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Is it misogynistic to buy your wife a $2k exercise bike? Just ask the BBC

© Youtube / Peloton
The latest Twitter storm to strike involves the maker of an exercise bike who dared to target women customers in online ad campaign.

Thank St Nicholas for the mainstream media and the army of Twitter feminists for saving men across the world from yet more accusations of being sexist pigs this Christmas.

Anyone thinking of wrapping an exercise bike in a ribbon and giving it to their female partner, family member or friend has been safely warned away from that unforgivable blunder.

Imagine Peloton trying to sell its exercise bicycles and online spin classes to women! What were they thinking? It's like shouting "you're fat and you're ugly" into the face of anyone who is lucky enough to be gifted one of their $2,000 exercise machines along with on-demand cycling programs.

The online advert featured a grateful owner of a Peloton bike making a video for her husband which shows how her health and fitness has changed over the course of one year, and saying: "A year ago, I didn't realise how much this would change me."

Tired of finding real people for whom they can take offense, some Twitter users are looking for fictional beings, actors, and actresses on YouTube adverts who will give them a reason to pump out guff on social media.

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India: Woman's charred body found in West Bengal's Malda; rape suspected

Demonstrators hold placards to protest against sexual assaults
Demonstrators hold placards to protest against sexual assaults women in Kolkata on December 4.
In a rerun of the Hyderabad veterinary doctor's murder, a young woman's charred body was found in a mango orchard in West Bengal's Malda district on Thursday, raising suspicion that she was raped and killed, a senior police officer said.

The body has suffered severe burns, making it difficult to ascertain the woman's identity, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Prasanta Debnath said.

Local farmers spotted the body in English Bazar Police Station area in the morning, following which they raised an alarm, the DCP, who visited the site along with Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria, said.

"Prima facie it seems that the victim is in her early 20s. Her body has several injury marks. We have sent it for post-mortem to Malda medical college," he said, adding that a probe has been initiated in the case.

Sources in the police department said that initial investigations indicated she was raped and strangulated to death and her body set on fire.

Comment: What the hell is going on in India that so many of these stories of kidnapping, rape and murder of women is occurring with such frequency?!

And only too seldom to do we here of one of these horrific attempts being prevented:
A dramatic car chase in Kolkata, India ended with the arrest of a man who had abducted a woman and tied her up in the back of his truck. The suspect has been charged with kidnapping and attempted rape.

Police were tipped off about the suspicious truck by a civic volunteer, who reportedly heard groans of a woman coming from the vehicle's cabin while patrolling on his motorcycle. The truck sped away when the volunteer patrolman tried to confront its driver.

A high speed chase ensued. Police struggled to keep up with the truck, which was zigzagging across lanes on a state highway. The suspect reportedly even tried to ram several police cars. But the police managed to overtake the truck at an intersection.

A woman in her mid-30s - reportedly deaf and mute - was found behind the driver's seat, with her hands and legs tied. She was taken to a local hospital for medical examination. Police believe the truck driver spotted her on the street and forced her into his vehicle.


Israeli police thwart ISIS terror attack in Jerusalem

police thwart ISIS
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Israel Police arrest two ISIS members in east Jerusalem.
Ahmed Jabbis, 21, and Basel Abidat, 19, were arrested based on concrete intelligence about their planned attacks.

Israel Police released footage on Wednesday of the arrests of two residents of the southeastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber who were indicted on terrorism charges in a Jerusalem court on Sunday after they allegedly planned terrorist attacks on military and civilian targets on behalf of Islamic State in Jerusalem on Independence Day.

"On the night of October 28, 2019, dozens of Border Police officers raided two houses simultaneously in the village of Jebl Mukaber," said an undercover Border Police officer who oversaw the operation. "This was a planned operation. We had information about the location of the accused, and as soon as conditions allowed, we detained them.

"According to the indictment, Jabbis and Abidat were active on ISIS-affiliated websites beginning in 2016, which spread the group's religious and political messages as well as provide instructions on how to assemble bombs to carry out attacks.

Comment: Considering the large amount of material and logistical support that groups like ISIS have received in Syria and Iraq from Israel, and considering that ISIS tends to apologize to Israel when their bombs mistakenly hit known Israeli positions inside of Syria, one wonders whether or not this whole story has been concocted, FBI-style, to further "legitimize" Israel's incarceration of its Arab/Palestinian population in the name of self defense.

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'Shadow banning' written into Twitter's new terms of service, may 'limit visibility' of some users

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© Reuters / Dado Ruvic
Twitter's new terms of service will allow the platform to "shadow ban" users - secretly suppressing their content. While critics have long suspected the company of doing it, the new rules appear to make the practice official.

Taking effect in January 2020, Twitter's new terms initially don't look like much to write home about, but some tweaks to the language could have larger repercussions for users, limiting their reach behind the scenes without their knowledge.

"We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you," the new terms state (emphasis added).

