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More Twitter censorship: Woman who laughed at Rachel Maddow crying over Mueller report has her account removed

Twitter has suddenly suspended an account that had posted a video of themselves laughing at Rachel Maddow crying on air over the conclusion of Robert Mueller's investigation.

The user, Karli Bonne', had nearly 15,000 followers when her account was removed.

Bonne's video had quickly amassed over 84,000 views.

Rachel Maddow

NPC

#ICYMI: Do we need online censorship to save us from ourselves?

ICYMI online censorship
Perhaps one of the most shocking elements of the livestreaming of a mosque massacre by a racist lunatic in New Zealand was just how many people went online to watch it.

Facebook took down the video of the killing spree millions of times, and YouTube says it was removing one copy every second. It's clear that when some people are given complete freedom online they tend to let their baser instincts run free. But is that any justification for censorship?

ICYMI asks whether there is anyone who can be trusted to impose restrictions on the internet and save us from ourselves.

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Primal Behavior: The Academic Mob and its fatal toll

Buring at the stake
"I get the queasiness of no due process. But . . . losing your job isn't death or prison."
Dayna Tortorici (Twitter)
"If you compare dissent via social media to lynch mobs, then you don't understand dissent, social media, or lynch mobs."
Jen Sookfong Lee (Twitter)
In 1992, the ethics committee of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University accused neurology and neurosurgery professor Justine Sergent of failing to properly obtain their approval for her work using radioactive isotopes to study the brain function of pianists. Sergent claimed no wrongdoing other than, at most, a technical mistake of not re-requesting specific approval to study pianists reading sheet music when she had already received approval to use the same technology to study brain function in people reacting to images of human faces. The following year she was officially reprimanded for the alleged breach but filed an appeal in arbitration.

Comment: Individuals and symbols: Mob mentality versus the individual as sacrosanct


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Suicide leading cause of death among children aged 10 to 14 in Japan

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Suicide has become the leading cause of death among children aged 10 to 14 in Japan for the first time in the postwar period, an analysis of government demographic data has shown.
Suicide has become the leading cause of death among children aged 10 to 14 in Japan for the first time in the postwar period, an analysis of government demographic data has shown.

While the total number of people across the country who kill themselves has declined remarkably in recent years, statistics released by the health ministry for 2017 showed that 100 children in that particular age group took their own lives, accounting for 22.9 percent of all deaths in their generation.

Cancer came second for the age bracket, at 22.7 percent, followed by accidents at 11.7 percent.

Among Japanese nationals, the overall number of suicides peaked in 2003 at more than 32,000 before declining to 20,465 in 2017. However, the number of suicides per 100,000 people among those aged 10 to 19 remains flat.

Among those between 15 and 39, meanwhile, suicide has been the dominant cause of death since 2012. About half of those who killed themselves were in their 20s.

Individual factors prompting children aged 10 to 14 to kill themselves have not been sufficiently clarified, according to the white paper from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry on preventing suicide and other documents.

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Frankfurt air traffic suspended after 2 drones spotted

Airport
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Air traffic to and from Frankfurt Airport in southern Germany was suspended for half an hour, after two drones were seen in the vicinity, an airport spokesperson said on Friday.

Flights were suspended from around 5.15pm local time after the two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted near the southern end of the airport site. Air traffic resumed after about 30 minutes.

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Modi election magic: India's rupee went from Asia's worst to best currency

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Indian Rupee likely to strengthen at least in short term, BoAML's Garg Says

Asia's worst-performing currency took five weeks to become its best.

The turnaround has been fueled by the improved chances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi winning a second term amid recent tensions between India and Pakistan. The optimism has led to local shares and debt luring robust flows, which have turned the carry-trade returns on the rupee to the highest in the world in the past month.

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No profiting from hate: Online bookstores pull manifesto by mass shooter Breivik after outcry

The cover of Breivik's manifesto
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The cover of Breivik's manifesto / Andres Breivik
At least two online bookstores stopped selling the manifesto compiled by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who reportedly inspired the mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand last week.

