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Overreaction? 22-yo New Zealand man arrested for allegedly distributing video of Christchurch mosque shooting

Overreaction? 22-yo New Zealand man arrested for allegedly distributing video of Christchurch mosque shooting

A 22-year-old man from New Zealand has been arrested in connection with distribution of the video recording of Friday's tragic mosque shootings that killed 50 people. Brenton Tarrant, 28, who has been charged with murder in the mass shooting, filmed the massacres at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid in Christchurch on a Facebook livestream. Facebook was notified of the video and immediately took steps to remove the user and the recording, but not before it had been downloaded and reposted across the internet. The 22-year-old, who has not been named by police, will be charged under the Films Videos and Publications Classification Act. He is expected to appear in court Monday. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have repeatedly urged citizens and the media not to share footage of the attack. Mia Garlick, a spokesperson for Facebook New Zealand, said 1.5 million videos of the attack had been removed from the platform globally within the first 24...

3 dead, 9 injured in suspected terror attack on tram in Dutch city of Utrecht - suspect arrested

3 dead, 9 injured in suspected terror attack on tram in Dutch city of Utrecht - suspect arrested

Three people have been killed and nine others injured in a terrorist attack that took place in the Dutch city of Utrecht. A nationwide manhunt for a 37-year-old Turkish suspect is now underway, police said. The Dutch counter-terrorism unit has surrounded a building where the gunman may be located, local media has reported. The perpetrator managed to escape the scene of the crime earlier, despite police cordoning off the area and adjacent streets. The shooting has left three people dead and nine injured, the city's mayor has confirmed.

A case against universal basic income

A case against universal basic income

Given recent progress in the development of artificial intelligence, many policy conversations take for granted that such advancements will lead to mass technological unemployment and could even create a permanent underclass. Once these "facts" are established, a radical and sweeping policy solution typically follows, most often an argument for the necessity of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). But despite their growing popularity, such apocalyptic predictions about the role of AI in replacing human labor and the need for a UBI are greatly overblown. Although I've written on this topic previously (one article even garnering a response from Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang), the doomsayers' case seems to be in need of a robust response. When thinking about UBI, it's important to understand the reasons why some may suggest it as a necessary solution in the first place and why the case is frequently overstated. Even beyond those issues, the concept of implementing UBI as a...

Israeli high court bans far-right candidate from election, but politics are still apartheid to the core

Israeli high court bans far-right candidate from election, but politics are still apartheid to the core

The Israeli High Court has ruled yesterday on several petitions regarding the upcoming elections. Taking the recommended position of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, the court reversed the Knesset Elections Committee decision to ban the Palestinian-Israeli party union of Balad-United Arab List; to reverse the ban on Jewish Ofer Cassif who is part of Hadash (Hadash-Ta'al is another dual Palestinian-Israeli union); and finally, to ban the leader of Jewish Power Michael Ben Ari from running - Ben Ari was otherwise approved by the committee. The merger of the rabbi Kahane disciples of Jewish Power with the Jewish Home party was a move orchestrated by Netanyahu, which drew widespread critique, as the Jewish Power is an extension of the Kahanist Kach party, which was banned from the Knesset in 1988 on grounds of racism. Netanyahu thus offered it political legitimacy, also in order to secure a future coalition and not lose votes under the 3.25% threshold. The permitting of the...

Humans have an inbuilt compass

Humans have an inbuilt compass

The Earth's magnetic field is faint, yet creatures from birds and bees to lobsters and bacteria have been shown to detect its dull pull. Now, after half a century of looking, scientists have reported the most convincing evidence yet to suggest humans, too, share this ability. The mysteries surrounding magnetoreception, as it is called, abound. It makes sense for globetrotting migratory birds and turtles to have an in-built compass, but it is far less obvious why cows might need one to orient their bodies along the magnetic field lines when grazing, or dogs to point north or south when defecating. The first inklings that humans might have an internal compass came from studies by Robin Baker at the University of Manchester in the UK. In 1980, he reported that if he blindfolded students and transported them out of town, they could almost always point towards the quadrant of their starting point, but they lost this ability if a bar magnet was strapped to their heads. Subsequent...

Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against US over sanctions, says they are a crime against humanity

Rouhani says Iran will file legal case against US over sanctions, says they are a crime against humanity

President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran will pursue legal action against US officials who imposed sanctions on Iran, adding that the dispute could be brought before an international court. The Iranian president said that he had ordered the ministries of foreign affairs and justice to "file a legal case in Iranian courts against those in America who designed and imposed sanctions on Iran." Describing the unilaterally imposed sanctions as a "crime against humanity," Rouhani said that if Iranian courts believe there is a strong case against Washington, Tehran would then pursue the legal challenge in international courts of justice. He said that the United States is seeking to "come back to Iran and rule the nation again."

