Saturday, December 03, 2016

Stephen Hawking: We eat too much and move too little...

DEA paid millions to volunteers searching Americans’ luggage, mail...

Americans may have faced widespread privacy violations as outsourced government spies rooted through their luggage or mail looking for evidence to give to the Drug Enforcement Administration in exchange for cash rewards, a House committee heard Wednesday.

For a federal agency to snoop through the belongings of private citizens could be a Fourth Amendment breach. But the Justice Department says that the DEA allowed for exactly that behavior by recruiting and paying millions of dollars to “voluntary” sources working at Amtrak, airlines and parcel companies.

“If you incentivize an Amtrak employee or an airplane employee or a cargo company employee [to seize shipments of money for a reward], how many boxes are they opening? How many passenger manifests are they providing? How many people are getting pulled out of line to find the person or persons where a seizure results in a reward?” Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Department of Justice investigators spent two and a half years investigating the DEA’s confidential source program and released their findings in September. They uncovered a system rife with problems. Full story...

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China orders officials to stop believing in ghosts and ghouls…

China’s top graft buster has turned ‘Ghostbuster’ as he warned
members of the ruling Communist Party to stop believing in the supernatural.

Wang Qishan, one of Beijing’s top officials, said cadres should stick to the teachings of Marx, rather than shady spiritual gurus who preach about superstitious beliefs.

China’s Communist Party has been seeking to wipe out belief in the paranormal since before it seized power in 1949, and campaigns have increased in recent years.

“Currently, some Communist Party members don't believe in Marxism-Leninism but they believe in ghosts and supernatural beings,” said Mr Wang, who head’s the party’s graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

“They don't believe in the organisation, but choose to believe in "Masters", added the official, referring to those who teach supernatural or superstitious customs, who often carry great influence among Chinese leaders. Full story...

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The 7 "blind" men and the US elephant...

The famous Indian story of the Blind Men and the Elephant is a metaphor highlighting that while one’s subjective experience can be true, it can also be limited by its failure to account for other truths or a totality of truth. A similar metaphor can be used to try to explain the hidden forces guiding the US Government

From 1975 to 1976 the Church Committee in the Senate and the Pike Committee in the House attempted unsuccessfully to curtail the power of US intelligence agencies. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in particular, was investigated to see if it was a “rogue elephant” or under strict control of the President and the executive branch. However, besides some damning revelations outlined in the “whitewashed” report and some minor oversight changes, the “rogue elephant” was allowed to roam free.

Contemporary main-stream pundits now openly describe these hidden forces as a “shadow government,” a “corporatocracy” or a “deep state” controlling American politics. None however can do justice to what truly is an amorphous, complex and intricate web of overlapping entities. All who have tried to define who really governs America have essentially behaved as “blind” men. Full story

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The "fake news" con: a case study...

The media have found a creative new way to explain away Hillary’s Clinton’s crushing defeat and their own humiliation. They have dubbed the agent of their mutual undoing “fake news” and talk about the phenomenon as though it made real sense.

In an all too typical New York Times opinion piece this week Michael Lynch defines “fake news” as “pure fiction masquerading as truth” and presents it exclusively as a “right wing” phenomenon. Like many of his colleagues, Lynch suggests the Russian government was involved in planting fake news items and believes that such items, regardless of source, may have cost Hillary Clinton the election.

To test Lynch’s thesis, we might profitably select a presumed “fake news” item and follow its course through what the Clintons once called the “communication stream of conspiracy commerce.” In August 2010, the Times identified a news item simple enough and seemingly fake enough, “Obama uses a phony Social Security number,” to makes a useful case study.

Tracking this story, one finds its source not in in Russia, but in Ohio. The person responsible for surfacing the number is a licensed private investigator named Susan Daniel. In 2009, troubled by the drift of the country under Barack Obama, she and fellow investigator Neil Sankey began to plow through proprietary databases and investigate Obama on their own time. What they discovered is that from 1986 on Barack Obama has been using a Social Security number that seemed to originate in Connecticut. Full story...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Simon's cat: Bed sheets...