Breivik, an extremist white supremacist, is currently serving a maximum 21-year sentence for slaughtering 77 people and injuring over 300 in an act of political violence. He timed his 2011 bomb and gun attack with the release of an anti-Muslim manifesto explaining his motivations. The 1,518-page text is mostly a compilation of what other people wrote and Breivik liked, and is available freely online.

Until recently, one could also order a hard copy of the manifesto from Amazon. This was the case until the British news outlet the Times highlighted this fact on Sunday in an accusatory report. A text by Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered nine people at a black church in Charleston in 2015, was also available for purchase, the newspaper said, accusing the international giant of profiting from hate literature.

"Online retailers - just like social media companies - need to stop playing into the hands of terrorists by giving them the notoriety they crave and even selling their so-called manifestos," the Times was told by Brendan Cox, the husband of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a white supremacist in June 2016. "Too many corporates are actively making future attacks more likely."

Comment: See also: Christchurch Terror Attack: Mass Censorship, Mystery Shooters, And The Globetrotting Lone Gunman


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Germany: 10 held in suspected Islamist terror plot to massacre civilians using car and guns

German policeman
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German prosecutors say 10 people have been detained on suspicion of plotting an Islamist attack using a car and guns, with the aim of killing as many "infidels" as possible.

The arrests were made following an "anti-terror" raid in the central Frankfurt Rhine-Main region on Friday, according to Welt, who cite the state criminal police office and the prosecutor's office in Frankfurt.

A 21-year-old and two 31-year-old brothers are noted as the "main suspects" in the group and are believed to be associated with the local Islamist Salafist community. All are accused of plotting an "Islamist terrorist-motivated attack" to kill as many "infidels" as possible. Several of the suspects are German citizens, according to the prosecutor's office, but no other nationalities were specified.

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Indiana teachers shot with plastic pellets during active shooter drill

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An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts, bruises and abrasions after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff's office conducting the session.

The incident, acknowledged in testimony this week before state lawmakers, was confirmed by two elementary school teachers in Monticello, who described an exercise in which teachers were asked by local law enforcement to kneel down against a classroom wall before being sprayed across their backs with plastic pellets without warning.

"They told us, 'This is what happens if you just cower and do nothing,'" said one of the two teachers, both of whom asked IndyStar not to be identified out of concern for their jobs. "They shot all of us across our backs. I was hit four times.

"It hurt so bad."

Now, these teachers and the state's largest teachers union want to stop this from happening in other Hoosier schools. The Indiana State Teachers Association is lobbying lawmakers to add language prohibiting teachers from being shot with any sort of ammunition to a school safety bill working its way through the Statehouse.

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New watchdog report states government bought dogs and cats from Asian markets for 'cannibal' experiments

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U.S. government scientists bought dogs and cats from Asian meat markets and fed them to kittens in "cannibal" experiments, according to a watchdog report.
U.S. government scientists conducted experiments on thousands of kittens including "cannibal" studies where cats and dogs bought from Asian meat markets were fed to other cats, a watchdog report released Tuesday says.

The report from the White Coat Waste Project, obtained by the Daily News, says that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has been breeding and using cats for studies since 1982 - and they are often killed a short time after the experiments take place. The USDA also made "false and misleading claims to Congress, the media, the public," the report claims.

"The USDA's taxpayer-funded kitten cannibalism experiments read like a burgeoning serial killer's diary," Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at White Coat Waste Project said in a statement sent to The News.

Not only does the government agency breed and kill cats on its own premises, the study states - but the ARS has also bought "hundreds of pet, stray or 'unwanted' " dogs and cats from Asian, African and Latin American countries. This happened as recently as 2015, the report said.

Comment: Contrary to popular belief animal experimentation isn't extraordinarily useful for human application:
The Health & Wellness Show: The Quackery and Cruelty of Animal Medical Research