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Syria Hoax: Boy in Douma ‘Chem Attack’ Video Says He Was Lured With Cookies, Then Sprayed With Water

A boy who was portrayed as a ‘victim’ in a rebel-linked activists’ video of the alleged chemical attack in Douma has told Russian broadcaster VGTRK that he was lured into the hospital with cookies and then sprayed with water.

The "Aleppo boy" story repeated again to a T. The White Helmets staged the video using kids desperate for food

Panic, fear, screaming adults and frightened children featured in the purported footage of the aftermath following the alleged chemical attack in the Eastern Ghouta city. The video has been circulated by mainstream media since April 7 after being posted by the so-called Douma Revolution group.

https://russia-insider.com/en/boy-douma-chem-attack-video-says-he-was-lured-cookies-then-sprayed-water/ri23224

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Police have identified suspects behind the Sergei Skripal nerve poisoning in Great Britain

Investigators have identified individuals believed to be behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, according to a new report from The Daily Telegraph.

British authorities have maintained that the Russian government was behind the nerve agent attack on the ex-spy in Salisbury, England, which Russia has forcefully denied. The new report further bolsters Britain's case: The "persons of interest" who have been singled out by counter-terrorism police and spy agencies are now reportedly in Russia.

It's not yet clear who the suspects are, or the full nature of the intelligence that investigators hold, though The Daily Telegraph cites flight manifests for UK flights as a source of clues.

Sergei Skripal, 66, has been in hospital since being exposed to Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok in early March. His daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, also fell ill, as did a police officer who was early on the scene, though both have since been released from hospital.

The nerve agent is believed to have been smeared on the door handle of Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury. Russia has previously conducted tests on how to leave nerve agents on door handles, Britain has since revealed in a dossier of evidence against Russia.

http://uk.businessinsider.com/police-identify-suspects-sergei-skripal-nerve-agent-poisoning-report-2018-4

Russia carried out secret tests on how to smear deadly nerve agents such as Novichok on door handles, Britain claimed today in a bombshell dossier of evidence against Moscow in the Salisbury poisoning case.

The UK's national security adviser Sir Mark Sedwill also alleged that president Vladimir Putin was "closely involved" in the mid-2000s in Russia's chemical weapons programme.

Sir Mark told how Russian intelligence officers are believed to have targeted emails from former spy Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia since 2013. Novichok is believed to have been smeared on the door handle of ex- double agent Mr Skripal's home in the Wiltshire city.

The Kremlin denies it has any stockpiles of the deadly nerve agent or that it was involved in the attack on Mr Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, last month.

But the release of the previously highly classified information will cast fresh doubts over Russia's denials.

In a letter to Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, Sir Mark also revealed that intelligence chiefs had identified the laboratory where Novichok is believed to have been developed in the Soviet Union and said that after its collapse Russia had continued producing the toxin. He said the codeword for the chemical weapons programme, which included Novichok, was "FOLIANT".

In his letter, Sir Mark said: "During the 2000s, Russia commenced a programme to test means of delivering chemical warfare agents and to train personnel from special units in the use of these weapons.

"This programme subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles. Within the last decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks under the same programme."

http://www.businessinsider.com/uk-russia-tested-putting-nerve-agent-door-handles-2018-4

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Syria war: The online activists pushing conspiracy theories

As the investigation continues into another alleged chemical attack in Syria, one group of influential online activists is busy spreading their version of events.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are attempting to access the previously rebel-held town of Douma, where medical organisations and rescue workers say President Bashar al-Assad's forces dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals in an attack on 7 April, killing more than 40 people.

The Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, say the incident was staged. But the US, UK and France - who support the opposition to Mr Assad - say they are confident that chlorine and possibly a nerve agent were used.

Despite the uncertainty about what happened in Douma, a cluster of influential social media activists is certain that it knows what occurred on 7 April.

They've seized on a theory being floated by Russian officials and state-owned media outlets that the attacks were "staged" or were a "false flag" operation, carried out by jihadist groups or spies in order to put the blame on the Assad government and provide a justification for Western intervention.

The group includes activists and people who call themselves "independent journalists", and several have Twitter followings reaching into the tens or hundreds of thousands.

The activists call themselves "anti-war", but as they generally back the Syrian government's military operations against rebel forces seeking to overthrow Mr Assad and Russian air strikes carried out in support, it might be more accurate to describe them as "anti-Western intervention" or "pro-Syrian government".

According to their narrative, international media organisations across the political spectrum, along with human rights organisations, are somehow covertly aligned with Western governments, Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda and taking part in a secretive plot to take over Syria.

The network of activists includes people like Vanessa Beeley. She has more than 30,000 Twitter followers and writes for a news outlet that the website Media Bias/Fact Check calls a "conspiracy and conjecture site" that has "an extreme right bias".

In response to a list of questions, she called BBC Trending's story a "blatant attempt" to "silence independent journalism" and repeated unsubstantiated claims about alleged chemical weapons attacks.

Beeley gives talks to fringe groups and makes appearances on media outlets including state-owned Russian channel RT.

But in the online conversation about Syria there are more influential activists, about whom much less is known.

Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo on Twitter) has more than 125,000 followers, among them more than 250 journalists from mainstream media outlets. Her follower count is comparable to BBC journalists who regularly report on Syria, such as BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen (167,000) and BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet (142,000).

In addition to pictures of herself, Sarah Abdallah tweets constant pro-Russia and pro-Assad messages, with a dollop of retweeting mostly aimed at attacking Barack Obama, other US Democrats and Saudi Arabia.

In her Twitter profile she describes herself as an "Independent Lebanese geopolitical commentator" but she has almost no online presence or published stories or writing away from social media platforms. A personal blog linked to by her account has no posts.

Her tweets have been quoted by mainstream news outlets, but a Google News search indicates that she has not written any articles in either English or Arabic.

She refused to comment several times when approached by BBC Trending and did not respond to specific requests to comment on this story in particular.

https://archive.fo/C4gEa

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-43745629

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Israel plans to fragment & get chunks of Syria,get water sources and pipeline routes,Using Trump

Believe very little of what we are told about Syria. Trump threatens to again attack Syria because it is alleged to have used chlorine gas on anti-government defenders and civilians in the Ghouta enclave near Damascus. This may be true – or a fabrication.

Much of our information on Syria comes from ‘false flag’ outfits set up by western intelligence like the ‘White Helmets’ and ‘Syrian Observatory,’ Britain’s once independent BBC, now a major organ for government information warfare, and the majority of US government ‘guided’ mainstream media hankering for a Mideast war.

Interestingly, the reliable Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz just reported that Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, donated $1.1 million to a rabid American anti-Muslim group during the 2016 elections.

Lauder was joined by Robert Mercer, another leading far right Muslim-hater and Trump supporter. Such religious/racial hatred will likely blow up in their faces one day when the anti-Muslim far right turns on Jewish Americans.

Israel’s government plans to fragment Syria, just as was done with Iraq. This would eliminate the only remaining credible Arab state opposing Israel’s domination of the region and, equally important, allow Israel to begin expropriating chunks of Syria, notably water sources and pipeline routes.

Trump may have been a Trojan Horse for US neocons. He has named ardently pro-Israel figures to senior posts: the loathsome Nikki Haley to the UN; the well-known ‘crazy’ from Bush days, John Bolton, as National Security Advisor; the notorious torturer madame, Gina Haspel, as new CIA chief and so on and nominated tea-party Mike Pompeo from darkest Kansas as Secretary of State of all people. The State Dept. has been quietly purged of ‘Arabist’ experts who understood the Mideast. The Christian fundamentalist machine that provided Trump his support base is running white hot promoting modern-day Crusader passions and hatred of Muslims. Nice bedfellows for Ron Lauder.

He has misread President Vladimir Putin who is hard as steel but also very clever and deft. Trump is violating the most important rule of US diplomacy: never, ever get into a confrontation with a nuclear-armed power. Russia, which lost 30 million dead in World War II will not be lightly bullied into retreat. The Russians know if they back down over Syria, the US will then proceed to its ultimate objective, dismantling the Russian Federation and turning it into a client state. This almost happened under the drunken Yeltsin and is why Putin came to power.

Let’s hope Gen. Jim Mattis and the US military will deter Trump from more war-mongering. Trump is a child playing with nuclear matches. Putin may even help Trump find a way out of this game of nuclear chicken, as he did with President Obama. That is, provided the neocons clustered around him don’t manage to trigger a war with Russia

https://ericmargolis.com/2018/04/playing-with-nuclear-matches/

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California Expanding Crab Fishing Line to Encourage Fishermen To Smuggle In Spics Into Oregon

State extends commercial rock crab fishery northward to near Mendocino-Humboldt County line

https://archive.fo/WlxAU

http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180420/state-extends-commercial-rock-crab-fishery-northward-to-near-mendocino-humboldt-county-line

>Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will be extending the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from the Sonoma/Mendocino County line to near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line at 40° 00.00 ‘ N. Lat. This will open all commercial rock crab fishing from 40° 00.00 ‘ N. Lat. south to the California/Mexico border.

>On Nov. 8, 2016, upon the recommendation of the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham submitted to the Office of Administrative Law an emergency rulemaking to close the commercial rock crab fishery north of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County. Since that time, new authority established in the Fish and Game Code, section 5523, allowed the Director to open portions of the fishery upon the recommendation from the Director of OEHHA. The fishery was last modified in March 2018, when it was opened between Salt Point, Sonoma County and the Sonoma/Mendocino County line. State and federal laws prohibit the commercial distribution of seafood products that contain domoic acid levels above the federal action level of 30 parts per million in the viscera. The recreational fishery for rock crab remains open statewide with a warning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to recreational anglers to avoid consuming the viscera of rock crab caught north of the Mendocino/Humboldt County line to the California/Oregon border.

>Closure of the commercial rock crab fishery north of 40° 00.00 ‘ N. Lat. near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line to the California/Oregon border shall remain in effect until the Director of OEHHA, in consultation with the Director of CDPH, determines that domoic acid levels no longer pose a significant risk to public health and recommends the fishery be opened. CDFW will continue to coordinate with fishermen, CDPH, and OEHHA to test domoic acid levels in rock crab within the closure area of the coast. Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin that can accumulate in shellfish, other invertebrates and sometimes fish. It causes illness and sometimes death in a variety of birds and marine mammals that consume affected organisms. At low levels, domoic acid exposure can cause nausea, diarrhea and dizziness in humans. At higher levels, it can cause persistent short-term memory loss, seizures and can in some cases be fatal.

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Ethical corporate citizen,Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying unsold assault rifles

Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying its inventory of unsold assault rifles in the wake of its decision to quit selling the firearms.

Retailers typically return unsold merchandise to the manufacturer, but Dicks is opting to destroy the weapons instead.

"We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change," a spokeswoman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations."

The rifles will be destroyed at the company's distribution centers and then recycled.

Dick's announced in February it would no longer sell assault-style rifles at any of its stores and will ban the sale of guns to anyone younger than 21. The company also banned high capacity magazines.

The move came after gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/dicks_sporting_goods_destroyin.html

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The Next Big Bay Area Earthquake Might Destroy Shitty Government Infrastructure In California

The Next Big Bay Area Earthquake Could Kill Hundreds, Strand 20,000 In Elevators

https://archive.fo/Kph8c

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2018/04/20/the-next-san-francisco-bay-area-earthquake-could-kill-hundreds-strand-20000-in-elevators/

>San Francisco was leveled by an earthquake in 1906 and significantly damaged by another in 1989, but the next big temblor could cause even more destruction than the last big one almost 30 years ago.

>The U.S. Geological Survey has spearheaded a project to simulate what the aftermath of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake along the Bay Area's Hayward Fault - dubbed the "HayWired scenario" - could look like. The results are disconcerting to say the least, beginning with the potential for 800 deaths and $100 billion in economic losses.

>"It's fairly likely that a person living in the Bay Area today will live to see a major Bay Area earthquake," explains University of Colorado at Boulder professor Keith Porter, who worked on the project. "The HayWired scenario reveals weak points in our designs for new buildings, our existing water infrastructure, not to mention problems with fires after earthquakes and with older elevators."

>That last vulnerability is one that hasn't received much attention: Porter says an analysis of data from the elevator industry led them to conclude that a hypothetical major modern earthquake could strand around 20,000 people in elevators across northern California.

>"That's a big deal because electricity might not come back on in parts of the Bay Area for days or more after an earthquake," Porter said. "Imagine 20,000 people trapped in a metal box for days. That's pretty scary."

>We like to think that modern buildings in California are built to withstand tremors, but the researchers found that under current building codes, a big quake could leave a quarter of Bay Area buildings unsafe for people to re-enter or reduce their usability. The HayWired scenario could also start 450 large fires and cause over 4,000 pipe breaks and leaks in the East Bay Municipal Utility District alone.

>The researchers also point out that California's last major earthquake in 1994 came before the rise of the Internet era, leaving them to wonder how a disruption in connectivity might further magnify the chaos of such a catastrophe.

>The good news is that a little planning can go a long way in preparing for the next big one, which many scientists expect to hit within 30 years. Porter says a one percent increase in constructions costs could make new buildings 50 percent stronger.

>"Big earthquakes are inevitable in California," Porter said. "There will be some very serious losses in that kind of earthquake, but some of those losses can be avoided by thinking prudently in advance."

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Rapist Trucks Girl Into Sex- Tells Her She'l Be Haunted If She Doesn't Have Sex

Twisted Liam Clarke, 35, of Devon, played on the girl's fear of the supernatural by writing notes pretending to be from a spook to convince her to have sex with him multiple times

https://archive.fo/LBw3J

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rapist-who-tricked-girl-frightened-12392896

>A vile rapist has been caged for 26 years after tricking a teenage girl terrified of the supernatural to have sex with him by pretending to be a ghost.

>'Monstrous' Liam Clarke knew the 15-year-old girl was fearful of evil spirits and exploited her naivety by claiming her house was haunted.

>The sick 35-year-old made strange noises in the night and started pushing notes under her bedroom door which claimed to be from the ghost.

>They made threats to her and her family and told her the only was of getting rid of the demon way by having sex with him.

>Clarke then went to her bedroom armed with another note, also from the ghost, instructing her to have sex with him.

>He also sexually abused two young girls in Southampton by putting coins inside his underpants and getting them to play a game of hide and seek.

>He went on to rape one girl several times and carry out repeated sexual assaults on both, a court heard.

>Liam Clarke, of Crediton, Devon, denied but was convicted of a total of four rapes, three assaults by penetration, sexual activity with a child, and eight counts of indecency or indecent assault.

>He was also put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which restricts his future contact with female children.

>The judge declared him a dangerous offender, which means he will remain in prison indefinitely.

>He will only be released when and if he is considered safe by the parole board.

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Hans Asperger ‘collaborated with Nazis’ in WWII

Newly uncovered documents suggest Hans Asperger, the paediatrician whose name describes a form of autism, was actively involved in the Nazi regime's euthanasia programme in Austria.

The evidence comes from previously unexamined Nazi-era documents and patient records.

They suggest Dr Asperger ingratiated himself by referring children to a notorious euthanasia clinic.

Prof Asperger claimed to have shielded his patients from the Nazi regime.

The patient records and documents show that Dr Asperger sent patients to the Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where they were put to death.

Uncovered by Austrian medical historian Herwig Czech, they were reported in the journal Molecular Autism.

Mr Czech wrote in the medical journal that "{Prof Asperger} managed to accommodate himself to the Nazi regime and was rewarded for his affirmations of loyalty with career opportunities".

An editorial in the journal, written by Cambridge academics, said that Asperger "willingly became a cog in the Nazi killing machine" and "part of the eyes and ears of the Third Reich".

A total of 789 children are said to have been killed at the Am Spiegelgrund clinic.

Dr Asperger was not a member of the Nazi party.

In a 1980 inauguration speech at the University of Vienna, shortly before his death at the age of 74, he said he was wanted by the Gestapo (Nazi-era secret police) for refusing to turn in children to them.

Asperger syndrome was first identified by Prof Asperger in 1944, however, the term "autistic psychopathy" was used until 1981.

In 1981, the British psychiatrist Lorna Wing introduced the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.

https://archive.fo/yBgOI

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43820794

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Putin has piss on Trump, claims Russian treason defence lawyer

Ivan Pavlov, visiting Australia as a winner of Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, told SBS News that Moscow is promoting a hard line against enemies - both abroad and at home.

"War time, which we have now, dictates war rules," he said.

"When the whole country lives with a militaristic rhetoric, somehow everybody knows who is the enemy. United States is first enemy, Ukraine is second, and [the rest of the] world is third."

But, Mr Pavlov said, the crackdown on enemies begins at home. He specialises in cases relating to national security and freedom of information issues – and he says there has been a spike in such arrests since 2014, when conflict began with Ukraine.

"Before 2014, cases with state treason were like three cases a year, and after 2014, it became fifteen cases a year. So an increase of five times," he said.

In 2016, former senior British spy Christopher Steele reached out to his Russian contacts as he compiled a dossier on then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

His final report contained suggestions of Russian election interference and compromising material, including videos involving sex workers at Moscow's Ritz Carlton, that could be used as leverage against Mr Trump.

"I don't know what they have on him, but I'm sure they have a lot from his visit," Mr Pavlov said, adding that he regards intelligence gathering on prominent visiting figures a standard practice by various different governments.

In the aftermath of the dossier's publication, there was a spate of arrests in Moscow, including leading cybersecurity expert Ruslan Stoyanov, and FSB state intelligence officers Dmitry Dokuchayev and Sergei Mikhailov – the FSB's deputy head of cyber operations, who was reportedly marched out of a meeting with a bag over his head.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/putin-has-dirt-on-trump-claims-russian-treason-defence-lawyer?cid=trending

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Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” blows cover,is a Russian Spy

Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft.

That forensic determination has substantial implications for the criminal probe into potential collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia.

Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone admitted being in touch with Guccifer over Twitter’s direct messaging service. And in August 2016, Stone published an article on the pro-Trump-friendly Breitbart News calling on his political opponents to “Stop Blaming Russia” for the hack. “I have some news for Hillary and Democrats—I think I’ve got the real culprit,” he wrote. “It doesn’t seem to be the Russians that hacked the DNC, but instead a hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer 2.0.”

Ehmke led an investigation at ThreatConnect that tried to track down Guccifer from the metadata in his emails. But the trail always ended at the same data center in France. Ehmke eventually uncovered that Guccifer was connecting through an anonymizing service called Elite VPN, a virtual private networking service that had an exit point in France but was headquartered in Russia.

But on one occasion, The Daily Beast has learned, Guccifer failed to activate the VPN client before logging on. As a result, he left a real, Moscow-based Internet Protocol address in the server logs of an American social media company, according to a source familiar with the government’s Guccifer investigation.

Working off the IP address, U.S. investigators identified Guccifer 2.0 as a particular GRU officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow.

https://amp.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-lone-dnc-hacker-guccifer-20-slipped-up-and-revealed-he-was-a-russian-intelligence-officer

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Trump told Russia sanctions were off,US Ambassador didn't know:"we gonna get medieval on Putin's ass

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President Donald Trump informed Russian officials he had reversed a decision to impose new sanctions of Russia in the wake of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announcing the exact opposite - but Ms Haley had only announced the sanctions based on information she received from the White House.

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Trump administration official called the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, about the change in policy on Sunday after Ms Haley had made the announcement about new sanctions earlier that day. Two administration officials familiar with the matter told CNN, Mr Trump changed his mind but that when Ms Haley made her television appearance it was based on accurate information that she had been briefed on by the White House.

However, it is unclear exactly when he changed his mind – before or after she said on television the sanctions would send a “strong message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-sanctions-nikki-haley-us-ambassador-un-president-new-york-a8312816.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter

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Natalie Portman Won’t Visit Israel,because of Good friday massacre

The Genesis Prize announced it was canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events.”

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On Thursday, the Genesis Prize Foundation, which awards what it calls the “Jewish Nobel,” said it was “very saddened” that the Israeli-American actress would not take part in the ceremony. The foundation said that Portman’s representative notified it that “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

The Genesis Prize Foundation cancelled the prize ceremony, saying in a statement that its organizers “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”

Portman did not specify which events caused her distress, although the United Nations and the European Union recently called for investigations into the use of live ammunition by Israel’s military following clashes along the border with Gaza that have left dozens of Palestinians dead and hundreds wounded. Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence on Thursday.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/natalie-portman-forces-genesis-prize-to-cancel-israel-ceremony-1.6012937

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Fresno State Professor:Hurray racist witch piece of shit Barbara Bush is dead,hope George Sr suffers

>On Tuesday, a professor at Fresno State made highly outrageous comments celebrating the death of former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush as she also took delight in the pain that George H.W. Bush is experiencing as a result of his wife's death.

>According to her bio page at Fresno State, "Professor Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator" and serves as the "executive director of RAWI, the Radius of Arab American Writers."

>Jarrar's first tweet on Bush's death stated: "Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F**k outta here with your nice words."

>Jarrar continued, writing: "PSA: either you are against these pieces of shit and their genocidal ways or you're part of the problem. that's actually how simple this is. I'm happy the witch is dead. can't wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeeee."

>Jarrar went on to express how happy she was over Bush's death because she knew that Bush's husband was sad over her passing.

>Later, responding to the outrage that she caused, Jarrar bragged about how much money she made as a professor and claimed that she will never be fired.

>Jarrar demonstrated a fair amount of arrogance, suggesting that people also notify the school's president of the incident because she doesn't think she will face any kind of repercussions for her actions.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/29564/fresno-state-professor-celebrates-barbara-bushs-ryan-saavedra

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Russian journalist reports on soldiers killed by US in Syria,"falls" 5 stories to death

Nothing to see here comrades,move along,case closed

A Russian journalist who had reported recently on clandestine Russian paramilitary groups in Syria died on Sunday after falling from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg, the authorities there said.

The journalist, Maksim Borodin, 32, was hospitalized in a coma after he was found sprawled out below his balcony in the city’s Kirov district on Thursday, according to New Day, the local news agency where he had worked. On Sunday morning, he died.

Investigators summoned to the scene had found the door to his apartment locked from the inside, a police spokesman, Valery Gorelykh, told the local E1 news agency. “Those facts suggest that no one left the apartment and that there were probably no strangers there,” he said.

While the police are still investigating Mr. Borodin’s death, it is not being treated as suspicious, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/world/europe/maksim-borodin-journalist-dead-russia.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Bill Gates backs live satellite network that covers every inch of earth,anyone($$$) can but time

EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening.

On Wednesday, EarthNow announced that it will emerge from the Intellectual Ventures ISF Incubator to become a full-scale commercial business. Its first round of investors is comprised of a small group of complimentary powerhouses: AirBus, the SoftBank Group, Bill Gates, and satellite-industry vet Greg Wyler.

The amount of the initial investment hasn’t been disclosed, but the announcement says the funding “focuses primarily on maturing the overall system design to deliver innovative and unique real-time Earth observation services.” That makes it sound like the company is in its very early stages, but don’t be so sure. Wyler’s OneWeb has already deployed highly advanced satellites with a blazing fast 130ms latency and its goal is to have a constellation of hundreds of satellites beaming broadband around the globe by 2020.

EarthNow will use an upgraded version of OneWeb’s technology with a lot of hardware power packed into a 500-pound unit. “Each satellite is equipped with an unprecedented amount of onboard processing power, including more CPU cores than all other commercial satellites combined,” the announcement says. The satellites will also do an onboard analysis of the live imagery using machine learning, but the company doesn’t go into detail about what it will analyze or why it would be necessary to dedicate that processing onboard.

CEO Russell Hannigan told The Wall Street Journal that EarthNow will not only have a head start with OneWeb’s technology, it will also be able to use that company’s assembly line and manufacturing process. Hannigan estimated the total cost of the final system will be around $1 billion. SoftBank alone has put $1.5 billion into OneWeb, so that figure should be easily achievable. The Japanese investment giant sunk $1.25 billion into Uber this year, so it’s definitely not afraid of losing massive amounts of cash.

Notably, Gates’ contribution to the project isn’t mentioned, but it should be obvious. He’s rich, of course, but he’s also well-connected and brings a lot of global goodwill. The company’s goal is to make money selling its service to government and enterprise clients—and that’s kind of terrifying. Sure, governments have their own individual satellite operations, but the scale of what EarthNow is promising is jaw-dropping. Who better to calm worries and work through regulatory hurdles than the world’s most prolific philanthropist? He wouldn’t do anything immoral with that tech, would he?

For the record, the company lists a lot of potential uses for its network, including:

Catching illegal fishing in the act, watching hurricanes and typhoons as they evolve, detecting forest fires the moment they start, watching volcanoes the instant they start to erupt, assisting the media in telling stories from around the world, tracking large whales as they migrate, helping “smart cities” become more efficient, providing on-demand data about crop health, and observing conflict zones around the world.

Google Earth is one of my most beloved time-wasters on the web, so I have to admit that despite the fact that this thing creeps me out, I want to be able to play around with it. Only the rich and powerful are likely to get their hands on the controls, but EarthNow does say that it plans to release “live Earth video mass market applications that can be accessed instantly from a smartphone or tablet” so that we can “all become virtual astronauts.” I suppose that’s better than nothing.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180420054642/https://gizmodo.com/bill-gates-backs-plan-to-surveil-the-entire-planet-from-1825391325

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MGTOW: Male domestic abuse survivor was 'days from death'

A male domestic abuse survivor said he was "10 days away from death" before he was helped by police and medics.

Alex Skeel, 22, from Stewartby, Bedfordshire has urged other victims in abusive relationships to speak out.

His former partner, Jordan Worth, 22, subjected him to multiple physical injuries, denied him food and isolated him from his family, a court was told.

Pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and coercive controlling behaviour, she was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

The prosecution is the UK's first conviction for coercive control involving a female offender, Bedfordshire Police said.

