Saturday, April 18, 2015

Have we got a twin somewhere in the world?

Guy who smashed laptop to keep mom from seeing his porn gets another unexpected surprise...

A young man named Denzel was recently faced with a difficult choice: destroy his laptop, which had frozen with pornography pulled up on the Web browser, or deal with the repercussions of his mom catching him streaming erotic filth on Pornhub.

With time running out, he drew his lot and smashed his screen:

Though there are countless better ways to solve this problem (mash the power button, shut the laptop), we applaud Denzel for his decisiveness. In one fell swoop he made his problem—and his computer—go away.

Then came an outpouring of brand generosity. Pornhub itself caught word of Denzel's tragic story and decided to make him whole again.

"We got wind of what happened to Denzel and his laptop over the last few days, and realize that this is a common, yet tragic modern day mis-FAP of the average Pornhub fan," wrote Pornhub VP Corey Price in an email to the Daily Dot. "It’s also a serious blow to everyone who enjoys the privacy of a good wank within the security of their rooms. We appreciate Denzel’s loyalty, as well as his clear sense of judgment in picking our site as a digital destination for some adult oriented R&R. As a result, we would like to send him a brand new laptop alongside some awesome Pornhub swag to use for his continued pleasure."

Lesson learned: Pornhub will do absolutely anything to keep their customers coming back for more. Source...

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The girl who would live forever...

Matheryn Naovaratpong was two years and two months old when she didn't wake up on the morning of April 19th, 2014. She was rushed to a hospital in Bangkok, where doctors discovered an 11 centimeter-long tumor in the left half of her brain. Matheryn—her family called her Einz for short—had ependymoblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that afflicts the very young. The prognosis is exceedingly grim; at its highest, the five-year survival rate is 30 percent. Einz had fallen into a coma.

In that first surgery, doctors extracted half the tumor and drilled through Einz’s skull to relieve the pressure on her brain. After it was over, they told her parents, both of whom are PhD-holding scientists, that she would probably never awaken. Even if she did, they said, the cancer was incurable—the hospital advised them to take Matheryn off life support.

“But in a week,” Dr. Sahatorn Naovaratpong told me in an email, “Einz woke up and regained her 2 years’ consciousness, she responded to stimulation, and surprised everyone. Einz represents the worth of Life.” Sahatorn is Matheryn’s father. (He spoke to me via email through his sister Dararat, who translated the messages.)

The event inspired the family to push on with treatment. “We decided to fight against this cancer,” Sahatorn told me. “We may not beat it, but her life can lead to a further step of mankind to overcome cancer in the future.”

 Over the next year, the two-year-old would receive 12 brain surgeries, 20 chemotherapy treatments, and 20 radiation therapy sessions. Einz lost 80 percent of her left brain, essentially paralyzing the right side of her body. There were moments of great hope and pitched sorrow; Sahatorn described the period as an emotional roller coaster. Full story...

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How a Malaysian playboy controlled the US Seventh Fleet and soaked taxpayers for millions...

It was the middle of September 2013 and the U.S. Justice Department had laid a trap.

Its target was the Malaysian millionaire defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis. But no one called him by his real name. At six feet tall and more than 300 pounds, he earned the nickname “Fat Leonard.” His buddies in the Navy called him something else — the Tony Soprano of Singapore.

At the time, Leonard’s business — Glenn Defense Marine Asia — held contracts with the U.S. Navy worth more than $200 million. Anytime a ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet needed servicing, there was a good chance it stopped at a port serviced by GDMA.

When the ships docked in Fat Leonard’s ports, he squeezed every buck he could out of the Navy and the American taxpayer. Beginning in 2004, Fat Leonard overcharged for basic services — and federal investigators are still totaling up the amount he suckered out of the Navy.

By 2013, the Justice Department was ready to take him down. Years of investigations had produced a solid case, and the department asked Navy officials to call Francis to California under the guise of a face-to-face business meeting. Full story...

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Meet the musicians challenging India's rising inequality and untouchability...

