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Pope to visit Italian region poisoned by toxic waste dumping

Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people.

The diocese of Acerra announced Francis' May 24 visit on Saturday. It said his trip to the so-called "Land of Fires" would be a source of joy and hope for the region's families, and especially their cancer-stricken children.

Italy's National Institutes of Health said in a 2016 report to parliament that residents of the area near Naples suffered higher-than-normal incidents of death and cancer due to exposure to contaminants from illegal dumps and the burning of urban and hazardous waste.


Israel's police arrest rabbi & sect leader accused of rape & sham healing for money

Israeli policemen escort Rabbi Eliezer Berland
Members of a cult-like sect tried everything to prevent officers from bringing to custody a controversial Israeli rabbi thought to have taken advantage of gravely ill people and convicted of sexual assaults on women.

Israeli police have arrested Rabbi Eliezer Berland early on Sunday morning, along with his wife and other top members of his ultra-Orthodox Shuvu Bonim sect. Shortly afterwards, the sect's followers thronged the nearby street, trying to seal it off and stop the vehicle carrying Berland.

Stunning footage from the arrest shows them hurling stones at officers and banging fists on the passing car. Riot police shielded the vehicle as it passed by and tried to stand ground; two of them were injured, local media reported.

Comment: For more on this deviant and his group, see: Charlatan Israeli sex convict rabbi says he can revive the dead, for only $5k

See also: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: How to Numb Your Conscience with Totalitarian Religion


Colorado university to offer cannabis-related degree

A university in Colorado will offer a cannabis-related degree program after receiving approval from the state.

Colorado State University is expected to launch the program this fall at its Pueblo campus about 115 miles (185 kilometers) south of Denver, The Denver Post reported.

The Cannabis, Biology and Chemistry program would focus on the science necessary to work in the cannabis field and emphasize natural products and analytical chemistry, officials said.

"It's a rigorous degree geared toward the increasing demand coming about because of the cannabis industry," College of Science and Mathematics dean David Lehmpuhl said. "Hemp and marijuana has really come to the forefront in a lot of economic sectors in the country. We're not pro-cannabis or anti-cannabis. What we're about will be the science, and training students to look at that science."

Comment: See also:


Time to shut Pornhub down

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In the last few months, there have been several shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.

Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge.

Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced child pornography and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant. But there are other individuals complicit in these crimes that should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Ferris Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the Canadian-based company that owns Pornhub.

Comment: Amen.

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UK gov buries secret report on soaring reliance on foodbanks and welfare system

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is sitting on its own 'secret' investigation into foodbank use. It should have released it in October 2019. Now, an SNP MP has put the issue back on parliament's agenda. But one campaign group told The Canary that it thinks the DWP 'buried' the report on purpose.

The DWP: foodbank Britain

As the Guardian reported, more and more people in the UK are using foodbanks. The Trussell Trust said that in 2018/19, as many as 3 million food parcels were given out by all UK foodbanks. Around 2% of households in the UK received a parcel. Moreover, the Trussell Trust alone gave out over 800,000 food parcels between April and September 2019. This was a 23% rise on 2018.

The Trussell Trust also says that foodbank use has increased in areas where the DWP has rolled out Universal Credit. And it says that over 60% of people referred to foodbanks have had "problematic experiences with the benefits system". These include:

Comment: Life for the many in the UK has been on a downward spiral for well over a decade, but there's no hiding from the "unprecedented" rise in infant mortality; the rather sudden plunge in life expectancy for the poorest; the surge in foodbank use; the blatant and deplorable signs of childhood poverty; the underfunded and deteriorating National Health Service, as well as the understaffed and overstretched police force - to name but a few of its problems.

See also: Democracy in meltdown: In almost every country, people's faith in democratic systems is at rock-bottom levels

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'He went mad': Soldier livestreams his rampage through shopping mall in Thailand, killing 30, injuring 58

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A person runs away during a Thai soldier's shooting rampage in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand February 8, 2020
A Thai soldier has killed at least 30 people in a mass shooting and injured 58 before taking hostages inside a shopping mall while taking selfies and livestreaming on social media.

