself. Early this year, another article from Punch reported that several policemen admitted to having more confidence in being protected "the traditional way," meaning that some officers were wearing a charm under their bulletproof vest.

“Even my wife knows about the charm and we are both Christians. She does not complain because at the end of the day, she does not want me to lose my life facing armed robbers. There is nothing wrong with double protection,” one officer told the publication.

http://www.newsweek.com/healer-dies-after-offering-customer-test-bullet-proof-charm-necklace-1010503

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$1.12 billion manufacturing complex by Chinese in Lousiana at risk because of tariffs

Last spring, Louisiana officials unveiled a major foreign investment project in the state: A $1.12 billion manufacturing complex by Chinese chemical giant Wanhua. That project's now caught in the middle of a trade war between the U.S. and China and other countries.

Although Wanhua has not yet made a final investment decision or named a specific Louisiana site, it is a stark example of the risks economists say face Louisiana because of escalating trade wars with some of the state’s biggest trading partners.

“We’re likely to face a significant increase in costs that were not part of the original capital investment, which raises concerns for our project,” said James Newport, general manager of Wanhua Chemical U.S. Operations LLC. He added the firm is seeking an exemption from the tariffs.

The company is “reevaluating” the project on the basis of “tens of millions” in higher costs resulting from steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

The Trump administration tacked tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China, Mexico, Canada and a host of other countries earlier this year.

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_d5c9b806-814f-11e8-a571-77fb9af3b81a.html

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Border officials may have taken child of US citizen into custody

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U.S. officials at the southern border may have taken a child of a U.S. citizen into custody, administration lawyers revealed Tuesday.

In a court filing to give an update on efforts to reunite families, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the administration is unable to determine if the child was separated from the parent, and the government hasn’t been able to locate the parent for more than a year.

The child is under the age of 5, according to the filing. Officials did not give any other details about the child or the parent's potential whereabouts.

One child “cannot be reunified at this time because the parent’s location has been unknown for more than a year,” the filing said. “Defendants are unable to conclusively determine whether the parent is a class member, and records show the parent and child might be U.S. citizens.”

U.S. officials are scrambling to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite 102 children under the age of 5 who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to DOJ attorneys, a total of 75 of the 102 children in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services are eligible for reunification. DOJ attorneys said they expect to reunify a total of 38 by Tuesday’s deadline.

The Trump administration separated the families as part of its “zero tolerance” strategy to criminally prosecute all immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, including those who are seeking asylum.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/396352-border-officials-may-have-taken-child-of-us-citizen-into-custody

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Comrade Trump ‘More Loyal to Putin Than to NATO Allies,'Democrat Leaders Say After Germany ‘Insults’

Democratic leaders attacked President Donald Trump as signifying he is “more loyal” to Russian President Vladimir Putin than he is to the United States’ NATO allies after Trump launched his latest attacks on U.S. partners. At a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, Trump claimed Germany was “totally controlled by Russia,” because of its level of energy dependence on the country.

“President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment,” read a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies.”

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-loyal-putin-nato-1018293?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter

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ICE admit they separated parents & babies,some US citizens,for up to a year

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called the revelation “horrific” and blamed the administration’s poor execution of the practice of family separations.

“The fact that citizens got caught up in this mess shows just how poor the government’s record-keeping was, and this is just the latest example,” said Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

On 26 June, in a suit filed by the ACLU against the government over the separation of families at the southern border, federal judge Dana Sabraw granted a preliminary injunction requiring the reunification of children under the age of five by 10 July.

In a hearing on Tuesday, just before the deadline, the DoJ was asked to account for each failed reunification of the 102 younger children in its care. It noted 27 cases where it found reunification was not currently feasible, including one “because the parent’s location has been unknown for more than a year … and records show the parent and child might be US citizens”.

Previously the DoJ had only revealed that the child’s father could not be located. The ACLU and the court were only made aware that both father and child might be US citizens on Tuesday.

“It actually happens much more frequently than you would believe,” Gelernt said. “They [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] make mistakes.”

In total the DoJ said it expected to have 38 children under five reunified by Tuesday’s 10pm PT deadline, 16 “soon thereafter” and another 20 depending on a number of conditions including whether or not parents can be located, and “if those parents request reunification”.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/11/us-immigration-family-separations-doj-us-citizens

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Donald Drumpf reaches new low, gets BTFO by own daughter

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/a21407601/ivanka-trump-likes-tweet-disparaging-dad-donald-trump/

Drumpf has been humiliated again, this time showing that not even his own daughter doesn't hate him, is there any hope at all for drumpfy's reelection at this point? As every supporter and political employee of drumpf continues to flee the sinking ship as his polls plummet, everyone but the most diehard drumptards have given up hope on the "maga" delusion and collectively burned their dumb red hats that were made in china.

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Police Scotland warns social media users over Contempt of Court

Police Scotland are investigating messages posted on social media which could ‘risk prejudicing court proceedings’.

The warning follows a number of posts made on websites such as Twitter and Facebook which have speculated on the identity of the 16-year-old who yesterday appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court charged with the rape and murder of Alesha MacPhail, six, from Airdrie.

Under Scots law, the identities of persons aged under 18 who are charged with any crime are protected.

In a statement today, Police Scotland said it was “investigating a number of reports of social media posts which risk prejudicing future court proceedings and could put you in breach of the Contempt of Court Act”.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/police-scotland-warns-social-media-users-over-contempt-of-court-1-4765662

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Out of China:Ancient Humans Lived there 2.1 Million Yrs Ago, tools found

Our ancient ancestors lived in China, too.

Ancient humans appear to have reached northwestern China about 2.1 million years ago, and they lived there for hundreds of thousands of years, according to a new study published Wednesday in Nature. It suggests that hominins migrated out of Africa much earlier, and spread much farther east, than once thought.

Previously, the earliest ancient-human presence outside of Africa had been a Homo erectus fossil found in a cave in Dmanisi, Georgia. It was dated to 1.85 million years ago. This newly discovered community of early humans lived roughly 250,000 years earlier than that group, and did so 3,500 miles to the east.

The research was led by Zhaoyu Zhu, an archeologist and climatologist at the Chinese Academy of Science. Zhu and his team have spent the last 13 years excavating a unique site on China’s Loess Plateau, a rare spot protected from erosion, glaciation, and continually buried in wind-blown sand over the last several million years.

While the new paper identifies a human presence, the researchers have not yet found any early human fossils at the site. They have unearthed a wealth of early stone tools left behind by our ancestors, buried under many layers of solidified sand. These artifacts are mostly chipped flakes of stone, a type of primitive blade created by smashing two river-smoothed cobbles together. Hominins in Africa are known to have used this technology during the same period.

Claiming an ancient-human presence from a bunch of stone flakes could prove controversial among some researchers, who only feel confident dating an ancient-human presence when they find the remains of an early human, like teeth, a jaw bone, or ancient DNA.

But both the paper’s authors and outside experts told me they felt comfortable asserting that ancient humans lived on this site.

“It comes down to two general points,” said John Kappelman, a professor of anthropology and geology at the University of Texas at Austin who was not connected to the research. First, the stone tools “look like they were produced by humans,” he told me. They also show evidence of manufacture and maintenance. Some flakes have an almost serrated edge, suggesting that their creator smashed them against a cobble multiple times in order to improve them. Others “appear to show re-sharpening or sharpening,” he said, meaning their users attended to their tools and tried to improve them.

“Hominin remains are incredibly scarce,” he continued. “Their skeletons are very fragile, preservation is very rare, and they were not very common. In contrast, a single hominin can generate thousands of stone tools in a lifetime. Additionally, fossils will never indicate the first actual appearance of an animal—the first recorded appearance is always later than the first actual appearance, no matter whether it’s a hominin or a hippopotamus.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/early-humans-left-africa-250000-years-earlier-than-thought/564896/

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With Trump's tariffs, even the exemptions are costly and time-consuming

In late March, the U.S. Department of Commerce told businesses they could begin submitting requests for the government to exclude specific products or raw materials from double-digit tariffs, a process designed to avoid imposing undue costs on specific types of steel and aluminum products that can’t be found in the domestic market.

The turnaround hasn't been quick: A resource-strapped Commerce Department now has a backlog of over 20,000 requests, and many small businesses are lost and confused.

When the tariffs were announced, Lucerne, a company with a little more than 50 employees and no in-house legal department, was forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of six weeks to prepare exemption proposals for affected imports, Buchzeiger said.

When the tariffs were announced, Lucerne, a company with a little more than 50 employees and no in-house legal department, was forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of six weeks to prepare exemption proposals for affected imports, Buchzeiger said.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/business/with-trumps-tariffs-even-the-exemptions-are-costly-and-time-consuming

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French farmer who found 1st ever complete skull of elephant ancestor didn't tell anyone for yrs

A farmer in the south of France stumbled across the skull of a giant, four-tusked ancestor of the elephant but failed to inform paleontologists for almost three years because he didn’t want any “bother” from fossil hunters.

The unnamed farmer struck scientific gold when he unearthed the remarkably intact skull - a unique specimen - of the Pyrenean mastodon, Gomphotherium pyrenaicum, a relative of elephants and mammoths that roamed the area millions of years ago.

The only previous proof of its existence was the discovery of four teeth belonging to one individual found in 1857 in an area near the farm, around 40 miles southwest of Toulouse.

Unsure what to do with the bones, he finally contacted the Toulouse natural history museum, telling them he had failed to call earlier because he didn’t want to be “bothered” by any fossil fans.

“Today, we are putting a face to a species that had become almost mythical. We now have a complete skull and this will allow us to clarify the anatomy of this species,” said Francis Duranthon, director and curator of the museum.

The skull, including upper and lower tusks, is around 1.6 metres long.

“I’ve been looking for this species for 35 years, and my professor – he’s dead now, but he was looking for it for 50 years,” Mr Duranthon told Cosmos magazine.

“It is a fantastic discovery. A complete skull with the mandibula is very rare. And for this species, it is the only one in the world. It confirms the existence of large mastodons in this part of Europe 11 million years ago.

“For us, all the team and me, it’s a great achievement after 160 years of intensive research in the field.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/12/french-farmer-kept-quiet-finding-skull-first-ever-four-tusked/

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Michael Jackson was ‘chemically castrated’ by his dad to keep high voice, says doctor

MICHAEL Jackson was “chemically castrated” by his father Joe according to the late star’s doctor.

Conrad Murray said Joe, who died from cancer last month, was “cruel” to his children.

“Joe Jackson was one of the worst fathers to his children in history,” Dr Murray told The Blast.

The cruelty expressed by Michael that he experienced at the hand of his father.

“The fact that he was chemically castrated to maintain his high-pitched voice is beyond words.”

Dr Murray has previously claimed the Jackson family patriarch would give Michael hormone injections to stop his voice from getting deeper.

The doctor said Michael told him he was so scared of his dad he would vomit when he saw him.

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/michael-jackson-was-chemically-castrated-by-his-dad-says-doctor/news-story/8fbeb16135cea846c2ce22da569df774

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Judge allows federal lawsuit against 25 neo-Nazis to proceed for violence in Charlottesville

A federal lawsuit accusing two dozen neo-Nazis and white nationalists of organizing the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer with the intention of committing violence has enough legal standing to move forward, a judge ruled Monday.

“Plaintiffs have, for the most part, adequately alleged that defendants formed a conspiracy to hurt black and Jewish individuals, and their supporters, because of their race at the August 11th and 12th events,” wrote Judge Norman Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in his opinion.

The suit was brought by Integrity First for America, a nonprofit, on behalf of 11 residents of Charlottesville who say they suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of the white supremacist gathering last August, in which a young neo-Nazi rammed his vehicle into a crowd of protesters, sending bodies flying, killing Heather Heyer, a protester, and leaving dozens wounded.

“Hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists traveled from near and far to descend upon the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, in order to terrorize its residents, commit acts of violence, and use the town as a backdrop to showcase for the media and the nation a neo-nationalist agenda,” the complaint, filed October 2017, states.

Roberta Kaplan, a New York-based lawyer representing the plaintiffs, is perhaps best known for winning the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down a provision in federal law that explicitly banned gay marriage, laying the groundwork for a later ruling that made gay marriage legal nationwide.

“The Court has now made perfectly clear in a way defendants will be unable to ignore or gloss over: the First Amendment does not protect violence or threats to do violence,” said Karen L. Dunn, who is representing the plaintiffs alongside Kaplan, in a statement.

Thirteen of the 25 neo-Nazis and white supremacists are being represented by James E. Kolenich, a Cincinnati-area lawyer committed to protecting white civil rights, and Elmer Woodard, a lawyer from Virginia, who previously appeared in court on behalf of white nationalist Chris Cantwell in a separate lawsuit, wearing an 1800’s-style red waistcoat replete with gold buttons, topped off with a straw boater hat. According to people in the courtroom, Woodward wore a rumpled seersucker suit last month and mostly let Kolenich take the lead.

Richard Spencer, one of the nation’s most prominent white supremacists also named in the case, has publicly struggled to pay his own legal bills. He has been banned from most mainstream crowdfunding platforms. Nevertheless, he retained John DiNucci from northern Virginia as counsel.

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/qvm43b/judge-allows-federal-lawsuit-against-25-neo-nazis-to-proceed-for-violence-in-charlottesville

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Indian man has metal cup removed from anus

https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/09/man-says-metal-cup-removed-anus-put-muggers-7694982/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

A man who had a metal cup stuffed up his bottom for ten days claims it was put there by muggers. Security guard Ramdin, 62, said he was robbed of the £545 he had made selling his motorbike. Doctors said he was knocked out during the attack and woke up with severe abdominal pain

Ten days later he came to hospital and a scan revealed he had a steel cup lodged inside him. Surgeons at Rama Hospital in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh state in India had to operate on the man’s anus to remove it.

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Steve Rosserm, Stormy Daniel's Ohio detective, entrapped bar owner according to judge

"The Columbus City Council voted on Monday night to withdraw its objection to The Goat’s liquor-license renewal, after a judge said police had entrapped several of the bar’s employees and found them not guilty of serving alcohol to someone younger than 21. Judge David Tyack ruled that Columbus police detective Steve Rosser induced six of the Northeast Side bar’s employees to sell alcohol to an underage person who came in with him.

The Columbus City Council voted on Monday night to withdraw its objection to The Goat’s liquor-license renewal, after a judge said police had entrapped several of the bar’s employees and found them not guilty of serving alcohol to someone younger than 21.

Judge David Tyack ruled that Columbus police detective Steve Rosser induced six of the Northeast Side bar’s employees to sell alcohol to an underage person who came in with him.

Three other bar employees pleaded guilty, two of whom received $500 fines. Rosser was involved in each of those cases as well.

According to Tyack’s decision, Rosser was a regular at The Goat, at 5940 New Albany Rd. W., just outside New Albany. The judge noted that Rosser had even played on the bar’s volleyball team and had a previous romantic relationship with a bartender, who now works at a different Goat location. Rosser’s contact information also was displayed at the bar in case someone needed help."

http://www.dispatch.com/article/20150624/NEWS/306249744

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Kim Jong presses Tump's button again; Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit Potato Farm

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last weekend, he was supposed to have a one-on-one meeting with Kim Jong-un. But the North Korean leader never showed up during Pompeo’s three-day visit. His top deputy, who took the meeting in Kim’s absence, said his boss was out of town without revealing what was more important than a sit-down with the top U.S. diplomat.