Illegal aliens rescued from freezing, snowy mountain by Arizona Border Patrol

Illegal aliens rescued from freezing, snowy mountain by Arizona Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue five illegal aliens who were trapped on a snowy mountain in Arizona on Thursday, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed. Officials say late in the day on Wednesday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office (SCCSO) received 9-1-1 calls from one of the men, who managed to contact their number and ask for assistance. SCCSO coordinated efforts with a Department of Public Safety (DPS) aircrew who spotted the group on the mountain south of Tucson just after 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, but had to postpone rescue operations until dawn as conditions worsened during the night. At daybreak, CBP said agents at the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team hiked to reach the stranded group. When they arrived, agents performed a medical check on the five men to stabilize their conditions and determined they weren't fit enough to walk back to safety.

California psychiatrist's body found in trunk of car, died of blunt-force injury, police say

California psychiatrist's body found in trunk of car, died of blunt-force injury, police say

A California psychiatrist was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of his car in Nevada earlier this month and police have now launched an investigation into the man's murder. Thomas Burchard's body was discovered March 7 near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said. Authorities ruled that Burchard died from blunt force injury to the head, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Clark County's Coroner's Office said Thursday the 71-year-old Salinas, California native's death could officially be ruled a homicide, but police added no one had been arrested in his death, according to the newspaper.

The EU's 'Reichstaat' in Germany is in major disarray: A long cultural and political war is underway

The EU's 'Reichstaat' in Germany is in major disarray: A long cultural and political war is underway

"If the euro fails - Europe fails," Angela Merkel has said. "And indeed, the failure of the European project is now a genuine possibility: Monetary Union is no longer seen as irreversible, and neither is the EU", writes Professor Guido Montani of Padua University. Yes - but the profound structural nature to the crisis, and the concomitant perceived threat to German and to ruling euro-élite interests suggests that any solution will be as bitterly fought-over, as has been Brexit in the UK. It is a foretaste - and warning of the breakdown of national cohesion that is to come. After years of austerity and stagnation amongst some EU states, it is clear that both the structure - and the culture of the Union - insisted on by a post-war Germany, is facing a growing insurrection, a demand for change - both from member-states, and now, significantly, even from within Germany itself.

New Zealand mosque attacker appears in court, charged with murder - UPDATE

New Zealand mosque attacker appears in court, charged with murder - UPDATE

Australian-born Brenton Tarrant has been formally charged with murder in a shooting rampage that left 49 people dead in two New Zealand mosques. Police said more charges will be filed against him. Three more people are in custody. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man, was charged with murder over the Christchurch massacre during a brief court appearance on Saturday. He did not request bail and was ordered to remain in custody until the date of his next hearing, scheduled for April 5. The investigation is led by New Zealand police and assisted by Australian police in New South Wales. NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing told media that the region's joint counterterrorism unit has joined the investigation. Tarrant's relatives have been assisting the police as well.

New world record? Russian explorer rows through half of southern Pacific in 100 days

New world record? Russian explorer rows through half of southern Pacific in 100 days

Russian traveller Fedor Konyukhov, who is rowing through the stormy waters of the southern Pacific, managed to cross half of the ocean in just 100 days. The famous Russian survivalist and explorer started his round-the-world voyage aboard a solo rowboat on December 6 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Despite sailing through especially turbulent waters in strong winds known as the Roaring Forties, Konyukhov is advancing at an unprecedented rate. "It is a landmark achievement by all standards," the traveler's son and chief of the expedition headquarters, Oscar Konyukhov, told RIA Novosti. "No one has ever spent 100 days in a rowboat in [the] roaring forties," he said. Konyukhov is currently heading to South America and intends to pass through the Drake Passage. In a recent Instagram post, the explorer wrote that he is almost 1,800 nautical miles away from Cape Horn, the southernmost point of the continent. With wind, rain, snow, and hail already accompanying the journey, Konyukhov expects the...

The statistical mathematics that tells a cell what it is

The statistical mathematics that tells a cell what it is

During development, cells seem to decode their fate through optimal information processing, which could hint at a more general principle of life. In 1891, when the German biologist Hans Driesch split two-cell sea urchin embryos in half, he found that each of the separated cells then gave rise to its own complete, albeit smaller, larva. Somehow, the halves "knew" to change their entire developmental program: At that stage, the blueprint for what they would become had apparently not yet been drawn out, at least not in ink. Since then, scientists have been trying to understand what goes into making this blueprint, and how instructive it is. (Driesch himself, frustrated at his inability to come up with a solution, threw up his hands and left the field entirely.) It's now known that some form of positional information makes genes variously switch on and off throughout the embryo, giving cells distinct identities based on their location. But the signals carrying that information seem to...

