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Far-right terror poses 'biggest threat' to north of England

Far-right extremism poses the biggest security threat to northern England, a counter-terrorism expert has warned.

Speaking anonymously to BBC News, the former Home Office specialist said the threat of right-wing terrorism was not being taken seriously.

Last year, the highest number of right-wing referrals to counter-terrorism programme Prevent came from the north.

The government said it recognised far-right extremism was an emerging threat.

However, the UK's security services said extreme Islamist-based terrorism remained the country's most pressing national security concern.

'Planning violence'

In the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand, "Simon" - who worked as a counter-terrorism specialist for the Home Office - said the north of England faced a growing danger from far-right extremists and neo-Nazis.

"We've got former mill towns and cities across the north where this ideology, that white people are supposedly superior to everyone else, is growing and becoming more entrenched.

"I've no doubt that there are far-right extremists across the north who are planning to use violence to target Muslim or Jewish communities.

"They'll harbour the ambition to copy what happened in Christchurch.

He added: "We've already seen in Yorkshire how this extreme ideology has been used to target members of Parliament."

Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered in her West Yorkshire constituency in 2016 by Thomas Mair, who was described in court as a lonely Nazi sympathiser.

Second 8chan User Reports Having Stinky Bellybutton!!

A second 8chan user (who chooses to remain anonymous) has reportedly discovered that his bellybutton stinks.

"Everything was just fine, when I read the news about the guy with the stinky bellybutton, so I stuck my finger into my bellybutton, and when I smelled my finger, I realized my belly button smells like death."

As if you didn’t have enough bodily fluids to handle, here’s one more: belly button discharge.

Whether you have an innie or an outie, you’ve likely experienced the common phenomenon of belly button crust, says dermatologist Aditi Jha, M.D., head physician at online medical consultation company

That’s because your skin cells regenerate regularly, she says, and the old stuff is washed away when you bathe. But because some may get trapped in the folds of your belly button, it can accumulate as dried skin—with a feel and look that’s similar to crusty eye stuff you get overnight (Here's what to do if your eye is a red, pus-filled oozing mess).

But if you’re dealing with something that’s more ooze than crunch, it could be a sign that something’s not right, says Dr. Jha. And if that’s the case, it’s not something you should pick at to try to determine what the heck is going on down there.

“It is strongly advised by all doctors to avoid meddling with the belly button, because it has the highest blood drainage in the body,” Dr. Jha says. “That means all abdominal veins converse from that point, so any infection in or around it could spread up far through the blood and become serious.”

Belly button discharge is never normal, she adds. So if you see something, get it checked by a doctor.

Most likely, it’s due to an infection, she says. That could come from abdominal surgery, but also from digging around too roughly in there to “clean it out.” Dr. Jha says that could cause abrasions or tears that let bacteria get into the area and then into your bloodstream.

Usually, the belly button discharge will be a pale white, off-yellow, or light green color, and will kind of look like snot does when you have a cold. It may also give off an unpleasant, sour smell, which is another sign of infection.

Other red flags include an itchy rash around your belly button, swelling, or pain.

In terms of potential causes of those symptoms, you might be dealing with a cyst in the abdominal area, or the effects of a procedure there like hernia surgery. In either case, get it looked at.

Now, you may have heard that belly button discharge can signal diabetes, but that’s really just a myth, says Dr. Jha. This may be because some research suggests there’s a link between high blood sugar and candida yeast infections—a condition that could, theoretically, affect the belly button area. But Dr. Jha says this connection is a stretch in actuality (Here are 7 sneaky signs your blood sugar is too high).

An infection is much more likely to be the culprit, she says. And if that’s the case, it will usually be treated with antibiotics. Just make sure you don’t let the ooze go on for too long. A delay in diagnosis can cause things like a bacterial infection or sepsis.

BREAKING NEWS: How To Clean Your Stinky Bellybutton

Your belly button is pretty easy to forget. This abdominal scar marks the spot where your umbilical cord was once attached. Post birth, well, it doesn’t offer any real function.

But the navel can be a breeding ground for dirt, sweat, bacteria, and a variety of unpleasant substances, particularly if you’ve had this spot pierced. In fact, the average belly button harbors more than 67 kinds of bacteria.

You’re at higher risk of problems if you have an “innie” belly button or if you have your belly button pierced. That’s because deeper belly buttons and piercings are more apt to become infected.

Why Does My Belly Button Smell?

Discharge and smells can be a result of several different factors, though slight navel odors are typically normal. If you have a combination of foul smell and discharge, it could be a sign of:

A fungal infection or yeast infection of the belly button

A bacterial infection of the belly button

A wound or bruise around or within the belly button

A simple build-up of sweat and belly button dirt

Why Does My Belly Button Itch? Could It Be Infected?

Belly buttons that are crusted, inflamed, or itchy may be infected. Common symptoms of a belly button infection or allergic reaction to a piercing include:

Red, itchy skin around the navel

Foul smells


Yellow, green, or dark-colored discharge

Persistent pain, particularly around a piercing

Blistering around the navel or piercing

Rarely, people can develop stone-like masses inside the belly button. Known as omphaliths or umboliths, these growths can fill the entire navel and lead to infection, inflammation, and ulcerated skin.

For these reasons, it’s important to keep your belly button as clean as possible.

Why You Aren't Pronouncing His Last Name Correctly (because you're stupid)

There’s a relatively new neighborhood in Northeast Austin with new homes and new businesses. Someday there may even be a school there. It’s built on land that used to be Austin’s airport – named after a City Council member from the 1920s.

Those facts are clear.

What's not so clear is how to properly say the neighborhood’s name.

There are many variables that can determine how you pronounce the name "Mueller." Those variables can change depending on where you live and how long you've lived in Austin. If you listened to this week's State of the City, you would've heard Mayor Steve Adler pronounce Mueller like "MEW-ler."

If you turn on your local TV stations, you might hear a reporter pronounce Mueller like "Miller."

But who is correct?

Let’s start with some history. In 1926, a man named Robert Mueller was elected to the City Council. Mueller's family came to Texas from Germany in the late 19th century. He pronounced his last name as if it were spelled "Miller." But it’s spelled M-U-E-L-L-E-R. Six months after the election, Mueller died. Three years later, Austin opened its first municipal airport and named it after the late council member. In the beginning, it was pronounced one way, according to archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

“The name will still be the Robert Mueller airport," said broadcaster Cactus Pryor as he took a tour of the airport in 1961. "Yes, that’s right. It’s the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport.”

A clip from the old television show "Progress Austin" pronounces it the same way a year later.

“This is the new hangar at Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. That’s new in 1934.”

KUT producer Jimmy Maas, who grew up in Austin, says the airport was pronounced "MEW-ler."

"But then around the time it closed [in 1999], suddenly it became 'Miller,'" Maas says. "So that was the time, in my recollection, there was a change."

Then developers started building the neighborhood there. The developer in charge of the project, Catellus, says both pronunciations are correct, but UT Austin linguist Lars Hinrichs says technically, neither is correct.

"The 'UE' letter sequence is a transliteration of the umlaut," says Hinrichs. "That is a sound English doesn't have … it's like saying 'E,' but rounding your lips. I will leave it to your listeners to practice it by themselves, but it does not exist in English."

"I think it's just a sign of all the newcomers coming in. They do a spelling pronunciation. It's spelled M-U-E. How does English typically pronounce M-U-E? We'll we're going to say [MEW-ler]."

Hinrichs says Austin faces an ethical dilemma.

"Does the person whose name it is, do they control how it's pronounced?" he asked. "I would say once a name becomes an eponym for a big part of town, that name also becomes public domain in a sense. Especially when the original Robert Mueller has been dead for 89 years."

Mueller isn't the only confusing and contentious name in Austin. Here, we say Guad-a-LOOP, BURN-it and MAY-nor. Hinrichs says in the past, people were more likely to Anglicize words and names, but people don’t want to do that anymore.

"Nowadays, we are so globalized and so much in contact with people speaking other languages that we have higher expectations of ourselves to make it sound more like the original."


New Zealand mosque attacker Brenton Tarrant’s 74-page manifesto bears striking similarity to literature put out by the Islamic State to justify its attacks.

Tarrant murdered 49 people Friday in a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. He broadcast his attack live on Facebook and posted a link to his manifesto on an online discussion board. The video of the attack shows Tarrant’s weapons scrawled with white supremacist slogans and other sayings. He expresses joy and no remorse after his crimes. Tarrant has been charged by New Zealand authorities after being apprehended by police.

8chan User Discovers That His Bellybutton Stinks!!!!

The belly button is home to many bacteria but can be overlooked when a person washes. Mostly, the bacteria are harmless, but they can multiply and cause an infection. We find out what might cause a belly button to smell, and how to keep it clean and healthy.

The belly button or navel is a dip in the middle of the belly. It marks the place where a person's umbilical cord was attached in the womb.

Belly buttons come in all shapes and sizes, and, no matter how they look, they can become infected.

Fast facts on belly button smell:

-A fungal infection can result if belly button bacteria multiply too much.

-Belly button skin needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it healthy.

-Risk factors, such as poor hygiene, increase the potential for the belly button to smell.

What causes a belly button to smell?

Poor hygiene is the most common cause of belly button smell.

Most belly buttons are indented so act as a trap for sweat, dead skin, and dirt. Few people wash the belly button with soap so germs can develop.

The most common cause for a belly button smell is poor hygiene. All areas of the body need to be washed regularly to stay clean and healthy.

Skin is home to trillions of bacteria, which develop naturally and are usually harmless.

The belly button has folds of skin that provide a place for bacteria to grow. Most of these bacteria remain at a low level and will not cause a smell. But if bacteria become too dense, they may result in an unpleasant or offensive smell.

Any infection should be checked by a doctor, and medication and lifestyle changes may be needed.

Candida is a yeast that lives on the skin. It does not usually cause problems, but it can multiply on skin that is warm and moist for a long time. If it multiplies, it can turn into a fungal infection.

Candida commonly affects the mouth and throat, where it is known as thrush. When it affects the vagina, it is referred to as a yeast infection.

A version of the infection known as candidal intertrigo can affect folds on the skin, such as the armpits, groin, or belly button. Skin will appear red and scaly, and blisters can form.

Candidal intertrigo is treated with antifungal medication and lifestyle changes. These changes include keeping the skin cool, dry, and clean, and avoiding tight clothing.

Family Shaken After Carport Collapse at Orange County Home!!

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Valaria Vazquez couldn't wait to get out in the snow at her home on Nettie Stanley Road in Durham County on Sunday.

"I was ready to play on it, and throw snowballs at my brothers - if they wanted to come down," the 9-year-old girl said.

But when she got outside, she looked at her family's snow-covered carport and saw something she wasn't expecting.

"I was like, 'Oh my God'," Vazquez said. "It leaned like this way, and I was just looking at the cars. I was trying to get their (parent's) attention. I wasn't sure if they were looking at me or not."

Valaria's mother, Imelda Vazquez, recalls the collapse of the carport.

"We were scared," she said. "We thought something fell, like a tree fell down, and it hit my daughter. She had just run out the door."

Imelda Vazquez said the carport fell on top of her pickup truck, causing roof damage.

"That's my 4x4, the vehicle we use for any emergency, especially right now with this winter storm," Imelda Vazquez said. "Now, we're snowed in."

But Imelda Vazquez is thankful her daughter wasn't hurt.

Now, she'll be keeping a close eye on her outside.

"We were going to build a snowman and everything, but now, our day, it just flipped over," she said. "I'm kind of like scared to let her come out and play in the snow. Now, I have to be next to her."

But Valeria Vazquez said this encounter won't stop her from enjoying a winter experience.

"For now, I'm just going to be playing on the porch, because there's a lot of snow there," Valeria Vazquez said.

According to Durham Police, officers responded to more than 20 weather-related crashes from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday.

They also had more than two dozen calls to help stranded drivers.

No injuries were reported.

SUV Trapped Under Collapsed Carport

MOLINE, Illinois — A Moline resident’s SUV got stuck under a carport that collapsed under the weight of recent snow.

Donn Griffin, who lives on 6th Street in Moline, told News 8 that his carport collapsed Thursday evening, January 31. He said he heard a big sound and then discovered his carport had fallen on one side, describing it looking “like the carport had turned into a blanket.”