Turns out, potatoes were more important. On Tuesday, North Korean state media published several reports about Kim’s visit to a rural area near the Chinese border where he provided “field guidance” to potato farmers. The reports go into great detail about Kim’s visit to Samjiyon county, which included a stop at a potato farm and a factory where processed potato products are produced. Among other things, Kim told the farmers how important good-tasting potatoes are and counted the big trucks on the farm. “Looking round farm machines and tractors of the workteam, he acquainted himself with how many tractors it has and how it operates them,” KCNA reports.

Meanwhile, back in Pyongyang, the meetings between Pompeo and representatives of Kim’s governments were a disaster. Despite the secretary’s attempt to put a positive spin on the visit, as soon as he was out of the country, North Korea criticized his “unilateral and gangster-like” demands and called the talks “regrettable.”

Kim, meanwhile, appears to have had a great time inspecting spuds.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/kim-jong-un-blew-off-mike-pompeo-to-visit-a-potato-farm.html

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'Even the cops don’t like us anymore': Under Trump, ICE is despised and divided

Across the nation, ICE has never seemed more visible, especially as anger continues over the separation of immigrant families at the border under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. Protesters have rallied across the U.S., demanding that the agency be abolished — calls that have been echoed by politicians. Earlier this month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees.

Being an ICE agent has always come with challenges. The agency has faced criticism for years from immigration activists, including during the uptick in immigration enforcement during the Obama administration.

But Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has made ICE much more of a target. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf won praise from many of her constituents and criticism from the White House earlier this year when she alerted her city to upcoming ICE raids.

Many California police departments have longstanding policies against working with ICE to arrest suspects on immigration charges. But since Trump took office, California has enacted even tougher “sanctuary state” policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration officials even more, and that has heightened the strains.

The mission of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division, or ERO, is to “identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.” While ERO might be the most well-known, it is not the only division within the agency.

Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, which includes more than 6,000 special agents, bills itself as an investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and a vital asset in “combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America’s travel, trade, financial and immigration systems.”

But the missions of ERO and HSI have been “erroneously combined,” according to a letter signed by 19 special agents in charge at ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations branch and sent to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Many jurisdictions continue to refuse to work with HSI “because of a perceived linkage to the politics of civil immigration,” the Texas Observer reported, citing the four-page letter, which proposes restructuring ICE and creating two separate agencies.

“HSI is constantly expending resources to explain the organizational differences to state and local partners, as well as to Congressional staff, and even within our own department — DHS,” the letter stated. “The development of two new effective agencies is a positive step for the Department, as part of the progression that ICE has experienced since its inception fifteen years ago.

Other jurisdictions have agreed to partner with HSI, but only if the “ICE” name is not included in “public facing information.”

“HSI’s investigations have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and national security,” the letter continued. “Furthermore, the perception of HSI’s investigative independence is unnecessarily impacted by the political nature of ERO’s civil immigration enforcement.”

DHS did not comment on the letter.

Recently, “Occupy ICE” protests have sprung up across the nation. In Portland, Ore., protesters were able to shut down an ICE facility for at least a week.

On Saturday, hundreds of coordinated rallies were scheduled around the country to protest Trump’s zero tolerance policy, which has resulted in the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents or guardians crossing the border.

This week, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) stated that he plans to introduce legislation to eliminate ICE. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat Rep. Joe Crowley, the House Democratic Caucus chair, in New York’s Democratic primary, ran on a platform that called for the abolition of the agency.

ICE “fully respects the Constitutional rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions,” ICE said in a statement. “That being said, ICE remains committed to performing its immigration enforcement mission consistent with federal law and agency policy.”

The growing anger directed at the agency prompted Trump to take to Twitter to call out what he described as “shameless attacks on our courageous law enforcement officers.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ice-conflict-20180630-story.html

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The Untold Story of Syria's Antifa Platoon

At 28, he was tall and dark and bearded, with a kind of glowering geniality about him. He was vague about his background, but I gathered he was born in Casablanca to a Moroccan mother and an Italian father, and grew up in a housing project in provincial Italy. He mentioned working in construction, but also spoke knowledgeably of cryptocurrencies and computer programming. He was fluent in six languages and spoke English with an inimitable inflection of Mediterranean and Maghrebi accents. The volunteers spent long hours sitting around drinking tea and smoking cigarettes; listening to Franceschi’s disquisitions on late capitalism, spiced with mordant asides on the Syrian Civil War, it was easy to fall under the sway of his charisma.

“A capitalist society is a shit society,” he said, “just as Egyptian society with the pyramids and pharaohs was a shit society. What we’re fighting for in Rojava is a socialist alternative.”

Franceschi was one of a motley mix of anarchists, Marxists and eccentric humanitarians who had come to take part in an obscure armed struggle known as the Rojava Revolution, the Kurds’ improbable attempt to establish an egalitarian democracy in a Belgium-size region just south of Turkey, known as Rojava. Like a lot of the volunteers, he saw it as his generation’s version of the Spanish Civil War, another conflict that attracted radical leftists from all over the world. But while tens of thousands of foreigners fought in the anti-fascist International Brigades between 1936 and 1938, 500 at most had showed up to defend the Kurds against the Islamic State, their chief nemesis. “In this revolution, the Western volunteers are basically a joke,”Franceschi told me. “A historic moment is being lost.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/untold-story-syria-antifa-platoon-666159/

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Girls face ban on skirts as schools opt for gender neutral uniforms to cater for transgender pupils

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6667719/school-girls-face-skirt-ban-gender-neutral-uniforms-transgender/

GIRLS are facing a ban on skirts as schools opt for gender neutral uniforms to cater for transgender pupils.

Traditional schoolwear could be on its way out, as dozens of schools prohibit pupils from wearing them in favour of a trousers-only policy.

The Times reported how at least 40 secondary schools had already banned skirts, with others consulting on the change.

Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, banned skirts last year after pupils questioned why its uniform was different for boys and girls, and to take into account the needs of transgender students.

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Trump Supporter Could Lose Multi-Million Dollar Company to U.S. Tariffs

As the Trump administration wages trade wars on multiple fronts, U.S. companies are beginning to feel the brunt of the impact. President Trump argues tariffs will boost the economy, but business owners say these policies are costing them millions and forcing them to cut jobs. Mary Buchzeiger, CEO of auto supply company Lucerne International, voted for Trump and supports his economic agenda. Yet, she could lose her business in the next three months if the administration’s policies don’t change. Soledad O’Brien speaks with Buchzeiger about the impact of these tariffs on her business and why she still supports the president.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOK9p5UCMMA

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Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant

Amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to data seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

“Every co-worker I know has been injured at some point,” plant worker Eric Fuerstenberg told the USDA as they examined the case for implementing reforms that would include speeding up the line. “I can attest that the line speeds are already too fast to keep up with. Please, I am asking you not to increase them any more.”

US meat workers are already three times more likely to suffer serious injury than the average American worker, and pork and beef workers nearly seven times more likely to suffer repetitive strain injuries. And some fear that plans to remove speed restrictions on pig processing lines – currently being debated by the government – will only make the work more difficult.

Government and industry bodies point out that there have been reductions in worker injury rates over the last couple of decades, although the figures still remain higher than average. They argue that despite the lifting of speed restrictions, the need to adhere to strict rules on food safety will impose its own limit on line speeds.

Records compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal that, on average, there are at least 17 “severe” incidents a month in US meat plants. These injuries are classified as those involving “hospitalisations, amputations or loss of an eye”.

Amputations happen on average twice a week, according to the data. There were 270 incidents in a 31-month period spanning 2015 to 2017, according to the OSHA figures. Most of the incidents involved the amputation of fingers or fingertips, but there were recordings of lost hands, arms or toes. During the period there were a total of 550 serious injuries which cover 22 of the 50 states so the true total for the USA would be substantially higher.

Recorded injuries include:

An employee’s left arm had to be surgically amputated at the shoulder after it was pulled into the cubing machine during sanitation

A worker was reaching down to pick up a box to clear a jam when his jacket became caught in a roller. As he tried to pull it out, his hand got pulled in as well. His hand and lower arm were crushed

While an employee was attempting to remove the ribs from the spine of a cattle rib set, his hand made contact with a running vertical band saw and two of his fingers were amputated

An employee working on a sanitation crew pushed the stop button after removing parts from the upper portion of a machine. The employee then placed his foot into a horizontal grinder while climbing down from the machine, causing all five toes on his right foot to be amputated

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/05/amputations-serious-injuries-us-meat-industry-plant

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Mujahadeen kicks lesbians out of Uber for kissing

First, you backward inbred FOB, if girls were kissing in my car I would encourage it. Second, fuck off back to Afghanistan you simple minded inbred

"Two women say an Uber driver kicked them out of his car after he saw them kiss in the back seat. The driver's taxi license, required to drive for Uber in New York City, has been suspended as the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission investigates what happened.

Alex Iovine, 26, and Emma Pichl, 24, live together in Manhattan and have been dating for nearly two years. The couple was heading back to Manhattan on Saturday after celebrating a friend's birthday at a Brooklyn bar. Iovine says she and her girlfriend were sitting on opposite sides of the back seat when they kissed."

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/06/13/uber-women-kiss-sje-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/mobile-digital-features/

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Trump seeking bankruptcy #5: goes to war with corporate American

That trend continued Monday when solar company REC Silicon said it will be laying off about 100 employees in Washington state this week — or about 40 percent of that facility’s current workforce — as a result of U.S.-China trade tensions that have blocked the company’s access to the Chinese market.

On the other side, corporate titans and market analysts fear Trump is on the cusp of damaging the American economy — and that he will not recognize the failure of his approach until it’s too late.

“With every successive firecracker that Trump sets off, we see corporate leaders and groups emboldened and ready to go on the public stage to take him on,” said Nancy Koehn, a business historian at Harvard. “This isn’t the natural order of history that large business groups oppose a Republican president. Trump has a from-the-gut sense that his base will be with him come hell or high water. But it’s a very big bet with no certainty of success.”

The latest salvo in Trump vs. Big Business came Monday when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, long a stalwart backer of Republican economic policies, broke sharply with the president. “The administration is threatening to undermine the economic progress it worked so hard to achieve,” Chamber President Tom Donohue said in announcing a campaign to oppose Trump’s tariffs. “We should seek free and fair trade, but this is just not the way to do it.

“To the extent that more and more companies come out with these kinds of negative announcements, particularly at the local level, that will start to create political pressure on the White House,” said Scott Lincicome, a trade lawyer and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute. “One of the things I’ve noticed is how many small companies that rely on steel or aluminum or count on the Canadian export market have come out with stories about getting hurt. That could actually penetrate.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/03/trump-war-corporate-america-harley-davidson-666926

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DESPERATE TRUMP SAYS POLLS ‘SHOULD BE ILLEGAL’ AFTER HIS APPROVAL RATING PLUMMETS

https://latest.com/2018/06/desperate-trump-says-polls-should-be-illegal-after-his-approval-rating-plummets/

>President Donald Trump said that polls should be illegal during a bizarre tangent during a rally in South Carolina Monday.

>“We’ve never had higher polls than we have now,” Trump claimed. “Even Gallup. Even Gallup, who treats me horribly.”

>“You know polls are fake news also, you know?” he ranted. “What they do, it’s called suppression. They put out these horrible polls, and then they hope that everyone’s going to say ‘Hey, I like Trump, but he’s got no chance of winning.’ Suppression. It should be illegal, actually.”

>The most recent CNN poll showed him at the lowest approval rating for any modern president in their second year.

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FOX: A new round of proposed Trump tariffs would hit US consumers

The repug establishment is pushing back against Trump re: his handler Putin and letting the Mueller investigation continue despite a republican congress. In response Trump is saying fuck you, here's some economic hurt for everyone…

"Americans could soon find themselves paying more for goods they might not have known were imported from China. It's a potential consequence of a new round of tariffs the Trump administration is proposing to slap on Chinese imports as soon as September.

And it marks a new phase in the U.S. trade war with China. Before now, the administration had deliberately avoided imposing tariffs on consumer goods in order to spare U.S. shoppers from direct economic pain. But late Tuesday, when the administration issued a list of 6,000 products worth $200 billion that it proposes to hit with 10 percent tariffs, it included consumer items ranging from baseball gloves to seafood, vacuum cleaners, toilet paper and burglar alarms.

The administration will hold hearings on the proposed list late next month. President Donald Trump is threatening to impose the tariffs in retaliation for duties that China slapped on $34 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Those duties, in turn, were a response to new tariffs the United States had imposed on China.

If China were to back down, the Trump administration might hold off on the newest tariffs. But economists say Beijing is unlikely to do so.

"Consumers will feel it and perhaps as early as Christmas," said Mary Lovely, an economics professor at Syracuse University who studies trade.

On Friday, the administration imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports. Consumer goods made up only about 1 percent of that amount.

But Tuesday's list includes food and agricultural products, handbags, hats and furniture — a group of items that, by themselves, account for nearly one-quarter of the $200 billion in Chinese goods that would be subject to the new proposed tariffs, according to data compiled by trade research firm Panjiva.

Other products that would be affected include window-mounted air conditioners, Christmas lights, car parts, refrigerators and roughly $350 million of frozen tilapia filets, according to data from Panjiva. Of all the frozen tilapia the United States imports, roughly 83 percent comes from China.

The tariffs might even affect some of the "Make America Great Again" — or MAGA — hats sported by many of Trump's supporters. David Lassoff, a company manager for California-based Incredible Gifts, is stockpiling the hats because importers have told him that the MAGA hats might be affected by the tariffs. Incredible Gifts buys the hats from China and embroiders them in the United States."

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/a-new-round-of-proposed-trump-tariffs-would-hit-us-consumers

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JOJO part 5 anime confirmed!

https://natalie.mu/comic/news/287695

This was announced at a press conference of "Ripples of Araki Hiro Hikohara Exhibition JOJO Adventure" held at the National Art Center, Tokyo on June 21 today. Jorno and other character visuals have been lifted, and the animation broadcast will start in October. "Golden Wind" is a series that depicts the main character Jorno Giovanna dreaming of a gangster and the lives of his colleagues, set in Italy. Tsuda Naokatsu who served as director in "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" television anime series from 1st to 4th is appointed general director, and Yasuhiro Kimura and Hideya Takahashi are in charge of the director. In addition to this, Yasuko Kobayashi as well as the previous series, Takahiro Kishida who will participate in the series as the main staff as a character designer, and david production will continue to produce animation. In addition, as an event to pre-screen the first episode of this work, on July 5 "Japan Premier" at Annelli Hall in Tokyo and Italian Cultural Center, in Japan Expo held in Paris, France on the same day Japan time "International Premier", will perform "US Premier" within AnimeExpo to be held in Los Angeles, USA on July 7, Japan time. "Japan Premiere" is the main cast of animation, "US Premier" is Tetsuda coach director. Participation in "Japan Premier" is accepted by lottery until 23:59 on 26th June. The TV animation "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" aired on Part 1 and 2 from October to April 2012. From April to September 2014 and January to June 2015 Part 3 was broadcasted from April 2016 to December 2016. In comic Natalie, I will follow the schedule of the press conference today and report it.

Edit: I gotcha, fam.

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Trump adviser Stephen Miller reportedly threw away $80 sushi after bartender gave him the finger

Miller's JEWISH family escaped death to the US. Now the little sociopath wants to prevent others from doing that.