Luton Crown Court was told Worth and Mr Skeel met at college in 2012 when they were both 16.

From an early stage she had control over him, telling him what he should wear and attacking him physically.

During the last nine months of their relationship, Worth subjected her partner to multiple physical injuries, often requiring hospital treatment.

The abuse came to an end one evening last June when a neighbour called the police after hearing shouts from the couple's home.

Ambulance staff noted injuries to his hand and burns to his arms and legs which had been self-treated with cling film.

The court was told Worth had thrown boiling water over him and that he had second and third-degree burns.

Mr Skeel said he had not been allowed to get treatment for his wounds.

"The hospital told me I was 10 days away from death," Alex Skeel said.

Worth broke all his mobile phones so he could not contact friends or family.

He said on one occasion she told him her mother had received a message to say his grandfather had died.

"Half-way through me crying she said 'Do you want to go downstairs and talk to my Mum about this?' So you think, it is real," Mr Skeel said.

But after watching him sob for two hours Worth then revealed the death had not happened before berating him for caring about his family.

On another occasion he woke up after Worth had beaten him on the head with a beer bottle before chasing him and hitting him on the hands and face with a hammer.

Det Ch Insp Jerry Waite said: "Coercive control is subtle. The victim may not immediately recognise the behaviour as abuse…and (it) can lead to violence."

Mr Skeel has since had several operations on his brain, head and hands.

"You're far more of a person if you speak out. You're only going to get better if you talk about it," he said.

Worth was also made the subject of a restraining order, which prevents her from contacting Mr Skeel for an indefinite period.

https://archive.fo/E25bL

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43799850

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Are Russian drone subs tapping western ocean communication cables?

Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths.

Is Moscow interested in cutting or tapping the cables? Does it want the West to worry it might? Is there a more innocent explanation? Unsurprisingly, Russia isn’t saying.

But whatever Moscow’s intentions, U.S. and Western officials are increasingly troubled by their rival’s interest in the 400 fiber-optic cables that carry most of world’s calls, emails and texts, as well as $10 trillion worth of daily financial transactions.

Map shows undersea cables that carry telecommunication signals such as telephone calls; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;

“We’ve seen activity in the Russian navy, and particularly undersea in their submarine activity, that we haven’t seen since the ’80s,” Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the U.S. European Command, told Congress this month.

Without undersea cables, a bank in Asian countries couldn’t send money to Saudi Arabia to pay for oil. U.S. military leaders would struggle to communicate with troops fighting extremists in Afghanistan and the Middle East. A student in Europe wouldn’t be able to Skype his parents in the United States.

All this information is transmitted along tiny glass fibers encased in undersea cables that, in some cases, are little bigger than a garden hose. All told, there are 620,000 miles of fiber-optic cable running under the sea, enough to loop around the earth nearly 25 times.

Most lines are owned by private telecommunications companies, including giants like Google and Microsoft. Their locations are easily identified on public maps, with swirling lines that look like spaghetti. While cutting one cable might have limited impact, severing several simultaneously or at choke points could cause a major outage.

The Russians “are doing their homework and, in the event of a crisis or conflict with them, they might do rotten things to us,” said Michael Kofman, a Russian military expert at nonprofit research group CNA Corp.

It’s not Moscow’s warfighting ships and submarines that are making NATO and U.S. officials uneasy. It’s Russia’s Main Directorate of Deep Sea Research, whose specialized surface ships, submarines, underwater drones and mini subs conduct reconnaissance, underwater salvage and other work.

One ship run by the directorate is the Yantar. It’s a modest, 354-foot oceanographic vessel that holds a crew of about 60. It most recently was off South America’s coast helping Argentina search for a lost submarine.

http://archive.li/HkRYx

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German Kid finds treasure trove of Danish Viking king, Harald Bluetooth

A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a "significant" treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark.

Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Ruegen island when they chanced upon what they initially thought was a worthless piece of aluminium.

But upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a shimmering piece of silver, German media reported.

A dig covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) that finally started over the weekend by the regional archaeology service has since uncovered a trove believed linked to the Danish king who reigned from around 958 to 986.

Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth's era.

"This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic sea region and is therefore of great significance," lead archaeologist Michael Schirren told national news agency DPA.

The oldest coin found in the trove is a Damascus dirham dating to 714 while the most recent is a penny dating to 983.

The find suggests that the treasure may have been buried in the late 980s – also the period when Bluetooth was known to have fled to Pomerania where he died in 987.

"We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources," said archaeologist Detlef Jantzen.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/boy-unearths-legendary-danish-kings-trove-germany-100259907.html

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Sandy Hook parents sue conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre have sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation, accusing him and his website InfoWars of engaging in a campaign of “false, cruel, and dangerous assertions.”

The two lawsuits filed on Monday in Travis County, Texas, where Jones resides, are likely the first defamation cases concerning Sandy Hook brought against Jones, who has called the shooting a hoax, said Mark Bankston, a Houston-based lawyer for the parents.

The parents decided to sue more than five years after the attacks because they had concluded Jones has no intention of leaving them alone, Bankston said.

“He needs to held accountable,” Bankston said in a phone interview. “The strategy of ignoring him didn’t work, He didn’t go away.”

Jones and a lawyer for him named in the lawsuits did not respond to requests to comment. Jones’ InfoWars media site and affiliated Free Speech Systems were also named as defendants.

A gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, in an attack that ranks among the five deadliest mass shootings by a single gunman in U.S. history.

InfoWars founder Jones has questioned what he calls the “official story” of Sandy Hook and suggested a political cover-up took place. Although his theory has been discredited, people who believe Jones have harassed and taunted families of the victims.

The suits filed by Leonard Pozner, Veronique De La Rosa and Neil Heslin seek at least $1 million in damages. Each claims Jones repeatedly asserted the Sandy Hook shooting was staged and the parents were liars and frauds who helped in a cover-up.

“Defendants’ defamatory statements were knowingly false or made with reckless disregard for the truth,” one lawsuit said.

In March, Jones was named as one of several defendants in a lawsuit filed by a Virginia man who claimed he was defamed by false stories in which he was accused of helping stage unrest last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of an effort to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump.

Brennan Gilmore, 38, said in that lawsuit that Jones and InfoWars published stories that damaged his reputation and led to threats against him.

In a video Jones prepared in response to the lawsuit, he rejected the accusation that any of the InfoWars content about Gilmore was knowingly false, and predicted any jury would acquit him.

https://archive.fo/eUT0W

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-lawsuit-alexjones/sandy-hook-parents-sue-conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-for-defamation-idUSKBN1HO2FU

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A secret Jew, bin Laden, an affair and betrayal. Suspect in Kennewick stabbing takes the stand

The Kennewick man on trial for stabbing his wife 23 times last year gave rambling testimony Thursday, referencing a plot that involved his secret Jewish faith, links to terrorism and a plot to kill him. Abdul Rahman Sweidan said his wife, Dania Z. Alhafeth, attacked him with a knife, then herself, in part because she discovered he was a secret Jew and a traitor to her family. Reading from handwritten notes, Sweidan alleged from the witness stand that his wife was related to members of a terrorist network operating in Syria and a former comrade of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Sweidan, 47, is charged in Benton County Superior Court with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. The charges include aggravating factors of domestic violence, use of a deadly weapon and the fact that the crime happened near their young child.

The picture Sweidan painted of the couple's relationship, let alone that day in Aug. 30, 2017, was completely different than the one relayed by Alhafeth. She said in emotional testimony Wednesday that Sweidan attacked her in the living room of their Kennewick home and left her to die. Sweidan said through Arabic-speaking interpreters that life at home was good. His relationship with Alhafeth was positive, despite past infidelities on her part. He provided everything the family needed through his work at Tyson Meats, though he also was trying to change his job or get assistance from the state Department of Social and Health Services.

However, Alhafeth's attitude changed when she found in the home an identification card from Israel, a Star of David on a necklace and a handwritten story explaining the two, Sweidan said. When he came home that day, Alhafeth loudly said that she needed to talk to him. Sweidan said they sat on opposite sofas in the living room when she told him, "You are someone who is a traitor," and showed him what she'd found.

The card and Star of David were from men Sweidan said he met in Syria and Jordan. The items were supposed to help Sweidan get a passport in the U.S. and eventually a green card in Israel. Sweidan said the handwritten story was his explanation of what the items meant and how he would use them. He said that Alhafeth knew of the ID card before, but not the other items that confirmed he was a Jew.

Sweidan said he was going to do what the story said, because he was a Jew. Alhafeth countered that he was a traitor, and that she would share it with her relatives and others. Some of those relatives were in Syria and Saudi Arabia, Sweidan said, and had connections to the Sunni terrorist group, Al Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria against President Bashar Al Assad's forces. She also had relatives connected to bin Laden, Sweidan claimed.

Sweidan told the court that he quickly grew tired of the arguing that day and left the room to brush his teeth. When he came back, Alhafeth asked to see him again, this time with her hands behind her back. When Sweidan got close, she attacked him with the knife. Alhafeth slashed the fingers on his right hand, he said, then started to stab herself to create for Sweidan a "problem" with authorities. He said he walked away to find the Israeli items as Alhafeth stabbed herself.

Sweidan said he went from room to room, but couldn't find the Israeli items. He tried to ask Alhafeth to tell him where they were, but she said he could "go bang his head on all four walls." He said he changed out of his bloody clothes and left home with Alhafeth still on the floor. He then realized one of his sons was still inside. He tried to get back into the home with a key, but he said that Alhafeth kept re-locking the door before he could open it. He then left for good.

Defense attorney Michael Vander Sys asked Sweidan if he ever stabbed Alhafeth. He said no. Vander Sys then asked why Alhafeth would attack herself to get Sweidan in trouble. Sweidan said that because he knew Alhafeth's secret connections to terrorist groups, he was a threat to her.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday morning.

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article208762319.html

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Putin Told Trump that Russia had 'most beautiful hookers'

Donald Trump told James Comey that Russian President Vladimir Putin had boasted to him about the beauty of his country's prostitutes, according to a memo written by Comey.

The claim was made in the notes written by the former FBI chief about his meetings with the US president.

The 15 pages of memos, obtained by the Associated Press, also reveal the president's concerns about his then national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Trump's chief of staff asked days later if Flynn's communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to the memos.

The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions with Mr Trump that Mr Comey found so unnerving that he documented them in writing.

"The President said 'the hookers thing' is nonsense, but that Putin had told him 'we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world,'" according to one memo. Comey writes that Trump did not say when Putin had made the comment.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/20/james-comeys-memos-donald-trump-told-putin-russia-had-beautiful/

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FOSTA scares M$:forbids nudity,pornography, offensive language,on M$ services:Xbox,Skype & M$ Word

Better watch out if you are playing Xbox, get ticked, and cuss. Microsoft might ban you for the “offensive language.” If they do, then say bye-bye to your Xbox Gold Membership and any Microsoft account balances.

Or if you and a significant other are getting hot and heavy via Skype, you better watch your language and any nudity because that, too, can get you banned. The ban hammer could also fall if Cortana is listening at the wrong moment or if documents and files hosted on Microsoft services violate Microsoft’s amended terms.

n the Code of Conduct section, we’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited. We’ve also clarified that violation of the Code of Conduct through Xbox Services may result in suspensions or bans from participation in Xbox Services, including forfeiture of content licenses, Xbox Gold Membership time, and Microsoft account balances associated with the account.

What qualifies as offensive language?

Offensive language is fairly vague. Offensive to whom? What my granny might find offensive and what I might find offensive could be vastly different. But how would Microsoft even know if you had truly been “offensive”? Well, that part falls under Code of Conduct Enforcement, which states, “When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue.”

Microsoft did add, “However, we cannot monitor the entire Services and make no attempt to do so.”

I’m not sure that will make you feel better, as another portion states that Microsoft “may also block delivery of a communication (like email, file sharing or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason.”

Corbett also pointed out a portion of text found in Microsoft’s new agreement:

Don’t publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate content or material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity).

Corbett then wrote:

So wait a sec: I can’t use Skype to have an adult video call with my girlfriend? I can’t use OneDrive to back up a document that says “f*ck” in it? If I call someone a mean name in Xbox Live, not only will they cancel my account, but also confiscate any funds I’ve deposited in my account? (And are we no longer allowed to shoot people in Call of Duty? Animated violence doesn’t really get any more “graphic” than this Microsoft-approved video game offers.)

Are Microsoft’s ToS changes due to FOSTA/SESTA?

Some folks believe the changes in Microsoft’s terms may be related to Congress passing the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which was combined with the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act (SESTA). FOSTA/SESTA would hold platforms responsible for users’ speech, illegally shared content, and anything that might be construed as trafficking. It has been called “the death of the open internet.”

The Department of Justice warned that the bill “raises a serious constitutional concern,” as it “shall apply regardless of whether the conduct alleged occurred [sic], or is alleged to have occurred, before, on, or after such date of enactment.” In short, since it applies retroactively, it applies to trafficking that took place before the law passed — which the DoJ believes violates the Constitution’s Ex Post Facto Clause.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3264658/privacy/microsoft-to-ban-offensive-language-from-skype-xbox-office-and-other-services.html

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Trump White House Associate George Nader Was Convicted on Child Porn

Nader’s tenure in Washington began with a magazine called Middle East Insight in the early 1980s. Its intent was “to enlighten public opinion and to promote better understanding between the American people and the peoples of the Middle East,” according to its now-defunct website. The magazine featured interviews with such high-profile lawmakers as U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Nader’s former associates told Newsweek that he was eager to attain power and help those in power for personal gain. They said they stopped hearing from him in the early 2000s. The Associated Press reported that Nader served prison time in the Czech Republic in 2003.

Nader, who is now cooperating with U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and reportedly delivered grand jury testimony last month, attended a high-level meeting with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former chief political strategist Steve Bannon at Trump Tower in New York in December 2016, just before Trump took office, according to CNN.

About a month later, Nader, former Blackwater head Erik Prince and a Russian banker linked to President Vladimir Putin all attended a meeting in Seychelles with Emirati crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

Nader is known as an adviser to Zayed and the United Arab Emirates. The meeting, according to media reports, was intended to set up a back channel between the Trump administration and Russia, and has become a focus of Mueller’s investigation.

Nader served as Zayed’s representative at the meeting, and Emirati officials believed Prince was there at the behest of Trump’s transition team, according to The New York Times. Mueller is reportedly looking at whether Emirati money ended up helping Trump.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-nader-child-porn-charges-prison-mueller-849498

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German mayors protest redpilled neo-Nazi festival celebrating Hitler's birthday

Dresden - Dozens of Merkel regime mayors signed a joint declaration on Friday as an act of protest against a neo-Nazi music festival set to take place in the eastern town of Ostritz on April 20 to mark the birthday of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

"Those who question human rights and those opposed to democracy and pluralism are not welcome here - they will not be made to feel at home in our region," reads the declaration, which the 40 town mayors handed over to Saxony premier Michael Kretschmer on Friday.

The "Schild und Schwert Festival" (German for Shield and Sword Festival) is being held on private property in the Saxon town of Ostritz on April 20, with around 800 people set to attend.

On its website, the festival lists a series of politicians from right-wing extremist fringe parties, including the National Democratic Party (NPD) and Die Rechte, as speakers at the event.

Celebrations marking Hitler's birthday are common within neo-Nazi subcultures around the world.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/german-mayors-protest-neo-nazi-festival-celebrating-hitlers-birthday-14287418

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FOSTA/SESTA signed on the dotted line by Trump,He says it's a great day for the internets

Prepare to see the death of the Internet as we know it, disguised as a "Sex-Trafficing" pair of laws. Sex Trafficing is already made illegal under prior laws, while Section 230 of the CDA was basically a protection of responsibility for website owners regardless of what content's posted or uploaded to their sites.

Sites like 4chan that host adult content are now viable targets, retroactively, whenever someone posts something that's obviously criminal, even if said content's been purged from a site that responsibly acts within the law.

https://www.freespeechcoalition.com/priorities/policy/sesta-fosta-section-230/

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L.A Gym manager fired for racial profiling legit black member & his guest

LA Fitness has reportedly fired a manager and two employees from a New Jersey gym where two black men claim they were “racially profiled” after an online video of the incident that involved the cops went viral.

An employee for LA Fitness in Secaucus told NJ.com Wednesday that the gym manager seen in the clip, which was filmed by one of the men, had been axed along with two other workers.

The firings came after one of the men involved, Tshyrad Oates, posted a video to Facebook showing the Oates and his pal standing in the gym surrounded by police who were called to the scene by gym workers.

“You kicked me out the gym for no reason,” Oates’ friend, who was not identified, can be heard saying in one of a series of four clips.

“I’ve been having multiple problems with this club. I was asked to scan in again for no reason,” the man says. “I’ve been a member here for at least eight years.”

According to a post Oates made, Oates had signed into the gym using a four-day guest pass to work out with his friend who was already at the gym.

“After about a half hour I was approached by this same employee telling me that I had to leave or pay and I explained to her that I just signed in with her with the guest pass. She stated that it was my friend who did not pay (unaware that her manager had already signed him in with his membership pass),” Oates said in his post.

“My friend stated to her that he is an active and current member and that his gym tag was in his locker. He felt racially profiled and embarrassed by the harassment of this La Fitness employee in front of other members at the gym.”

As the two men continued to work-out, police officers showed up and started to question them about their memberships.

“We explained to them about our guest pass and rescanned my friend’s member tag and it resulted in current active statues,” Oates wrote.

“We again started our workout and 10 [minutes] later an LA Fitness manager told us to leave, we stated that we did not do anything wrong and have active current memberships,” Oates wrote.

Moments later, Oates wrote, that five police officers were on the scene and asked the men to leave.

“This La Fitness manager who refused to give us his reason to kicking us out, and refused to give us his name stated that I was banned from the gym and my friend’s gym membership has been terminated effective immediately,” Oates wrote.

https://nypost.com/2018/04/18/la-fitness-fires-three-employees-over-viral-racial-profiling-incident/

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Homeless ‘Johnny Neptune’ jailed in alleged and wacky Dunkin’ Donuts extortion caper

You could bet, oh, dollars to doughnuts that the harebrained scheme was never going to work. But it did involve doughnuts and, had it been successful, it would have netted its mastermind at least $1,000.

The caper, which has to be one of the most half-witted extortion efforts ever concocted in these parts, involved a homeless man known as “Johnny Neptune.”

His real name is Andrew Lawrence McGovern.

He was jailed earlier this week for allegedly trying to bilk a local Dunkin’ Donuts proprietor out of $1,000.

Authorities say McGovern was threatening to sue the doughnut man and two of his employees for $250,000 if the shop owner didn’t fork over a grand in real dough.

What’s more, the reason behind it all was a cracked cellphone. Or so McGovern claimed.

McGovern, 53, has been locked up at the Bibb County jail 11 times for charges that include harassing communications, trespassing and contempt of court, records show. He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 1996 and appears to have lived in Macon most of his life.

On Monday, a Bibb sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Forsyth Street near the hospital in downtown Macon.

There, Krishna Patel told the deputy that McGovern had been “harassing his employees and his business” at another Dunkin’ location on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard since March 6, a sheriff’s report said.

McGovern’s outlandish claims revolved around him supposedly leaving a cellphone at that establishment, where, according to him, its screen was busted.

Patel, 41, told the deputy that McGovern had stalked him and “slandered his race,” and also enlisted a lawyer to sue Patel about the phone.

Patel, the deputy’s report said, “could not understand Mr. McGovern’s reasoning.”

While Patel was trying to explain it all to the deputy, McGovern apparently text-messaged Patel and upped his demand. Patel now had 15 minutes to pay or be sued.

McGovern, the sheriff’s report went on, claimed he was headed for the county courthouse to file suit.

That’s when the deputy, Cpl. Greg Thomas, hatched a plan of his own.

He told Patel to find out where McGovern was and to arrange a meeting.

Patel did and Thomas went to the appointed location: the courthouse.

The deputy cruised up and spotted McGovern sitting on a curb across the street.

Thomas arrested him on harassment and extortion charges and took him to jail, where McGovern was being held Wednesday in lieu of $5,370 bail.

http://www.macon.com/news/local/article140196378.html

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JohnnyNeptune BTFO

https://archive.fo/d5Q8a

https://kiwifarms.net/threads/johnny-neptune-elvismongo-plssnpploff-robot-musician-citizen-of-atlanta.29856/#post-2181994

JohnnyNeptune BTFO!

/lolcow/ extraordinaire, Johnny Neptune Andrew Lawrence McGovern continues to muck up every thread he can on 8ch with his overblown ego and megalomania.

That he's homeless and bankrupt isn't what's so funny. It's his need to convince autists on a Swedish vegan soy-meatball-recipe website that he has superpowers and hobnobs with the rich and famous, that makes milking this lolcow so delicious. If you're so new that you are unaware of this namefag's shenanigans and why he is disliked here so much, let me post a few recent archived threads as a reminder:

http://archive.is/NZCRp

http://archive.is/kPVIu

http://archive.is/ThEzB

http://archive.is/tDyw3

http://archive.is/a6a6Q

http://archive.is/sMTAc

No biggie. Just another /lolcow/ namefag who has been warned repeatedly to stop namefagging on here and mucking up every thread, making it about him and his overblown ego. But now he has pissed off the userbase so much that, not only do his opinions and statements have zero meaning, but he is choosing to have this whole "game" upped to another level. It can go higher, Johnny boy!

Your move, Johnny boy.

I'll just leave this here for any anon who would like to help Johnny boy get back on track and stop his incessant namefaggotry. Good luck, Andrew.

I have more 'data', but would prefer you curb your own behavior rather than have it curbed for you

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Scientist Vladimir Uglev 'helped create Novichok'

On Russia's Black Sea coast I meet Vladimir Uglev, a scientist who helped develop nerve agents for the Soviet Union.

"The aim of the programme was to produce a substance far more powerful than the nerve agent VX - 10 times more powerful," he tells me. "And that's what we got."

Mr Uglev, 71, claims he created the poison that was used in the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March. It has been identified in Russia by the code A-234.

"I can tell by the mass spectrometry readings, the presence of fluorine, by its molecular weight, and from all the spectrum data I was sent recently."

But if the nerve agent was so powerful, how did the Skripals survive? Vladimir believes they received a "small dose… close to the threshold level."

Vladimir Uglev worked at a state laboratory in Shikhany, in Russia's Saratov region. One day he himself was involved in an accident with a novichok.

"It was with 'novichok' A-240. The solvent boiled over and splashed on to my right hand. I put my hand into hydrochloric acid, then washed it with an alkaline peroxide solution and put it under the tap."

"You could say the Skripals and I are baptised by the same novichok, except that in my case it was A-240, not A-234. But it was my substance. And judging by how pure their test sample proved to be, this may well have been from a batch made by my own hands. It has a long shelf life, and virtually no expiry date."

The Russian state continues to insist it is innocent; that accusations against it over the Salisbury poisoning are part of a "Russophobic" plot and a "provocation" by Britain and America.

Moscow maintains there is no evidence that it targeted the Skripals.

"It's absolutely right," Vladimir Uglev tells me. "You will never prove Russia's guilt. Unless you can find the actual test tube that contained the actual poison."

"But the logic of events suggests it was Russia, as does the way our leaders reacted. They were so quick to say 'It wasn't us!' It's like when a thief steals something at the market: he's the first to shout 'The thief's not here, he's over there! Catch him!'"

Is Vladimir Uglev surprised that his country stands accused of carrying out a chemical attack in the UK?

"Not really," he tells me. "And it's not Putin who is to blame. All of us in Russia are at fault. If this is what our country is like, what has Putin got to do with it? Replace Putin with Margaret Thatcher, and do you think anything would change? It wouldn't. The problem is that our society doesn't want to change."

https://archive.fo/d5EZk

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43828580

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Shell,Exxon Scientists Warned about global warming 30 yrs ago,kept secret like cigs & cancer

Shell's scientists warned the oil giant about the threat that fossil fuel emissions pose to the planet as early as the 1980s, according to a trove of documents obtained by a Dutch journalist and published Thursday at Climate Files.

Environmental advocates say the documents—which bolster an investigative report published last year—demonstrate the "stunning" immorality of oil and gas companies. The records are expected to aid global efforts to hold the industry to account for its contributions to global warming.

One such document, a confidential 1988 report entitled "The Greenhouse Effect," outlines a comprehensive study of climate science and the projected impact of fossil fuels, and reveals that the company secretly had been commissioning such analyses since at least 1981. The report acknowledges the central role that fossil fuels—especially oil—play in increasing CO2 emissions that drive global warming.

"Although CO2 is emitted to the atmosphere through several natural processes," the report states, "the main cause of increasing CO2 concentrations is considered to be fossil fuel burning."

This latest confirmation that Shell, for more than three decades, has been privately aware of its products' contributions to the climate crisis but opted to publicly promote skepticism about climate science mirrored similar findings about ExxonMobil in 2015.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/05/shell-knew-too-new-docs-show-oil-giants-scientists-secretly-warned-about-climate

https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/04/05/shell-knew-climate-change-liability/

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STUDY: Restroom hand dryers blow microscopic feces particles all over the place

(Natural News) Hand dryers are supposed to help you clean up after using a public restroom, but a new study has shown that they actually make you dirtier thanks to their ability to blow particles of feces through the air.

In a finding that is sure to make you think twice before you push that big silver button the next time you’re in a bathroom, researchers from the University of Connecticut discovered that hot air hand dryers actually draw microbes in from the air and then blow them back out again.

In the study, researchers placed plates beneath hand dryers that collected the bacteria that was blown out of the devices for around 30 seconds at a time. They found as many as 200 individual bacteria colonies in the plates, with different shapes, colors and smells. When they placed the plates in still bathrooms, they caught no more than one bacterial landing per plate on average. Repeated tests across dozens of bathrooms yielded similar results. Their findings were published in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal.