He said the carport was six or seven years old and he’d never had any issues with it in the past, adding that it hasn’t ever “had this much snow on it.”

Don said he submitted a claim with his insurance company, but until he hears back, he has to leave his SUV and broken carport in place.

“I just hope that it gets fixed as soon as it can,” he said.

Fort Worth Hotel Carport Collapses On Car

Fort Worth - A Houston woman says her SUV was damaged Sunday morning after parking it in a Fort Worth hotel entryway.

Tiffany Jackson says she pulled up under the carport so she could run inside the Fairfield Inn by Marriott on Northeast Loop 820.

Jackson says she was standing inside disputing some charges when all of a sudden she heard the collapse.

She says a family with young children had just walked out from under the carport when it happened.

Jackson says pieces of concrete, long nails and dry wall dented and scratched her black, 2008 GMC Denali.

Police were called, but no report was filed.

Jackson says on-site management got her a rental car, but offered no apology and did not discount her room or parking fees and eventually kicked her off property.

"The whole ceiling fell right on my 2008 Denali. There was no sympathy. There was no, 'Oh, I'm sorry.' There was no customer service. They still charged my car," said Jackson.

She says she's now made contact with corporate management and hopes to get the situation resolved.

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse .

By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call for organizations and websites to save passwords in a scrambled form that makes it almost impossible to recover the original text.

Apartment Complex Carport Collapses

Weeks of snow was too much for an apartment complex carport in Kennewick.

Firefighters and police were called to the Phoenix Manor Apartments on the 400 block of Olympia Street at 9 p.m. Thursday after someone noticed the structure gave out, Kennewick police said.

The carport, made with a wooden roof held up by metal poles, gave out under the weight of the snow, police said. They counted 18 cars damaged by the collapse.

This morning, 16 were still beneath the snow-covered roof.

No one was injured.

First responders arrive on the scene of Thursday night’s carport collapse at Phoenix Manor Apartments in Kennewick.

People living in the complex were warned, and vehicles were moved from the other carports.

It was the second reported roof collapse Thursday. A portion of the canopy at a Circle K gas station at 26th Avenue and Court Street fell about 1:30 p.m.

Mueller Report Finally Filed (God Damn FINALLY!!!)

The Politics Of The Mueller Report

One big question, now that special counsel Robert Mueller has filed his report, is what the process of revealing Mueller’s findings will mean politically, which is a separate question from what additional legal issues might emerge. It may take a true bombshell — like, perhaps, a conclusion that the president did obstruct justice, or a full and explicit exoneration of the president from Mueller — to change Democrats’ and Republicans’ minds about how favorably they view Mueller and how trustworthy they find him.

That’s because views of the special counsel have become increasingly polarized since Mueller was appointed in May 2017.

Republicans in particular have grown more suspicious of Mueller — perhaps thanks to Trump’s frequent denunciations of the special counsel investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt.” Today, Republicans are much more inclined to believe that Mueller’s investigation is unfair than they were when he was appointed.

This is not to say that these numbers can’t change, especially if some important new information emerges in the coming weeks or months. In late 2018, after Mueller’s team indicted a number of people and Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress as part of Mueller’s investigation, the percentage of Republicans who believed the probe was fair increased a bit. And if the results of Mueller’s probe are sufficiently damning, impeachment isn’t off the table. According to a poll conducted last month, 61 percent of Americans support impeachment if Mueller concludes that Trump authorized collusion with Russia, and 65 percent support impeachment if Mueller concludes that Trump obstructed justice.

But in terms of large-scale political ramifications like impeachment, it will likely take something big and dramatic to truly move the needle. As it stands now, Mueller’s investigation hasn’t been a political game-changer — either by providing fodder to House Democrats to begin considering impeachment proceedings against the president, or by officially clearing Trump’s name. This is important because Mueller, although he didn’t have unified support from Republicans and Democrats, has still maintained some credibility as an independent investigator — he’s still largely trusted, for example, by independents. So while the political showdown over the Mueller report is already beginning, the extent of the fallout is much more uncertain.

The Mueller Report: Here's How We Got Here

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report has been a long time in the making.

Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Mueller, a former FBI director who had joined a top law firm after leaving government service, was commissioned to investigate:

"any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."

Comey confirmed earlier in 2017 that the FBI had opened an investigation into whether anyone on Trump's successful 2016 presidential campaign worked with the Russians who had attacked the election.

Mueller then took over with a team of prosecutors, investigators and other specialists brought in from the Justice Department, the intelligence community and the private sector.

A hall-of-mirrors atmosphere has reigned in Washington ever since as the capital waited on tenterhooks to see what Mueller would uncover — and what that might mean politically for Trump.

Old roles were inverted as Republicans tore into federal law enforcement and complained about conspiracies and bias within a "deep state" they said was trying to frame Trump.

Comey complained that the president and his allies attempted no less than to "burn down the entire FBI" in order to deflect attention from themselves.

Democrats, meanwhile, took up the mantle of law and order, championing the FBI and the intelligence community; Mueller himself became a cult figure for Trump opponents who lit prayer candles, silk-screened T-shirts that said "It's Mueller Time" or waited until their last breath for his report to be completed.

Trump went back and forth as to what he accepted about the underlying interference by Russia in 2016, but he maintained throughout that neither he nor anyone in his campaign had anything to do with it.

The concept of collusion was a "hoax," and the investigation into what took place during the political cycle that elected him was a "witch hunt," Trump has said repeatedly.

“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2019

The president blamed what he called Democrats angry about the loss of an election in 2016 they believed they should have won. He and supporters also said they suspected a conspiracy within federal law enforcement that was out to get him.

Even as the Justice Department became a target of outsiders trying to help the president, its internal investigators found big problems of their own.

The deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe, was fired after he was found to have "lacked candor" in talking about his dealings with the press in 2016. During multiple interviews in support of a new book, McCabe said he intends to sue the Trump administration for wrongful termination, among other things, because, in McCabe's view, he was singled out and personally targeted for his work on the FBI investigation.

Investigators also discovered that a senior FBI attorney, Lisa Page, and a senior counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok, exchanged a number of text messages on their work phones that were critical of Trump in 2016 as they worked on some of the bureau's most politically sensitive cases.

Strzok had been involved with the Russia investigation and moved for a time into the special counsel's office — until the messages were discovered and he was removed from Mueller's team.

The anti-Trump sentiment in the messages embarrassed the FBI and opened it up to months' worth of criticism about its fairness in the investigation. Some other DOJ or FBI officials caught up in the Russia imbroglio also were targeted or stepped down.

The president's GOP allies in Congress also sought more information from the Justice Department and FBI about the earlier phases of the investigation, before Mueller, arguing that it, too, showed bias or abuses of power.

Rosenstein fought a rearguard action against the then-Republican leadership of the House Judiciary Committee, which demanded sensitive information about surveillance practices and the use of confidential informants during the 2016 phase of the inquiry.

Why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says Trump Is a Possible Queen Esther, Poised to Defend Israel

"US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CBN News he believes God may be using President Donald Trump to help defend the Jewish state of Israel."

"On March 21st President Donald Trump upended decades of American policy by announcing—on Twitter, of course—that he did not expect Israel to do so, either. “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” read Mr Trump’s tweet."

Man accused of raping three children in a week was released on bail twice by same judge

A New Mexico man accused of raping three children in a week and sexually assaulting his own 13-year-old daughter was released on bail twice by the same judge before being arrested a third time on Monday after a statewide manhunt.

Raymond Hernandez, 29, was first taken into custody on January 15 after allegedly raping a teenage girl and beating her friend. Judge Ernest Ortega released him on a $10,000 bond.

McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump’s a Russian asset

Republican congress was advised of Trump investigation and did not object. Rosenstein, Mueller, Sessions = Republican.

"Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview Tuesday that he believes it is possible that President Trump is a Russian asset and thinks “that’s why we started our investigation.”

McCabe has said in the past that the FBI had a good reason to launch a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working with Russia and was a possible national security threat."

'Cancel Brexit' petition passes 2m signatures on Parliament site

A petition calling for Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has passed two million signatures.

Parliament's petitions committee tweeted that the rate of signatures was "the highest the site has ever had to deal with", after the website crashed.

EU leaders in Brussels have reached agreement on a plan to delay Brexit beyond 29 March.

Downing Street said the prime minister "has said many times she will not countenance revoking Article 50".

The PM's spokesman added: "The PM has long been clear that failing to deliver on the referendum result would be a failure of democracy and failure she wouldn't countenance."

Man Develops Infection in His Skull and Brain Lining After Cleaning His Ear with a Cotton Swab

A simple step in many people’s hygiene left an English man developing a near-fatal infection that spread to the lining of his brain.

Over the past five years, the man had been experiencing pain and hearing loss in his ear — something he had been treated for multiple times. It wasn’t until he had a seizure that led him to look more carefully into the problem and discover that a piece of a cotton swab stuck in his ear was causing his severe medical issues, according to Live Science.

“They can only cause problems,” Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Alexander Charlton, who treated the man, told the outlet of using cotton swabs to clean the inside of an ear after the ordeal.

Prior to the seizure, the 31-year-old man said he had been experiencing pain and discharge from his left ear, along with severe headaches that caused him to vomit. He also had difficulty in remembering people’s names, according to the case report the BMJ medical journal.

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Approximately 10 days later, when the man had the seizure and collapsed, he was rushed to the emergency room and underwent a CT scan, according to Live Science.

The scan revealed two abscesses in the bones of the base of his skull, which were located next to his left ear canal, Live Science reported. His doctors at University Hospital Coventry diagnosed the man with “necrotizing otitis externa” — an infection in the external auditory canal’s soft issue.

Dr. Charlton, who served as the lead author on the case, explained to the outlet that the man had likely contracted a severe bacterial infection that began in the ear canal, moved into the base of his skull, and eventually into the lining of his brain.

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Because the infection extended into the outer edges of the brain, Dr. Charlton told Live Science that the seizure and neurological problems were likely caused by those bacterial infection’s toxins or pressure on the brain.

Shortly after his diagnosis, he underwent a minor ear canal surgery, where a piece of the cotton swab was found lodged inside in his ear, impacted and surrounded by wax and debris.

Dr. Charlton told Live Science that he believed the piece of cotton had been stuck inside for a while because of how and where it was located and it was to blame for the man’s years-long constant ear pain and infections.

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Though the man required two months of intravenous and oral antibiotics to fight the infection, he surprisingly did not suffer any long-term problems to his hearing or neurological functioning, Live Science reported.

Meanwhile, Dr. Charlton, among other medical professions, are now advising people around the world to avoid using cotton swabs to clean the inside of your ears.

According to Cedars-Sinai Blog, cotton swabs can be detrimental as they push earwax deeper inside the canal and can cause ear infections, punctured eardrums, and hearing loss. In more severe cases, like the man from England, people may experience total deafness, prolonged vertigo, loss of taste, and facial paralysis.

To manually clean the ear, which isn’t always necessary because of the body’s natural ability to do so, professionals suggest using an ear lavage or syringe.

Border concertina wire installed under Trump stolen and used for home security in Mexico

Concertina wire that was installed under the Trump administration last year to reinforce southern border barriers is being stolen and repurposed by homeowners in Tijuana, Mexico, for protection amid a crime surge in the city, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Officials in Tijuana have reportedly confirmed the arrests of 15 to 20 people involved in the theft at the border.

Federal Prosecutors Broke Law In Jeffrey Epstein Child Sex Trafficking Case, Judge Rules

A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors — among them, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta — broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with a wealthy, politically connected sex trafficker and concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said that the evidence he reviewed showed that Jeffrey Epstein had been operating an international sex operation in which he and others recruited underage girls — not only in Florida — but from overseas, in violation of federal law.

“Epstein used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him.,’’ wrote Marra, who is based in Palm Beach County. “Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.’’

Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Epstein, who lived in a Palm Beach mansion, was allowed to quietly plead guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and served just 13 months in the county jail. His accomplices, some of whom have never been identified, were never charged.

Robert Mueller’s FBI was using pedophile Jeffrey Epstein as an informant in 2008.

Jeffrey Epstein is a friend of the Clinton family, who ran the “Lolita Express” to his private island.

Documents released by the FBI pertaining to Clinton-connected pedophile Jeffrey Epstein show that the known child predator had a professional relationship with then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller.

