Saturday, July 30, 2016

Owning one pet goldfish is illegal in Switzerland - and the reason might make you feel guilty...

Most of us will have had a pet or two as we were growing up - and lucky kids will have had even more.

Many families will have been delighted to win a goldfish as a prize at a funfair, happily putting it in a bowl and feeding it every day after school.

But they could have been guilty of animal cruelty without even knowing it.

Goldfish might get a bad reputation of being boring pets - and having rubbish memories - but they're more clued up than we realise.

In Switzerland, it has been illegal to own one solitary goldfish since 2008, when the country introduced a whole host of animal rights' legislation. Full story...

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2 million using free wi-fi at railway stations in India: Sundar Pichai...

Nearly two million Indians are using high-speed Wi-Fi services at 23 railway stations across the country that Google provided as part of its project, the technology giant revealed on Friday.

Speaking during Google-owned multinational conglomerate Alphabet's 2016 second quarter earnings call, India-born CEO Sunder Pichai said that Google is with Indian Railways and RailTel to bring high-speed wireless access to millions of people who use railway stations.

"There are already two million people logging in every month. They are using as much as 15 times the data that they would otherwise use in a full day on their cellular networks." Mr Pichai said.

Owned by Indian Railways, RailTel focuses on providing broadband and virtual private network (VPN) services.

 Last month, on the occasion of the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day by the Wireless Broadband Alliance that aims to provide a platform to help bridge the digital divide, Google celebrated the success of its project with Railtel to provide high speed Wi-Fi at railway stations across India. Full story...

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The Philippines' new president Duterte promised bloodshed — and hundreds are now dead...

Rodrigo Duterte took office as president of the Philippines one month ago on Friday, promising death to drug dealers and a nationwide expansion of the brutal, death-squad approach to crime that made him famous as mayor of

"If I become president, there would be no such thing as bloodless cleansing," he promised during the campaign.

That promise wasn't campaign rhetoric. It turned out to be literal.

In the 30 days since he took office, 35 suspected criminals have been killed every day on average on the streets of Filipino cities, either by police or by self-appointed vigilantes. That's as many dead each day as in the entire first five months of the year.

"Shoot him and I'll give you a medal," Duterte had said about drug dealers. Full story...

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Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown...

Three senior Irish bankers were jailed on Friday for up to three-and-a-half years for conspiring to defraud investors in the most prominent prosecution arising from the 2008 banking crisis that crippled the country's economy.

The trio will be among the first senior bankers globally to be jailed for their role in the collapse of a bank during the crisis.

The lack of convictions until now has angered Irish taxpayers, who had to stump up 64 billion euros - almost 40 percent of annual economic output - after a property collapse forced the biggest state bank rescue in the euro zone.

The crash thrust Ireland into a three-year sovereign bailout in 2010 and the finance ministry said last month that it could take another 15 years to recover the funds pumped into the banks still operating.

Former Irish Life and Permanent Chief Executive Denis Casey was sentenced to two years and nine months following the 74-day criminal trial, Ireland's longest ever. Full story...

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Breastfeeding within hour of birth provides baby’s ‘first vaccine,’ says UNICEF...

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that some 77 million of the world’s newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, depriving them of essential nutrients and antibodies and thus exposing them to an increased risk of death.

According to the agency, delaying breastfeeding by two to 23 hours after birth increases the risk of dying in the first 28 days of life by 40 per cent. Delaying it by 24 hours or more increases that risk to 80 per cent.

“Early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death,” France Bégin, UNICEF Senior Nutrition Adviser, said today in a press release.

“If all babies are fed nothing but breastmilk from the moment they are born until they are six months old, over 800,000 lives would be saved every year,” she added. Full story...

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Drama as Zimbabwe woman demands hubby's sperm from his girlfriend!!!

A wife's barber caused a stir in Bulawayo recently as she pounced on one of the student hairdressers demanding her husband's sperms.

According to B-Metro the incident unfolded after the husband had spent the weekend with the suspected girlfriend.

It is alleged that the woman, only identified as NaNafi and married to Hebert White, was not amused when she got news that her husband had deserted her for a student hairdresser.

After digging some information, she then descended on the unsuspecting girlfriend and thoroughly beat her up.

