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Daytime meteor fireball jets across Toowoomba, Queensland sky

Daytime meteor fireball jets across Toowoomba, Queensland sky

An unexplained bright light was seen travelling across the sky above Toowoomba earlier this morning. There may be an innocent explanation for it but it brings forward the age old question - are we alone in the universe? It is something that divides people all across the world and when unexplained flashes of light or objects are snapped in the sky, the question is again brought to the forefront of people's minds. Most of the time they can be explained, but sometimes they can't. This morning Nathan Murphy shared a photo he snapped of the puzzling light moving across the sky at 6.30am.

US midterm elections have unprecedented focus on sitting president

US midterm elections have unprecedented focus on sitting president

A new survey highlights how much the national, partisan contest now outweighs local issues in voters' choice for Congress... With about 4 1/2 months to go until a midterm election that will determine whether Democrats gain power to check President Donald Trump, voter interest in the contest has reached historic highs, with far more intense focus than usual on one subject: the president. Midterm elections often act as a referendum on whoever occupies the White House, but in most election years, many voters don't view their ballot that way. This year, they do: Some 60 percent say they view their midterm vote as a ballot essentially against (34 percent) or for (26 percent) Trump, according to a newly released survey from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. That makes Trump a bigger factor in the midterm than any president since Pew first asked the question during President Ronald Reagan's first term.

The focus on being victimized by racism makes black Americans blind to real problems

The focus on being victimized by racism makes black Americans blind to real problems

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it is still alive and more insidious than ever. We hold race up to shield us from what we do not want to see in ourselves." Dr. John McWhorter, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, lamented that "victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism underlie the general black community's response to all race-related issues," adding that "these three thought patterns impede black advancement much more than racism; and dysfunctional inner cities, corporate glass ceilings, and black educational underachievement will persist until such thinking disappears." In the 1990s, Harvard professor Orlando Patterson wrote, "America, while still flawed in its race relations ... is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; (and) offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa."

US strikes trade deal with Germany over automaker tariffs

US strikes trade deal with Germany over automaker tariffs

There may not be a trade war over automakers after all. Just a few weeks after President Donald Trump launched a Commerce Department review of how auto imports might be hurting national security, Germany's biggest automakers are ready to give up on the ten percent protective tariff wall that has shielded them from competition with U.S. cars, according to the Wall Street Journal. (WSJ) Their proposal envisions full reciprocity between the U.S. and the European Union, according to the WSJ. The E.U. would scrap its ten percent tariff while the U.S. would give up its 2.5 percent tariff.

Trump's executive order on immigration in conflict with federal policy, may face legal battle

Trump's executive order on immigration in conflict with federal policy, may face legal battle

US President Donald Trump's executive order to detain undocumented immigrant children for more than 20 days to avoid separating families may face a court struggle akin to the battle over the travel ban, Second Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Allen Orr told Sputnik. "What President Trump did today was adopted policy that expressly violates a federal court holding. Therefore it is basically kicking the can to the judicial branch of government which had already reached the decision on the number of days the child can be confined," Orr said on Wednesday. "Much like the travel ban... [there will be] a fight in court." The immigration lawyer was referring to Trump's bid to impose a travel ban on immigrants from five Muslim countries in addition to Venezuela and North Korea. The case has gone through a prolonged and fierce legal battle all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Tidal wave of plastic garbage will flood the world in wake of China's refusal to stop importing scrap

Tidal wave of plastic garbage will flood the world in wake of China's refusal to stop importing scrap

A tidal wave of plastic trash will flood the world over the next decade, a new study says, and warnings are already blaring like sirens in the United States. In the wake of China's decision to stop importing nearly half of the world's scrap starting Jan. 1, particularly from the wealthiest nations, waste management operations across the country are struggling to process heavy volumes of paper and plastic that they can no longer unload on the Chinese. States such as Massachusetts and Oregon are lifting restrictions against pouring recyclable material into landfills to grant the operations some relief. If Europe and the rest of the world struggle like the United States, according to the study by researchers at the University of Georgia released Wednesday, an estimated 111 million metric tons of plastic waste will pile up by 2030. Based on the amount of domestic scrap exported to China, the researchers estimate that the United States will have to contend with 37 million metric tons of extra waste, an amount it's not prepared to handle. The more immediate and noticeable change for most Americans, both conservationists and waste management operators said, will be in their homes. As recycling programs change or even disappear, residents will face new questions about what material can be recycled and what cannot.

Maduro announces national increase in minimum wage amid hyperinflation

Maduro announces national increase in minimum wage amid hyperinflation

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Wednesday a 103% increase in the total minimum wage in the context of hyperinflation that afflicts the South American revolutionary country. "From today, workers will receive a full 103% increase," Maduro told an event in Caracas to celebrate the first year of the Chamba Juvenil social program, which provides training and jobs for young people. The minimum integral salary increased from 2,555,500 bolivars to 5,196,0000 bolivars, that is, from US $0.94 to US $1.92, according to the parallel market exchange rate, which governs most traders to prices.

David 'Son of Sam' Berkowitz: Faker, crazy, or possessed?

David 'Son of Sam' Berkowitz: Faker, crazy, or possessed?