In early April 2015, three courageous and revolutionary musicians from Kabir Kala Manch — Sachin Mali, Ramesh Gaichor and Sagar Gorkhe — will have completed two years of unjust incarceration in Maharashtra, a western-Indian state.

Kabir Kala Manch, which means Kabir Arts Forum, is a young cultural troupe whose songs and plays often critique the state. They were among the performers at Horata, a cultural resistance festival that the media and arts collective Maraa organized in Bangalore in October and November 2014. But the Bangalore police expressed concerns about the participation of the Kabir Kala Manch, accusing them of being involved in “anti-national” activities. The location of their show had to be changed to a venue that could accommodate police presence.

“Since December 2014 and even earlier, there have been assaults on the freedom of expression — a constitutional guarantee — of writers and singers like me,” said Sarath Naliganti, a young Dalit political activist, who also sang during Horata. “But the Indian government is hardly curbing the rising frequency of such unacceptable actions.”

For the last 30 years, Sambhaji Bhagat, a frequent co-performer with Kabir Kala Manch, has been singing at various protests against the increasing indifference of the state and society towards the socio-economically marginalized. His songs highlight the violence faced by Dalits, who are considered to be outside India’s caste hierarchy and even treated as untouchable in India. Bhagat pens verses about the excesses of the corrupt in the government and the few people who enjoy privileges at the expense of the majority. Full story...

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India’s fight for net neutrality...

In less than a week, more than 800,000 Indians have sent emails to India's telecom regulator, demanding a free and fair internet.

Activists set up websites like netneutrality.in and savetheinternet.in. A video on net neutrality by a leading comedy group went viral, in much the same way that British comedian John Oliver's show on net neutrality changed the debate in the US last June, and flooded the US regulator with user support for net neutrality.

Also, some leading companies, including the media behemoth Times Group, have pulled out of Facebook's Internet.org initiative, fearing it threatens the principle of "net neutrality".

Net neutrality means service providers should treat all traffic equally. Users should be able to access all websites at the same speed and cost.

In India, the trigger was a 117-page paper published by the regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), titled Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services.

Over-the-top services include apps like Skype or WhatsApp that ride on top of telecom operators' networks. Full story...

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Handjob and karaoke??? Only in Japan...

Fortean phenomenon in Norway! Earthworms rain from the sky...

Earthworms have been raining down from heaven over large areas of southern Norway, leaving biologists and meteorologists scratching their heads.

Biology teacher Karstein Erstad was out for a ski in the mountains outside Bergen on Sunday when he came across the unusual phenomenon.

“I saw thousands of earthworms on the surface of the snow,” he told The Local. “When I found them on the snow they seemed to be dead, but when I put them in my hand I found that they were alive.”

At first he thought that they had perhaps crawled though the snow from the ground beneath, but on reflection, he rejected this idea.

 “In many places, the snow thickness was between half a meter and a meter and I think they would have problems crawling through the cold snow.” Full story...

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France wants to fight terrorism by spying on everyone...

French lawmakers have spent the past four days debating a controversial anti-terrorism bill that, if passed, would dramatically expand the government's surveillance powers. The law's backers describe it as a necessary measure to thwart terrorist attacks, and it has strong support on both sides of the aisle. But the bill has drawn sharp criticism from French internet companies over fears that it could harm business, and from privacy advocates who say it would severely curtail civil liberties.

The proposed law, introduced in Parliament on Monday, would allow the government to monitor emails and phone calls of suspected terrorists and their contacts, without seeking authorization from a judge. Telecommunications and internet companies would be forced to automatically filter vast amounts of metadata to flag suspicious patterns, and would have to make that data freely available to intelligence services. Agents would also be able to plant cameras and bugs in the homes of suspected terrorists, as well as keyloggers to track their online behavior.

This week's debate comes more than three months after gunmen killed 17 people in a string of attacks that began at the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Following the attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for stronger surveillance of social media websites and digital communications, raising fears that the government would respond with its own version of the Patriot Act — the sweeping anti-terror legislation that the US passed following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Valls sought to quell those concerns when he announced the bill last month, telling reporters that surveillance operations would only be carried out on suspected terrorists, and that controls would be put in place to prevent abuse. Full story...