However, her behaviour resulted in the two lovebirds getting closer as Hebert reportedly went AWOL the whole weekend.

Sources from the salon said: "Hebert fell in love with the student hairdresser and it seems he was no longer supporting his family."The woman who is a vendor got information about the relationship and on Friday came fuming at the salon." It is reported that on the day in question she later went on a hunt for the girlfriend and meted instant justice on her. Full story...

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New science confirms that eating curry (with turmeric) prevents dementia...

As reported by The Telegraph, eating curry at least once a week may help you to prevent dementia, according to new research published in the Journal of Nutrition. The study by Australian scientists shows that a weekly hit of spicy food will keep your mind sharper for longer.

Turmeric has been identified as the most important and beneficial component, and is an ingredient used in almost every curry – from your mild and creamy kormas to extra hot and spicy vindaloos. Great news if you are a lover of spicy food – but what exactly is it about turmeric that helps prevent dementia?

According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and more than 5 million Americans are currently living with the debilitating disease. Even more terrifying is the fact that one in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or a similar form of dementia.

There is no known cure for the progressive disease, but scientists have found that there are various superfoods and natural remedies that can help slow down or prevent the development of the condition. The health benefits of turmeric are numerous, and it is thought that this spice alone is powerful enough to replace your entire medicine cabinet. The main component in the spice – curcumin – is thought to fight liver damage, cirrhosis, Parkinson's, various types of cancer and now, dementia. Full story...

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Rolf Harris to stand trial again over more historic sex attacks including one on girl under 13...

Rolf Harris will stand trial again over historic sex offences after he was charged with sexually assaulting seven females including a girl believed to be under 13. The disgraced former BBC presenter appeared at Southwark Crown Court via videolink on Friday after he was accused attacks dating back more than 45 years.

The 86-year-old faces eight allegations against seven females dating from 1971 to 2004 – one of whom is said to have been under 13. He was charged earlier this year with seven counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault as part of Operation Yewtree, the Met Police probe into child sex abuse.

Harris, who denies the charges, stands accused of assaulting the 13-year-old girl in 1977. The earliest complaint dates back to July 1971 when Harris is said to have indecently assaulted a girl under 16. A third teenage girl, also under 16 at the time, is alleged to have been a victim of Harris's assault on New Year's Eve, 1983.

Four other females have made claims against Harris relating to incidents in 1977, 1978, 2002 and 2004. He also faces a count of sexual assault relating to the 2004 incident. His trial is due to start on 9 January 2017 and is expected to last four weeks. Source...

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Students Speak: the Rio Olympics come at a cost to Brazil's poorest...

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The Olympic Games is a nightmare for Rio as a city and for the citizens, who suffer [due to] the precarious situation of the education and transport systems, and in particular the health system, where people die from not having medical staff, basic tools for procedures and blood transfusions.

Rio de Janeiro is flooded with projects to revitalise the south zone, central Rio and Barra da Tijuca (where most of the Games are taking place) to create that image of the “Wonderful City” to the international media and tourists. Behind all this, people die in the favelas in the north and west zones in Rio because of police confrontations with drug traffickers. They become just statistics.

The Olympic Games is a dream that became a nightmare. We, from Rio and the favelas, used to watch the Games and dream for it in 2016. This nightmare has come, and meanwhile, our mayor, Eduardo Paes, continues to cite the “Olympic legacy”. The only legacy I see is the blood of the poor people who are removed from their home to build stadiums (like Vila Autódromo), and the blood in the favelas as an attempt to [exert] control during the Games. I see the millions and billions spent on overpriced Olympics construction, which should be spent on education, health and projects for people of the favelas to have opportunities to grow and participate in the development of the whole city.

Rio does not need the Olympics. We need basic things that, unfortunately, are not in the interests of the politicians, who live in Leblon and Ipanema, facing the beach. Full story...

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Stop drinking the Kool-Aid, America: political fiction in an age of televised lies...

It is a heavily scripted, tightly choreographed, star-studded, ratings-driven, mass-marketed, costly exercise in how to sell a product—in this case, a presidential candidate—to dazzled consumers who will choose image over substance almost every time.

This year’s presidential election, much like every other election in recent years, is what historian Daniel Boorstin referred to as a “pseudo-event”: manufactured, contrived, confected and devoid of any intrinsic value save the value of being advertised. It is the end result of a culture that is moving away from substance toward sensationalism in an era of mass media.

