Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trump has been subject to a military coup behind the scenes – this is the beginning of the end for his presidency...

Savour it with every fibre of your being, because such events come seldom and are usually over in minutes. And don’t stare directly at it: the flash of hope could cauterise the retina. But for the moment at least, the madness of the Trump presidency has been partially eclipsed.

This is not to suggest that Monday’s speech about increasing troop deployment to Afghanistan and US policy in South Asia was dazzlingly impressive in itself. Despite being one of those rare autocue-obedient recitals that tempt the willfully gullible to imagine he is becoming “presidential”, it had its absurdist flourishes. You had to smile at “I studied Afghanistan in great detail, and from every conceivable angle.” An hour earlier, he almost certainly thought Afghanistan was Jennifer Aniston’s younger sister, Afgh.

Among other proofs of his copious studies, he said that America’s longest war has been going on for 17 years (rather than not quite 16), and that the failed state is led by a prime minister (rather than a president). But beyond the default bombast and ignoramus howlers, the speech offered encouragement in what would, until a few months ago, have been the unlikeliest way.

With Afghanistan, Trump has had two opposing voices screaming at him. In one ear, the America First far right, as represented by his own instincts and the lovable likes of Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon, demanded the complete withdrawal of US troops. In the other, the Generals insisted this would leave Afghanistan to the tender mercies of the Taliban and even less gentlemanly Islamist outfits; that more troops, rather than less or none, was the way to go. Full story...

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Here’s how much of your life the United States has been at war...

President Trump’s youngest son, Barron, was born in 2006, more than four years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four years after American troops first entered Afghanistan with the goal of driving out the Taliban. Barron, in other words, has never lived in a United States where there weren’t troops fighting in Afghanistan; on Monday night, his father announced that this fight would continue.

It isn’t just Barron whose life has overlapped with a nation in conflict. In 2015, we looked at the extent to which all Americans have lived through any number of years in which the country has been at war. In light of Trump’s decision to keep that fight going, we decided to revisit the graphic at the heart of that analysis, showing how the nation’s armed conflicts have defined Americans’ lives.

At left, below, the U.S. population by birth year. (The most recent available data is from 2016.) Each bar is color-coded by the percentage of time that people born in that year have lived in a United States that has been fighting a war. At right, the breakdown of those conflicts over the span of an American’s life. The definitions here can be a little squishy, admittedly, but the general markers for when conflicts began and ended give a sense of how much of our lives the country has been at war. (For the sake of clarity, any period of conflict in a year is counted as a year at war.) Full story...

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The Real Cause of Natural Disasters Might Surprise You...

What really causes natural disasters? At first glance that may sound like a silly question. We all know that natural disasters are acts of God/random occurrences that we have no control over. They don’t really have a unifying cause. They just happen.

That’s one way to look at it. But after hearing about the flooding that New Orleans experienced earlier this month, I realized that there’s another way to look at what causes natural disasters. Read the following account of what happened to New Orleans recently, and see if you can spot the real cause of the flooding.

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So after enduring the worst natural disaster in American history, New Orleans was given billions of dollars to fix their flood control infrastructure, yet the city government has utterly failed to follow through. And let’s not forget what happened after Katrina. Multiple investigations found that the levees failed due to things like poor design, improper materials, and a lack of maintenance. And everyone knew for decades that one day those levees would fail, yet they kept kicking the can down the road. They’re still kicking the can.

So what really causes a natural disaster? Is it really an act of God, or are people to blame? Full story...

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Everyone is wrong about North Korea...

 Imagine a world where one country – country X – is bombing at least seven countries at any one time and is seeking to bomb an eighth, all the while threatening an adversarial ninth state – country Y – that they will bomb that country into oblivion, as well. Imagine that in this world, country X already bombed country Y back into the Stone Age several decades ago, which directly led to the current adversarial nature of the relationship between the two countries.