They checked inside the hand dryers to determine whether they had microbes building up inside of them, but there weren’t nearly enough bacteria to account for the amounts the dryers were distributing, leading to the conclusion that they were coming from the air in the bathroom.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-04-17-study-restroom-hand-dryers-blow-microscopic-feces-particles-all-over-the-place.html

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Trump crab makes it's wig from sponges,tell him so offshore drilling won't hurt Maryland crabs

The sponge crab is drawn toward its hairpiece by a deep, evolutionary need for protection. A young crab will approach a sponge and "feel around with its pincers and snip off a piece," says Mary Wicksten, a biologist at Texas A&M University. It then tailors the sponge to fit its shell and goes through a rather elaborate hairdressing ritual, hoisting the sponge onto its back with a pair of short, hooklike legs. Only then is the crab complete.

Once the crab is sponged, its fear of death is somewhat eased, as sponges smell bad to kani-loving octopuses and fish(like President Trump's hair smells to democrats).

It is then free to troll the ocean floor(as President Trump does twwitter) for seaweed, worms, and other morsels of protein.

When it comes to food, says Wicksten, "Like President Trump, the crab is not fussy at all."

http://archive.is/c8k05

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Hogg Advertiser Boycott Campaign Backfires as ‘The Ingraham Angle’ Viewership Jumps 20%

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/04/16/report-hogg-advertiser-boycott-campaign-backfires-as-the-ingraham-angle-viewership-jumps-20/

A campaign led by anti-gun activist David Hogg aimed at the advertisers of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show The Ingraham Angle appears to have backfired, as her ratings have reportedly risen by over 20 percent.

“Since Ingraham returned from vacation on April 9, total viewership of her program has averaged about 2.7 million (Monday through Thursday; Friday’s numbers are not available),” Newsbusters reported.

“Compare that to the ratings from March 26 through March 29, the Monday through Thursday just prior to the boycott: That week, Ingraham’s total viewership averaged 2.23 million,” it continued. “The increase in her ratings since the boycott began is more than 20 percent.”

The rise in ratings follows a campaign led by student activist David Hogg, who began targeting Ingraham’s advertisers after she made derogatory comments about Hogg’s failure to get into certain colleges – an action for which she later apologized.

However, Hogg pressed on with the campaign, urging companies to boycott The Ingraham Angle, denouncing the apology as an “effort just to save your advertisers.”

Around 27 companies including Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Hulu, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Wayfair, StitchFix, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Atlantis Paradise Island, and Liberty Mutual agreed to pull advertising, although other companies have refused.

Despite the campaign, Fox News have expressed their support for Ingraham, warning that they “will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts.”

Advertisers that refused to boycott the show, such as pillow company MyPillow, have also seen “strong” sales in recent weeks, despite a boycott campaign led by Hogg’s supporters over the company’s refusal to bow to their wishes.

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German Theater Under Probe for Offering Free Tickets to Swastika Bearers

A German theater's offer of free seats to spectators who wear swastikas has caused a scandal as under German law, publicly displaying Nazi symbols is illegal.

Prosecutors in the southern German city of Konstanz have launched a probe after a local theater company promised free entry to spectators who wear a swastika to a play named after Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf,” Deutsche Welle reported.

The theater’s management was unpleasantly surprised after too many people had come forward willing to don the infamous Nazi symbol.

https://sputniknews.com/society/201804181063678483-germany-theater-swastika/

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Working at Amazon is just like your bedroom:You get to pee in bottles

The author who found that Amazon warehouse staff members were peeing in bottles for fear of punishment for missing productivity targets says the working culture there was like a "prison."

James Bloodworth worked undercover in 2016 at an Amazon warehouse in the UK to do research for a book on low-paying jobs in Britain.

He described to Business Insider how he had been collecting items as a "picker" when he came across a bottle of urine on the shelf.

Bloodworth also said workers didn't have enough time for a proper lunch break and were often penalized for taking sick days.

James Bloodworth investigated casual work and its effect on people's lives for his book "Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain." To research how people cope, he took low-paying jobs at an Amazon warehouse, in social care, at a call center, at a building site, and as an Uber driver.

Bloodworth spent just under a month in 2016 working as a "picker" at an Amazon fulfillment center in Rugeley, in central England, which involved retrieving items that people had ordered for delivery.

Bloodworth said he was employed through Transline, an agency Amazon cut ties with last year after a 2015 investigation by The Guardian found it had sent about 1,500 people to work in poor conditions at the warehouse of Sports Direct, a major British retailer.

Bloodworth said Amazon staff members had to meet high productivity targets that were feasible only if they ran around the warehouse — something Amazon didn't allow for health and safety reasons.

"The job itself is really bad," he told Business Insider. "I've worked in warehouses before, but this was nothing like I had experienced. You don't have proper breaks — by the time you get to the canteen, you only have 15 or 20 minutes for lunch, in a 10-1/2-hour working day. You don't have time to eat properly to get a drink.

"You have to go through security when you leave the warehouse, and that adds five minutes. It's like an airport — belt off, watch off. The atmosphere is what I imagine a prison feels like. You felt like you were walking on eggshells."

Bloodworth's claim that Amazon workers felt so rushed that they would pee in bottles caused outrage on social media sites such as Twitter and Reddit on Monday.

Bloodworth had told The Sun that workers often didn't take a break to go to the toilet because they were too sparse to get to quickly and they feared punishment for missing productivity targets. So they peed in bottles instead, he said.

"I'd just take the bollocking for idle time," he said. "If you're on the top floor, you know it will take five minutes to go the toilet, and all the time you're being admonished for taking too much idle time."

He said he discovered the problem when he came across a bottle of urine while looking for items on an upper floor of the warehouse.

"One day I'm walking down the aisle, and I go to pick up an item, and there's a bottle of straw-colored water on the shelf. And at first I thought, 'Oh, what's that?'" he said. "And then it was very obvious what it was. And there was a pool of water next to it. It struck me — it was so obvious why someone would do that."

Bloodworth also outlined Amazon's penalty points system — he said that racking up six points for issues like unexplained absences could lead to disciplinary proceedings and dismissal.

A separate investigation by The Times in 2016 similarly found that Amazon workers were penalized for taking sick days.

"It's the sheer oppressiveness of management regime there," he said. "It's the most oppressive place I had ever worked, easily."

http://uk.businessinsider.com/amazon-warehouse-like-prison-where-workers-used-pee-bottle-2018-4

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Autistic teen's Lego Titanic replica

A 26ft-long (8m) Lego cube model of the Titanic built by an autistic boy from Iceland has been premiered at a Tennessee museum.

Brynjar Karl Birgisson, 15, used actual blueprints of the doomed ship to decide how many Lego bricks it would require.

The massive model ship took him over 700 hours and more than 65,000 Lego bricks to assemble.

Mr Birgisson says the model, which has travelled across Europe, helped him with his condition.

"It took me over 11 months to build the model and 120 tubes of crazy glue were used in the process," the teenager told the museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where his model is being exhibited.

"The whole journey has helped me out of my autistic fog," said Mr Birgisson, who built the ship when he was 10 years old.

"I've trained myself to be 'as normal as possible', whatever normal means".

After hearing about Mr Birgisson's project, Lego subsidised him with a discount on some of the bricks needed.

He also raised the money necessary to purchase the bricks through donations from his family and friends.

With the help of his grandfather, Mr Birgisson created a plan using the Titanic's original blueprints to determine the scale.

"I just had to build that amazing ship and there was not a doubt in my mind that I couldn't do it", Mr Birgisson said at a TED talk he gave in September 2016.

"As the bricks went up and up and it began to rise, it became an obsession," he said.

The teenager has spent the last five years touring with the replica in Norway, Sweden, and Germany and has given press interviews along the way.

He told the museum he was painfully shy and rarely spoke when his project began.

"I was totally unable to communicate when I started the project. Now I'm standing on stage and giving interviews."

The toy ship has now arrived in Pigeon Forge, where it will be displayed at the Titanic Museum until 2020.

Titanic Museum co-owner Mary Kellogg told the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper that she first learned of the replica when she received a letter from the boy's mother.

"There was no place to keep it," Mrs Kellogg said she recalled reading. "It was going to be destroyed unless they found it a home."

The museum says the replica is the world's largest Lego model of the ship that sank on the morning of 15 April, 1912.

Approximately 1,517 people died after the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank on its maiden voyage from Great Britain to New York.

https://archive.fo/J8lcV

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43813267

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Starbucks black profiling scandal:4chan has created fake afro-am coupons for free coffee

ix days after two African American men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, an Internet hoax is falsely suggesting the company has issued a coupon that entitles African Americans to free coffee. The fake coupons followed days of protest, a personal apology to the men from the company’s CEO and an announcement the company would close more than 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 to educate its employees about racial bias.

The coupons, which are circulating on social media, say the holder is entitled to one free drink “Limited to persons of African American heritage and/or identity.” Many use the phrase, “The best dialogue starts over a cup of coffee, and we’d like to buy you one.” They appear to have originated on 4chan, wrote Business Insider, which noted that in some coupons, “Baristas are instructed to use discount code 1488, the combination of two numbers that have become symbols of white supremacy. The QR code for the coupon links to a website page that translates the code as the n-word.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2018/04/18/fake-coupons-are-popping-up-promising-free-starbucks-coffee-for-african-americans/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fbb038f633b1

http://archive.is/ybqok

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Russia’s Attempts to Block Messaging App Telegram Are Creating a Huge Mess

The Russian government is waging war on the private messaging app Telegram, and there is already some collateral damage. Telegram was banned in the country recently after failing to turn over its encryption keys as ordered by the courts. Russia is attempting to enforce the ban in any possible way, but it’s just causing a mess for internet users in general, not just those on Telegram.

Telegram was founded in Russia in 2013, but is currently based in the UK. It’s similar to apps like WhatsApp and Signal. It supports encrypted communication between parties, which makes it difficult or impossible for government agencies to listen in. A surveillance law passed in Russia back in 2016 was framed as a measure to combat terrorism, but it essentially granted the government access to all electronic communications. Messaging providers like Telegram are no longer permitted to use encryption that the government can’t crack.

Russian agencies probably went after Telegram because it’s one of the most popular messaging services in Russia, and it was founded there. Telegram knew the ban was coming when it refused to hand over the keys, so it moved its operations to servers on Amazon and Google IP addresses. Today, Russia has reportedly blocked 2 million IPs in Amazon’s cloud and another million over Google’s way.

All this, and Telegram reportedly still works for most users. Other services are not working well, though. There are many other services hosting content on these servers, which are no longer accessible in Russia. For example, Russian users are complaining the group management service Trello and the game GuildWars 2 are both down.

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/267713-russias-attempts-to-block-messaging-app-telegram-are-causing-a-huge-mess

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5 storey blue penis angers Stockholm residents

A giant blue penis has angered the residents near the apartment building where it was painted, in Stockholm, Sweden.

The work by Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt covers the side of a five-storey building and has led to numerous complaints from neighbours, immediately after it was unveiled.

The company that owns the block, Atrium Ljungberg, said it saw the work for the first time on Wednesday morning, along with the local residents.

"Culture and art are important in developing interesting urban environments," Camilla Klimt, the company's marketing manager, told Aftonbladet. "Of course, we care about artistic freedom. But at the same time, we must respect neighbours' opinions."

The giant blue penis will remain erect for a little while but will be painted over soon, following the raft of complaints that deemed it "offensive".

This particular building is usually covered in art from a different local artist. Atrium Ljungberg has allowed a collective of local artists, Kollektivet Livet, to decorate it since 2008. Each mural usually stay in place for at least six months before a new one is commissioned - but that will not be the case with this one.

Falkholt had previously painted a similar penis (albeit in pink) on the side of an apartment in New York. The artwork at the time also caused controversy and was painted over within three days.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12032567

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Mt.Everest is a huge pile of shit

When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest in 1953, it was arguably the loneliest place on Earth — an oxygen-deprived desert perched atop an icy, 29,000-foot ladder of death.

Over the last 62 years, more than 4,000 climbers have replicated the pair’s feat, with hundreds more attempting to do so during the two-month climbing season each spring, according to the Associated Press.

Along the way, people have left oxygen canisters, broken climbing equipment, trash, human waste and even dead bodies in their wake, transforming the once pristine peak into a literal pile of … well, you get the idea.

Mountaineering Association, warned that pollution — particularly human waste — has reached critical levels and threatens to spread disease on the world’s highest peak.

At base camp, the Associated Press reported, climbers have access to toilet tents with drums that are carried to lower areas and properly disposed once they are full.

“Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there,” Tshering told the AP, noting that the waste has been “piling up” for years around the four camps, where climbers spend weeks acclimatizing to the high altitude without access to toilets.

The warnings aren’t new. This, for instance, is from a 2012 Washington Post opinion piece by Grayson Schaffer, an editor for Outside magazine:

Everest even has a sewage problem. When base camp’s outhouse barrels are filled, porters haul them to open pits near Gorak Shep. Meanwhile, above base camp, most climbers straddle small crevasses to relieve themselves. The result: The peak has become a fecal time bomb, and the mess is gradually sliding back toward base camp. In 2012, Swiss climber Ueli Steck told me that he won’t even boil snow for water at Everest’s Camp II, because he thinks the lower boiling temperature at that altitude won’t kill germs.

So, how much waste are we talking about? As much as “26,500 pounds of human excrement” each season, “most of it bagged and carried by native Sherpas to earthen pits near Gorak Shep, a frozen lake bed and village at 16,942 feet,” according to Grinnell College.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/03/decades-of-human-waste-have-made-mount-everest-a-fecal-time-bomb/?utm_term=.3c85ab5d25c4

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If Male Sex Robots Rape Someone, Charge the Programmers, Not the Robots

Apparently, the sex robots are coming, and, well, they’re already here. Right now, they cost a pretty penny, but don’t worry, technology has a tendency to become cheaper and cheaper as it gets more efficient, so you bargain basement dwellers might soon be able to afford your own sex robot.

With the proliferation of sex robots into the mainstream, new ethical questions are being raised. One such ethical question is this, what do you do if your sex robot rapes someone? In typical patriarchal fashion, a professor at the University of Sheffield seems to only attribute this possibility to MALE sex robots, as if females are powerless to rape people. He’s clearly a misogynistic pig, right?

The professor is Noel Sharkey, who is a professor of “robotics and AI,” meaning the dude plays with robots and gets to teach kids about all the wonders of playing with robots (I’ll let you infer what you will from that statement).

Sharkey has come out and expressed concerns about the possibility of male sex robots one day going on a rape binger, though I may be exaggerating his point just a bit (ok, I’m taking his ACTUAL point and running wild with it, like a male sex robot running wild in a rape frenzy). His thoughts came out in an interview with the Daily Star

Sharkey isn’t talking bingers so much as he’s talking about the odd one-off incident in which a male sex robot might not pay attention when “his” partner says no. He says that since sex robots are “inanimate devices run by computer programming,” that the one who should be prosecuted for the rape should be the programmer(s), not the robot.

The robot for his part, can LITERALLY say the devil made him do it, only in this case the devil would be the programmer who couldn’t figure out a way to write safe sex code.

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/if-male-sex-robots-rape-someone-charge-the-programmers-not-the-robots_042018

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Riot in cell block USA;7 inmates killed,many injured

Seven inmates were killed during fights that lasted more than seven hours at a South Carolina prison Sunday night and into Monday morning, according to officials.

At least six emergency agencies responded to the "mass casualty incident" at Lee Correctional Institution in Lee County that resulted in the seven inmate deaths and 17 other inmates requiring medical attention, the S.C. Department of Corrections announced early Monday morning.

The fight, which spanned three dorms, was likely gang related, and spawned from a disagreement over territory, contraband and cellphones, SC Department of Corrections Director Brian Stirling said.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that many of the prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks," Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. The official cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsies.

Videos that reportedly were taken by inmates inside the prison and shared to social media show the grisly scene after the riot.

One video, which was shot from what looks like a catwalk on the upper level of a cellblock, shows towels or clothing items on the floor and a long trail of what appears to be smeared blood leading to a larger puddle of blood near a wall. Another video shows a bloody man lying on his side against a wall, not moving.

An inmate told The Associated Press that bodies at the prison were "literally stacked on top of each other" and that hours after the violence started, no correctional officers or medical personnel attended to the dead or dying.

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article208982719.html

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Environmental & Gay Rights Activist imolates himself In New York Park in protest of Trump's EPA

A prominent lawyer who spent years fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people set himself on fire Saturday.

David S. Buckel's charred remains were found in a New York park, The New York Times reported. In a letter Buckel emailed to the publication and other media outlets earlier that day, he wrote, "Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death."

A former marriage project director for Lambda Legal, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people, Buckel played a major role in a long, dark battle for recognition and equality.

In one of his most noted cases, he represented the mother of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who had notified a Nebraska sheriff that he had been raped. The sheriff informed Teena's assailants who killed him in the days that followed. "It should not be the case that reporting a crime makes matters worse for you," Buckel told The Daily Nebraskan in 2001. Eventually the sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Teena and his brutal murder was dramatized in a film called Boys Don't Cry starring Hillary Swank.

By 2016, Buckel was focusing on protecting the environment.

On the last day of his life, he reportedly emphasized environmental responsibility, stating in a note to the media, "Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/15/602643461/prominent-gay-rights-lawyer-dies-after-setting-himself-on-fire-in-new-york-park

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Starbucks manager fired for racially profiling 2 black customers and having them arrested for nothin

The manager who called police on two black men who had refused to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks no longer works there, a company spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News today.

The two black men who are ultimately arrested speak calmly to police. A third man, later identified real estate developer Andrew Yaffe, who is white, appears and protests and says they were waiting for me.

The news follows Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson’s comments this morning that he will order managers of the coffee giant's stores to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias" after witnesses said the men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table.

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed more than 9 million times.

"It was humiliating for those guys," DePino said. "They were completely minding their own business."

Both men were later released and the charges they were facing – trespassing and disturbance – were dropped Thursday night.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/starbucks-ceo-kevin-johnson-orders-unconscious-bias-training/story?id=54496139

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New Research reveals how Ireland's "Giant's Causeway" was formed

The spectacular columns of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland look like an architectural marvel, but the formation is entirely natural. It developed between 50 to 60 million years ago when a flood of lava oozed from fissures in the earth. The molten rock cooled and contracted, cracking into a series of some 40,000 columns, mostly in near-perfect hexagonal shapes.

But the exact temperature at which the cooling lava cracked has long been a mystery. Now, as Hannah Devlin reports for The Guardian, scientists have figured out the answer: the Giant’s Causeway (and other similar formations) formed at temperatures between 1,544 and 1,634 degrees Fahrenheit.

“[This] is a question that has fascinated the world of geology for a very long time,” Yan Lavallée, professor of volcanology at the University of Liverpool, says in a press release. So to come up with answers Lavallée and his colleagues recreated the formation process in a lab.

They collected cores of the dark volcanic rock, called basalt, from deep inside the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano—the same material that makes up the Giant’s Causeway. They then heated the cores, which were about eight inches long, to more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

During heating, the rocks began to soften and turn into molten rock. The researchers then used a mechanical device to secure the rocks during cooling, measuring the temperature at which they fracture.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reveal-how-giants-causeway-was-formed-180968806/

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New Graphene Discovery Could Finally Punch the Gas Pedal, Drive Faster CPUs

Few substances have excited the computer industry as much as graphene. Few substances have proven as maddening and difficult to work with as graphene. The collision of these two facts is why, 14 years after Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov characterized and isolated the substance, we’re still waiting to see it used in semiconductor manufacturing. A recent breakthrough, however, could finally change that.

There are, broadly speaking, two major problems with graphene. The first problem is the difficulty in producing it at scale. The second is its electrical conductivity. The latter might seem like an odd problem, given that graphene’s phenomenal electrical properties are the reason semiconductor manufacturers are interested in it in the first place. But graphene’s unique capabilities also make it difficult to stop the material from conducting electricity. Silicon has a band gap — an energy range where it doesn’t conduct electricity. Graphene, in its pure form, does not. While a handful of methods of producing a band gap in graphene have been found, none of them have been suitable for mass production. That may finally change, thanks to a team from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), who have found a way to create a graphene bandgap that’s identical to silicon’s.

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/267695-new-graphene-discovery-could-finally-punch-the-gas-pedal-drive-faster-cpus

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German rappers who boast their bodies are ‘more defined than Auschwitz prisoners’ win top award

>BERLIN (JTA) — A German-Jewish leader condemned a music award given to two popular rappers as a “devastating” example of the normalcy of anti-Semitism in today’s society.

>Kollegah and Bang won an Echo Music Award in the hip-hop category — one of Germany’s top music prizes — for an album whose lyrics boast of physiques “more defined that those of Auschwitz inmates” and call for “another Holocaust; let’s grab the Molotov” cocktails.

>Charlotte Knobloch, head of the Jewish community of Munich and Bavaria, was one of numerous public figures in Germany who criticized the award. The ceremony took place in Berlin on April 12, which also was the annual Holocaust and Ghetto Uprising Remembrance Day.

>The album, whose title in English is “Young, Brutal, Good Looking 3,” won the best of Hip-Hop/Urban, National award.

>Knobloch in a statement blasted the jury for promoting lyrics that evidence anti-Semitism and a lack of understanding of history.

>“Anti-Jewish prejudices are not art,” she said, noting that the two rappers “reach millions of people, most of them young.”

>In fact, the award was delivered with a verbal slap, which brought audience members to their feet.

>Taking the stage before the presentation, another German pop star, Campino, of the punk rock band Die Toten Hosen (Dead Pants), said he likes provocation as much as the next guy. But “for me personally, misogynistic, homophobic, right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic insults cross the line” of acceptability. The audience gave Campino a standing ovation.

>Organizers of the Echo Awards had cited “freedom of artistic expression” in defense of their decision to nominate the two. But they had been advised against the nomination, including by the Catholic Church delegates to the Echo Awards ethics board.

>When Focus magazine asked the artists how they viewed the criticism, they responded by joking about their failure to work out before the ceremony.

>In a televised commentary, Udo Grätz, deputy editor in chief of the WDR public broadcasting company, said he “couldn’t care less what a rapper like Kollegah thinks about Jews. But if hundreds of thousands of young people find his music cool, despite – or because of – the fact that it promotes anti-Semitic cliches, then I do have a problem.”

>Artists are nominated for the Echo awards based on sales numbers and not on the quality of their work. But on Sunday, BMVI Music Group CEO Floridan Druecke, whose company gives out the awards, said that the nomination and selection process would be reconsidered, Deutsche Welle reported.

https://www.jta.org/2018/04/15/news-opinion/jewish-leader-blasts-award-german-rappers-use-anti-semitic-lyrics

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Trump halts new sanctions against Russia,does not want to upset Putin

President Donald Trump has halted the implementation of new Russian sanctions, just one day after United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said that new sanctions were coming.

Haley said on CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday that more Russian sanctions would be coming on Monday to equipment companies connected with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged chemical weapons attack.

The newest economic sanctions against Russia were under serious consideration, but had yet to receive final approval from the president. Trump is unlikely to approve additional sanctions against Russia until another triggering event by the Russians.

Reports of Trump's disagreement with Haley over new sanctions against Russia come amid a growing number of battles between the president and his administration over policy toward Putin and the Russians.

Members of Trump's administration have looked to push a more hawkish stance toward Russia, but Trump reportedly remains unconvinced and has told advisers he favors a more cooperative approach toward the Russian government.

Trump reportedly lashed out at aides after the US expelled 60 Russian diplomats last month, and he is also said to have told aides not to speak publicly about tough measures against Russia that he approves because he does not want to upset Putin.

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-stops-new-sanctions-against-russia-2018-4

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Hot-air dryers suck in nasty bathroom bacteria and shoot them at your hands

Washing your grubby mitts is one of the all-time best ways to cut your chances of getting sick and spreading harmful germs to others. But using the hot-air dryers common in bathrooms can undo that handy hygienic work.

Hot-air dryers suck in bacteria and hardy bacterial spores loitering in the bathroom—perhaps launched into the air by whooshing toilet flushes—and fire them directly at your freshly cleaned hands, according to a study published in the April issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

The data hints that places like infectious disease research facilities and healthcare settings may just want to ditch the dryers and turn to trusty towels.

Indeed, in the wake of the blustery study—which took place in research facility bathrooms around UConn—"paper towel dispensers have recently been added to all 36 bathrooms in basic science research areas in the UConn School of Medicine surveyed in the current study,” the authors note.

The research findings largely square with other data showing that hot-air dryers and jet dryers can launch and disperse germs from hands into the air and onto surfaces—essentially setting off a very dirty bathroom bomb. But the new study clearly demonstrates that the less powerful hot-air dryers can also bathe hands with germs already swirling in the wash room.

The researchers speculated that “one reason hand dryers may disperse so many bacteria is the large amount of air that passes through hand dryers, 19,000 linear feet/min at the nozzle. The convection generated by high airflow below the hand dryer nozzles could also draw in room air.”

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/flushing-toilets-launch-germs-and-hot-air-dryers-aim-them-at-your-hands/

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Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones for Defamation

Mr. Jones, the popular radio show host who also operates the conspiracy theory website Infowars, has questioned for years whether 20 children and six adults died in the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. To bolster his false claims, he often cites news reports and video clips from the hours after the shooting that turned out to be incomplete or based on wrong information.

Soon after they buried their children, many Sandy Hook parents started to come under fierce attack by conspiracy theorists who have said they are actors in an elaborate scheme to enact stricter gun control laws. The fringe theories still thrive in small forums online but have reached a far greater audience through Mr. Jones, the most vocal propagator.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/business/media/alex-jones-sandy-hook.html

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Why are polls and Facebook ads at odds in Ireland's abortion referendum?