"Miller grew up in a liberal-leaning Jewish family in Santa Monica, California.[16][17] He is the second of three children born to Michael D. Miller, a real estate investor, and Miriam (Glosser) Miller. His mother's family immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s from Belarus escaping the anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire (1903-1906).[18][19] When his family arrived in the United States, his great-grandmother only spoke Yiddish, the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. However, in spite of their poverty, as did most poor immigrants, most of the family learned English, worked hard and opened successful businesses in Pennsylvania —"the classic immigration success story".[20]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Miller_(political_advisor)

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Instagram models jailed for extorting Nigerian billionaire

Referred to as the Toronto "Kardashian" sisters, Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo have been exposed for extorting money from wealthy men

TWO POPULAR Instagram models have been jailed for extorting a Nigerian billionaire as well as other wealthy men.

According to Politics Nigeria, Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo were high-end prostitutes and claimed that they had evidence of these men cheating on their wives. They would then demand money in order to keep their claims private, promising to go public with recorded conversations and sexual activities otherwise.

The sisters admitted that they had sex with over 100 Nigerian men and had to promise never to reenter the country.

Ultimately, the pair were brought down by Femi Otedola, the billionaire they had tried to extort, because he investigated them himself and kept his own records.

Both girls are Canadian nationals but are being held in Nigeria until their January court date.

The girls, who were often considered the Canadian 'Kardashians', were found with “laptops and iPads that had the information of different people, including video tapes of men having sex with them… politicians, top ranking businessmen in Nigeria,” according to the City News.

In addition to the extortion scheme, the sisters are accused of cyber-bullying, with court documents outlining ==“the humiliation and cyber-bullying of some 274 persons, mostly based in Africa.”==

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/instagram-models-jailed-extorting-nigerian-billionaire

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Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and soccer coach freed

The last remaining member of the Wild Boars soccer team and their assistant coach have been pulled out of a flooded cave in Thailand, bringing an end to a near three-week ordeal that prompted an international rescue effort and captivated audiences around the world.

The 12th boy and his coach were the last of the team to be rescued Tuesday, after a complicated three-day operation to extricate the team, who became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water cut them off deep inside the cave.

In the last 18 days, what began as a local search for the missing 13 turned into a complex rescue operation, involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help.

The parents of the boys have maintained a constant vigil outside the cave since they went missing, praying for their safe return.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/09/asia/thai-cave-rescue-mission-intl/index.html

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HAHAH! IN AMERICUNT UKRAINE THEY AREST FOR RUSSIAN FLAG!

The police are looking for a man in Bukovina, who was walking around the village with the flag of Russia.

"During the monitoring of one of the social networks, law enforcement officers found a message about a man who was walking around the village with the flag of the aggressor country." According to the author of the publication, the local resident was offended by the authorities because of economic problems. to such a step and in a state of furious anger he walked through the village of Vasilyevka of the Sokiryansk district with the flag of Russia in his hands, "the police said.

The investigative-operative group of the Sokiryansky police station went to the place to check the reliability of this information. Policemen conduct a survey of local residents and possible eyewitnesses of the incident.

https://strana.ua/news/150659-politsija-ishchet-na-bukovine-muzhchinu-kotoryj-huljal-s-flahom-rossii-po-selu.html

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Rapper Smoke Dawg Gets Smoked Outside Nightclub in Gun Control Canadia

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/02/rapper-smoke-dawg-who-opened-for-drake-shot-and-killed-outside-nightclub.html

>A rapper who once collaborated with Drake was one of two men killed in a shooting in downtown Toronto, Canadian police told the Associated Press.

>Smart is survived by his 1-year-old daughter, his parents and 13 siblings. His death comes two weeks after fellow rapper XXXTentacion was shot to death in Florida.

Perhaps the solution isn't gun control. Nigger control is the solution.

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Jewtube plans to decide for its viewers what "reputable news" are

YouTube will invest $25 million in funding “quality journalism” on its platform. The initiative will aim to provide context and to promote ‘reputable’ sources; but there are doubts as to what, exactly, that might mean.

YouTube announced the initiative on Monday, and says it aims to make “it easier to find quality news” and improve “the news experience on YouTube.” The initiative forms part of a wider, $300 million Google program aimed at “helping journalism thrive in the digital age.”

In the coming weeks, videos posted about breaking news events will be accompanied with a link to carefully vetted news article about the events, as well as a reminder that breaking news can rapidly change. YouTube will also highlight breaking news videos from reputable news organizations on its homepage, and recommend that viewers watch similar videos following the ones they were watching.

With the left-right divide in America widening, the challenge for YouTube is deciding what sources count as reputable. Among those vetted by YouTube are CNN and Fox News. CNN has been slated and derided as ‘fake news’ by President Trump and others on the right, while CNN President Jeff Zucker called Fox a “propaganda machine” earlier this year.

When Facebook announced plans to rank news sources by “trustworthiness” and “dial up the intensity” of news suppression this May, it enlisted the help of a host of news organizations to define what “trustworthy” means. However, all but two of the over 20 organizations enlisted leaned to the political left.

The only US outlet mentioned in YouTube’s announcement is Vox Media, a left-wing “explainer” website. YouTube has also revealed that one of its “trusted flaggers” of objectionable content is the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that focuses solely on “right-wing extremism.” The SPLC has been forced to retract several articles over the past few months, and pay a $3.75 million compensation to a think-tank it mischaracterized as anti-Muslim.

https://www.rt.com/usa/432604-youtube-invests-reputable-news/

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Thai cave rescue: Elon Musk delivers tiny submarine, rescuers say no thanks

Elon Musk really wants the world to know he's at the cave rescue operation site in Thailand, and he's there to help.

The billionaire Tesla chief has visited the Tham Luang cave to drop off a miniature submarine he hoped might help with the ongoing rescue operation of the Wild Boar soccer team.

Twelve members of the team and their coach became trapped on June 23, although rescuers managed to free the first eight boys on Sunday and Monday.

On the weekend Mr Musk said he had been building a "tiny, kid-size submarine" with "feedback from Thailand".

However, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said this afternoon that while he was grateful for Mr Musk's support, the submarine just was not practical for the rescue mission.

Earlier, Mr Musk said he would drop off the device at the front of the cave "in case it may be useful in future".

In a tweet, Mr Musk said he had "just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed."

"It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids' soccer team."

He added: "Thailand is so beautiful."

Four boys and the coach are still to be rescued.

When spruiking his submarine yesterday, Mr Musk said the design had four "handles/hitch points" on both the front and back of the device, adding: "Two air tank connections on front and two on rear, allowing one to four tanks simultaneously connected, all recessed for impact protection [with] secondary cap seal if leak develops."

It also has "segmented compartments to place rocks or dive weights [and] adjust buoyancy"

It also has a"little nook inside to hold sodas, and a view screen for the kids to watch the latest anime and a penis tube if they want to urinate during the rescue" .

The device was last seen on the back of a pickup truck owned by The Thai chief in charge of rescue operations.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-10/thai-cave-rescue-elon-musk-submarine-wont-be-needed/9965698?pfmredir=sm&sf193413575=1&smid=Page:%20ABC%20News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic

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The Trump administration has replaced family separation with indefinite family detention

The Trump administration is keeping families together. In immigration detention. Indefinitely.

And they’re arguing that a court order preventing family separation gives them the legal power to do so.

In federal court Friday night, Trump’s Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, filed an announcement that it is now keeping families in detention “during the pendency of” their immigration cases. That could easily mean months of detention (or longer) for some asylum-seekers — or, alternatively, a form of “assembly-line justice” that moves families’ cases through too quickly to allow for real due process.

The administration was already trying to get the courts and Congress to approve indefinite family detention, by overruling a 2015 order (made as part of the “Flores settlement”) that prevented children from being kept in immigration detention with their parents for more than 20 days.

But the administration now claims that a more recent court ruling — the order by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw on Tuesday that barred the administration from splitting up any more families and ordered them to reunite the 2,000 remaining separated ones within 30 days — means that they are now allowed to detain thousands of families in temporary facilities for as long as it takes to either grant them legal status or (the administration’s preference) deport them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/30/17520820/families-together-detention-separate-camp-military

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Grave of Swedish child that died in Stockholm terror attack is vandalised By Liberal Muslims

The grave of the little girl Ebba Åkerlund has been vandalised, Fria Tider reports. The 11-year-old child died in Stockholm’s terror attack, which was committed by Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old rejected asylum seeker.

Ebba Åkerlund was one of the five victims of the Stockholm terror attack in which Uzbek Rakhmat Akilov drove a truck into a shopping street in the centre of the Swedish capital in April last year.

It seems the little girl cannot rest in peace as some sick person is vandalising her grave at Adolf Fredriks Cemetery in Stockholm. It gets even worse, as this isn’t the first time it has happened.

“For the second time in a short period of time, Ebba’s tomb has been vandalised at the Adolf Fredriks Cemetery. In addition to the stolen birds on the tombstone, flowers are broken, lanterns crushed and everything delicate classmates and other mourners laid by the grave are thrown away. Why?”, Writes Ebba’s memorial fund Instagram.

People who replied to the post are very upset about the heartless behaviour.

https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/07/grave-of-swedish-child-that-died-in-stockholm-terror-attack-is-vandalised/

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3 students rape & vid Indian girl,13,blackmailed by entire school & principal into more rape

Police in eastern India have arrested a school principal, two teachers and three pupils after a teenage girl blamed them and another 13 schoolmates for repeatedly raping her for the last seven months, police saidSaturday.

Police arrested the six after the girl named the 19 accused in a written complaint on Friday, said police officer Har Kishore Rai.

The complaint points out that (the accused) blackmailed and repeatedly raped the girl,” Rai said. “We’ve formed a special team and an investigation has been started on a priority basis.”

The girl said she did not report the abuse immediately, “fearing society would ostracise” her, the English-language Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

The girl, a pupil in Bihar state, said in her complaint that she was first raped in December by three schoolmates who took video of the attack, Rai said.

He said the accused shared the video with some friends in the school, who blackmailed and raped the girl.

She was also blackmailed by two teachers who had obtained the video, Rai said.

He said the girl finally complained to the school principal, who instead of looking into the allegations, also sexually exploited her.

Officials in Bihar estimate that at least 250 minors and women have been raped in the state in the first six months this year.

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2154264/indian-girl-13-raped-school-principal-and-13-pupils-then

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Cucked Man uncucks:kills wife who mocked his 'small dick', and had lesbian sex in front of him

Melanie Clark couldn’t resist mocking her husband about the size of his pint-sized penis.

And she openly flaunted her lesbian affair with a much younger woman, going so far as to have sex with her while David Clark slept on the couch.

But after downing three bottles of Prosecco followed by shots of whiskey, the pair began arguing and Clark, 49, stabbed her to death in their home near Birmingham, U.K.

Clark has now been convicted and will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

He told shocked cops: “I’ve killed my wife. She did my head in.”

Prosecutor Benjamin Aina told the court: “Even before they were married, she had made comments that he had a “small d—“. He had a complex about it.”

http://canoe.com/news/world/slain-wife-mocked-his-small-dk-flaunted-lesbian-fling/wcm/8fa2972c-f5cc-46a0-b7f7-cd4fd9d01513

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Lolbergturdianism in action: Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after provider cuts off electricity

Linda Daniels, 68, battled for her life for roughly six hours in her Newark residence desperately trying to gasp for air after the Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) cut off her electricity supply on Thursday morning. As family members desperately pleaded with PSE&G to turn the power back on, Daniels died of heart failure.

While the family claims that they notified PSE&G of Daniel’s heart condition two years ago, after the woman was placed in hospice care, the power supply company claims they never knew the elderly lady relied on the air tank to breathe.

PSE&G had “no indication by the customer of a medical condition in the home prior to disconnection,” the electricity supplier said. Once notified of Daniels' condition, the company claimed that it began the process to restore service, which took 23 hours to complete. Power restored to Daniels’ home at around 9:00 am on Friday, after being shut off on Thursday at 10:00 am.

While claiming to be "saddened" by the "terrible tragedy" PSE&G defended their actions, stating that they have made at least “26 attempts to notify the customer since January 2018, including two visits to the residence prior to the disconnection.”

Besides PSE&G's own probe, the circumstances of Daniel's agonizing passing are now being investigated by the Newark Police Department and the Board of Public Utilities. In New Jersey, shutting off power to people with medical emergencies is against the law. Electric shut-offs are also prohibited during periods of excessive heat of over 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Newark temperatures on July 3, however, only reached 93 degrees. Daniel's family is also contemplating suing the utility provider.

https://www.rt.com/usa/432438-woman-dies-oxygen-electricity-supply/

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Researchers Unmask Anonymous Twitter Accounts With 97% Accuracy Using Machine Learning

As many learned for the first time earlier this year when popular outrage forced Facebook and Google to publicly reveal just how much valuable personal data they harvest from their users, tech companies know almost everything about us, including the establishments we frequent, the stuff we buy and the people we know. And in the latest example of just how much detail is unknowingly embedded in our social media profiles, researchers at University College London and the Alan Turing Institute have demonstrated that they can identify a twitter user with a staggering 96.7% accuracy using only their tweets and publicly available metadata run through a machine-learning algorithm.

For users who occasionally engage in anonymous tweeting, this revelation shouldn't go unacknowledged. In their study, the researchers discovered that their most basic algorithm could correctly identify an individual user in a group of 10,000 using just 14 pieces of metadata from their posts on twitter nearly 96.7% of the time. Furthermore, attempts to obscure the individuals' identity by tampering with the data were remarkably ineffective: Researchers found that they could still identify users with 95%+ accuracy when 60% of their metadata had been tampered with. When researchers broadened their scope to the 10 most likely candidates, the algorithm's accuracy rose to 99.2%. A single tweet reportedly contains 144 fields of metadata, according to RT.

"That’s the mentality with metadata," the study’s lead co-author Beatrice Perez of University College London told Wired. "People think it’s not a big deal."

The study's findings have major implications for data privacy, as the researchers explain in their introduction

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/researchers-unmask-anonymous-twitter-accounts-97-accuracy-using-machine-learning

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Trump chooses Fascist Supreme court judge who favours presidential powers over law:Brett Kavanaugh

Judicial fascism is coming to America…unless we convince the Senate to reject Kavanaugh!

President Trump has appointed Brett Michael Kavanaugh, a far-right federal appeals court judge, to the soon-to-be vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court currently occupied by right-leaning Associate Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy.

Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would represent the fifth man of a five-justice bloc of hardline fascist activist judges, the other four being Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas, who believe that their far-right ideology, including opposition to abortion rights, opposition to LGBT rights, opposition to worker’s rights, opposition to voting rights, and turning the Constitution’s Bill of Rights from a shield to protect the civil liberties of We the People into a tool that right-wing extremists can use to discriminate against their fellow Americans. Make no mistake about it, if Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate, judicial fascism would be coming to America, and that would be a complete and total disaster for our country.

Currently, Trump is a subject of a federal criminal investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into allegations of collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the far-right, authoritarian Vladimir Putin regime in Russia. This investigation has already led to guilty pleas, criminal indictments, and increasing amounts of evidence that the the Putin regime in Russia helped get Trump elected to the U.S. presidency. The U.S. Senate has the ultimate responsibility of either confirming or rejecting Kavanaugh’s appointment to our nation’s highest judicial bench, and the Senate’s own Intelligence Committee, which is controlled by Trump’s Republican Party, has concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in support of Trump.