Continuing the discussion in my last post, I'd like to look at one particular serial killer - David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, who terrorized New York City in 1976 and 1977 - and see if the spirit-possession hypothesis fits the facts of the case. First, here are the relevant parts of Berkowitz's biography, taken from the Wikipedia page on Son of Sam. Berkowitz, who was adopted as an infant, was said to have a "troubled" childhood. Although of above-average intelligence, he lost interest in learning at an early age and became infatuated with petty larceny and starting fires. Neighbors and relatives would recall Berkowitz as difficult, spoiled, and a bully. His adoptive parents consulted at least one psychotherapist due to his misconduct, but his misbehavior never resulted in legal intervention or serious mention in his school records. When Berkowitz was twenty-three, after a stint in the Army and an honorable discharge, the killings began. One theory is that the murders were triggered by Berkowitz's discovery that he'd been born outside of wedlock, and that both his natural father and a prospective stepfather had been unwilling to care for him. Why this should have upset his mental balance and produced an animus against young women with long dark hair is unclear.

Television series alleges that serial killer Kelly Cochran fed human remains to friends at barbecue

Television series alleges that serial killer Kelly Cochran fed human remains to friends at barbecue

If you've ever seen the end of the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," then you have an idea of what may have happened to a Michigan man in 2014. In a new television documentary, authorities allege that a serial killer and her husband chopped up and killed her former lover and then served his remains at a neighborhood barbecue in 2014, WJBK-TV (Channel 2) reports. Kelly Cochran later injected her husband with a lethal dose of heroin in February 2016. The docuseries on Investigation Discovery called "Dead North" takes the viewer on a journey that might just leave a bad taste in their mouth.

Jeff Bezos net worth hits $140B as his WaPo employees revolt over poor working conditions and low pay

Jeff Bezos net worth hits $140B as his WaPo employees revolt over poor working conditions and low pay

Washington Post employees are revolting over "shocking pay practices" at the newspaper, as they petition Amazon CEO and WaPo owner Jeff Bezos to "share the wealth"...of which today stands at $140 Billion. Over 400 Washington Post employees have signed a public petition addressed to Jeff Bezos begging him to improve working conditions and poor pay at the iconic newspaper. The petition follows over a year of unsuccessful negotiations with upper management.

Russian Supreme Court experts recommend liberalizing laws for political rallies

Russian Supreme Court experts recommend liberalizing laws for political rallies

Authorities cannot deny requests for rallies on grounds that the events might bring inconvenience to local residents or when another event is held in the same place at the same time, according to Russian Supreme Court experts. The draft verdict of the Supreme Court Plenum - the full assembly of judges that is being called for making important decisions that could potentially affect many cases - said that the possibility of inconvenience for citizens, who are not participating in the planned events, cannot be used by local authorities as a reason to deny a license for the event to organizers. Experts who prepared the document noted that the principle applies even when temporary changes to public transport routes are needed. In addition, the Supreme Court experts opposed the practice of punishing organizers of street events in cases where the actual number of participants exceeds the one mentioned in the license issued by the authorities, saying that such punishment should take place only if the overcrowding creates a real threat to citizens' security.

Antifa spreads doxed list of ICE agents compiled by NYU professor

Antifa spreads doxed list of ICE agents compiled by NYU professor

The person who initially compiled the database is an NYU professor. The list has been picked up and spread by left-wing activists amid fierce debates over the hardline US immigration policy and ongoing family separations at the country's southern border. The Twitter account "nebraska antifa" posted a link to a list of employees of the US' Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including their phone numbers and locations. As the original post was deleted shortly thereafter, Sam Lavigne, the user who had doxed the ICE agents, tweeted a link to an archived post, giving access to the original database.

Fanatic barbarians: Israeli settlers celebrate burning Palestinian baby, chant "Ali is on the grill!"

Fanatic barbarians: Israeli settlers celebrate burning Palestinian baby, chant "Ali is on the grill!"

There's something particularly disturbing about celebrating the burning alive of a baby. This is precisely what Israeli Jewish settlers were doing yesterday, outside the court in Lod. "'Ali was burned, where is Ali? Ali is on the grill!", they chanted, in reference to the 18-month old baby Ali Dawbsheh, who was burnt alive by Jewish terrorists in the West Bank town of Duma in 2015. Ali's mother Riham and father Saad died of their wounds a few weeks later. Of the family of four, only 5-year-old Ahmad survived the arson with severe burns. The terror-supporters were actually taunting Ali's grandfather, Hussein Dawabshe, who was attending a preliminary hearing at which the court decided to indict one adult suspect who confessed to the murders, as well as a minor who was an accomplice. Hussein was accompanied by Palestinian-Israeli lawmakers Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi. Tibi posted the video of the chanting, with policemen standing by doing nothing, and wrote: "Where's Ali? There's no Ali. Ali is burned. On the fire. Ali is on the grill" - all this was thrown at our face - including at the grandfather Dawbsheh concerning his 18-month-old grandson by the riff raff of 'price tag'. In front of us stood policemen and officers and did nothing. No words... The terror supporters also referred to the other family members: "Where is Ali? Where is Riham? Where is Saad? It's too bad Ahmed didn't burn as well."

Nations around the world hit back at US tariffs with retaliatory measures

Nations around the world hit back at US tariffs with retaliatory measures

The trade war that captured the world over recent months has deepened with more countries responding to US tariffs, while others are pledging to toughen already introduced retaliatory measures. The Chinese commerce ministry said the country is "fully prepared" to hit back against any protective steps Washington may potentially take. The response comes as US President Donald Trump threatened Beijing with another $200 billion in tariffs in addition to the $50 billion already imposed. "It is deeply regrettable that the US has been capricious, escalated the tensions, and provoked a trade war," said Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng, Thursday. "The US is accustomed to holding 'big sticks' for negotiations, but this approach does not apply to China."