While opinion polls show a comfortable lead for the pro-choice side in an upcoming referendum on abortion in Ireland, one set of figures indicates pro-life paid adverts are gaining more traction on Facebook.

On 25 May, Ireland will vote on whether to keep the 8th amendment to the country's constitution, which states that the life of a mother and an unborn baby are equal. It's the basis for Irish laws which make abortion illegal in all but life-threatening cases.

Initial polls - keeping in mind it's still early in the campaign - point towards a win for the pro-choice side. An Ipsos MRBI poll in January showed that 56% of 1,200 people sampled were in favour of repealing the amendment (the "yes" side in the referendum), while 29% were opposed.

Other recent polls show similar leads for "yes". If the pro-choice side wins, Irish women would be able to obtain an abortion until the twelfth week of pregnancy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-43758286

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Jersey cop stops man for tailgating,smells pot,search his anus as traffic goes by,nothing found

A New Jersey man who was driving on Burlington Road in Southampton had a very personal run-in with New Jersey State Police officers who contend they smelled marijuana on him, according to a report.

In a dashcam video published by open government advocate John Paff, two State Police officers are seen ramming their hands down the pants of Jack Levine during a traffic stop.

"If you think this is the worst thing I'm going to do to you right now, you have another thing coming my friend," one of the troopers, identified on the video as Joseph Drew, tells Levine before beginning the cavity search.

The officers — the other one was identified as Andrew Whitmore — were ultimately unable to locate any marijuana and cited Levine for tailgating. Their interaction with the motorist was reported by New Jersey 101.5 radio.

"Did you find it? Did you find it? Yo, you guys are really ridiculous," Levine says in the video. "You might as well ask me on a (expletive) date."

Marijuana in New Jersey

Levine filed a tort claim noting his intention to sue over the incident. In the claim, he alleges the State Police delayed his attorney's requests for the dashcam videos. After finally watching the videos months later, he alleged that both officers violated him.

"It was the most humiliating experience I've ever been through, also due to the fact people were driving by very slowly, watching him with his hand down my pants," Levine said in his motion.

https://www.app.com/story/news/2018/04/03/new-jersey-cops-search-mans-anus-and-genitals-weed-during-traffic-stop/480921002/

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POZZED: Conchita Wurst reveals HIV diagnosis

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for "several years".

The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend had "threatened to go public".

"I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life," she wrote on Instagram.

"Coming out is better than being outed by a third party."

Wurst added that regular treatment had suppressed the virus to the extent it could no longer be detected in her blood - and could no longer be passed on.

"I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatization of people who, through their own behaviour or that of others, have become infected with HIV," she added.

Aids charity The Terrence Higgins Trust expressed dismay that Wurst had been forced to reveal her diagnosis.

"The decision to talk openly about your HIV status should be a personal one and not taken away or ever, ever used as a threat," chief executive Ian Green said.

"Threatening to reveal someone's HIV status, under any circumstances, is entirely wrong. What other health condition would be used as blackmail against someone? And we know this isn't something which only happens to those in the public eye."

However, he praised Wurst for handling the situation "with such dignity" and attempting to "tackle the abhorrent stigma" surrounding HIV and Aids.

Wurst is an Austrian recording artist and drag queen portrayed by Thomas Neuwirth.

She came to international attention after winning the Eurovision song contest in 2014 with the Bond theme-esque Rise Like a Phoenix.

The star recently recorded a special edition of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night, performing her favourite diva songs, accompanied by the 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra.

The concert will be broadcast later this month, ahead of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, in May.

Captcha: Hue ask

https://archive.fo/mFVYr

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43781751

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Clients hang up when lawyer tells them of $61M verdict over unwanted telemarketing calls

The West Virginia law firm of Bailey & Glasser wants its class clients to know they are eligible for an award as a result of a $61 million verdict against Dish Network for its marketing calls.

Lawyer John Barrett and his colleagues are having a hard time getting their message across when they call to deliver the news, the Wall Street Journal reports. The clients are hanging up before the lawyers or a paralegal can explain, or they are hanging up in disbelief after hearing the figures.

Barrett and co-counsel Brian Glaser won a $20.4 million verdict against Dish last year, an amount that was tripled by the judge. As a result, more than 18,000 people who received the calls are each eligible receive $2,400 to $30,000, before payment of attorney fees and expenses.

The firm began making the calls after fewer than 8 percent of clients who received a letter about the verdict failed to return the required forms.

Keith Skriver of Arizona is in line to receive $30,000 for receiving 25 calls from Dish Network, according to the Journal. He didn’t respond to a voice mail left by the firm until he asked a friend who was a lawyer to check it out. Skriver got the go-ahead and signed up for his award, but is taking a wait-and-see approach.

If the money doesn’t materialize, “I don’t need to go to Paris anymore,” he told the newspaper.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/clients_hang_up_in_disbelief_when_lawyer_calls_to_tell_them_of_61m_verdict/?utm_source=feeds&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=site_rss_feeds

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Ex CIA Dir calls Trump,"evil" after FBI dep dir fired 2 days before he would collect pension

Former CIA Director John Brennan blasted President Donald Trump on Saturday after he tweeted about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, calling the President "a disgraced demagogue."

"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America … America will triumph over you," Brennan, who was CIA head under President Barack Obama, tweeted.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on Friday, just days before he was set to receive his pension after rising through the ranks and eventually becoming the No. 2 at the bureau.

Trump tweeted in the wee hours Saturday morning about the firing, saying the axing made it "a great day".

http://archive.is/kzNkK

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Watch Your Step...Oops! Russian Investigative Journalist Dies From "Accidental" Fall

A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of mercenaries in Syria has died in hospital after falling from his fifth-floor flat.

Maxim Borodin was found badly injured by neighbours in Yekaterinburg and taken to hospital, where he later died.

Local officials said no suicide note was found but the incident was unlikely to be of a criminal nature.

However, a friend revealed Borodin had said his flat had been surrounded by security men a day earlier.

Vyacheslav Bashkov described Borodin as a "principled, honest journalist" and said Borodin had contacted him at five o'clock in the morning on 11 April saying there was "someone with a weapon on his balcony and people in camouflage and masks on the staircase landing".

Borodin had been looking for a lawyer, he explained, although he later called him back saying he was wrong and that the security men had been taking part in some sort of exercise.

After he was found badly injured at the foot of the building on Thursday, regional authorities said the door of his flat had been locked from the inside, indicating that no-one else had either entered or left the flat.

The chief editor of Novyy Den, where Borodin worked, did not believe his death could have been an accident and said there was no reason for him to kill himself.

What did Borodin write?

In recent weeks, the journalist had written about Russian mercenaries known as the "Wagner Group" who were reportedly killed in Syria on 7 February in a confrontation with US forces.

Last week, the outgoing head of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, said that "a couple hundred" Russian mercenaries died in the clash in Deir al-Zour province. The mercenaries were apparently taking part in an attack by pro-Syrian government fighters on the headquarters of a US ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Russia admits heavy casualties in Syria clash

Who are Russia's shadowy mercenaries fighting in Syria?

Russian guns for hire dying in Syria

Weeks later Russia admitted that several dozen Russian citizens had been either killed or wounded, but stressed they were not regular soldiers.

Last month, Borodin had written that three of those killed had come from the Sverdlovsk region in the Urals, in which Yekaterinburg is the main city. Two of the men were from the towns of Asbest and one from Kedrovoye, he said.

He had also investigated political scandals, including allegations made by a Belarusian escort known as Nastya Rybka in a video posted by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Journalists in Russia have often been harassed or attacked in recent years for their work. On the same day that Maxim Borodin was found fatally injured, the editor of an official regional newspaper was assaulted in Yekaterinburg, reports say.

Much of Russia's media is controlled by the state and Russia is ranked 83rd out of 100 countries for press freedom by Freedom House.

https://archive.fo/uUvJs

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43781351

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Pro oil Trudeau,"It's there ,so we use it"

"I've said many times that there isn't a country in the world that would find billions of barrels of oil and leave it in the ground" Canada's PM Trudeau vows to push ahead with pipeline plans in spite of protests.

The prime minister said the project – which would nearly triple the flow of Alberta’s bitumen to the west coast – is in the national interest. “It means good jobs in Alberta, they’ve suffered tough times. It means good jobs in BC, thousands of them as the pipeline is built.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/canada-trudeau-transcanada-pipeline

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London implements total knife ban

London Mayor Unveils New Stop-And-Frisk Police Policy To Enforce City-Wide Knife Ban

Let me be clear - there is no reason to carry a knife. To anyone who does - they will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law. 35 people have been charged for murder offences occurring during 2018 so far.

“We need communities, families, friends and neighbours to give us the information we need to bring these criminals to justice.”

The Met Police has introduced targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected by knife crime

https://www.london.gov.uk/city-hall-blog/heres-what-mayor-doing-tackle-violent-crime

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Chad sex cult leader arrested,branding rich sex slaves with his initials and starve them 2 look thin

He gathered his harem of well to do sex slaves and branded them like cattle and then starved them,because he liked his bitches thin

The ultimate CHAD caught!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raniere is the singular ruling "master" and sole male member of DOS (also reportedly known as "The Vow"). The society is rumored to have formed around 2015; DOS allegedly stands for "Domunus Obsequious Sororium," which loosely translates to "Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions."

On Monday, Mexican authorities closed in on Keith Raniere, co-founder of the controversial, cult-like self-help group NXIVM.

Charged with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy, Raniere, 57 – known as "Vanguard" to his followers – was arrested at a $10,000/week luxury villa near Puerto Vallarta and extradited to Texas for arraignment.

Considered a cult by some experts, NXIVM was thrown into the national spotlight last fall when the New York Times interviewed several women claiming to have been forcibly branded as part of their entree to a secret NXIVM sect called DOS. After that story broke, the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn reportedly launched an investigation into NXIVM, and Raniere fled to Mexico with some female followers. (That reportedly included Smallville actress Allison Mack, who was photographed at the scene of his arrest in Mexico).

20 women he's had active sexual relationships with.

According to the complaint, the women must remain sexually faithful to Raniere and are not permitted to discuss their relationships with him. The document also states that NXIVM's course teachings advocate that men must have "multiple sexual partners" while women must be monogamous, and that DOS strives to help women overcome their "inherent weaknesses" and "overemotional natures."

The document claims that DOS' "slaves" had to recruit more slaves in order to become "masters" themselves, and that NXIVM women who were going through some kind of personal strife were the primary targets of DOS recruiting efforts.

When luring a new DOS member, the complaint says that masters required "collateral" in the form of incriminating photos, videos, or "damning" confessions about a recruit or her family. This material was allegedly used to blackmail members into staying put, as well as to dissuade them from speaking up about what they were exposed to within the group. The complaint alleges that DOS members had to provide new collateral once a month, and according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue, members were also threatened with having their assets stolen.

The complaint also states that many DOS slaves were allegedly forced to participate in a torture ritual in which they were held down naked by other members and branded with Raniere's initials using a cauterizing device. The complaint says these encounters were filmed.

The complaint states that DOS slaves were forced to serve their masters in various "acts of care," including running errands for them, cleaning their homes and preparing food for them. They were also reportedly forced to perform uncomfortable "acts of self-denial," such as taking icy showers or "standing for an hour at 4 a.m."

The document says that slaves were given "assignments" to perform as part of their tenure, and these assignments could include sex with Raniere. Some slaves were also allegedly tasked with following brutally low-calorie starvation diets to remain extremely thin, a physical preference of Raniere's. The women tasked with having sex with Raniere reportedly believed they risked the release of their collateral if they refused. According to Raniere's detention memo filed by U.S. Attorney Donoghue, "The government estimates that the defendant has had more than fifty DOS slaves under him."

According to the U.S. Attorney's detention memo, Clare W. Bronfman, heir to the Seagram's fortune (and NXIVM's self-described operations director) financially supports Raniere. (Bronfman has previously denied all accusations of coercion and abuse.) In the memo, prosecutors wrote, "[Bronfman] has financed the defendant repeatedly over the years including providing him with millions of dollars and paying for private air travel costing up to approximately $65,000 a flight. She has also paid for numerous lawyers to bring suits against NXIVM critics. Bronfman also owns a private island in Fiji, which the defendant has visited, and both Bronfman and the defendant have contacts all around the world."

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/nxivm-what-we-know-about-alleged-sex-trafficking-forced-labor-w518483

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Comey says TRump is obsessed with pee tape,he believes it's real

Trump was obsessed with “The Pee Tape”

“The Golden Shower Thing”: James Comey Rips Trump as Corrupt, Paranoid Mafioso

Arguably the most cringe-worthy interaction Comey describes is his conversation with President-Elect Trump about the infamous dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, which included the unconfirmed and salacious allegation that the Kremlin had damaging footage of Trump interacting with Russian prostitutes at a hotel in Moscow. According to Comey’s retelling, Trump “strongly denied the allegations, asking—rhetorically, I assumed—whether he seemed like a guy who needed the service of prostitutes. He then began discussing cases where women had accused him of sexual assault, a subject I had not raised. He mentioned a number of women, and seemed to have memorized their allegations.”

In his new book, due out next week, Comey writes that Trump obsessed over rumors about the tape and wanted Comey to delve into the claim to prove it wasn't true. Comey declined, even when Trump tried to use Melania Trump to convince him. If there were even a one-percent chance she believed it, Comey remembers Trump said, that would be "terrible." Comey recalled the odd conversation in an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos. "I’m a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true," he said. "So, what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife [have to] think there's only a 99 percent chance you didn’t do that?"

In additional excepts from the Stephanopoulus interview, which aired on Good Morning America on Friday, Comey said he still isn't sure whether or not the tape exists.

"I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013," Comey said, as coffee dribbled out of the mouths of Americans nationwide. "It's possible, but I don't know."

https://www.elle.com/culture/a19772746/trump-pee-tape-could-be-real-james-comey/

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BANNED: White Nationalist Richard Spencer Shoah'd Off Facebook

Facebook has banned the American white nationalist who popularised the term "alternative right".

Richard Spencer's page on the social network was removed on Friday along with two other pages he controlled: that of his National Policy Institute think tank, and one promoting his AltRight.com news analysis website.

Facebook has not commented, but the BBC understands the blocks are permanent.

Facebook's action follows its decision to expel the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders last month.

The US-based technology giant's terms and conditions state that it does not permit "hate speech", which it defines as including content that directly attacks people because of their race or ethnicity.

https://archive.fo/7WUQD

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43784982

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Humbolt crash:SJW on twitter says gofundme 7mill is because they are white,gets trolled,shes the vic

I'd like to see the Canadian government cut back their funding on this kind of crap reporting.

The bus accident in Humboldt that killed half a hockey team was very tragic, and it saddens me everytime I hear developing stories about it.

Then CBC decides to run a story about some amateur free-lance reporter (a virtual nobody who got one online article published), pulling the SJW card on twitter asking about why anyone should care about a bunch of white boys.

Then everyone in the world who uses twitter, (rightfully, imo) attacks the fuck out of her, and that's where this CBC story begins.

The story is about how she's received thousands of death threats and terrifying messages.

Thinking she's entitled to her opinion about trivializing the race and gender of the victims, CBC literally turned the tables on the story and made it about the SJW being a victim, then inserting all the usually SJW issues, trying to overshadow the deaths of children to expose their own agendas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWS4aa3qkik

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bp and co screw british people again,uk gov to pay for tearing down offshore rigs

As North Sea petroleum moves towards the end of its lifespan, the UK taxpayer is to spend some £25 billion to pay nearly half the cost of removing the offshore infrastructure.

This might sound like the right thing to do, but as I have argued before, it is probably not the best use of public money. The environmental benefits of decommissioning are questionable. If we instead spent the money on, say, building more renewable energy, it would create jobs for longer and you would generate carbon-free power for your trouble. Others might not share this view – my point is it’s a debate we’re not having.

http://archive.is/LNNJ5

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Poor black kid with high grades & full ride to 20 top colleges get's shat on by Fox news

A teen accepted to 20 colleges offering him full financial aid wants journalists at a Fox affiliate to apologize for calling his decision to apply to the schools "obnoxious."

An anchor and contributor on Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., criticized Micheal Brown's decision to apply to 20 colleges in a segment airing April 3.

Co-anchor Holly Morris and contributor Sarah Fraser called applying to that amount of schools "ridiculous."

"It's a little ridiculous that this kid applied to 20 taking away a spot and basically waitlisting another kid," Fraser said on the show.

"I think it's a little obnoxious because you can only go to one," Morris commented. “You can only take one full ride and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.”

Two days later, Micheal said he had a "respectful" interview with Morris, but he will not allow the segment to air until the station issues a public apology. "Where's the #humandecency?" he tweeted.

Micheal's mother Berthinia Rutledge-Brown told USA TODAY that Morris never apologized and instead said "I didn't mean to offend you." They didn't receive an apology from the station either, she said. Fox 5 did not immediately return a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Micheal, a black student who grew up in a poor area of Houston, defied odds with a 4.68 GPA at Lamar High School. Last week, a widely-shared video showed his enthusiastic reaction to being accepted into his dream school: Stanford University. He got a full ride. Spoiler: There was jumping. There was screaming. It was pure joy for all involved — including his mom.

It didn't stop there. Brown was accepted into and received full financial aid for 19 other colleges, including more Ivy League schools: Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Williams College, University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley, Amherst, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tulane University, University of Michigan, UC-Davis and UC-Irvine.

Rutledge-Brown said her son is currently deciding between Georgetown, Stanford, Harvard and Yale. He plans to announce his decision April 30.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/12/teen-full-ride-20-colleges-wants-apology-fox-tv/509973002/

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Global warming could affect the gulf stream and freeze Britain in the Winter

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Amoc) was the basis of the a 2004 science fiction blockbuster movie

The Day After Tommorrow

Now it could happen

A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found.

They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weaker now than it has been for more than 1,000 years - and has changed significantly in the past 150.

The study, in the journal Nature, says it may be a response to increased melting ice and is likely to continue.

Researchers say that could have an impact on Atlantic ecosystems.

Scientists involved in the Atlas project - the largest study of deep Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken - say the impact will not be of the order played out in the 2004 Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow.

But they say changes to the conveyor-belt-like system - also known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (Amoc) - could cool the North Atlantic and north-west Europe and transform some deep-ocean ecosystems.

Scientists believe the pattern is a response to fresh water from melting ice sheets being added to surface ocean water, meaning those surface waters "can't get very dense and sink".

"That puts a spanner in this whole system," lead researcher Dr David Thornalley, from University College London, explained.

The concept of this system "shutting down" was featured in The Day After Tomorrow.

"Obviously that was a sensationalised version," said Dr Thornally. "But much of the underlying science was correct, and there would be significant changes to climate it if did undergo a catastrophic collapse - although the film made those effects much more catastrophic, and happening much more quickly - than would actually be the case."

Nonetheless, a change to the system could cool the North Atlantic and north-west Europe and transform some deep-ocean ecosystems.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43713719

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66% millenials don't know what Auschwitz is,22% don't know what the Holocaust is

The study, released on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 12, raises troubling questions about whether the Holocaust is disappearing from Americans’ collective memory.

In a survey of 1,350 American adults, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found:

22 percent of millennials haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they have heard of it.

49 percent can’t name a concentration camp or ghetto.

66 percent can’t identify Auschwitz, the largest camp.

“We are alarmed that today’s generation lacks some of the basic knowledge about these atrocities,” said Claims Conference President Julius Berman.

Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust by the Nazi regime, which believed Jews were inferior and a threat to German society.

Many Americans believe the death toll was much smaller, the survey found. Four in 10 millennials (41 percent) and almost a third of all U.S. adults (31 percent) say they believe the Holocaust killed 2 million or fewer Jews.

https://factsandtrends.net/2018/04/12/most-millennials-clueless-about-holocaust-study-finds/

http://archive.is/VezCY

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Online pharmacy Canada Drugs fined $34 million Friday for importing counterfeit drugs into US

An online pharmacy that bills itself as Canada’s largest was fined $34 million Friday for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States, a sentence that one advocacy group called too light for such a heinous crime.

Canada Drugs has filled millions of prescriptions by offering itself as a safe alternative for patients to save money on expensive drugs, and its founder, Kris Thorkelson, has been hailed as an industry pioneer for starting the company in 2001.

But U.S. prosecutors say Canada Drugs’ business model is based entirely on illegally importing unapproved and misbranded drugs not just from Canada, but from all over the world. The company has made at least $78 million through illegal imports, including two that were counterfeit versions of the cancer drugs Avastin and Altuzan that had no active ingredient, prosecutors said.

After more than two years of struggling to get the international company to appear in U.S. court to face the felony charges, Canada Drugs and Thorkelson, struck a plea deal with prosecutors late last year.

On Friday, a judge in Missoula, Montana, approved federal prosecutors’ recommended sentences that include $29 million forfeited, $5 million in fines and five years’ probation for Canada Drugs.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also sentenced Thorkelson to six months’ house arrest, five years’ probation and a $250,000 fine.

Canada Drugs also will permanently cease the sale of all unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit drugs and will surrender all of the domain names for the myriad websites it used to sell the drugs, under the deal.

An advocacy group had urged the judge to impose harsher penalties to deter future crimes.

“Counterfeiting oncology medications is a nearly untraceable and heinous health care crime,” Shabbir Imber Safdar, executive director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, wrote in a letter to the judge. “You put saline in a bottle, and when the cancer patient takes it, there is no evidence in the patient of the crime.”

After the sentencing, Safdar called the penalties “a slap on the wrist and an insult to the victims of Canada Drugs’ crimes.”

Safdar said Thorkelson should receive prison time and that Thorkelson’s and Canada Drugs’ pharmacy licenses should be surrendered. The group also wants Canada Drugs to give up all of its internet domain names, including ones not named in the plea deal, to prevent the company from continuing to sell misbranded and counterfeit medicine.

“As this case shows, American providers and consumers need to beware when purchasing drugs on the internet,” Alme said in a statement.

“As this case shows, American providers and consumers need to beware when purchasing drugs on the internet,” Alme said in a statement.

https://www.apnews.com/7fd1b44d95bc4e4187512b3323c00495/Canadian-pharmacy-fined-$34-million-for-illegal-imports

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Internet of things:Hackers stole a casino's database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

Nicole Eagan, the CEO of cybersecurity company Darktrace worked on a case where an unnamed casino was hacked via a thermometer in a lobby aquarium.

"The attackers used that to get a foothold in the network. They then found the high-roller database and then pulled that back across the network, out the thermostat, and up to the cloud," she said.

With the internet of things producing thousands of new devices shoved onto the internet over the next few years, that's going to be an increasing problem," Hannigan said. "I saw a bank that had been hacked through its CCTV cameras because these devices are bought purely on cost."

He said regulation to mandate safety standards would likely be needed.

"It's probably one area where there'll likely need to be regulation for minimum security standards because the market isn't going to correct itself," he said. "The problem is these devices still work. The fish tank or the CCTV camera still work."

http://www.businessinsider.de/hackers-stole-a-casinos-database-through-a-thermometer-in-the-lobby-fish-tank-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T

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U.S Sets up 2 New Bases in Syria as Trump Announces 'Rapid End' to Military Mission,troop withdrawal

A week ago, there was just a single house where U.S. soldiers had hoisted an American flag on a hill not far from a tense front line in Syria.

On Wednesday, there was a growing fortified position with a perimeter of large sand barriers and barbed wire, a new watch tower and a half-dozen armored vehicles.

Even as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of pulling out of Syria “very soon,” an Associated Press team saw American forces setting up front-line positions outside the strategic northern town of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River.

The U.S. is building two military bases in the region of Manbij west of the Euphrates River, which is under the control of the Kurdish People’s Defense Unit (YPG), reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

Trump's White House said on Wednesday America's military mission to eradicate Islamic State in Syria "is coming to a rapid end."

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria said last week that there were no U.S. bases in the area and that U.S. patrols were not fixed in one place.

In response to an AP query, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the coalition cannot discuss specific movements and locations of forces in Syria.

He said that commanders are delegated the authority and the responsibility to position people and resources needed to accomplish the mission and to protect themselves.

“Occasional modifications to force size would therefore be normal,” Pahon said in an email.

The AP team, which was escorted by Kurdish fighters, saw that the new U.S. outpost was a work in progress.

A half-dozen armored vehicles sat on opposite sides of the outpost, each with a soldier on watch. A couple of soldiers at one end plowed the ground to lay sandbags, while another group worked out at the other end. Inside an observation post atop a roof, a soldier scanned the horizon through binoculars. A forklift was parked near some wooden planks, indicating more work remains to be done.

The outpost was clearly visible from a main road, with civilians and a mosque nearby.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/u-s-seen-setting-up-two-new-bases-in-syria-1.5977259

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White supremacist blows self up,Fire fighters destroy 16 unit apartment in controled burn,all lost

A Wisconsin man blew himself up inside his apartment, which was allegedly loaded with white supremacist literature, weapons, explosives and highly volatile chemicals.

Investigators say Benjamin Morrow, 28, was found lifeless underneath his electric kitchen stove inside his unit at Village Glen Apartments in Beaver Dam last month. They also pulled from the rubble white supremacist literature, long guns and pistols, ammo, a large capacity magazine, and explosives, according to an unsealed warrant according to a report in ABC News station WISN.

It's alleged that Morrow also hoarded 13 medium-sized jars of traicetone triperoxide or "TATP explosive material" in in the fridge inside the kitchen, which the warrant claimed doubled as an "explosives laboratory," according to Wisconsin crime investigator Kevin Heimerl's warrant application.

The contents of Morrow's unit were considered to be so "highly volatile" that officials decided to destroy the entire 16-unit structure in a controlled fire.