As author Noam Chomsky rightly observed, “It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars.” In other words, we’re being sold a carefully crafted product by a monied elite who are masters in the art of making the public believe that they need exactly what is being sold to them, whether it’s the latest high-tech gadget, the hottest toy, or the most charismatic politician.

Tune into a political convention and you will find yourself being sucked into an alternate reality so glossy, star-studded, emotionally charged and entertaining as to make you forget that you live in a police state. The elaborate stage show, the costumes, the actors, the screenplay, the lighting, the music, the drama: all carefully calibrated to appeal to the public’s need for bread and circuses, diversion and entertainment, and pomp and circumstance. Full story...

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Deep underground military bases? California hit by mysterious clockwork "booms" daily for years...

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On top of that, not only are they clockwork, but these have been described as deep, low booms which can almost be felt by the people who live there. In fact, a friend who lives near Sonora said that sometimes they can actually see their windows warp during the booms.

So what is it? Lots of conspiracies are, of course, floating around including aliens (as per the usual).

But one in particular sounds a lot more plausible than an old weapons depot that’s a three-hour drive from Sonora: DUMBs.

Deep underground military bases.

We all know there’s an extensive network of them which has been significantly expanded since 9/11 and the creation of Homeland Security, and we’re all just supposed to put our fingers in our ears and go “la la la” and pretend like they don’t exist. Full story...

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1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal...

On 22 June 2015, Xavier Justo, a 48-year-old retired Swiss banker, walked towards the front door of his brand new boutique hotel on Koh Samui, a tropical Thai island. He had spent the past three years building the luxurious white-stone complex of chalets and apartments overlooking the shimmering sea and was almost ready to open for business. All he needed was a licence.

Justo had arrived in Thailand four years earlier, having fled the drab world of finance in London. In 2011, he and his girlfriend Laura toured the country on a motorbike and, two years later, they got married on a secluded beach. The couple eventually settled down in Koh Samui, a tourist hotspot, just an hour’s flight south of Bangkok. After trying out a couple of entrepreneurial ventures, Justo eventually decided that he would go into the hotel business. He bought a plot with an imposing house and began building: adding a gym, villas and a tennis court.

That June afternoon, he was expecting a visit from the tourism authorities to sign off on the paperwork. Instead, a squad of armed Thai police burst through the unlocked door, bundling Justo to the ground. The officers tied their plastic cuffs so tightly around Justo’s wrists that he bled on the dark tiled floor. The police quickly moved into his office, ripping out the computers and emptying the filing cabinets.

After two days in a ramshackle local jail, Justo was flown to Bangkok and paraded before the media, in a press conference befitting a mafia kingpin. Still wearing shorts and flip-flops, he was flanked by four commandos holding machine guns, while a quartet of senior Royal Thai Police officers briefed the assembled reporters on the charges against him. Full story...

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Women 'arrested for riding bicycles' in Iran and made to sign pledge never to cycle in public again...

A group of women has reportedly been arrested for riding bicycles in Iran and made to sign pledges not to repeat the “violation”.

They were planning to participate in a cycling event in the north-western city of Marivan when police told them a new government directive had barred women riding bicycles in public.

The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran said officers ordered them to sign written pledges vowing not to repeat the “unlawful violation” and took several women who protested into custody.

Female cyclists have long been a subject of controversy in the country, where they risk being punished for flouting modesty laws imposing strict dress codes in public.

Official signs appeared in May saying “bicycle riding for women is prohibited” in public walkways and police chiefs have previously warned that women caught cycling would be prosecuted. Full story...

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Bloodbath in Manila as hundreds of 'drug pushers' hunted down by death squads...

Lying in the middle of the road, Jennelyn Olaires hugs the dead body of her partner, refusing to let him go. By the time the forensic team reaches the area, there are already TV cameramen filming the scene, their powerful lights beaming down on Olaires.

Michael Siaron, 30, was waiting for passengers when he was gunned down after midnight by unknown men riding a motorbike in Pasay, close to one of Manila's busiest highways, famous for its 24-hour traffic. Near his body, a note reads: "I am a pusher, don't follow."

