Sunday, October 15, 2017

He hid in the woods for 10 years to escape a bad relationship...

Malcolm Applegate, 62, went to extreme measures to get out of what he describes as a “controlling” relationship.

Applegate left his wife for the woods one day without telling anyone and lived there for five years, staying hidden for a total of 10.

“I camped in thick woodland near Kingston, and made that home for five years while maintaining the gardens at a local community center for the elderly,” says Applegate.

Gardening is what started the problems in his marriage. He says his wife didn’t want him working so many hours and would get upset over any time he spent outside of the house. Full story...

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Australia: Almost 90% of edible tomatoes thrown away based on appearance...

Up to 87% of undamaged, edible tomatoes harvested from a commercial Queensland farm were rejected and wasted based on appearance, a study has found, highlighting the problem of food wastage.

Tara McKenzie, an environmental scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, said that at every point in the supply chain, edible tomatoes that were slightly odd-shaped or marked or deemed too small or too large were rejected because they didn’t meet market standards for premium, unblemished product. She found between 68.6% and 86.7% of the produce was rejected.

The government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20bn each year.

Researchers examined a farm in Bundaberg that had two separate supply chains running to provide tomatoes to markets in Bundaberg and Brisbane. Led by McKenzie, they followed the tomatoes from the point of harvesting through to sorting and handling, transport, and storage. Full story...

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days...

An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.

Italian animal advocacy group LAV says it helped persuade public La Sapienza University to let her use two days' family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola.

LAV president Gianluca Felicetti says in a statement that anyone who obtains a veterinarian's certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola's case as precedent.

The woman said Cucciola is recovering well from surgery for a breast tumor and a larynx problem. The woman, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to be identified. She had adopted Cucciola, found abandoned in a Rome park. Source...

“Worse than Big Tobacco”: How Big Pharma fuels the opioid epidemic...

Over a 40-year career, Philadelphia attorney Daniel Berger has obtained millions in settlements for investors and consumers hurt by a rogues’ gallery of corporate wrongdoers, from Exxon to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. But when it comes to what America’s prescription drug makers have done to drive one of the ghastliest addiction crises in the country’s history, he confesses amazement.

“I used to think that there was nothing more reprehensible than what the tobacco industry did in suppressing what it knew about the adverse effects of an addictive and dangerous product,” says Berger. “But I was wrong. The drug makers are worse than Big Tobacco.”

The U.S. prescription drug industry has opened a new frontier in public havoc, manipulating markets and deceptively marketing opioid drugs that are known to addict and even kill. It’s a national emergency that claims 90 lives per day. Berger lays much of the blame at the feet of companies that have played every dirty trick imaginable to convince doctors to overprescribe medication that can transform fresh-faced teens and mild-mannered adults into zombified junkies.

So how have they gotten away with it? Full story...

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Tokyo Olympic stadium worker’s death follows 190 hours of overtime in month...

Japanese labour inspectors have determined that the suicide of a 23-year-old man who worked at Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium construction site stemmed from overwork, and that his family was eligible for government compensation.

Hiroshi Kawahito, a lawyer representing the bereaved family, said that the victim, in charge of quality control of materials at the stadium site, recorded 190 hours of overtime in one month before killing himself in March, according to Japan’s NHK public television. The worker had been in the role for less than a year.

The amount of overtime was way over 80 hours, a threshold for karoshi (death from overwork). Labour officials in Tokyo found the victim, who was not identified by name, also recorded 160 hours of overtime in January.

Work at the new stadium has been intense because of its delayed start. An earlier stadium plan was scrapped due to spiralling costs and an unpopular design. On an average day, about 1,000 workers are at the project led by Taisei Corp, Japan’s construction giant. Full story...

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Rohingya recount atrocities: ‘They threw my baby into a fire’

Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move.

A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Myanmar burned down behind her.

“You,” the soldiers said, pointing at her.

She froze.

“You!”

She squeezed her baby tighter.

In the next violent blur of moments, the soldiers clubbed Rajuma in the fire. Full story...

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Visiting Singapore? Chinese tourists will be getting pamphlets of dos and don’ts to reinforce “civilized” behaviour...

Chinese tourists arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport on Friday (September 22) were given a special welcome souvenir – a pamphlet of dos and don’ts that runs nearly 30 pages.