Now imagine that country Y, which is currently bombing no one and is concerned mostly with well-founded threats against its own security, threatens to retaliate in the face of this mounting aggression if country X attacks them first. On top of all this, imagine that only country Y is portrayed in the media as a problem and that country X is constantly given a free pass to do whatever it pleases.
Now replace country X with the United States of America and country Y with North Korea to realize there is no need to imagine such a world. It is the world we already live in.

As true as all of this is, the problem is constantly framed as one caused by North Korea alone, not the United States. “How to Deal With North Korea,” the Atlantic explains. “What Can Trump Do About North Korea?” the New York Times asks. “What Can Possibly Be Done About North Korea,” the Huffington Post queries. Time provides 6 experts discussing “How We Can Solve the Problem” (of North Korea). “North Korea – what can the outside world do?” asks the BBC. Full story...

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How Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files...

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge?

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.

If you own an Android phone, it's likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is similar to Apple's Siri.

Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google".

But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing.

In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it to switch on your phone and record around 20 seconds of audio. Full story...

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Duterte faces nationwide revolt over drugs war after killing of schoolboy sparks outrage...

A horrifying image of a schoolboy being dragged to a violent death in a dirty alleyway has galvanised the Philippines against a brutal state-led war on drugs that has killed over 12,500 people in the last year.

For a nation now largely immune to the bloodied corpses of alleged small time drugs users and dealers dumped on the streets, the graphic reports of the final moments of Kian Delos Santos, 17, who was allegedly shot three times by undercover police officers, have been too much to bear.

His killing last week has united the public, senior politicians and the Catholic Church into the most significant sweep of mass protests since President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for a savage crackdown on drugs after his election last June.

In the case of Delos Santos, the police initially claimed he had fired first.

But their story was contradicted by witnesses and CCTV footage that showed the teenager being dragged down alleyways into a dead-end corner where he was asked to run with a gun, and shot when he did.

He was heard screaming “Please can I go home, I have school tomorrow.” Full story...

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Barclays Installs Desk Sensors To Monitor Employees...

As we reported last month, a Wisconsin company called Three Square Market has become the first company in the US to offer microchip implants to its employees. The firm, which designs software for breakroom markets, wants employees to use microchips to help facilitate vending-machine payments. The firm wanted to use its employees as test subjects for their product. And though the program was strictly voluntary, it marks an uncomfortable beginning of a trend that could someday result in all humans being involuntarily microchipped.

Now, across the pond, companies are escalating efforts to monitor their employees.

Barclays Plc has installed devices at its London headquarters that track how much time bankers spend at their desks. While a spokesperson for the bank says the devices aren’t meant to evaluate employees’ performance, their introduction has clearly spooked members of the rank-and-file, who leaked the story to Bloomberg.

The devices are manufactured by OccupEye and use heat and motion sensors to record how long employees are spending at their posts. Full story...

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Think tank proves mass censorship of internet worldwide...

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Faithful to the sub-title of the report, “Solutions to Continue Independent Research of Factual Truth”, it reveals many hard-hitting practical tools to uphold free speech:

For anti-censorship search engine alternatives to replace Google, Bing and Yahoo, it recommends DuckDuckGo, Qwant, UnBubble, and GoodGopher; For anti-censorship video service alternatives to replace YouTube, it recommends Minds, Vidme, DailyMotion, and Vimeo, combined with Patreon for monetization; For anti-censorship social media platform alternatives to replace Facebook and Twitter, it recommends Minds, Seen, Gab, and Diaspora. It also recommends a list of uncensored reliable and credible news outlets which give fair coverage to independent or alternative news reports.

The inter-governmental Council on Alternative Policy Studies (CAPS) proved that

“the propaganda narrative of mainstream ‘news’ media, that” censorship “is only prohibited… if done by an official government agency, or by a near-monopoly as a quasi-public utility, is false… it completely ignores the very existence of human rights… at the higher level of international law.” Full story...

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Reporter who exposed BBC pedophilia cover up found dead...