Investigatory Powers Bill: Politicians exempt themselves from new wide-ranging spying laws...

Politicians have exempted themselves from Britain's new wide-ranging spying laws.

The Investigatory Powers Act, which has just passed into law, brings some of the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to spies in a democratic state. But protections against those spying powers have been given to MPs.

Most of the strongest powers in the new law require that those using them must be given a warrant. That applies to people wanting to see someone's full internet browsing history, for instance, which is one of the things that will be collected under the new law. Full story...

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China To Launch "Social Credit System" To Monitor Everything From Jaywalking To Internet Shopping Activity...

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Hangzhou’s local government is piloting a “social credit” system the Communist Party has said it wants to roll out nationwide by 2020, a digital reboot of the methods of social control the regime uses to avert threats to its legitimacy.

More than three dozen local governments across China are beginning to compile digital records of social and financial behavior to rate creditworthiness. A person can incur black marks for infractions such as fare cheating, jaywalking and violating family-planning rules. The effort echoes the dang’an, a system of dossiers the Communist party keeps on urban workers’ behavior.

In time, Beijing expects to draw on bigger, combined data pools, including a person’s internet activity, according to interviews with some architects of the system and a review of government documents. Algorithms would use a range of data to calculate a citizen’s rating, which would then be used to determine all manner of activities, such as who gets loans, or faster treatment at government offices or access to luxury hotels. Full story...

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'Kill her, throw corpse to dogs': Saudi woman faces hate for not wearing hijab...

A Saudi Arabian woman is receiving threats and facing calls for her execution after she was photographed without wearing a hijab or abaya. The incident took place in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh.

The photograph was first put up on social media by a user named Malak Al Shehri. The account has been deleted since then.

The woman in the photograph received backlash on social media with many users calling for strict action against her. One of the users called on the state to "kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs."

A hashtag "we demand the imprisonment of the rebel Angel Al Shehri" has gone viral. A social media user wrote, "we propose blood" while another commented, "harsh punishment for the heinous situation".

However, there were some users who came out in support of the woman. One such user wrote, "Its about time to protest against this discriminative abaya prison against women".

"A brave Saudi lady decided not to wear her Abaya or Hijab out & about. Many praised her, others (males) said she should be killed for it," said a tweet. Source...

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UK: Hundreds report football child abuse to police...

About 350 victims have reported child sexual abuse within UK football clubs, police chiefs have said.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said a "significant number of calls" had been received after several former players alleged past abuse by coaches.

Its figures are also based on details from existing investigations as well as referrals from a new NSPCC helpline.

Greater Manchester Police said it was investigating reports from 35 people, and had identified 10 suspects.

Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford said the force had received calls on a daily basis from victims as well as people with concerns. Full story...

Read also: Chelsea FC 'paid me £50,000 to keep quiet over abuse'

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

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SHOCK CLAIM: Elite preparing for Nibiru apocalypse NEXT YEAR but the rest of us are DOOMED...

WORLD leaders are planning to hide out in bunkers next year to escape the doom a gigantic planet will cause as it passes the Earth, according to a crackpot conspiracy theory.

The biggest of these is located in Colorado, beneath the city of Denver, and has room for just 10,000 people – with spaces earmarked for government officials and powerful individuals, he said.

The complex is connected to US capital Washington by an underground "high speed train", he alleges.

He said: "They built them with one of those giant drills which the British and French used to dig the Channel Tunnel.

“Except these are nuclear powered and they glazed the walls of site into glass so it hardened. Full story...

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What do the cash queues tell us about India?

I remember queues outside "fair-price shops", streetside taps, cinema houses and electricity offices. People lined up to buy cheap food and fuel, store up water, go to the cinema and pay bills.

Mailing a letter from the post office could involve several queues: one for buying stamps, another for weighing the letter. Even the dead queued up, waiting to be cremated.

