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Teen accused of killing mother, brother arrested in North Carolina

Fauquier County house
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The Fauquier County house where 17-year-old Levi Norwood is accused of killing his mother and 6-year-old brother and then shooting and wounding his father.
The Virginia teen was allegedly trying to steal hair dye, a change of clothes and a backpack from a store in Durham, N.C., when police arrested him Saturday evening.

But Levi H. Norwood, a 17-year-old high school junior, is accused of a far more disturbing crime than shoplifting. He has been charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his mother, Jennifer L. Norwood, 34, and his brother Wyatt Norwood, 6.

At a news conference Sunday, Fauquier County Sheriff Robert P. Mosier said investigators have yet to recover any guns used.

The victims were discovered by Levi Norwood's father, Joshua H. Norwood, when he arrived home Friday evening shortly after 6 p.m. Some time after that, authorities said, Levi Norwood shot and injured his father, who ran outside and phoned 911.

Joshua Norwood was later hospitalized and in stable condition as of Saturday, though Mosier would not give an update on his status Sunday. Mosier also declined to discuss possible motives for the shooting, though he noted there were no previous reports of 911 calls made from the Norwoods' home while the family lived there.

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Carnage as brawl erupts at England youth boxing championships

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There were terrifying scenes as a man with blood gushing from his head was seen wielding an axe at a junior boxing event in England this weekend as mass violence broke out among the crowd.

Four people were hospitalized following the clashes at the England Boxing National Youth Championships, during which chairs were launched and one man was seen setting off a fire extinguisher before hurling it.

A trail of destruction was also seen outside the Sports Connexion venue in Coventry, where police were called to the scene before the event was called off.

There are reports that the violence - which was described by local police as "terrifying" - was sparked by rival families in attendance.

Comment: See also: Mass brawl and stabbing at London's Euston tube station


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Gangster-climate ally? Greta gets flamed for posing with crime-glamorizing rapper

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Rapper 1.Cuz and climate activist Greta Thunberg
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has exposed herself to intense internet mockery after posing with a controversial Swedish rapper who purportedly spent several years in prison.

The musical artist, 1.Cuz, performed at Thunberg's recent "Fridays for Future" rally in central Stockholm. Known for always wearing a mask and keeping his real identity a secret, 1.Cuz raps about crime, drugs and his hatred of the cops.

In a recent interview with Swedish media, the rapper reportedly revealed that he had served two years in prison for a "serious" crime - but did not go into specifics. According to local media reports, the rapper was invited to perform at the rally in the hope of bolstering attendance.

Comment: Being an extremist herself, it is not all that strange for her to befriend questionable characters. See also:


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John Pilger: Julian Assange must be freed, not betrayed

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On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

I know Australia House well. As an Australian myself, I used to go there in my early days in London to read the newspapers from home. Opened by King George V over a century ago, its vastness of marble and stone, chandeliers and solemn portraits, imported from Australia when Australian soldiers were dying in the slaughter of the First World War, have ensured its landmark as an imperial pile of monumental servility.

As one of the oldest "diplomatic missions" in the United Kingdom, this relic of empire provides a pleasurable sinecure for Antipodean politicians: a "mate" rewarded or a troublemaker exiled.

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Gunman kills one at Thai shopping mall, follows horrific mass shooting 10 days ago

Thai shopping mall
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The shooting comes in the wake of a mass killing at a Thai shopping mall, file photo.
A gunman has opened fire in a Bangkok shopping mall, killing at least one person and injuring another on Tuesday afternoon. The incident comes just 10 days after a Thai soldier went on a shooting rampage that left 30 dead.

The shooting reportedly took place outside a beauty clinic inside Century Movie Plaza, close to the city's Victory Monument.

The deceased victim is believed to be an employee of the clinic. Police have yet to identify the suspect and it is unclear whether they have been detained or not.

Comment: On 8th February: 'He went mad': Soldier livestreams his rampage through shopping mall in Thailand, killing 30, injuring 58

These seemingly random and violent attacks appear to be occurring everywhere with an increasing frequency. Here's a selection of some that have happened in just the last few months:


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The internet has an addiction to hate: The hounding of Jordan Peterson

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The doctor is in vogue: Jordan Peterson ponders his primordial self in Sydney in 2019.
If you have ever visited the internet, you likely noticed it is rife with hyperbole and lacking in nuance. All jokes are to be taken literally, and responded to with long, academic-sounding threads that explain why the joke, in fact, amounts to violence. Everyone we don't like is a fascist. Those who disagree with our ideologies are murderers, and political differences are cause for excommunication. The response to foibles or disagreements is a days-long hounding of the guilty party, leading them to get down on their knees and beg for forgiveness or simply disappear. The best way to make the world a better place, according to social media, is by destroying someone else.