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead. She was 52.

[ynw] MacKean worked at the BBC until she quit in 2013 after executives decided to ban her groundbreaking and brave investigation into predatory pedophile Jimmy Savile in order to protect him and other pedophiles.

Dismissed by the establishment as mad and dangerous, MacKean was finally vindicated when the truth about Savile’s pedophilia eventually came out in 2012, a full year after MacKean first tried to bring his notorious crimes to light.

The BBC, who blocked her groundbreaking investigation from airing and spent the next few years attempting to destroy her reputation, are reporting that she died of “complications from a stroke.” Full story...

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Triple talaq: How Indian Muslim women fought, and won, the divorce battle...

Over the years, Muslim women in India have complained of living in perpetual fear of being thrown out of their matrimonial homes in a matter of seconds because a Muslim man, if he chooses, can end years of marriage just by saying the word "talaq" (divorce) three times.

A campaign to end the practice of unilateral instant "triple talaq" began in India several decades ago.

But it picked up steam last year when a 35-year-old mother-of-two approached the Supreme Court seeking justice.

Shayara Bano's petition, filed in February 2016, said she was visiting her parents' home in the northern state of Uttarakhand for medical treatment when she received her so-called talaqnama - a letter from her husband telling her that he was divorcing her.

Her attempts to reach her husband of 15 years, who lives in the city of Allahabad, were unsuccessful. She was also denied access to her children. Full story...

Duterte, the Philippines and a psychopathic reign of terror...

It is time for the Philippines to face up to the fact that its president, Rodrigo Duterte, is a psychopath drunk on killing. The reign of terror he has initiated and promoted has in just one year claimed more victims than the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror groups have in the whole of Southeast Asia and the western world in 20 years – including the 3,000 dead in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

The latest rash of killings – 81 in the past few days – includes a terrified 17-year-old boy named Kian delos Santos who was filmed on CCTV, given a gun and told by police to run while screaming that he had to go to school the next day. His body was found curled into a fetal position with the gun next to him. The killing has ignited protests across Manila by a few hundred people – and international condemnation. But, sadly, previous local protests have been muted in relation to the outrageous scale of deaths, more than 7,000 and climbing, most of them poor and powerless.

Although he noted the arrest of the three policemen who killed the youth, the president remains unrepentant. “There is no due process in my mouth,” Duterte once told reporters prior to the latest outrage. “You can’t stop me and I’m not afraid even if you say that I can end up in jail.” Full story...

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French nightclub gives women free drinks for wearing short skirts!!!

A French nightclub has prompted outrage over an unusual pricing policy, which rewarded girls in short skirts with cheaper drinks.

“The shorter it is, the more you get in return!” promised the L'Annexe club in Saint-Laurent-du-Var on the French Riviera.

All women attending the club on Friday night in a skirt measuring less than 25cm were allowed in for free, according to a publicity video.

Skirts between 18cm and 23cm long would entitle the wearer to one free drink, while those wearing a skirt less than 18cm long would be ‘rewarded’ with a bottle of Rosé wine.

 The nightclub included some conditions on the deal: it was only valid before 2:30am, and “skirts worn over leggings, opaque tights, trousers, etc.” were excluded from the offer. Full story...

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Mosques speak out in Indian city of Hyderabad to stop sale of brides to Arab men...

Mosques in the Indian technology hub of Hyderabad are joining a growing campaign to stop schoolgirls being sold as brides to elderly Arab men, authorities said on Monday, amid an outcry about a new spate of cases.

India launched an investigation last week into the marriage of a 16-year-old girl with a 65-year-old Oman national in exchange for 500,000 Indian rupees ($7,800) after she contacted her mother from Muscat crying for help.

Hyderabad police said the girl's father had given fake documents regarding her age - as girls in India cannot legally marry until age 18 - and has been taken into custody for questioning. The police are looking for the qazi who performed the wedding in a Hyderabad hotel.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Businessman who paid £1,200 to fly to South Africa with British Airways is given a seat that a passenger urinated on...