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Bhutan’s dark secret to happiness...

On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he was named Karma, or the thin air, or the way travel melts my defences, but I decided to confess something very personal. Not that long before, seemingly out of the blue, I had experienced some disturbing symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness in my hands and feet. At first, I feared I was having a heart attack, or going crazy. Maybe both. So I went to the doctor, who ran a series of tests and found...

“Nothing,” said Ura. Even before I could complete my sentence, he knew that my fears were unfounded. I was not dying, at least not as quickly as I feared. I was having a panic attack.

What I wanted to know was: why now – my life was going uncharacteristically well – and what could I do about it?

“You need to think about death for five minutes every day,” Ura replied. “It will cure you.”

“How?” I said, dumbfounded.

“It is this thing, this fear of death, this fear of dying before we have accomplished what we want or seen our children grow. This is what is troubling you.” Full story...

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California parents shut down vote on mandatory vaccines...

Concerned parents and conscientious objectors packed out a California Senate committee hearing in Sacramento yesterday, loudly voicing disapproval of a bill which would severely restrict a parent’s right to opt their children out of state-mandated vaccines.

Senate health committee officials on Wednesday decided to postpone a vote after hearing over three hours of testimony from both sides of the vaccine debate, including arguments from parents who showed up from across the state to oppose SB 277.

Committee members voted 6-2 in favor of the controversial bill last week, prompting an overwhelming response from parents yesterday who formed a line down the hallway leading up to the hearing room and out onto the capitol grounds.

Many parents threatened to remove their children from the public school system if the bill were to pass, saying they’d “rather keep their kids out of schools than vaccinate them,” according to Courthouse News.

“Vaccines come with a risk of injury and death, and there’s no liability for the medical doctors or the pharmaceutical companies,“ a chiropractor and mother expressed in an interview outside the hearing. “In this situation it should definitely be a choice.” Full story...

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South Africa descending towards new apartheid: Immigrants create armed gangs and patrol the streets...

Immigrants wielding machetes have clashed with police as they hunt for locals that attacked foreign shop owners as violence continues to spread across South Africa.

Police fired rubber bullets and a stun grenade today to disperse a gang of immigrants who had armed themselves with machetes in a run-down district in Johannesburg.

The country has been hit by a wave of violence against immigrants in the past fortnight. The foreigners have complained about a lack of protection and some have started to arm themselves and fight back.

The clashes came after at least 12 people were arrested overnight for allegedly trying to break into 'foreign-owned shops', according to police.

Protesters also set cars alight and clashed with police as they demanded workers from elsewhere in Africa and South Asia leave the country.

Dozens of foreigners had to seek refuge at a police station where they stayed overnight.

So far, five people are believed to have been killed in the violent protests which started two weeks ago in Durban, a key port on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast, spreading to Johannesburg. More + photos...

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Rape in Thailand: Stop blaming the victims...

The Thai New Year Festival has come to an end, the streets are eerily quiet, and online news media is mopping up the aftermath of the festival’s more negative impact on society. This year, arguably, was a stand-out out year for official extremism concerning safety initiatives, with Thai people being exposed to a very long list of crackdowns relating to: water-squirting weapons, alcohol consumption, dangerous driving, and “improper dances or performances that do not reflect Thai culture”.

In terms of crackdown success there was reason to rejoice; the use of water-squirting weapons that might cause a victim to feel slightly aggravated was down. However, not surprisingly, there was still a lot of road accidents and deaths, in fact, in spite of the rigorous crackdowns, this was one of the worst years on record for traffic accidents and deaths.

In terms of cultural impropriety, most of which concerns how women dress, or dance, one cannot be sure how to quantify success. Prior to the beginning of the festival, Sin Suesuan, the Director of the Thailand’s Moral Promotion Center, had told the Thai public that women should dress appropriately during Songkran as inappropriate dress could result in sexual assault. This is reminiscent of General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s comments after the murder of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Koh Tao, when he said wearing bikinis might not be safe on Thailand’s beaches.