And Morrow, who according to WISN was a food company quality control technician who had previously worked as an associate scientist at a pharmaceutical company, appears to have had strong white supremacy leanings.

"Within his bedroom, literature has been found concerning white supremacy groups," Heimerl wrote in the warrant citing what was found after probing Morrow's laptop computer and electronic devices.

The March 5 explosion that killed Morrow coincidentally occurred at the same time when package bomber Mark Anthony Conditt was detonating devices and terrorizing Austin, Texas – before law enforcement caught up to Conditt and he committed suicide.

Despite the cache of weapons that included explosive targets and ballistic helmets and a vest, it remains unclear whether Morrow was hatching anything operational.

The explosive compound Morrow was manufacturing, TATP, is nicknamed "Mother of Satan" and is made from easy-to-buy items that don't necessarily merit attention from authorities.

Heimerl said in the warrant application that he found other containers of TATP stored inside Morrow's garage along with instructions found on the manufacture of homemade explosives.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-killed-apartment-explosives-laboratory/story?id=54473321

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Japan finds ‘semi-infinite’ trove of rare earth elements,China no longer has monopoly

Rare earth metals are used to manufacture everything from electric or hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, consumer electronics and other clean energy technologies

It is estimated the world has 99 million tonnes of rare earth reserve deposits.[6] China's reserves are estimated to be 36 million tonnes or roughly 30 percent of the world's total reserves

Japanese researchers have mapped vast reserves of rare earth elements in deep-sea mud, enough to feed global demand on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a new study.

The deposit, found within Japan’s exclusive economic zone waters, contains more than 16 million tons of the elements needed to build high-tech products ranging from mobile phones to electric vehicles, according to the study, released Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports.

China’s hold on these elements gave them a lot of power in the distribution of these commodities. The government declared these elements to be a protected and strategic good in 1990.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/11/national/japan-team-maps-semi-infinite-trove-rare-earth-elements/#.Ws3c84hubIU

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Unarmed Black Stephon Clark murdered by Sacramento police shot 8 times, 6 in the back

Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was the first doctor to discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), conducted the autopsy. Omalu, who brought awareness to the issue of concussions and brain trauma to the NFL, was depicted film "Concussion," in which Will Smith played him in the leading role.

"He was shot in the back six times. The seventh gunshot wound was slightly to the side of his body but to the back of the side of his body," Omalu said during the news conference. "Each one of these bullets independently possessed a fatal capacity."

Crump, meanwhile, said the family autopsy proved Clark wasn't running toward police.

"The narrative that had been put forth was that they had to open fire because he was charging at them," Crump told reporters. "Well, obviously, based on Dr. Omalu's findings in the family's autopsy, it suggests all the bullets were from behind."

Omalu said Clark – whom police shot at 20 times – did not die right away. The 22-year-old man was likely alive for 3 to 10 minutes after the shooting.

The officers, who have not been identified, waited six minutes for backup to arrive before giving him medical attention.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/stephon-clark-shot-times-times-back-independent-autopsy/story?id=54122396

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Pentagon: 2000% increase in Russian trolls since Syria strike

The Pentagon reported Saturday a massive spike in online Russian propaganda efforts in the hours before and after the U.S. missile strike on Syria the night before.

“The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours," chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a briefing on Saturday.

U.S. forces launched targeted missile strikes on Friday at key military outposts in Syria, where the government is thought to have stored chemical weapons used in a strike that killed over 40 civilians last weekend.

Syria, along with its allies Russia and Iran, has denied the use of chemical weapons and Russia has suggested the entire attack was a fabrication by western forces.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/383169-pentagon-reports-increase-in-russian-trolls-since-syria-strike

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US gave Russia location of sites in Syria 24 hr before attack,chemicals stored elsewhere now

Russia received a series of crucial warnings from America of the imminent air strikes through a 24 hour hotline intended to limit the possibility of a direct military clash between the two superpowers, it has emerged.

In the aftermath of the bombing of Syrian targets, America, Britain and France were all at pains to point out that the so-called “deconfliction channel” - a continuously open line of communication between Washington and Moscow - had been repeatedly used.

The strategic hotline was set up after Russia began offering military support to President Bashar Assad in September 2015. It is intended to help avoid any potential misunderstandings as both sides operate over the region, ensure airspace control is respected and so prevent the possibility of clashes between Russian and Western forces.

And, that hotline appeared to have played an essential role in ensuring that Russia’s high-tech defence systems and its military might understood to be in the north of Syria was not deployed against the allied forces during the air strikes.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/14/24-hour-hotline-ensured-superpowers-did-not-clash-militarily/

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while erading free speech the uk makes it easier for sluts to kill their crotch spawn

Tucked away in a quiet corner of my native Ealing, dubbed “queen of the suburbs” on account of all the trees and general awesomeness (such as Ealing Studios and the country’s first Nandos) is a Marie Stopes abortion clinic. It’s just near the entrance of Walpole Park where, aged 15, I was stood up by a boy and wept poetically by the pond before wandering sadly home after waiting a mere two and a half hours for him.

A few years ago, after living most of my adult life in much more “cool” parts of London, both north and south, I moved back to my childhood manor to be nearer my parents. I was single and pregnant and needed my mum and dad on my doorstep (literally in my mother’s case, and every day. I sometimes wonder if giving her a key was a good idea.)

I first went to the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing to support a friend. We were 18. She had not told her parents about the pregnancy, so my dad did the drop-off and pick-up and helped me look after her.

There were a lot of Irish girls in the waiting room. They were all about my age so I talked to quite a few of them (I was then, as now, inappropriately chatty). Until that day, I’d had no idea abortion was illegal in Ireland. What a sad thing that these girls, on top of everything else they were going through, had to endure the bother and expense of travelling to do this.

I forgot all about the place until, at 38, I found myself sitting in that same waiting room, about to have an abortion.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of my native Ealing, dubbed “queen of the suburbs” on account of all the trees and general awesomeness (such as Ealing Studios and the country’s first Nandos) is a Marie Stopes abortion clinic. It’s just near the entrance of Walpole Park where, aged 15, I was stood up by a boy and wept poetically by the pond before wandering sadly home after waiting a mere two and a half hours for him.

A few years ago, after living most of my adult life in much more “cool” parts of London, both north and south, I moved back to my childhood manor to be nearer my parents. I was single and pregnant and needed my mum and dad on my doorstep (literally in my mother’s case, and every day. I sometimes wonder if giving her a key was a good idea.)

I first went to the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing to support a friend. We were 18. She had not told her parents about the pregnancy, so my dad did the drop-off and pick-up and helped me look after her.

There were a lot of Irish girls in the waiting room. They were all about my age so I talked to quite a few of them (I was then, as now, inappropriately chatty). Until that day, I’d had no idea abortion was illegal in Ireland. What a sad thing that these girls, on top of everything else they were going through, had to endure the bother and expense of travelling to do this.

I forgot all about the place until, at 38, I found myself sitting in that same waiting room, about to have an abortion.

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It was a traumatic day. I already had a child and desperately wanted another but this pregnancy was not to be. The reasons are private, as all the reasons for such things are. I am in awe of people like Helen Linehan and her husband Graham, the Father Ted writer. In 2015, they publicly spoke of their own circumstances which led to a termination in 2004. They also sought to highlight the injustice towards women under Ireland’s eighth amendment in a video with (((Amnesty International))).

http://archive.is/xfAhB

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Quitting Facebook Leads To Drop In Cortisol & stress Levels,Study Shows

Eric Vanman and Rosemary Baker from the University of Queensland, and Stephanie Tobin from the Australian Catholic University have attempted to answer this question. In a study recently published in the Journal of Social Psychology, titled “The Burden of Online Friends,” the authors explore the effects of giving up Facebook on stress and well-being.

For the experiment, Vanman, Baker and Tobin recruited 138 active Facebook users. Participants were then separated into two groups, which the authors have decided to refer to as “Facebook Normal” and “No Facebook.” Sixty participants were instructed to quit Facebook for five days, and 78 of them were instructed to continue using it as normal. Each individual was surveyed prior and after the experiment. Vanman and his colleagues measured salivary cortisol, perceived stress, and well-being, and asked each participant a series of questions regarding mood, loneliness, and life satisfaction.

The researchers concluded the following.

“Relative to those in the Facebook Normal condition, those in the No Facebook condition experienced lower levels of cortisol and life satisfaction. Our results suggest that the typical Facebook user may occasionally find the large amount of social information available taxing, and Facebook vacations could ameliorate this stress — at least in the short-term.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, those in the “No Facebook” control group spent more face-to-face time with their friends.

Interestingly, however, after taking a five day break from Facebook, many participants were happy to return to it, even though using the social network caused stress. In other words, the reduction in cortisol levels was evident even after five days, but some individuals felt like they were “missing out.”

Lead author of the study Eric Vanman told PsyPost that the effects of Facebook on one’s cortisol levels and overall mental health and well being need to be explored more. “We don’t know long it takes to get this reduction in cortisol or when it would start to increase again before someone decided to get back on Facebook. For example, it could be that being off Facebook for the first few days reduces stress, but, the longer one feels like he or she is missing out, cortisol starts to increase again.”

This is popularly referred to as FoMO — the Fear of Missing Out. A 2013 study on this subject, published in Computers in Human Behavior, defined the phenomenon as a “pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent, characterized by the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.”

Vanman and his colleagues suspect these effects are not unique to Facebook, but also assert that a much bigger study, in which the effects of social media on cortisol levels would be studied, is needed. Their preliminary findings, however, suggest that there is indeed an interesting link between stress and social media. That is why, Australian researchers claim, short breaks or “vacations” from Facebook might be a good idea.

https://www.inquisitr.com/4850038/quitting-facebook-leads-to-drop-in-cortisol-levels-australian-study-shows/

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Miami cheerleader 'fired for being a virgin'

A former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins has filed a formal complaint against the team, claiming she was bullied due to her faith and virginity.

Kristan Ann Ware, 27, says she quit the dance squad after a 2016 interview with the team director during which her sexual history was discussed.

She is not the first cheerleader to complain of a hostile work environment.

A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader claims that she was fired for a social media post of herself wearing lingerie.

Ms Ware told the BBC her complaint, which was submitted to the Florida Commission on Human Relations on Wednesday, should not be misconstrued as an attack on the American football team.

"I am not against them. I just want to make it a better place for the cheerleaders," she said in a telephone interview on Friday.

Ms Ware quit the team after three years, claiming that an incident on a coach bus in London led to ongoing harassment.

When her team played the New York Jets at Wembley Stadium in the fall of 2015, the dancers talked about their "sex playlist", Ms Ware says in her complaint.

Ms Ware "was pushed to give her playlist," she claims, which prompted her to admit she was a virgin.

"Kristan told her teammates that she was waiting until she was married because of her personal relationship with God," her lawyer Sara Blackwell states in the complaint.

Later, during a yearly performance review in which dancers must reapply for their jobs, Ms Ware says her coach, Dorie Grogan, confronted her about the claim.

"Let's talk about the fact that you're a virgin", she claims the coach said.

Ms Ware claims she was told not to discuss her virginity any further, according to her lawyer.

"As far as we are concerned you have taken something that was once upon a time pure and beautiful and you've made it dirty," she claims the cheer director told her.

https://archive.fo/9Hivp

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43761310

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Less Than a Year After Charlottesville, the Alt-Right Is Self-Destructing

Anglin is currently on the run and claims to be in Cambodia while he attempts to avoid a lawsuit by a Jewish woman whose address and phone number he posted online after she argued with Spencer’s mother. Anglin encouraged readers on his neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer to call the woman and visit her home, unleashing a campaign of harassment against her.

An opposing alt-right movement accuses people like Anglin of “optics-cucking,” a reference to a porn genre in which a man watches another man have sex with his wife. (The term was in vogue with the alt-right long before Parrott stood on a box outside a trailer to watch Heimbach have sex with Parrott’s wife, according to a police report in the incident.) The anti-optics crowd accuses the pro-optics faction of trying to splinter the movement.

Among the optics-skeptical is Chris Cantwell, a white supremacist who featured prominently in a Vice documentary on the Unite the Right rally, and who later became a meme when he cried on camera. Since Charlottesville, Cantwell has produced a podcast, which ran on The Daily Stormer until Anglin allegedly removed it without telling Cantwell earlier this month.

“As far as I can tell, that’s what’s going on and they’re just throwing barbs back and forth over it,” Beirich said. “I think there’s also a lot of, maybe ‘professional’ is the wrong word, but professional jealousies here. Cantwell’s blog or podcast gets more popular, that pisses off other members of the alt-right who want to be center-stage.”

On Gab, Cantwell alleged a conspiracy.

“I found out that new content was not being syndicated to [The Daily Stormer] when somebody asked about it in my Gab mentions. So I can’t say with any certainty what the motivation was,” Cantwell wrote last week. He suggested that the removal of his show and the flood of negative news about the TWP, in which he is not involved, was part of an effort to discredit the alt-right.

“I smell subversion,” he wrote.

Hovater, the remaining TWP leader who called Heimbach’s arrest “shameful,” shared the post. Cantwell’s attack on The Daily Stormer soon landed him in trouble with other members of the alt-right, when one of the blog’s contributors revealed that Cantwell was an FBI informant.

Andrew Auernheimer, a Daily Stormer contributor and hacker best known by his screen name “Weev,” posted screenshots of a conversation with Cantwell, in which Cantwell admitted to reporting members of Philadelphia ARA (anti-racist action groups) to authorities.

“I talked to cops too. gonna talk to the feds soon most likely,” Cantwell told Weev in the undated conversation, which references Cantwell’s pending felony case for alleged illegal use of tear gas at the Charlottesville rally. “I’m going after Philly ARA. Not throwing our people under the bus. We weren’t the bad guys last August, and Charlottesville is ignoring that fact. The feds want to bust Antifa and I’m keen to help them.”

Weev replied that “if you hadn’t talked to cops and media in the first place and had gotten scarce you wouldn’t be facing 40 years in prison.”

After Weev posted the screenshots, Cantwell confirmed their authenticity in a blog post of his own titled “I Am A Federal Informant,” in which he attacked Weev as “a Jew in a foreign country” in reference to rumors that the neo-Nazi blogger is actually of Jewish ancestry. Cantwell also confirmed that his attorney had spoken with the FBI. The admission set off a fresh volley of criticism from alt-righters who are opposed to communicating with law enforcement.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/less-than-a-year-after-charlottesville-the-alt-right-is-self-destructing?ref=author

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Pissergate confirmed,Cohen lied,he was in Prague for meet with Putin ally

The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s piss tape report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

It would also be one of the most significant developments thus far in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to help Trump win the White House. Undercutting Trump’s repeated pronouncements that “there is no evidence of collusion,” it also could ratchet up the stakes if the president tries, as he has intimated he might for months, to order Mueller’s firing.

Unconfirmed reports of a clandestine Prague meeting came to public attention in January 2017, with the publication of a dossier purporting to detail the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia – a series of reports that former British MI6 officer Christopher Steele gathered from Kremlin sources for Trump’s political opponents, including Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Cohen’s alleged communications with the Russians were mentioned multiple times in Steele’s reports, which he ultimately shared with the FBI.

When the news site Buzzfeed published the entire dossier on Jan. 11, Trump denounced the news organization as “a failing pile of garbage” and said the document was “false and fake.” Cohen tweeted, “I have never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews.”

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article208870264.html

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Amateur Trump back-peddles, Rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership to compete with China

WASHINGTON — President Trump, in a sharp reversal, told a gathering of farm-state lawmakers and governors on Thursday morning that the United States was looking into rejoining a multicountry trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal he pulled out of days after assuming the presidency.

Mr. Trump’s reconsideration of an agreement he once denounced as a “rape of our country” caught even his closest advisers by surprise and came as his administration faces stiff pushback from Republican lawmakers, farmers and other businesses concerned that the president’s threat of tariffs and other trade barriers will hurt them economically.

Mr. Trump’s decision to throw out the Trans-Pacific Partnership and his pledge to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement were bedrock promises of his populist campaign, which centered heavily on unfair trade practices that he said had robbed American manufacturers and workers.

As he often does, the president started to change gears after hearing complaints from important constituents — in this case, Republican lawmakers who said farmers and other businesses in their states would suffer from his trade approach since they send many of their products abroad.

The discussion on the trade deal began at the White House meeting earlier on Thursday, when Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, questioned Mr. Trump about returning to the pact, arguing that the Trans-Pacific Partnership was the best way to put pressure on China.

Mr. Trump, who has put China’s “unfair” trade practices in his cross hairs, turned to Mr. Kudlow and Robert Lighthizer, his trade negotiator, and asked them to look into re-entering the agreement.

Rejoining the pact could be a significant change in fortune for many American industries that stood to benefit from the trade accord and for Republican lawmakers who supported it. The deal, which was negotiated by the Obama administration, was largely intended as a tool to prod China into making the type of economic changes that the United States and others have long wanted. Many economists say the best way to combat a rising China and pressure it to open its market is through multilateral trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which create favorable trading terms for participants.

Obama knows best

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/us/politics/trump-trans-pacific-partnership.html

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Despite vow to end "catch and release," Trump has freed 100,000 illegals

The Trump administration has freed about 100,000 immigrants caught at the U.S.-Mexico border in the 15 months since the president took office, newly released government figures show, despite repeated promises to end President Barack Obama’s “catch and release” policies.

Homeland Security officials say they had to release the migrants — more than 37,500 unaccompanied minors and more than 61,000 family members — because of judges’ rulings and federal laws banning prolonged detentions for children, as well as a lack of detention beds.

Ending “catch and release” was supposed to be Trump’s No. 2 immigration priority, after walling off the border with Mexico. As a candidate, Trump excoriated Obama for failing to stanch the flow of border crossers and releasing thousands of them to await deportation proceedings. Days after taking office, Trump issued an executive order that said immigrants should be detained until they could be sent out of the country.

But that didn’t happen. When Trump summoned the National Guard last week, the White House said in a statement that the government since fiscal 2016 had apprehended 167,000 parents and children but later released most of them, along with more than 107,000 unaccompanied minors.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/despite-vow-to-end-catch-and-release-trump-has-freed-100000-who-illegally-crossed-the-border/2018/04/13/839c778e-3754-11e8-acd5-35eac230e514_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.89a2cc9aa4b6

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Trump Adviser Bolton Coordinated U.S.-led Strike in Syria With Israel

The White House was in touch with Jerusalem ahead of the overnight airstrikes on Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke in the last few days with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben Shabbat, to coordinate details of the U.S.-led attack on Syria, which took place early Saturday morning.

The U.S. and its allies France and the U.K. launched an overnight strike on multiple Syrian targets, in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad regime's chemical attack a week ago. The targets included research centers in Damascus believed to have produced chemical weapons.

Trump said Washington was prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trump-adviser-bolton-coordinated-u-s-led-strike-in-syria-with-israel-1.5995946

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6 Hindus gangrape 8yr old Muslim girl for 3 days,burn,torture her to death,mobs want the 6 released

Reports say she was abducted while grazing her horses in a meadow, taken to a prayer hall nearby

Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and for three days, raped several times by different men. Asifa was eventually strangled on 17 January, something police say would have happened sooner had one man not insisted on waiting, so that he could rape her a final time.

, To add to the volatility of Asifa's case, police say she was killed in a Hindu temple and that the temple's custodian plotted her death as a way to torment the Bakarwals.

Details from the report revealed that the crime was fueled by religious and political tensions between Asifa's tribe, a group of Indian Sunni Muslims called the Bakarwal, and local Hindus who saw them as a threat.

The conspirators' motive for raping the child, according to the charge sheet, was to drive the Muslim family out of the area.

On Monday, a chaotic scene unfolded outside a courthouse in Jammu and Kashmir, as a mob of Hindu attorneys tried to physically stop police from filing charges against the men accused. The attorneys in a statement argued for a federal investigation, stating that the government had failed to "understand the sentiments of the people". Police still managed to complete the paperwork and charged the men, who include four policemen and a retired government official.

Protests have now spread across much of Kathua. Hindu activists argue that some of the police officers who worked on the case are, like Asifa, Muslims – and cannot be trusted, according to The New York Times. Dozens of Hindu women have helped block a highway and organise a hunger strike.

It also showed that local policemen were accused of perpetrating the crime. When Asifa's family reported her missing in January, among those sent to find her was Deepak Khujaria, a 28-year-old special police officer. Based on DNA evidence, he has since been accused of committing the crime.

some locals even defended the accused, since they were Hindu. Two Bharatiya Janata Party ministers from India's ruling party, who seek to preserve Hindu ideals, even attended a rally to support the accused. They have since resigned.

Talib Hussain, a Bakarwal social activist fighting on behalf of Asifa's family, told The New York Times that Bakarwal nomads for generations have leased land from Hindu farmers so that their animals can graze during the winter. In recent years, however, Hindus in the Kathua area have campaigned against the nomads,some of whom have decided to settle permanently in the area. Believed to be at the campaign's helm is the accused custodian, Sanji Ram.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/04/13/602249114/gang-rape-and-murder-of-8-year-old-girl-sparks-outrage-across-india

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P.E.I. propane prices tumble

The price of propane took a big tumble, while gas was down a little and heating oil remained steady, in the mid-month price adjustment from P.E.I.'s Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission.

Propane prices were down different amounts depending on the dealer. Here are the changes in the bulk delivery price.

Irving: Down 4 cents to 82.9 cents/litre.Kenmac: Down 9 cents to 80.5 cents/litre.Superior: Down 8.4 cents to 81.5 cents/litre.

The price of regular, self-serve gasoline, including taxes, fell to a minimum of $1.149, down 1.9 cents.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-petroleum-prices-march-15-1.4577203

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Jordan Peterson calls Ontario Dyke leader, Kathleen Wynne,'MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN IN CANADA'

“I’m not a fan of hers, at all … I think that she’s a reprehensible ideologue,” he said. “I think she’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing as well because she’s not a Liberal by any stretch of the imagination.”

Under Wynne’s leadership, the Ontario Liberals have moved to the left of previous NDP governments, he said.

Peterson’s comments came in an exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun where he was asked whether he had any political ambitions.

Peterson believes he has the most to offer assessing politics through a psychological lens.

Having said that, he has strong opinions about leaders like Justin Trudeau – he dubbed him a “Peter Pan”prime minister – and Wynne.

Most of Trudeau’s worst ideas, including his ‘gender equity’ budget for 2018, flow out of the work that Wynne was already doing in Ontario, he said.

“I think Kathleen Wynne is an utter disaster,” Peterson said. “I think she’s the most dangerous woman in Canada.”

Finance Minister Charles Sousa has already signalled that he will not balance the budget this year as previously stated, but instead will run a deficit possibly as high as $8 billion to pay for programs that bring fairness to Ontarians during a period of rapid economic change.

So what’s wrong with fairness?

“The problem is there’s multiple definitions of fairness,” Peterson said. “There’s the agreeable definition, which is everyone should have everything everyone else has, right?”

Prof. Jordan Peterson gives ‘Peter Pan’ Trudeau budget a failing grade

Toronto professor’s bestseller offers advice for a better life

That type of fairness might mean treating your children equally, an imperative, he said.

Then there’s the kind of “fairness” favoured by the radical left, and he includes Wynne here, that seeks not equal opportunity but equal outcome.

“They’re not so interested in the idea of useful productivity and they’re not aligned with the idea that perhaps disproportionate reward should flow to those who put more effort and time into things,” Peterson said.

When it was suggested to him that Wynne is generally viewed as a nice person, even a grandmotherly type, Peterson quoted Shakespeare: “One (may) smile and smile and smile and still be a villain.”

“Everyone in Ontario is not her grandchild. We’re not infants,” he said. “We don’t need that much compassion and her insistence on identity politics is unacceptable. The things that have happened under her watch at the universities are unacceptable, they’re way worse than people think.”

Peterson sees the evolution of the Ontario Human Rights tribunal as an example of Wynne’s ideology in practice, arguing that under her tenure the presumption of innocence in that sphere has been lost.

“We’re replacing that with ‘believe the accused’ and ‘preponderance of evidence’ and it’s part of the assault on English common law, which is regarded by the postmodern, neomarxists as just another narrative, and part of the patriarchal tyranny,” he said.

http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/most-dangerous-woman-in-canada-prof-jordan-peterson-rips-wynne#comments

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Google scientist's lip-reading tech can make fake vids of celebs saying anything it wants seem real

Computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn, now a research resident at Google Brain, has created a new kind of lip-reading technology that can make a fake video of just about anyone that looks and sounds almost exactly like them.

All the program needs is a few photos and videos to learn from. Suwajanakorn demonstrated the tool onstage in Vancouver at the 2018 TED Conference on Wednesday.

He said the new system, which he created as a PhD thesis project at the University of Washington, uses a neural learning network to mimic movements in the mouth and teeth of a person from video footage. In essence, the computer algorithm teaches itself to imitate exactly how a person talks by watching them over and over again.

Suwajanakorn has already successfully created fake videos of celebrities like Tom Hanks and former president Barack Obama using only images and videos that are readily available online.

He said it doesn't really matter what kinds of facial expressions a person makes or which words they say. All that matters is that the system has enough data to pick up on a speaker's mannerisms by studying the subject's teeth, lip movements, and jaw shape.

http://www.businessinsider.com/ted-2018-google-computer-scientist-lip-reading-fake-news-2018-4

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7% of US adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows,50 % don't know where it comes from

Seven per cent of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a survey conducted by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy.

The study also found that nearly half of Americans have no idea where chocolate milk comes from.

Over 1,000 respondents aged 18 and over were interviewed for the survey, which sought to examine people’s views on the role dairy products play in their diet and daily lives.