A businessman who paid more than £1,200 to fly to South Africa with British Airways was given a seat that a previous passenger had urinated over.

And to add insult to injury, he claims that when he protested, a British Airways stewardess handed him wet wipes to clear up the mess himself.

IT consultant Andrew Wilkinson, 39, says it happened when he boarded a flight at the end of July to jet out from Heathrow to see his parents.

After finding his seat in economy, he noticed it was damp. Mr Wilkinson, from South-West London, said: 'I called the stewardess who agreed the dampness was urine. She went to the toilet and came back with some wipes and expected me to clean up the mess myself.

'I told her, "I can't sit here" but she just laughed. Her response was, "I can see you are going to work me really hard on this flight, aren't you?"' Full story...

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State authorities warn that letter ordering silence on refugee crimes is a fake...

The interior ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has warned that a letter being shared on social media which appears to show them ordering police to cover up refugee crimes is in fact fake.

A copy of the letter first appeared on social media on Tuesday evening under the title “police should silence crimes committed by migrants,” Spiegel reports. But the NRW interior ministry said on Wednesday that it was a “brazen fake.”

The letter, which was even shared on Twitter by a member of the federal parliament, appeared to be sent by NRW interior minister Herbert Reul to the police headquarters of Cologne and Leverkusen announcing “a regulation for how police officers are to deal with migrant crime.”

 The fake letter detailed how officers should fill out crime reports in pencil so that they could later be corrected. It also appeared to tell officers not to even register crimes committed by “refugees, asylum seekers or people with a migrant background.” It further warned officers who did not comply that they faced being fired from the force. Full story...

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Inspired by the move to digital economy in India, Monopoly goes on a cashless drive...

Want your children to know about cashless transactions and how the digital economy works?

Mr. Monopoly simplifies this for you by introducing Monopoly Electronic Banking, a modern twist on the classic Monopoly game loved by one and all.

Inspired by the cashless drive and the move towards a digital economy in India, Mr. Monopoly made a historic addition to the classic board game by introducing a cashless version, encouraging players to upgrade to "Monopoly Electronic Banking" with a series of incentives. Check out the announcement here.

 Monopoly Electronic Banking, comes with 4 color coded debit cards and an easy play electronic banking unit. Full story...

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Indian court grants woman divorce over lack of home toilet...

An Indian woman has been granted permission to divorce her husband because he would not build a toilet in their home.

The woman in her 20s had been married for five years, but had been forced to relieve herself in nearby fields.

Indian law only allows divorce in limited circumstances such as domestic violence or proven cruelty.

The woman's lawyer told the AFP news agency that the judge said forced open defecation was a form of torture.

The court, in the state of Rajasthan, said that women are often forced to wait until dark to travel to the open fields used instead of toilets. Full story...

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Don't be a sucker (1947)

Anger simmers in Philippines over Duterte's drug war...

Mourners at the funeral of a Philippine man who police shot dead protested his innocence on Sunday, the latest sign of rising anger over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign to stamp out drugs.

More than 12,500 people, many small-time drug users and dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office in June 2016. Police say about 3,500 of those killed were shot by officers in self-defense.

Human rights monitors believe many of the remaining two thirds were killed by assassins operating with police backing or by police disguised as vigilantes - a charge the police deny.

On Sunday, dozens of mourners wearing with white T-shirts with the slogan "Kill drugs, not people", bore the coffin of Leover Miranda to his grave in a Manila cemetery. Full story...

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116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots...

Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons.

The UN recently voted to begin formal discussions on such weapons which include drones, tanks and automated machine guns. Ahead of this, the group of founders of AI and robotics companies have sent an open letter to the UN calling for it to prevent the arms race that is currently under way for killer robots.

In their letter, the founders warn the review conference of the convention on conventional weapons that this arms race threatens to usher in the “third revolution in warfare” after gunpowder and nuclear arms. Full story...