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Is race-based pricing a Canadian value?

VIA rail Canada
© The Canadian Press
Via Rail Canada offers discounts on train tickets to Indigenous people.
Via Rail's Indigenous ticketing policy is unprecedented, socially divisive and plainly unfair

Everyone loves a bargain. Senior discounts. Children discounts. Family rates. Special promotions of this sort are so common we barely notice them.

But what if instead of age or family situation, a company started offering discounts based on race? Would that seem fair or proper? It's not a hypothetical question.

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Why climate alarmism hurts us all

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Climate alarmism may be contributing to rising anxiety and depression among teenagers. (From left to right: Girl from Extinction Rebellion ad, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lauren Jeffrey, Emma Thompson, Ellie Goulding).
In July of this year, one of Lauren Jeffrey's science teachers made an off-hand comment about how climate change could be apocalyptic. Jeffrey is 17 years old and attends high school in Milton Keynes, a city of 230,000 people about 50 miles northwest of London.

"I did research on it and spent two months feeling quite anxious," she told me. "I would hear young people around me talk about it and they were convinced that the world was going to end and they were going to die."

In September, British psychologists warned of the impact on children of apocalyptic discussions of climate change. "There is no doubt in my mind that they are being emotionally impacted," one expert said.

Comment: You know the climate alarmists have gone too far when the IPCC is the voice of reason. Despite the fact that the entire anthropogenic global warming narrative is a complete scam, it's good to see that at least some within the movement, like the above author, are calling for cooler heads (pun intended).

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2 injured after blast rocks downtown Jakarta near presidential palace

© REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
Indonesian police officers stand guard following a blast at National Monument (Monas) complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 3, 2019.
An investigation has been launched into the incident. The explosion hit the area opposite the Ministry of Interior inside Indonesia's National Monument Park at around 7:20am local time on Tuesday morning.

A video has emerged on social media showing a man, his face and clothes covered in blood, lying motionless on the ground before slowly sitting up.

Two people were injured in the blast, local media reported. Both of them were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The site of the explosion, Indonesia's National Park - commonly referred to as Monas park - is located in front of the presidential palace, where military servicemen were reportedly performing an exercise at the time of the blast.

Comment: See also: Indonesian society splinters under conservative draft laws

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California cop caught fondling corpse

Police Body Camera
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A Los Angeles Police Department officer's body-worn camera caught the incident even though he turned it off, according to the LA Times.
A veteran Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after his body-worn camera captured him allegedly fondling a dead woman's breasts.

The officer, who is assigned to downtown's Central Division, was placed on leave once supervisors reviewed the footage during a random inspection, LAPD officials said.

The incident occurred when the officer and his partner responded to a call about a possible dead woman in a residential unit, sources said. Once the two officers determined the woman was dead, one officer returned to the patrol car to retrieve something. During that time, the accused officer turned off his body-worn camera and allegedly fondled the woman's breasts, LAPD officials said.

Although the officer deactivated the camera, a two-minute buffer on the device captured the incident. The department is also investigating the officer's work history.

"We immediately launched an administrative investigation once we learned about the incident," chief spokesman Josh Rubenstein said, "and we assigned the officer to home." He declined to comment further.

Assistant Chief Robert Arcos called the recording "very disturbing."

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file cops, called the allegations troubling.


Smile America! DHS to expand airport face recognition scans to include US citizens

DHS facial recognition
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Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving to and departing from the U.S. to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks.

In a filing, the department has proposed that all travelers, and not just foreign nationals or visitors, will have to complete a facial recognition check before they are allowed to enter the U.S., but also to leave the country.

Facial recognition for departing flights has increased in recent years as part of Homeland Security's efforts to catch visitors and travelers who overstay their visas. The department, whose responsibility is to protect the border and control immigration, has a deadline of 2021 to roll out facial recognition scanners to the largest 20 airports in the United States, despite facing a rash of technical challenges.

But although there may not always be a clear way to opt-out of facial recognition at the airport, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents — also known as green card holders — have been exempt from these checks, the existing rules say. Now, the proposed rule change to include citizens has drawn ire from one of the largest civil liberties groups in the country.

Comment: Are we sure they aren't doing this already? Don't we find out stuff after the fact? Will our collective 'opportunity to comment' prior to implementation make one pixel of difference?

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Google co-founders Brin, Page step down, Pichai takes over

google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the Stanford students who founded Google 21 years ago as a research project before transforming it into one of the world's most valuable companies, are stepping back from their day-to-day roles at tech holding company Alphabet, ending what is arguably the most successful management double-act in history. Sundar Pichai, who in 2015 became the CEO of Google, will also become the CEO of Alphabet.

In a public letter announcing the change, Mr Page and Mr Brin did not give specific reasons for stepping away from the company, instead painting it as a natural progression for Alphabet as it becomes a more mature company.
"Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost. While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents — offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!"

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