We don’t know how many rapes occurred during this year’s festival. We do know that a 33-year-old Thai woman was brutalized, and murdered, by someone who police now say is a serial rapist, in Chiang Mai. To accord the abject violence of this attack, in any nth of a degree, to a woman’s failings in dressing appropriately, is obscene. But one would think, given the above statements by Thai officials, that the victim was partly to blame. Full story...

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Video gamer hunts down, stabs man who killed his online ‘Counter-Strike’ character...

Watch out who you kill in the virtual world, it may inspire someone to attack you in the real one.

That’s what happened to one Frenchman, who was stabbed and nearly killed by a fellow “Counter-Strike” player, according to London’s Telegraph.

Julien Barreaux reportedly spent six months looking for the person who killed his online character in a virtual knife fight, and eventually found the foe living only a few miles away in Cambrai, a town about 2 hours north of Paris.

The 20-year-old, armed with a real-life kitchen knife, went to the man’s house and brutally stabbed him in the chest. The victim, identified only as Mikhael, survived the assault after the blade missed his heart by less than an inch. Full story...

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Australia to authorize guards to 'beat asylum seekers to death' – report...

An inquiry by the Australian Supreme Court has proposed new powers to officers at immigration centers, granting them right to resort to violence, should they find it necessary, according to a former Victoria supreme court judge.

Following a Senate hearing of an amendment to the new migration bill Stephen Charles SC, who was the Victoria court of appeal judge until 2006, told the Guardian on Thursday that it would “inevitably encourage violence by guards against asylum seekers” by considerably expand their powers.

The new powers, applying to immigration officers, would let them use “reasonable force against any person” to maintain order and security, which in fact could lead to “beating asylum seekers to death.” The immunity from civil and criminal liability will include private contractors – people, who are less trained than police officers.

“Time and again police in the United States have been acquitted in circumstances such as these,” Charles said. “These amendments to the Migration Act will in effect authorize guards to beat asylum seekers to death on the basis they reasonably believe it is necessary … to do so.”

 Australia keeps its asylum seekers at the Nauru refugee detention center, and human rights violations including rape and physical abuse have been going on since November 2013. Reports of harsh conditions at the center, consisting of two fenced-off tent camps with up to 1,200 detainees, have been recently passed to the Australian government. Full story...

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World Bank breaks its own rules as millions lose land and livelihoods...

The World Bank has repeatedly violated its own policies on protecting the rights of indigenous people by funding projects that resulted in nearly 3.4 million slum-dwellers, farmers and villagers losing their land or having their livelihoods damaged over the past decade, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

The projects, into which the bank channelled more than $60bn (£40bn), aimed to boost electricity and water supplies and expand transport networks in some of the world’s poorest countries. But they have resulted in more than 1.2 million people in Vietnam being displaced over the past decade, as they made way for dams and power plants funded by the organisation. In addition, more than 1 million people in China were displaced by about $12bn of bank investment.

The bank has said its goals are to end extreme poverty and reduce income inequality worldwide.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other outlets, including the Guardian, reviewed more than 6,000 World Bank documents as well as interviewing current and former bank employees and government officials involved in bank-funded projects.

In many cases, the organisation did not follow internal policies and safeguards requiring it to monitor evictions caused by its projects and provide resettled people with new housing options and job prospects, the investigation showed. Full story...

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Italian police: Muslim migrants threw 12 Christians overboard...

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard -- killing them -- because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants -- Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal -- threw the 12 overboard, police said.

Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared "because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain," Palermo police said.

The boat was intercepted by an Italian navy vessel, which transferred the passengers to a Panamanian-flagged ship. That ship docked in Palermo on Wednesday, after which the arrests were made, police said. Full story...

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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I get bound and whipped by rich British men for a living...

To the ignorant ear, being a professional submissive doesn't sound all that appealing. Imagine the job posting on Monster:

"Yeah, you'll pretty much just be tied up and flogged by a stranger for an hour." Probably not going to get too many clicks.

Of course, if you enjoy that kind of thing – and get paid well to do it – it's actually not far from the perfect job.