"Michael has been using drugs for one year but never was a dealer", Olaires screams at the cameras, her partner's blood still on her face.

The scene was a short ride for the reporters coming from another crime scene, also in Pasay, where unidentified suspect #91 was killed by unknown hit-men. The victim was found dead on the ground with a long streak of blood and a sign tagging him as a drug pusher and thief. Full story...

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Norway considers giving mountain to Finland as 100th birthday present...

What do you give a country that has 188,000 lakes for a birthday present? Its highest mountain back, obviously.

Norway’s government has confirmed that for the centenary of Finland’s independence next year it is considering moving the border, gifting its Nordic neighbour a mountain peak that would be the country’s highest point.

“There are a few formal difficulties and I have not yet made my final decision,” the Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, told NRK, the national broadcaster. “But we are looking into it.”

At 1,324 metres above sea level, the highest point in Finland currently lies on a bleak mountain spur known as Hálditšohkka, part of a far larger fell known as Halti, more than 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Full story...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Men are wearing hijabs in support of women forced to cover their heads in Iran...

Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in support of women across the country who are forced to cover their heads in public.

Women have been made to wear headscarves in the country ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Those who don’t wear it or wear one that shows some of their hair face strict fines or even imprisonment in the conservative Islamic country.

Yet despite the risk of being jailed, women have been leading protests against the strict rules by leaving their homes with their hair uncovered, with some even resorting to shaving their hair.

Now, Iranian men are joining their wives and female relatives by posting photos of themselves wearing a hijab next to them, while the women have their hair uncovered. Full story...

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Panama Papers: offshore firm helped billionaires plunder Africa...

Mossack Fonseca, the offshore law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers leak, helped politicians, their families and businessmen rob Africa of billions of dollars, according to a new investigation.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which published the leak along with dozens of international media, found that 44 of 54 African countries have a total of at least 37 mining, oil and mineral companies connected to offshore accounts.

Their research, published Sunday, focuses on a case in Algeria, where Farid Bedjaoui, nephew of a former Algerian foreign minister, arranged US$275 million in bribes through offshore companies to award US$10 billion oil contracts.

Twelve of the 17 companies he used were created by Mossack Fonseca in a “crossroads of illicit financial flows,” according to Italian investigators. Algeria lost an estimated US$1.5 billion annually to tax dodging, bribery, corruption and criminality between 2004 and 2013, according to Global Financial Integrity.

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Over 55,000 Americans injured, killed by US cops in just 1 yr ...

More than 55,000 Americans were either killed or injured by US police in just one year, a new study has revealed. Most of the deaths were from fatal firearm wounds or excessive use of taser devices.

The study, titled 'Perils of police action: a cautionary tale from US data sets,' covers the year 2012 and offers greater context to the issue of police brutality, which has only grown bigger in the four years since the research.

Published in the peer-reviewed British medical journal Injury Prevention, the study found that a total of 55,400 people were victims of police officers' “abuse of power” or “loss of control out of anger or fear" in 2012.

Among them, 1,063 people were either shot or tasered to death by law enforcement, out of an estimated 12.3 million arrests or stop-and-search incidents.

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A fifth of parents skip meals so kids don’t go hungry during summer break...

A fifth of parents go hungry during the day in order to ensure their children get enough food in the long summer school holiday, a survey by a leading poverty charity has found.

Research by the Trussell Trust has uncovered a disturbing level of poverty across the UK, as one in five parents say they skip a meal during the day so there will be enough food for their children.

Two in five parents surveyed said they worry about the extra costs of childcare during the summer holiday.

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Story of Jesus Christ was a HOAX designed to control the people, Biblical scholar claims...

Christianity is a baseless religion that was designed by the Roman empire to justify slavery and pacify the citizens, according to controversial Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill.

In a blog on his website Mr Atwill wrote: "Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery.”

The scholar argues that at the time, Jewish sects in Palestine were awaiting a ‘warrior Messiah’, which became an increasing problem after the Roman Empire failed to deal with the problem with traditional means.

As a result, the rulers resorted to psychological warfare which would appear to give the citizens what they wanted, while at the same time making sure they followed their rules. Full story...

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I am a Muslim doctor. I saved a Christian in Pakistan and it nearly cost me my life...