The Duran vidcast discusses US-China trade war and its massive geopolitical implications

The Duran vidcast discusses US-China trade war and its massive geopolitical implications

The Trump White House formally announced the list of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs. The US will implement 25% tariff on $50 Billion in Chinese imports, representing 1,102 product lines with the list of imported goods among those listed on China's 2025 plan. The US tariffs against China will be implemented in two tiers. The first tier on July 6th will cover $34 Billion in imports. A second tier will cover the remaining $16 Billion, or 284 product lines. POTUS Trump said in a statement that the "The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices."

Palestinian teen loses eyesight due to Israeli prison neglect

Palestinian teen loses eyesight due to Israeli prison neglect

Palestinian teenager Hassan Abdulkhaleq Mizher Tamimi lost his eyesight after he was subjected to life-threatening medical neglect by Israeli prison authorities. Tamimi, 18, has a serious medical condition in his liver and kidneys, which makes him unable to absorb protein. He requires a strict vegetarian diet, medicines and periodic tests at the hospital. Israeli authorities provided him with none of that since his arrest more than two months ago, and his medical condition deteriorated sharply until he slipped into a coma. It was only then that he was finally transferred from the Ofer prison clinic to Shaare Zedek medical center on 28 May. Pictures of Tamimi circulated on social media after he awoke from his coma:

Erasing history: Richmond scrubs Confederate ID, renames school 'Barack Obama Elementary'

Erasing history: Richmond scrubs Confederate ID, renames school 'Barack Obama Elementary'

The movement to scrub remnants of the Old South from public life continued on Monday, when a Richmond, Va. elementary school was renamed for Barack Obama. By a 6 to 1 margin, the Richmond Public School Board voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary School. Stuart was a legendary Confederate cavalry commander. Obama, of course, was the first black president of the United States. The renaming decision went off without hitch, unlike in Charlottesville, Va. last year when the decision to dismantle a Confederate statue turned to violence.

Trump calls out 'Fake News' ABC for running false report that Manafort plead guilty to manslaughter

Trump calls out 'Fake News' ABC for running false report that Manafort plead guilty to manslaughter

ABC News was forced to issue a retraction after it aired graphics that falsely claimed US President Donald Trump's disgraced former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty to five counts of manslaughter. Manafort, who has been held in jail since last week over alleged attempted witness tampering, was thrust into the spotlight again on Wednesday after ABC accidentally added 'manslaughter' to his list of charges, none of which are violence-related. The broadcaster aired the erroneous onscreen graphics that read "Manafort pleads guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter" during its special report on Trump's immigration policy. While the stunning news only appeared for several seconds, it was enough for the Twittersphere to spot the mistake.

No, Trump didn't 'cave': The massive holes in Trumps 'no caged children' executive order

No, Trump didn't 'cave': The massive holes in Trumps 'no caged children' executive order

The media breathed a collective sigh of relief after Trump unveiled his latest Executive Order aimed at preventing the separation of illegal immigrant parents from their children, but had they taken the time to read and analyze the document before responding, they'd have seen that they were deceived by The Donald and that his decree has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. Judging by media accounts over the past day and even as portrayed by Trump & his press team themselves, Americans would be forgiven for thinking that illegal immigrant parents will never be separated from their children again after the Liberal-driven scandal over the continuation of a controversial Obama-era policy took the nation by storm. After reading the actual Executive Order, however, it becomes clear that there are more holes in it than Swiss cheese, and that the number of conditional workarounds present in the document suggests that not much will probably change in practice apart from a few highly publicized cases strategically focused on in order to deflect negative media attention. The reason for this pessimism is explained by the following clauses: ------------------------------ (all section summaries and [bolded] emphases are the author's own) Section 1 - Ambiguities From The Get-Go "...It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources..." It's unclear whether "together" means in the same cell/group holding area or simply in the same facility, and "appropriate" is subject to interpretation. It'll also soon be seen that Trump doubts that the "available resources" for implementing this ambiguous policy exist at this moment, thereby indefinitely perpetuating the status quo.

Dysfunctional Macron and Merkel plan to put burden of dealing with asylum seekers on countries where they first registered could split Europe

Dysfunctional Macron and Merkel plan to put burden of dealing with asylum seekers on countries where they first registered could split Europe

With no end in sight to the EU refugee crisis, Berlin and Paris look to put the burden of dealing with asylum seekers on the countries where they first register. The seeming return to 'old rules' is poised to split Europe further. During their meeting ahead of the EU summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to "jointly and resolutely tackle" what they euphemistically called "secondary movements inside the EU." An elusive wording used in the so-called Meseberg Declaration adopted by the two leaders effectively means one thing: Macron and Merkel want all the newly arrived asylum seekers and migrants to stay in the EU countries where they were first registered while their cases are being processed. This would leave the EU southern member states to deal with the new arrivals alone. The problem, however, is that the same rules embodied in what is known as the ill-fated EU Dublin Regulation already proved to be dysfunctional at the height of the 2015 refugee crisis.

