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Female prisoner claims she was raped by transgender inmate, sues prison

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A female inmate at the Logan Correctional Centre in Illinois is suing the prison after alleging they attempted to cover up her sexual assault by a transgender inmate that was housed with her.

The proceedings were covered by Public Broadcasting Service station WTTW, who reported the victim, referred to as Jane Doe, was sexually assaulted in June 2019. Doe alleges she was then coerced by a correctional officer into withdrawing her claim, which led to her being punished for having filed a false report under the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Doe's alleged assailant is named as Janiah Monroe, a transgender inmate who identifies as female but has male genitalia. According to WTTW, Monroe and another transgender inmate recently sued the Illinois Department of Corrections, demanding transfers to women's facilities. Monroe, formerly known as Andre Patterson, had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attempted murder of a government employee, before receiving an additional 20 years for murdering a cellmate after being imprisoned.

Propaganda

'This should go well': Trolling and worry as Twitter reveals plan to flag 'lies & misinformation'

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Twitter is experimenting with features that will supposedly help identify tweets containing lies with community help, but the social media giant's track record of bias and questionable banning standards has users concerned.

Tweets that spread "lies" or "misinformation" will be highlighted for users with a bright-colored warning that is nearly the same size as the offending post, according to a report from NBC News. The changes are supposedly part of a policy revamp at Twitter, scheduled to go into effect next month.


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Bizarro Earth

UN: 14 children among at least 22 dead in Cameroon massacre

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Armed men carried out the killings on Friday in the village of Ntumbo in the Northwest Region.

As many as 22 villagers, including 14 children, were found dead in the anglophone area of Cameroon, the United Nations said, with an opposition party blaming the killings on the army.

Armed men carried out the massacre on Friday in the village of Ntumbo in the Northwest Region, James Nunan, a local official with the UN's humanitarian coordination agency OCHA, told AFP news agency.

"Up to 22 civilians were killed, including a pregnant woman," Nunan said, adding 14 children - including nine under age five - were among the dead.

Eleven of the children were girls, said Nunan, head of OCHA's office for the Northwest and Southwest regions, which are home to the West African country's large English-speaking minority.

One eyewitness, who spoke to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals, confirmed the massacre and said he helped bury 21 bodies in "four graves in four different compounds" with the help of an associate.

Comment: More information suggests that the massacre was some kind of state-sponsored false flag including the bogus sounding reasons the government gives for the killings like it being "an accident":
"It was quite simply an unfortunate accident, the collateral result of security operations in the region," Atonfack said in a statement.

He said four soldiers and two gendarmes had been carrying out nighttime reconnaissance on foot near a home that had been "transformed into a fortress" with a stockpile of weapons.

They came under heavy fire, and exchanges caused "several containers of fuel to explode, followed by a blaze which spread several neighbouring homes", Atonfack said.

Defense Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rene Claude Meke said told state broadcaster CRTV the military has been professional in its fight against the separatists.

"We need of the support of the population in these difficult moments," he said. "They should come to us, inform us and strictly respect orders and advice we give to them so that this crisis which has overstayed should come to an end."

Aid workers narrate what happened

[...] Bruno Ngeh, a 38-year-old teacher who escaped the attack, said he lost many family members including his wife's aunt and her eight children. He said the military was responsible for the killings.

"Little babies, pregnant women were killed. How do you explain this?" he asked. "They never knew that they will be killed in their sleep by the very military that is supposed to protect them."

A resident who wanted to remain anonymous told AFP by phone that 35 bodies had been recovered and the army was to blame.

The Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), one of the two main opposition parties, blamed "these crimes" mainly on the regime and the head of the security forces.

A key figure in the separatist movement, lawyer Felix Agbor Mballa, in a Facebook post also accused "state defence forces" of carrying out the killings.

Samuel Ikome Sako, who calls himself interim president of the Republic of Ambazonia, the state claimed by the separatists, blamed the military for the deaths of civilians.

"Our own people are living in forests like animals," he said. "This is wickedness, this is genocide going on. We are losing hundreds per day." [...]



Eye 1

China seeks help of its tech giants to track coronavirus with QR codes

On Wednesday, Alipay, the payment app operated by Alibaba's financial division Ant Financial, released a feature in collaboration with the government that assigns a coloured QR code representing the health of residents in China's Hangzhou.
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Localities are increasingly relying on neighbourhood committees, often at the level of residential compounds, to track infections.
China's government is enlisting the help of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd to expand colour-based systems for tracking individuals affected with the coronavirus nationwide.

On Wednesday, Alipay, the payment app operated by Alibaba's financial division Ant Financial, released a feature in collaboration with the government that assigns a coloured QR code representing the health of residents in Hangzhou.

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NPC

Hollywood will now 'spellcheck' its scripts and advertising for lack of diversity

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The US film and TV industry's latest answer to its lack of diversity is 'Spellcheck for Bias,' a tool several Hollywood studios plan to use to help increase positive portrayals of Latinos on the big and small screen.