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Life seemed well on track until one night while working an ER shift, when I received a patient needing urgent dialysis. Unattended and disheveled as he was, there was no one with him to get him the medicine he needed. Fearing he might die, I instinctually grabbed the emergency medicine donated via zakaat, an Islamic system of alms-giving, and performed the life-saving hemodialysis.

He survived but I immediately faced the wrath of the nurse. She was mad at me because the patient was a Christian and she said Islamic alms are not meant to be used on non-Muslims. But I did not know the patient’s faith, nor did I know that such a law existed.

I promptly replaced the medicine, which cost around $20. But it didn’t end there. The representative of a conservative Islamic NGO, which was a donor to the clinic, was furious about what I had done. They attributed my lack of knowledge about the alms laws to the fact that I belong to a minority Muslim sect.

A departmental inquiry followed and I was discriminated throughout the entire process. The workplace discrimination gave way to threatening phone calls and vandalism of my car and bike. They found out my family lived in America and that I was alone. This made me an easy target. I was threatened with death at a medical conference hosted by the chair of the same NGO which had complained about me. Full story...

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Another car ride with Motoki...


When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism?

How is your Merkelsommer going? For now, Britain seems to be missing the worst. True, a couple of men of Middle Eastern appearance tried to abduct a soldier near his base in Norfolk for what was unlikely to have been an interfaith dialogue session. But Britain’s geographical good fortune, relative success in limiting weapons and our justified scepticism of the undiscriminating ‘open borders’ brigade mean that we have so far been spared the delights of what Angela Merkel’s growing army of critics refer to as her summer of terror.

It is now a fortnight since Mohammed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ploughed a truck along the Nice seafront, killing 84 people. The following Monday Mohammed Riyad, who said he was from Afghanistan but almost certainly came from Pakistan, screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ while hacking with an axe at his fellow passengers on a Bavarian train. The next day another Mohammed, this time Mohamed Boufarkouch, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and stabbed a Frenchwoman and her three daughters (aged eight, 12 and 14) near Montpelier. Mixing things up a little, that Friday’s shooter in Munich was a child of Iranians called Ali David Sonboly. Skip forward a couple of days and a ‘-Syrian asylum seeker’ with a machete was hacking a pregnant woman to death in Stuttgart. The next day another ‘Syrian asylum seeker’, Mohammad Daleel, carried out a suicide bombing outside a bar in Ansbach, Bavaria. And a little over 24 hours later two men shouting the name of Isis entered a church in Rouen during Mass, took the nuns and congregation hostage and slaughtered the priest with a knife. Full story...

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How playing Pokémon Go nearly made me lose my mind...

Monday morning: one hand trapped beneath the fat and guzzling midget, with the other I idly opened the gates of hell — meaning I downloaded the game Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is an ‘augmented reality’ game. It requires you to trot about in the real world, staring at your smartphone so as to find and ‘collect’ coloured goblins from different locations. Perhaps that doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but it’s the most successful phone game there’s ever been. On the day I played, more than 75 million people had already downloaded it, and when I first opened it I too became obsessed. A day later, however, I suspect it of being semi-diabolical and portending some terrible but perhaps unavoidable future.

This is the way it works. After selecting the app, a little map of your actual location pops up on the iPhone screen, with markers in the places where goblins lurk. The map tracks your progress as you walk, using your phone’s GPS, and when you’re hard up against a goblin you switch to your phone’s camera function, look at the screen, and there it is! A little cartoon monster, transposed on the real outside world. For the still confused and over40, just imagine living inside Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

When I opened up the app that morning, for example, there in my bathroom was a goblin, a cross one and blue, hopping up and down by the shower. I instantly forgot the baby. This was a wonder, a marvel in the 19th- century sense. It made the world seem magical. As dog-faced boys and bearded women were to Victorians, so that Pokémon imp was to me, and I set about trying to capture it, swiping at my iPhone screen, as instructed by the game. Full story...

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People are freaking out over ‘birth tourism’ in Canada...

There's panic once again in British Columbia over a rise in "birth tourism" in the province, as locals accuse Chinese mothers of delivering their babies on Canadian soil in order to get citizenship.

The issue routinely makes news in the western province every few months, and now a new petition, filed in Parliament, is calling on the Canadian government to stop granting citizenship to so-called "anchor babies" unless one of their parents holds Canadian citizenship.