Russia's lifeline to Syria: Damascus gets grain supplies from Crimea

Russia's lifeline to Syria: Damascus gets grain supplies from Crimea

Russia has begun deliveries of wheat from Crimea to Syria. The move solves the dual problems of grain overproduction in Crimea and Syria's desperate need for bread. The shipments are coming from the Russian port of Sevastopol to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base. Sevastopol officials said this month that they plan to sign an agreement with Tartus on July 29 to set up a permanent line of communications. The Syrian city will deliver fruit to Sevastopol. Syria is facing problems with grain supplies due to Western sanctions. Crimea is also sanctioned by the West, which makes it easier for the two regions to cooperate. "We do not have any problems with a number of countries, including Syria," Crimea's Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov told Reuters. "Our countries do not apply sanctions against each other, so of course they are free to work."

Distracted, screen obsessed parents: What happens when we don't engage with our children

Distracted, screen obsessed parents: What happens when we don't engage with our children

Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes-car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a unicycle-that it almost seems easier to list the things they don't mess up than the things they do. Our society may be reaching peak criticism of digital devices. Even so, emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids' development, but it's probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents. Yes, parents now have more face time with their children than did almost any parents in history. Despite a dramatic increase in the percentage of women in the workforce, mothers today astoundingly spend more time caring for their children than mothers did in the 1960s. But the engagement between parent and child is increasingly low-quality, even ersatz. Parents are constantly present in their children's lives physically, but they are less emotionally attuned. To be clear, I'm not unsympathetic to parents in this predicament. My own adult children like to joke that they wouldn't have survived infancy if I'd had a smartphone in my clutches 25 years ago. To argue that parents' use of screens is an underappreciated problem isn't to discount the direct risks screens pose to children: Substantial evidence suggests that many types of screen time (especially those involving fast-paced or violent imagery) are damaging to young brains. Today's preschoolers spend more than four hours a day facing a screen. And, since 1970, the average age of onset of "regular" screen use has gone from 4 years to just four months.

White House announces NSA adviser Bolton will visit Moscow to discuss meeting between Putin and Trump

White House announces NSA adviser Bolton will visit Moscow to discuss meeting between Putin and Trump

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton plans to travel to Moscow in the next few days to discuss a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the White House says. "On June 25-27, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton will meet with U.S. allies in London and Rome to discuss national security issues, and travel to Moscow to discuss a potential meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin," Garrett Marquis, special assistant to the president, wrote on Twitter. Bolton's specific itinerary was not immediately released.

Inside Hong Kong's paradoxical 'independence' movement's dependence on Washington

Inside Hong Kong's paradoxical 'independence' movement's dependence on Washington

Prominent Hong Kong opposition leader Edward Leung was sentenced to 6 years in prison for assaulting police and his role in leading riots in 2016. The Guardian in its article "Hong Kong jails independence leader Edward Leung for six years," would report: Hong Kong's leading independence activist has been jailed for six years for his involvement in some of the city's worst protest violence for decades. Edward Leung was convicted in May of rioting over the 2016 running battles with police, when demonstrators hurled bricks torn up from pavements and set rubbish alight in the commercial district of Mong Kok. Western pundits decried the jail sentence as the breakdown of the "rule of law" in Hong Kong. Yet the riots were violent and destructive, and most certainly against the law. For Hong Kong not to jail Leung for his role in criminal activity would constitute an actual breakdown of the rule of law. Comment: Western nations would've done no less in the same situation. But it's only bad when 'evil dictatorships' do it, apparently. Edward Leung had been serving as spokesman and by-election candidate for the Hong Kong Indigenous political group. The group seeks the unrealistic goal of stopping influence from mainland China as part of a wider Western-sponsored political movement to maintain Hong Kong as a pressure point vis-a-vis Beijing. The movement also attempts to hold Beijing to the parting demands made by British occupiers in 1997 including the "One Country, Two Systems" principle which serves as the legal framework Western-sponsored agitators use to justify their activities and notions of "independence."

Jordan Peterson launches defamation suit against Wilfrid Laurier University for statements suggesting he was 'analogous to Adolf Hitler'

Jordan Peterson launches defamation suit against Wilfrid Laurier University for statements suggesting he was 'analogous to Adolf Hitler'

University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson has launched a $1.5-million defamation suit against Wilfrid Laurier University, two of its professors and a former gender and equity manager for suggesting he was "analogous to Adolf Hitler." The statement of claim, prepared by lawyer Howard Levitt and filed Monday, says Peterson was falsely labelled as incompetent, sexist, misogynist, dangerous and racist in a now infamous disciplinary meeting with Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd. Shepherd was disciplined during the meeting for showing students a TV clip of Peterson discussing gender-neutral pronouns, something the university later apologized for, but Peterson told the Toronto Sun Wednesday he believes the university failed to properly respond to the incident. "So I think this is a warning, let's say, to other careless administrators and professors who allow their ideological presuppositions to get the best of them to be a bit more careful with what they say and do," he said.