India was an economy blighted by shortages - even the well-to-do had to "virtually" queue up for a car and telephone for years - and queues were linked to lack of supplies. When you booked a long-distance call on the creaky state-run telephone network, an automated voice reminded you that: "You are in the queue."

But, on the whole, the physical queues reminded many of us of Vladimir Sorokin's novel The Queue, a slyly funny tale about the chokehold of interminably long lines on the lives of people during Stalin's rule which, he wrote, had turned the Soviet Union into a gigantic "line of lines". Full story...

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The 'outrageous' 40-year-old film that predicted the future...

When Network was released in November 40 years ago, the poster warned audiences to prepare themselves “for a perfectly outrageous motion picture”. The film was written by Paddy Chayevsky (Marty, The Hospital) and directed by Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon), both of whom made their names in television in the 1950s, and both of whom believed that the industry, and the world, had been in decline ever since.

Network was their furious howl of protest. It was a triumphant black comedy, winning four Oscars, being nominated for two more, and going on to be held in ever higher acclaim. In 2006, the Writers Guilds of America chose Chayevksy’s screenplay as one of the 10 best in cinema history. Last year, BBC Culture’s critics’ poll of the 100 best American films ranked Network at 73.

But is it really “perfectly outrageous”? It’s easy to believe that, in 1976, Chayevsky and Lumet’s bleak view of television’s crassness and irresponsibility was deeply shocking. But the scary thing about re-watching Network today is that even its wildest flights of fancy no longer seem outrageous at all. The film was so accurate in its predictions that its most far-fetched satirical conceits have become so familiar as to be almost quaint. Full story...

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Light, water and heat become a luxury for millions in Spain...

To reduce the money they have to pay, they live in the dark, without heating, or shower just once a week -- victims like millions in Spain of energy poverty.

Welfare associations have for years warned against this situation, but the death earlier this month of 81-year-old Rosa in a fire caused by a candle she used for light has brought the issue firmly to the fore.

Socialist lawmaker Pilar Lucio asked the ruling conservative government to immediately implement a "winter truce" on companies cutting power to those who cannot pay - a measure with majority support in parliament and encouraged in a 2009 EU directive.

 Last year, according to Spain's National Statistics Institute, 10.6 percent of Spaniards were unable to properly heat their homes - or more than four million people - compared to just 5.9 percent in 2008, when an economic crisis kicked off. Full story...

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Two-wheel takeover: bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen...

Bicycle sensors in Copenhagen clocked a new record this month: there are now more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In the last year, 35,080 more bikes have joined the daily roll, bringing the total number to 265,700, compared with 252,600 cars.

Copenhagen municipality has been carrying out manual traffic counts at a number of city centre locations since 1970, when there were 351,133 cars and 100,071 bikes. In 2009, the city installed its first electric bike counter by city hall, with 20 now monitoring traffic across the city.

Copenhagen’s efforts to create a cycling city have paid off: bicycle traffic has risen by 68% in the last 20 years. “What really helped was a very strong political leadership; that was mainly Ritt Bjerregaard [the former lord mayor], who had a dedicated and authentic interest in cycling,” says Klaus Bondam, who was technical and environmental mayor from 2006 to 2009 and is now head of the Danish Cycling Federation. “Plus, a new focus on urbanism and the new sustainability agenda broke the glass roof when it came to cycling.” Full story...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ron Paul: Fake news comes from our own govt...

20 million Muslims march against ISIS and the mainstream media completely ignores it...

In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media.

Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.

As the Independent reports, massive crowds paid homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Abbas in Karbala, where they were killed in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed in the 7th century AD when they refused to pledge allegiance to Yazeed’s Umayyad caliphate. Full story...

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India cinemas ordered to play national anthem

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the national anthem must be played in every cinema before a film is screened.

Judges said the order should be enforced within 10 days. Audiences will have to stand in respect.

In the 1960s and 1970s, cinemas regularly played the anthem, but the practice declined as many people did not stand or left midway through.