'Beetlejuice' actress Geena Davis has partnered with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group to try out the new program, which was developed by Davis' Institute on Gender in Media and USC's Viterbi School of Engineering.

The tool supposedly breaks down diversity in material such as scripts and advertising briefs by scanning for mentions of LGBTQ, race, and disabilities, and then identifying how positively such things are portrayed.

Star of David

How Jewish-American pedophiles hide from justice in Israel

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It's a tense stakeout, waiting for Jimmy Julius Karow to appear. He is a wanted man and is considered dangerous. Accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Oregon in 2000, he fled to Israel before authorities in the U.S. could apprehend him or figure out where he went. Karow has been running from U.S. law enforcement ever since. Currently INTERPOL, an inter-governmental policing organization that works with 194 countries, has a Red Notice to alert police worldwide that he's a fugitive.

Two years after he fled the U.S., Karow was convicted by an Israeli court of child molestation in a separate case. He served time and was released. Now another alleged Israeli victim has come forward, saying he began abusing her when she was 5-years-old, and continued for years.

Karow has successfully evaded authorities by moving between communities in Israel for almost two decades, and he is not alone.

A widespread problem

A CBS News investigation has found that many accused American pedophiles flee to Israel, and bringing them to justice can be difficult.

Jewish Community Watch (JCW), an American organization that tracks accused pedophiles, has been trying for years to find Karow and help bring him to justice.

Comment: As bad as this is, it's not the worst of it. Child trafficking and pedophiles in or originating in Israel are rampant. One example:


Shopping Bag

Cry a river for penny-pinching firms moaning that Brits will get jobs now that Brexit has locked door for unskilled EU workers

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As the UK government unveils its points-based system, putting an end to open door EU immigration for good, British firms who overdosed on unskilled, cheap labour now need to face up to a new reality, and they are not happy.

With the bold announcement of details about a points-based system for migrants wishing to come to live and work in the UK, Home Secretary Priti Patel may have caused some uproar, but this was a festering wound of an issue that needed to be cauterised.

While the liberals are claiming that the UK has pulled the drawbridge up on migration, the more accurate view is that the sun has set on the day of low-skilled, non-English speaking immigration — for now.

Well, partly. Because while those attempting to come to Britain legally face a far higher barrier to entry than previously, there will still be lorries packed with Vietnamese migrants sneaking through East Anglian ports, students overstaying their study visas and extended families exploiting lax reunion laws that need to be addressed.

Biohazard

Make no mistake: Burger King's vaunted 'real food' burger without additives will still KILL YOU

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Burger King is the latest fast food brand trying to distract from its role in growing our waistlines, by virtue-signaling about what's not in its food. But all the misdirection in the world can't spare it a nutritional reckoning.

The chain unveiled an ad earlier this week, showing time-lapse footage of a Whopper growing moldy over a month to tout the removal of artificial preservatives from its signature item.

With health-conscious consumers shying away from the unchecked gluttony Burger King and its ilk once celebrated - remember the Carl's Jr. "thickburger," the cheeseburger that somehow included a hot dog and potato chips in the burger, and KFC's "DoubleDown," the bacon and cheese sandwich in which fried chicken is used instead of bacon? - fast-food chains are having an existential crisis.

Bullseye

Workplaces are imperfect, but they don't need Orwellian 'thought police' tech to enforce inclusivity

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In an effort to quash any 'implicit biases' that may be lurking inside of the Western workplace, researchers are busy as beavers creating smart devices to 'ensure equality' across the board. What could possibly go wrong?

Despite numerous warnings from the world of science fiction about the dangers of a dystopian future, researchers are committed to introducing technologies that seem destined to enslave humanity like never before. And these new state-of-the-art devices do not require rusty iron shackles, but rather the invisible chains of political correctness.

That much seemed clear from the announcement of a $1.5 million project where a research team from Northeastern University will spend the next three years building a machine that aims to ensure the "equal inclusion of all team members" in any organization. The project is funded by a grant from the US Army Research Laboratory.

I repeat, what could possibly go wrong?

Binoculars

Prince Andrew told 'reveal what you know' as he faces fresh demand to 'tell FBI everything' about Epstein

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Prince Andrew on 19 January 2020.
Prince Andrew faces a fresh demand to tell the FBI "everything" about paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.

The embattled Duke of York has been told "step up...reveal what you know" after it emerged he visited a second tycoon facing child sex charges.

Andrew reportedly stayed in Peter Nygard's mansion in the Bahamas with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in 2000.

The billionaire tycoon, 77, is accused of raping 10 teens but strongly denies the allegations and there is no suggestion Andrew knew of his alleged criminality.

But in the wake of the new claims, Lisa Bloom - the lawyer for Epstein's victims - has urged Andrew to speak to the FBI, the Mirror reports.

She said: "Now, more than ever, it is essential that you co-operate. Victims are crying out for justice. Hear their voices."

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