Speaking the same language: Kim reportedly praised Pompeo for his guts in April meeting

Speaking the same language: Kim reportedly praised Pompeo for his guts in April meeting

According to the US press, during his meeting with Kim Jong-un in April, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a joke about killing the North Korean leader. The reaction could not have been more unexpected. Still, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mike Pompeo, visited North Korea to begin the negotiations that led to the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader. While Pompeo was still director of the agency, North Korea accused the organization of attempting to assassinate Kim, as the Business Insider reported last year. Pompeo himself defended regime change in Pyongyang, after a series of nuclear tests in 2017. "The North Korean people, I'm sure, are made up of lovely people who would love to see him [Kim] go," Pompeo told CNN in July last year, without citing any evidence. When he first met Kim personally a few months later, the subject was still taboo. According to Vanity Fair magazine, quoting an anonymous source close to Pompeo, the North Korean leader "immediately questioned" Pompeo about his homicidal desires. "But Pompeo did not back down," Tracy wrote. "The CIA director joked that he was still trying to kill him, the source said. The two men laughed." Kim's caution is not unfounded: while the United States official position is that it does not plan any regime changes in foreign countries, reports of training South Korean troops with the rehearsing of Kim's murder are still ongoing, according to Task & Purpose. However, the prank seems to have worked well, since both Kim and Pompeo posed for photos and proceeded with the negotiations. "This is the first time I meet someone with the same kind of courage," Kim said of Pompeo after the meeting, according to United Press International.

Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup in public for first time since 1979

Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup in public for first time since 1979

Fans, including women, watched Iran's recent clash against Spain at Tehran's biggest stadium, Azadi, which saw a large display set up to provide better viewing for football enthusiasts. Iranian women have been allowed to cheer on their World Cup 2018 national team from the stands for the first time since 1979, according to international media outlets, including The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. Roughly 10,000 football enthusiasts bought tickets to the iconic sports arena Azadi, which cost 2 euros each. Separately, a large number of female Iranian fans travelled all the way to Russia to witness the FIFA World Cup with their own eyes, with many Twitter users sharing their pictures: Notably, women were not allowed to attend the live broadcast of the previous match against Morocco, which took place on June 15; instead, female fans had to go to the cinema to see it. In wake of the national team's triumph, fans took to the streets to celebrate, which essentially propelled the city administration to allow women to watch the subsequent match at the stadium.

Man beaten to death and another was injured by mob in India over alleged attempt to slaughter cow

Man beaten to death and another was injured by mob in India over alleged attempt to slaughter cow

A man was beaten to death and another one injured in India by a mob who accused them of trying to slaughter a cow, video footage shows. The victims' families say the crime was 'cow-related,' but police described it as a scuffle. The shocking incident took place in a village in Uttar Pradesh state, some 40km from New Delhi on Monday, local media report. The two men - Qasim, 45, and Samayuddin, 65 - were brutally thrashed after an argument with several men from the village. A video released online shows a man, reportedly Qasim, lying on the ground with his clothes torn in the aftermath of the violence.

Vancouver Island hit with over 150 tremors in 24 hours

Vancouver Island hit with over 150 tremors in 24 hours

More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours, and seismologists are monitoring the situation to see if it turns into an Episodic Tremor and Slip event. Vancouver Island is normally moving toward the Lower Mainland at a rate of about one centimetre per year. "Ferry fares keep going up but the distance is actually getting a little bit shorter," jokes John Cassidy, seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada. But every 14 months or so there is a Tremor and Slip event - a discovery made by two local scientists Gary Rogers and Herb Dragert - when Vancouver Island slips backwards a few millimetres towards Japan. Seismic recording instruments show Victoria moving in one direction and then changing direction for about two weeks during these episodes. These events add pressure to the locked Cascadian Subduction Zone fault.

Trudeau's government locked up CANADIAN children in immigration detention facilities and separated them from their parents

Trudeau's government locked up CANADIAN children in immigration detention facilities and separated them from their parents

Where is the outrage? Where is the #familiesbelongtogether hashtag? While Justin Trudeau pathetically tries to score virtue-signalling points by joining the hypocritical chorus of condemnation regarding US child detention policies, it turns out that Canada has a child detention problem far closer to home. In fact, it turns out that both past and present Canadian governments have locked up CANADIAN children in detention centers meant for illegal immigrants.

Immigrant children forced to take psychotropic drugs under Obama & Trump, according to lawsuit

Immigrant children forced to take psychotropic drugs under Obama & Trump, according to lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filing on April 23 in an ongoing class-action lawsuit revealed that immigrant children separated from their parents-during both the Obama and Trump administrations-were allegedly held down and forcibly injected with powerful psychiatric drugs while being held at the Shiloh Treatment Center, a government contractor south of Houston that houses undocumented immigrant minors. The children, in sworn affidavits, described how they were told the drugs were vitamins, and that they would not be allowed to see their parents or leave the facility unless they complied and took the medications. One child recalled being forced to take pills, which they were told were vitamins, in the morning, at noon and night, stating: "the staff told me that some of the pills are vitamins because they think I need to gain weight. The vitamins changed about two times, and each time I feel different." An investigation by Reveal, for the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that "one child was prescribed 10 different shots and pills including the antipsychotic drugs Latuda, Geodon and Olanzapine, the Parkinson's medication Benztropin, the seizure medications Clonazepam and Divalproex, the nerve pain medication and antidepressant Duloxetine, and the cognition enhancer Guanfacine."

Texas billboard urging liberals to leave the state will be taken down after causing social media uproar

Texas billboard urging liberals to leave the state will be taken down after causing social media uproar

A cheeky Texas billboard encouraging liberal motorists to keep driving until they've left the state will be taken down after photos of the roadside 'advertisement' sparked a social media uproar. Located outside the small panhandle town of Vega, the billboard greeted eastbound drivers on Interstate 40 with: "Liberals - Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." An amused driver took a photo of the billboard on Tuesday and posted it to Facebook. The photo has sparked thousands of social media shares and comments, prompting local and national media coverage.