I have been told to kill myself, drink bleach, and die in a fire more times than I can count. False sentimentality is common currency on social media. Charity and empathy are rare. But while many are critical of such behavior when directed our way, the tables turn when the target is not One Of Us, but One of Them.

Last week, it was reported that Jordan Peterson, who has been struggling with addiction issues and other health problems, was suicidal, had been near death, and sought treatment in Russia.

Comment: Well said.

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Ohio conservatives announce bill banning medical treatment for transitioning transgender kids

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© Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio
Backers of the bill that would block doctors from prescribing drugs or performing surgery to change the gender of a child, Rep Ron Hood (R-Ashville), Rep Bill Dean (R-Xenia), Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values.
A new bill in the Ohio House would prevent doctors from prescribing drugs to delay puberty or perform surgery to change a child's gender. The bill is similar to ones proposed in at least eight other states.

The bill, which is still being drafted, is sponsored by state Reps. Bill Dean (R-Xenia) and Ron Hood (R-Ashville).

A group of parents spoke at the Ohio Statehouse this week in favor of the legislation. Maria — who doesn't want to use her full name — says doctors told her that her child was transgender. She says she believes medical professionals are experimenting with drugs and surgery on children like hers and forcing their parents into silence.

Comment: All of these individuals in all of these pro-trans groups should be held liable for every single kid out there who transitions at their insistence and ends up regretting their decision. We'll see how enthusiastic these people are about butchering children when the chickens come home to roost.

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Chinese stocks up more than 2%, rest of Asia mixed as investors assess coronavirus impact

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Asia Pacific markets traded mixed on Monday as investors continued to assess the potential economic fallout from the pneumonia-like coronavirus that's infected more than 70,000 people and killed over 1,700.

Chinese shares on the mainland rose: The Shanghai composite rose 2.28% to 2,983.62, the Shenzhen composite was up 3.18% to 1,835.96 and the Shenzhen component added 2.98% to 11,241.50.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.58% in late afternoon trade.

In an effort to alleviate the shock of the virus outbreak on businesses, China is planning targeted tax cuts while increasing government spending, Finance Minister Liu Kun wrote Sunday in China's Communist Party magazine Qiushi.

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Censorship is the way that any dictatorship — and NO democracy — functions

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No democracy can survive censorship. If there is censorship, then each individual cannot make his/her own decisions (voting decisions or otherwise) on the basis of truth but only on the basis of whatever passes through the censor's filter, which is always whatever supports the censoring regime and implants it evermore deeply into the public's mind — regardless of its actual truthfulness.

The public does have a mind, as a collective constituting the majority of the residents in the given land, which majority rules any democratic government. If the government doesn't really represent the majority, it's no democracy, at all, but instead represents other individuals, the real rulers, who might be hidden. Consequently, if a democracy exists but a censor somehow becomes allowed, and emerges into existence in a given land, then democracy will inevitably be snuffed-out there, and dictatorship will inevitably be the result — merely because censorship has been applied there, which blocks some essential truths (truths that the rulers don't want the public to know) from reaching the public.

Nothing is as toxic to democracy as is censorship. Censorship prevents democracy.

If a dictatorship already exists in a given land, then it does so by means of censorship, because only by that means will the public be willing to pay taxes to the regime and to go to war for it and to kill and die for it. Without censorship, none of that could happen, except in an authentic democracy. An authentic democracy has no censorship.

Comment: Interesting theory but there would still to be someone that needs to program said 'randomized algorithm'. How do we go about ensuring no bias creeps in? Then if we are to assume that 90% of climatologists are experts and agree on man-made global warming, but they turn out to be wrong (and they would be), how does the system correct for it? Let's try another example, that of Darwinian evolution. A great majority of experts subscribe to it, although no credible evidence exists for it. If we are relying on the majority of experts to dictate what is represented in a search result, and they are subscribed to a lie, how will just focusing on the subject matter bring us any closer to the truth? However, his point still stands: we do need more discussion on how to replace censorship, and we all know why politicians won't touch it with a ten-foot pole.


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'A little bit of excitement at no extra cost': Sanders quips after TOPLESS anti-dairy protesters steal show at Nevada rally

Sanders campaign
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A group of anti-dairy activists, including topless women, upstaged Democratic race frontrunner Bernie Sanders at his own campaign rally ahead of the Nevada primaries. The senator kept his cool, laughing off the stunt, however.

Keen on capitalizing on his success in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders was holding a rally in Carson, Nevada on Sunday. He was barely a couple of minutes into his speech when a young woman, who could be seen lurking behind the podium during the live broadcast, rushed the stage and attempted to wrestle the microphone from the Vermont independent.

Sanders did not give in, taking a few steps away from the podium, which allowed the activist to grab another mic and go on chiding the progressive Democrat for his support of the local dairy industry.

Bernie, I'm your biggest supporter. And I'm here to ask you to stop propping up the dairy industry and to stop propping up animal agriculture. I believe in you!

Comment: Udderly ridiculous!