Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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India cinemas ordered to play national anthem

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

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

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

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

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

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Webcam blackmail cases have doubled, police say...

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

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

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

"Sextortion" is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online before persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam. Full story...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The seven deadly sins...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Festival organisers and participants condemned the arrest in a statement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Uganda is shutting down schools funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates...

A legal tug-of-war between Ugandan authorities and a for-profit international chain of schools has led to the education provider being ordered to shut down in a matter of weeks, leaving the lives of thousands of pupils in limbo.

Uganda's High Court has described the Bridge International Academies (BIA) -- which is funded by the likes of Microsoft's Bill Gates and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg -- as unsanitary and unqualified, and has ordered it to close its doors in December because it ignored Uganda's national standards and put the "life and safety" of its 12,000 young students on the line.

The Director of Education Standards for the Ministry, Huzaifa Mutazindwa, told CNN that the nursery and primary schools were not licensed, the teachers weren't qualified and that there was no record of its curriculum being approved.

"The Ministry does not know what is being taught in these schools which is a point of concern to (the) government," Mutazindwa said. Full story...

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Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90...

Cuba's former president Fidel Castro, one of the world's longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.

His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television.

Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.

His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator. Full story...

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Why shopping on Black Friday is like being on drugs...

That feeling. You know the one. The adrenaline rush and desire you feel even thinking about it. You need your next fix. When you’re close to it, you can’t stop yourself — from buying, that is.

For some of us, the signs shouting 50% off, one-day-only sale and clearance are not so different from the siren call for other types of addictions: the feeling of winning at shopping a sale is not unlike the addiction to alcohol, drugs or even food, therapists say.

Even those of us not diagnosed with true compulsive buying disorder (an impulse control disorder recognised by some mental health professionals) can experience a similar rush. That’s why even the casual shopper finds it challenging to exercise self-control at the cash register.

In reality, we typically decide on a purchase in a split second, without much rational thought, says Keonyoung Oh, an associate professor at State University of New York Buffalo. Oh specialises in neuromarketing, an emerging field that tracks consumer behaviour through neuroscience. Full story...

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Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya - UN official...

Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC.

Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the UN refugee agency.

The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been conducting counter-insurgency operations since coordinated attacks on border guards in October.

It denies reports of atrocities.

Burmese officials say Rohingyas are setting fire to their own houses in northern Rakhine state. The BBC cannot visit the area to verify what is occurring there as journalists and aid workers have been barred. Full story...

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Zurich: Patients should have easier access to cannabis...

It’s already legal for people to consume cannabis-based products for medical purposes, but they currently require authorization from the Swiss federal health office in order to do so, reported news agencies on Wednesday.

 However, getting that authorization is so complicated and overly bureaucratic that many people look to obtain the drug illegally, said the Green Party, which launched a bill in Zurich’s parliament for a new system.

 The bill, which was approved by 80 votes to 36, proposes that people in the canton suffering from an illness whose symptoms are relieved by cannabis can obtain an identity card which would give them the right to consume cannabis products.

 Zurich authorities must now seek approval from the federal health office before the plan can be put into practice. Full story...

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How can I protect myself from government snoopers?

The UK has just passed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, at the third attempt, and it will become law by the end of the year. The bill was instigated by the then home secretary, Theresa May, in 2012. It is better known as the snooper’s charter.

Jim Killock, the director of Open Rights Group, described it as the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy”. It more or less removes your right to online privacy.

The law forces internet service providers to keep a record of all the websites – not the actual pages – you visit for up to a year. It also obliges companies to decrypt data on demand and gives government security services the power to hack your computers, tablets, mobile phones and other devices.

To some extent, the new law merely legalises the current “custom and practice” as revealed by Edward Snowden. The most obvious difference is that it makes your web history readily available to almost 50 assorted police forces and government departments. These include the British Transport Police, the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, the Gambling Commission, and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. Full story...

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Reddit CEO admits changing posts made by Donald Trump supporters ...

Reddit's chief executive Steve Huffman has admitted editing posts made about him by Donald Trump fans on the site.

He says rather than change the meaning of the posts, he simply redirected abuse targeted at him back at the writers of the insults.

It follows news that the site had banned a thread which discussed a conspiracy involving Hillary Clinton.

"Pizzagate" claimed Hillary Clinton was running a paedophile group out of a pizza restaurant.

The manager of the restaurant says he has been receiving death threats and has reached out to social networks to help him stop the conspiracy theory from spreading. Full story...

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India's currency debacle...

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We would note on this occasion that although what India’s citizens are facing these days may seem a remote danger to most Westerners, it does demonstrate an important point: state-issued paper currency exists only at the sufferance of the State. It can be made worthless by decree.