English World Cup fans caught on video singing Hitler song and giving Nazi salutes in Russian city where millions were killed in WWII

English World Cup fans caught on video singing Hitler song and giving Nazi salutes in Russian city where millions were killed in WWII

A video showing a group of England fans giving sickening salutes and singing Nazi songs in the World Cup host city of Volgograd, in which nearly 2 million people died during WWII, has appeared online. In the footage, which was reportedly taken after England beat Tunisia 2-1 at Volgograd Arena on Monday, the fans are seen performing Nazi salutes while shouting "Sieg Heil". They also sang songs which glorify the Third Reich. The bar in the video has been identified as 'Galereya Pub' in Volgograd. RT's Ruptly video agency, which was on site to report on World Cup games, went to the bar to investigate the video.

China gets it right: 'NATO aggression in Syria is really a war against Russia'

China gets it right: 'NATO aggression in Syria is really a war against Russia'

Jinri Toutiao, one of China's largest media agencies, has unveiled an article arguing that while the conflict in Syria might seem like a civil war between government and opposition forces, it is in reality "a deadly battle between Russia and NATO countries." According to the publication, Syria is of "great strategic importance", and Russia's deployment of troops to Syrian territory has thwarted foreign occupation and prevented more drastic bloodshed in Syria and beyond. "Otherwise, Syria would have been immediately occupied by the forces of other states or by anti-government troops. Then several extremist groups would go to the south of Russia," the article says. The publication also highlighted the fact that when the Russians became involved in the conflict, the situation turned favorable for Syrian troops.

United States' air assault campaign in Afghanistan reaches record levels

United States' air assault campaign in Afghanistan reaches record levels

The United States' military's air assault campaign in Afghanistan is reaching heights not seen since at least 2009 - as far back as available data goes - according to a new report from Air Force Central Command. The uptick in payloads delivered comes 17 years since the US invaded the country in an effort to oust the Taliban from power. Just last November, America's top general in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said that the war was in a "stalemate." As of May 2018, the US has already dropped 2,339 weapons from the Afghan skies since the start of the year. May saw the deployment of some 591 munitions in Operation Freedom Sentinel, more than any month since October 2017.

Officer shoots dogs attacking her in Burnet, Texas

Officer shoots dogs attacking her in Burnet, Texas

A Burnet police officer shot and killed one dog and injured another after three dogs attacked her and a man on a neighborhood street. Patrol Cpl. Alex Fidler responded when a man reported being attacked by three large dogs in the 700 block of South Vanderveer, near Burnet Elementary School, on Thursday, June 14. The officer was checking out the man's injuries when the dogs returned. Police reviewed body camera video footage which showed Fidler trying to get away from the dogs.

Sara Netanyahu finally indicted on fraud charges for ordering $100k worth of meals from gourmet restaurants while cook was on staff

Sara Netanyahu finally indicted on fraud charges for ordering $100k worth of meals from gourmet restaurants while cook was on staff

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was indicted on Thursday for alleged "systematic fraud" involving hundreds of thousands of shekels in connection with meal expenses incurred at the Prime Minister's Residence. Sara Netanyahu was charged along with Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director general of the Prime Minister's Office. The two are charged in an indictment filed at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court with aggravated fraudulent receiving of an item or items, fraud and breach of trust. Saidoff was also charged with falsification by a public servant. According to the indictment, the prime minister's wife instructed staff at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem to order meals consumed at the residence worth a total of 350,000 shekels ($96,000) from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in violation of rules barring the residence from ordering meals from the outside during periods when there was a cook on its staff. Investigators in the case gathered evidence that purportedly shows that the prime minister's wife ordered that the employment of the cook be concealed and also showed that she was aware that ordering meals from the outside for the residence when it employed a cook was a violation of the rules.

CrossFit vs. Big Soda: The fight to get America's soda industry out of nutrition and fitness research

CrossFit vs. Big Soda: The fight to get America's soda industry out of nutrition and fitness research

On a bright November morning, Congressman Scott Taylor is meeting with a visitor at his Capitol Hill office. Even in his dark suit and striped tie, the steely eyed, fit Republican from eastern Virginia looks every bit the Navy SEAL he once was. His visitor - Greg Glassman, founder and sole owner of CrossFit, a fitness company famous for its brutal full-body workouts - is older and dressed informally. He wears a ball cap over unruly ginger and gray locks, plus a three-day stubble, a flannel shirt, faded jeans and sneakers. Taylor tells Glassman that his first CrossFit workout, way back in the early days, was in the garage of a fellow SEAL who is now a top CrossFit staffer. Taylor wants to talk about other friends he has in common with Glassman, other SEALs who are CrossFitters. Glassman, however, has a different conversation in mind. He wants to discuss Department of Defense money - specifically why a group called the National Strength and Conditioning Association should not receive Pentagon contracts. "We've watched these guys for years, knowing that their science was bulls---. We knew they fell asleep at the switch. While everyone was doing lateral raises and curls, and eating high-carb, the nation got profoundly ill," Glassman tells Taylor. "CrossFit was born out of our realization of how f---ed up it was."