The guidebook covers issues from behavior in public areas to Singapore’s strict traffic rules, including advices such as: “Don’t try to bribe custom officials when you are rejected entry with a valid visa” and a reminder to flush the toilet after use.

During a speech at the airport, Chinese embassy’s charge d’affaires, Fang Xinwen, mentioned that more than 1.5 million visitors arrived in Singapore from mainland China in the first half of the year.

Fang went on to add that with an increasing number of Chinese tourists visiting Singapore, behavioural and personal safety problems have emerged in recent years. Full story...

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Chennai: I will continue begging, says Russian tourist...

The Russian tourist, Evgenii Berdnikov, ‘rescued’ by the police and sent to Chennai after he sought alms at a Kancheepuram temple on Tuesday says he would continue begging and has no immediate plans to leave the country. DC found the man with another tourist on South Boag road in T Nagar. It seemed that the foreign national is not in any distress as feared initially

Russian consulate in Chennai had earlier told the media that he had not contacted them and that they will assist him in a proper way if he contacts them.

When asked as to why he has not contacted the Russian consulate in Chennai as suggested by the cops, Evgenii replied that they would be of no help to him and he wants to travel. His visa expires on November 22. Full story...

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Brave passengers board last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th...

Fearless flyers will laugh in the face of superstition today when they board the last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. Travelling on the “unluckiest day of the year” could save you some pounds, but a journey straight to HEL on the 13th hour of the superstitious date is one flight most would probably like to avoid.

Nordic airline Finnair has flown brave passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki, Finland, on Friday the 13th since 2006.

However, today will be the last time Flight 666 flies to Hel, as the airline has decided to retire the flight number.

“Today will actually be the final time that our AY666 flight flies to HEL,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

“As of October 29, some of our flight numbers in our network will change and our AY666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will change to AY954.

“In 11 years, we’ve flown 21 times the AY666 flight to HEL on Friday the 13th.” Full story...

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Weinstein scandal: What it tells us about celebs, politics & Hollywood...

Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal isn’t only an indictment of his twisted soul, but of America’s as well.

The story of Weinstein, the uber-powerful film producer, co-founder of Miramax Films and major donor to Democratic politicians, who got fired from his job as co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company after the New York Times ran an article exposing his serial sexual harassment of female employees, is such a perfect storm of corruption, depravity and hypocrisy that it exquisitely encapsulates the moral decay of America.

The New York Times piece revealed that Weinstein has settled at least eight different sexual harassment lawsuits over the years. The article was just the tip of a really grotesque iceberg, for in its wake a plethora of other claims has surfaced.

In a New Yorkerarticle, written, ironically enough, by Ronan Farrow, son of alleged pedophile Woody Allen, even more claims emerged of Weinstein’s predatory behavior. One of the many lowlights from that article includes Italian actress/filmmaker Asia Argento and two other women claiming that Weinstein raped them.

The most famous women among the sea of those claiming harassment at the hands of the movie mogul are Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette. Full story...

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Is there an upside to having no social life?

As a freelancer working solo from home, while my housemates head out to work, I justified a very active social life as basic human necessity. Yet when it dawned on me just how much time I was spending socialising, I realised I may be taking it to an extreme.

I calculated that, on average, I was spending 22 hours or more each week on social activities. So, in a bid to see what would happen to my work output, health and wellbeing, I decided to try and cut out my social life entirely.

I knew, at times, I filled my schedule simply out of fear of missing out (FOMO), an inability to say no, but also as a sneaky way to procrastinate or shift focus away from my work.

For one month, I declined all in-person activities with friends: going out for drinks; coffee catch-ups; dinners; parties and non-work related events, to see if it would make me more productive, improve my focus and career prospects. Full story...

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In a cashless world you'd better pray the power never goes out...

When Hurricane Maria knocked out power in Puerto Rico, residents there realized they were going to need physical cash — and a lot of it.

Bloomberg reported yesterday that the Fed was forced to fly a planeload of cash to the Island to help avert disaster:

William Dudley, the New York Fed president, put the word out within minutes, and ultimately a jet loaded with an undisclosed amount of cash landed on the stricken island...