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

New ‘Distracted Walking’ legislation will outlaw texting, and even talking, while walking...

The heinous “crime” of “distracted walking” has become the latest trend that cities in the United States are looking to legislate into nonexistence—relying on tax dollars and the extortion of citizens to solve the problem instead of common sense.

Stamford, Connecticut, is the most recent city to join the bandwagon, and its proposal would make texting, and even talking, on an electronic device while walking illegal.

A report from CBS New York noted that “nationwide pedestrian fatalities jumped about 11 percent last year with nearly 6,000 people killed,” according to the National Governors’ Highway Safety Association.

John Zelinsky, a Stamford City representative who is fully in support of the proposal, claimed that its purpose “is not actually to raise money for the city, but to hopefully educate the public.” He said residents will face an initial fine of $30 if police deem that they fit the description of “distracted walkers.” Full story...

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Nationwide outrage after Duterte's drug war results in murder of 17-year-old by police...

Philippine police are under pressure to explain the killing of a 17-year-old high school student, who has become the latest victim of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs.

Kian Loyd Delos Santos died on Thursday night in the capital Manila amid allegations that he was framed by three police officers, who witnesses said forced the teenager to hold a gun, fire and run.

CCTV footage from the Manila suburb of Caloocan showed Delos Santos being carried by two men to a place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first.

According to the police report, Delos Santos ran when he saw the officers approaching him. He then pulled out a gun and opened fire at the policemen, who shot back.

Witnesses told local media that the teenager was unarmed. Full story...

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beautiful Barcelona...


New 10 year retiree visa for Thailand approved, quickly dubbed ‘geeza visa’

Thailand has long been known as a country that welcomes foreign retirees who can prove they have plenty of cash in the bank. However, these retirees were still forced to go through a long series of paperwork each year to renew their retiree visa.

Now, a new retiree visa good for a decade has been approved and announced on Tuesday. The new visa quickly earned the nickname the “geeza visa” online, since you have to be over 50 to apply for it, reported Phuket Gazette.

Though it’s supposedly good for a decade, it has to be applied for in two installments of five years each. Only citizens of 14 countries are eligible, and they also need to have THB3 million (USD90,000) in the bank.

People from Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Finland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, the U.S., the U.K., Japan, and Canada can currently apply.

Lt. Gen. Natthathorn Prohsunthorn said that foreigners can apply for the new long-stay visa at Thailand’s provincial immigration offices, if they already reside in the country, or from their home country as well.

In addition to having THB3 million in the bank and being over 50, applicants must have sufficient health insurance, no pending criminal charges, and no past criminal convictions. Source...

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BUSTED: Parents catch FBI in plot to force mentally ill son to be a right wing terrorist...

It’s become a near-weekly occurrence. Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they’ve foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives. However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who’ve been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents. Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.

While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.

Through the hundreds of ‘foiled terror plots’ the FBI has ‘busted’ over the years, many of them have been focused on people of Middle Eastern descent or people associated with ISIS or Al Qaeda. This time, in the case of Jerry Drake Varnell, the 23-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic, accused of attempting to bomb a bank, the FBI fomented terror from a right wing dialogue.

In a June meeting with the agent, according to FBI documents, Varnell described himself as a believer in “Three Percenter” ideology, a right wing group claiming to be committed to standing against and exposing corruption and injustice. Full story...

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Two-year investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile is branded an 'idiotic waste of public money'

A probe into allegations of historical sex offences by former Prime Minister Edward Heath was branded an 'idiotic waste of public money'.

Mike Veale, Chief Constable at Wiltshire Police, said yesterday that the £2million investigation is to end is coming weeks.

The probe into Sir Edward, Operation Conifer, was launched in August 2015 after the former Prime Minister was named as a suspect into historical allegations of child abuse.

However, the MP for North Wiltshire, James Gray, said Wiltshire Police's probe had been a 'pretty pointless investigation'.