There is no uniform law in the country regarding the anthem and states had been free to choose their own laws.

In 2003, the western state of Maharashtra made it compulsory for cinemas in the state to play the anthem, but last year, the Madras High Court ruled against making it compulsory for audiences to stand as it played. Full story...

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Webcam blackmail cases have doubled, police say...

The number of people reporting webcam blackmails has more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it believed it was also significantly under-reported and actual numbers of victims were likely much higher.

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said the rise in cases was "worrying".

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Duterte threatens to kill rights activists if drug problem worsens...

Human rights advocates, beware. You might just be next in “The Punisher’s” crosshairs.

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to kill human rights activists critical of his take-no-prisoner tactic against illegal drugs, which has claimed the lives of some 5,000 people allegedly involved in the narcotics trade.

In a speech in Malacañang on Monday night, Duterte said those accusing him of ordering the summary executions of drug personalities should be blamed if the country’s drug problem worsened.

“The human rights (defenders) said I ordered the killings. I told them ‘OK. Let’s stop. We’ll let them (drug users) multiply so that when it’s harvest time, more people will die,” the President said at the inaugural switch-on of a coal-fired power plant. Full story...

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Firms such as Kellogg's, Unilever and Nestlé 'use child-labour palm oil'

Global firms behind popular brands such as Kit Kat, Colgate toothpaste and Dove cosmetics use palm oil produced by child workers in dangerous conditions, Amnesty International has claimed.

The human rights organisation traced a range of well-known products back to the palm oil company Wilmar, which it alleged employs children to do back-breaking physical labour on refineries in Indonesia.

Singapore-based Wilmar counts multinational companies including Kellogg’s, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser and Nestlé among its major clients, according to Amnesty.

In a 110-page report accompanied by a video, Amnesty alleged products sold by those companies were “tainted by appalling human rights abuses ... with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions”. Full story...

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The seven deadly sins...


Singaporeans fight 'exam-shaming' by sharing scores and careers...

Singaporeans have been sharing their exam results and current careers, in an effort to fight stigma over "mediocre" scores.

The results of the high-stakes primary school leaving exam, which students sit aged 12, came out last week.

The test determines a child's path in the competitive school system and has become a source of stress for many.

But a call for people to share stories to show how exams don't need to decide your future has sparked an outpouring.

Over the weekend hundreds responded to Khairudin Aljunied, a local university professor who said the move would give young children "hope and motivation". Full story...

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Fidel Castro's dark legacy: abuses, draconian rule and 'ruthless suppression'

Fidel Castro’s death has sparked eulogies for a 20th-century giant but also lamentations about the Cuban revolution’s dark side: executions, political prisoners, surveillance, censorship.

The dictator’s security apparatus controlled and cowed his people even while dispensing free healthcare and education, a profoundly mixed legacy which has polarised opinion about Castro in death as in life.

“Over more than five decades documenting the state of human rights in Cuba, Amnesty has recorded a relentless campaign against those who dare to speak out against the Cuban government’s policies and practices,” the advocacy group’s Americas director, Erika Guevara-Rosas, said on Saturday.

Authorities jailed hundreds of prisoners of conscience solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly in a campaign of “ruthless suppression”, she said. “The state of freedom of expression in Cuba, where activists continue to face arrest and harassment for speaking out against the government, is Fidel Castro’s darkest legacy.”

Human Rights Watch said thousands were jailed in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated and that entire generations were denied political freedoms, a system based on abuses which felt increasingly anachronistic. Full story...

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How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history...

You might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the UK parliament recently approved the government’s so-called Snooper’s Charter and it will soon become law. This nickname for the Investigatory Powers Bill is well earned. It represents a new level and nature of surveillance that goes beyond anything previously set out in law in a democratic society. It is not a modernisation of existing law, but something qualitatively different, something that intrudes upon every UK citizen’s life in a way that would even a decade ago have been inconceivable.