Extrapolated to the U.S. population, the findings suggest that over 22 million Americans link the milky brown beverage’s source to chocolate-coloured bovines.

The survey was conducted as part of the “Undeniably Dairy” project, “which showcases the joy of dairy in everyday life.”

Respondents were not asked where they thought strawberry milk comes from

https://globalnews.ca/news/3535819/chocolate-milk-brown-cows-survey/

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Kids Can't write with or even hold Pencils Because Of iPads,tablets, Experts Warn

it's not uncommon for parents to use apps on their phone or tables to teach their kids their 1-2-3s and ABCs. And over the last two decades, more and more teachers have begun to use technology as a way to educate children, big and small. But relying on technology may come at a cost: Experts warn that children can't hold pencils because of iPads. They say excessive tablet and cell phone use is slowing down muscle development.

Pediatricians in the United Kingdom have recently claimed that children's finger muscles are not developing properly because of overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets at home, according to The Guardian. Continuous use of handheld technology has caused kids to have weak finger muscle control, which makes it harder for them to hold a pen or pencil the right way and write legibly.

Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, told The Guardian that, in order to be able "to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers." "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago," Payne said.

it's not uncommon for parents to use apps on their phone or tables to teach their kids their 1-2-3s and ABCs. And over the last two decades, more and more teachers have begun to use technology as a way to educate children, big and small. But relying on technology may come at a cost: Experts warn that children can't hold pencils because of iPads. They say excessive tablet and cell phone use is slowing down muscle development.

Pediatricians in the United Kingdom have recently claimed that children's finger muscles are not developing properly because of overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets at home, according to The Guardian. Continuous use of handheld technology has caused kids to have weak finger muscle control, which makes it harder for them to hold a pen or pencil the right way and write legibly.

Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, told The Guardian that, in order to be able "to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers." "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago," Payne said.

https://www.romper.com/p/the-gap-between-kids-is-something-i-just-cant-worry-about-8495866

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Incest case dad, daughter and child dead in murder-suicide

A US man in an incest case killed his biological daughter, their child, and the girl's adopted father, before turning the gun on himself, say police.

The murder-suicide by Steven Pladl spanned three states, according to authorities.

North Carolina police began a search for Pladl after his mother called police, saying her son had confessed to the killings.

Katie Pladl and her adoptive father, Anthony Fusco, were later found dead.

Police in New Milford, Connecticut, found the bodies of Ms Pladl, 20, and Mr Fusco, 56, in a truck that had its windows shot out on Thursday morning.

The suspect was later found in upstate Dover, New York, in a minivan, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say.

Last January the father and daughter were arrested in Virginia and charged with incest.

Katie Pladl reconnected with her biological parents at the age of 18 through social media.

She became pregnant shortly after moving in with them.

Pladl's wife - Katie's biological mother - moved out, telling police he planned to wed their daughter.

In March, Pladl was released from jail on bail, on condition he not make contact with his biological daughter.

According to a 911 call obtained by WTIC-News, his mother called to report he had admitted the killings to her.

"My son just called me. He told me… he killed his baby and he's the house," she tearfully told emergency officials.

"He killed his wife. He killed her father. I can't even believe this is happening."

She added that "his wife broke up with him yesterday over the phone".

Pladl's mother had been granted custody of her son's seven-month-old son, Bennett, as part of his bail agreement.

The day before the murders, he picked up his son from her, saying he planned to take the child to New York to see his mother.

Police in Knightdale, North Carolina, discovered the infant's body on Thursday.

Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps said: "We are heartbroken, and saddened over the death of this child and like you, we are trying to make sense of all the factors that led up to this senseless taking of life."

Chief Capps added that Pladl had driven to New York "for the specific purpose of making some confrontations".

Pladl's lawyer Rick Friedman told WNCN-TV in North Carolina that Mr Fusco and Ms Pladl were shot, and "then Steven took his own life".

"This is a terrible tragedy that nobody foresaw," Mr Friedman said.

"I really believe that if the judges or the prosecutor or the defence attorneys in this case had any clue that the minor child or anyone would be harmed there would not be a bond set for any of the parties," added Mr Friedman.

https://archive.fo/HdXyY

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43747225

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The internet forgot,Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case,true amnesty is here

A businessman fighting for the "right to be forgotten" has won a UK High Court action against Google.

The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine.

The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled in his favour on Friday.

But he rejected a separate claim made by another businessman who had committed a more serious crime.

The businessman who won his case was convicted 10 years ago of conspiring to intercept communications. He spent six months in jail.

The other businessman, who lost his case, was convicted more than 10 years ago of conspiring to account falsely. He spent four years in jail.

Both had ordered Google to remove search results about their convictions, including links to news articles, stating that they were no longer relevant.

They took Google to court when it refused to remove the search results.

Google said it would accept the rulings.

"We work hard to comply with the right to be forgotten, but we take great care not to remove search results that are in the public interest," it said in a statement.

"We are pleased that the Court recognised our efforts in this area, and we will respect the judgements they have made in this case."

'Legal precedent'

The right to be forgotten is a legal precedent set by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014, following a case brought by Spaniard Mario Costeja Gonzalez who had asked Google to remove information about his financial history.

Google says it has removed 800,000 pages from its results following so-called "right to be forgotten" requests. However, search engines can decline to remove pages if they judge them to remain in the public interest.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43752344

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With Russia on his mind, Trump looks for tougher approach on Syria: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is pressing for a more aggressive U.S. strike against Syria than military chiefs have recommended as he adopts a tougher stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose support for Syria’s government has allowed it to crush opposition forces, U.S. officials said.

One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russia and Iran — Syria’s other main foreign backer — in part over his growing level of exasperation with Putin.

However, said two other officials, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other military leaders have warned that the larger the attack, the greater the risk of a confrontation with Russia.

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets last year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of “beautiful little babies” and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and decided to minimize Russian and other casualties.

A year later, Trump finds himself again weighing his response to a suspected poison gas attack by Assad’s forces, this time in the town of Douma last weekend.

He is troubled by the similarly gruesome pictures of suffocating children, but his tougher stance this time is driven in part by his hardened view of Putin and his belief that Assad did not learn a lesson from the first strike, officials said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday that Syria was responsible for the attack but added pointedly, “We also hold Russia responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place.”

Russia’s denial that the Assad government was responsible for the chemical weapons attack, further angered Trump, one of the U.S. officials said. After months of criticism that Trump was being soft on Putin, the U.S. president pulled no punches with a Tweet on Sunday: “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”

https://archive.fo/iyoMw

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-trump/with-russia-on-his-mind-trump-looks-for-tougher-approach-on-syria-sources-idUSKBN1HK2U9

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Hear the Tragic Audio of Teen Suffocating in Own Car - Whose Fault is This?

CINCINNATI – Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters is launching a comprehensive investigation to determine what exactly went wrong that led to the death of a 16-year-old Seven Hills student in the school parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

"The young man was trapped in the third row bench seat, and it is called positional asphyxiation," Deters said. "We are actively trying to identify experts to assist in us in this investigation."

Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, 16-year-old Kyle Jacob Plush called 911 panicking. Over the course of a three-minute call in which he gasped, cried repeatedly for help and struggled to communicate with the operator, he relayed that he was trapped inside his car in the parking lot of Seven Hills School.

"I probably don't have much time left, so tell my mom I love her if I die," he said. 

The call ended; when officers checking out the scene attempted to call back, it went to voicemail.

A deputy sent to the scene soon after called in to report that he couldn't find anyone trapped in a van. He questioned if the call had been a prank.

Plush was there. He called again.

"This is not a joke," he said. "I am trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of Seven Hills. … Send officers immediately. I'm almost dead."

At several points in the second three-minute call, during which the operator does not respond and loud banging or heavy breathing can be heard, he attempts to call on the Siri automated iPhone assistant without success.

Nick Francis, director of Experiential Learning at Seven Hills School, said in a 911 call a security guard contacted him and told him to call 911 because they found a kid in his car. Francis told the dispatcher he wasn’t at the school, but they had been “missing a kid.”

“I got a call from a security guy there because we were trying to find this kid, and he just all of a sudden called me, 'Nick we found him. Call 911, he's in his car,’” Francis told the dispatcher.

Around 9 p.m., according to police, a family member discovered him dead inside the van – a death Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco would rule accidental "asphyxia caused by chest compression."

Something – neither Sammarco nor Lt. Steve Saunders indicated what – had pressed so hard against Plush's chest that he suffocated.

The information released by police Wednesday afternoon did not clarify the reason the first deputy to respond was not able to find Plush's van or where Plush had been inside of it. Plush's uncle, who declined to share his name or speak on camera, said Wednesday night the 911 system failed the "great kid" who had been his nephew.

Plush was a student at Seven Hills, spokeswoman Christine Hedges said Wednesday morning. The school has grief counselors on hand for any student who needs them. 

City Councilwoman Amy Murray, whose child also attends Seven Hills, also promised a full investigation into the incident on Thursday on WLW. She called it a "sad, sad day." 

http://archive.is/u11I8

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Pajeet Religious leader,"Penis Baba",pulls car 100ft using only his Penis

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Huge crowds flocked to watch a religious leader appear to pull a car - with his penis.

The 'monk' - known only as Penis Baba - can be seen fiddling under his robes while he apparently attaches a rope to his private parts.

After the white rope is tied to the car before he staggers backwards, pulling the heavy vehicle around 100ft.

A video shows hundreds of people gathering around to watch him in Harpur village of Munger district of Bihar, India.

One local said: "The villagers said that Baba had gone away to practice penisance and knowledge in his childhood and he has returned after years.

'Baba' said: "It is not art. It is the power of God - the power of devotion.

"Any person can go to any extent by doing devotion to God."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/religious-leader-called-penis-baba-12336654

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Russia-linked account pushed fake Hillary Clinton sex video

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A pornographic video that falsely claimed to show Hillary Clinton engaged in a sex act has been traced back to an account that Reddit acknowledged on Tuesday is linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency.

The account, Rubinjer, was the Russia-linked agency’s most popular account on Reddit and received almost 100,000 upvotes, or Reddit’s version of Facebook’s “likes,” in its lifecycle before it was shut down by the site.

One of Rubinjer’s posts on Reddit’s largest pro-Trump community, r/The_Donald, titled “This is How Hillary gets black votes,” links to an animated gif of the fake porn video that is still available on the platform. The same sex tape was posted five times to PornHub under the name “Leaked Hillary Clinton’s Hotel Sex Tape with Black Guy,” and also the porn site SpankBang.

The video was viewed more than 250,000 times on Pornhub.

A whistleblower from the Internet Research Agency, former employee Alan Baskaev, told Russia’s TV Rain last October that the troll farm had created a fake Hillary Clinton porn video. The video itself had not been credibly tied to a troll farm account until Reddit released usernames tied to the Russia-linked agency Tuesday.

The graphic video shows a blonde woman and a black man having sex through a mock hidden camera in what appears to be a hotel room. Rubinjer was the only user to post the video, and the account pushed the content on several platforms, both as animated GIFs and full videos, before the 2016 election.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/russia-linked-account-pushed-fake-hillary-clinton-sex-video-n864871

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Irish whore goes to Prague for some muslim cock,gets Gang-Raped by 6 of them

The gang-rape attack took place earlier this week on Monday according to police, who were told by the victim that she had been visiting the city with five friends and had met the suspects at a local nightclub, Novinky reports.

She said that she went back to a 22-year-old Algerian’s room for consensual intercourse but he began behaving aggressively toward her when she told him to stop. He left the room and came back with several other Algerians who then took turns raping her, with at least one of them taking pictures and/or video of the ordeal.

Police claim that the Algerians, five of whom are in Europe on student visas and come from wealthy families, travelled across Europe previously, except for one suspect who works at an airport in Paris.

“I was afraid. I was frightened, I felt hideous, like I was stupid, terribly angry … I thought they would kill me,” the victim told police.

The woman later managed to escape the hotel room and told the receptionist she had been raped. Police arrived shortly after to find one Algerian refusing to come out of his room. Reinforcements soon arrived with a battering ram and smashed the door in a raid which was captured on video, leading to the suspect’s arrest.

So this (presumably childless) 35-year-old woman – who is still going to nightclubs like a teenager – visits one of the whitest capital cities in Europe, finds a Moslem for sex, gets raped by other Moslems, then does the “poor me” routine because she received more brown cock than she originally intended.

Everyone knows that Moslems are aggressive savages that have a penchant for surprise sex. This woman didn’t head to that man’s bedroom in spite of that understanding, she did so because of it.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/04/07/czech-police-arrest-algerian-migrants-gang-rape-irish-tourist/

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Eminent domain,Trump confiscates legal owners homes for subpar market prices,sell to Taiwan Foxconn

In Racine County, neatly maintained homes and dream houses are being designated ‘blighted’ to make way for Foxconn

April 11th, 2018

http://beltmag.com/blighted-by-foxconn/

On the evening of March 20 a full room of Racine County residents assembled to make and hear public statements before the board of the Community Development Authority of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. One item was on the agenda: the board’s first step in the designation of some 3,000 acres of agricultural land, farm houses and scattered, neatly maintained single-family homes as “blighted.” It would be the final step for the local authorities — vital cogs in the Foxconn-booster leadership chain that runs from local Tea Party officials, to Governor Scott Walker,

and all the way up to President Donald Trump

— to fulfill the promise to Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn to obtain and then turn over the land for their proposed industrial complex. Some of the homeowners who had received eminent domain notifications back in October held property that came under the well-established protocols for roadway easements as rural roads would be expanded into four-lane or more highways to accommodate Foxconn. But many were well off these grids.

“The Village is telling us our land is worthless, while at the same time you’re telling Foxconn it’s the best property in the world. I don’t know how any of you guys can sit here and do this.”

Joe Janacek, in his late 50s, sporting a graying mustache and a crew-neck sweater, looked uncomfortable as he walked to the podium carrying a single sheet of paper. “I’ve lived in my home for 28 years,” he read to the board. “I’m a tax-paying citizen and I deserve better than this, to just be kicked to the curb and thrown out of my residence.”

Connie Richards stood with her taller husband, as expressionless as the farming couple in Grant Wood’s American Gothic. “It will be a sad day when the wrecking ball demolishes the house and buildings we have put our hearts and soul into.”

In our previous stories about Foxconn in Wisconsin,

http://beltmag.com/foxconns-wisconsin-promise-13000-quality-jobs-empty-one/

Why Foxconn’s Wisconsin Promise Of 13,000 Quality Jobs Is An Empty One

September 11th, 2017

we looked at the likely disappointments in the jobs Foxconn would create for Wisconsinites, the flawed investment case and negotiation process, and the environmental and social disasters impending for local residents. On all accounts, we found Wisconsin’s $3 billion investment in Foxconn destined to disappoint Wisconsinites. The manner in which Racine County residents are being evicted and the employment realities thus far of Foxconn’s new TV assembly plant in Mt. Pleasant give us no reason to revise our judgment.

Everyone who owns property should be outraged by what the Village of Mount Pleasant is doing. They can offer Foxconn $764 Million in incentives, they made millionaires out of the vacant landowners by paying them more than 5 times their property values, but they are bullying the homeowners out with low-ball appraisals and offering only 1.4 times their property values and calling them “generous offers.” Its shameful!

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Saudi head brags Kushner gave CIA intell on other Saudis,'here's your enemies',torture & death ensue

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi crown prince bragged that Jared Kushner gave him CIA intelligence about other Saudis saying 'here are your enemies' days before 'corruption crackdown' which led to torture and death

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Jared Kushner in October

Salman has since bragged about using classified intelligence from Kushner as part of a crackdown on 'corrupt' princes and businessmen in Saudi Arabia

He said the intelligence from Kushner included information on those who were disloyal to Salman and who were his 'enemies', insiders tell DailyMail

Kushner's attorney's spokesman said it was 'false' that the president's son-in-law passed on secrets and that he was 'well aware of the rules'

The crown prince launched his crackdown on corruption in November, days after he met Kushner for talks in Riyadh

Hundreds were rounded up, including princes from rival parts of the Saudi royal family and some of the country's wealthiest businessmen

But the crackdown saw accusations of torture and at least one reported death

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5575395/Saudi-crown-prince-brags-Jared-Kushner-handed-U-S-intelligence.html

http://archive.is/Eg72c

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Move over Chicago:London stabbings:6 teenapers stabbed in 90 mins during night of violence on street

A 13-year-old boy was among the victims of four separate knife attacks, which took place as protesters gathered elsewhere in the capital to demand action to prevent young people dying.

Earlier, Tottenham MP David Lammy said violence in London was the “worst I’ve ever seen it” and warned there was “absolutely no sign” of an end to the bloodshed following a spate of murders as drugs drive turf wars between gangs.

teenapers held after another 18-year-old dies in knife crime epidemic

Crowds gathered at Hackney Central station in east London on Thursday, close to where 18-year-old Israel Ogunsola was stabbed to death the previous night.

But as demonstrators and community leaders called for peace, violence was breaking out again on the capital’s streets.

A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed near Little Ilford Park, Newham. Three other boys were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Minutes later a man in his late teens was taken to hospital following a stabbing in Ealing Broadway, west London. The Metropolitan Police said it was awaiting an update on his condition.

An hour earlier, three boys were taken to hospital following a knife attack in Mile End, east London.

Two were in a serious condition, Tower Hamlets police said. The third was treated for minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/london-stabbings-six-teenagers-attacked-violence-knife-crime-david-lammy-sadiq-khan-israel-ogunsola-a8291181.html

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China says America can't accept it's in 2nd place now,anxiety is fueling tariffs

In the world’s perception, the U.S. is overshadowed by an anxiety disorder and is very keen to show its anxiety.

— The People's Daily, a Chinese state newspaper, per Reuters

What the Chinese are saying, via Reuters:

“Some people in the United States are still accustomed to being the world leader, and haven’t adapted to the change in the global situation." — Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the U.S.

“The United States with one hand wields the threat of sanctions, and at the same time says they are willing to talk. I’m not sure who the United States is putting on this act for." — Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Go deeper: This time, China can fight back against tariffs.

https://www.axios.com/china-us-anxiety-ccp-trump-peter-navarro-trade-war-12159284-9b21-4656-b1db-ef5a44c30e29.html?utm_source=sidebar

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Humans didn't build Stonehenge Main stones coincidental alignment with sun prompted people to add to

Stonehenge's massive pillars were 'in place long before humans arrived' and prehistoric architects simply built monument around the mystery monoliths

Mike Pitts specialises in British pre-history and has excavated at Stonehenge

He says the largest and most important sarsen stones site gave it its significance

Unlike other rocks at Stonehenge they were already in place on Salisbury Plain

Their coincidental alignment with the sun prompted people to build Stonehenge

Mystery of why Stonehenge was built on the unremarkable chalk plateau of Salisbury Plain may have finally been solved.

An expert claims two of Stonehenge's largest stones had been in place at the site for millions of years before Neolithic people built the monument.

Their coincidental alignment with the sunrise and sunset on the longest and shortest days of the year prompted ancient people to construct Stonehenge around them.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5593525/Stonehenges-largest-rocks-place-millions-years-humans.html

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100,000 Turk students in or awaiting prison for up to 16 years

There are 70,000 students in prisons in Turkey. This figure increases to over 100,000 when hundreds of students, who are jailed pending trial, those released after long imprisonment and those still standing trial were taken into consideration.

I have witnessed students, who have been sentenced for 9,5 years, 12 or 16 years imprisonment; and there are punishments that are approved by the Court of Cassation in these cases. Considering their age, students may have to be in jail for very long periods. For instance, İlhan Çomak had put behind bars at the age of 22 when he was a second-grade university student. Yet he has been in jail for 25 years."

Police had raided on anti-war students on March 26 and detained a total of 17 students from Boğaziçi University after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s order. The students had protested other students holding a ceremony in support of the Turkish government's Afrin operation on March 19 at Boğaziçi University. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had denounced the protestors as "communist and terrorists", and threatened that the Turkish authorities would not let them the right to university education.

http://news.sol.org.tr/investigation-launched-against-communist-youth-turkey-174489

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BREAKING: Trump Throws Down at Putin: Get Ready for Missles, Russia!

Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

https://archive.fo/caWKD

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/984022625440747520

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Trudeau tries to leverage feminism into Chinese trade deals. China LOL

https://globalnews.ca/news/4137838/canada-china-free-trade-deal/

China‘s ambassador has firmly rejected a key pillar of the Trudeau government‘s trade agenda, branding its attempts to entrench labour standards in a free trade pact as a non-starter for his country.

Ambassador Lu Shaye said Tuesday that Canada’s “so-called” progressive trade agenda has no place in the free trade agreement the two countries have been pursuing in fits and starts for several years and that Canadians are foolish for electing a drama teacher to run a country because he offers you weed

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been unable to persuade China’s leaders to formally entrench labour, gender, environment and governance issues in the negotiating framework of the free trade talks.

Trudeau spent four days in China in December but left without a formal commitment to moving the free trade talks past the exploratory phase into formal negotiations.

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pace NASA TESS set to reveal thousands of alien worlds around us

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:22 PM - NASA's newest exoplanet hunter is go for launch on Monday, and is set to draw back the veil on our universe, to reveal the multitude of alien planets that are no doubt surrounding us.

On Monday, April 16, NASA is scheduled to launch their new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, aka TESS.

This new satellite will take up the search from Kepler, but rather than looking at only one patch of the sky, TESS will scan nearly the entire sky around us, during its first two years in space.

Just over nine years ago, NASA launched the Kepler Space Telescope, which has found over 2,600 confirmed alien worlds, and an even greater number of candidate worlds awaiting confirmation from other sources. Kepler accomplished this by initially fixing its gaze down the local branch of our galactic spiral arm, at one specific batch of around 100,000 stars,

Just over nine years ago, NASA launched the Kepler Space Telescope, which has found over 2,600 confirmed alien worlds, and an even greater number of candidate worlds awaiting confirmation from other sources. Kepler accomplished this by initially fixing its gaze down the local branch of our galactic spiral arm, at one specific batch of around 100,000 stars,

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/nasa-tess-exoplanet-hunter-to-scan-nearly-entire-sky-in-search-of-alien-worlds-surrounding-us/99210/

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Mozilla’s 2018 Internet Health Report Rings Alarm Bells

You don’t have to follow up-to-the-minute reports on Silicon Valley to be aware that 2018, thus far, has been anything but smooth for the tech industry as a whole. Tesla and Uber are grappling with fatal self-driving crashes, Facebook is finally facing long-delayed comeuppance for its willingness to throw even the most basic user privacy under a bus in pursuit of revenue, the rise of so-called “deepfakes” suggests video may not be trustworthy much longer. And if we take a jaunt back into 2017, we’ve got arguably the worst security breach in history.

Into this proud moment in history comes Mozilla, with its latest report on the overall health of the internet. It’s a 53-page document that touches on a huge range of topics, from cybersecurity and privacy to the cost of online access and net neutrality. And — spoiler alert — most of these topics aren’t doing all that well.

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/267226-mozillas-internet-health-report-rings-alarm-bells

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Pregnant Paki singer shot dead for being unable to stand to perform

A local singer was shot dead for refusing to perform while standing during a ceremony in Kanga village near Larkana on Tuesday.

According to details, Tarique Ahmed Jatoi asked the 24-year-old Samina Samoon, also known as Samina Sindhu, to stand up while she sang. Samina, however, refused to oblige his request upon which the accused shot her.

Jatoi, who was allegedly inebriated at the time had badgered the victim to comply before he shot her dead.

Samina was rushed to the Chandka Hospital, but could not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead.

Her husband told the journalists that she had been six months pregnant with their child.

He demanded that the first information report should mention that the man who shot her and two of his accomplices be accused of double murder: that of the woman and her unborn child.

Police claimed to have arrested the main accused.

Later, the funeral prayer of the slain singer was offered at Jinnah Bagh and was attended by a large number of artists and relatives.

Artists staged sit-in at the SSP Roundabout and raised slogans.

While talking to the media, the protesting artists said that Kanga police had arrested musicians instead of the accused.

They demanded an independent investigation into the case and the removal of Kanga police station SHO.

Later, Larkana SSP suspended the Kanga police station SHO SIP Liaquat Ali Khajar and posted SIP Hazoor Bux Junejo as the new SHO.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/04/11/pregnant-artist-shot-dead-for-refusing-to-stand-while-singing/

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Trump condemns Russia in gas attack in Syria,48 dead,kids in agony, Russia says false flag

As images of Syrian children gasping and convulsing spread around the world, US President Donald Trump and other international leaders denounced the Syrian regime for their alleged role in a suspected chemical attack.

At least 48 people died Saturday in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, the White Helmets rescue group and the Syrian American Medical Society charity group said in a joint statement.

The evidence points toward yet another chemical attack by the regime," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for European Union Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. "Almost a year to the day of the horrific attacks in Khan Sheikhoun, it is a matter of grave concern that chemical weapons continue to be used, especially on civilians."

US President Donald Trump described the attack as "sick" and criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump threatened that there would be a "big price to pay" for the deaths.

US President Donald Trump described the attack as "sick" and criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump threatened that there would be a "big price to pay" for the deaths.

But the Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, vehemently denied involvement in Saturday's attack. Instead, they accused rebels in Douma of fabricating the chemical assault claims in order to hinder the army's advances and provoke international military intervention.

Russia's Foreign Ministry called the reported attack a "hoax" that interfered with a deal to end fighting in Douma and evacuate civilians as well as Jaish al-Islam rebels and their families.

Iran, another ally, also defended the Syrian regime.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the use of such (chemical) weapons by any party and anywhere in the world," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told the state-run Islamic Republic News agency. He said the allegation that the Syrian regime is behind the attack "is not compatible with reality."

http://archive.is/w5jzb

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'Black Panther' Passes 'Titanic' To Become 3rd Highest Grossing Film In U.S. Box Office

Black Panther does it again!