Mr Gray has accused the Fullforce of wasting money and resources on a case that could never be brought to court. Full story...

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Women say they quit Google because of racial discrimination: 'I was invisible'

Qichen Zhang couldn’t believe what she was hearing. The technical specialist was in the middle of the office at Google when a white male colleague began joking with her about her hiring.

“He said, ‘It must’ve been really easy for you to get your job because you’re an Asian woman and people assume you’re good at math,’” Zhang recalled in a recent interview. “It was absolutely stunning. I remember me just emotionally shutting down.”

The conversation was one of many instances where Zhang said she felt isolated as a woman of color working for the technology giant, and a few months later, feeling like there was no future for her at Google, she quit.

“I didn’t see a lot of women, especially Asian women, black women or other women of color in the executive ranks,” she said. “I didn’t see any opportunities for myself … The culture there is really discouraging, and that’s ultimately why I left.” Full story...

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Bloodiest week yet: At least 80 dead in Duterte's war on drugs...

Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80, Reuters witnesses and media reported on Friday.

Earlier this week, 67 people were gunned down and more than 200 arrested in Manila and provinces adjoining the Philippines capital, in what police described as a "One-Time, Big-Time" push to curb drugs and street crimes.

The term has been used by Philippine police to describe a coordinated anti-crime drive in crime-prone districts, usually slums or low-income neighborhoods, often with additional police deployed. Full story...

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Body scanners being piloted in Los Angeles subway system...

Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives.

As commuters raced to get on their trains Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a two-day pilot program. But officials quickly experienced a hiccup when a scanner being demonstrated Wednesday morning at Union Station malfunctioned before passengers could be put through the machine.

Metro is conducting the pilot program to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines amid the hustle and bustle underground and determine if the scanners could become permanent fixtures in the Los Angeles transit system.

The machines use sensors to scan a person as they walk through, searching for firearms and explosive compounds, said Dave Sotero, a Metro spokesman. Passengers don’t need to unload laptops or take off their jackets or shoes as the radio waves scan them to detect anomalies. Full story...

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America - diminished and dismissed...

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This summer I spent time in the UK, France and Spain.

In all three countries, leaders are trying to figure out how to get by without American leadership on critical issues like climate change and trade, while the general publics increasingly see the US as a non-entity.

It's not even seen as a joke, people are saddened by America's diminished global status.

Europeans have long had a complicated and somewhat insecure relationship with the US, part admiration, part jealousy, part irritation. But this year the reaction in Europe to America felt different.

Continental Europe is feeling more confident, the economy is doing better and far-right groups have been defeated at the ballot box. Even Britain's decision to withdraw from the EU doesn't get much attention - Brexit is old news in France and Germany. Full story...

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Lee Kuan Yew's grandson left Singapore because friends feared he would be detained...

A grandson of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s late founding father and ruler for more than three decades, said he left the city state in July after friends expressed concerns he might be detained by the authorities in a contempt of court case.

"In Singapore, it is possible that one can be detained and interrogated for some time without a lawyer,” said Li Shengwu, whose uncle is the nation’s current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in an interview with Reuters. “My friends had warned me that they were concerned for my safety if I remained in Singapore."

Li declined to identify his friends or disclose if they had specific information. Reuters has no independent evidence that Li Shengwu faced any threats to his safety.

The Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Chang Li Lin said it was “not accurate” to make points about detention and interrogation. "This is a well-established legal process. Clear laws and procedures apply to all cases of contempt, including this case involving Mr Li," Chang said. "The courts will decide on the merits of the case." Full story...

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Pornhub reveals that yes, of course, tons of people are looking for boobs...

Have you heard? Boobs are back.

Yes, they have once again been christened trendy by the vague entity that decides such things. (We’ll give your eyes a second to stop rolling.) So Pornhub decided to have a look at how this renewed love of breasts is playing out in people’s porn habits.