[Business executive in Puerto Rico] described corporate clients’ urgent requests for hundreds of thousands in cash to meet payrolls, and the challenge of finding enough armored cars to satisfy endless demand at ATMs. Such were the days after Maria devastated the U.S. territory last month, killing 39 people, crushing buildings and wiping out the island’s energy grid. As early as the day after the storm, the Fed began working to get money onto the island, Full story...

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Our protected, predatory oligarchy: dirty secrets, dirty lies...

The revelations coming to light about Hollywood Oligarch Harvey Weinstein perfectly capture the true nature of our status quo: a rotten-to-the-core, predatory, exploitive oligarchy of dirty secrets and dirty lies protected by an army of self-serving sycophants, servile toadies on the make and well-paid legal mercenaries. Predators aren't an aberration of the Establishment; they are the perfection of the Establishment, which protects abusive, exploitive predator-oligarchs lest the feudal injustices of life in America be revealed for all to see.

The predators reckon their aristocratic status in Hollywood/D.C. grants them a feudal-era droit du seigneur (rights of the lord) to take whatever gratifications they desire from any female who has the grave misfortune to enter their malefic orbit.

Anyone who protests or makes efforts to go public is threatened by the oligarch's thugs and discredited/smeared by the oligarch's take-no-prisoners legal mercenaries. (Recall the Clintons' Crisis Management Team tasked with crushing any Bimbo Eruptions, i.e. any eruptions of the truth about Bill's well-known-to-insiders predation of the peasantry.)

The dirty secret is that the oh-so-hypocritical power elites of Hollywood and Washington D.C. circle the wagons to protect One of Their Own from being unmasked. The first weapons of choice in this defense are (as noted above) threats from thugs, discrediting the exploited via the oligarchy's paid goons and lackeys in the mainstream media and dirty lies about what a great and good fellow the oligarch predator is. The last line of defense is a hefty bribe to silence any peasant still standing after the oligarchs' onslaught of threats, smears and lies. Full story...

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Duterte orders all EU diplomats to leave Philippines within 24 hours over drug war criticism...

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told all the European Union diplomats to leave his country over the increasing criticism of the government's bloody war against drugs. Speaking from a newly inaugurated press briefing room in Manila on Thursday (12 October), he told the diplomats not to step on the country's soil again.

"You think that we are a bunch of morons here... The ambassadors of those countries learn a lesson now. Because we can have the diplomatic channels cut tomorrow, you leave my country in 24 hours, all of you," he said during the rambling rant against colonialism in the capital, Manila.
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It is still unclear what exactly Duterte, infamous for his foul-mouthed rhetoric against his detractors, meant by expelling those envoys. The firebrand leader is known to make brash remarks against Western leaders in the past only for the presidential palace later to clarify the remarks.

During his tirade, he also attacked European critics who have threatened that the Philippines could expelled from the UN Human Rights Council if the Duterte administration pressed on with the drug war and thousands of extrajudicial killings. Full story...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Since 2016, cops have killed 3 times as many citizens as 4 decades of mass shootings COMBINED...

As Hillary Clinton calls for repealing the second amendment, this behind the scenes deep state puppet master epitomizes what those in favor of gun control really want — only the government can have guns.

Every time a lunatic, who is usually on some form mind-altering pharmaceutical, goes on a shooting rampage, the do-gooders in Washington, with the aid of their citizen flocks, take to the TV and the internet to call for disarming the American people.

The citizens who call for themselves and their neighbors to be disarmed, likely think no deeper than the shallow speeches given by the political blowhards, designed to appeal to emotion only. They do not think of what happens during and after the government attempts to remove guns from society. They also completely ignore the fact that criminals do not obey laws and making guns illegal would have zero effect on criminals possessing guns.

In the perfect statist world in which only the government has guns, we’re told that crime rates would plummet, people wouldn’t be murdered, gun violence would be brought to its knees, and a disarmed heaven on Earth would ensue. But how effective would disarming the citizens actually be at preventing gun violence, while at the same time keeping guns in the hands of government? Full story...

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Technology changing travel habits for millions of Chinese...

Phew – you can almost sense the relief on the mainland after China’s ‘Golden Weekend’ officially ended on Sunday.

Over the eight-day-long holiday China enjoyed a tourism boom with an incredible 705 million tourists traveling. That means one in 10 people in the world were on the move over the past week.

Most of the travel was within the country. The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) says the travelers spent some 583.6 billion yuan (US$88 billion).