When it comes to presidential accountability, Kevin Kavanaugh is a complete hypocrite. After playing a key role in the partisan, Republican-backed effort to impeach Bill Clinton because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal (Clinton was acquitted in the Senate’s impeachment trial), Kavanaugh, after having worked in the George W. Bush Administration, authored a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article in which Kavanaugh argued that, among other things, the sitting President of the United States should be effectively above the law. Most notably, Kavanaugh wrote that “…Congress might consider a law exempting a President—while in office—from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel”. The portion of the Kavanaugh article that I quoted can be found on the eighth page of the PDF file I linked to in this paragraph. If the Senate were to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, the Senate would, in effect, undermine the stature of their own Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in the most recent presidential election in this country.

The far-right in this country has long made it clear that they want to bastardize the U.S. Constitution and implement a far-right agenda by judicial fiat. If Kevin Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court is confirmed, that would be a major step towards completing the far-right’s decades-old goal of installing a Supreme Court controlled by at least five far-right judicial activists who serve authoritarian-minded leaders like Donald Trump, religious fundamentalists, white supremacists, and the wealthiest Americans instead of making a good faith effort to truly uphold the Constitution and ensure that the rule of law is fully and fairly applied. If you live in a U.S. state, please contact your state’s U.S. Senators and respectfully tell them to vote against Kevin Kavanaugh because of his opposition to the concept of holding the sitting President of the United States accountable to the law!

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/9/1779325/-Judicial-fascism-is-coming-to-America-unless-we-convince-the-Senate-to-reject-Kavanaugh

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Labour poised to vote down Brexit deal

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/09/labour-poised-to-vote-down-brexit-deal

Labour could be prepared to vote against Theresa May’s final Brexit deal, even if it means walking through voting lobbies with Conservative hard Brexiters, with party sources insisting the government cannot force a no-deal situation.

The party has said it will vote against the final Brexit deal unless it meets shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer’s six tests on protection of jobs and rights – in practice, highly unlikely.

“We will vote down the deal unless it meets our six tests,” a party source said. “Even if we are walking down the corridor with Tory Brexiters, we are still voting on the lines we have set ourselves.”

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Dick Cheney autographs a waterboard at request of Sacha Baron Cohen

Leave it to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to convince his interview subjects to do just about anything. Take, for example, convincing former Vice President Dick Cheney to sign a waterboard “kit” on camera, with a grin.

Such a moment does indeed actually happen, and can be seen in a 20-second teaser trailer Cohen released on Sunday for his upcoming political satire series on Showtime. It’s reportedly called “Who is America?” and Donald Trump, naturally, will be a main target.

The show, which premieres July 15, has been largely steeped in mystery, with Sunday’s trailer opening with the following line: “Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year.”

In the clip, a voice that sounds like Cohen-in-disguise can be heard asking Cheney to sign the waterboard.

“That’s a first,” Cheney says. “That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.”

Cheney has been vocal about his support for extreme interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, saying in a May interview with Fox that he believes the discontinued methods should be reinstated.

https://theprovince.com/entertainment/television/dick-cheney-autographs-a-waterboard-at-request-of-sacha-baron-cohen/wcm/93e68138-8f82-4720-bc8d-42de00d80415

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Why Are Artists Poor? It Could Be Hardwired Into Their Brain Chemistry

Most artists work for exceptionally low pay. Despite the precarious nature of the art economy, they carry on, ostensibly sacrificing monetary compensation for the loftier reward of creative freedom. But what if some artists are actually—physiologically—hardwired not to care about money?

That’s the implication of a new study published in the Creativity Research Journal, led by Dr. Roberto Goya-Maldonado, who is head of the systems neuroscience and imaging in psychiatry lab at the University Medical Center in Göttingen, Germany. The research team watched for activity in the parts of the brain that produce dopamine—the chemical that delivers rushes of excitement often associated with sex, drugs, and gambling—when groups of both artists and non-artists were presented with offers of free cash.

It’s worth mentioning up front that the sample size of the study is pretty small. Twenty-four participants completed the test and had their brain scans analyzed. Twelve of them worked in the arts, either as actors, painters, sculptors, musicians, or photographers. The other group of 12 included an insurance salesman, a dentist, a business administrator, and an engineer, among other professions, none of whom self-identified as “creative.”

Each participant wore a set of goggles that showed a series of squares in different colors. When the green square appeared, they could select it with a button and receive money (up to €30). They were also asked to select other “target” colors, but those did not result in any monetary reward.

At the same time, researchers scanned participants’ brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). They found that artists showed significantly reduced activation in the ventral striatum, part of the brain’s reward system, when they selected the money-making green squares compared to non-artists.

Adding a twist to their findings, the researchers also discovered in a second test that artists showed a greater response in another dopamine-related part of the brain (the anterior prefrontal cortex) when they were told to reject the green squares. In other words, artists get less worked up about receiving money and more worked up when they know they can’t have it.

“Collectively, our results indicate the existence of distinct neural traits in the dopaminergic reward system of artists, who are less inclined to react to the acceptance of monetary rewards,” the researchers write.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/why-are-artists-poor-research-suggests-it-could-be-hardwired-1310147

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Reddit CEO tells user, “we are not the thought police,” then suspends that user

A Reddit user has found himself at the end of a week-long suspension—and from the look of his account, it might have come because he publicly shared a "direct message" exchange with Reddit CEO Steve "spez" Huffman over the platform's handling of hate speech.

Reddit has confirmed to Ars Technica that Huffman's conversation, as posted by user "whatllmyusernamebe" on Sunday, is legitimate. The conversation begins with Huffman responding to the question, "Why do you admins not just ban hate speech?"

spez: Our violent speech policy is effectively that.

whatll: I'd argue that hate speech should be banned with its own rule, separate from the violence policy. But thank you for replying.

spez: Hate speech is difficult to define. There's a reason why it's not really done. Additionally, we are not the thought police. It's not the role of a private company to decide what people can and cannot say.

whatll: But it *is* the role of a private company to decide what people can and cannot say *on [its] own platform*.

spez: I know what you're asking, but it's a nearly impossible precedent to uphold. It's impossible to enforce consistently.

When reached for comment, a Reddit representative declined to confirm whether the user's suspension was related to the sharing of this direct-message history. Ars Technica was able to reach the user, who goes by the name Zachary Swanson, on Monday. Swanson shared a screencap with Ars of the reason Reddit gave for suspending his account for seven days:

"for harassment" was the listed cause, with no further clarification.

Huffman's logic appears to run counter to initiatives run by Reddit itself. The social media platform has a history of closing channels wholesale in the wake of controversies, particularly those that ran afoul of "harassment" rules in 2015. And Huffman's description of how companies define hate speech ignores the fact that many major online platforms in the West inform their users of firmly defined hate-speech rules, including Google (and its subsidiaries), Facebook (and its subsidiaries), and Microsoft (and its subsidiaries).

Before receiving the seven-day suspension, Swanson reminded members of one community about Reddit's occasional decisions to ban entire communities wholesale. "Remember Anderson Cooper's piece on /r/jailbait?" Swanson wrote. "Immediately banned. I say we start flooding news tip lines every time we see egregious hate speech that isn't being banned."

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/reddit-ceo-tells-user-we-are-not-the-thought-police-then-suspends-that-user/

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Brothers charged in rape, murder of 16-year-old Washington boy

"Two brothers were charged in the brutal killing of a 16-year-old boy in Washington state on Monday after the teenager's remains were found in a shallow grave last week.

Jonathon Adamson, 21, and Benito Marquez, 16, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court where they were each charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains in the death of Benjamin Eastman, according to Q13FOX.

In charging documents obtained by Q13FOX, prosecutors said that phone records show the brothers lured the 16-year-old into the woods on June 24 for a camping trip in Randle, located about 110 miles south of Seattle.

Adamson told detectives that after Eastman joined the brothers, he was knocked to the ground and kicked more than 100 times by the pair, according to court documents. At one point, the 21-year-old allegedly told police the brothers sexually assaulted the teenager with a stick while he was still alive, Q13FOX reported."

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/03/brothers-charged-in-rape-murder-16-year-old-washington-boy.html

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ColoradO:Illegal alien arrested for arson... He's swedish

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/crime/spring-fire-man-arrested-on-arson-charges-in-connection-with-massive-blaze

Jesper Jorgenson, 52, was taken into custody sometime Saturday, San Luis Valley Emergency officials said during an early afternoon community meeting for evacuees held at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center.

Jorgenson, who was arrested without incident by Costilla County deputies, was being held on arson charges. No other information related to those charges was immediately released.

Deputies said Jorgenson’s arrest was made possible thanks to the work of several agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), state arson investigators, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents (ICE).

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Trump exempts clothing from tariffs because Ivanka has shoes made in China

"President Donald Trump’s daughter has long had her apparel and shoes made in China and thanks to a major exemption for Chinese garment and footwear in the tariffs dispute, the clothing industry looks likely to be left unscathed.

The U.S. imposed an additional 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods on Friday.

Among the sectors affected were nuclear reactors, boats and aircraft, but clothing was exempted.

According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, about a third of the clothing and 72 percent of the shoes sold in the U.S. are from China.

One of those importers is the eponymous fashion label of Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser."

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/07/china-trade-war-ivanka-trump-business-shoes-701668

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Novichok poisoning:1st victim dies,2nd victim has days to live;cops seize car

Counter terror police investigating the novichok murder of a mother of three, have said they can cannot offer public safety guarantees, as it was revealed the second victim could have just days to live.

Dawn Sturgess died on Sunday evening, nine days after receiving a large dose of the deadly nerve agent, when she picked up a container that had likely been used in the assassination attempt on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in March.

Her mother said the 44-year-old, who had alcohol and addiction problems, had suffered heart failure after more than a week in intensive care.

Her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, 45, is currently on life support in Salisbury District Hospital, but is not expected to make a full recovery.

It comes as detectives leading the hunt tonight revealed a car has been removed from an address 30 miles away in Swindon in relation to the ongoing probe.

After spending the afternoon of Friday 29 June shopping and relaxing in Salisbury, Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley visited her home in John Baker House, before travelling by bus back to his flat eight miles away in Amesbury.

A police spokesman said the bus had been seized by Wiltshire Police and examined at the government's defence laboratory at Porton Down before being given the all clear.

On Saturday 30 June, after Ms Sturgess was taken ill, Mr Rowley travelled in a red Ford Transit van with three other people.

Detectives are desperately trying to locate the source of the contamination - which is believed to be a glass container or syringe - which had lain undetected in Salisbury since the Skripal poisoning in March.

Speaking outside Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations Neil Basu said: "In the four months since the Skripals and [Detective Sergeant] Nick Bailey were poisoned, no other people besides Dawn and Charlie have presented with symptoms.

"Their reaction was so severe, it resulted in Dawn’s death and Charlie being critically ill. This means that they must have got a high dose and our hypothesis is that they must have handled a container we are now seeking."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/09/novichok-poisoning-second-victim-could-have-just-days-live/

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Boris Johnson tells PM she is suffocating Brexit 'dream'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44770847

https://archive.fo/BhypO

He is the second senior cabinet minister to quit within hours following Brexit Secretary David Davis's exit.

His departure came shortly before Theresa May is due to address Parliament about her new Brexit plan, which has angered many Tory MPs.

In a statement, No 10 thanked Mr Johnson for his work and said a replacement would be announced shortly.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Johnson's exit had turned an "embarrassing and difficult situation for the PM into potentially a full-blown crisis".

She said he was not any ordinary cabinet minister but was the "face" of the Leave campaign during the 2016 referendum and his departure would fuel speculation about a leadership challenge.

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After fish pedicure, woman loses her toenails

After a young woman's toenails started to separate from her toes, a doctor finally zeroed in on the reason: a fish pedicure, according to a report published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

Six months prior, the woman had dunked her feet in a tub of water filled with tiny fish called Garra rufa that will eat dead human skin when no plankton are around. It wasn't until later on that she noticed her nails beginning to shed.

"We don't see the [nail] shedding until months after the event, so I think it's hard for patients and physicians – especially if they're not even aware that fish pedicures can do this – to make that connection," she said.

While Lipner believes that the woman's problems stemmed from the physical impact of the fish biting at the nail, she noted that there have been past reports of infections associated with fish pedicures, too.

In 2011, an investigation by the UK's Fish Health Inspectorate found a bacterial outbreak among thousands of these fish, which had been transported from Indonesia to UK pedicure spas. Fish were found with bulging eyes, many hemmorhaging around the gills and mouth. The culprit was found to be a streptococcal bacteria, a strain that is associated with fish like tilapia, according to David Verner-Jeffreys, a senior microbiologist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in the UK

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/03/health/fish-pedicure-toenail-study/index.html

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11 yr old Boy finds 1,000 year old message written in runes on pendant made of mammoth bone

By The Siberian Times reporter

05 July 2018

Pavel Yakovlev makes ‘great scientific discovery’ near his village in Yakutia.

The fifth grade student discovered the ‘jewellery’ decorated with ancient Turkic runic inscriptions.

The four words are believed to be in the Orkhon-Yenisei type script.

Such writings are normally found in rock art in Yakutia, also known as Sakha Republic, the world’s coldest region and the largest within the Russian Federation.

Academic Ninel Malysheva said: 'Runes rarely occur on such things as talismans and amulets.

‘If it is confirmed that this bone found in Namsky district is genuine, it will be a great scientific discovery for the republic.

‘A comprehensive study is now required involving paleontologists, archaeologists and Turkologists.’

One theory is that the words express ‘good wishes’, but scientists hope to find the exact meaning.

Pavel’s village is some 100 kilometres north of Yakutsk, the regional capital, and the world’s coldest city.

Another example of Turkic runes in Yaktutia is the so-called Petrov inscription.

It is a writing made using ocher some 200 km from Yakutsk.

It is known as the most northerly rune inscription in the world.

Researchers in the middle of the last century believed that the inscription indicated the location of medieval treasure.

A literal translation is said to read: 'Pearls of the tribe Az.’

https://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/boy-11-finds-1000-year-old-message-written-in-runes-on-pendant-made-of-mammoth-bone/?utm

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Strangled Putin critic, was due in court over $99m compensation claim by Russian airline

Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman and exiled critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was strangled to death in March, was due in court the day he was killed over a $99m compensation claim by Russian airline Aeroflot, the High Court revealed Friday.

>>'Moscow Rules': Why Russian defectors are fair game in Britain - and not in Israel

A judge ordered Aeroflot to pay five million pounds (about $6.64 million) over its pursuit of the 68-year-old dissident, according to British media, which was continued "to the bitter end." Glushkov, who had once worked for Aeroflot, was described by the court as "courteous, temperate and helpful" while Aeroflot's actions were described as politically motivated persecution by the Kremlin.

Glushkov was found at his home in New Malden, southwest London, with a postmortem concluding he had died of “compression to the neck.” British police said there was no sign of forced entry to his house.

Glushkov was an associate of late Russian-Jewish tycoon and fellow Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, one of Russia’s most powerful figures in the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Berezovsky fled to London after a row with Putin in 2000. He was found dead in March 2013 with a scarf tied around his neck in the bathroom of a luxury mansion west of London.

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/british-court-slain-putin-critic-was-victim-of-kremlin-persecution-1.6247433

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Russian-Linked Twitter Accounts Are Posing As Ex-Democrats In New Astroturfed Movement

Astroturfing in progress.