Fox News attack dog Tucker Carlson turns on Trump: 'I don't think he's capable'

“I don’t think he’s capable,” Carlson went on.

“I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him.”

While Trump has asked some questions that he thinks needed to be asked, such as: “Why don’t our borders work?” and “What’s the point of Nato?” Carlson said he has done nothing to follow through on them once they have been posed.

Roger Stone threatens fed judge by posting pix of her in crosshairs

A federal judge on Thursday imposed a full gag order on Roger Stone — barring him from making any public statements at all about his criminal case — after the political dirty trickster abjectly apologized for “stupidity” in posting an Instagram photo of the judge next to a rifle scope’s crosshair.

Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, is now prohibited from doing radio, television or print interviews about the case or any of its participants — including the head prosecutor, special counsel Robert Mueller.

The notoriously outspoken Republican operative also is barred from writing about the case online, or sending letters to the editor.

However, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone could continue to publicly solicit money for his legal defense fund.

Alligator Named ‘El Chompo’ Found Guarding Fentanyl And Heroin Stash In Pennsylvania

When police stormed a Coatesville, Pennsylvania house during a seemingly routine drug raid on Feb. 8, they encountered something shocking among the fentanyl, crack cocaine, and heroin — guarding the kitchen was an alligator now nicknamed “El Chompo.”

As New York Post wrote, the alligator’s moniker was bestowed upon him in honor of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was recently convicted after an infamous saga of arrests and ingenious escapes.

Though the three-foot El Chompo hasn’t fully grown into an adult yet — with as much as seven additional feet likely to come in his lifetime — the gator was still a substantial threat and was found patrolling the kitchen where the narcotics were being stashed.

“Quite frankly, as we can tell from these drug dealers, the alligator may have been the brains of the operation,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

Fox killed by hen herd

Rennes, France: Chickens in a poultry farm in northeast France are suspected of killing a fox who tried to sneak into their coop.

The young predator is thought to have entered the henhouse at an agricultural school at dusk last week and become trapped inside by light-controlled automatic hatch doors that close when the sun goes down.

Students at Le Gros Chene school in Brittany discovered the body of the animal when making their rounds to check on the chickens the following morning.

"There, in the corner, we found this dead fox," Pascal Daniel, head of farming at the school, told the AFP. "There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks."

The free-range, organic farm where the incident took place has a chicken coop that is open all day, and the hens spend most of the daytime outside unless they're laying eggs.

The last time a fox visited one of the school's chicken coops, more than a year ago, it turned out much worse for the hens, said Daniel.

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Hey, Florida: If you see horseshoe crabs having sex on the beach, take a picture

Embarrassed as you might be, don’t look away.

If you, by chance, see horseshoe crabs engaging in sex on the beach, as they are wont to do in the spring, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to be notified.

Why? Nature.

The deal: It’s peak mating season and because there’s a declining crab population, the FWC wants to catch them in the act.

You can report the sight you’ve witnessed, normally a smaller crab on top of a larger one, on the FWC mobile app.

Crabs get most in the mood during high tide, or within three days of a new or full moon, says the FWC.

The next new moon is March 6, and the full moon is March 21.

“Horseshoe crabs have existed for about 450 million years, yet little is known about Florida populations,” reads the release. “Public sighting information helps FWC researchers target spawning beaches for the @Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Program, a citizen science initiative to collect scientifically accurate data throughout the state.”

Find the app in the Apple store, or Google Play,

Or you can send your sightings directly to researchers on the FWC Facebook page, email the pics to or call 866-252-9326.

KTLA news anchor Chris Burrous died from an overdose of meth his gay lover stuck in his anus

KTLA anchor Chris Burrous died from an overdose of crystal meth while engaging in vigorous sexual activity with a man he met on Grindr.

According to the L.A. County Medical Examiner, Burrous died from methamphetamine toxicity after being found unresponsive in a Glendale motel on December 28. The manner of death is listed as accidental.

According to the death investigation, officials say Burrous worked his shift at KTLA, and then left early for the day complaining he felt ill.

Instead of going home, he set up a meeting with a man at a motel in Glendale for an afternoon of hardcore sex. The two allegedly met on Grindr and had hooked up multiple times in the past.

When the companion arrived, Burrous allegedly answered the door fully nude, and had set up the room with “DJ style” lighting, S&M toys, lubrication jelly and a massage bench. The two men allegedly engaged in various forms of sexual activities, including anal and oral sex.

At some point during the meeting, 43-year-old Burrous allegedly inserted a “rock” of crystal meth into his anus and stated it was supposed to make him “high and loose”

He then allegedly gave his companion a syringe full of GHB and a bottle of Gatorade. The two became intimate again, and Burrous allegedly inserted another “rock” of meth into his anus before putting on a mask while his companion allegedly inserted his hand into Burrous’ backside.

The report states Burrous also used “poppers,” an alkyl nitrite inhaled that produces a euphoric effect.

Burrous began getting fisted while laying face down on the bed, and allegedly told his companion he was feeling fine until the man noticed him making a grunting noise, and flipped him over to realize Burrous had vomited inside his S&M mask.

Yeast produce low-cost, high-quality cannabinoids

UC Berkeley synthetic biologists have engineered brewer’s yeast to produce marijuana’s main ingredients—mind-altering THC and non-psychoactive CBD—as well as novel cannabinoids not found in the plant itself.

Feeding only on sugar, the yeast are an easy and cheap way to produce pure cannabinoids that today are costly to extract from the buds of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa.

“For the consumer, the benefits are high-quality, low-cost CBD and THC: you get exactly what you want from yeast,” said Jay Keasling, a UC Berkeley professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of bioengineering and a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “It is a safer, more environmentally friendly way to produce cannabinoids.”

Cannabis and its extracts, including the high-inducing THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, are now legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and recreational marijuana—smoked, vaped or consumed as edibles—is a multibillion-dollar business nationwide. Medications containing THC have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce nausea after chemotherapy and to improve appetite in AIDS patients.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is used increasingly in cosmetics—so-called cosmeceuticals—and has been approved as a treatment for childhood epileptic seizures. It is being investigated as a therapy for numerous conditions, including anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

But medical research on the more than 100 other chemicals in marijuana has been difficult, because the chemicals occur in tiny quantities, making them hard to extract from the plant. Inexpensive, purer sources—like yeast—could make such studies easier.

Plus, he added, there is “the possibility of new therapies based on novel cannabinoids: the rare ones that are nearly impossible to get from the plant, or the unnatural ones, which are impossible to get from the plant.”

Scientists discover horseshoe crabs are spiders

t looks like a facehugger, its blue blood is harvested by scientists and now it's officially part of the spider family! You're welcome!

Because Xiphosura blood is so sensitive to toxins, scientists also harvest their blood (which is a lovely shade of sky blue) to use for testing for contamination in things like medical equipment. (The blood is so valuable, researchers in Florida recently called on the public to report sightings of horseshoe crabs mating under the next full moon. Sorry, kids, looks like Disney World will have to wait!)

Now a new research paper, published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and first reported by National Geographic, has cast the horseshoe crab in a new light. Studying a raft of genetic material as well as data from genome sequencing projects, researchers have traced the lineage of horseshoe crab family tree.

The finding?

Horseshoe crabs didn't evolve separately to arachnids on land like spiders and scorpions. They are actually classified as aquatic arachnids. But one of the things that was surprising in this analysis is that regardless of how we treated the data, we consistently found the same results … the horseshoe crabs are always nested inside the arachnids [on the family tree]."

So, if you're an arachnophobic, you can now comfortably add the horseshoe crab to your list of fears.

Minnesota man who held drug-fueled ‘death party’ for ailing wife charged with murder

"A Minnesota man who was arrested earlier this year after his ailing wife was found dead in their home has been charged with murder in her death after an autopsy found she died from a methamphetamine overdose.

Duane Johnson, 58, is facing a third-degree murder charge in the January death of his wife, Debra Lynn Johnson, 69, at their home in Searles.

According to police, Johnson called police on Jan. 24, to report his wife had died.

Responding officers found Johnson standing by the front door naked and yelling that his wife was dead upstairs. He later told investigators he was fulling a promise to his wife that he would not let her die in a nursing home."

Michigan priest acquitted of sexual assault charges

A 72-year-old Michigan priest has been acquitted of sexually assaulting two teens with his hands in the first of three trials.

There were gasps Thursday as the jury's verdict was announced. The Rev. Robert DeLand testified in his own defense and denied the allegations during a two-day trial in Saginaw County.

A teen said he was shaking DeLand's hand at a memorial service in 2017 when the priest reached toward his groin. Another witness said DeLand took him out of class in 2017 and took him to an empty room at Freeland High School. He says DeLand gave him $20 and slid a hand down his back to his buttocks.

Deliberate Destabilization! Migrant Sets Bus Full of Kids on Fire as Part of Pro-Refugee Protest

A Senegalese migrant set a bus full of young children on fire in Italy this week as part of a pro-refugee protest.

The bus was taking a group of children home after outdoor activities in Crema before the driver, 47-year-old Ousseynou Sy, decided to change the route.

After Ousseynou began threatening the children with a knife, one of the children managed to call their parents, who in turn alerted the police. reports:

Authorities then set up road blocks in an effort to stop the driver, who then proceeded to ram the bus into them.

After losing control of the bus, Sy stopped the vehicle, poured gasoline on it and set it ablaze.

Un senegalese è stato arrestato dopo aver sequestrato uno scuolabus con 51 studenti e dato fuoco al mezzo. L’uomo, italiano dal 2004 e con precedenti per ubriachezza e violenza sessuale, voleva uccidersi.“La faccio finita, vanno fermate le morti in mare". Nessun ragazzo ferito

— Giank-deR (@GiancarloDeRisi) March 20, 2019

All the passengers were able to escape through the back door and windows, although 12 children subsequently had to be taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Good! Supreme Court Upholds ICE Detention For Illegals Who Commit Felony Crimes

Illegal immigrants with serious criminal records can be held without bail while awaiting deportation even if ICE didn’t immediately pick them up when they were released from prison or jail, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The 5-4 decision marked another rejection for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the liberal panel that covers the country’s West Coast, and that has tested a number of legal theories on immigration law.

In this case, the 9th Circuit had ruled that under the law, if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement immediately arrested someone released from a federal, state or local prison, they could be held without bond in the immigration detention system. But if ICE didn’t immediately arrest them, the migrants must be given a chance to make bond.

The case turned on a phrase in the law that says the no-bail determination applies to someone picked up by ICE “when the alien is released” from prison or jail.

The lower court ruled “when” must mean the day of release.

But Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., writing the majority opinion, said that could create a new loophole for sanctuary cities, which often refuse to alert ICE officers when releasing people from their local prisons and jails.

“Under these circumstances, it is hard to believe that Congress made the secretary’s mandatory-detention authority vanish at the stroke of midnight after an alien’s release,” he wrote.

He said it made more sense that “when” means at some point after the release, not at the exact moment of it.

While many illegal immigrants are released while they await their immigration court proceedings and possible deportation, Congress has deemed some serious criminals to be such safety risks that they must be held by ICE while their cases proceed.

Those are the ones affected by Tuesday’s ruling.

The Final Level of Censorship Is Here: the Banning of Urls

In the wake of last week’s terror attacks at two New Zealand mosques which left 50 dead, several websites which either reported on the incident, hosted footage of the attacks, or have simply allowed people to engage in uncensored discussion such as Dissenter or Zero Hedge, have been partially or completely blocked in both New Zealand and Australia for the sake of “protecting consumers,” according to the CEOs of three New Zealand telcos.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting – which was broadcast over Facebook Live by accused gunman Brenton Tarrant to an initial audience of just 200 viewers (none of whom reported it) and had 4,000 overall views before it was taken down – Facebook deleted 1.5 million videos of the attack, of which 1.2 million were blocked at the time of upload.

A video of the attacks is still freely available to anyone who wishes to download it from bittorrent.

Twitter has also been aggressively censoring content related to the Christchurch shooting – perhaps most egregiously forcing journalist Nick Monroe to delete a large number of tweets as he covered the incident in real time, just one of which had links to footage of the shooting. Document hosting website Scribd, meanwhile, has been deleting copies of Tarrant’s 74-page manifesto.