But considering that over three-quarters of women who enjoy BDSM are believed to be submissive, there are relatively few professional subs compared to dominatrixes.

Subby Katie, an American who now lives in London, is one of the few working in the UK. I spoke to her recently to find out a little about her day-to-day. Full story...

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Fast-food workers protest in 236 US cities...

In their biggest protest yet for higher pay and union rights, tens of thousands of American fast-food workers staged demonstrations on Wednesday in 236 cities across the United States, including New York, Chicago, Miami and Washington.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested across the country, reports said.

American fast-food workers have been pushing for living wages of around $15 an hour for more than two years.

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced that it would raise wages and offer paid vacation to employees at US company-owned stores.

The McDonald’s announcement has energized the protesters, said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, the labor organization supporting the demonstrations. Full story...

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India red sandalwood: Mystery deepens over police killings of 20 men...

The BBC's Imran Qureshi and K Muralitharan travel to the impoverished villages of India's Tamil Nadu state to meet the families of some of the 20 men, allegedly red sandalwood smugglers, who were killed by police in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state last week.

Seven of the men hailed from four villages in Tiruvannamalai district - and their families say none of them had worked as woodcutters before.

Police say the dead men were among a group of more than 100 smugglers who were challenged when they were cutting down trees in the remote forests near the popular pilgrimage town of Tirupati in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

They said when asked to hand over the logs, the woodcutters refused and attacked the police with axes, sticks and stones in two separate areas of the forests.

Police say they acted in self-defence. Now India's National Human Rights Commission has ordered an investigation into the 7 April killings after hearing the testimony of two witnesses. Full story...

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The true cost of your morning coffee is ignored by Europe’s politicians...

Europeans drink more than 700m cups of coffee every day. The continent accounts for nearly half of all world coffee imports – more than 3m tonnes each year.

But how much of the price of every cup of coffee sold is paid to coffee-producing nations? It is usually less than €0.02. That is less than 1% of what you pay for your coffee in most coffee shops, restaurants or hotels.

In a Starbucks coffee cup, with an extra shot of caffeine, the payment to coffee producers is about 2% of the price the consumer pays.

So what does the coffee value chain say about Europe and about its understanding of economic “partnership” with its former colonies?

To me, it should say that it is high time for real partnership. It is time for shared value, not for false claims to aid the poor. Full story...

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Australia will soon pay refugees to resettle in Cambodia...

Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia who are being held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru after being rejected by Australia could soon be paid to resettle in impoverished Cambodia in an arrangement by the Australian government that has been condemned by human rights activists as inhumane and potentially dangerous.

The deal signed last year with Cambodia, which will cost Australia more than 10 million Australian dollars ($7.6 million) a year, is the latest step in Australia's evolving policy of deterring asylum seekers from attempting to reach Australian shores by boat. The government has vowed that no boat arrivals will ever be resettled in Australia.

More than 200 of the 1,200 asylum seekers held in an Australian-run detention camp on Nauru have been assessed to be genuine refugees and are eligible for resettlement in Cambodia if they volunteer to go, according to Australian officials.

It isn't clear how many of them — including Iranians, Pakistanis, Afghans, Somalis, Sudanese and Uighurs — have agreed to go to Cambodia, whose culture and customs are different from their first choice, Australia.

 A spokesman for the advocacy group Refugee Action Collective, Ian Rintoul, said Thursday he had heard of no one on Nauru accepting the deal. "I do know they spoke to Somalis yesterday and said it was the last day for them to agree and none of them agreed," Rintoul said. Full story...

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Why you shouldn’t be a part of the 90% of Americans who still use microwaves...

They’re fast, convenient, and easy to use. Manufacturers even produce packaged foods specifically for their use. What I’m referring to are of course, microwave ovens, the household appliance that is still regularly used as a part of meal preparation and re-heating in approximately 90% of American homes.

I say “still” in the previous statement because the dangers associated with microwave use have been documented for quite some time, dangers that I will once again outline in this article. Ultimately, arguments can always be made for the use of anything harmful if done in moderation, but given the hectic nature of most of our lives, the convenience the device offers makes little to moderate use seem very unlikely to be practiced.