We're not a-moosed: Woman hurls cat at moose to chase it away, gets grilled online

We're not a-moosed: Woman hurls cat at moose to chase it away, gets grilled online

A woman who used a cat as a projectile to avoid an attack from a disoriented stray moose was blasted as "barbarian" on the internet for the way she treated both animals. The moose apparently knew that, despite being cute, kitties are vicious in a fight. The large animal retreated as soon as it saw the cat flying in its direction. The wild moose was later spotted wandering among apartment blocks in other parts of the town of Neftekams before it was tranquilized and safely returned to the forest. The fate of the cat is unknown, but judging by the footage it most likely landed on its feet after the controversial stunt.

Girl fights for life at hospital after hyena attack in Kenya

Girl fights for life at hospital after hyena attack in Kenya

An eleven-year-old girl is fighting for her life at Nakuru Level Five hospital after she was attacked by a hyena while herding livestock at Opiroi village in Samburu County. Ripali Lenerpita sustained deep bites on her face, cheeks, jaw, neck, head and limbs following the Friday evening attack. The minor was in pain and could not hear and see clearly when she was brought to the hospital for specialized treatment. Her body was swollen. The hospital head of clinician services Joseph Keriyo said that though the girl was received while bandaged and dressed up, she was in a critical condition.

Interfaith kidney swap: Muslim, Hindu families in India form close bond after exchanging organs

Interfaith kidney swap: Muslim, Hindu families in India form close bond after exchanging organs

A pair of Indian families waiting for kidney transplants may have found the secret to ending religious strife: interfaith organ sharing. The Hindu and Muslim households are now close friends after swapping their innards. Nadeem and Nazreen Patel forged an unbreakable bond with Ramswarth Yadav and his wife Satyadevi after a doctor proposed that the Muslim and Hindu families serve as kidney donors for each other. Nadeem, a father of three children, was on dialysis for four years and was facing death unless a suitable kidney donor was found. Ramswarth was also suffering from kidney disease and hoped to undergo a transplant. A doctor at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital suggested a swap between the two families, since Ramswarth's blood group (A) matched that of Mrs Patel, while Nadeem's (B) was a perfect fit for Mrs Yadav. After a month of consultations, a swap transplant was agreed upon. The surgery was a success, with the two households now treating each other as family.

101 dead sea turtles found in state of Guerrero, Mexico

101 dead sea turtles found in state of Guerrero, Mexico

Environmental officials continue with research into the deaths of 101 sea turtles along beaches in several municipalities in the state of Guerrero. Officers with la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) say that in coordination with various other federal agencies, they continue to work to find the cause of the deaths of the 101 sea turtles. Profepa reports the sea turtles have been found in varying degrees of decomposition in six municipalities of the state of Guerrero, adding that the turtles do not exhibit any signs of marks related to fishing gear.

Thirty years of fast food: Study show greater variety, but more salt, larger portions, and added calories

Thirty years of fast food: Study show greater variety, but more salt, larger portions, and added calories

Despite the addition of some healthful menu items, fast food is even more unhealthy for you than it was 30 years ago. An analysis of the offerings at 10 of the most popular US fast-food restaurants in 1986, 1991, and 2016, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, demonstrates that fast-food entrees, sides, and desserts increased significantly in calories and sodium and entrees and desserts in portion size over time. It also shows that while the variety of entree, sides, and dessert options soared by 226 percent, new or discontinued items tended to be less healthy than those available throughout the study period. "Our study offers some insights on how fast food may be helping to fuel the continuing problem of obesity and related chronic conditions in the United States. Despite the vast number of choices offered at fast-food restaurants, some of which are healthier than others, the calories, portion sizes, and sodium content overall have worsened...

Zimbabwe landslide kills school pupils as Cyclone Idai death toll rises to at least 157

Zimbabwe landslide kills school pupils as Cyclone Idai death toll rises to at least 157

Schoolchildren were among those killed by landslides and flooding in Zimbabwe as the death toll from tropical cyclone Idai rose to at least 157. The pair of boarders were asleep when a rock fall hit the dining hall and dormitory at St Charles Lwanga school in the eastern province of Manicaland, according to officials in the southern African country. Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people across southern Africa since it hit land in Mozambique last week. At least 126 people have died in Mozambique and Malawi and another 31 have died in Zimbabwe. Hundreds more are missing or have been left homeless by the disaster. Both Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mozambique's leader Filipe Nyusi cut short their trips to the United Arab Emirates and Eswatini respectively after being criticised for failing to deal with the crisis.