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Good! More And More County Sheriffs Standing Up For 2nd Amendment In Face of Tyranny

A growing number of states, counties, cities, and towns are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce gun-control laws that infringe on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

While adopting ordinances and resolutions to defy gun laws isn’t a new tactic, momentum is rapidly building – likely in response to increasing calls for more gun control at state and federal levels.

Sanctuary counties and towns are passing resolutions that state no funding will be used to enforce unconstitutional laws and that the sheriff will uphold his oath to the Constitution instead of enforcing laws that violate the Second Amendment.

County sheriffs are - legally speaking - the last line of defense in the battle for gun rights:

Federal agencies do not have state powers. Due to the Constitution’s structure of dual sovereignty, the feds have no authority to enforce state laws. Furthermore, states cannot be compelled to enforce federal laws.

Here’s a rundown of the states with jurisdictions that have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions.


In Colorado, 23 out of 64 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, and others are considering implementing similar resolutions. Legislators and sheriffs in the state are pushing back against House Bill 19-1177, a red flag bill that will likely become law soon.


To date, 63 out of 102 counties or municipalities in Illinois have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, and more are expected.


To date, 3 out of 23 counties have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions.


Sheriffs in Nye County and Eureka County have said they oppose new gun laws in the state and will not enforce them.

New Mexico

When New Mexico’s new Democrat governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, was sworn into office on January 1, Democrats in the state rushed to expand gun control. Those bills were met with opposition from most of New Mexico’s sheriffs:

Of the 33 sheriffs in the state, 29 have voiced disapproval of the package of anti-gun legislation by issuing a declaration through the state sheriffs’ association, stating that the “rush to react to the violence by proposing controls on guns is ill-conceived and is truly a distraction to the real problems proliferating violence in our counties and our state.”

New York

After the NY SAFE Act was passed in 2013, some New York counties passed resolutions in opposition. There are currently 52 out of 62 counties with such resolutions, and the New York State Sheriffs Association sued to block the law.

North Carolina

Just days ago, a county in North Carolina joined the resistance:

Cherokee County passed the three-page resolution with a slim 3-2 vote, after resolution author Dan Eichenbaum told fellow commissioners that the “first thing dictators do is confiscate guns,” reported the Cherokee Scout.

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Global warming melts Everest Glacier, exposes 300 dead bodies and 14 tons of shit

Mount Everest expedition operators are discovering an increasing number of dead bodies of climbers that were previously frozen in ice, and the warming temperatures point to the impacts of climate change.

The spring climbing season has begun, and the melting and thinning of the glaciers in the Everest region is apparent. According to a report by CNN, bodies from British expeditions in the 1970s were recently found, and in 2017 the hand of a dead climber appeared above the ground.

Operators at Mount Everest have faced a number of issues with modern expeditions, including the increasing amount of litter and human waste left behind by decades of mountaineering, as well as concerns of overcrowding. Some estimate that the amount of human waste on the mountain could weigh up to 14 tons, and some have even dubbed it a 'fecal time bomb.'

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain, and it is thought that around 300 people have died attempting to conquer it. It is estimated that 200 bodies are still on the mountain, which presents an expensive challenge to the mountain operators. Removing a dead body can cost up to $80,000, and most have been surfacing at the Khumbu icefall, which a glacier that loops around the mountain and is known as one of the most dangerous parts of the climb.

Consequences Of Lost Global Reserve Status

Consequences Of Lost Global Reserve Status

The gold suppression game appears finally to be coming to an end. A Perfect Storm is hitting the gold market, with an internal factor (QE), an external factor (SGE), and a systemic factor (Basel). All three forces are positive in releasing gold from the corrupt clutches of the Anglo-American banker organization. They have been willing to destroy the global financial structure and many national economies, in order not just to maintain the political power, but also to continue the privilege of granting themselves $trillion free loans. In the last ten years since the Lehman Brothers failure, all systems have undergone the same reckless treatment that the mortgage bonds endured. They saw corrupted underwriting, corrupted title database, rigged market pricing, and corrupted demand functions. Slowly the realization is coming to the fore, stated by a few astute analysts. In the last decade, the US-UK banksters have created the USTreasury bond as the global subprime bond. This is the result of astounding persistent magnificent QE abuse and hidden corruption. The so-called financial stimulus is actually hyper monetary inflation, which has destroyed the bond market.


The perfect financial storm will be three to five times worse than the 2008 financial crisis that engulfed the subprime bond market. The corporate bond market is turning gradually into a $trillion BBB junk bond field and broken bone yard, after years of abused bond issuance devoted to share buybacks and executive options. The malinvestment and self-dealing has been atrocious, with a business impact. It can be stated with accuracy that the entire global bond market is subprime, led by the USTBonds. In the last ten years, absolutely nothing has been fixed, no remedy even attempted, while all the errors, crimes, and reckless monetary policy that created the Lehman fiasco with the Global Financial Crisis, have been repeated on a global scale. The great unfolding crisis will engulf sovereign bonds, national banking systems, and major corporations. For the last ten years, the USD-based money supply has almost tripled. The process created a coiled spring. The gold price is due to triple in compensation. Much lost time will be made up for. It just needs some internal, external, and systemic pushes. The Gold market will never let a crisis go to waste. Financial analyst Rob Kirby has recently identified the great gold supply shortage, and described what comes as a Roman Candle with the gold price shooting up an order of magnitude.

Chinese-Americans Worry As They See Communism, Tyranny Rising In The USSA

When Saga Zhou first moved to the United States from China in 2009, she steered clear of politics. The Communist Party rules supreme in China, so most Chinese immigrants bring a built-in aversion to political involvement.

But Zhou’s interest in politics was piqued as she began to see the American Left embracing policies that reminded her of those she’d fled in China.

One such policy was the Left’s support for late-term abortion. When she lived in China, Zhou, like many young Chinese, didn’t consider abortion to be a big deal. But her view changed after moving to America, getting married, and bearing two children.

“After I became a mother, my understanding about life fundamentally changed,” she told me when we met at a Panera Bread in Irvine. “Now I am totally a mother.”

Zhou said her heart broke upon learning about a Virginia bill to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions. Appearing on a radio show as the bill was being debated, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to sign the legislation, even suggesting it would sanction infanticide.

The proposed law hit especially close to home for Zhou, whose mother became pregnant with her just as China’s government began implementing its brutal one-child policy.

The policy prohibited most couples from having more than one child. Women who became pregnant with a second child were often forced to undergo sterilization; sometimes their babies were killed in the womb. Though she was her mother’s second child, Zhou escaped death because the one-child policy had not yet been implemented in her city.

NJ Governor Signs Despotic Anti-American 'Rain Tax' Punishing Citizens For Weather


In what is one of the most corrupt and vile things to have ever happened to the American political system, residents of New Jersey will now be taxed when something 100% out of their control happens. New Jersey’s governor Phil Murphy signed 19 bills into law on Monday, one of which, was the so-called “rain tax.”

Unfortunately, there were supporters of this tyrannical and wholly dictatorial law. Dubbed S-1073, supporters call it “flood defense,” and say it will serve as a long-needed tool to manage flooding and dirty runoff from rainwater. So there are actually human beings on earth who want others and themselves stolen from because it rains. There is nothing more disturbing that the current political path the United States is currently one. It’s downright horrifying, actually.

Government is downright evil and shameless when it comes to taxation. These pillagers of the public just sit around all day thinking and dreaming of events and things to tax. – Judy Morris Report

“Most importantly, it gives communities a way to access new resources in a fair and equitable manner, and invest in related benefits such as additional green space. We urge the governor to sign it,” said New Jersey Future’s Chris Sturm, who serves as the advocacy group’s managing director for policy and water, according to a report by Patch.

Some have criticized the bill (albeit, now enough) saying that it would impose taxes “based on the weather” which is an unfair system of stealing the money of others. Obviously, if you have any heart at all. It also gives the government much more power and more authority to steal more money by expanding what’s already an overly unfair burden (all taxation is “unfair”) on New Jersey residents who were saddled with several new taxes in 2019.

Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips has said the “rain-tax” bill permits local communities to tax “based on the weather,” and allows unlimited bonding and debt to be placed on the backs of property taxpayers. Not that bonding and debt aren’t already on the backs of the taxpayer, it is, but now New Jersey gets to carry the financial burden when it rains. “The last thing this state needs is more debt and another runaway tax. Especially one that taxes the weather” said DePhillips.

Google Bans VPN Ads On Behalf of Tyrannical Governments

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Google is once again helping the Chinese government and its Orwellian control over the flow of information.

Earlier this month, evidence emerged suggesting that Google has continued to develop the "Dragonfly" censored search engine despite claiming they had abandoned it after an internal revolt.

Now, ZDNet reports that Google has banned ads for virtual private network (VPN) products targeting Chinese users - citing "local legal restrictions."

VPNs are the only way Chinese users can circumvent draconian internet filters which have blocked sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Gab, Instagram, Reddit, Discord, WhatsApp, WikiLeaks, Google and Gmail. Blocked news websites include Zero Hedge, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, WSJ, NYT and Business Insider.

"It is currently Google Ads policy to disallow promoting VPN services in China, due to local legal restrictions," Google said in a Wednesday email.

The email was received and shared with ZDNet by VPNMentor, a website offering advice, tips, and reviews of VPN products.

The company said Google prevented its employees from placing Google search ads for the Chinese version of its site. -ZDNet

In January 2017, Beijing cracked down on VPN services - requiring that all providers active in China register for authorization from the CHinese government. In July, China forced Apple to remove all VPN apps from its App Store. After that, a "full-out ban on all VPNs was imposed on March 31, 2018," according to ZD - though some apps continued to function regardless.

Future of America? After Blackouts, Venezuelan Stores Looted With Nothing Left

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Venezuela's oil capital, Maracaibo, was ransacked and looted in the midst of a blackout that hit the country around March 7. Even as the lights started to come back on, looting continued and residents overpowered disputed President Nichloas Maduro's security forces. Store owners are just now starting to clean up, according a new Bloomberg article, which paints a picture of Venezuela as a country on the edge of total anarchy.

Enrique Gonzalez, an 18 year old bus conductor said: “If people made enough to make ends meet, we wouldn’t be trying to get by like this. This country has gone to hell.” His driver, at the time, was pillaging a Pepsi warehouse, where thousands of bottles had been looted in hours and where people were now ripping out spare copper wire and scrap metal.

Empresas Polar SA, a Venezuelan food giant, reportedly saw its Pepsi plant lose thousands of cases of beer and soda, 160 pallets of food, 22 trucks and five forklifts. A home improvement shopping center also saw its 50 stores looted by people who broke through its iron gates and glass doors. Travel agencies, cosmetic stands and snack shops were all pillaged among the chaos.

Bernardo Morillo, 60, who built and manages the mall told Bloomberg: “It’s hard to swallow. The national guard stood by as this vandalism happened and the firefighters didn’t even show.’’

Ricardo Costa, vice president of the Zulia state chapter of the Fedecamaras business group said: "…security forces were useless as people took anything of value, including cash machines, door frames, ovens, computers and surveillance cameras…"

The country's Centro 99 food market saw looters pick its shelves clean. “They even carried off the lard and flour to bake bread in their bare hands,’’ the store's manager said.

The looting started last Saturday afternoon after an ice company, on a hot day, demanded that it be paid in dollars. A crowd instead tore through its factory and then continued onto nearby pharmacies and stores. By the evening, the entire city was taken over by people seeking out life's necessities by any means necessary.

The country's blackout took an already flammable situation and threw a match on it. Maduro's handling of the situation has prompted the U.S. and other nations to instead recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful head of state. Maduro has concentrated his power, in the form of resources and troops, in Caracas, the country's capital. But the recent chaos in Maracaibo, a city of 1.6 million, shows the rest of the country is in tumult and not even the largest cities are safe.

Maduro blamed the blackout on a U.S. cyberattack last week.

Petition aims to save lives of two dogs after Utah boy loses hand

A petition is gathering support to spare the lives of two dogs involved in an incident that cost a 4-year-old boy his hand.

The petition describes the situation as unfortunate for all sides but hopes to save the lives of the two animals.

Authorities said the young boy had put a sock over his hand before reaching beneath the fence that separates his backyard from the one where the huskies were kept. That is when one of the dogs bit the child, severing his hand above the wrist.

Fox News: Trump's personalized diplomacy fails as Korea talks collapse

"But the great flaw in the president's approach is coming to the talks like he would a hotel negotiation in New York, with supreme confidence in his ability to win anyone over.