Microwaves heat food by causing the water molecules contained within to vibrate at very high frequencies, eventually turning those molecules into steam. It is this reaction which increases the temperature of your food. The type of heating microwaves produce is known as dielectric heating, which bounces around the device and is absorbed by the food that you put into it.

Heating your food in general is known to deprive it of at least a portion of its nutrients, but many believe that opting to heat food via a microwave also subjects it to what is referred to as the “microwave effect.” Many still argue that the microwave effect is a myth, but a number of studies have come out suggesting otherwise. Most notably, a study released by Penn State University in 2001 stated that conventional and microwave heating appear the same at the macro level but are very different at the molecular level. The study also referenced a 1995 study in which a scientist successfully demonstrated that microwaves – unlike other heating devices – are capable of destroying viral DNA. Full story...

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Series of ‘bizarre suicides’ and murders: Former Ukrainian MP shot dead in Kiev

A former Ukrainian MP and active anti-Maidan activist, Oleg Kalashnikov, has been killed in his flat in Kiev. His killing is the latest in a series of odd deaths plaguing former government officials and ex-President Yanukovich’s party members.

The 52-year-old was found dead at his residence in Kiev on Wednesday evening. His death was “caused by a gunshot,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement announcing a police inquiry. Ukraine’s criminal investigation chief Vasily Paskal, took the investigation under personal control and promised to share motives and the preliminary results of the probe with reporters as soon as they become available.

The investigation is focused on five possible motives for the crime, according to Interior Minister’s senior adviser, Anton Gerashchenko.

 So far the investigation considers the primary possible motive behind the killing to be Kalashnikov’s “political activity” linked with his “participation in the organization and financing” of counter-revolutionary events in Ukraine. Gerashchenko emphasized that Kalashnikov “had knowledge” of the anti-Maidan movement that resisted the coup last year and continues to challenge new authorities in Kiev. Full story...

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Singapore’s government-linked media misrepresents Amos Yee’s mother...

According to The Online Citizen (TOC), Amos Yee’s mother did not file a police report to have her son arrested, contrary to a report in the Straits Times (ST) which suggested that she did. Mrs Mary also did not have her son declared to be beyond her control, as the Straits Times suggests; she merely said that she was unable to get through to him on some issues (and she also said that he behaved normally in other areas). This is probably one of the worst examples of misrepresentation by the Straits Times and a sad case of its failure to uphold journalistic integrity.

There are three problems here.

1) The statement by the “reliable source” plainly contradicts Mrs Yee’s police report. She never declared that her son was beyond control. By suggesting that she did, ST gives the impression that Mrs Yee wanted the state to take custody of her child, or something to that effect. But that is not true. She had in fact said in the police report that Amos behaved normally at home, and she was only unable to get through to him on the issue of his video and his blog posts. ST’s report is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. It attributes to Mrs Yee a declaration that she never made and gives readers a false impression of her attitude towards her own child.

2) Who is this “reliable source” that said Mrs Yee filed a police report declaring that her son was beyond control? Anonymous sources should only be used when absolutely necessary. In this case, ST journalists should have approached Mrs Yee directly or tried to get hold of the actual contents of the police report, rather than rely on an unnamed source. This is not the first time ST journalists have relied on “reliable sources” to make spurious allegations, allegations that could have been confirmed by speaking to the principal participants. If TOC can do it, why can’t ST with its vast resources? When asked to clarify the source, the ST reporter denied public accountability, coyly asking Mrs Yee to talk to him instead. As if she would after that distasteful misrepresentation. Full story...

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Saudi Arabia beheads Indonesian domestic help who killed 'abusive employer'

Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, beheaded an Indonesian domestic help who stabbed her "abusive" employer to death in a fit of rage.

Amnesty International confirmed that Saudi authorities, not paying any heed to claims of her being mentally ill, carried out the execution of 38-year-old Siti Zainab Binti Duhri Rupa.

The UK-based watchdog noted that the execution of the "Indonesian woman with a suspected mental illness is just the latest in the recent macabre spike in Saudi Arabia's state-sponsored killings."