Ferguson protester deaths spark speculation of something sinister

Ferguson protester deaths spark speculation of something sinister

Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose. Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play. Police say there is no evidence the deaths have anything to do with the protests stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and that only two were homicides with no known link to the protests.

Indonesia flash flood death toll rises to at least 77 people

Indonesia flash flood death toll rises to at least 77 people

At least 77 people are now known to have died in flash floods and mudslides in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, the disaster agency says. Two more people died in an earthquake on Lombok island. Indonesia's disaster agency on Monday raised the death toll from flash floods in the country's easternmost province, saying at least 77 people had died. Scores were injured and more than three dozen left missing after torrential downpours sent flash floods and mudslides through mountainside villages in Papua, the agency said. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said rescue efforts had been hampered by the destruction of roads and bridges in several areas of Jayapura district after days of fierce rain.

Scientists warn Apple AirPods may 'pose cancer risk,' urges WHO to act

Scientists warn Apple AirPods may 'pose cancer risk,' urges WHO to act

As many as 250 researchers have appealed to the WHO and UN member nations, drawing their attention to the harm even minimal electromagnetic waves were scientifically found to cause in humans, including an increase in free radicals and cellular damage, demanding that the international medical watchdog should come up with more protective guidelines. Despite the enormous popularity wireless headphones, such as AirPods and the similar Samsung Galaxy Buds, have earned in recent years, researchers are increasingly voicing concerns about the harmful effects they may have on human health. The devices, which harness Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data, are in dangerous proximity to the user's inner skull, literally rubbing against it.

BEST OF THE WEB: In just one year, Italian government has drastically reduced numbers of migrants coming from Africa

BEST OF THE WEB: In just one year, Italian government has drastically reduced numbers of migrants coming from Africa

Really and truly, I did not expect the most promising developments in West-European politics to come from Italy. Who could predict that the strange government appointed in June 2018 - an uneasy alliance of nationalists under Matteo Salvini's Lega and the populist-but-vague Five-Star Movement - would last as long or achieve as much as it has? Italy's parliamentary regime is notoriously unstable, governments falling with unnerving regularity, and yet this strange hybrid has gone from strength to strength. The globalists - notably the EU institutions and the various migrant NGOs, many supported by George Soros' Open Societies Foundation - had adopted a criminal policy whereby the goal of their operations was not to reduce illegal immigration but to "solve" the problem by "rescuing" migrants at sea, even if they barely left the coast of North Africa, and breaking down Europe's external and national borders. The Italians, suffering from the crushing burden of supporting an endless wave...

Meteor fireball blast over Bering Sea in December last year was 10 times size of Hiroshima

Meteor fireball blast over Bering Sea in December last year was 10 times size of Hiroshima

Fireball over Kamchatka peninsula in December went largely unnoticed at the time A meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed. The fireball tore across the sky off Russia's Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russia's south-west, six years ago, and the second largest in the past 30 years. Unlike the Chelyabinsk meteor, which was captured on CCTV, mobile phones and car dashboard cameras, the December arrival from outer space went largely unnoticed at the time because it exploded in such a remote location.

Repeat after me: The liver is not a filter!

Repeat after me: The liver is not a filter!

Please join me in a global campaign to correct the misunderstanding that the liver "filters" toxins. Filters remove undesirable things from air, water, oil, or other desirable materials. They do so by holding on to them. As a result, they get dirty and eventually need to be replaced. Many people believe that this is what the liver does.

The environment is too important to leave to environmentalists

The environment is too important to leave to environmentalists

The fact that belief in climate change in the US tends to correlate with political affiliation should tell you that we are not objectively interpreting the science as much as we are following the values of our chosen peer group. Because in a world where we follow the evidence, it's an extraordinarily unlikely outcome. The truth is that the science of what is happening is as settled as science ever is. That isn't to be conflated with the challenges of predicting the future. However sophisticated the predictive models get, they are still speculative. And it isn't to be understood as believing all the headlines written by journalists too lazy to check the original sources (no, all insects are not about to die out-at least, the research that prompted those headlines does not provide any such evidence). We know enough to understand that we should be taking serious action. The fact that the only groups advocating action at the moment are demanding questionable strategies doesn't change...