Trump's personalized approach, speaking of his "love" for Kim, means he is the first American president to sit down with a North Korean dictator. But successful summit meetings generally rely on the deals being precooked through arduous discussions by diplomats and experts, and the leaders coming in to bless the final product. Summits can fail — as happened with Reagan and Gorbachev — but you need intense preparation to have a shot at doing the deal.'

Trump administration losing 94 percent of lawsuits over illegal policy changes

Just last year, a federal judge ruled against the administration’s move to end temporary legal status for immigrants from Central America, Haiti and Sudan because Trump’s “shithole countries” remark suggested the policy was motivated by ethnic or racial bias.

Trump has repeatedly complained that he keeps losing in court because of “Obama judges,” but numerous Republican-appointed judges have reached the same conclusions as those appointed by Trump’s predecessor.

Four judges have ruled against the Trump administration’s move to end DACA protections for more than 700,000 immigrants, for example, including two judges appointed by George W. Bush. Three judges in different states ruled against the Commerce Department’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Four judges in different states all ruled against the Department of Health and Human Services' attempt to eliminate federal funding for some teen pregnancy programs.

In the HHS case, Washington U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote that the agency’s inability to provide justification for its abstinence-only stance made her decision “quite easy.”

“This much is clear: A federal agency that changes course abruptly without a well-reasoned explanation for its decision or that acts contrary to its own regulations is subject to having a federal court vacate its action as ‘arbitrary [and] capricious,’ ” she said, referencing a key part of the Administrative Procedure Act.

Even proponents of the administration’s rule changes, particularly those rolling back federal environmental regulations, complained that the administration was doing such a bad job in court that it actually set their entire agenda back.

Seth Jaffe, who has represented numerous corporations in environmental cases, told the Post he was optimistic about Trump’s deregulation push, but said the administration’s moves and losses in court have “given regulatory reform a bad name.”

“I’ve spent 30 years in the private sector complaining about the excesses of environmental regulation,” Jaffe told the outlet. “It’s not just that they’re losing. But they’re being so nuts about it,” he said, adding that the administration’s repeated losses have “set regulatory reform back for a period of time.”

PepsiCo is laying off corporate employees

PepsiCo has kicked off a round of layoffs as it begins a four-year restructuring plan that is expected to cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in severance pay.

This week, PepsiCo employees in offices including Plano, Texas, and the company's headquarters in Purchase, New York, were alerted that they are being laid off, according to two people who were directly impacted by the layoffs. These two workers were granted anonymity in order to speak frankly without risking professional ramifications.

With This Plan, All Children Will Have Access To Pre-K

County officials are working on the details to commit roughly $16 million annually by 2022 to keep 1,000 prekindergarten seats that were in danger due to an expiring federal grant — and to add an additional 1,000 seats.

Offering those seats will bring about universal needs-based pre-K education in the county.

“We’ve got to make sure kids can read, that families with limited incomes have access to classrooms,” said Mayor Lee Harris. “The communities want it, it’s important and it’s one of the only ways we’re going to remediate poverty.”

As a first major step, city and county leaders will create a fiscal agent to oversee the funding for early childhood and pre-kindergarten education. The City Council is slated to vote on the ordinance next month while the County Commission is expected to approve it Monday.

“We will jointly select the fiscal agent and then we’re off to the races,” city Chief Operating Officer Doug McGowen recently told the City Council.

County Schools have long hoped to fully-fund needs-based prekindergarten classrooms, given the high number of students living in poverty.

Board member Michelle McKissack said a recent report from the state showing more than half of students across the county had to take remedial classes in public colleges shows the importance of early readiness.

"They need to be prepared before they even come into kindergarten," she said.

Starting as early as possible can tackle issues "at the root cause," McKissack said.

Only about two out of every ten third grade students were ready upon entry to the third grade, according to TNReady data cited in a 2018 county resolution. At that time, the commission resolved to secure the funding needed to offer universal prekindergarten.

A total economic lifetime benefit per child in pre-kindergarten comes to $194,700, according to the resolution.

“I think there’s a lot of support for this,” said Commissioner Michael Whaley, who heads the commission's education committee. “Smaller amounts early on pay off so much more in terms of economic output and reduced cost in other areas.”

The city and county mayors will choose the fiscal agent to oversee and distribute the city and county funds for the pre-K program. A board will act as its governing body and will include city and county mayoral appointees and appointees made by the City Council and Shelby County Commission.

The fiscal agent will be expected to provide quarterly reports to the board, and city and county officials detailing the number of at-risk 4-year-olds, pre-K testing outcomes, how public funds are being used and parent and community engagement.

So far, Seeding Success has expressed interest in being the agent, Harris said. Although the city and county are open to pitches from other agencies, “Seeding Success is definitely in the position to (be the fiscal agent),” Harris said.

For the past three years, the county's budget has included $3 million for pre-K. In fiscal year 2019, they set aside — but didn’t spend — an additional $2.5 million out of its general fund balance. Over the next few years, additional dollars will be added until the county and city are able to cover the needed $16.6 million. Harris has said the county will find their portion of the funding throughout the budget and not use a tax increase.

City officials last year committed $6 million of recurring funds to expand prekindergarten in the county, from diverting existing property tax revenue and using dollars from expiring tax incentives.

Mayor Jim Strickland highlighted the commitment to funding pre-K in his State of the City address last month, which came after years of attempts, he said.

"Universal needs-based pre-K will be a reality in less than two years," Strickland said.

Tucker Carlson thought anti-elite historian would be easy interview,tells him "go fuck yourself"

You may have seen the Dutch historian Rutger Bregman in a viral video last month, in which he appeared on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos and berated the attendees for their tax-evasion and insisted that no amount of philanthropy can make up for starving the state of the money it needs to provide for everyone under democratic guidance.

The net-fame earned Bregman an invitation to appear on Tucker Carlson's show, presumably as part of the wave of extremely selective right-wing interest in trustbusting and railing against elites.

But Bregman was capable of understanding that just because Carlson thought he was on Bregman's side, it didn't follow that Bregman should be on Carlson's side, especially not after Carlson's years of carrying water for sinister, manipulative, pro-monopoly billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and David Koch.

So Bregman lit into Carlson, calling him a "millionaire funded by billionaires" who was "part of the problem."

Carlson lost his shit, flipped out, called Bregman a "moron" and a "tiny brain" and told him to "go fuck yourself," adding that he "tried to give you a hearing but you were too fucking annoying."

Predictably, Carlson never aired the segment, but thankfully Bregman made his own recording and leaked it to Now This news, and it's online for all to see.

Bregman then accuses Carlson of being bought by the Murdoch family and the Cato Institute, a rightwing thinktank of which Carlson was a fellow until 2015. Bregman says Tucker took the “dirty money” of the institute, which is funded in large part by the Koch brothers and opposes higher taxes.

He says Carlson is “a millionaire funded by billionaires” and “not part of the solution” but “part of the problem, actually”.

Bregman finishes by acknowledging that the interview probably wouldn’t be aired, but saying that he “went to Davos to speak truth to power and I’m doing exactly the same right now”.

Carlson, near-speechless for much of the interview, replies by saying: “Why don’t you go fuck yourself, you tiny brain. You’re a moron. I tried to give you a hearing but you were too fucking annoying.”

GOOD!Canadian school board issues 6000 suspension, forcing students to vaccinate

More than 6,000 school suspension notices will go out to parents in Waterloo region this week — all over vaccination records.

Region of Waterloo Public Health officials said a total of 6,129 suspension orders will go out and parents will have until March 26 to provide proof of immunization or a valid exemption to avoid suspension.

Suspensions can last up to 20 days.

In the fall of 2018, Region of Waterloo Public Health sent out 9,595 notices to parents of children who had immunization records that were not up to date.

Parents can contact their health care provider or family doctor to get their immunization records.

Public health also offers immunization clinics in Waterloo and Cambridge by appointment.

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College basketball star's shoe explosion knocks $1.1bn off Nike's stock value

Nike has had $1.1bn (£844m) knocked off its stock market value as after what is being called one of the most expensive apparel failures in history.

The company’s value tumbled by 1.7 per cent on Thursday as it was repeatedly blamed for a sprained knee to rising basketball star Zion Williamson, seen by millions live on TV.

Sports lovers across the US watched in horror as the teenager was crocked when his Nike trainer tore apart mid-shot during a high profile college match.

The freshman, who is in the draft for next season's NBA, had to sit out the rest of the game between his university team Duke Blue Devils and state rivals North Carolina Tar Heels .

Barack Obama, who had gone to watch the match live, could be seen in his court side seat apparently saying with disbelief: “His shoe blew up”.

Trump knew about email hack, Cohen tells Congress

In congressional testimony, Cohen said Mr Trump directed covert plans for the skyscraper, even while he denied having any business in Russia.

He also said Mr Trump knew about a leak of hacked Democratic emails, and called him a "racist", "conman" and "cheat".

In his public testimony to the House of Representatives Oversight Committee on Wednesday, he said Mr Trump "knew of and directed" plans for a Trump Tower Moscow, while stating publicly that he had no dealings in Russia.

"At the same time I was actively negotiating in Russia for him," Cohen testified, "he would look me in the eye and tell me there's no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing. In his way, he was telling me to lie."

"He wanted me to lie," the witness added.

However, Cohen has been convicted of lying to Congress when he testified in 2017 that attempts to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow had stopped by January 2016.

What did Cohen say about the email leak?

Cohen said he was in Mr Trump's office in July 2016 when Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser, called the then-Republican presidential candidate.

The witness said Mr Stone rang Mr Trump to let him know he had been speaking to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who told him there would be a "massive dump" of emails within a couple of days that would politically embarrass Hillary Clinton's White House campaign.

Cohen said Mr Trump responded along the lines of "wouldn't that be great".

Mr Trump has denied having prior knowledge about Wikileaks' disclosure of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails during the election.

French Regime To Ban Riots, Dissent Against Corruption


France is cracking down on "yellow vest" protesters following a weekend of renewed violence - as the Macron administration announced on Monday that it would ban demonstration in several areas of france - including the Champs Elysees in Paris, if "ultra elements" are present, according to Interior Minister Edouard Philippe.

'We will ban demonstrations if ultra elements' are present, said Philippe, according to CNEWS.

The ban will apply to "neighborhoods that have been most affected as soon as we have knowledge of" the "ultras."

"I am thinking of course the Champs-Elysees in Paris, the place Pey-Berland in Bordeaux, the Capitol Square in Toulouse", Philippe added, where "we will proceed to the immediate dispersal of all groups."

Philippe added that he has asked the State Judicial Agent to "systematically seek the financial responsibility of troublemakers."

J'ai demandé à l’Agent Judiciaire de l’État de rechercher systématiquement la responsabilité financière des fauteurs de trouble.

— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) March 18, 2019

Saturday marked a significant escalation in violence during the group's 18th straight week of protests - which began as a revolt against a climate-change gas tax and expanded into a general anti-government movement.

Macron said over Twitter that "strong decisions" were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals – dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces – were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. -Bloomberg

Russia Gets Prepped For Global Economic Reset, Hoarding Over 1 Million Ounces of Gold In February

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Russia adds another 1,000,000 ounces (31.1 tons) to gold reserves in February, Russia's gold reserves now 2,149 tons - 5th largest gold reserves in the world.

Russia continues to add to its gold reserves and added another 1,000,000 ounces in February or 31.1 metric tonnes. Most analysts believe this buying will continue and may intensify in the coming months. Since 2007, we have clearly said that this would happen as currency wars deepen.

The latest large increase in Russia’s gold reserves has again gone largely unnoticed by most analysts except James Rickards - see tweet below.

Yesterday was the 20th of the month and you know what that means. New gold data from the Central Bank of Russia! They bought 31.1 tons in February, bringing total to 2,149 tons. Washington is finally noticing; part of the reason I was there Wednesday. This is the new Great Game.

— Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) March 21, 2019

Indeed, the important monetary and geopolitical ramifications continue to be largely ignored in western media.

President Trump's Bump Stock Ban is Only Days Away; What Will Owners Do?

BOISE, Idaho – Bump stocks — the attachment used by the killer during the 2017 Las Vegas massacre to make his weapons fire rapidly like machine guns — will become illegal in the U.S. next week.