TL;DR the 'walkaway' hashtag is spreading impossibly fast (several thousand times the natural engagement rate) and this is a key indicator of illusory consensus. Retweeting by known Russian bot accounts indicates this to be an active effort at disrupting American discourse.

The surge of tweets started on Saturday, June 23, when news broke that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had been quietly asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, VA, the night before. The social media campaign really took off the next day, after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said in a speech that administration officials who support Trump’s policies should expect to face pushback when they go out in public.

Most of the tweets were strikingly similar, and the vast majority pushed a very familiar narrative. Using the hashtag #WalkAway and claiming to be former Democrats, social media users shared their stories of leaving the Democratic party after being turned off by the “hate” and “division” of “the left.” Many of them cited the incidents involving Sanders and Waters as examples of the “intolerance” and “bullying” that supposedly drove them to support Trump after years—in some cases, decades—of voting for Democrats.

Don't get tricked.

https://arcdigital.media/pro-trump-russian-linked-twitter-accounts-are-posing-as-ex-democrats-in-new-astroturfed-movement-20359c1906d3

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UK Pussy pass:Drunk driver escapes jail for 4th time after blaming abortion and dyslexia

A drink driver escaped jail despite four convictions in three years after she blamed her behaviour on an abortion and a dyslexia diagnosis.

Naomi Kaneko, 31, was found slumped at the wheel of her BMW 320 with her mobile phone in her hand and a bottle of wine in the footwell after police were called to reports of an "intoxicated female” one evening in March. A breath test reading showed 120mg, when the legal limit is 35mg.

Officers said Kaneko, who was just 380 yards from her apartment in Hale, near Altrincham, Greater Manchester was 'very very incoherent' as they asked her to get out of the car.

She also had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet with tests showing she was more than three times the alcohol limit.

Manchester Magistrates Court heard that the therapist, who is studying an Msc in psychology at Salford University, claimed she had been drinking after attending an abortion clinic to end an unexpected pregnancy at the request of her boyfriend. She also said she was suffering stress after being diagnosed with dyslexia.

The court heard she was convicted of drink driving three times in 2015 but was spared imprisonment on each occasion.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/05/drink-driver-escapes-jail-fourth-time-blaming-abortion-dyslexia/

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Indian train passenger’s tweet saves 26 lolis from child traffickers

Adarsh Shrivastava was traveling on a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Thursday morning when he noticed something suspicious — in his cabin was a large group of juvenile girls, many of whom were visibly distressed, all wearing adult makeup and revealing clothing and sucking elongated lolipops with bulbous heads.

Suspecting something untoward, Shrivastava pulled out his phone and tweeted at railway authorities to alert them to the situation.

The Ministry of Railways responded to the tweet a half hour later, tagging the Twitter account of railway police forces and asking them to take action

A few stops later, railway police in plainclothes boarded the train, rescued the 26 girls, and arrested two men, the Press Trust of India reported, citing railway officials.

The girls, believed to be aged between 10 and 14, struggled to provide details about their names or families. They were transferred to state child welfare authorities, who worked to identify the girls’ families and inform them of their whereabouts.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4319117/india-girls-rescued-from-human-traffickers-tweet/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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Thai cave rescue mission: Eight boys freed as five remain trapped - latest updates

The official in charge of the daring extraction of 12 young boys and their football coach from a deep cave in northern Thailand has predicted that a third mission on Tuesday will be “100 per cent successful” after four more children were freed in dramatic fashion on Monday.

A third rescue attempt would be launched Tuesday afternoon, announced Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province and the head of the joint command centre coordinating the mission, on Monday evening.

But he would not confirm whether all five of the remaining survivors left huddling for another night in a dark cavern 2.5 miles inside the labyrinthian underground network, would be freed in one go.

The group is believed to include football coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25.

“For safety, the best number is four,” he said, raising the possibility that one of the party could be left behind for another 24 hours.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/09/thai-cave-rescue-enters-second-day-trapped-boys-wait-operation/

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“Vaccine Spectrum Disorder” is sweeping the nation – is your child suffering from VSD?

(Natural News) Autism is on the rise and the statistics are skyrocketing. Back in 1990, less than 30 years ago, studies reveal there were roughly three autism cases per 10,000 children in the United States. Fast forward to this past Spring, 2018, when the CDC released new data revealing that one in every 59 American kids have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with a much higher incident in boys than girls. What changed so drastically in less than three decades that autism cases went from three per 10,000 to 170 per 10,000? Currently more than 20 million people worldwide are diagnosed with some form of autism.

Let’s take a super close look at possible factors and eliminate the “smoke and mirrors” created to distract us from unmasking the truth about autism spectrum disorder, a conundrum wrapped inside a paradox and lost in a labyrinth that medical doctors aren’t allowed to question or solve, only medicate with chemicals that add to the issues.

First things first, no child has ever been reported born with autism spectrum disorder, so the “inherited” genetics theory should be tossed out the window immediately. Medical doctors love to blame parental genes so you won’t look for a cure, and so you will accept the condition as something permanent, requiring chemical medications for life. Autism signs and symptoms emerge between 12 and 18 months of age, and issues with brain development often increase during the second year of life, when symptoms and functional difficulties begin to include speech delay, problems paying attention, inappropriate social interaction, repetitive movements, tics, anxiety, and compulsive behaviors.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-07-vaccine-spectrum-disorder-is-sweeping-the-nation-is-your-child-suffering-from-vsd.html

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2nd Spanish church falls prey to well-intentioned restorer,500 yr old painting destroyed

For 500 years, the painted wooden effigy of St George that adorns a chapel in the Spanish town of Estella has been locked in a silent struggle against his old foe, the dragon.

Today, however, the saint faces a different battle thanks to a feat of restoration that has prompted comparisons with the infamous “Ecce Homo Monkey Christ” and exasperated the mayor.

An attempt to freshen up the 16th-century polychrome statue has left St George with a rosy pink face and a bold, red-and-grey suit of armour. The restoration is believed to have been carried out by a handicrafts teacher at the request of the parish authorities of the Church of St Michael.

The mayor of Estella, which lies south-west of Pamplona in the Navarre region, is demanding to know why the council was not consulted before the work went ahead.

Koldo Leoz told the Guardian: “The parish decided on its own to take action to restore the statue and gave the job to a local handicrafts teacher. The council wasn’t told and neither was the regional government of Navarre.”

The mayor said he had been to see the statue and was not happy with the result. “It’s not been the kind of restoration that it should have been for this 16th-century statue. They’ve used plaster and the wrong kind of paint and it’s possible that the original layers of paint have been lost.”

Leoz said experts had been called in and were checking whether it would be possible to undo the restoration work and restore the statue to its previous state.

Six years ago, a well-intentioned woman’s attempts to restore a fresco of the scourged Christ in a church in the north-eastern Spanish city of Borja went viral, with her efforts dubbed “the worst restoration in history”.

See 2nd post for the infamous “Ecce Homo Monkey Christ” restoration

http://archive.is/uoQS5

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‘Curious’ boy, 13, gets USB cable stuck up his penis

A ‘curious’ 13-year-old boy has had a USB cable removed from his penis by doctors after he inserted it up his urethra and it knotted in his bladder.

The teenager, whose name was not revealed, inserted the cable about 20 centimetres up his penis before realising he could not pull it out again.

His parents took him to a local hospital in the county of Linkou in China’s north-eastern Heilongjiang province, where medics applied lubrication in a bid to pull the cable out.

But that proved unsuccessful and left the boy in intense pain, so he was transferred to the Harbin Children’s Hospital the next day.

Doctor Xu Liyan, the facility’s resident urologist, said: ‘He cut off one end of the cable and inserted it into his urethra.’

She added: ‘The cable reached his bladder, where it tangled and ended up in a knot, so when he tried to pull it back out, it became stuck.’

Doctor Xu said she had no choice but to operate on the boy.

They cut into his bladder to find the knotted cable, snipped the tangled section and removed the remaining cord through his urethra the same way it went in.

The boy claimed he was ‘curious’ about his genitalia and was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, just two weeks after surgery.

https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/05/curious-boy-13-gets-usb-cable-stuck-penis-7687456/

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Gangster escapes French jail by helicopter with help of 3 armed accomplices

A jailed gangster in France has escaped prison after being picked up by helicopter.

Three armed accomplices extracted Redoine Faid from the Seine-et-Marne prison, near Paris, late on Sunday morning, Le Parisien reported.

They landed in Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, before reportedly continuing their escape by car.

Authorities later found a burnt out black Renault suspected of being the getaway car in Aulnay-sous-Bois, another suburb of Paris.

The assailants are thought to have changed vehicles, continuing their escape in a van, according to Le Parisien.

Jean-François Forget, secretary general of the country's Penitentiary Union, said the detainee “was in an isolation ward, but had no special surveillance measures”.

He added the helicopter was registered in Belgium.

Faid has previously launched an audacious jail break in April 2013, using explosives to blast through five prison doors, taking four prison wardens hostage, and escaping in two getaway cars.

He was re-arrested on a European warrant the following month after being found hiding in a B&B.

Last year, he was sentenced on appeal to 25 years in prison for masterminding a failed 2010 robbery, which claimed the life of a policewoman.

As a young delinquent in a troubled suburb north of Paris, Faid took his inspiration from American gangster movies.

“Take away the [lessons taught by] cinema and you would have 50 per cent less crime,” he once told Michael Mann, the director of Heat, his favourite film.

In a book of interviews and a TV documentary in 2010-11, Faid presented himself as the reformed symbol of a new generation of French organised crime.

He said he was known as “doc” or “brain” – a leader of the gangs from the troubled suburbs of French cities who had moved from drug dealing and petty theft to challenge the traditional Corsican “milieu” of large-scale banditry.

After “30 years of crime”, of which he had spent 10 years in jail and three years on the run, it was all behind him, he insisted.

“My life has been a heap of s***,” he said. “On the run, I lived constantly in fear of death and the police… It was hell. I couldn’t see my family. That was tough. It makes you think

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/gangster-escapes-jail-helicopter-prison-break-redoine-fa-d-france-a8425336.html?

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G-mail lets people(3rd party apps) "read, send, delete and manage your email".

According to the Wall Street Journal, this permission sometimes allows employees of third-party apps to read users' emails.

'Not asked permission'

While messages are typically processed by computer algorithms, the newspaper spoke to several companies where employees had read "thousands" of email messages.

Edison Software told the newspaper it had reviewed the emails of hundreds of users to build a new software feature.

Another firm - eDataSource Inc - said engineers had previously reviewed emails to improve its algorithms.

The companies said they had not asked users for specific permission to read their Gmail messages, because the practice was covered by their user agreements.

"You can spend weeks of your life reading terms and conditions," said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.

"It might well be mentioned in there, but it's not what you would think of as reasonable, for a human being in a third-party company to be able to read your emails."

Google said only companies that had been vetted could access messages, and only if users had "explicitly granted permission to access email".

It pointed the BBC to its developer policies, which state: "There should be no surprises for Google users: hidden features, services, or actions that are inconsistent with the marketed purpose of your application may lead Google to suspend your ability to access Google API Services."

It said Gmail users could visit the Security Check-up page to see which apps they had linked to their account, and revoke any they no longer wanted to share data with.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44699263

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50¢ mocks sexual assault victim Terry Crews on Instagram,he froze "in fear"as his cock was squeezed

50 Cent's post on Instagram mocked Terry Crews for freezing "in fear".

It also implied that - if the same thing had happened to 50 Cent - his response would have been so violent "they would have had to take me to jail".

In a speech to politicians trying to work out how best to implement a new set of rules called the Survivors' Bill of Rights Act, designed to better protect sexual assault victims, One senator asked him why - as a "big powerful man" - he didn't push his attacker away.

"Senator, as a black man in America you only have a few shots at success," he answered.

"You only have a few chances to make yourself a viable member of the community. I'm from Flint, Michigan.

"I have seen many, many young black men who were provoked into violence and they are in prison, or they were killed."

http://archive.is/CjDcm

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Google Spent More Than $36 Million to Scuttle Article 13 & the Copyright Directive

Just how far is Google willing to go to avoid paying artists what’s fair?

Several weeks ago, the European Union Legal Affairs Committee ruled on a controversial measure. Dubbed Article 13, internet tech giants – including Facebook, Google, Microsoft – would have to install “effective technologies” to ensure content creators, artists, and authors receive fair pay for their work online. The committee approved the initiative. It heads to the European Parliament for a vote.

Now, the search giant wants to do everything in its power to bury the initiative. And, it has the funds to do so.

According to UK Music, Google has spent over €31 million ($36 million) on lobbying European Union members against Article 13.

The European Union’s Lobbying Transparency Register has confirmed that in 2016 alone, the search giant spent €5.5 million ($6.5 million) to “try and influence policy decisions.” Google paid eight consultancy firms, including McLarty Associates, MUST & Partners, and MKC Communications. 14 Google staff members have also worked on EU policies.

Google’s lobbying initiative hasn’t stopped there. The company has also lobbied the European Parliament through 24 other organizations, including OpenForum Europe. According to Michael Dugher, head of UK Music, the 24 organizations have spent €25 million ($29 million) to lobby EU member countries.

But, why does Google fear Article 13?

Simple.

Under the ‘Directive on Copyright in the Digital Services Market’ (Article 11 for journalists along with Article 13 for the music industry), platforms that host user-generated content (UGC) would have to obtain music licenses. It would also prevent further ‘safe harbor’ provisions. Basically, the Copyright Directive would finally place websites like YouTube and Vimeo on par with streaming music platforms. They would have to pay higher royalties when hosting videos featuring copyrighted music.

Article 13 would also force the platforms to introduce content recognition systems. These would block UGC that infringes on existing copyrights. Social media websites, including Facebook and Twitter, would likely also have to install the systems.

Simply put, the measure would end YouTube’s historic exploitation of ‘safe harbor’ loopholes in the European Union. Google would now have to pay the music industry royalties for user-generated content featuring copyrighted content.

Mass Hysteria – “Article 13 means the end of memes, remixes, and ‘Internet Freedom.'”

Critics have argued that Article 13 would ‘censor the internet.’ Comedian Stephen Fry, for example, has argued that the vote would outright ban meme sharing on social media. Users could no longer create and share remixes and other unique content online.

On Twitter, he warned his followers,

“#Article13 threatens EU creators, leaving us vulnerable to censorship in copyright’s name. Don’t believe the creepy pretence that it’s there to protect © holders. It’s about putting power in the hands of media corporations. We can stop it!”

Of course, he – along with other critics – didn’t provide proof to support these claims.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors, has fought back against the ‘censorship’ claims. On Twitter, he wrote,

“It’s not about censorship at all. That’s a lie propagated by SV to manipulate the public to keep on giving their creativity for SV to monetize it. Article 13 only means that when someone uses someone else’s work to make $ they (the platforms not the user) pay the creator. Ace.”

Hunt also slammed Fry for spreading false information.

“Stephen Fry is one of those copyright millionaires he can afford to give away his work – several million others can’t. We want culture to have value online.”

Dugher also refuted the claims. He wrote,

“Some absolute rubbish has been written about the EU’s proposed #copyright changes. Among the most ludicrous is the claim it will mean the end of memes, remixes + user-generated content. This is desperate + dishonest.”

He added the Copyright Directive will “protect rightsholders in the digital age.” Tech firms would finally have to pay artists the true value of their works.