FDA medical adviser: 'Congress is owned by pharma'

FDA medical adviser: 'Congress is owned by pharma'

Given the state of things now, it's easy to lose hope. But then you get someone willing to speak out and the glimmer of hope comes back. There is obviously no guarantee that anything will happen, but the small spark of someone willing to speak truth is often just enough to start a fire. "Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children's Hospital and chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee on Analgesics and Anesthetics, has been openly critical of big pharma and the lack of proper oversight from the FDA. Despite many politicians, particularly declared presidential candidates, beginning to speak out against big pharma, Brown does not think that anything will come out of it 'because Congress is owned by pharma.' 'The pharmaceutical industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single year,' he told Yahoo Finance. 'In 2016, they put $100 million into the elections. That's a ton of money.'"1

How Russian sanctions expose cracks in Britain's political class

How Russian sanctions expose cracks in Britain's political class

Bill Browder was invited to the Foreign Affairs public session in February so that he could promote his well-polished narrative of malign influence, human rights abuses and aggression by the Kremlin. This will be used to help frame British sanctions policy towards Russia. But two weeks later, the grilling of Gregory Barker on his role in overcoming the sanctions against Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska - reveals an emerging rift in the British establishment over Russian sanctions. The Western establishment loves Russian money. Russian treasures, including state assets, were bought at basement-bucket prices through Yeltsin's loans-for-shares programme. It is claimed that opportunists such as Mikhail Kordokhovsky made money by rigging auctions of state assets, paying a fraction of the value, then passing the proceeds to offshore shell companies. Money made through individuals such as Kordokhovsky and other championed 'capitalists' of Russia, eventually made its way back into Europe...

Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research

Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research

Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on children. Some historians argue that every new technology has been vilified - from the printing press and television to digital technology. Others argue that the accessibility, intensity and desirability of digital media is different. And research shows that 98 per cent of children are now living in a home with an internet-connected device, with kids spending a considerable amount of their time online. In a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics, we find a measurable association between how much young children are using screens and how well they are meeting their developmental milestones.

65 chemical cross-contaminants found in popular children's vaccine Infanrix Hexa

65 chemical cross-contaminants found in popular children's vaccine Infanrix Hexa

Facebook, which seems to have become a government-run agency claiming to help fight the war on 'fake news,' has pledged to delete and flag content that spreads misinformation. This is great, and should be done, but the only problem is that content around the internet is being taken down, flagged, and deemed as a 'conspiracy theory' when it is well-supported, factual, and backed by peer-reviewed science. I just wrote an article about the recent measles outbreak in Washington State for example, and how that state is pushing hard for all school-aged children to receive a mandatory MMR vaccination. These outbreaks are constantly being blamed on unvaccinated children, but the mainstream never points people towards the actual statistics showing that Washington State, like many other states, have not experienced a drop in MMR vaccination coverage. Instead, MMR vaccine coverage is very high. Furthermore, they don't mention that there's been a long history of measles outbreaks in highly...

Incidental negative emotions can reduce our capacity to trust others

Incidental negative emotions can reduce our capacity to trust others

That emotions can influence the way we interact with others is well known - just think of how easily an argument with a loved one can get heated. But what about when these emotions are triggered by events that have nothing to do with the person we are interacting with, for instance the annoyance caused by a traffic jam or a parking fine. Researchers call these types of emotions "incidental", because they were triggered by events that are unrelated to our currently ongoing social interactions. It has been shown that incidental emotions frequently occur in our day-to-day interactions with others, although we might not be fully aware of them. Negative emotions suppress trust For the study, UvA neuroeconomist Jan Engelmann teamed up with UZH neuroeconomists Ernst Fehr, Christian Ruff and Friederike Meyer. The team investigated whether incidental aversive affect can influence trust behavior and the brain networks relevant for supporting social cognition. To induce a prolonged state of...

The surrealism of the information war

The surrealism of the information war

The flow of knowledge and information is commonly considered the main vector of humanity's progress through history. One would think that in our era, which is rightly called the time of the information super-highway, the sheer mass of information available to all humans, anywhere at any given time, would have exponentially increased our understanding of our world and each other. This is, however, not the case. As a matter of fact, paradoxically, one can easily argue that an overload of information has made the majority of people not more but less knowledgeable, less critical, more isolated, and more alienated from themselves and each other. The control and manipulation of narrative in the era of the information war has created a universal malaise that reaches even basic human issues such as masculine-feminine identities. Well-compensated propagandists package information and ideas like products for mass consumption. The advance of technology was supposed to free mankind; instead it...

Aussie politician's media statements blaming Muslims for New Zealand shootings

Aussie politician's media statements blaming Muslims for New Zealand shootings

An Australian senator is being heavily criticized for lashing out at Muslim immigrants in the wake of the horrific shootings at two New Zealand mosques. Queensland Senator Fraser Anning released a media statement on Friday afternoon, hours after the terrorist attacks at two Christchurch mosques. In it, Anning claimed while he was "utterly opposed to any form of violence" and condemned the actions of the gunman, he said the atrocity highlighted the "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence" in Australia and New Zealand. "While this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence."