The bill requires internet and telecoms companies to keep records of every website or app we use and all our phone calls and messages for 12 months. It leaves us in the unenviable position of leading the world in the legalisation of surveillance. And it will likely be used by more authoritarian regimes around the globe as evidence that mass surveillance, online hacking and encryption backdoors are perfectly fine.

Because of the way we now use the internet for almost every element of our lives, this is not like a few carefully chosen wiretaps on suspects. It’s granting the authorities the capacity to spy on pretty much everything done by pretty much everyone. And yet we have let this law pass with very few headlines and barely a breath of resistance from our politicians. Full story...

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India's Modi calls for move towards cashless society...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation's small traders and daily wage earners to embrace digital payment channels, as a cash crunch following the government's surprise ban on high-value bank notes drags on.

Modi, speaking in his monthly address on national radio, said the government understands that millions have been affected by the ban on 500-rupee and 1000-rupees notes, but defended the action.

The government says the bank-note ban announced on Nov. 8 is aimed at cracking down on corruption, people with unaccounted wealth, and counterfeiting of notes.
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"I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to enter the digital world," Modi said speaking in Hindi, urging them to use mobile banking applications and credit-card swipe machines.

"It's correct that a 100 percent cashless society is not possible. But why don't we make a beginning for a less-cash society in India?," Modi said. "We can gradually move from a less-cash society to a cashless society." Full story...

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

'Smartphone detox' shown to relieve stress and anxiety - similar to detoxing from other addictions...

Let's face it: Hundreds of millions of people around the world are addicted to their smartphones. Everywhere we go, we see people with their eyes glued to their smartphone screens, scanning the latest information, texting away or gaming.

But as we're beginning to find out, this Information Age addiction is not healthy. As noted by Mind Body Green, researchers are discovering that smartphone addiction is rewiring our minds and decreasing our memory and attention spans, as well as bolstering our anxiety levels.

In addition, notes Gallup, 81 percent of us have our phones within arm's reach and check it at least once per hour. Further, one in five young people admit to checking their smartphones at least once every five minutes.

In short order, this 21st century technological marvel has evolved from making our lives more convenient by being able to communicate anywhere, to plugging us all into the same techno-drug. We see couples supposedly on a romantic date who can't take their faces out of their phones. Parents stare into them as they ignore their children. Motorists kill themselves and others because they can't drive without texting ... and so on. Being "common" does not make something "normal." Full story...

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Spies, Lords, and Predators - Politicians pedophile ring in UK on Australian "60 Minutes"

Obesity and cancer: the connection you cannot ignore...

As the fat percentage in the human body rises, so does your risk for serious, debilitating, life-threatening disease. Heart disease, diabetes, and many forms of cancer have all been linked to being overweight or obese. Obesity ravages your metabolism and hormones, causing chain reactions throughout your body.

The primary effect of too much body fat is inflammation. Once this condition rages out of control, it further raises the stakes of sickness and premature death.

Obesity and cancer are longtime friends but it’s only been in the last decade that the true dangers wrought by an abnormally high body mass index (BMI) has been identified. As the devastation caused by obesity was further researched, the news only worsened.

A review released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) detailed their examination of more than 1,000 cancer studies and determined that previous estimates regarding the impact of obesity on cancer risk had been underestimated. They published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. Full story...

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Japan, social engineering & the blatant depopulation agenda...

The destruction of Japan and extinction of its population is the desired consequence, or by product, of the fact that Japan serves as the laboratory for the ruling social engineers. The country is used as the primary testing ground for nuclear and biochemical warfare technology, social engineering, climate engineering and more, for a very long time. As a result of the relentless socially engineered attacks on this society we can clearly see the demographic and social results of it. Anyone who thinks this is just the result of a normal evolution process is clearly totally out of his/her mind. The social engineers use the Japanese model as a blueprint for the rest of the world and we can see the exact same tendencies evolving in the West.