3,000-year-old geoglyphs in Peru may depict the heavens

3,000-year-old geoglyphs in Peru may depict the heavens

More than 3,000 years ago in what is now the lower Chao Valley in Peru, ancient people created five geoglyphs out of angular rocks, forming designs that may have shown heavenly constellations. These geoglyphs had stone doorways leading into them. Archaeologists believe that ancient people would have entered these doorways to participate in some form of ceremony or ritual activity performed at the geoglyphs. These five geoglyphs are part of a much larger ceremonial landscape now called Pampa de las Salinas that consistsof more than 20 archaeological sites, including trails, plazas and a massive mound called "Los Morteros" that consists of the remains of ancient buildings as well as fish and plants.[Amazing Photos of the Mysterious Geoglyphs in Peru] Recently, archaeologists have been mapping and excavating Pampa de las Salinasin an effort to help understand the landscape's mysteries.

Better than war: Democrats turn away from warmongering 'Russia' narrative to focus on immigration

Better than war: Democrats turn away from warmongering 'Russia' narrative to focus on immigration

Last night Rachel Maddow finally took a break from her relentless warmongering toward Russia, Syria and North Korea to have a pretend cry about the plight of immigrant children on her hit MSNBC show. It was arguably the climax of a loud nationwide outcry against a federal policy of separating parents from their children when they are arrested for illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the United States, and the following day President Trump signed an executive order suspending that policy while congress comes up with some less draconian legislation. And of course the entire thing was phony from top to bottom. The policy Trump's political opponents have been blaming on the current administration was actually bipartisan and several administrations in the making, and as with many US policies simply grew progressively more depraved with each new president. The executive order leaves the debate over many, many immigration issues still unresolved, including the fact that it just means families will now be imprisoned together under Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new "zero tolerance policy", and the fact that thousands of families will still remain separated. And of course the entire furor only became a mainstream issue because midterm elections are coming up and the "Russia, Russia, Russia" platform of the last year and a half hasn't exactly energized the Democratic party's base. And of course that soulless bitch Maddow, who will cheerfully help inflame tensions between nuclear powers in order to give her ratings a bump, was 100 percent acting throughout the entire scene. But you know what? I'll take it.

UK toad and frog numbers collapsing with sightings down by up to two-thirds

UK toad and frog numbers collapsing with sightings down by up to two-thirds

People with gardens are being urged to create simple ponds or areas of long grass because sightings of frogs and toads in gardens are drying up. Reports of toads in gardens have fallen by nearly a third since 2014, while sightings of frogs have dropped by 17% over the same period, according to the Big Garden Birdwatch, the RSPB's wildlife survey. Frogs were the most common non-bird garden visitor, seen in 39% of the more than 174,000 gardens which took part in the survey this year, while toads were only found in one in five gardens. These declines are mirrored by other surveys, including data from volunteer groups who help toads cross the road, which found toad numbers have fallen by more than two-thirds over 30 years.

Drawings by Yeminis held without charges in secret prisons depict sexual abuse, torture by UAE

Drawings by Yeminis held without charges in secret prisons depict sexual abuse, torture by UAE

The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign - from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were looking for contraband cellphones. The men screamed and wept. Those who resisted were threatened by barking dogs and beaten until they bled. Hundreds of detainees suffered similar sexual abuse during the event on March 10 at Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden, according to seven witnesses interviewed by The Associated Press. Descriptions of the mass abuse offer a window into a world of rampant sexual torture and impunity in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen. The UAE is a key U.S. ally whose secret prisons and widespread torture were exposed by an AP investigation last June. The AP has since identified at least five prisons where security forces use sexual torture to brutalize and break inmates. Yemen's war began in 2015, after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took over much of the country's north. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading a coalition to fight the rebels, but UAE forces have overtaken wide swaths of territory, towns and cities in the south. The U.S. is backing the coalition with billions of dollars in arms, and partners with the Emiratis in anti-terrorism campaigns.

Distinct daily cycles in our thinking patterns revealed in study of 800 million tweets

Distinct daily cycles in our thinking patterns revealed in study of 800 million tweets

Our mode of thinking changes at different times of the day and follows a 24-hour pattern, according to new findings published in PLOS ONE. University of Bristol researchers were able to study our thinking behaviour by analysing seven-billion words used in 800-million tweets. Researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and in medicine used AImethods to analyse aggregated and anonymised UK twitter content sampled every hour over the course of four years across 54 of the UK's largest cities to determine if our thinking modes change collectively. The researchers revealed different emotional and cognitive modalities in our thoughts by identifying variations in language through tracking the use of specific words across the twitter sample which are associated with 73 psychometric indicators, and are used to help interpret information about our thinking style.

Trans activists furious after essay highlighting "detransitioning" appears in The Atlantic

Trans activists furious after essay highlighting "detransitioning" appears in The Atlantic

If anyone wants to witness a small sampling of what "tolerance" looks like for trans activists, survey the reaction of their movement to an essay published by The Atlantic in their July/August issue titled "When Children Say They're Trans." Keep in mind, as you scroll through the waves of vitriol currently spreading across Twitter, that this publication is not a conservative one-it is a very liberal one. In fact, the last time The Atlantic was at the forefront of any controversy, they had just hired and then promptly fired the brilliant columnist Kevin D. Williamson (who was kind enough to come onto my podcast and discuss his book The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome some time ago) for controversial comments about abortion. This, perhaps, is the source of their rage: A liberal publication daring to engage with trans ideology in a nuanced way, rather than simply spouting off a list of pre-approved talking points. Deviation from these talking points can attract a social media lynching almost immediately these days-even Kylie Jenner was viciously attacked for wishing her father Caitlyn Jenner a Happy Father's Day, and posting a picture of him from back when he was Bruce. But that sin was insignificant compared to the crimes of The Atlantic, which began an essay with the story of Claire and her parents-a cautionary tale about the dangers of heeding trans propaganda.