'US must abandon its arrogance': Moscow skeptical over Bolton's newfound desire for 'arms control talks'

'US must abandon its arrogance': Moscow skeptical over Bolton's newfound desire for 'arms control talks'

Any talks with the US are bound to fail until Washington gives up on its arrogance and trying to do things on own terms only, a top Russian senator said after fresh arms control remarks by US national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton expressed concerns over the growing nuclear potential of Beijing, telling AM 970 radio on Sunday that "if we're going to have another arms control negotiation, for example, with the Russians, it may make sense to include China that discussion as well." "Washington is still planning to talk to China, Russia and North Korea arrogantly and on its own terms," Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Russian Federal Council, responded.

Interview with Belgian war reporter: Syrian soldiers gave their lives to defeat terrorist fanatics

Interview with Belgian war reporter: Syrian soldiers gave their lives to defeat terrorist fanatics

In its zealous pursuit to misinform western public opinion about Syria, MSM has canceled dozens of scheduled interviews with a war reporter after he has declared to Belgian RTL radio: "It wasn't the government of Bashar al-Assad that used Sarin gas or any other gas in Ghouta". Pierre Piccinin da Prata, the Belgian War reporter and Editor-in-Chief of The Maghreb and Orient Courier, held hostage with Italian war reporter Domenico Quirico by Syrian 'rebels' for five months, eavesdropped a conversation through a closed door- between their jailers about the chemical weapon attack and saying that President al-Assad was not responsible for Ghouta Sarin gas attack. "Syrian government had no interest in using the gas. Strategically, it was useless; and that could only ruin his image on the international level, with the risk of an American attack," the reporter told the Syria Times e-newspaper, calling on western media outlets that have been wrong about Syria, about what has really happened...

New reports connect George Soros' Open Society to 'Trump Dossier'

New reports connect George Soros' Open Society to 'Trump Dossier'

The secrets to the deep state coup to prevent Donald Trump from winning the 2016 election and then to overthrow his government are slowly being revealed. To no one's surprise the plot leads back to DNC billionaire donor and anti-American activist George Soros. George Soros was interviewed years ago on CBS's 60 Minutes where he admitted helping Nazi's during World War II steal from Jews during the war. Soros is Jewish. He was not apologetic. Soros was also reportedly behind the airport protests in the US shortly after President Trump's inauguration. A week before that Soros was reportedly behind 50 Groups involved in the 'Women's March the day after the inauguration. Before that, Soros was connected to the groups demanding election recounts after the November 8th election and Soros money was funding more protests during these efforts.

Lawsuit targets Johnson & Johnson as "kingpin" that fueled opioid crisis

Lawsuit targets Johnson & Johnson as "kingpin" that fueled opioid crisis

Johnson & Johnson was the "kingpin" that fueled the country's opioid crisis, serving as a top supplier, seller and lobbyist, according to a state official leading the legal fight against the companies that helped create the crisis. Why it matters: Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, has been the main target so far in lawsuits. But court documents show attorneys general also are trying to cast a wider net, drawing more attention to J&J's role in the global opioid market. Driving the news: The first big trial of the opioid epidemic is set to begin in May in Oklahoma. It will set the stage for similar litigation in other states, as well as the consolidated nationwide lawsuit that has been compared to the tobacco litigation of the 1990s.

Teen girl slashes stranger's tires because she was 'triggered' by his MAGA hat inside

Teen girl slashes stranger's tires because she was 'triggered' by his MAGA hat inside

A teen vandalized a stranger's car when she saw a Make America Great Again hat on the console because she "disagreed" with its message. Recently, Nick Dugas, a security manager at Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix, Ariz., was leaving work and saw that one of his SUV tires was flat from a three-inch cut, according to the Arizona Republic. Dugas checked the mall parking lot's security tapes and watched a car entering a space next to his vehicle. When four women got out, two looked inside his SUV where his MAGA cap was sitting.

Independent MEP Janice Atkinson details the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais

Independent MEP Janice Atkinson details the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais

No politician from the EU or UK has visited Calais and northern France as much as I have. I've met the mayors, police, migrants, NGOs and have been into the various jungles. I went again two weeks ago, for the first time with security. We are being lied to by the MSM and our politicians that the migrant crisis in Calais is over. All done, nothing to see here folks, but a few hundred desperate souls trying to make their way to the UK. We see them bobbing up and down in the English channel, saved by the RNLI, risking their own lives, brought ashore by our brave rescuers.