Depopulation and gender war is in Japan blatantly in your face: A January 2012 estimate by The National Institute of Population and Social Security Research showed that in 2060, Japan’s population will number about 80 million, about 35 percent less from the 2010 level. The result of the coming health crisis due to the ongoing geo engineering/Fukushima/food poisoning assaults, EMF’s etc, which will spike this trend, is not included in this estimation.

Almost half of the population in Japan is ‘not interested anymore in any form of sexual contact’. Like in the West, this is partly the result of the destroyed sex drive in both genders due to the extremely low testosterone levels. GMO food, EMF exposure and other chemical exposures are the main cause of this alarming decline. Millions aren’t even dating, and increasing numbers can’t be bothered with sex at all. For their government, “celibacy syndrome” is part of a looming national catastrophe. Again this is absolutely abnormal, and is the result of the relentless social engineering/Mind Control programs. The problem is that the left brain imprisoned scientism priests do not include Social engineering/Mind Control or any other “conspiracy” argument as being the real source of the insane manifestations in the Japanese society. Let alone that the depopulation agenda’s and/or the gender war are included in the diagnose. That is because they themselves are in a deep brainwashed state. They probably need more research on the “celibacy syndrome”. Full story...

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‘Soldiers raped us one by one,’ says Rohingya woman who fled Myanmar...

The brutal gang rape that Habiba and her sister endured is a story that is becoming depressingly familiar among the thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh to escape the violence of Myanmar’s soldiers.

“They tied both of us to the bed and raped us one by one,” said 20-year-old Habiba, who has now found shelter with a Rohingya refugee family a few kilometres (miles) from the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

“We’re almost starving here. But at least no one is coming here to kill or torture,” said Hashim Ullah, Habiba’s older brother who escaped with his sisters.

Habiba and her sister Samira, 18, say they were raped in their home in Udang village by troops who then burnt down their house. Full story...

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Malaysian cartoonist arrested for criticism of prime minister Najib Razak...

A Malaysian cartoonist known for lampooning the scandal-plagued prime minister and his family has been arrested for sedition, a move denounced as the latest sign of pressure on government critics.

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen name Zunar – was arrested in Penang state where he was participating in a literary festival.

Penang district police chief, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, said Zunar was arrested “under the sedition act”. He declined to give details.

Festival organisers and participants condemned the arrest in a statement.

“Levels of repression are reaching dangerous levels in Malaysia,” said Michael Vatikiotis, a writer at the festival.

“The fact that Zunar’s arrest happened at the George Town Literary Festival, with dozens of international writers and artists, only underscores the government’s disregard for freedom of expression.” Full story...

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Indian politician builds mansion with bullet-proof bathroom using taxpayer money

A senior Indian politician has caused outrage by building a large mansion including a bullet-proof bathroom using £5.8m of taxpayer money.

K Chandrashekhar Rao, the Chief Minister of the Southern Indian state of Telangana, had commissioned the 100,000 sq feet property to be built in a prime location in the state capital, Hydrerabad City.

In addition to the extra safe bathroom, the building named Pragathi Bhavan includes an auditorium that can accommodate 250 people and a meeting hall that can hold 500 people.

Mr Rao did not move into the house until it was blessed in a series of rituals by his spiritual guru, Chinna Jeeyar Swamy. Full story...

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Prostitutes across Britain offering their own Black Friday deals with 25% discounts on kinky sessions...

Prostitutes across Britain have slashed their prices to keep their happy customers coming back on Black Friday .

The sex workers are offering special rates for the major shopping day on sites such as Adultwork.

Harrogate-based Lucia has reduced the cost a half-hour service to £60 – a discount of £20.

In Manchester escort Lady Di has also dropped her rates to £90 from £110.

According to the Daily Star, she said: “In honour of Black Friday deals going on this week, I figure I’d reduce my rates.”

The prostitutes will be hoping to get customers excited after high streets across the country lay largely empty with shoppers preferring to go online. Full story...