But as more foreigners continue to flock to British Columbia to settle or invest in real estate — to the point where the government has imposed a new tax for homebuyers without Canadian citizenship — there has been increasing media coverage over whether some are taking advantage of the system so that their children can benefit from social programs.

The number of Chinese residents in Vancouver has grown to more than 18 percent over the last 20 years. With that increase came an influx of wealthy Chinese investors — which, in turn, came with endless speculation in the press about their motives and intentions. Full story...

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Vietnamese customs officer writes 'Fuck You' on Chinese passport, covering up nine-dash line...

One unfortunate woman's passport has become the latest casualty in the firestorm of outrage sparked by the South China Sea ruling in The Hague earlier this month.

While going through security at Tan Son Nhat International Airport upon landing in Ho Chi Minh City, a Chinese woman surnamed Zhong handed her passport to one of the customs officers. After 2 or 3 minutes, she got it back and found that the words "Fuck you" were scribbled on two of the pages. Those pages happened to contain maps of China, complete with the infamous nine-dash line, which Beijing uses to exert its claim over more than 80% of the South China Sea. Chinese passports issued after 2012 contain this map on pages 8, 24 and 46.

Zhong doesn't speak any Vietnamese, so she didn't respond to the insult, Sohu reports. She says that once she gets back to China, she will apply for a new passport.

The Chinese Consulate in Ho Chi Minh has released a statement, reporting that they are handling the situation and demanding that Vietnamese officials take action to punish whoever is responsible and make sure that something like this will never happen again. Full story...

‘Not medicine, but poison’: Hungarian PM says his country does not need ‘a single migrant’

Right-wing Hungarian leader Victor Orban said refugees are less than welcome in Hungary, calling them “a poison” and “terror risk” at a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart. He also rejected the migration policy the EU is trying to impose.

Orban, who is known as a harsh critic of the mandatory migrant quota scheme that the EU proposed in February, argued that there is no reason for Hungary to take in any migrants, as its economy and demography would be better off without them.

“Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future,” he said, stressing, that, on the contrary, “every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.”

“This is why there is no need for a common European migration policy,” he said, insisting that the right to decide migration issues should be reserved exclusively for national governments. Orban went on to say that “whoever needs migrants can take them, but don’t force them on us, we don’t need them.”

As far as Hungary is concerned, “migration is not a solution but a problem... not medicine but a poison, we don’t need it and won’t swallow it,” he argued. Full story...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Muslims in Germany threaten nudist bathers...

A group Southerner looking men who threatened and insulted bathers in a pool in North Rhine-Westphalia Geldern. The Muslims had apparently disturbed at nude baths and women, children and men insulted and spat upon, reported the WAZ.

Visitors had initially complained about the group. "We have asked the men then to be quiet", the pool staff member Lisa-Marie Theunissen told the Rheinische Post.

The troublemakers were subsequently went to water ski facility and had insulted the staff. An employee remanded the men of the land. However, the group came back to the pool, then the employee alerted the police. This took on the identity and escorted them out of the pool.

 The extent of the incident which had taken place on Wednesday, was not known until after the fact. The group has become conspicuous in the nudist area. Two of the hooligans were swum in the nude area, ran the rest of the grounds. Full story...

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Pokémon Go is using your children for walking ad revenue...

The augmented reality resurrection of 1990s’ anime sensation Pokémon continues to set download records even as disturbing consequences of gameplay are exposed.

There is of course the standard tracking that any use of a smartphone will carry with it; but even by those egregious parameters, Pokémon Go takes an extra step toward fully integrating the user (and all of their contacts) into a literal matrix of mapping and surveillance.

Moreover, James Corbett recounts what appears to be a nefarious genesis for the app in his article The CIA’s “Pokémon Go” App is Doing What the Patriot Act Can’t:

The maker of the app? Niantic Labs. Never heard of them? That’s because until last year they were an internal start-up of none other than Google, the NSA-linked Big Brother company. Even now Google remains one of Niantic’s major backers. Niantic was founded by John Hanke, who also founded Keyhole, Inc., the mapping company which was created with seed money from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital arm, and which was eventually rolled into Google Maps.

This synthesis of location-based data and a company with strategic interests in monetizing that data was recently highlighted by none other than Oliver Stone: Full story...