Thousands flock to Stonehenge for the summer solstice party

Thousands flock to Stonehenge for the summer solstice party

Thousands of people flocked to Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year - known as the summer solstice - opening the way for another heatwave to reach UK shores in the next two weeks. Every year the neolithic Wiltshire monument becomes the centre of day-long celebrations to mark the official start of summer and up to 25,000 people have attended the site so far today, as the sun rose at 4.52am this morning. And now with summer well and truly upon us, the Met Office is expecting a steady increase in temperatures over the coming days - with up to 81F alone expected this Sunday. Experts expect it will be even hotter into next week.

Sick! Peter Fonda calls for Trump's son to be put 'in a cage with pedophiles' - Secret Service on alert

Sick! Peter Fonda calls for Trump's son to be put 'in a cage with pedophiles' - Secret Service on alert

First Lady Melania Trump has notified the Secret Service, after actor and activist Peter Fonda called for her son Barron to be kidnapped and imprisoned with pedophiles in an unhinged Twitter rant. "The tweet is sick and irresponsible and [Secret Service] has been notified," the First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told the Daily Caller. Fonda let loose on Twitter in protest over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement practices, which have seen 2,000 children separated from parents at the US-Mexico border. During the multiple-tweet rant, Fonda suggested that Trump's 12-year-old son Barron should be ripped away from his mother Melania and put "in a cage with pedophiles" to see if she will "stand up against" her husband then. WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER'S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. FUCK - Peter Henry Fonda (@iamfonda) June 20, 2018

Study: Childhood stress matures brain faster, adolescent stress delays it

Study: Childhood stress matures brain faster, adolescent stress delays it

Stress in early childhood leads to faster maturation of certain brain regions during adolescence. In contrast, stress experienced later in life leads to slower maturation of the adolescent brain. This is the outcome of a long-term study conducted by researchers of Radboud University in which 37 subjects have been monitored for almost 20 years. The findings will be published in Scientific Reports on 15 June. In 1998, the group-which then comprised 129 one-year-olds and their parents-was tested for the first time. Over the past 20 years, researchers studied, inter alia, their play sessions and interactions with parents, friends and classmates. The children were also subjected to MRI scans. This wealth of data has enabled Karin Roelofs, Professor of Experimental Psychopathology, her Ph.D. student Anna Tyborowska and other colleagues of Radboud University to investigate how stress in various life stages affected the adolescent brain of these children. More specifically, they looked at the effects on cerebral maturation. During adolescence, our brain experiences a natural pruning process in which previously made connections between brain cells are refined, allowing the creation of more useful and efficient networks.

'Aleppo Earthquake': Watch Russian documentary tell stories of four year siege

'Aleppo Earthquake': Watch Russian documentary tell stories of four year siege

Aleppo, once Syria's thriving industrial hub, is now trying to rebuild itself from rubble. How did it happen, and why? A Russian documentary seeks answers to those questions, and tells stories of life during the siege. Aleppo was Syria's most populous city and a vibrant industrial hub before the war. Its residents were relatively well-off, with small businesses and tourists keeping most people afloat. None of this is the case anymore. A 2011 rebel uprising and a terrorist invasion of Aleppo brought as much damage and death as the powerful earthquake that struck the ancient Syrian city back in the 12th century, according to a thought-provoking documentary by Russian ANNA-News outlet. Entitled 'Aleppo Earthquake,' the film features real-life stories heard by ANNA-News war correspondents from ordinary Syrians who lived in the city during the terrorist occupation, and those who joined the Syrian army and took up arms against foreign jihadists.

Facebook is evil: Tech companies spur rising rents, drive out Silicon Valley families

Facebook is evil: Tech companies spur rising rents, drive out Silicon Valley families

Property companies advertising their proximity to Facebook's campus are giving low-income residents a choice: pay a huge rent increase or move out Sandra Zamora is quitting Facebook. Not because of Russian election interference, misuse of personal data or any of the social network's other scandals. For the 29-year-old, it's personal: Facebook is her neighbor, and the company's presence, she said, is wreaking havoc on her community. Zamora is part of a group of Menlo Park tenants in four buildings facing massive rent increases from a new landlord, who is pricing out longtime residents while advertising the buildings' proximity to Facebook's campus. Zamora is holding out as long as she can. But she knows she will soon have to leave her home of 11 years, and she doesn't know where she will go.

Jewish extremists chant at relatives of Palestinian toddler victim of arson terror attack: 'Ali's on the grill'

Jewish extremists chant at relatives of Palestinian toddler victim of arson terror attack: 'Ali's on the grill'

Two dozen far-right protesters shout outside courtroom in support of Duma terror attack perpetrators; relatives slam police for letting abusive chorus continue unabated Far-right activists chanted slogans cheering for the death of an 18-month old Palestinian outside a courthouse in central Israel as the late toddler's family walked near them following a hearing Tuesday. Referencing toddler Ali Saad Dawabshe, killed in a 2015 arson attack carried out by Jewish terrorists, right-wing extremists chanted "Where is Ali? Ali's dead," "Ali's on the grill" and other hate slogans. Roughly two dozen youth had gathered outside the Central District Court in the city of Lod for a ruling regarding the admissibility of the confessions given by the two suspects in the firebombing of the Dawabsha home, which killed toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha and parents Riham and Saad Dawabsha.