It's the only major gun restriction imposed by the federal government in the past few years.

Owners of the devices are anxiously watching the legal wrangling and wondering what to do. Their options are to destroy the devices, turn them over to federal authorities or risk getting caught and face a felony.

Federal authorities have estimated there may be as many as 500,000 in circulation.

Warning Mindless Consumers: Aspartame Proven To Cause Strokes, Dementia Risks

The most popular yet infamous artificial sweetener on the market just got tagged by two highly credible science studies as being correlated with accelerated brain aging. On the hook for causing smaller overall brain volume, a significantly smaller hippocampus and poorer memory, not only was aspartame implicated in the science studies, but “regular” soda also. Most people know that soda is loaded with sugar but did anyone know their brains were being damaged, or could they even realize it themselves? This mind-blowing research reveals that these soda and diet soda consumers, who drink even just two of these drinks a day, were nearly three times as likely to have a stroke and develop dementia than people who already know better and avoid sodas in general.

Aspartame is made in a laboratory using genetically modified bacteria that causes brain damage and dementia.

Americans consume more than 10 million metric tons of sugar every year. Millions of consumers believe the only way to get their sweetness without sugar is to consume artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and sorbitol, but there’s a steep price to pay for all this “sweet misery.” Now, new research shows that fructose and aspartame are both health criminals that do much more damage to the brain than the brain-damaged consumers can ever imagine.

Of course, no one or two clinical studies are the “be-all and end-all” of the conclusion about these toxic products’ effects on the body and brain, but let’s be honest with ourselves – filtered water and organic tea are safer than consuming any drinks made by corporations in laboratories using genetically modified corn sugar and genetically modified bacteria. Certainly the CDC is not interested in protecting Americans from soda or diet soda, or they would step in and conduct further scientific studies like these two.

The author of the two scientific studies on soda and diet soda found multiple signs of cognitive decline and accelerated brain aging – all risk factors for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans and cognition tests of 4,000 people who drink soda, fruit juice or diet soda regularly, researchers found these consumers to have smaller brain volume and three times higher risk of stroke and dementia. This figure includes people who drink just one diet soda per day for 10 years.

Surely age, poor diet quality and other factors (like smoking) factor into these dire health results; however, preexisting conditions can’t wholly explain the new shocking findings regarding brain size reduction and severe deterioration of memory and learning.

The link between diet soda consumption and dementia was not previously known. It’s also possible that artificial sweeteners are transforming gut bacteria and altering the brain’s perception of what food is actually “sweet” or not. The body could be getting tricked into ingesting and utilizing carcinogenic material that it would otherwise discard as unusable. Consumers would be wiser (literally) to avoid soda, diet soda, artificial sweeteners and conventional sugar altogether.

Big Food America often tricks consumers into believing there are only two or three choices out there – all of which are toxic. This is called “close by choice” and it’s an insidious sales tactic used by marketing professionals focused on their corporations’ bottom line. Should you drink regular soda, diet soda, or sports drinks? Which one does your favorite celebrity or sports hero drink? The answer is none. Go organic.

Human-rights group accuses the US of killing at least 14 civilians in Trump's shadowy drone war

The US military could be guilty of war crimes in Somalia, according to a new report that challenges what the government has said about civilian casualties from its bombing campaign against al-Shabab — an al-Qaida affiliate — in the African nation.

The investigation, conducted by Amnesty International, found that US airstrikes from both drones and manned aircraft killed at least 14 civilians and injured eight more people in just five of more than 100 strikes in the past two years.

Brexit Petition to remain in the EU hits 2 million signatures in 1 day

A petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU gathered over two million signatures in less than 24 hours on Thursday.

Posted on the British parliament's website, the petition read: "The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now."

Petitions with more than 100,000 signatures are automatically considered for a debate in parliament.

The petition was posted on Wednesday night by Margaret Anne Georgiadou. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in its first two hours, and ballooned from there on Thursday morning.

The petition was so successful that the page on the British parliament's website crashed for several hours on Thursday morning.

"Nearly 2,000 signatures are being completed every minute", the British parliament's Petition committee said on Twitter. "The rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with and we have had to make some changes to ensure the site remains stable and open for signatures and new petitions."

A map of the petition participants showed high numbers of Remainers in Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Cambridge and Brighton.

As of Thursday afternoon, the 10 most represented constituencies were:

1. Bristol West: 6453 (Thangam Debbonaire MP)

2. London Hornsey and Wood Green: 5545 (Catherine West MP)

3. Brighton Pavilion: 5475 (Caroline Lucas MP)

4. Edinburgh North and Leith: 5338 (Deirdre Brock MP)

5. Cambridge: 5419 (Daniel Zeichner MP)

6. London Islington North: 4938 (Jeremy Corbyn MP)

7. London Hackney North: 4745 (Diane Abbott MP)

8. London Hampstead and Kilburn: 4462 (Tulip Siddiq MP)

9. London Holborn and Saint Pancras: 4584 (Keir Starmer MP)

10. Oxford East: 4180 (Anneliese Dodds MP)

New Zealand Shooting Thread

40 people killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques, prime minister says

EDIT: Number is officially up to 50 after they found a dead body behind one of the mosques.

>About 40 people were killed when at least one shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

>New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that four people had been taken into custody, three men and one woman. As of 5:47 p.m. local time (12:47 a.m. ET), authorities said that a lock down of local schools had been lifted.

>Bush said several explosives had been attached to vehicles. He added that there is no assumption the attack was contained to Christchurch.

>“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

>She said during a news conference that authorities currently believe about 40 people had been killed in the attacks. More than 20 others were seriously injured, she added.

>Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

>One Malaysian was injured in the attack, and three Indonesians survived the shooting while three more are unaccounted for, according to reports.

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Archive of the original /pol/ thread: (shooter was the OP)

Archive of Mark being an informant for three letter agencies:

Archive of his twatter:

The Manifesto: >>>/k/657298

This thread will remain stickied and cyclical for the next 48 hours unless I'm removed from my post or there's reason to do so. Information will be edited in at the earliest convenience. Duplicate threads are allowed for the time being so long as anon doesn't spam them.

EDIT: Not sure if you're reddit niggers or just shitposters, but fuck off with reporting "graphic content" and "terrorist propaganda." Do you think this shit is fucking social media?

EDITEDIT: I'll be busy through today. I'm aware of the nigger-tier one-line spam thinking they're hiding information even though it's all in the OP. Thread is still set to cyclical. "Report" your posts (don't use global report you faggot) if you have information you think is relevant to the OP.

Fentanyl overdose deaths in the U.S. have been doubling every year

If you want to know what it means for something to grow exponentially, consider the death toll of fentanyl.

This powerful synthetic opioid seemingly came out of nowhere and is now killing tens of thousands of Americans each year.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details the meteoric rise of a drug that was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in 1968. It shows that fentanyl’s role as a driver of the opioid epidemic can be traced to late 2013.

Brazilian Nuclear Fuel Convoy Attacked By Heavily Armed Gangsters

Brazillian gangsters armed with assault rifles attacked a convoy of trucks carrying nuclear fuel in Southern Brazil earlier this week, according to police reports.

The convoy left the headquarters of Indústrias Nucleares de Brasil in Resend around 6:20 am Tuesday and headed towards the Angra Nuclear Power Plant located at the Central Nuclear Almirante Álvaro Alberto on the Itaorna Beach in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Within the convoy, there were two specialized trucks hauling uranium pellets were escorted by the Federal Highway Police and vehicles of the State Environmental Institute.

According to Brazil’s O Globo newspaper, the convoy was peppered by heavy fire two miles north of the power plant. The Brazilian Federal Highway Police said in a statement that its vehicles were escorting the nuclear fuel convoy when the attack occurred. Law enforcement returned fire, which developed into a fierce shootout.

Traficantes atacam comboio de urânio da Usina Nuclear de Angra dos Reis

— O Globo_Rio (@OGlobo_Rio) March 19, 2019

The statement from authorities said attackers retreated when law enforcement personnel returned fire.

The convoy arrived at its final destination [nuclear power plant] without further incident 20 minutes following the attack.

The statement by police was then followed by a public announcement by Eletronuclear, Eletrobras’ nuclear utility arm. The letter said that national security was not compromised during the attack, as the nuclear pellets carried by the trucks consisted of “uranium in its natural state.”

The mayor of Angra dos Reis, Fernando Jordão, asked the governor of Rio, Wilson Witzel, for additional security around the nuclear power plant following the attack.

"I told the governor that we need to make a security plan for the region, since we have nuclear power plants here. It's a sensitive area. The governor stopped talking with the federal government and revealed that he will seek the Minister Sergio Moro, Justice and Public Security - said the mayor.

Facebook says it left 'hundreds of millions' of user passwords unencrypted

>Most companies encrypt passwords to prevent them from being stolen in the event of a data breach or used for nefarious purposes by company employees.

Facebook said Thursday that an internal security review found the passwords of hundreds of millions of users had been stored on company servers without encryption, but that no passwords were leaked and the company has found no indication the sensitive data was improperly accessed.

The issue was first reported by security researcher Brian Krebs, who published a blog post Thursday detailing that Facebook employees built applications that captured the passwords of users and stored them as plain text, meaning a password would be readable just the same as it is entered to log in.

Beautiful spy who didnt come in from the cold gets Legal Bills Paid Russian Who Supports Texas Ind.

According to The Atlantic‘s Natasha Bertrand, 30-year-old Russian lobbyist Alexander Ionov has been fundraising on Butina’s behalf by way of a fundraising website hawking “The Maria Butina Legal Expense Fund”–based in Virginia–since sometime in 2018.

The website offers a sympathetic and dramatic retelling of Butina’s fall from grace as a Republican Party and National Rifle Association (NRA) influencer.

The Butina defense fund isn’t Ionov’s first project within the United States. Since 2015, at least, his Anti-Globalization Movement NGO has offered organizing and financial support to various separatist movements–including the Texas Nationalist Movement.

Support for secession in Texas is decidedly a minority opinion–but with between one-fifth and one quarter of Texans voicing their support for the Lone Star State’s renewed independence over time, the idea should hardly be considered fringe.

Some other Russian attemps at global destabilization are:

In December 2016, the California separatist group Yes California set up a makeshift embassy in Moscow with the organization’s help.

But Ionov’s group has also worked with increasingly popular–and decidedly not fringe–separatist movements like the overwhelmingly supported Catalan Solidarity for Independence coalition which recently scored a 92 percent victory in a referendum on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain.

Additionally, Ionov has offered his group’s services to the left-wing Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland whose raison d’être is reunification of the island of Erin–a proposition that’s looking increasingly likely due to the United Kingdom’s slow-motion Brexit controversy.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces post-Christchurch ban on military-style semi-automatc

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a plan to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in the wake of a terrorist attack that killed 50 people in Christchurch.

Ms Ardern said the ban would also apply to high-capacity magazines, all parts with the ability to convert firearms into semi-automatic-style weapons and parts that cause "close to automatic gunfire".

She said the law would be in place by April 11, at the end of the next two-week sitting session.

"In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country," she said.

While the legislation is being prepared, immediate changes to licensing regulations will restrict the purchase of the weapons.

This Clever Hack Will Change the Way You Find Music on Spotify

My favorite thing about Spotify has always been music discovery. So when the company started building personalized playlists like Discovery Weekly and Release radar, I was hooked. The only problem was listening to all the new music takes forever. But an independent project from a couple of Spotify developers offers an amazing hack for exploring millions and millions of songs. They call it Discover Quickly.

ACLU: Negro handcuffed for moving into a white neighborhood

The officer asked Robinson to walk toward the house and put his hands on his head. He then handcuffed Robinson.

Once backup arrived, the officer and a second officer entered the home, brought out the paperwork and took the handcuffs off Robinson. The officers helped Robinson carry the TV in the house after he asked them to.

Police told Robinson there had been a string of burglaries in the area. An officer can be heard on the body camera video apologizing to Robinson and saying, “If you look at the situation, I think, I think you get it.” The officers thanked Robinson for his cooperation.

Robinson, who is retired and volunteers as a radio DJ at a Kansas City radio station, told the AP on Thursday that he considered it “a half-hearted apology.”

“But I mean, that is not the point. It shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” he said.