European Union members will meet on July 5th to hold a vote on the Copyright Directive.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/07/03/google-article-13-copyright-directive/

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Austria: Thousands protest against plans for 12-hour workday

Tens of thousands of people in Vienna packed the streets on Saturday to voice their opposition to loosening labor laws to allow for a 12-hour workday and subsequent 60-hour workweek.

Police in Vienna said some 80,000 people took part, while the trade unions that organized the protest said some 100,000 people attended.

"We will resist with all means at our disposal," Wolfgang Katzian, president of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), told the crowd.

Katzian called on the Austrian government to let voters decide on the 12-hour workday issue in a referendum.

Currently, Austria has an eight-hour workday and a 40-hour workweek; however, there's a provision in place allowing companies to have their employees work up to 10 hours a day and up to 50 hours a week.

The right-wing government, comprised of Kurz's conservative People's Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), argued that the changes to the labor laws are needed in order to give businesses more flexibility.

Kurz's government had to roll back certain provisions in their draft law after a heated debate broke out with the opposition over the permitted reasons employees could provide to refuse to work more than 10 hours per day.

The government eventually backed down and said employees will be allowed to refuse to work overtime without giving a reason.

https://www.dw.com/en/austria-thousands-protest-against-plans-for-12-hour-workday/a-44475182

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Nashville Woman finds 50 brown recluse spiders in her bedroom,almost dies from bites

A Brentwood woman is recovering after a brown recluse spider bit her several times.

Angela Wright said she woke up with arm pain and noticed a couple bumps on her chest and arm, but didn't think much of it.

She went to the doctor's office and was sent home with medication. Wright was rushed to the emergency room a couple days later after she described feeling like she was hallucinating.

"I couldn't walk, I couldn't move and I could barely swallow," said Wright. "They said I was forming bubbles in my lungs, which could have caused pneumonia, and they said if I would have waited a few more hours or maybe until the next morning if I would have made it, I would have had a stroke."

She notified management at her "Views of Brentwood" apartment complex, which sprayed her unit. Wright said the dangerous spiders came back.

"We were finding brown recluses left and right, in our bed, in the ceiling, in the iron, in her shoe," said Wright.

She is in the process of moving out of her apartment and asked the complex to break her lease.

"They said the only thing they can do is give me a 60-day notice and I will have to fulfill that," said Wright.

Wright said the 60-day notice would require her to pay $2,200.

"This isn't my problem. I came here thinking this was a nice place to live," Wright said.

Attorney John Augusta with EastSide Legal said when it comes to renters' rights, it's situational.

He said a renter has to prove the apartment is uninhabitable, meaning it's no longer a safe place to live.

"If he fails to correct the infestation, if she's given him 14 days notification and he still hasn't done anything, then she needs to file an action in general sessions court," Augusta said.

Augusta said the biggest mistake renters make is refusing to pay rent when there is an issue, which puts the control back in the landlord's hands.

"People always believe or think, the landlord's not fixing the plumbing, I can stop paying the rent. Landlord's not fixing the air, I can stop paying the rent," Augusta said.

https://amp.wsmv.com/story/38570186/woman-finds-nearly-50-brown-recluse-spiders-in-her-bedroom

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Drs & nurses at major Aussie hospital failed to properly wash hands when no one was watching

Doctors and nurses at a major Sydney hospital failed to properly wash their hands when no one was watching, risking patients' lives, a new study found.

Researchers from University of NSW found the staff's hand-washing compliance rate dropped from 94 per cent to 30 per cent when human auditors stopped monitoring their behaviour and automated surveillance kicked in.

hey are calling for an overhaul of the auditing system, which may still require human auditors because automated surveillance and reminder technology are expensive, and the re-education of hospital workers about the importance of hygiene.

"Hand hygiene is the keystone to infection control that prevents healthcare workers from being colonised with a potentially life-threatening disease; that reduces hospital-acquired bloodstream infections that can kill up to 20 to 30 per cent of patients," lead author Mary-Louise McLaws said.

"Healthcare workers know how to respond when they’re being watched, but the rest of the time they go back to a dangerous level and I don’t blame them, no one's watching."

Between 2013 and 2017, cases of hospital-acquired 'golden staph', caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, decreased by 12.5 per cent.

But Professor McLaws, an infection control expert, said the magnitude of the "Hawthorne effect" - the change in behaviour when people are watching - on human auditing produced "inflated" official compliance rates and all parties needed to go "back to basics".

The researchers used automated surveillance, which consisted of hand hygiene dispensers at sinks and bedsides that recorded hand hygiene by touch, to see how staff changed their behaviour. Compliance is based on the number of hand hygiene "moments" - opportunities when hand washing or cleaning ought to occur, whether before or after touching a patient.

The study found the compliance rate dropped from 94 per cent to 30 per cent in the medical ward and 86 per cent to 55 per cent in the surgical ward.

https://www.theage.com.au/healthcare/hospital-doctors-neglect-washing-hands-hygiene-20180706-p4zpvv.html

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Thai cave rescue mission: Eight boys freed as five remain trapped - latest updates

Four more boys have been freed from the flooded Thai cave - bringing the total number rescued to eight.

The second phase of the treacherous operation to rescue the youth football team began on Monday after four boys were saved on Sunday, having spent more than a fortnight underground.

It was confirmed at 11am BST that a fifth boy had been freed. An hour later, two more were reportedly taken to safety. And an eighth was seen on a stretcher at around 1pm BST.

Four boys and their coach remain trapped amid a race against time and water. Those rescued so far are said to be in "good health".

Rescuers have been rushing to save the boys - aged 11 to 16 - and their coach from the cave as monsoon rains bore down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

Authorities said heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels in the cave, where workers continue to pump water out. Local official Narongsak Osottanakorn said: "Today we are ready like before. And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain

The boys pulled from the cave on Sunday were rescued in an urgent and dangerous operation, which involved them diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages.

They are undergoing medical checks in hospital while in quarantine, meaning they are not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda had said early on Monday that the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue would return to save the others. He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/09/thai-cave-rescue-enters-second-day-trapped-boys-wait-operation/

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Live Thai cave rescue mission: Eight boys freed as five remain trapped - latest updates

Four more boys have been freed from the flooded Thai cave - bringing the total number rescued to eight.

The second phase of the treacherous operation to rescue the youth football team began on Monday after four boys were saved on Sunday, having spent more than a fortnight underground.

It was confirmed at 11am BST that a fifth boy had been freed. An hour later, two more were reportedly taken to safety. And an eighth was seen on a stretcher at around 1pm BST.

Four boys and their coach remain trapped amid a race against time and water. Those rescued so far are said to be in "good health".

Rescuers have been rushing to save the boys - aged 11 to 16 - and their coach from the cave as monsoon rains bore down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

Authorities said heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels in the cave, where workers continue to pump water out. Local official Narongsak Osottanakorn said: "Today we are ready like before. And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain

The boys pulled from the cave on Sunday were rescued in an urgent and dangerous operation, which involved them diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages.

They are undergoing medical checks in hospital while in quarantine, meaning they are not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda had said early on Monday that the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue would return to save the others. He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/09/thai-cave-rescue-enters-second-day-trapped-boys-wait-operation/

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PA councilman arrested for driving into Antwon Rose protesters

Pittsburgh police say the man who drove a black Mercedes Benz into a crowd of protesters last week was 58-year-old Greg Wagner, a member of the Bell Acres Borough Council.

Court documents show Wagner faces three counts of recklessly endangering another person and other traffic violations.

One of two people injured in the hit-and-run wants Wagner to resign.

"That was just not professional and I feel like he thought he wasn't going to get caught," said 20-year-old Brianna Williams.

She said she was completely surprised when the car hit her.

"I got hit directly. I have a sprained knee and a fractured hip,” Williams explained. "I've been off work a whole week due to the ignorant behavior. I can barely stand.”

Williams said someone could have been killed.

"The outcome could have been way more serious. We had kids down there,” Williams said. “Lucky, no kids got hit and hospitalized."

Local media called multiple members of the Bell Acres Borough Council. Only one responded: Brock Meanor.

He sent the following response in a Facebook message:

The president of Bell Acres Borough Council has asked council members to not comment and to direct questions to our solicitor, Robert Max Junker.

http://www.nbc12.com/story/38548590/pa-councilman-arrested-for-driving-into-protesters

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Brexit secretary David Davis resigns plunging government into crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/08/david-davis-resigns-as-brexit-secretary-reports-say

David Davis has resigned as Brexit secretary, shattering the hard-won consensus around Theresa May’s Chequers deal and plunging her government into crisis.

His resignation was swiftly followed by that of fellow Department for Exiting the EU minister Steve Baker. It forces May to reshuffle her government, at the same time as trying to convince backbenchers to support her plan.

Davis sent a bluntly worded resignation letter to the prime minister, saying he would not be a “reluctant conscript” to the plan agreed at Chequers, which he said was “certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense”.

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David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary in blow to Theresa May

https://www.ft.com/content/fef0e51c-8300-11e8-96dd-fa565ec55929

David Davis has delivered a heavy blow to Theresa May’s authority by resigning as Brexit secretary, warning that he will fight any move by the prime minister to make further concessions to Brussels.

Dominic Raab, a Brexit supporter who was previously a minister for housing and planning in the Home Office, has been appointed as his replacement.

Mr Davis followed his late night resignation by claiming that Mrs May had sold out to Brussels with her new “soft Brexit” strategy agreed at Chequers last week. “We have given too much away, too easily,” he said.

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Based Duterte refuses to back down after calling christian believers 'stupid'

https://www.rt.com/news/432107-duterte-christianity-god-proof/

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to resign immediately – if a Christian can show him any proof that God exists. It comes just weeks after he outraged religious groups for calling God “stupid.”

The outspoken leader made the vow on Friday during one of his signature freestyle speeches. Duterte said if anyone can say that they have either “been to heaven, talked to God [or] saw him personally,” he would resign as president “tonight.”

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Iranian general blames water shortages on Jews 'stealing rain from clouds’

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has accused Israel of exacerbating the Islamic republic’s water shortage problems by “stealing the rain” from clouds that pass over the Mediterranean Sea.

The negative impacts of climate change were the “unnatural result of foreign influence”, civil defence organisation head Brigadier General Gholam Ridha Jalali told an audience at an agricultural conference in Tehran, citing unnamed Iranian scientific research centres.

Israel and an unnamed other country were cooperating to extract moisture from weather systems as they moved over the Mediterranean, he said, thus making clouds “barren” by “stealing the rain and snow” which is not reaching Iran’s highlands as it should.

The commander’s remarks were corroborated by the director general of Iran’s official meteorological organisation, who told the Iranian Students' News Agency that the Jews would suck the planet dry, given the opportunity .

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-general-israel-water-shortage-stealing-cloud-rain-drought-gholam-ridha-jalali-t-a8431426.html

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Putin poisons innocents in GB with Novichok nerve agent to throw scent off

A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were poisoned by Novichok - the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say.

The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, are in a critical condition having been found unconscious at a house on Saturday.

Police say no one else has presented with the same symptoms.

There was "nothing in their background" to suggest the pair were targeted, the Met Police said.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said it could not be confirmed whether the nerve agent came from the same batch that Mr Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, were exposed to.

But he said the possibility was "clearly a line of enquiry".

Mr Basu said no contaminated items had yet been found, but officers were putting together a "very detailed examination of [the couple's] movements" in order to determine where they were poisoned.

He added that members of the public should not pick anything up if they don't know what it is.

"We have no idea what may have contained the nerve agent at this time," he said.

The Counter Terrorism Policing Network is now leading the investigation, working with Wiltshire Police.

The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera said: "The most likely hypothesis is that this is leftover Novichok from the attack on the Skripals back in March."

There is no evidence to suggest either visited the sites that were decontaminated following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Security correspondent Gordon Corera said the poisoning was "hugely significant" as the public "will be worried about public health".

He added: "Perhaps this is some of the Novichok prepared for the attack [in Salisbury in March] and discarded - maybe somewhere like a park, a house - and maybe these two came across it,Or it could be a false flag operation to deflect blame from Russia"

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44719639

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Elon Musk video of 'kid-size' submarine for Thai trap boy cave rescue

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk shared photos and videos of a metallic pod that may help rescue a group of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Footage shared on Musk's Twitter account shows a group testing the device in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool.

Musk said in a tweet Sunday evening that the pod — or "kid-size submarine" — was en route to Thailand and would arrive in about 17 hours.

"Hopefully useful," he said in one tweet. "If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation."

His updates came after US and Thai officials confirmed Sunday that four boys had been rescued from a flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer team and coach. They were escorted out by a group of Thai and international divers.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/08/us/elon-musk-thai-cave-rescue/index.html

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Raytheon Is Developing A 100kW Tactical Laser For The US Army

Raytheon is developing a mobile 100 kW laser weapon system under the U.S. Army’s $10 million High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstration (HEL TVD) program contract. With the Pentagon flush with cash from the Trump administration, laser weapon systems have been a significant focus regarding research and development before the next round of global hybrid conflicts.

HEL TVD is part of the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability, Increment 2 — Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I), which is a rugged, mobile, pre-prototype laser system that meets the size, weight and performance requirements of the Army.

The laser system mounted on the FMTV can eliminate aerial threats, including artillery, cruise missiles, drones, mortars, and rockets.

To date, the program tested lasers at various strengths, from 2kW to 50 kW. Last year, Lockheed Martin announced it completed the development of a single-beam 60 kW laser for the program. The next phase, which could be as early as 2019, could test a massive 100kW multi-beam fiber-laser design, considered to be just enough directed energy to take down most aerial threats.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-05/raytheon-developing-100kw-tactical-laser-us-army

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US Army Discovers New Explosive Material - "More Powerful Than TNT"

The chemical compound trinitrotoluene (C7H5N3O6), or most commonly known as TNT, was developed in Germany in 1863 by Joseph Wilbrand. While TNT is not as powerful as dynamite, it is more stable than most explosives. For more than a century, militaries around the world have melted down TNT into shell casings for kinetic energy weapons. TNT is considered the premier mixture of chemicals for creating spectacular explosions, and it is used in the formulation of determining the amount of energy released when a nuclear weapon is detonated, usually expressed as a TNT equivalent.

After more than a 100 years of dominance, new research from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Army Research Laboratory have discovered a new, more powerful compound, Bis-oxadiazole (C6H4N6O8), which could render TNT obsolete.

Popular Mechanics first uncovered the report titled “Bis(1,2,4-oxadiazole) Bis(methylene) Dinitrate: A High-Energy Melt-Castable Explosive and Energetic Propellant Plasticizing Ingredient,” which was published late last month in the Organic Process Research & Development, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society.

Chavez told Popular Mechanics that TNT is a blend of the seemingly harmless elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen (C7H5N3O6). However, he compares the explosive compounds to gasoline, indicating that rather than extracting oxygen from the air to work as an oxidizer for combustion, like an engine, the explosives have all the ingredients for a powerful explosion within the compound.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/us-army-discovers-new-explosive-material-more-powerful-tnt

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Trump: bucks>babies "U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials"

https://archive.fo/EIwQD

>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

>Trump's corporatism allies with rich elite over the health of babies

(once again americans, this time newborn ones, pay the price for Trump's swamp-filling, elite dick sucking)

>American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.

>The confrontation was the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues.

>When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs.

The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.

>Wow, threatening them with punishment by something that has nothing to do with the issue. classy move, Trump!