The country's Ministry of Interior, in a statement, said Zainab was convicted of murdering Saudi woman Noura Bint Abdullah Al-Morobei.

Zainab stabbed Noura 18 times, before hitting her head with a kettle, pouring hot water on her body, and spraying insecticide on her face, the statement said.

The beheading of the Indonesian domestic worker was carried out at the Muslim holy city of Medina.


With Zainab's execution, the total number of foreigners and Saudis exectued in the country has reached 60, AFP reported. Full story...

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Fearful immigrants shut Johannesburg shops as anti-foreigner violence rages in South Africa...

Immigrants in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest commercial city, shut their shops on Wednesday as a wave of anti-foreigner violence that has killed four people near the city of Durban threatened to spread, police said.

South Africa has erected safe camps in Durban, a key port on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast, for fleeing immigrants, whose shops were looted and burnt in the two-week old violence.

There were no reports of looting or violence in Johannesburg, the epicenter of the 2008 xenophobic attacks that killed more than 60 people.

"Foreigners in Johannesburg have been observed closing their shops. We don't know why but police are keeping an eye on the situation," Johannesburg police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said.

A mobile phone text message sent to shop owners warned them to shut their premises, claiming that "Zulu people are coming to town ... to kill every foreigner on the road". Full story...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trapped & abandoned: US citizen killed in Yemen, thousands stranded in war-torn country...

Sickening: Major food corporations use tissue from aborted babies to manufacture flavor additives in processed foods...

Every time you purchase mass-produced processed "food" from the likes of Kraft, PepsiCo, or Nestle, you're choosing, whether you realize it or not, to feed your family not only genetically engineered poisons and chemical additives, but also various flavoring agents manufactured using the tissue of aborted human babies.

It's true: A company based out of California, known as Senomyx, is in the business of using aborted embryonic cells to test fake flavoring chemicals, both savory and sweet, which are then added to things like soft drinks, candy and cookies. And Senomyx has admittedly partnered with a number of major food manufacturers to lace its cannibalistic additives into all sorts of factory foods scarfed down by millions of American consumers every single day.

Known as "HEK-293," the aborted human fetal cell line used by Senomyx is manipulated to evaluate how the human palate will react to synthetic flavors used in the production of processed foods. Since most processed foods on the market today are hardly food to begin with, and typically lack any real flavor or appeal on their own, chemical companies like Senomyx are hired to develop artificial ones (which are often deceptively labeled as "natural flavors") in order to make them taste like real food.

But because these ingredients can be legally disguised with vague descriptors like "artificial flavors" and even "natural flavors," most consumers have no idea that these additives, in some cases, are actually made using the cell tissue of unborn babies that were murdered through abortion. It's sickening but true, and people must learn the truth in order to avoid partaking in what EndAllDisease.com says amounts to a satanic ritual. Full story...

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Seattle CEO cuts own salary by 90% to pay every worker at least $70,000...

A chief executive has announced plans to raise the salary of every single employee at his company to at least $70,000 (£47,000) – and will fund it by cutting his own salary by 90 per cent.

Dan Price, the CEO of Seattle-based tech company Gravity Payments, gathered together his 120-strong workforce on Monday to tell them the news, which for some will mean a doubling of their salary.

Seattle was already at the heart of the US debate on the gulf in pay between CEOs and ordinary workers, after the city made the ground-breaking decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 (£10.16) an hour in June.

But Mr Price, 30, has gone one step further, after telling ABC News he thought CEO pay was “way out of whack”.

To facilitate the change, Mr Price will reduce his own wage from about $1 million to the new minimum of $70,000. Full story...

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Saudi-led terror-bombing massacres dozens of Yemeni schoolchildren...

Saudi warplanes target US intelligence-designated sites. Civilian men, women and children are considered fair game. They suffer most in all wars.

Deliberately targeting them is longstanding US policy - a shocking war crime by any standard.

Tuesday was the latest example. Reports indicate Saudi warplanes struck a populated Ma'rib area. A local source said dozens of defenseless schoolchildren were massacred in cold blood.