The man, who police identified as a junior army officer, opened fire in a shopping center in Korat, also known as Nakhon Ratchasima, in northeast Thailand. Before the attack he killed his commander and two others, stole weapons and ammunition and fled in a stolen Humvee.

Terminal 21 mall was full of Saturday shoppers when the attack occurred. A video posted to social media show people running inside the building and fleeing outside as multiple shots are fired.

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Funding for women's group under review after call for ban on man-woman relationships

Tweet Gabrielle Bouchard

Tweet by Gabrielle Bouchard.
The Quebec government says it will re-evaluate the $120,000 annual public funding it gives to the province's biggest women's federation after its president suggested that heterosexual relationships should be banned.

Gabrielle Bouchard, president of the Federation des femmes du Quebec, made the controversial comment Tuesday on Twitter, before issuing an apology on Facebook and during televised media interviews later in the day.

Bouchard says her original tweet was in reaction to news that a man out on parole after being convicted of killing his female partner had been arrested in the slaying last week of a 22-year-old woman in Quebec City.


Indiana U defends, then cancels, 'Sex Fest' featuring BDSM demos, 'kink' and 'sex toys'

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New video and photos out of Indiana University show an individual being publicly whipped as part of a university-sponsored "sex fest."

The Indiana University Health Center's three-day 4th annual sex fest includes booths showcasing various sex toys and flogging mechanisms, complete with diagrams showing students how to use them. Some of the exhibits include free cupcakes and contraceptives, as well as free HIV testing, according to the Indiana Daily Student. Attendees also receive t-shirts that say "I love sex."

Comment: Their fourth?

On Tuesday, Debbie Herbenick hosted Lexx Brown James, a licensed marriage and family therapist, on a panel titled "Kick-off to Kink."

Wednesday's events included a "Kink Workshop" and educational booths demonstrating the "safe use of different sex toys." Students were also invited to a workshop on "contract development and boundaries."

Student congressman Matt Ahmann (@realMattAhmann) tweeted a video of part of the event, which included a man whipping a woman while she was tied up. Ahmann shared the video with Campus Reform.

Comment: Apparently this is what passes for 'higher education' in American universities. See also:

Snakes in Suits

Canadian scientist at center of Chinese bio-espionage probe found dead in Africa?

Dr. Frank Plummer
Update (1135ET): It seems that Mr. Plummer made a habit of getting the biological material he was working on "stolen," as we found a report from 2009 in the Winnepeg Free Press that details the theft of 22 vials of biological material was "confirmed by scientific director Dr. Frank Plummer."
Plummer, allegedly, alerted authorities to the missing material on the same day a former vaccine researcher was arrested by FBI special agents after U.S. Customs discovered the vials stuffed in a glove in the trunk of his car at the Manitoba-North Dakota border crossing.

Some of the vials included genes from the deadly Ebola virus, but local scientists say the material is not infectious.

But more than a week after the theft came to light, police said no one from the lab has reported the incident.

Plummer has said the researcher signed a form declaring he did not steal anything from the lab and understood he was not allowed to. The national lab does not conduct searches of staff when they exit the lab and does not routinely take inventory of the thousands of vials containing non-infectious biological substances.

However, court documents allege the former researcher stole the vials on his last day of work at the virology lab in January because "he did not want to start his research over from the beginning when he entered into his next fellowship" with the National Institutes of Health at the Biodefense Research Laboratory in Maryland.
All very curious.


Oops! PayPal freezes magazine's paychecks for mentioning 'Iran'

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quick, sanction it!
Writers for a Jewish magazine in New York have had their paychecks frozen after PayPal flagged the transactions as a violation of US sanctions against Iran - because one payment included a note referencing the country.

Paychecks for nine contributors to Jewish Currents have been snarled in the ever-growing US sanctions dragnet, all because the 'payment purpose' field on one of them read "January plus Iran piece," publisher Jacob Plitman told Gizmodo on Wednesday.