>In the end, the Americans’ efforts were mostly unsuccessful. It was the Russians who ultimately stepped in to introduce the measure — and the Americans did not threaten them.

>Trump: "Oh, Putin you're for this resolution? Sorry, why didn't you tell me? Let me sign on to it right after I suck your penis once again. Apologies, strong dictator!"

>US, once again looking like a snobby fascist idiot to the rest of the world.

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Drunk seagulls all over SW England, animal rescue vans smell like a pub

Seagulls have been spotted vomiting and struggling to walk in straight lines in the south west of England, leading animal welfare officers to suggest they are drunk.

The RSPCA had more than a dozen calls regarding the birds and has concluded the birds are probably scavenging alcohol from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

Some of the birds have died and others are seriously ill after being found on beaches across Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

The charity described the effect on the birds as similar to how a human would react to excessive alcohol. They appear disorientated and have problems with their balance.

“The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them, so now our vans smell like pubs.”

“We’ve had birds coming in from across Devon and even a few from Bridport and Lyme Regis, in Dorset.

“Sadly, a few of the birds have died, but most of them have made good recoveries and have been released after a few days in our care.”

The RSPCA is urging local breweries, distilleries and alcohol producers to check that their waste is secure and cannot be accessed by wildlife or birds.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/drunk-seagulls-rspc-alcohol-beaches-somerset-devon-dorset-a8435761.html#comments

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South Koreans Revolt Against Arrival of Muslim Fake Refugees

South Koreans are revolting against the arrival of Muslim refugees, with over half a million signing a petition asserting that Muslim migrants don’t integrate and that they don’t want their country to end up like the UK or Germany.

The controversy began when an influx of nearly 1,000 asylum seekers from Yemen arrived on the South Korean resort island of Jeju. They took advantage of a new visa waiver program that allowed people from 186 countries to visit the island without a tourist visa.

This led to 950 foreign nationals, the majority from Yemen, arriving as tourists under a one month permit but then immediately claiming asylum, a process that can take years while they remain in the country.

“And local people here are worried,” said Hank Kim, owner of the Core Travel Agency. “We have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe — in Germany and France in particular — and we do not want that to happen here.”

Emphasizing that South Koreans do not think the Muslim religion is compatible with their culture, Kim added, “They all have big families and they bring their own culture instead of trying to adapt to the place where they live.”

With officials anticipating asylum claims to double compared to last year, South Koreans are concerned that economic migrants will exploit the system to take advantage of healthcare and other benefits.

https://www.infowars.com/south-koreans-revolt-against-arrival-of-muslim-refugees/

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#WalkAway founder abused by hate-filled left-wing bigots at a public camera store

(Natural News) There’s a new movement afoot encouraging Democrats to #WalkAway from the party of victimhood, and it’s got many liberals in a tizzy – especially since its founder is a homosexual hairdresser from New York.

Brandon Straka, who’s quickly gaining notoriety as a viral video sensation, recently experienced the ire of leaving the liberal plantation while trying to purchase new camera equipment. He was accused of being a member of the “alt-right” and refused service, all because of a video he put out explaining how the Democratic Party exploits its members while lying to them about their place in the world.

Women, minorities, and “people of color” are perpetual victims in a society that was constructed with their oppression in mind, Democrats are notorious for claiming. But none of this is true, Straka claims, as he prods others just like him – a former liberal – to leave the party and never look back.

“They will insist that you are a victim doomed to exist within a system that is rigged against you,” Straka states in his original #WalkAway video, which is spreading like wildfire.

“They manipulate your fears and concerns by telling you that you are disadvantaged, disempowered, and disposable … to everyone except them,” he adds.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-07-walkaway-founder-abused-by-hate-filled-left-wing-bigots-at-a-public-camera-store.html

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Video:Big buck Negro man assaults 16yr /pol/ boy wearing MAGA hat,poopy pants ensue

A 16-year-old boy has been verbally abused and assaulted at a restaurant for wearing one of Donald Trump’s trademark “Make America Great Again” hats.

The ordeal, which took place in San Antonio, was caught on camera and has been widely shared.

The clip shows an unidentified suspect chucking a drink in Richard’s face while saying “you ain’t supporting shit” before leaving the restaurant with his red hat.

Mr Hunter, who is from the Texas city, was having a meal with his friends at a Whataburger restaurant in Thousands Oaks when the incident took place.

His friend,Peter,who can be seen in the video,after cleaning his soiled pants and hiding in the restroom for 3 hours, said,'Is it safe to come out yet?'.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/texas-teenager-maga-hat-attack-san-antonio-viral-video-a8432581.html

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MGTOW on the rise, /pol/virgin tradcucks on suicide watch

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YOU AREN'T MAN ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE 12 LAYER ROASTFLAPS OF A REAL WOMAN YOU FUCKING VIRGIN LOSER GAMERS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I HAVE NO MONEY AFTER I GAVE HALF MY PAYCHECK TO VERONICA THIS MONTH

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WHOOOOO IS GOING TO PAY FOR TYRONS BABY AND MY BIRTH CONTROL NOW REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ITS NOT FAIR AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH /POL/VIRGIN WHITEKNIGHTS PLEASE HELP MEEEEE

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOYIM STOP YOU'RE NOT CONSTANTLY SPENDING MONEY ON USELESS SHIT FOR A BLACK HOLE OF MONEY AHHHHHHH THE (((ECONOMY))) NOOOO THIS CANT BE HAPPENING THE RECESSION GOY THINK OF THE RECESSION ;_;

BTFO

https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=US

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China brings Star Wars to life with ‘laser AK-47’ that can set fire to targets a kilometre away

Handheld weapons that could set fire to targets from long distances are no longer confined to science fiction but a fact of life, according to researchers

China has developed a new portable laser weapon that can zap a target from nearly a kilometre away, according to researchers involved in the project.

The ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is classified as being “non-lethal” but produces an energy beam that cannot be seen by the naked eye but can pass through windows and cause the “instant carbonisation” of human skin and tissues.

Ten years ago its capabilities would have been the preserve of sci-fi films, but one laser weapons scientist said the new device is able to “burn through clothes in a split second … If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire”.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire

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Partial success!Ist 2 Thai trap boys rescued from cave!

First two boys have been rescued, local officials tell Reuters

The first two members of the Thai football team have been rescued, a local rescue official told Reuters.

“Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave,” said Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai’s health department and part of the rescue team.

“We are giving them a complete physical examination,all over their bodies, every square centimetre. They have not been moved to Chiang Rai hospital yet,” Tossathep told Reuters.

WATCH: BBC footage of ambulance leaving cave site amidst reports first boys from trapped football team have been rescued #thamluangcave #thamluang #ถำหลวง #13ชีวิตติดถำ #13ชีวิตรอดแลว #พาหมูปากลับบาน #ThailandCaveRescue

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2018/jul/08/thailand-cave-rescue-operation-divers-trapped-boys-live

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Thai trap boys found dead

A Thai 'ladyboy' who shot to online fame has died of penile cancer just weeks after being diagnosed with the disease.

Aged just 27, web star Sexy Pancake had his penis amputated earlier this month after the Stage 3 cancer was discovered.

Medics apparently told Sexy Pancake - real name Niwat Sangmor - that the illness had been caused by years of taping his penis down for performances.

During his three-year career, Sexy Pancake taped down his genitals virtually every day to make himself more convincing as a woman.

Experts reportedly believe the restricted blood flow allowed cancerous cells to grow and spread.

Sexy Pancake was being treated at Khon Kaen Hospital, and had posted requests for financial help with treatment online.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/thai-ladyboy-sexy-pancake-dies-7981613

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Thai boys trapped in cave running out of air:Navy seal dies

Authorities overseeing the rescue operation for 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand said they have a "limited amount of time" to get them out, as they raced against worsening weather and lessening oxygen underground.

The massive operation inside and around Tham Luang Nang Non cave suffered its first death Friday when a former Thai navy SEAL passed out underwater and could not be revived.

"We can no longer wait for all conditions (to be ready) because circumstances are pressuring us," Thai SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference. "We originally thought the boys can stay safe inside the cave for quite some time, but circumstances have changed. We have limited amount of time."

Oxygen levels are decreasing because of the amount of workers inside the cave and workers were trying to run an oxygen line into the chambers in addition to the oxygen canisters used by divers, Chiang Rai province Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said late Thursday.

A senior army commander, Maj. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam, said the most pressing mission is the oxygen line. It is tied to a telephone line to provide a channel of communication for the kids, who are stuck deep in the complex but are being looked after by four SEALs, including a medic.

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the cave after a soccer game June 23. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days as the only way to reach them was by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

Authorities have been racing to pump out water from the cave before more storms in the coming days raise the water levels again. At this time though, diving is the only possible method of escape, even though cave rescue experts warn it is extremely dangerous even for those with experience.

Friday's death of the former SEAL underscores those risks. The diver was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters along the route divers use to get to the children, Arpakorn said.

The strategically placed canisters allow divers to stay underwater for longer during what is about a five-hour trip to reach the stranded team.

While underwater, the rescuer passed out and efforts to resuscitate him failed, Arpakorn said. Another navy official said he didn't believe the man's oxygen tank ran out.

"Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission," Arpakorn said.

The governor has said the 13 may not be extracted at the same time, depending on their condition. They boys are weak but for the most part physically healthy. They've practiced wearing diving masks and breathing, in preparation for the diving possibility.

Officials prefer to get the boys out as soon as possible because heavy rain is expected by Saturday.

They are hoping that an upgraded draining effort can lower the water in an area where it is still at or near the ceiling. The idea is to get some headroom so the boys would not be reliant on scuba apparatus for a long stretch and could keep their heads above water.

Cave rescue experts have said it could be safest to simply supply the boys where they are, and wait for the flooding to subside. That could take months, however, given that Thailand's rainy season typically lasts through October. And without proper oxygen levels, staying put could also prove deadly.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thai-authorities-navy-seal-working-rescue-boys-trapped-56396928

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Grande Prairie runners fend off 3 grizzlies on Canadian Death Race trail

As the grizzly bear loomed over his running partner, something clicked in Phil Troyer's mind.

"That's when I realized it wasn't a matter of chasing the bears away, it was a matter of surviving," he said.

"I was scared — but there was such a calm even in all the commotion.

royer encountered the grizzly and its two cubs on a trail near Grande Cache, Alta., on June 30. He was training for the Canadian Death Race with a group of runners from Grande Prairie.

The gruelling 125-kilometre ultra-marathon cuts through mountainous terrain near Grande Cache, a town about 430 km west of Edmonton.

Troyer and another runner, Lisa Lauzon, had outstripped their training group and were hiking up a rocky path used for the race when they heard shuffling in a thicket of alder bushes to their left.

Within seconds, Troyer said he saw the distinctive brown head of a grizzly bear rise from the alders about six metres away.

He barely had time to unhook the safety lock on his can of bear spray before the animal charged.

When the grizzly was less than a metre away, Troyer fired a blast of spray at its face. The animal veered around the two runners, then circled back.

At that moment, two cubs emerged from the bushes, trapping Troyer and Lauzon between the mother and her offspring.

Troyer, who grew up hunting in the Yukon wilderness with his father, said he knew right away they had stumbled into a deadly situation.

"From there it was just chaos," he said. "Just bears coming at us. They started running around us."

In the scuffle, Lauzon was knocked off the trail onto her back. The mother grizzly lumbered toward her.

Phil Troyer's carbon hiking pole broke when he used it fight off a bear near Grande Cache, Alta. (Phil Troyer)

Troyer said he watched in horror as the mother bear advanced. The animal was growling and grunting in a way he had only heard in movies.

"I still hear that sound sometimes, and it bothers me."

His bear spray was almost empty and he doubted the stream was potent enough to deter the grizzly.

"It was the last option I had, so I just leaned over as far as I could," Troyer said.

"Everything just seemed to slow down and I remember thinking to myself, 'This has gone on long enough. What are we going to do now? How are we going to get away?"

The orange mist shot toward the bear, settling in a cloud around its face. The animal reared and turned toward Troyer, who stumbled backward onto the path.

"My pepper spray was done, there was nothing left in it," he said.

He threw aside the can and swung at the grizzly's head with his hiking pole. The carbon shaft snapped on impact, Troyer said.

By then, Lauzon had regained her feet and began throwing rocks at the bear.

"That's when the sow left, actually went up back in the woods right where it came out from."

The entire attack lasted less than two minutes, immortalized by a spike in Troyer's heart rate recorded by a monitor he wears while training.

Each member is now required to carry at least one can of bear spray during outdoor sessions, Mitchell said.

"It was totally because of what happened to Phil," she said. "When you go out in the bush, be prepared, don't be naive and think it's not going to happen to you."

She invited Troyer to demonstrate to the club how he used the bear spray.

The workshop was eye-opening, Mitchell said. ​Many group members did not realize the can empties within 10 seconds, and must be used at close range to be effective.

"I thought it would come out more like a water hose … not like a mist of air," Mitchell said. "I thought it would come out more hard and fierce, right in its face."

Cox said she had heard about the recent bear encounter and said organizers would likely cancel the ultra-marathon if something similar happened shortly before or during the race.

The competition attracts endurance runners from around the world, who may have no experience sharing trails with bears or cougars.

She encouraged everyone signed up for this year's race to research risks such as bear encounters ahead of time.

"This is kind of dangerous and you are in the wilderness, and you should know what you're getting into," Cox said.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/grande-prairie-death-race-grizzly-bear-cub-run-spray-berta-1.4733647

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Wikipedia blocked readers in protest of EU's war on memes

If you check Wikipedia's Spanish and Italian editions while in Europe, you'll find yourself facing a wall of text and no means to access its articles. Both pages have gone dark ahead of the European Parliament's final vote on the controversial EU Copyright Directive, which is the first time the region is updating its copyright laws since 2001.

Wikipedia blocked readers from its pages on Tuesday in protest over the future of EU online copyright law.

Critics say the rules, due to be voted on this week, could put an end to memes and remixes, and require platforms to pay for linking to news.

Instead of an encyclopaedia entry, visitors to any page on the Italian language Wikipedia were greeted with a statement about the upcoming vote.

The editors wrote that "Wikipedia itself would be at risk of closing".

"If the proposal is approved, it may be impossible to share a newspaper article on social networks or find it on a search engine," it said.

English-language users of the site were not cut off from its articles - but instead saw a large banner advert urging readers to contact their European representatives, or MEPs, ahead of the vote.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/04/wikipedia-italian-spanish-protest-eu-copyright-directive/

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Brave Canuck dad fights off polar bear,3 kids get to boat, he gets eaten.

A father from the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut was mauled to death while protecting his children from a polar bear on July 3, Canadian police said.

The man, 31-year-old Aaron Gibbons, was out for a walk with his children and some other community members on Century Island when it happened, a family member told The Toronto Star.

“When they were on the island walking around … a bear surprised them,” Gibbons' uncle Gordy Kidlapik told the paper. “The bear had started to stalk the children.”

Police said the attack happened about 10 kilometers from Arviat, a small town of about 2,600 people.

What (Aaron) did was he told his children to run away to the boat while he was putting himself between the bear and his children to protect them," the uncle told the Canadian Press. The children were able to make it safely to a boat and call for help on a radio.

"We actually heard the call for help," Kidlapik told the Canadian Press. "It was terrible to listen to."

Another community member was able to kill the bear, and Gibbons was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"Definitely Aaron died a hero, he protected his children," Gibbons' cousin Eric Anoee told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "It's [the] right word to say right now."