Trump's mysterious inconsistent inconsistencies

Trump's mysterious inconsistent inconsistencies

Unlike the American Democratic Party, the Western news media and most of my neighbours, I do not fully understand Trump. Although, unlike all of them, I thought from the start he had a good chance of winning and, as time went on, became more confident and finally bet he would win. One of the consistent themes of Trump's campaign was that foreign entanglements were not to the country's advantage and the wars were a waste of resources; bad for business, as it were. Now, I'm not so simple-minded as to believe campaigning politicians. Bush promised a quieter foreign policy and Obama was going to close Guantánamo; but what made me pay attention to Trump's statements was that they weren't just the disconnected laundry list of focus-groups handed out by most politicians, they had an internal consistency. (And consistent over quite some time: watch this interview from 1987.) That consistency could be found in his slogan Make America Great Again. It was the "again" that was the clue....

Harvard Immunologist: 'Unvaccinated children pose no risk to anyone'

Harvard Immunologist: 'Unvaccinated children pose no risk to anyone'

One of the strengths-and weaknesses-of a Western medical education is its predisposition to break things down and compartmentalize them. While much data is gleaned in the minutiae, very little attention is given to the interrelationship between disciplines. While a medical student may become a true specialist in their field, they too become compartmentalized, and are often ignorant of very important information that would be essential for a broader, more holistic overview. And this appears to be by design. A case in point is the testimony of Tetyana Obukhanych, who earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York and did post-graduate work at Harvard. In a presentation she delivered in British Columbia (full video here), she was discussing scientific evidence from a publication dealing with a measles outbreak in Quebec in 2011. The evidence showed that 48% of those who had contracted measles were fully vaccinated for measles, and this does not even include...

Transatlantic alliance declares more 'sanctions' on Russia as country marks 5th anniversary of democratic accession of Crimea

Transatlantic alliance declares more 'sanctions' on Russia as country marks 5th anniversary of democratic accession of Crimea

A 'transatlantic alliance' continues to conspire in Crimea on its 5th anniversary of reunification with the Russian Federation. The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Friday financial sanctions against six individuals and eight Russian companies due to their alleged support of the reunification of the Crimean peninsula with the Russian Federation. On the fifth anniversary of the referendum whereby the Crimean people decided to join the Federation, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced a joint initiative with Canada and the European Union to impose more sanctions against Russia, a collective measure which is supposedly aimed at supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity. "The U.S. and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked," Mnuchin said and added that "this joint initiative... reinforces our shared commitment to impose targeted and meaningful sanctions."

Nothing new: Washington autopsy files reveal RT founder Lesin sustained broken bone in neck

Nothing new: Washington autopsy files reveal RT founder Lesin sustained broken bone in neck

Mikhail Lesin, the former Russian press minister who turned up dead in a Washington hotel room in 2015, sustained a fracture to a neck bone just below the jaw line "at or near the time" of his death, according to documents released by the city's medical examiner that provide new details about his final days. The finding does not provide clear-cut evidence of foul play in Lesin's death; another statement in the documents suggests the bone could have been damaged "after death" -- possibly during the autopsy.

12 Huge bombshells in one week - but, "nothing's happening?"

12 Huge bombshells in one week - but, "nothing's happening?"

Twelve HUGE, damning bombshells dropped this week, spinning this storm into high gear. From the Lisa Page transcripts to McCain's connection to the dossier, a grand jury investigation into Facebook, massive NXIVM updates, Jeffrey Epstein back on the chopping block, and Andrew Weisman leaving special counsel. And, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was preparing her audition for her role as a congresswoman for New York, Paul Ryan was sabotaging democrat subpoenas. Meanwhile, Hollywood's being sliced and diced for paying off colleges and Ivy League Schools to get their children admitted. Of course, this is only the beginning of investigations into nefarious actions taking place in the upper echelons of colleges, and it's safe to say, politicians will surely make the list. Who could forget the terrorist training camp discovered in New Mexico last year, where they had loads of guns and ammunition, along with a deceased child? The court dismissed three of the five, creating one hell of a...

Ancient DNA research shines spotlight on Iberian Peninsula

Ancient DNA research shines spotlight on Iberian Peninsula

The largest study to date of ancient DNA from the Iberian Peninsula (modern-day Portugal and Spain) offers new insights into the populations that lived in this region over the last 8,000 years. The most startling discovery suggests that local Y chromosomes were almost completely replaced during the Bronze Age. Starting in 2500 B.C. and continuing for about 500 years, the analyses indicate, tumultuous social events played out that reshaped Iberians' paternal ancestry continuing to today. "This is one of the strongest pieces of evidence in ancient-DNA research of sex bias in the prehistoric period," said Iñigo Olalde, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of David Reich at Harvard Medical School and first author of the study.