The exact number of dead and wounded isn't known. The source indicated massive Saudi terror-bombing killed dozens.

Yemeni army spokesman Col. Sharif Luqman said:

 "Saudi attacks have left over 2,265 housing units totally demolished." Full story...

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Singapore is keeping an eye on its migrant workers...

At Singapore's largest dormitory for foreign workers, Lovlu Mia is cooking chapatis over a hot flame in a giant kitchen.

The 36 year-old Bangladeshi works on construction sites, earning $720 (£492) a month and he sends most of it to his wife and five-year-old son back home.

He is one of thousands of migrant workers housed at the Tuas View Dormitory - a huge new complex in Singapore's industrial far west.

In the past, foreign workers' accommodation has been the subject of criticism from human rights groups. So Tuas View, with beds for 16,800 men and medical and shopping facilities, is being hailed as the ideal model for housing them.

It's like a small town, with a mini-market, a food court, a medical clinic and a dentist.

Employers pay the bills - $220 per month for a bed and a locker. The workers' laundry and cleaning are done for them. Full story...

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Police called in for Darwin asylum-seeker 'disturbance'

Police in the northern Australian city of Darwin say they attended to a "disturbance" at an asylum seeker centre, amid reports of ongoing detainee protests.

A rights group says asylum seekers there are protesting against a move to transfer some of them to Nauru.

Australia has seen a number of protests among asylum seekers kept in detention centres in recent months.

Rights groups have heavily criticised conditions in such centres.

A Northern Territories police spokesman said they received calls around 1540 local time (0710 BST) about a "disturbance" at Wickham Point Detention Centre. She declined to give further details.

Ben Pynt of the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network told the BBC that he has received calls from dozens of detainees about the protest and apparent cases of self-harm. Full story...

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The Real Singapore’s owners charged with sedition...

The couple behind one of Singapore’s most popular alternative news websites, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged in court yesterday (April 14) with seven counts of sedition. The prosecution alleges that the duo published content that has the “tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different groups of people in Singapore, namely, between ethnic Indians in Singapore and Philippine nationals in Singapore”.

Under the Sedition Act, Singaporean Yang Kaiheng, 26, and Australian Ai Takagi, 22, can be fined up to S$5,000 (US$3,670) and jailed up to three years for each charge. If convicted on all seven charges, they may face up to $35,000 in fines and 21 years imprisonment.

Of the seven allegedly seditious articles, four were letters from the public and were not necessarily the views of the editors. Nonetheless, the Government is attempting to hold the two owners of TRS responsible for publishing the articles. The outcome of this case will also have wider implications for media establishments and journalists.

If a precedent is set where editors may face criminal charges for the views published on their website, even if they subsequently run a correction, this will have a chilling effect on free speech on all media outlets and journalists. Any media outlet which publishes letters from readers will have to make sure they do not fall foul of Singapore’s loosely interpreted Sedition Act and other vague laws. Journalists who quote their sources may subsequently also be held liable for the views of their sources. Full story...

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India’s Hindu government 'trying to steal B.R. Ambedkar's legacy', says Arundhati Roy...

Arundhati Roy, the Booker Prize-winning author, has accused India’s Hindu nationalist government of trying to steal the legacy of one of the country’s founding fathers, the ’untouchable’ leader Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is behind a “demonic” attempt to portray Ambedkar, the author of India’s constitution and a revered icon for the country’s 300 million ’untouchable’ Dalits, as a Hindu hero, she said.

Her comments were made as both the BJP and the Congress Party laid claim to Ambedkar even though he regarded Hinduism as inhuman and the Congress leader Mahatma Gandhi as a charlatan who pretended to support Dalits while strongly defending India’s brutal caste system.

Dalits are at the very bottom of India’s caste system and are born into degrading work like dry latrine cleaners and scavengers. They are forbidden from marrying higher caste partners, drinking from the same wells, sharing food and in some places even casting their shadow or leaving footprints because they are regarded as 'polluting'.

 The battle for Ambedkar’s legacy reflects his enduring popularity among India’s Dalit population and fierce competition for their votes. Full story...

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