And about 6 million people travelled abroad – to 1,155 cities in 88 countries, up nearly 30%, the CNTA said.

The number of mainland Chinese who went overseas was equivalent to the entire population leaving Miami in United States, or Berlin in Germany. Full story...

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine...

Recreational marijuana sales will launch in three states next year, including the biggest one of all: California.

It's already for sale in five states, but the addition of a legal retail marijuana market in California, with its massive economy and population, will dramatically change the landscape.

California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer.

 "We obviously still have a lot to do, but yes, we're going to be ready to go on January 1," said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the Bureau of Cannabis Control in California. "We will be issuing new regulations in November, so we're hard at work on those at the present time." Full story...

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South Koreans yawn at nuclear controversy...

Newspaper headlines and grave warnings from TV anchors about nuclear cataclysm in the Korean Peninsula may give travelers pause. But in South Korea, few people discuss the issue openly, including inside the halls of government or on the parliamentary floor.

The North Korean threat tops headlines for sure, but most news reports focus on reactions from Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo and Washington – including Donald Trump suggesting that the US secretary of state is “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea. For average South Koreans, the news is no more exciting than daily weather reports.

The Kim Jong Un regime may have adopted a new tactic to rouse South Koreans from their somnolent response. Recently, in Seoul’s Sinchon area, where several university campuses are located, students alerted police to retrieve scattered leaflets containing North Korean propaganda threats and boasts of its nuclear weapons power.

“Our hydrogen bombs will wipe out Americans,” asserted one handbill, apparently floated to the south in balloons to target students. Possessing North Korean material is against law and the students didn’t bother to look. Instead, police carted off the materials, probably for incineration. Full story...

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Ryanair 'run like a communist regime', says pilot...

Cabin crew reduced to tears, pilots refused days off even for their weddings, and workers "left in exile" thousands of miles from their homes and families.

After budget airline Ryanair was forced to cancel thousands of flights - repeatedly blaming a rostering error rather than an alleged pilot shortage - chief executive Michael O'Leary has written to pilots offering them better pay and conditions.

Here, a long-serving pilot explains why the offer is "too little, too late", and explains why his colleagues are leaving the airline.

Mr O'Leary is partly right to say the cancellations have been caused by problems accommodating pilots' leave, says the pilot.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

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"One rape every four hours in Sri Lanka"

Sabaragamuwa Province Governor President’s Counsel Marshal Perera said it was a disturbing matter that a rape of a woman take place every four hours in Sri Lanka that carries the reputation as the country that produced the first woman prime minister and the first woman president in the world.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Textile and Trade Exhibition 2017 organised by the Provincial Minister of Industries he said that schoolgirls were the victims in many instances.

“According to statistics of the Police Department, rape is going on unchecked and it is increasing. A woman is raped every four hours. Much has been talked about and written regarding the protection of women, but it is sad that women are subject to rape so often. Socioeconomic conditions and standards of education should be lifted to save women from this threat. Administrators, economists, religious dignitaries and scholars should put their heads together and workout and effective mechanism to provide adequate safeguards for women,” he said.

Secretary to the Governor Lalith Dodankotuw, Secretary to the Rural Industries Ministry D,M,Malani, Director Industries , Sabaragamuwa Province V.O.L.S. Ratnasena and Asst.Director P.V.A.M.Pahalavithana were present at the occasion. Source...

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India jobs: The signs point to a bleak outlook for employment...

On the campaign trail in 2013, Narendra Modi told Indians that his party would create 10 million jobs if it came to power.

A year later, his BJP swept to power in Delhi with a resounding majority. This January, India's Economic Survey hinted that things were not going well, and that employment growth was sluggish. New government data shows that the unemployment rate had risen to 5%, up from 4.9% in 2013-14, the year before Mr Modi came to power.

The picture may be actually a lot bleaker. A recent study by economist Vinoj Abraham, using recent jobs data collected by the labour bureau, reckons employment growth in India has slowed down drastically between 2012 and 2016.

What is more worrying, according to his study, is there has been an absolute decline in employment - drying up of existing jobs - between 2013-14 and 2015-16, possibly for the first time in independent India. Full story...

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Largest child abuse sexual porn forum exposed and it was run by ... the police!

Both men stiffen as VG confronts them.

– Go ahead and publish what you know about us now, if you think it’s true, but be prepared for the consequences, says Jon.