Petrochemical fire rages outside of Houston, shelter in place order given

Petrochemical fire rages outside of Houston, shelter in place order given

A petrochemical terminal is on fire at an oil storage facility in Deer Park, Texas just outside of Houston and has been raging throughout the day Sunday. City officials have warned residents to shelter in place and further advised them to close air ventilation systems in their homes and close all windows. As of 4:30pm central local reports said the fire remains "uncontrolled" and expanded the extent of the shelter in place order. "City of Deer Park issuing SHELTER-IN-PLACE emergency in Deer Park," the city wrote in a tweet at Sunday morning. "Please take immediate action and seek shelter," multiple warnings directed. In a follow-up warning issued in the afternoon the city said, "Residents are asked to remain sheltered and avoid going outdoors if at all possible. Community air monitoring is being conducted and additional updates will be provided as they become available."

BEST OF THE WEB: Macron goes SKIING as Paris burns (again) during EIGHTEENTH straight weekend of Yellow Vest uprising

BEST OF THE WEB: Macron goes SKIING as Paris burns (again) during EIGHTEENTH straight weekend of Yellow Vest uprising

The art of timing, as demonstrated by Emmanuel Macron: With violence raging on the streets, the President of the Republic and his wife Brigitte decided to spend the weekend at the station of La Mongie (Haute-Pyrenees), reported La Depeche and France 3. But according to BFMTV, the head of state will return sooner to face the crisis, as criticism mounts against Macron for insensitive to the ongoing protests. The presidential couple has just returned from a trip to Kenya. But they were seen on Friday, March 15, by skiers, on the slopes and lifts. The press was kept away from the couple by the security services. The president skied all morning, before stopping at l'Etape du Berger meeting one of his childhood friends, Eric Abadie. "I will spend two or three days here to recharge my batteries, to find landscapes and friendly faces," he told La Depeche. "You have to know where you come from. I am happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was difficult at Christmas....

Four people killed in train bomb blast in Baluchistan, Pakistan

Four people killed in train bomb blast in Baluchistan, Pakistan

Four people were killed and 10 injured in Pakistan on Sunday when a bomb went off on a train track in the resource-rich province of Baluchistan, where separatist rebels have been fighting the security forces for years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists, fighting what they call the unfair exploitation of their province's gas and other resources, have attacked trains in the past. "Four people - a teenage girl her mother and two others were killed in the blast," Irfan Bashir, police chief of Naseerabad district where the blast occurred, told Reuters. The blast derailed six carriages of the Jaffar Express train, which was travelling from the northwestern city of Peshawar to the Baluchistan provincial capital of Quetta.

Build it and they will come: Sweden Democrat proposes building mosque to attract immigrants up north

Build it and they will come: Sweden Democrat proposes building mosque to attract immigrants up north

A Sweden Democrat politician from Kramfors, on Sweden's northern Baltic coast, is facing possible expulsion after proposing that his municipality build a mosque to draw more immigrants to the city. Mark Collins, 63, who represents the normally anti-immigration party on Kramfors municipal council, said he believed attracting enterprising immigrants was the only way to stop his city's decline. "My idea is that if you have a mosque and a cultural centre, then you empower the Muslims to be responsible for our town and the area up here," the told The Local. "Hopefully we will get a lot of them to come up and stay." The city, he said, was losing 100 people a year, whereas Västernorrland as a whole was losing as many as 500 citizens a year. Even the refugees housed in the municipality following the 2015 crisis had moved south as soon as they were able to, he complained.

Leprechauns enjoy final St Patrick's Day having driven all snakes out of Ireland to Westminster

Leprechauns enjoy final St Patrick's Day having driven all snakes out of Ireland to Westminster

Leprechauns are enjoying their last St Patrick's Day free from any responsibility, it has emerged. With the issue of the Irish Border still crippling the Brexit process, it is anticipated that by next St Patrick's Day all leprechauns will have been forced to staff or guard the border twenty-four seven. Cheeky leprechaun Simon Williams told us, "Yes, gone are the days of us drunkenly cavorting around, eating Lucky Charms breakfast cereal and trying to find pots of gold at the end of rainbows, without a care in the world.

Ethnicity of many crucial medical cell lines misclassified

Ethnicity of many crucial medical cell lines misclassified

When it comes to health, race can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's a dismal fact that being in certain ethnic groups is a sentence to poorer health. For example, a 2018 study of nearly 900,000 cases of lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer found black patients had the lowest survival rates. Some of that miserable outlook may be socio-economic, including less social support and access to healthcare, and more risk factors such as smoking. But part of the problem is biology. Race can influence how invasive a cancer is and how well it does with treatment. A February 2019 study, for example, found African American men were more likely to have genes that predict aggressive prostate cancer. But, and here's the upside, armed with a person's ethnicity doctors can get a jump on the problem with targeted screening and treatment. It's all part of the push for "precision medicine" that, in theory, works better because it is tailored to the individual. A new study, however, led by...