The Ryan Coogler-directed flick surpassed Titanic on Saturday to become the third highest-grossing movie ever at the North American box office, according The Hollywood Reporter. It is now behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar, the no. 1 and no. 2 movies respectively.

The news came as Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther in the Marvel movie, made his hosting debut on "Saturday Night Live" last night.

It was also announced this week that the film will open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, making it one of the first films to screen in the Middle Eastern nation since cinemas were banned over three decades ago.

Globally, Black Panther has grossed $1.29 billion, becoming the no. 10 highest grossing title of all time.

https://www.essence.com/entertainment/black-panther-titanic-3rd-highest-grossing-film

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St.Louis radio host get's thrown on ass for tweeting,"I like to ram a hot poker up David Hogg's ass"

As advertisers walked away from his shows, Allman resigned from his TV gig on Monday, the Washington Post reported Monday evening. In addition to his morning radio show, Allman appeared on a nightly news and commentary segment on KDNL-TV Channel 30, an ABC affiliate owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Allman's controversial tweet read: "When we kick their ass they all like to claim we're drunk. I've been hanging out getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg's ass tomorrow. Busy working. Preparing."

Rep. Stacey Newman, a Richmond Heights Democrat and a longtime supporter of stronger gun laws, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Allman had crossed a line and she felt she "needed to step up" after first thinking she didn't want to give any credibility to someone "wanting attention."

So in an angry Facebook post on Thursday and a series of tweets on Friday, she listed advertisers of Allman's show and demanded they immediately stop supporting him.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article208351974.html

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John Bolton to Brazilian diplomat who was pro Iraq in 2002,"We know where your kids live,"

Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, whom President Donald Trump just named his national security adviser, reportedly made a bewildering threat against a former Brazilian diplomat who was butting heads with the US on Iraq back in 2002, according to The Intercept.

The retired Brazilian diplomat, Jose Bustani, who was then serving as the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), was trying to negotiate with Iraq and Libya to allow chemical weapons inspectors into their borders and to have them agree to destroy their chemical weapons, The New York Times reported in 2013.

But the US was reportedly not fond of Bustani's outreach to these countries, and Bolton, who was one of the primary architects of the Iraq War that began in 2003, himself visited Bustani to pressure him to step down from his post.

"You have 24 hours to leave the organization, and if you don't comply with this decision by Washington, we have ways to retaliate against you," he reportedly continued. After a pause, Bolton reportedly said, "We know where your kids live. You have two sons in New York."

Bustani eventually was forced to step down after the US convinced its allies in the organization to rally against him, according to The Times. He was forced out by a stunning vote of 48 to 7 and 43 abstentions.

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-bolton-threatened-family-of-brazilian-diplomat-iraq-war-2002-2018-3

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FBI raids offices, home of Trump's personal lawyer

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cohen-raid/fbi-raids-offices-home-of-trumps-personal-lawyer-source-idUSKBN1HG336?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FPoliticsNews+%28Reuters+Politics+News%29

>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday raided the offices and home of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, law enforcement sources said, in a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates.

>Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said that U.S. prosecutors conducted a search that was partly a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.

>Mueller is investigating whether members of Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia during the U.S. presidential election. Trump has called the probe a “witch hunt” and denied any collusion.

>“Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” Ryan said in a statement.

>“I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” Ryan said.

>Monday’s raids were first reported by The New York Times.

>Cohen has been at the center of a controversy surrounding a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has alleged that she had sex once in 2006 with Trump and was paid money shortly before the 2016 election to keep quiet about it.

>Cohen did not immediately respond to Reuters for a request for comment. A spokesman for Mueller had no comment.

>A source familiar with the investigation said that among the items the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan sought in the raids were information on the origins of a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

>Cohen has said that he paid the $130,000 settlement money from his own pocket through a personal home equity loan. Trump, in comments to reporters on Air Force One last week, said that he did not know about the payment.

>The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office on Monday also sought any emails between former White House communications director Hope Hicks and Cohen about a false and misleading account that Trump helped prepare of a June 9, 2016, meeting between Trump’s son Donald Trump, Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner and a group of Russians who had promised “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, another source familiar with the investigation said.

>Such emails would not be covered by attorney-client privilege, this source said, because Cohen did not represent Hicks.

>Ryan, in his statement, called the search warrants executed by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”

>“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients,” he said.

>Ryan said that Cohen has cooperated with authorities and turned over thousands of documents to congressional investigators for their own probes into Moscow’s alleged efforts to influence the U.S. election.

>The New York Times, citing a source, said FBI agents seized emails, tax documents and business records.

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Sam Harris, Charles Murray, and the allure of race science

International evidence suggests oppression, discrimination, and societal resentment lowers group IQs. As the New York University philosopher of neuroscience Ned Block has written, quoting the work of anthropologist John Ogbu, oppression has a clear effect on marginalized groups globally. “Where IQ tests have been given, ‘the children of these caste-like minorities score about 10-15 points … lower than dominant group children,’” he writes.

Block’s point, and this is important, is not that IQ isn’t heritable, or even that it’s impossible to imagine it differing among groups. It’s that it’s impossible to look at the cruel and insane experiment America has run on its black residents and say anything useful about genetic differences in intelligence.

“Environmental differences, then, including the sort that affect Black Americans, are known to have large effects on IQ,” Block continues. “Moreover, we currently have no way to quantify these effects. So we should draw no conclusion about the probability of any Black genetic IQ advantage or disadvantage.”

This is also, notably, Reich’s conclusion in the op-ed Harris enthusiastically promotes and uses for his jab at me. “Whatever discoveries are made,” Reich says, “we truly have no idea yet what they will be.” If that had been the tenor of Harris’s conversation with Murray — if they had simply observed the existence of a racial IQ gap (that has already closed substantially over time), hypothesized that advances in genetics might one day reveal group differences, and then cautioned that no one knows anything yet — there would be no controversy.

That was not the conversation they had.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/27/15695060/sam-harris-charles-murray-race-iq-forbidden-knowledge-podcast-bell-curve

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New Ransomware Locks Your Files Until You Play PUBG

Most high profile ransomware attacks follow the same playbook. Malware is installed on a system and encrypts certain folders and files. To access the files again, hapless users have to pay a fee to the hackers and hope they receive an unlock code in return. It’s a mugging, updated for the 21st century.

But there’s no intrinsic reason hackers have to demand money. They might request anything from nude photos (which might hilariously backfire, depending on which businesses were initially infected) to Amazon gift cards. And in one memorable case, a black hat is demanding that people play PUBG to unlock their files, Bleeping Computer reports.

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/267258-new-ransomware-locks-your-files-until-you-play-pubg

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Zuckerberg apologizes for using users data,Mcdonalds apologizes for selling burgers

Throughout a five-hour hearing, U.S. senators, most bought by facebook,from both sides of the aisle grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg faced 44 senators in a rare joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees to talk about how his social media company sells user data and deals with election meddling, among other issues.

In his opening remarks Tuesday, Zuckerberg, 33, said that Facebook used its tools in the way they were meant to be used,— citing fake news, interference in foreign elections, hate speech and data privacy.

But he rejected the suggestion that his company was "accidentily blind" and said he has made major changes to the service to cover his ass from now on

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/facebook-zuckerberg-congress-election-1.4612495

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Israel says Video of Sniper Shooting Unarmed Palestinian in head & cheering is real

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Israel’s military confirmed on Tuesday the authenticity of a video posted online over the weekend showing the shooting of a Palestinian protester in Gaza by an Israeli sniper and the cheers of his fellow soldiers.

An Israel Defense Forces statement said the shooting caught on video had not taken place during the recent wave of protests in Gaza, during which Israeli snipers have killed at least 27 protesters. The incident took place on December 22, the army said, during protests in Gaza over Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The distressing video, which has been subtitled by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was apparently recorded through binoculars or a gun scope, and captures the soldier who recorded it shouting as the protester is hit, “Yes! Son of a bitch!”

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/10/gaza-protests-palestine-israel-sniper-video/

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Members of Senate committees that will question Zuckerberg about privacy are bought by Facebook

Members of the House and Senate committees that will question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about user privacy protection next week are also some of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from Facebook employees directly and the political action committee funded by employees.

The congressional panel that got the most Facebook contributions is the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which announced Wednesday morning it would question Zuckerberg on April 11.

Members of the committee, whose jurisdiction gives it regulatory power over Internet companies, received nearly $381,000 in contributions tied to Facebook since 2007, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The center is a non-partisan, non-profit group that compiles and analyzes disclosures made to the Federal Election Commission.

The second-highest total, $369,000, went to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which announced later that it would have a joint hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Judiciary Committee members have received $235,000 in Facebook contributions.

On the House committee, Republicans got roughly twice as much as Democrats, counter to the broader trend in Facebook campaign gifts. Of the $7 million in contributions to all federal candidates tied to the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social network, Democrats got 65% to Republicans' 33%.

Of the 55 members on the Energy and Commerce Committee this year, all but nine have received Facebook contributions in the past decade. The average Republican got $6,800, while the average Democrat got $6,750.

Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., received $27,000, while Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the top-ranking Democrat, got $7,000.

http://archive.li/9Cq9z

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Rainbow Six: Siege:Ciscum beware,Ubisoft is watching,Hate speech will not be tolerated

Ubisoft is taking extra effort to rein in "toxic" behavior among the more than 25 million registered players of Rainbow Six: Siege. In a blog post last night, the company laid out new policies and procedures for limiting hate speech and antisocial in-game behavior in the game, though many of those changes won't go into effect until later this year.

The core of the changes centers around players using "racial or homophobic slurs, or hate speech," defined by the game's Code of Conduct as language that's "illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive, or constituting harassment."

Following on a Reddit post from last month, Ubisoft says it is now actively tracking how often individual players violate this policy and will be issuing bans ranging from two days to permanent. Rather than always starting with a slap on the wrist for first offenses, though, Ubisoft warns that "particularly egregious offenders can be permanently banned without a warning."

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/ubisoft-cracking-down-on-hate-speech-team-killing-in-rainbow-six-siege/

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Cold War 2.0 is upon us.proof of Russian poisoning

It’s mysterious why the Kremlin chose such an unsubtle killing method as Novichok, a nerve agent invented by the Soviet Union in the 1980s—to say nothing of the assassins placing the lethal poison in a public place (reportedly on Skripal’s door handle) in the middle of Salisbury. Even for the Putin regime, which has previously used obscure poisons and radioactive agents to assassinate its exiled opponents in Britain, the Skripal hit was extraordinary in its murderous cheek.

Rumors that Skripal became a target by getting involved in an investigation of Cambridge Analytica, the seedy big-data firm that has gotten itself in hot water over our 2016 election, remain tantalizingly unconfirmed.

To Moscow’s unpleasant surprise, the government of Prime Minister Theresa May suddenly grew a backbone, calling out the Kremlin for its shockingly aggressive act in Salisbury. To Putin’s astonishment, May was able to get the backing of the European Union and even President Donald Trump

What’s significant, however, is that the sudden souring of relations with the West since March 4 clearly took the Kremlin wholly by surprise. After getting away with so many outrageous crimes in the West, especially in Britain, it seems not to have occurred to Putin and his Chekist retinue that there might be a limit, somewhere, to what London could tolerate.

With some shock, then, recently the Kremlin has conceded that we’re in Cold War 2.0, to use the term I coined just over four years ago after Putin stole Crimea. Last week, Sergei Naryshkin publicly accused the West of “unprecedented hypocrisy” in the Skripal case “to justify their hegemony.” He went on: “Countering the inexistent Russian threat has become fixation in Washington. It’s grown to such a scale and has acquired such silly features that we can speak about a return to the dark pages of the Cold War.” Since Naryshkin isn’t some obscure Moscow functionary, rather the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, this is an official Kremlin pronouncement, finally, that Cold War 2.0 is upon us.

Finally, we may have an answer to that vital question. Yesterday, The Express, a British tabloid, reported a bombshell: British spies on Cyprus had intercepted a series of secret Kremlin messages that were related to the assassination:

On the day of the poisonings, March 4, one was sent from a location near Damascus in Syria to “an official” in Moscow including the phrase “the package has been delivered” and saying that two individuals had “made a successful egress.” This prompted a young Flight Lieutenant to recall a separate message that had been intercepted and discounted on the previous day.

Furthermore, according to The Express, the secret messages were forwarded to Britain, where Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ, Britain’s NSA partner and equivalent) realized their significance and forwarded them to Prime Minister May. This explosive intelligence was also shared with the White House. Moreover, these top-secret intercepts were but one piece—albeit a crucial one—of the classified information London possesses about what happened in Salisbury.

So, to break this down, a British signals intelligence site in Cyprus intercepted a series of secret messages between Damascus and Moscow that seemed to indicate Russian foreknowledge and responsibility for what happened to Sergei and Yulia Skripal. But is any of this, well, true? Let’s discuss what we can confirm.

First, there really is a British SIGINT site in southern Cyprus, run by the British military for GCHQ, which currently goes by the euphemism Joint Service Signal Unit Cyprus. It has been there since the early days of the last Cold War, and over the last few decades it has provided a lot of useful intelligence for both GCHQ and NSA.

Second, thanks to its location, the Cyprus SIGINT site has good access to intelligence targets in the eastern Mediterranean, so its interception of Russian government communications—in this case, from one of Russia’s many spy bases around Damascus—is inherently plausible. Indeed, this is exactly the sort of high-value intelligence that Western SIGINT services look out for. Moreover, it’s very common in the espionage trade to intercept information, the importance of which only becomes clear a day or two after.

Therefore, we can conclude that The Express story has a ring of truth to it, and several friends inside the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have confirmed to me that it is true. There are also hints that other Western intelligence agencies intercepted Russian communications relevant to the Skripal hit, and those, likewise, have been shared with London and Washington.

http://observer.com/2018/04/british-spies-have-evidence-that-russia-poisoned-sergei-skripal/

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Russia warns any U.S. missiles fired at Syria will be shot down

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia has warned that any U.S. missiles fired at Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, raising the possibility of a U.S.-Russian confrontation.

Issuing the warning on Tuesday evening, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon also said such a clash should be avoided and Moscow was ready for negotiations. But his remarks could raise fears of direct conflict for the first time between major powers backing opposing sides in Syria’s protracted civil war.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on talks with Western allies about possible military action to punish Assad for the suspected gas attack on a rebel-held town that had long withstood a devastating Syrian government siege.

Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the attack was established.

“If there is a strike by the Americans, then … the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” Alexander Zasypkin, the Russian ambassador in Beirut, told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV, speaking in Arabic.

He said he was referring to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian armed forces chief of staff.

Any U.S. strike is likely to involve the navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defense systems. A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

With tensions mounting, pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria over the next 72 hours.

The U.S. and Russian militaries have sought to avoid conflict in Syria, notably last year in the Euphrates River Valley where they supported rival sides in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

However, U.S. forces in February killed or injured hundreds of Russian contractors fighting on Assad’s side during a confrontation in Deir al-Zor province.

https://archive.fo/L1N9I

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/russia-warns-any-u-s-missiles-fired-at-syria-will-be-shot-down-idUSKBN1HI1BY

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Teacher says her white supremacist podcast was satire, submits resignation

Florida middle school teacher Dayanna Volitich submitted her resignation after it was found she was also the host of a white supremacist podcast called "Unapologetic" and the voice behind a Twitter account riddled with racist and anti-Semitic posts

Volitich, 25, taught social studies at Crystal River Middle School in Crystal River, Florida. Online, she went by the pseudonym "Tiana Dalichov." Last month, she confirmed through her attorney that she was the one speaking as Dalichov on the podcast, but said her comments were "political satire and exaggeration" and the persona was a "hobby."

"None of the statements released about my being a white nationalist or white supremacist have any truth to them, nor are my political beliefs injected into my teaching of social studies curriculum," she said in the statement.

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88,000-Yr-Old Finger Bone Pushes Back Human Migration Out of Africa

A single human finger bone discovered in 2016 at an ancient lake site in Saudi Arabia called Al Wusta has now been dated to approximately 88,000 years ago, according to a new study in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Early Exit

Exactly when humans began to leave Africa is a matter of debate among archaeologists and paleoanthropologists. Many say there is no reliable evidence for mass migration north and east out of the African subcontinent until 60,000 years ago.

In 2007, Petraglia controversially argued that modern humans were present as far east as India by 74,000 years ago.

“I’ve been embroiled in debates for more than 10 years,” he says.

“We were arguing that Homo sapiens made it to Southern Asia before that date. That was based on stone tools, but I couldn’t support that with fossils,” he adds.

In 2014, he set his sights on the Arabian Peninsula. As a former grassland that could have supported hunter-gatherers, he theorized it would have been a natural stepping stone out of Africa

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/saudi-arabia-finger-human-migration-homo/?beta=true

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African nation of Chad is being taken off US travel ban list, White bois BTFO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that citizens of Chad would be able to receive visas to the United States again because the African nation has been removed from the administration’s travel ban list.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation announcing Chad had “improved its identity-management and information sharing practices” enough to be taken off the list.

Chad was put on the list last September because of an office supply glitch that prevented it from supplying homeland security officials with recent samples of its passports. U.S. officials also said Chad was unable to adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information with U.S. officials who screen foreigners seeking to enter the country.

Chad has been a key U.S. counterterrorism partner in the fight against threats to Africa’s Sahel region posed by al-Qaida affiliates like Boko Haram and the newly designated West Africa wing of the Islamic State group.

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PREP YER BULLS BOIS

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https://apnews.com/28fb866c013d4887bcee4ecad4333c8e/African-nation-of-Chad-is-being-taken-off-US-travel-ban-list

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Trump cancels Latin America trip to focus on Syria Response to Chemical Attack

US President Donald Trump has cancelled his first official trip to Latin America to focus the response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

He will remain in Washington to "oversee the American response to Syria", the White House said.

Vice-President Mike Pence will travel in his place to Peru for the Summit of the Americas and then Colombia.

Medical sources say dozens were killed in the alleged attack in Douma, but exact numbers are impossible to verify.

Mr Trump has pledged a "forceful" response, and has spoken of numerous military options.

Washington has been in discussion with Britain and France, raising the prospect of co-ordinated Western military action.

France says poison gas was deliberately used in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, as it could seep down to the basements where people were sheltering from bombardment.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43715517

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Zionist owned US only UN member to block inquiry into black friday palestine massacre

The US was the only UN Security Council member to reject a call by the 14 other countries to independently probe the Gaza clashes, in which dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces.

For the second week in a row, the US has vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) statement calling on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to launch an independent inquiry into the Gaza violence. Put forward by Kuwait, a non-permanent UNSC member, it also reaffirmed the Palestinians’ right to peacefully oppose Israeli policies on the occupied lands.

Fourteen of the 15 Security Council members agreed to the statement, but the United States, Israel's closest ally, voted against, Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening. He said the UN rejection was “very irresponsible,” and that it gives Israel “the green light to continue with their onslaught against the civilian population” in Gaza.

Last Saturday, the US blocked a similar draft statement also introduced by Kuwait. The text called for a probe into the Gaza violence and also expressed “grave concern at the situation at the border,” according to AFP.

“We will not give up,” Mansour said on Friday. “We will continue knocking on doors.” Among the options on the

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wo-thirds of ‘child refugees’ arriving in Britain were adults, report reveals

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/two-thirds-child-refugees-arriving-britain-adults-report-reveals-093845651.html

A startling new report has found that nearly two-thirds of refugees claiming to be children who arrived in the UK were in fact over 18.

Some 65% of asylum seekers who were assessed after claiming to be children were judged to be adults, according to the report by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year up to June 2017.

Officials believed applicant were lying about their age in 705 of those cases, with 402 (65%) found to be adults.

There have been 12,942 disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, according to Home Office figures.

Nearly 6,000 of those disputes found the asylum seeker to be over 18 in this period.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘After consultation with stakeholders we published revised guidance on age assessments and we have committed to produce more child-friendly information in a range of languages to help children better understand the asylum system.’

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Marie Colvin: Syria assassinated reporter, court told

A journalist who was killed at the start of the war in Syria was "assassinated" by the government, family members have claimed in newly released court documents.

Marie Colvin died in February 2012 in Homs, Syria, alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, when the building they were in was shelled.

Several defectors claim in documents submitted for the case that the government tracked journalists' satellite phone signals to find out their whereabouts.

The Colvin family's lawyer, Scott Gilmore, said the documents included evidence that the government of Bashar al-Assad had "identified media workers as targets from very early on in the conflict".

One anonymous defector names senior military personnel who he says drank and celebrated the day after the journalists died.

He states that a military intelligence officer said: "Marie Colvin was a dog and now she's dead. Let the Americans help her now."

Those involved in the attack later received rewards, he said - a general was promoted, and a militia leader was given a new car.

More than 200 journalists have died in Syria in its seven-year war. The government has denied targeting them, and President Assad has previously said of Ms Colvin that she had entered the country illegally, had "worked with the terrorists", and was "responsible for everything that befell her".

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43711617

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Elvis suicided

Priscilla's shocking claim: 'Elvis committed suicide'

In December, “suicide” notes allegedly written by Elvis emerged. They were to his longtime pal and road manager Joe Esposito.

One note only hinted at his depression: “I’m sick and tired of my life. I need a long rest.”

And he was humiliated by the fact he couldn’t get clean and called losing Priscilla (they divorced in 1973) “the greatest mistake of my life”.

His step-brother, Rick Stanley, told Radar Online: “The handwritten note appears to be genuine. To me, it’s a clear indication that suicide was on his mind.”

The new two-part HBO documentary premieres April 14.

Last year, former New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy, who wrote infamous Presley tell-all, Elvis: What Happened. told the Toronto Sun the rock star was a master at mixing drugs.

Priscilla said the root of Elvis’ desperate addiction was his stint in the U.S. Army.

They gave them (drugs) to the soldiers over there to keep them awake. He had manoeuvres that he had to do late at night, so the pills were given to the guys and that’s how he started,” she told the documentary makers.

“And if you take a sleeping pill, you have to do something to get yourself awake. He was in uncharted territory, he truly was, and he did this and tried to do this alone.”

http://torontosun.com/news/world/priscilla-presleys-shocking-claim-elvis-committed-suicide

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Tick Tock: Trump to Make Decision on Syria Within Next 24 Hours

Trump condemns "heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons."

"This is about humanity. We're talking about humanity, and it can't be allowed to happen."

The President said he was meeting with his military advisors and would be making a decision within the next 24 hours.

Earlier, Trump had tweeted his disgust, calling out President Putin by name, as well as Iran for their support of "Animal Assad" and vowed Syria would pay a "big price"

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-43705128/trump-promises-major-decision-on-syria-chemical-attack

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Putin’s Security Service arrests and tortures Antifa

lya Kapustin, a 27-year-old industrial climber in St. Petersburg, Russia, says he’s not sure if he was arrested or kidnapped one cold night in January when he was thrown into a minibus while on his way home.

It was around 9:30 p.m. and Kapustin was walking from driving school when he claims he was snatched off the street a block from his house and thrown into the bus. In the vehicle, he said he was confronted by five men who joked that they were the “special service officers of the minivan.” Kapustin suspects they were members of the Russian Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB.

During the following three-and-a-half hours, Kapustin claims the men tortured him with an electrical cattle prod while questioning him about an acquaintance from work.

They demanded answers to their questions while one of them stood on my feet, pressing them to the floor, and a second man used the electrical shocker on my abdomen, hips and groin.

After torturing him, Kapustin claims his captors brought him to the FSB’s office for questioning and then later to his house, which the police searched. He didn’t see the faces of the men who tortured him, but he said the men who beat him and electrocuted him in the van were the same people who questioned him at the police station. In the FSB's office, the officers threatened to break his legs and kill him. But he was released soon after without being charged.

Kapustin says he was tortured because of his friendship with young, anti-fascist anarchists in Russia, and because of his own history of activism. Throughout the years, he participated in environmental protection projects, distributed food to the needy and joined anti-war protests, he says. He had plans to move south to start an agricultural cooperative. But those plans were cut short after his experience with the FSB. Today, he says he is too afraid to return to Russia, where a handful of young, left-wing activists are still being held in prison and are accusing the FSB of torture.

“They are charged with participation in a terrorist group. I would have to see the evidence against them to know if the charges are true, but given the quite credible torture allegations it’s likely the government doesn’t have sufficient evidence against them,” Tanya Lokshina, a Russia-based researcher with Human Rights Watch who has been following the cases, told Newsweek. “Torture is quite common in Russia, and it generally happens in those cases when they don’t have sufficient evidence. So torture is used to force an individual to incriminate himself and provide evidence about others.”

The most high-profile example is that of Alexei Mikheyev, who in 2006 won a case against the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights. Mikheyev said the FSB used electric shocks and beatings to force him to confess to the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

In October and November last year, five individuals were arrested in the small city of Penza in southwest Russia. One of the men is under house arrest and the remainder are still in jail. Four more were arrested in St. Petersburg a few months later. Of that group, only Kapustin has been set free. All of the youth maintain their innocence and claim they were tortured while in detention.

Meanwhile, the St. Petersburg Public Oversight Commission, an independent body with permission to enter the city’s prisons, issued a public report after visiting two of the men arrested in St. Petersburg, Viktor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin, and said there was credible evidence of torture. After visiting him in prison, Filinkov's lawyer, Vitaly Cherkov, posted on his Facebook page that he had never seen injuries like the ones sustained by Filinkov during his time in detention. Through their lawyers and family members, the activists describe being shocked with electric cattle prods, beaten and hung upside-down. Filinkov’s wife, Alexandra, who asked that her surname be omitted for her safety, says her husband is innocent and that his rights are being violated.