As we pointed out in “Why Does Fiat Money Seemingly Work?”, the main reason why irredeemable paper money is accepted at all are not only legal tender laws which enforce its use as a means of payment, but primarily the fact that the State insists that its fiat currency be used for the payment of taxes. This is what creates a secondary market demand for fiat money, without which it could probably not exist.

Surprisingly, the concept is not really a modern one – it was tested in Great Britain for a considerable stretch of time with the tally sticks system. Although that particular system ultimately failed (just as every currently extant paper currency eventually will), it did show the way to governments. It was indeed possible to do more than merely usurp the production of gold and silver coins.

So obviously, governments do have considerable influence on what is used as the means of final payment in the economy. What governments have been unable to do though is to effectively “demonetize” the money previously chosen by the market – namely gold. Governments may well be able to make the possession of gold illegal, but they cannot possibly destroy the metal’s monetary qualities by decree. Full story...

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UK to censor online videos of 'non-conventional' sex acts

Web users in the UK will be banned from accessing websites portraying a range of non-conventional sexual acts, under a little discussed clause to a government bill currently going through parliament.

The proposal, part of the digital economy bill, would force internet service providers to block sites hosting content that would not be certified for commercial DVD sale by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

It is contained within provisions of the bill designed to enforce strict age verification checks to stop children accessing adult websites. After pressure from MPs, the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, announced on Saturday that the government would amend the bill to include powers to block non-compliant websites.

In order to comply with the censorship rules, many mainstream adult websites would have to render whole sections inaccessible to UK audiences. That is despite the acts shown being legal for consenting over-16s to perform and for adults in almost all other liberal countries to film, distribute and watch. Full story...

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Police break up massive Norwegian paedophilia ring...

Norwegian police have filed charges against 51 individuals involved in a grotesque paedophilia ring thought to be one of the largest child sexual abuse cases in the nation’s history.

 Dubbed ‘Operation Dark Room’, the police action revealed a number of atrocities against children as young as infancy. 
 
 Police seized 150 terabytes of data material in the form of photos, movies and chat transcripts between members of various paedophile networks.
 
 “The material shows the abuse of children of all ages, including infants,” Hilde Reikrås, the head of Operation Dark Room, said at a press conference on Sunday.
 
 Reikrås also gave examples of the scope of the horrific abuse. Full story...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Long bank queues in India? There's an app for that!

Long queues snaking outside banks have become an ubiquitous sight in India two weeks after the government's shock decision to withdraw the two highest denomination notes from circulation.

But a New Delhi-based startup has a solution for those willing to pay someone to stand in line: BookMyChotu—a play on the Hindi word "chotu" meaning "little one".

The company, originally launched as an online platform to help people hire temporary helpers, is now cashing in on the cash crunch.

"Are you short of cash? Need a Helper to stand in queue of the bank/atm till the time your turn comes??", reads an ad on the company's Facebook page.

"Our boys will not go inside bank, they will just stand in the queue for our customers as we understand that there can be some emergency and our helpers can help you by saving your valuable time." Full story...

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Surprise! Switzerland STILL world’s richest country...

A drop in millionaires in Switzerland this year has failed to significantly dent the country’s impressive wealth, as a report by Credit Suisse declares it the richest country in the world yet again.

The Global Wealth Report 2016, published on Tuesday by the Swiss bank’s Research Institute, said Switzerland had an average wealth per person of $561,900 in 2016, making Swiss adults 11 times richer than the average world citizen.

 However Switzerland’s average wealth in 2016 was slightly down on last year’s figure of $567,100.

 The country experienced the second biggest drop in wealth per adult behind the UK, meaning there are 58,000 fewer millionaires in the country this year.

 But there’s still an embarrassment of riches in the country, as Switzerland’s adults own 1.4 percent of global assets even though they only account for 0.1 percent of the global adult population. Full story...

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‘We cannot believe Aung San Suu Kyi’

As the sun slowly sets behind the jungle-covered mountains of northern Burma’s Kachin state, a dozen or so rebel fighters are preparing for a night in the trenches at their hilltop post.

Conditions are tough, and the men say they struggle to sleep in their damp dugouts. The enemy is never far — Burmese army troops can be seen stationed on another hilltop, some 500 meters away.

Several such posts, manned by around 200 Kachin soldiers, are the only southern line of defense separating government forces from Laiza, a nearby town on the Burma-China border and a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) stronghold. Though this particular area, called Lawa Yang, has not seen serious clashes for two years, the soldiers are wary as violence is rising across the region.

“We are worried there could also be fighting here,” says Lt. Col Zhau Hpan, a burly Kachin veteran who commands Lawa Yang. “We think the Burma army wants to increase the fighting. In the north, we see they are building new roads to position their artillery.” Full story...

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