Daniel Pimentel, an official with the territory’s Department of Environment, told the Toronto Star the last time a polar bear killed someone in the area was 18 years ago.

“It has been a very long time since the last polar bear attack resulted in human fatality,” he told the paper. “They’re very uncommon in Nunavut.”

Anoee told the CBC Gibbons was a capable hunter who loved spending time with his kids. "We are still in shock but we are resilient and we will go on and continue as a community," he told the station.

Kidlapik mourned the loss of his nephew on Twitter, and called out the business Churchill Wild, which provides polar bear tours, saying getting the bears acclimated to humans was dangerous. "It may have been one of these bears that killed my qangiaq," he wrote, using the Inuinnaqtun term for nephew, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article214355649.html

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LA:300 lb negress & nigglet beat 92 yr old white ww2 vet with brick because he bumped into her

A video shows a 92-year-old man on the ground with a bloody face after he was attacked by a woman and several men with a brick in Willowbrook.

The attack has left neighbors stunned.

"He's an old guy. Nobody shouldn't even harm him 'cause I wouldn't want to see nobody hurting my father or mother. I wouldn't want to see somebody jump on an older guy like that, and he was in Okinawa killing Japs for this country when he was 17," neighbor Margie Morris said.

L.A. County sheriff's investigators said the victim was attacked near the corner of 118th Street and Central Avenue. An eyewitness who took the video did not want to be identified. She said the man was beaten with a piece of concrete.

"Oh my god. It's too offensive," she said.

According to the eyewitness, the man was walking down the sidewalk and he passed the woman. The witness said for some reason that upset the woman and that's when it started.

"The woman pushed him and dropped him. She took the block of concrete and hit him in his head many times. That's why it was very bad," the witness said.

She was able to get a picture of the woman who was walking with a little girl. In that photo, she is seen holding a piece of concrete.

"She see me in my car and walking to me and she told me, 'Oh, what are you doing? What are you saying? Why are you taking my picture?'" the witness said.

Detectives from the sheriff's department interviewed the victim, and they are looking for witnesses to come forward.

http://archive.fo/qi6ZO

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Jew racist stops Negress and child from contaminating pool;he loses job

Adam Bloom, A "white" man who called North Carolina police on a black woman who was using a private community pool with her child no longer has a job because of the "terrible incident," his company said Friday.

The man's employer, packing company Sonoco, said in a tweet Friday that it was made "aware of a terrible incident" at a private community pool.

On Friday, police released audio of Bloom's call, in which he tells a dispatcher that "we have a non-resident that's at the pool that refuses to leave." When asked by the dispatcher who he is, Bloom identifies himself by name and says, "I'm chairman of the pool."

"We'd be happy to have her here if she would just show some identification," Bloom tells the dispatcher of Edwards.

In a statement, Winston-Salem Police Department said officers "maintained neutrality" when they arrived and spoke with Bloom and Edwards, and ultimately determined that Edwards "had a pool access card which did in fact provide her proper access to the swimming pool. Our officers determined that no crime had been committed during this incident."

The incident has garnered national attention. Social media users shared a Facebook post in which Edwards called it a "classic case of racial profiling" — the latest in a string of police calls on black people who are doing ordinary, nonthreatening tasks that have made headlines.

Edwards said she lives in the Glenridge community where police were called. In one of the videos on her account, viewed more than 4 million times, she told Winston-Salem police that Bloom asked for her address and then for an ID.

Edwards told police that as a resident, she has a key card to enter the gated pool area, which she handed over to an officer to prove that it worked.

"Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use the pool?" she asked.

Bloom told police that some people "kind of make their way around sometimes … but that's good enough for me today."

The man then walked away when Edwards asked him if he would like to apologize for calling the police.

Bloom is now getting death threats and had to leave his home with his wife and three children to a safe location.

http://archive.is/w5rD8

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Rapeugee dragged back to Germany for killing 14 yr old girl & raping 11 yr old

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Investigators in Germany say Ali Bashar, an Iraqi Kurdish man who admitted to the murder of a German teen, is also responsible for the rape of an 11-year-old child.

The failed 21-year-old asylum seeker had twice raped an 11-year-old at a refugee home where he lived in Wiesbaden, western Germany, once in March and again in May, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

Local prosecutors in Germany said Bashar and another boy, identified as a 14-year-old Afghan who also resided at the refugee home, are suspects in the rape of the 11-year-old.

German authorities have since arrested the Afghan boy and are investigating whether he was involved in the crimes against Susanna Feldman, 14, who was found murdered early last month.

The second victim is the same girl who led police to a woodlot in Wiesbaden near a refugee camp where Bashar had been living since 2015 where Feldman’s body was found.

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/1004d915-ff57-42cb-9a18-035bff091b79

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EU's bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable

On June 20, the European Parliament will set in motion a process that could force online platforms like Facebook, Reddit and even 4chan(and it's lesser copycat) to censor their users' content before it ever gets online.

A proposed new European copyright law wants large websites to use "content recognition technologies" to scan for copyrighted videos, music, photos, text and code in a move that that could impact everyone from the open source software community to remixers, livestreamers and teenage meme creators.

In an open letter to the President of the European Parliament, some of the world's most prominent technologists warn that Article 13 of the proposed EU Copyright Directive "takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users."

It's a direct threat to the established legal notion that individual users, rather than platforms, are responsible for the content they put online.

Area of effect

Although it's primarily intended to prevent the online streaming of pirated music and video, the scope of Article 13 covers all and any copyrightable material, including images, audio, video, compiled software, code and the written word.

Internet memes— which most commonly take the form of viral images, endlessly copied, repeated and riffed on— could fall into a number of those categories, creating an improbable scenario in which one of the internet's most distinctive and commonplace forms of communication is banned.

The definitions used in Article 13 are broad by design, says writer and digital rights activist Cory Doctorow: "This system treats restrictions on free expression as the unfortunate but unavoidable collateral damage of protecting copyright. Automated systems just can't distinguish between commentary, criticism, and parody and mere copying, nor could the platforms employ a workforce big enough to adjudicate each case to see if a match to a copyrighted work falls within one of copyright's limitations and exceptions."

Meme makers don't have the kind of organised front of code-sharing platforms or the Wikimedia Foundation, but there've been a few, albeit rather muted efforts to raise a fuss among meme-making groups on Reddit, Facebook and 4chan, with leftist meme creators in particular expressing concerns that the new law "will result in blanket meme bans because they can't keep up with actually checking against parody laws".

A redditor from r/dankmemes has passionately proclaimed that "you can take our internet and our rights, but you can never take our memes." And it gets weirder the further right you go, as conspiracy theories proliferate. One denizen of 4chan's /pol/ went so far as to suggest that attempts to muster support against

icle 13's content platform filtering are "a pro-Article 13 psyop meant to make the opposition look uncool", while other comment threads on 4chan and Breitbart focussed on the always fertile alt-right tactics of blaming the Jews, female MEPs, and hedge fund magnate George Soros.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/eu-meme-war-article-13-regulation

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North Korea working on a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-armed missiles

North Korea appears to be working on a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, according to information gathered by South Korea's military.

Kim Hack-yong, a South Korean lawmaker who until a few weeks ago was head of the legislature's defense committee, told The Wall Street Journal that North Korea appeared to working on the sub at the port of Sinpo on the country's east coast.

An aide to Kim said South Korean intelligence had noticed workers and materials moving at the port, where work on the sub appeared to be taking place at an indoor facility. Kim, whose term as the defense-committee chief recently ended, is a member of the conservative party that has been wary of talks with North Korea.

US military intelligence noticed similar activity at the port late last year, detecting what appeared to be construction on a new diesel-electric submarine at the Sinpo shipyard, The Diplomat reported in October, citing a US government source.

US intelligence estimates at that time gave the sub a submerged displacement of 2,000 tons and a beam of 36 feet, making it the largest ship built for the North Korean navy.

The Journal report comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Pyongyang on Friday, where he is likely to push North Korea for more solid commitments regarding denuclearization. While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump pledged at their mid-June summit in Singapore to "work toward" denuclearization, no specific agreement was reached.

North Korea has one of the world's largest navies by number of ships. South Korea's defense ministry estimates Pyongyang has 430 surface vessels and about 70 submarines.

Many of those subs are thought to be obsolete, but that fleet includes one Gorae-class ballistic-missile sub, which was outfitted with a new missile-launch tube in summer 2017, according to The Diplomat. (South Korea is reportedly looking to buy six US-made P-8 Poseidons, one of the world's most advanced sub-hunting aircraft.)

The sub under construction at Sinpo may be a successor to that Gorae-class boat, advancing a program that US officials consider a threat because it could allow North Korea to achieve greater surprise for a nuclear strike.

http://archive.is/1Pvtx

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Ukraine student accidently confuses gum wiih plastic explosive, Blows head off

A chemistry student in the Ukraine was found dead with his jaw blown off by what is believed to be exploding chewing gum, according to reports.

The 25-year-old's disfigured remains were discovered at his parent's home in the northern Ukrainian city of Konotop, reports in the Eastern European country said.

The young man, who studied at Kiev Polytechnic Institute, was working at a computer late on Saturday when the alleged explosion happened.

"A loud pop was heard from the student's room," the ukranews.com Web site said, citing an aide to the city's police chief.

"When his relatives entered the room, they saw that the lower part of the young man's face had been blown off."

A forensic examination established that the chewing gum was covered with an unidentified chemical substance, thought to be some type of explosive material.

The student apparently had a bizarre habit of chewing gum after dipping it into citric acid, Russian news agency Ria Novosti said.

Officers found both citric acid packets and a similar-looking unidentified substance, believed to be some kind of explosive material, on a table near the body, the agency continued.

Investigators suspect that the student simply confused the packets and put gum covered with explosive material into his mouth.

Forensic experts were to travel from Kiev to investigate the substance, as local authorities feared it may explode if transported.

http://archive.fo/uTI6f

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Mexico'$ new pre$ident plan$ amne$ty for 'hundred$ of thou$and$' of cartel member$

Mexico'$ new pre$ident i$ planning an amne$ty for 'hundred$ of thou$and$' of youth$ caught up in organized crime in an effort to $tem the country'$ epidemic of cartel-related violence.

Alfon$o Durazo, propo$ed a$ the new admini$tration'$ public $ecurity mini$ter, $aid the amne$ty law would be part of a 'pe$o$ in our pocket$' plan.

Amne$ty would not be given at the di$cretion of the pre$ident, he $aid. Congre$$ will have the final word and cut.

'The objective of thi$ law i$ to bring youth who for variou$ rea$on$ of economic $urvival, extortion, pre$$ure from organized crime are (working) in the illegal into the legal,' Durazo $aid.

There could be hundred$ of thou$and$ of youth working a$ lookout$ for organized crime, he $aid. 'We have to give them a way out and into going hungry.'

The advi$er$ $aid any amne$ty would be aimed only at lower-level people involved in cartel activitie$, often out of coercion, higher up$ in Congre$$ will be doing th deciding. Criminal$ guilty of violent act$ would be excluded, they $aid.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5927235/Mexicos-president-elect-propose-amnesty-law.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Dark Suckers - Bell Labs Proves Existence of Dark Suckers

For years it has been believed that electric bulbs emitted light. However, recent information from Bell Labs has proven otherwise. Electric bulbs don't emit light, they suck dark. Thus they now call these bulbs dark suckers.

The dark sucker theory, according to a Bell Labs spokesperson, proves the existence of dark, that dark has mass heavier than that of light, and that dark is faster than light. The basis of the dark sucker theory is that electric bulbs suck dark. Take for example the dark suckers in the room where you are. There is less dark right next to them than there is elsewhere. The larger the dark sucker, the greater its capacity to suck dark. Dark suckers in a parking lot have a much greater capacity than the ones in this room. As with all things, dark suckers don't last forever. Once they are full of dark, they can no longer suck. This is proven by the black spot on a full dark sucker. A candle is a primitive dark sucker. A new candle has a white wick. You will notice that after the first use, the wick turns black, representing all the dark which has been sucked into it. If you hold a pencil next to the wick of an operating candle, the tip will turn black because it got in the path of the dark flowing into the candle. Unfortunately, these primitive dark suckers have a very limited range.

There are also portable dark suckers. The bulbs in these can't handle all of the dark by themselves, and must be aided by a dark storage unit. When the dark storage unit is full, it must be either emptied or replaced before the portable dark sucker can operate again.

Dark has mass. When dark goes into a dark sucker, friction from this mass generates heat. Thus it is not wise to touch an operating dark sucker. Candles present a special problem, as the dark must travel in the solid wick instead of through glass. This generates a great amount of heat. Thus it can be very dangerous to touch an operating candle. Dark is also heavier than light. If you swim deeper and deeper, you notice it gets slowly darker and darker. When you reach a depth of approximately fifty feet, you are in total darkness. This is because the heavier dark sinks to the bottom of the lake and the lighter light floats to the top.

The immense power of dark can be utilized to man's advantage. We can collect the dark that has settled to the bottom of lakes and push it through turbines, which generate electricity and help push it to the ocean where it may be safely stored. Prior to turbines, it was much more difficult to get dark from the rivers and lakes to the ocean. The Indians recognized this problem, and tried to solve it. When on a river in a canoe traveling in the same direction as the flow of the dark, they paddled slowly, so as not to stop the flow of dark, but when they traveled against the flow of dark, they paddled quickly so as to help push the dark along its way.

Finally, we must prove that dark is faster than light. If you were to stand in an illuminated room in front of a closed, dark closet, then slowly open the closed door, you would see the light slowly enter the closet, but since the dark is so fast, you would not be able to see the dark leave the closet.

In conclusion, Bell Labs stated that dark suckers make all our lives much easier. So the next time you look at an electric bulb remember that it is indeed a dark sucker.

https://readtext.org/conspiracy/dark-suckers-theory/

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Autism

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/symptoms

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are

characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas. Taken together, they may result in relatively mild challenges for someone on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. For others, symptoms may be more severe, as when repetitive behaviors and lack of spoken language interfere with everyday life.

People suffering from autism have:

>difficulty understanding/interpreting others

>difficulty regulating emotions, loses control quickly

>difficulty with speaking

> tends to carry on monologues on a subject

>inability to understand body language, tone or expressions not meant to be taken seriously

>repetitiveness

If you see any 'anons' exhibiting these symptoms, please be patient with them. They just may be having difficulties communicating with their non-autistic brethren.

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Feminist Zero tolerance Trudeau is a groper, gets pussy pass

Ex-B.C. reporter behind Trudeau groping allegation speaks out, says apology came 1 day later

A former newspaper reporter confirms Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to her the day after what she says was an inappropriate encounter at a B.C. music festival almost two decades ago.

Rose Knight also says she is the reporter that was referred to in an editorial 18 years ago in the Creston Valley Advance that said she was groped by Trudeau while covering the event.

She says in a statement that she did not take the matter any further at the time and doesn’t plan to do so now.

Knight says she has never had contact with Trudeau again.

Trudeau says he respects Knight’s decision but remembers the encounter with her differently.

He says he is confident he did not act inappropriately but that people can experience interactions differently.

Trudeau is to attend an event tomorrow with Calgary MP Kent Hehr who lost his cabinet post after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women.

The prime minister says the allegations levelled against him and those against the former minister of sport and disabilities are different.

http://archive.is/qNoiQ