“My husband held anti-fascist positions, he opposed any kind of oppression, went to meetings, supported trade unions and anti-fascist initiatives, advocated for free internet,” Alexandra told Newsweek.

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BREAKING: Putin Sends in Russia's Most Invincible Robot Warrior to Syria to Protect Syria's Assad

Based Savior of the White Race, Vladimir Putin has sent his most fearsome and invincible warrior robot "Ivan The Terrible Robotsky" to protect the Assad regime against the corrupt and decadent West.

The robot is 100% Russian Orthodox and is programmed to hunt down and destroy the legions of trannie NATO warriors who attempt to kill or maim based Syrian soldiers by throwing their standard issue U.S. Army poison-tipped high-heeled shoes or strangling them with their fish net stockings and thong panties.

While the corrupt leader of the so-called "free world" cavorts with porn stars who he says remind him of his daughter, based Putin will continue defending the traditional values of the Christian world.

The forces of homosexuality and feminism stand no chance against military technology as fearsome and advanced as the killer robot who obeys and executes Putin's every command.

YANKEES BEWARE

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50 Richest Russians Lose Close to $12Bln After Latest U.S. Sanctions

Russia’s 50 richest businessmen have reportedly lost close to $12 billion in the days after the United States imposed a new wave of sanctions against individuals and companies close to the Kremlin.

The United States imposed major sanctions on Friday against Russian businessmen, companies and government officials, striking at allies of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and other "malign activity.”

According to the Forbes magazine’s real-time ranking, metals tycoon Vladimir Potanin was the biggest total-value loser with $1.5 billion wiped out. Potanin, part-owner of Norilsk Nickel, was not targeted by the U.S. Treasury Department in its latest wave of sanctions.

Fellow steel tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who has stakes in eight of the 15 entities hit with sanctions, followed with an estimated $1.3 billion erased from his $6.7 billion net worth. Deripaska led the list of Russians to have lost after the sanctions in percentage terms, having almost a quarter of his fortune decimated in a day.

Sanctions-hit member of Russia’s Federation Council Suleiman Kerimov rounded out the top-three with estimated losses of $1.2 billion. Russia’s ninth-richest businessman Viktor Vekselberg, also on the U.S. sanctions list, lost just under $1 billion.

The RBC business portal estimates that the 50 richest Russians lost close to $12 billion on Monday.

Seven sanctioned Russian oligarchs on the U.S. sanctions list lost an estimated $3.3 billion on Monday and posted a cumulative net worth of $32.5 billion, the Vedomosti business daily reported.

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/50-richest-russians-lost-close-12-bln-after-latest-us-sanctions-61097

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Assad Defies Another American President

With the support of Russia and Iran, Assad calculated that he could persist with his political survival strategy—mass homicide—and even employ chemical weapons for terror effects provided he stopped short of using sarin, which is banned under the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention. Assad's addiction to chemicals was far from cured: His use of chlorine gas canisters (often packed in barrel bombs) never ceased. But he calculated that sarin was the specific red line not to be crossed.

What the Trump administration failed to do in April 2017 was deliver the following message to the Kremlin: You need to get your client out of the business of mass homicide. If he persists, we will exact prices at times and in places of our choosing. This is not just about chemicals. It is about what your client is doing to our friends, our allies, and to us by providing recruiting fodder for Islamist extremists around the globe. Perhaps that’s the message intended by Trump’s warning of imminent action.

Absent such a message, Assad saw the red line on sarin as a green light to do everything else. On the chemical front, he continued his promiscuous use of weaponized chlorine, as he had done during the Obama years. And when he heard Trump speak publicly about his desire to get out of Syria quickly, he may have concluded that he could again indulge his addiction to the stronger stuff.

Today, Trump said that his administration will make “some major decisions” on Syria over the next 24 to 48 hours.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/trump-assad-syria/557543/

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50 top AI researchers boycott S Korea's top university AI weapons lab 'SKYNET'

More than 50 top Artificial Intelligence researchers on Wednesday announced a boycott of South Korea's top university, after it opened what they called an AI weapons lab with one of South Korea's largest companies.

The researchers, based in 30 countries, said they would refrain from visiting the university (known as KAIST) hosting visitors or cooperating with its research programs.

The boycott called for a pledge to refrain from developing AI weapons without "meaningful human control".

That sure sounds a lot like Skynet…

That's the worry of the researchers who signed the letter announcing the boycott.

GIF: Terminator a prediction for the future….

GIF: Terminator a prediction for the future….

The ominous letter warned:

"If developed, autonomous weapons will … permit war to be fought faster and at a scale great than ever before. They will have the potential to be weapons of terror.

University president Sung-Chul Shin hit back against the boycott, saying the lab had "no intention to engage in development of lethal autonomous weapons systems and killer robots."

He said the university was "significantly aware" of ethical concerns regarding Artificial Intelligence.

"I reaffirm once again that KAIST will not conduct any research activities counter to human dignity including autonomous weapons lacking meaningful human control," he said.

"KAIST has made two significant concessions: not to develop autonomous weapons and to ensure meaningful human control," he said.

Mr Walsh said it remained unclear how one could establish meaningful human control of an unmanned submarine — one of the launch projects — when it was under the sea and unable to communicate.

He said there were many potential good uses of robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the military, including removing humans from dangerous task such as clearing minefields.

"But we should not hand over the decision of who lives or dies to a machine. This crosses a clear moral line," he said.

"We should not let robots decide who lives and who dies."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-05/south-korean-university-denies-killer-robots/9623874

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Xi announces plans to 'open' China, including lowering tariffs on imported autos

Those measures included "significantly" lowering import tariffs for autos, decreasing duties on other products, enforcing the legal intellectual property of foreign firms and improving the investment environment for international companies.

Xi's address — from the Boao Forum for Asia, an annual summit that's been dubbed the "Asian Davos" — comes amid escalating trade tensions between China and the U.S. as the world's two largest economies take turns announcing punitive trade measures against each other.

In his speech, Xi said China will take the initiative to expand imports this year and "work hard" to import products that are required by the population.

"China does not seek trade surplus. We have a genuine desire to increase imports and achieve greater balance of international payments under the current account," Xi said, according to a translation of the speech.

Beyond that, he described China as a country upon which other nations had imposed unfair trade penalties: "We hope developed countries will stop imposing restrictions on normal and reasonable trade of high-tech products and relax export controls on such trade with China," he said, not naming any specific country.

In his speech, the Chinese president sold a vision of China as a benevolent leader of the global economy, emphasizing that open systems are the best course of action for the world.

"We must refrain from seeking dominance and reject the zero-sum game, we must refrain from 'beggar thy neighbor' and reject power politics or hegemony while the strong bully the weak," Xi said.

Instead, he said, countries should "stay committed to openness, connectivity and mutual benefits, build an open global economy, and reinforce cooperation within the G-20, APEC and other multilateral frameworks. We should promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, support the multilateral trading system."

"This way, we will make economic globalization, more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all," he added.

http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/chinas-xi-announces-plans-open-china-including-lowering-tariffs-imported-autos

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Simian kills 20 yr old jersey man trying to buy PlayStation on FB for kid bro

A 20-year-old New Jersey man was bound and shot dead while trying to buy a PlayStation for his younger brother, according to authorities.

Danny Diaz-Delgado, 20, of Trenton, was found dead at the embankment of a creek in nearby Hamilton on March 24, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and a police affidavit.

Diaz-Delgado was shot multiple times in the torso, head and leg, prosecutors said.

A cut power cord was tied around his wrists, which were bound behind his back, and he had duct tape around his neck and mouth, the affidavit said.

Detectives also recovered pink duct tape, a TV set with the power cord cut off and an empty PlayStation 4 box in a basement where Thompson had been staying, the affidavit said.

The victim was tortured and his bank account was drained of $700

http://abcnews.go.com/US/20-year-bound-shot-dead-buy-playstation-younger/story?id=54203296

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Biotech industry trying to eliminate all FDA regulation by shifting authority to Monsanto proxy

(Natural News) Biotech companies that can genetically engineer farm animals to have “designer” characteristics – like cows without horns (yes, cows really are supposed to have horns) – can make a whole lot of money selling these animals to farmers. Unfortunately for them, farm animals are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which subjects these types of modifications to the same scrutiny and safety trials that a new drug would be forced to undergo.

This protective mechanism could soon be a thing of the past, however, as the biotech industry pushes for the regulation of genetically engineered animals to be switched to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has already shown itself to be very favorable to the biotech industry by allowing genetically edited plants to be planted and sold freely, without any regulatory constraints.

Biotech companies like Recombinetics argue that the genetic changes they engineer – like those hornless cows – simply duplicate what would take place in nature, anyway, through crossbreeding. They also emphasize that these types of changes can eliminate a great deal of animal suffering.https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-04-08-biotech-industry-trying-to-eliminate-all-fda-regulation-of-genetically-edited-ranch-animals.html

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EPA Head Scott Pruitt is the Bravest and Most Conservative Member of Trump’s Cabinet

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) backed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt in a tweet on Thursday, calling Pruitt “likely the bravest and most conservative member of Trump’s cabinet.”

Sen. Paul tweeted on Thursday morning, “Scott Pruitt is likely the bravest and most conservative member of Trump’s cabinet. We need him to help Donald Trump drain the regulatory swamp.”

Several leftist reporters, outlets, pundits, and politicians came out recently to attack Pruitt and subsequently call for him to drop out.

CNN, the Washington Post, and other outlets have attacked Pruitt for renting out a condominium owned by lobbyists. Pruitt leased a room for roughly $50 a night, paying a total of $6,100.

Jahan Wilcox, an agency spokesman, retorted, “As EPA career ethics officials stated in a memo, Administrator Pruitt’s housing arrangement for both himself and family was not a gift and the lease was consistent with federal ethics regulations.”

Kevin Minoli, the principal deputy general counsel for the EPA, released a memorandum on Thursday detailing how Pruitt’s rental of a condo did not amount to an unethical gift.

Minoli charged in a statement on Thursday:

Today’s memorandum shares the factual analysis done by the career ethics officials and how that analysis supports the conclusion reached in the March 30th Memorandum that the lease did not constitute a prohibited gift. In reaffirming the original decision, the Memorandum also responds to the misunderstanding or mischaracterization of the March 30 memo by explaining what the conclusion covers and what was beyond its scope.

Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign chairman John Podesta called for Pruitt to resign in an op-ed last week in the Washington Post.

The Washington Post editorial board called for Pruitt to resign on Monday.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, a leftist environmental group, called for Pruitt to step aside last week, arguing that Pruitt a “threat to the environment and our health.”

Andy Surabian, a Republican strategist and a former White House special assistant, argued in an op-ed that the reason the media wants Pruitt’s scalp is mostly due to the EPA chief’s leadership in carrying out President Donald Trump’s America First agenda.

Surabian charged:

When it comes to economy-strangling regulations, Pruitt is, as President Donald Trump likes to say, “a total killer.” He has no peer in Trump’s Cabinet in terms of his ability to cut back red tape. From day one, he began dismantling Barack Obama’s legacy with startling effectiveness and cunning. And for this, radical environmentalists and other left-wingers despise him.

Breitbart News’ James Delingpole argued Pruitt continues to suffer the left’s media onslaught because he has served as “the most effective player in Trump’s administration.”

Delingpole contends:

Pruitt is paying a terrible price for the crime of being the most effective player in Trump’s administration. And, of course, for daring to take on the most powerful vested interest in the swamp – the Green Blob, aka the Climate Industrial Complex.

The Green Blob by no means comprises merely Democrats.

Delingpole added, “The knives are out for Pruitt because he has done such a devastatingly effective job.”

The New York Times even noted that “Pruitt has proved to be one of his most effective lieutenants.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/05/rand-paul-scott-pruitt-likely-bravest-conservative-member-trumps-cabinet/

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Russian woman embalmed alive in gruesome hospital blunder

A Russian woman was embalmed alive when doctors unwittingly put her on a formaldehyde-based drip instead of a saline during a surgery, according to a report Sunday.

https://nypost.com/2018/04/08/russian-woman-embalmed-alive-in-deadly-hospital-mistake/

Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 27, died from the gruesome medical blunder in which her veins were pumped full of the chemical, which is generally used to prevent the decomposition of corpses, according to the UK Sun.

“This is pure murder,” her mother, Galina Baryshnikova, said, according to the paper. “[It] was simply eroding her body from inside.”

Fedyaeva was getting a routine surgery at a hospital in Ulyanovsk last month when doctors placed her on a formalin drip — which can also be used as a disinfectant, the paper reported.

She suffered pain and convulsions for two days before falling into a coma and being rushed to a hospital in Moscow, her mom said, according to the paper.

“Her legs were moving, she had convulsions, her whole body was shaking,” Baryshnikova said.”I put socks on her, then a robe, then a blanket, but she was shivering to such an extent, I can’t even describe it.”

Fedyaeva was attached to a life-support machine but she eventually died of heart and lung failure, according to the paper.

Baryshnikova claims doctors knew something was wrong — but they refused to help her, she said.

“People who performed the surgery already knew that they infused something wrong,” she said. “They needed to take some urgent measures — but they did nothing.

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Sperm whale washed up on Spanish coast killed by gastric shock,ate 29 kilos plastic waste

The young male’s stomach and intestines were found to contain rubbish including plastic bags, raffia sacks, pieces of nets and ropes and even a plastic jerry can, marine experts said following an autopsy.

The whale, almost 10 metres (33 feet) in length and weighing more than six tonnes, was found dead on a beach in Cabo de Palos at the end of February.

The grim discovery of the cause of death has prompted Murcia’s regional government to launch a campaign against the dumping of plastic waste in the ocean.

Consuelo Rosauro, the director-general for the natural environment in the Murcian government, said plastic waste in the ocean had become one of the biggest threats to marine life around the the world in the last decade.

“Many animals get trapped in the rubbish or ingest great quantities of plastic which end up causing their death,” she said.

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Pedos Can Now Drive Kids Around, Says Denver!

Ride service for kids launches in Colorado

http://www.koaa.com/story/37905204/ride-service-for-kids-launches-in-colorado

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>A new service has launched in the Denver metro area that may just be the solution for busy parents who struggle with getting everyone where they need to go.

>HopSkipDrive, a service currently running in California, is Colorado's first-ever ride service for kids. The service is currently available in most of Southern California, as well as the San Francisco Bay area. The expansion into Colorado is the company's first market outside of California.

>Since launching three years ago, the company said they have delivered hundreds of thousands of rides.

>“Denver has changed since I grew up here, and with the incredible innovations around school choice many Denver families face daily challenges getting kids to and from their schools and after-school activities," said McFarland. "Other ride sharing services are not allowed to service any passengers under 18 by themselves, so I’m thrilled that we are expanding to my own hometown to help families here the way we’ve helped thousands of families in California."

>The company said they offer safe, convenient, and dependable rides for kids. The service features real-time monitoring, experienced drivers, and the highest industry safety standards, according to the company. "Our drivers don't just rush off to their next pickup, they follow customized instructions and adhere to the strictest safety standards," said CEO McFarland.

>Denver area families can now schedule rides for kids ages six and older, online or through the HopSkipDrive app. Once a ride is matched to a driver, parents receive a picture and bio to share with their kids. Parents also receive notifications at pickup and drop-off, a personalized secret code word for the rider, and live monitoring throughout the ride.

>HopSkipDrive rides start at $15, and can be as low as $6 if multiple families decide to use the service to carpool. The app for the service features a fare price estimator as well.

>HopSkipDrive is currently available to families whose rides originate in the following communities: Belcaro, Bonnie Brae, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek, Congress Park, Country Club, Curtis Park, Five Points, Golden Triangle, Harvey Park, Highlands, Hilltop, Krisana Park, LoDo, Lowry, Montclair, Park Hill, Platte Park, Regis, RiNo, Sloan’s Lake, Stapleton, Sunnyside, University Park, Uptown, Washington Park and Whittier.

>The company said they plan to expand to Colorado Springs and Boulder within a few months.

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Israel cancels deal with UN to relocate refugees to Germany, Italy and Canada

Israel's prime minister has cancelled a deal with the UN to relocate African migrants living in the country, a day after reaching the agreement.

Benjamin Netanyahu said he had taken the decision after consulting residents of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants live.

He said he would now consider "all options… to remove the infiltrators".

The fate of more than 30,000 migrants, who entered the country illegally, has long been a hugely contentious issue.

The UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR, said Mr Netanyahu's decision was a "disappointment" and urged the Israeli government to "consider the matter further".

Under the five-year plan, some 16,250 African migrants who entered the country illegally, many of them seeking asylum, would be resettled in Western nations, which Mr Netanyahu had said included Germany, Italy and Canada.

http://archive.is/WhlS5

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43619833

They have everyone including the UN bending over for them and still cancel the deal. Be careful when buying soap and black lampshades imported from Israel this year.

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(((Sinclair Broadcasting))) slammed for ‘anti-fake news’ instructions for anchors

>The largest owner of local television stations across the United States is under fire for reportedly forcing anchors to take part in a promotional video accusing national media outlets for sharing “fake news” stories.

Current diector of Sinclair and former president of AIPAC is (((Howard E. Friedman))).

(((MSM))) is (((outraged))) by the (((fake news))) narrative pushed by (((Sinclair))).

https://on.rt.com/92dr

>Sinclair Broadcasting owns nearly 200 local television stations across America. The company is awaiting approval for a proposed $3.9-billion merger with Tribune Media, which would expand its reach even further.

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200,000 Iranian cisco routers hacked by CIA cyber div,US flag & Don’t mess with elections appear

“The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

The statement said the attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made possible by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco (CSCO.O) which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday.

Cisco did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A blog published on Thursday by Nick Biasini, a threat researcher at Cisco’s Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group, said: “Several incidents in multiple countries, including some specifically targeting critical infrastructure, have involved the misuse of the Smart Install protocol…

“As a result, we are taking an active stance, and are urging customers, again, of the elevated risk and available remediation paths.”

Iran’s IT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi posted a picture of a computer screen on Twitter with the image of the U.S. flag and the hackers’ message. He said it was not yet clear who had carried out the attack.

http://archive.li/W59to

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Russian historian who exposed Stalin's crimes cleared of Trumped(Putined) up CP charges

A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s crimes angered state officials was cleared of child pornography charges on Thursday after a long campaign by human rights activists to free him.

tate prosecutors had accused Yuri Dmitriev of involving his adopted daughter, then 11, in child pornography, of illegally possessing components of a firearm, and of depravity involving a minor.

But some of Russia’s leading cultural figures had said Dmitriev was framed because his focus on Stalin’s crimes jarred with the Kremlin narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its past.

His real crime, they said, was dedicating himself to documenting Stalin’s 1937-38 Great Terror, in which nearly 700,000 people were executed, according to conservative official estimates. Dmitriev found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the period.

Dmitriev’s lawyer, Viktor Anufriev, told Reuters on Thursday that a court in Petrozavodsk in northwest Russia had cleared Dmitriev of the child pornography and depravity charges.

“We got 90 percent of what we wanted,” said Anufriev. “He was cleared of all the dirty charges.”

However, he said the same court had found his client guilty of illegally possessing “the main elements of” a firearm, something Dmitriev denied.

Anufriev had previously said that Dmitriev owned parts of a sawn-off shotgun, but that it was an old hunting rifle that did not fire, and that no bullets had been found.

State prosecutors had demanded Dmitriev be jailed for nine years. Anufriev said that his client would now face certain restrictions on his freedom of movement for the next three months as a result of the fire arms conviction.

Dmitriev, head of the local branch of Memorial, a rights group which documents Russia’s Soviet past, was arrested on Dec. 13, 2016. by police acting on an anonymous tip-off, days after someone had broken into his home and accessed his computer.

State prosecutors then accused him of taking pornographic photographs of his adopted daughter. Dmitriev said the photographs were not pornographic, but did involve nudity because he took them to document her health for social services.

The Novaya Gazeta daily said Thursday’s verdict was a rare piece of good news for those who believed in justice.

“The decision was unprecedented for Russian justice where the percentage of acquittals does not exceed the statistical margin of error,” it wrote.

“We take pleasure in simple things, in an ordinary fair court verdict of which there should be tens and hundreds of thousands in the country.”

We are also so happy that this verdict was rendered so conveniently after the election"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics/russian-historian-who-exposed-stalins-crimes-cleared-of-child-pornography-idUSKCN1HC1WY

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Fosta! FBI seizes control & shuts down Sex ads website Backpage.Who's next?

Groups and political leaders working to end forced prostitution and child exploitation celebrated the shutdown of Backpage, a massive ad marketplace that is primarily used to sell sex. But some internet and free speech advocates warned the action could lead to harsh federal limits on expression and the press.

The website posting said U.S. attorneys in Arizona and California, as well as the Justice Department’s section on child exploitation and obscenity and the California and Texas attorneys general had helped shut down the website.

The Justice Department said late on Friday that a court in Arizona ruled the case remains sealed, which puts any legal information under wraps. In the posting about the seizure, the department had originally said more information would be made public on Friday evening.

A Phoenix FBI official said that there was “law enforcement activity” at the Sedona, Arizona home of Michael Lacey, one of the founders of Backpage, but referred further inquiries to the Justice Department.

Reuters was unable to reach representatives of Backpage for comment.

“Today, Backpage was shutdown. It’s a huge step. Now no child will be sold for sex through this website,” tweeted Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Heitkamp helped draft legislation passed by the Senate last month that makes it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that fail to keep sex trafficking and exploitative materials off their platforms..

President Donald Trump will sign the bill into law next week, said Heitkamp. The legislation, featured prominently in the popular Netflix documentary “I am Jane Doe,” amends the Communications Decency Act, which has shielded website operators from state criminal charges or civil liability if they facilitate sex ads or prostitution.

“Shutting down the largest online U.S. marketplace for sex trafficking will dramatically reduce the profitability of forcing people into the commercial sex trade, at least in the short term,” said Bradley Myles, chief executive of Polaris, an international anti-slavery group that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

There would be “a dramatic shift in the marketplace starting tonight,” he added.

Backpage and advocacy groups say the ads are free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Backpage has affiliates across the country and around the world, and by 2014 brought in annual revenue of $135 million, the New York Times has reported.

The Supreme Court in January 2017 refused to consider reviving a lawsuit against Backpage that was filed by three young women, who accused it of facilitating their forced prostitution.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has told Congress that nearly three quarters of the cases submitted to the center relate to ads posted on the site. The state of California has said that 90 percent of the site’s income were attributable to “adult ads.”

In 2016, Texas and California authorities raided the company’s Dallas headquarters and arrested chief executive Carl Ferrer and other former company executives on pimping-related charges. The judge in the case ruled the website was protected by the First Amendment, and it was not liable for the speech of third parties.

http://archive.is/q7rDi

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Hearing loss study at USC, Harvard shows hope for millions

“What’s new here is we figured out how to deliver a drug into the inner ear so it actually stays put and does what it’s supposed to do, and that’s novel,” “Inside this part of the ear, there’s fluid constantly flowing that would sweep dissolved drugs away, but our new approach addresses that problem. This is a first for hearing loss and the ear. It’s also important because it may be adaptable for other drugs that need to be applied within the inner ear.”

The study breaks new ground because researchers developed a novel drug-delivery method. Specifically, it targets the cochlea, a snail-like structure in the inner ear where sensitive cells convey sound to the brain. Hearing loss occurs due to aging, working with noisy machines and too many loud concerts. Over time, hair-like sensory cells and bundles of neurons that transmit their vibrations break down, as do ribbon-like synapses, which connect the cells.

The researchers designed a molecule combining 7,8-dihydroxyflavone, which mimics a protein critical for development and function of the nervous system, and bisphosphonate, a type of drug that sticks to bones. The pairing of the two delivered the breakthrough solution, the researchers said, as neurons responded to the molecule, regenerating synapses in mouse ear tissue that led to repair of the hair cells and neurons, which are essential to hearing.

“We’re not saying it’s a cure for hearing loss,” McKenna said. “It’s a proof of principle for a new approach that’s extremely promising. It’s an important step that offers a lot of hope.”

The lab study, conducted by scientists at USC and Harvard University, demonstrates a novel way for a drug to zero in on damaged nerves and cells inside the ear. It’s a potential remedy for a problem that afflicts 17 percent of all adults in the United States.

http://news.usc.edu/140224/new-study-shows-hope-for-hearing-loss/

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China bans bible sales

China appears to have banned the bible from being sold online or in large book stores, as Beijing and the Vatican negotiate a historic agreement.

Searches for bibles on major e-commerce platforms JD.com and Taobao brought up no results, while staff at one of Beijing's biggest book stores said they no longer sell the book.

The removal of the book comes amid tensions between China and Rome over a landmark deal that some observers believe is close to being signed.

The agreement, which would give the Vatican more control over the appointment of bishops in China, has sparked concern among some Chinese Catholics.

They believe recognising Beijing's role in the Catholic church would represent a betrayal of their faith.

China's ruling Communist Party is officially atheist, but the Chinese government recognises Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism.

Chinese leaders have called for increased efforts to "Sinocise" religion, in comments which are seen as being part of a wider clampdown on Western ideas.

Authorities have only confirmed that warnings have been issued to some online retailers.

The Global Times said regulators "held talks" with JD.com "about selling illegal products, publications and other printed materials online."

The company "had failed to regulate products and so caused a negative social impact", the regulators said.

China on Monday released its first white paper on religious freedom in more than two decades.

It pledged to protect religious freedom, but also called on religions to adapt to a socialist society.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/china-cracks-sale-bible-amid-vatican-talks/

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Breaking!Germany! Muslim drives van into crowd,shoots himself,3 dead 20 injured so far

van has crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar in the west German city of Muenster, killing two and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it.

Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site.

Six of the 20 injured were in severe condition, according to police spokesman Andreas Bode.

Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Muenster is located, said the driver of the grey van was a German citizen.

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