Next to him in a Brisbane hamburger pub sits Paul.

VG has just told them what we’ve uncovered: that they run the world’s largest online forum for child sexual exploitation, “Childs Play”.

Jon, the Australian, turns pale. Paul, who is British, flushes crimson. Full story...

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Honey tests reveal global contamination by bee-harming pesticides...

Honey from across the world is contaminated with potent pesticides known to harm bees, new research shows, clearly revealing the global exposure of vital pollinators for the first time.

Almost 200 samples of honey were analysed for neonicotinoid insecticides and 75% contained the chemicals, with most contaminated with multiple types. Bees range over many kilometres to collect nectar and pollen, making the honey they produce an excellent indicator of the pesticide pollution across their local landscape.

Bees and other pollinators are vital to three-quarters of the world’s food crops but have been in serious decline in recent decades. The destruction of wild habitats, disease and widespread pesticide use are all important factors. Scientists responding to the new work say a crackdown on the industrial-scale use of the nerve agents is urgently needed.

The new analysis joins a growing number of highly critical reports on pesticides, including research showing most farmers could slash their pesticide use without losses, a UN report that denounced the “myth” that pesticides are necessary to feed the world, and a UK chief government scientist stating that the assumption by regulators it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false. Full story...

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Behold the human towers of Catalonia...


Russia's military is banning selfies because soldiers keep revealing their location to the enemy...

Russian soldiers may soon be unable to snap a quick selfie with their brothers-in-arms.

A new draft law from Russia's Ministry of Defense bans contract soldiers and military personnel from posting on social media over fears it could reveal their location to the enemy while deployed on the battlefield, the BBC reports.

Russia's Defense Ministry warned that foreign intelligence agencies and terrorist groups could use information posted by Russian soldiers to “destabilize the internal political and social situation in various regions of the world,” according to the Moscow Times. The concern is over geolocation data — now a regular feature of most social media networks — that can be used to identify the origin of a post or photo to within a few meters. Journalists have used this data to track troop movements and confirm the location of Russian soldiers.

In one instance, BBC Ukraine reporter Myroslava Petsa identified a post by a Russian soldier transporting rockets to eastern Ukraine, where conflict has raged since April 2014.

Russia has consistently denied reports that it is supporting pro-Russian fighters, which it characterizes as enthusiastic nationalists, in the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. But Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky was able to use social media activity to confirm the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

The selfie ban is expected to take effect in January 2018. Source...

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Chess player banned by Iran for not wearing a hijab switches to US...

A chess player banned from the Iranian national women's team for attending an international competition without wearing an Islamic headscarf has joined the US team.

Dorsa Derakhshani refused to wear the headscarf, known as the hijab, during the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess tournament in February, and joined the U.S. national team.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has required women to wear the hijab in public places.

Dorsa's registration has been altered on the world governing body Fide's website and the switch to the United States Chess Federation confirmed by the president of Iran's chess federation, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh.

Pahlevanzadeh added that she was not a member of Iran's national chess team. "She played for Iran only one time in 2014," he clarified. Full story...

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Facebook is still the biggest source of right-wing fake news...

As special counsel Robert Mueller, congressional investigators and investigative journalists continue to plug away at determining how Russian agents may have used social media (among other tools) to manipulate American voters in the 2016 presidential election, a larger reality appears to be overlooked. Whatever the Russians did on the internet was only possible because millions of Americans have been gulping down fake news via Facebook long before Donald Trump descended his golden elevator in the summer of 2015.

That reality is manifested daily, but one recent example demonstrates just how pervasive fake news is, especially on the political right.

Amid the devastation wrought on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, millions of residents are having trouble getting access to food and basic medical supplies as impassable roads prevent aid trucks from getting to neighborhoods and drivers from getting to their trucks. Read through any number of Facebook pages catering to grassroots Republicans, however, and you’ll get another explanation: The shortages are the fault of local Teamsters Union members who have gone on strike. Full story...

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Las Vegas shooting...

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I don’t know if it was a false flag attack, and if so, by who or for what purpose. I don’t expect to ever know. A story is set in place by officials and media. The only way to ever know is to personally investigate. You would have to go to Las Vegas, examine the scene, ask questions of the hotel, investigate the answers if you get any, find and interview concert attendees who were shot, attend funerals and see bodies of those killed, speak to their families, learn about the weapon allegedly used, experience trying to shoot at targets far below and far away, compare the number of casualties with the recorded time of firing, and so forth. In other words, we would have to do the job that in former times would have been done by the press, but no more.