The ACLU contends that public records show no reported burglaries in the area. And for weeks after the incident, according to Robinson, Tonganoxie police frequently patrolled around his block, parked their squad cars directly across the street almost every evening and on one occasion followed him from his home for more than 7 miles (11 kilometers) until he reached the highway. He claimed that Lawson, the police chief, also stopped him in October from filing a racial bias complaint about the Aug. 19 incident and the police presence afterward, which Robinson said amounted to surveillance

Big Tech Companies Call For The Arrest of Americans Who Criticize Islam Online

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Americans could soon be charged and prosecuted for “cyber terrorism crimes” if they criticize Islam on social media.

Big Tech companies are already complying with Sharia law and banning users who dare to speak the truth about Islamic terrorism. reports:

Twitter legal recently issued this reporter a warning that a tweet posted calling for burkas to be banned in the US violated Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

The specific Pakistani blasphemy laws that the tweet violated are punishable by life imprisonment or death and Twitter happily delivered the threat.

But these warnings are just the beginning.

Terror-tied CAIR wasted no time and blamed Trump, Trump supporters and “Islamophobia” after the New Zealand mosque shooting.

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is seeking to exploit the New Zealand mosque shooting to impose Sharia blasphemy laws in the United States.

CAIR “Research Director” Dr. Abbas Barzegar said in a presser we should “Not allow these people to exploit freedom of speech.”

New ILLinios Agenda 21 Bill Threatens To Cut Off Electricity To All 'Outdated' Homes


It’s now moving through the Illinois General Assembly with very broad sponsorship and exceptionally well-organized support. It’s a 365-page monstrosity of bureaucratic overreach, unhinged social engineering, climate extremism and shameless disregard for cost.

It’s called the Clean Energy Jobs Act. It would put specificity and the force of law behind the core concepts of the Green New Deal spearheaded by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The Green New Deal has been ridiculed widely even by many on the left and some environmentalists. Primarily, that’s because of the cost of completely eliminating fossil fuels, which unquestionably would be in the trillions for the nation. One estimate puts that cost at $93 trillion. It’s also loaded with pretty much every social justice goal du jour. Democrat presidential possibility Howard Schultz ripped it as “immoral” and “unrealistic.” It would “bring about mass death,” wrote a Greenpeace co-founder.

The Illinois bill’s central goals are 100% carbon-free electricity production by 2030, and 100% renewable everything across the state by 2050. Importantly, that means the 2050 goal precludes even nuclear energy, which currently accounts for about half of Illinois’ electricity production.

Under the Illinois bill, natural gas would be history. Rip out all those gas ranges, gas furnaces (that heat 77% of Illinois homes) and the rest over the next 30 years. The entire natural gas infrastructure, pipelines and all, would be abandoned.

The bill calls for 40 million solar panels and 2,500 wind turbines alongside $20 billion in new infrastructure over the next decade. One million gas and diesel vehicles would come off Illinois roads.

The Illinois bill is loaded with social justice goals. There are tedious requirements for a Clean Jobs Workforce Hubs Program; “environmental justice communities”; job creation for ex-offenders and former foster children; “energy empowerment zones”; workforce and training including soft skills and math to ensure communities of color, returning citizens, foster care communities and others understand clean energy opportunities; stipends for jobs and apprenticeships, including funding for transportation and child care; access to low-cost capital for disadvantaged clean energy businesses and contractors; and much, much more.

What’s most annoying is sheer indifference to cost, which is probably immeasurable anyway given the bill’s vast complexity. Don’t expect to find an estimate anywhere. National critics of the Green New Deal immediately asked about cost, but in Illinois, it just doesn’t matter. Broke Illinois would somehow have to pay a proportionate share of the multi-trillion-dollar cost estimates for the Green New Deal.

Could it really pass into law?

Companion bills are now pending in both the Illinois House and Senate. Together, they have over 50 sponsors.

Governor Pritzker has not yet commented on the bill. However, in his first days in office he committed to the goal of 100% renewables by 2050. It was not clear if he intended to exclude nuclear.

UK Dictatorship Blocks Online Pornography Nationwide

The UK government will begin blocking all adult websites in the United Kingdom as part of a strict new law seeking to protect children from pornography.

The new law, which comes into effect next month, will force people over the age of 18 who wish to view adult content to supply the British government proof of ID and spend £5 on a “porn card” at a local retailer. reports: That means starting as soon as next month, in order to access porn sites like PornHub and YouPorn – which both attract almost two billion visits each month worldwide – Brits will be required to provide proof of ID prior to accessing any X-rated video clips.

These new regulations were approved as part of the 2017 Digital Economy Act.

These free sites will join a number of other internet porn sites which are already currently using what’s called the AgeID system. The AgeID system requires users to present an official form of identification like a passport or driver’s license in order to verify their age.

When a potential porn viewer first clicks onto the website, AgeID will ask them to register and verify their age via Mobile SMS, a driver’s license, passport, or credit card.

This is another reason internet users should be rushing to backup media they want/desire, downloading censorship-resistant software such as Tor and I2P, along with peer-to-peer and torrent clients. If the future of the internet is to remain free, internet users must take action to decentralize and share files over the darkweb, P2P and torrent networks.

As someone brilliant from 8chan once noted: "I'm not promoting pornography, however I am promoting the freedom to CHOOSE whatever you desire to watch, even if it is looking at smut.

Here's a solution for all you Brits, now listen up:

Go here, download this client ASAP:

Don't just install this, back it up too and share that version of the client you have. You can find older versions being shared on other P2P clients too. With Tribler you can download or stream videos hosted by other peers, NO internet domains needed. However, the bad part is the selection may not be great. You will be limited to whatever other people are willing to share. I'd recommend getting whatever videos you'd like now, rip them using youtube-dl (which can rip videos from porn sites too if you desire). Use Tribler to share the banned content.

NOW LISTEN EVERYONE ELSE! I'm busy so I won't be on here very long, everyone else better be prepping for this in advance becuase this shit IS going down, NOT just in the UK but around the world. Internet crackdowns are REAL and they ARE coming to a nation near you!

You have been warned. Warn others. The time is NOW. Its do, or regret doing nothing later."

TOO STRANGE! Parkland Shooting Survivors Happened To Visit New Zealand BEFORE Mosque Shooting

A Teen Vogue article published last summer reported 28 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida traveled to New Zealand to spread their “message of gun-violence prevention.”

Per the article:

MSD students are returning to school next week. They will do so joined by a new freshman class, but without the beloved classmates and staff who were killed on February 14, when a gunman opened fire within the Parkland, Florida, school.

They spent their summer balancing life as regular teenagers with their new mission: spreading the message of gun-violence prevention, promoting voter registration, and sustaining the movement of youth activism that catapulted their school into the national spotlight.

A group of 28 MSD students recently traveled to New Zealand, where they not only spread their ideas about gun law reform but also absorbed new strategies for pursuing activism more generally.

After more than 14 hours of travel, the students were welcomed in Christchurch, New Zealand, on July 23. Wearing burgundy #MSDStrong T-shirts, the students were met by U.S. and New Zealand officials, who helped escort the group to a youth summit organized in collaboration with Nancy Gilbert of the New Zealand Honorary Consul for Florida, Education New Zealand, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Nigerian Muslims Killing Christians As Governments And Media Look The Other Way


The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week’s slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.

The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.

The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.

Monday’s incident followed an attack the day before in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru, where 17 Christians were killed and dozens of homes were burned.

In the first week of March, Muslim extremists massacred more than 30 Christians in Karamar village, setting fire to several houses and a church. The terrorists reportedly shot at families trying to escape the fire, killing 32.

“The government is able to provide protection [to the Christians], but what’s obvious to everybody is that the government is unwilling,” Kwashi told Breitbart News.

The World Has Never Been Closer to World War III

The World Has Never Been Closer to World War III

Even though most of us are cognizant of the fact that mainstream media is nothing but a “bread and circus” excrement show, it is still difficult to comprehend how much deception that the they think they can get away with.

Along these lines, Myself and another researcher are preparing to release a story which reveals the extent that a specific Mexican drug cartel is embedded inside of the California State Assembly and the dormant, but soon to be revived CALEXIT movement. For the most part, the journalistic sources, are not American, they are south-of-the-border-Mexican-journalists, and their stories are consistent with each other and the facts. In an all-too-familiar-scenario, American journalists are nowhere to be found in this story. Well, we have another similar situation involving the compromised nature of the MSM and the story is related to the coming war in Venezuela. It seems that even the Russian journalists, known for their flights of fancy, are more honest than the corporate controlled American media. The fact is the world has never been closer to WW III, and we would only know this sad fact if we look at foreign media.

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Historically, what does it mean when troops from an adversarial country are moved next door, thousands of miles away from home, into a neighboring country of their enemy? Along the same lines, please allow me to another question: What does it mean when an aggressor nation withdraws its diplomatic core from their potential enemy’s country?

Let’s answer these questions, one at a time in order to see if we can connect some dots which may form a meaningful and relevant conclusion. The answer to the first question has already been answered. Both on The Common Sense Show and in many of other alt media news sites, the landing of 5,000 American troops in Columbia has been well documented. This is an invasion force and their target lies next door in Venezuela. Isn’t likely that World War III, commencing in Venezuela is becoming much more likely just with this development on its own?

Another development has lead to another flash point in the Venezuela controversy and it is related to the formation of a second important question, posed above, implies the significance of withdrawing embassy personnel and assets in the midst of heated controversy. The answer to this second question is obvious. The action of removing diplomatic personnel usually means that military confrontation is imminent. This has been a consistent sign, in history, that war is imminent! Unfortunately, Fox and CNN are not honestly reporting on this scenario. They are not lying about the events, they are simply not reporting them. For a more accurate picture, we must go to RT:

… The US State Department annnounced it is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, citing the “deteriorating situation” and referring to the presence of US staff at the embassy as a “constraint on US policy….”

Here is s tweet on the subject from neocon, Mike Pompeo:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the withdrawal on Monday. While most US staff stationed in Caracas had already been withdrawn in January following the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido’s attempt to declare himself president, a select few remained in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s order to American diplomats to leave the country.

Globalist interests desperately push pro-vaccine agenda

>Youtube (owned by Google) demonetized anti-vaccine channels after Buzzfeef contacts advertisers

>Congressman Adam Schiff (California) sent a letter to Jeff Bezos expressing concern over a CNN report showing amazon was showing anti-vaccination books and videos in the search results and also displaying them in sponsored posts. Schiff personally effectively asked Bezos to stop suggesting these titles out of duty to act responsibly.

>Soon after, Amazon took down anti-vaccine documentaries from prime video streaming

>Wikipedia now has a page called vaccine hesitancy

There is now a clear effort between both Corporate and Governmental groups to silence free speech they disagree with and do not want promoted.

>Soon after, Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) also stated in an article that they too will also be cracking down on anti-vaccine content and that they will no longer allow these groups to promote their information through ads or recommendations and will make those topics less prominent in search results.

Doctor Peter Hotez (appeared very recently on the Joe Rogan show only days after these events) is attempting to mobilize against anyone who disagrees with the interests of the people who push the vaccine agenda and said "An American antivaccine movement is building and we need to take steps now to snuff it out." and has been parroting many of the same comments that Bill Gates has made on the topic of vaccinations. Doctor Peter Hotez has also accused Anti-Vaccine Families of being "a hate group that hate our family and hate our children" because he disagrees with their freedom to make their own choices. (interview here)

Here have a tucker interview too.

If you can just label any group you want as a hate group, and then automatically label anything they say as hate speech, then you can shut down anyone you disagree with.

Sounds familar doesn't it?

If you can just label any group you want as mentally ill, and then automatically label anything they say as crazy talk, then you can shut down anyone you disagree with.

Land of The Slaves? Arizona's Despots Push For Forced DNA Theft, And Wants YOU To Pay For It!

Arizona could soon be one of the first states in Modern USSA to maintain a massive statewide DNA database.

And if the proposed legislation passes, many people — from parent school volunteers and teachers to real estate agents and foster parents — will have no choice but to give up their DNA.

Under Senate Bill 1475, DNA must be collected from anyone who has to be fingerprinted by the state for a job, to volunteer in certain positions or for a myriad of other reasons.

The bill would even authorize the medical examiner's office to take DNA from any bodies that come into their possession.

The Department of Public Safety would maintain the collected DNA alongside the person's name, social security number, date of birth and last known address.