It might not shock you to study tens of millions of individuals are in search of chest-heavy porn — the truth is it makes up about 1.5 % of all Pornhub searches day-after-day. However it turns on the market are a surprisingly giant variety of methods to seek for it. Full story...

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How Norway is selling out-of-date food to help tackle waste...

They might not taste quite the same,” says Naeeh Ahmed, 37, holding up for inspection a pack of Old El Paso soft tacos. The tower of boxes in front of him are three weeks past their best before date but Ahmed, operations manager at the Best Før supermarket in Oslo, says they’ll stay on display for a good few weeks yet. The same goes for the chocolate biscuits precariously piled up in the display – four weeks past their best before date – and the packs of Tassimo coffee pods that should have been sold in April. But all the prices reflect the product’s age: half-price for the tacos, two-thirds off the biscuits and, at 30 kroner (£3.66) for 32 pods, the coffee is also less than half its regular price.

It would be hard to find cheaper food in Oslo than that sold at Best Før. They flog the stuff that no one else has been able to get rid off. Products whose season has passed, or which have been overproduced, have been arriving at this small store since October last year when the mainstream Lentusgruppen supermarket chain heeded the call of the Norwegian government and decided to take food waste seriously. They established an offshoot in Oslo, the first of its kind in the city, selling the stuff other stores and suppliers throw away. It’s all up front – the shop looks like any other, but a large sign informs customers of the slightly different nature of the food down their aisles and in the chillers, which includes chicken fillets frozen a couple of days before going off. Full story...

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Theresa May rejects appeal from 9/11 survivors to release suppressed Saudi Arabia terror report...

Theresa May has rejected an appeal from survivors of the 9/11 attacks to make public a suppressed report into the role of Saudi Arabia in funding Islamist extremism in the UK.

Earlier this summer, the British government announced it had decided not to publish the information, citing national security reasons and the “vast amount of personal information” it contained.

Among those calling for Ms May to make public the report, which was commissioned by her predecessor, David Cameron, was a US group of survivors of the 9/11 attacks and relatives of some of the almost 3,000 people who were killed.

May denies supressing report into Saudi Arabia's funding of extremism to protect arms deals

“The UK now has the unique historic opportunity to stop the killing spree of Wahhabism-inspired terrorists by releasing the UK government’s report on terrorism financing in the UK which, according to media reports, places Saudi Arabia at its centre of culpability,” said the letter, signed by 15 people. Full story...

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has admitted receiving bags of stolen cash...

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has admitted receiving bags of stolen cash at his private residence after an Al Jazeera investigation exposed how he and his former deputy coordinated the theft of millions of dollars from state coffers.

Yameen, however, pinned the blame on Ahmed Adeeb, his former vice president.

He criticised Al Jazeera for what he suggested was a failure to report on other politicians who had benefitted from the giant embezzlement scheme.

"Al Jazeera only saw the cash that entered my house," Yameen told ruling party supporters on Monday. "Al Jazeera did not see anything else."

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'Worrying trend' of freedom of the press in the UK as country ranks 40 in latest Reporters Without Borders index

'We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, suppression of freedoms - especially in democracies

A "heavy handed approach" often in the name of national security has seen the UK slip in the rankings of countries with the world's freest press, according to a new report by Reporters Without Borders.

Scandinavian countries have the freest press in the world, the non governmental organisation said in its World Press Freedom Index 2017, while the UK is slipping onto "a worrying trend", it said.

It added that only 16 countries in the world were rated as "good" this year.

At the top of the list, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark lead the way followed by the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Jamaica, Belgium and Iceland.  Full story...

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Teen's death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger...

A Chinese teenager has died days after he was sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, reigniting criticism of these controversial institutions.

The 18-year-old had allegedly sustained multiple injuries, and the centre's director and staff members have been held by police, according to reports.

The incident took place earlier this month in eastern Anhui province.

China has seen a proliferation in so-called "boot camps" aimed at treating internet and gaming addictions.

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