It is almost like the story is being kept from us. For example, from media reports that the event was just across the street from the hotel, I did not know that “across the street” was a distance of 390 yards (1,170 feet).

As I don’t expect to ever have a confident opinion about what happened, I am not paying much attention to the mass shooting, or should I say alleged shooting. We are lied to and deceived so much that we can never tell when we are told the truth. It is like Dmitry Orlov says: Full story...

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Myanmar beauty queen dethroned after making comments on Rohingya crisis ... (graphic video)



Miss Universe Myanmar was stripped of her pageant title after posting a video accusing the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) of causing the ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, according to the beauty queen herself, Shwe Eain Si.

The 19-year-old former queen posted the video on Facebook September 24 with the intention of informing netizens of the violence that is happening in the state.

The video begins with the pageant participant talking to the viewer as graphic images of people — including children — with gashes across their faces appear in the message. Full story...

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Japanese woman 'dies from overwork' after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month...

Japan has again been forced to confront its work culture after labour inspectors ruled that the death of a 31-year-old journalist at the country’s public broadcaster, NHK, had been caused by overwork.

Miwa Sado, who worked at the broadcaster’s headquarters in Tokyo, logged 159 hours of overtime and took only two days off in the month leading up to her death from heart failure in July 2013.

A labour standards office in Tokyo later attributed her death to karoshi (death from overwork) but her case was only made public by her former employer this week.

Sado’s death is expected to increase pressure on Japanese authorities to address the large number of deaths attributed to the punishingly long hours expected of many employees. Full story...

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

He refuses to stop smoking at gas station, doesn't expect what is about to come next...

A few weeks ago we made a funny post about rules and the people who intentionally broke them. There are some rules however, that are there for good reason and if you do break them, by Jove there will be consequences.

And so we come to the gas station. Highly flammable liquids and gasses. Seems pretty logical to refrain from smoking right? Not for this douchebag, he‘ll smoke where he likes, thank you very much. Isn’t somebody going to put him in his place? Where are the gas station attendants? Somebody do something about this arrogant rogue!

Enter the hero of the day, a gas station employee has spotted the danger and is on the case. Watch the video below and see how he deals with the smug smoker, it’ll have you in stitches! And remember kids, smoking is bad, m’kay? Watch the video...

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Deafening silence: EU must condemn Spain's Catalonia crackdown...

Over the last few days, tens of thousands of Catalans have mobilized en-masse to take part in a referendum on the future of Catalonia.

Whatever your opinion on the question of Catalonian independence, there can be no doubt the response from the Spanish government has been heavy-handed and excessive.

The Spanish government claimed the referendum, which looks likely to return a resounding 'yes' vote and may well have done so by the time you read these words, is illegal.

Indeed, the government has claimed the referendum on independence violates the Spanish constitution. Now, even if one assumes that legality, is a sufficient means to measure right or wrong, illegality, or breaking the law, cannot in itself provide a justification for unprovoked physical violence.

And unprovoked violence is what was seen on the streets of Barcelona and beyond on Sunday. Full story...

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CONFIRMED: Vegas shooting suspect prescribed dangerous drugs – just like many previous mass shooters...

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has obtained information that Stephen Paddock, the suspect in the largest mass shooting in modern US history was prescribed a powerful psychotropic drug called diazepam in June of this year, just under four months prior to the shooting.

This fits a a decades long trend among mass shooters and others who engage in cruel and unusual criminal acts being on powerful, yet legal psychotropic drugs.

This means that the Duran accurately predicted two crucial realities in respect of the suspect’s profile, first of all that there was a connection to Philippines where an almost identical shooting took place 4 months prior to the Vegas massacre and secondly, that suspect Stephen Paddock was likely taking powerful psychotropic drugs. Both of these claims have now been confirmed.

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Paddock purchased the drug — its brand name is Valium — without insurance at a Walgreens store in Reno on the same day it was prescribed. He was supposed to take one pill a day.

Diazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodizepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behaviour. Chronic use or abuse of sedatives such as diazepam can also trigger psychotic experiences, according to drugabuse.com”. Full story...

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