Any DNA in the database could be accessed and used by law enforcement in a criminal investigation. It could also be shared with other government agencies across the country for licensing, death registration, to identify a missing person or to determine someone's real name.

It could also be provided to someone conducting "legitimate research."

A $250 fee could be collected from a person who submits biological samples, according to the bill.

No other state has anything this totalitarian in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.

ISIS caliphate has crumbled and last stronghold liberated, Fox News has learned

The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.

It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone.

Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.

Kale is now one of the most pesticide contaminated vegetables

Often touted for being highly nutritious, kale has joined the list of 11 other fruits and vegetables known to be "dirty," according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

The watchdog group publishes its "Dirty Dozen" list annually, in which it ranks the 12 produce items that contain the highest amount of pesticide residues. The group analyzes data from the Department of Agriculture's regular produce testing to determine the list.

Ranked alongside kale on the list are strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.

The last time kale was included in the USDA's produce tests was 2009 and it ranked eighth on the Dirty Dozen list.

"We were surprised kale had so many pesticides on it, but the test results were unequivocal," said EWG Toxicologist Alexis Temkin in a release.

More than 92 percent of kale had residue from at least two pesticides after washing and peeling the appropriate vegetables, according to the report. Some had up to 18. Almost 60 percent of the kale samples showed residual Dacthal, a pesticide that is known as a possible human carcinogen.

Pesticides help protect crops against insects, weeds and infections, but research has shown a correlation between chemicals and health complications.

The group releases its "Clean Fifteen" list as well, highlighting the 15 produce items with the least amount of pesticide residue detected. It includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplants, asparagus, kiwis, cabbages, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melons.

Consumers should buy organic produce whenever possible to avoid pesticides, according to the report. But that shouldn't deter people who can't afford it from eating these items.

"The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure and all that fat food and alchohol that they drink," EWG Research Analyst Carla Burns said in a release.

European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws

Ahead of a final vote on the legislation next Tuesday, March 26th, a number of European Wikipedia sites are going dark for the day, blocking all access and directing users to contact their local EU representative to protest the laws. Other major sites, such as Twitch and PornHub, are showing protest banners on their homepages and social media.

Article 13 is particularly dangerous, say critics. It will make all platforms hosting user-generated content (everything from Imgur to Tumblr to YouTube) legally responsible for users uploading copyrighted content. The only way to stop these uploads, say critics, will be to scan content before its uploaded, leading to the creation of filters that will likely be error-prone and abused by copyright trolls.

Wikimedia, the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia, said the rules would be a “net loss for free knowledge.” Volunteer editors for the German, Czech, Danish, and Slovak Wikipedias have all blacked out their sites for the day — an action that recalls the much more widespread internet blackouts that took place in 2012 to protest the controversial US SOPA bill.

Spic rapes 1 tween,1 toddler(his own kid) & 2 tots in a week, after spic judge released him twice

A New Mexico man has been accused of raping three different children in a week after being released on bail twice by the same judge then going on the run.

Raymond Hernandez, 29, was arrested for a third time on Monday morning after a state-wide manhunt.

He was first taken into custody on January 15 after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and beating her friend.

He was released on a $10,000 bond which had been agreed by Judge Ernest Ortega.

Two days later, after being allowed out on the basis that he wear an ankle monitor, he was arrested again for allegedly molesting a 19-month-old girl who lived in the same home as the teen he is said to have raped, The Taos News reports.

Judge Ernest Ortega granted the accused predator's release twice

Shockingly, Ortega granted him bail of $20,000, which he paid, and he was released again.

On January 24, after being released, he allegedly raped a five-year-old girl.

He then fled the town of Penasco, where he is from, and was not arrested until January 28 in Colorado.

He was taken into custody 88 miles from where he fled.

Further details of his arrest were not immediately available on Tuesday afternoon.

It is unclear when he will be extradited back to New Mexico to face the charges and if he will be granted bail again.

What is 8chan? The site used by NZ terrorist to spread hate

Shortly before the mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, the gunman posted a link on 8chan to the Facebook page where he would live-stream his attack.

A man aged in his 20s has been charged with murder following the shootings at the al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and then the nearby Linwood mosque.

Posting to 8chan, he wrote: "The Facebook link is below, by the time you read this I should be going live."

He encouraged users to spread his message.

Within minutes users were applauding the gunman and sharing the link, while others said that sharing the information could land 8chan in trouble.

It is an imageboard, a type of internet forum in which people primarily discuss topics using images attached to each of their posts rather than just text, which contains explicit and offensive material.

It is unaffiliated with the infamous imageboard 4chan although it shares the same culture of anonymity and format of image posting.

In practice, its different boards focus on different topics, including video games and Japanese animation, anime.

They each feature a wide range of anonymous contributions and discussions, but those on its 'politically incorrect' board prominently include hate speech and antisemitic conspiracy theories, as well as an abundance of slurs towards minority ethnic and sexual groups.

8chan features discussions of alleged "Muslims [sic] Reactions" inciting racial hatred, with unsourced images purporting to show a Muslim social media account reacting to the shooting by declaring war.

Another thread alleges that the shooting was conducted as part of a Jewish conspiracy, and others referencing a far-right party being elected in a local election in Spain.

It has been the subject of numerous scandals, including hosting child abuse material, involvement in the harassment of female games developers during Gamergate, and for its involvement in so-called swatting attacks - where people make false reports to police in order for them to be targeted by SWAT teams.

New Zealand PM announces post-Christchurch ban on all military-style semi-automatc weapons

"In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country," she said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday all assault weapons and "military-style automatic weapons" would be banned in the wake of last week's mosque shootings in Christchurch that left 50 people dead. Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back programs will be put in place for banned weapons.

Ardern said the shooting suspect had purchased his weapons legally and a "simple online purchase" of 30-round magazines had enhanced their capacity. Ardern said all semi-automatic used during the attack would be banned.

"I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride," Ardern said.

Ardern said the government acknowledged that some guns serve "legitimate purposes in our farming communities" and thus they were setting aside exemptions for .22 caliber rifles and shotguns.


U.S. scientists reportedly purchased hundreds of cats and dogs from Asian meat markets, used them for experiments and fed the remains to other lab cats, according to the White Coat Waste Project.

Scientists reportedly conducted the experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lab in Maryland between 2003 and 2015. The experiments involved hundreds of animals from markets in Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia, according to the watchdog group. Some of the meat markets in question have been condemned by Congress.

MP's told not to travel alone as risk of UK cival war skyrockets

MPs have been urged to take taxis home from Parliament and not travel alone in the coming days, over security fears.

Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has written to all MPs ahead of potentially crunch Brexit votes next week.

"I have never felt this level of tension during my time in the House and I am aware other colleagues feel the same," wrote Mr Hoyle.

He said regional police forces have been told to be aware of tensions both at Westminster and locally.

He added that the Metropolitan Police has been told it must take a lead to ensure MPs can vote without fear.

Special provisions to allow MPs to be collected from the Parliamentary estate by taxi have been introduced.

MPs have also been advised to travel with colleagues, rather than on their own.

Man Develops Infection in His Skull and Brain Lining After Cleaning His Ear with a Cotton Swab

A simple step in many people’s hygiene left an English man developing a near-fatal infection that spread to the lining of his brain.

Over the past five years, the man had been experiencing pain and hearing loss in his ear — something he had been treated for multiple times. It wasn’t until he had a seizure that led him to look more carefully into the problem and discover that a piece of a cotton swab stuck in his ear was causing his severe medical issues, according to his link opens in a new tab Live Science.

Trudeau Apologizes For Sneaking Chocolate Bar In House Of Commons

OTTAWA — There was a teachable moment in the House of Commons Wednesday after Conservative MP Scott Reid accused the prime minister of sneaking a bagel under his desk.

Rules state members "may refresh themselves with glasses of water during debate, but the consumption of any other beverage or food is not allowed."

Watch: Tory MP accuses PM of hiding a snack and breaking a House of Commons rule

Reid, a longtime Tory MP, also called out the defence and heritage ministers for the same violation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rose to admit to breaching the no-food rule, but said the item wasn't a baked good. "It was a chocolate bar. I apologize," he said.

Montreal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather chimed in on social media to share his disappointment that the snack Trudeau snuck in was a confection and not one of his city's wood-fired bagels.

USDA buy CaTS & dogs FROM chink meat markets to feed to lab CATS & dogs

U.S. government scientists bought hundreds of dogs and cats from "Asian meat markets" and conducted experiments that included feeding their remains to healthy lab cats for needless research, according to a disturbing watchdog report being released Tuesday.

Other experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lab in Maryland included feeding dog remains to cats and injecting cat remains into mice, the report by the White Coat Waste Project found. The group is a non-profit that combats wasteful government spending on animal testing.

"It's crazy," Jim Keen, a former USDA scientist, told NBC News, which obtained a copy of the report. "Cannibal cats, cats eating dogs — I don't see the logic."

The experiments — some of which the agency said in scientific reports were aimed at studying different forms of a parasite that causes the food-borne illness toxoplasmosis — are believed to have been conducted between 2003 and 2015. The animals that were euthanized to be used as lab food included over 400 dogs from Colombia, Brazil and Vietnam and over 100 cats from China and Ethiopia.

"Some of these cats and dogs were purchased by the government from the same Asian meat markets that the U.S. Congress roundly condemned in a House Resolution" last year, said the report by the WCW.

The group plans on releasing its findings, which were culled from the USDA's own research publications, in a report to Congress entitled, "USDA Kitten Cannibalism."

Two UK boys questioned over Oxford school swastika graffiti

Two boys were questioned by police after swastikas were daubed on a school wall.

The Nazi graffiti was found at a school in Headington, Oxford, and appeared to be inspired by the recent terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were questioned under caution, and the 14-year-old was also interviewed about a similar incident in November.

They have been referred to the Youth Justice Service, police said.

The graffiti on the wall in Cheney Lane, also said "Sub to PewDiePie" - a reference to the popular YouTube star, whose name was also mentioned by the Christchurch attacker.

Supt Joe Kidman, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I deplore the actions of the person or persons responsible for this graffiti and there are no excuses for those who carry out hate crimes.

"Our thoughts remain with the people of New Zealand and we stand together with them and all our communities at this difficult time."

In November, swastika graffiti appeared on and around Headington Quarry Pavilion but was quickly replaced by posters saying "stand up to racism".

Labour city councillor Shaista Aziz spotted the swastikas while dropping off her nieces at school.

She tweeted: "Absolutely disgusted to see Nazi signs sprayed on a wall and building in Oxford this morning… this is how hate is normalised."

More and More Democrats Come Out to Support the Wall

Democratic members have increasingly expressed support for a physical barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border over the course of immigration negotiations, making it harder for party leaders to ignore their positions.

Prior to the lengthy partial government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seemed to have complete control over the members of his party, even those who had expressed support for the wall during election campaigns.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — then the House minority leader — promised that she would not appropriate a single dollar to the wall, despite Trump’s promise of a shutdown if he did not receive $5.7 billion to build on the border.

But a number of rank and file Democrats have since said that they support a physical barrier in concert with other border security measures, perhaps due to pressure from the extended shutdown and a desire to prevent another one.

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Chink chip factory finds ww1 grenade packed with potatos

Workers in a Hong Kong potato chip factory recently unpacked a bushel of trouble, when they discovered that a shipment of French potatoes contained a German hand grenade dating to World War I.

The spherical grenade was found on Feb. 2 at about 9 a.m. local time at the Calbee Four Seas Company factory in Hong Kong, China, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. It measured about 3 inches (8 centimeters) wide, weighed about 2 lbs. (1 kilogram) and was thought to be in "an unstable condition," Hong Kong Police Force superintendent Wilfred Wong Ho-hon told AFP.

Police identified the bomb as German-made, deployed in a war that ended more than a century ago. Judging by the grenade's potato-like camouflage of mud and soil, the bomb was likely long buried on a French WWI battlefield that later became a potato farm, the AFP reported. [10 of the Most Powerful Explosions Ever]

After securing the area, officers with the Hong Kong Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau detonated the grenade outdoors at the factory site around noon; they placed it in a hole in the road and triggered an explosion with a high-pressure water jet, police representatives posted on Facebook.

Using powerful water jets to detonate or even destroy bombs from a distance is a method that has been employed by demolitions experts since the 1990s,