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MH17 two years on:what really jappened and why...

On July 17, 2014, flight MH17 traveling east from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – crashed near the village of Grabovo, and on the outskirts of the town of Torez just outside of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, approximately 40 km from the Ukrainian-Russian border.

To call this situation volatile would almost be an understatement. A pivotal event such as this could easily be used as a pretext for escalating not only a New Cold War between the West and Russia, but also a hot war. Only six months previously, the Ukraine found itself in the throes of a western-backed coup d’état in Kiev which tore the country apart. This was quickly followed by a snap referendum in Crimea, where voters opted for secession from the Ukraine and into the relatively secure arms of the Russian Federation. The west cried foul and so began a new grudge match. Arguably, tensions between the west and Moscow have been at their highest since the apex of the Cold War during the east-west Soviet era. Needless to say, with MH17 the stakes could not be any higher, and regarding the west, it was obvious who would be assigned the blame for this tragedy.

More than any other incident, this one was flushed out first through public relations channels, and then second through official government bodies. From the onset the West took its position by claiming it had “proof” that ‘Russian-backed rebels’ were responsible for shooting down the passenger airliner. Immediately after the incident took place, the western government-media complex insisted that the murder weapon was a Russian-made BUK Surface to Air Missile system. Full story...

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München shooting: terror embedded journalism?

There’s a certain “yawn…” moment looming about “daily shooter” phenomena provided, of course, that you are not getting shot yourself. It stems from predictability. What independent media dub “anomalies” does not seem so anomalous anymore, because anomalies themselves are apparently inevitable, and therefore: predictable, even more so then the main line of events mediated by mass media.

We are talking, of course, about frequent unreliability of media images, ties of perpetrators to some form of security and/or intelligence services, unbelievable nature of not so minute details of the story, etc.

München shoot out of July, 22 (dubbed in German München Amoklauf – “running amok” ) displays one such possible “un-anomalous anomaly”, we’ll name, for the sake of the argument, “terror-embedded journalism”.

Predictably enough, hot European summer brings us new installment in the series of “daily shooter”, enriched by “monster truck rampage special” attack in Nice, France (July, 14).

However, the anomaly of new weapon of choice in the form of lorry being allowed through famous promenade, killing whole bunch of people in the process, pales in comparison to the nature of media node that provided the world with first moving images of atrocity exhibition. Full story...

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South Korea investigates Samsung boss prostitution allegations...

South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday that they have started investigating allegations that ailing Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee bought sex from prostitutes several times between 2011 and 2013.

An official from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said the case is being handled by a division specializing in crimes against women and children. He refused to be named, citing office rules.

The allegations were raised last week after internet news outlet Newstapa released footage purportedly showing a man who appeared to be Lee interacting with women who might have been prostitutes on several occasions.

 Newstapa didn't reveal how it obtained the videos, but said they were filmed secretly by at least one of the women who allegedly served Lee. It also reported that the creators of the videos likely tried to use them to blackmail Lee or the Samsung Group before they were leaked to journalists. Full story...

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A cheese made from… donkey milk?

Slobodan Simić lounged on the crude wooden bench in Zasavica Special Nature Reserve’s dining room like the caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, holding court and puffing on the quarter-bent Calabash-style briar pipe that dangled delicately from his teeth. Tanned creases ran down his face like tributaries, and his eyes sparkled with mischief.

“Rakia?” he said, offering me a shot of the strong Balkan brandy that is often drunk in the morning, even before coffee.

“Ne, hvala,” I replied, shaking my head and thanking him. Instead, I accepted a cup of thick Turkish coffee accompanied by a shot glass of donkey milk from Zasavica’s herd. It was my first time tasting the sweet milk; I was even more eager to try the donkey cheese, a delicacy I’d learned about a few years back when rumours swirled that Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic was buying up their entire stock for his restaurants. Although the rumours were untrue, they brought global attention to Zasavica – and Serbia.

Despite being a nature lover, Simić never set out to create a farm. Twenty years ago, the former MP-turned-conservationist remembered that he’d heard about some wetlands in west-central Serbia. His ex-wife’s parents, who lived in a nearby village, took him to see them.

“I fell in love immediately,” he said. Full story...

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