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Almost no children in France are medicatedfor ADHD: This is how they define & treat it...

 The French do not recognize ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) rejecting the idea that medicines that are usually prescribed for the condition are at all helpful.


Another difference is that the French tend not to raise their children on the additive-laced food that parents in the U.S so, coincidence?
These two very different cultures have different ADHD levels in children, in America the rate is 19 percent, and in France, it’s .5% – a half of a percent. For that half percent, the treatment includes no chemical or medicine whatsoever, opting for older fashioned methods.
French children are subjected to much less sugar and additive-laden foods. Sugary cereals, fast food and fizzy drinks are consumed in much less volume than in the U.S, they are not shown the same advert driven television programs and lead an altogether more simple life.
In 1998, Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn of the Royal College of General Practitioners said, “ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction.” One of the founding fathers of ADHD as a medical psychiatric disorder, Leon Eisenberg, confessed on his deathbed in 2009 at the age of 87, “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” The evidence is overwhelming that the ‘treatment’ for this ‘condition’ is a fraud. Full story...
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Snowden to the world: Stop letting Facebook control your news...

In an attempt to rationalize the fact that Donald Trump has been elected as the next president of the United States, a growing movement is lashing out against “fake news sites,” even labeling them responsible for the election results.

Earlier this week, a document “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical ‘News’ Sources” was uploaded to Facebook by a user named Melissa Zimdars. The document made the rounds on social media, adding fuel to the fake news fire. Despite the fact that Zimdars’ list ironically lacks proper citation, blatantly targets right-wing outlets, and includes perfectly legitimate sites for no apparent reason, the Los Angeles Times published the false, misleading, clickbait-y document, lending it an air of legitimacy.

The irony in the assistant professor’s project is that it mirrors everything she is warning others about. Although it is prefaced with a disclaimer, the document is being shared by “legitimate” news outlets as a legitimate report. Some of it is true and some of it is cited, but overall, it’s a poor resource to rely on for guidance on reputable news outlets. It almost makes one wonder if this young teacher is conducting her own social experiment to see how seriously people will take a Google document uploaded to Facebook.

Fake news sites are certainly problematic in a world where the majority of people get their news from social networks; a good portion of those people don’t even read articles before sharing them. Facebook and Google have responded to the hysteria by announcing their decision to ban what they deem to be fake news sites from their advertising platforms. This is a cause for concern for many reasons. Full story...

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French government offers refugees and migrants €2,500 to 'voluntarily' deport themselves...

The French government is offering €2,500 to refugees who “voluntarily” leave and return to their own countries if they do so before the end of the year.

The Office for Immigration and Integration in France (OFII) has presented the offer as "a form of compensation” for refugees and migrants who have made the journey to Europe, saying they are eligible for the payment if they leave the country before 31 December.

The offer, branded as an "incentive" by immigration officials, reportedly comes with a series of added benefits including a paid-for air fare and the opportunity for some refugees to be granted up to €10,000 of financial aid in setting up employment when they return.

Didier Leschi, general director of OFII, told French TV channel BFM: “This measure will help people who express a need or desire to go back to the countries they came from. Between 4,000 and 4,500 or 4,700 people have benefited from this initiative in the past. Full story...

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Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi accused of 'legitimising genocide of Rohingya Muslims'

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, stands accused of not protecting Rohingya Muslims in the country and potentially “legitimising genocide”.

Military operations in Rakhine State have caused thousands to flee across the border to Bangladesh. A UN official said Rohingya in Burma were being ethnically cleansed with Rohingya alleging that government soldiers have killed and raped civilians.

The military action – launched in response to coordinated attacks by armed men on border posts in October - has left scores of people dead.

The army says it is fighting an armed insurgency in the region and the government denies abuses. “The international community misunderstood us because of Rohingya lobbyists who distributed fabricated news,” the presidential spokesman, Zaw Htay, said this week. “No one in the world would accept attacks on security forces, killings and looting of weapons.” Full story...

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