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More than a dozen killed in fireworks explosion at religious festival in northern India

Fireworks
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A religious festival in India's northern state of Punjab has ended in tragedy as a trolley carrying fireworks was set ablaze and exploded, killing over a dozen people.

The blast rocked a "nagar kirtan" Sikh religious procession near Pahu village in the Tarn Taran district on Saturday.

Fireworks were an essential part of the festivities, but at some point the sparks landed on a trolley, which carried a large load of pyrotechnics, causing it to explode.

Eye 1

Blacklist Valley: How Big Tech reshapes politics by censoring conservative ideas

big tech and politics
For better or worse, social media is the new public square. Of adults, 68% use Facebook, 73% use YouTube, and a quarter use Twitter. The numbers are much higher for adults under 50. Two-thirds of adults and roughly 4 in 5 under 50 use social media to consume news. Three-quarters of Facebook users are on the site every day, and Twitter users have a disproportionate influence on the media because so many journalists are on the service.

The size and scale of social media companies exploded primarily because they presented themselves as open platforms — blank slates. Google, Facebook, and Twitter all characterized their products as engines for social improvement. "We think of Twitter as the global town hall," said former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. "We are the free speech wing of the free speech party."

Costolo was Twitter's chief executive from 2010 until 2015 and the immediate predecessor of current CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter's general manager in the United Kingdom, Andy Yang, likewise described Twitter as the "free speech wing of the free speech party" in March 2012. Google became a multibillion-dollar company by offering a portal for free, unrestricted information to anyone with access to the internet; famously, its original motto was "Don't be evil." An internal Facebook memo circulated in June 2016 stated that at Facebook, "we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good."

Bizarro Earth

'Deal of the century' is more than just apartheid

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A Palestinian stands on his property overlooking the Israeli settlement Har Homa, West Bank, February 18, 2011.
A week into the official unveiling of the Trump Administration's "Deal of the Century," there is no lack of analysis of how this "vision for peace to prosperity" legitimizes Israel's numerous crimes, while fulfilling the country's aspirations for acceptance into the region. And as we denounce this vision, it must be emphasized that it does not propose much that is novel, as much as it merely sets up an official, contractual framework for transgressions that are already "facts on the ground."

The annexation of Jerusalem and declaring it the capital of Israel, the denial of the Palestinian refugees' Right of Return, Israel's control of all Palestinian borders, including the Gaza Strip's maritime borders, the annexation of West Bank settlements, Palestinian demilitarization, the setting up of regional alliances, and putting an end to BDS, are not a bold "vision" as much as a long-standing reality, which Trump wants Palestinians to officially agree to. (Or else what? Gaza is already unlivable, BDS criminalized, protestors in the Great March of Return are shot on sight, while refugees in the global diaspora are denied return). In other words, the plan does not propose apartheid, it seeks to formalize it.

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Blackbox

If conversion therapy is bad, why is sex reassignment good?

conversion therapy
One trick of LGBT activists is changing the meaning of words.

We see this in the way LGBT activists celebrate sex reassignment as gender affirmation but condemn conversion therapy as sex reassignment.

Let's imagine there is a 6 year-old boy named Johnny and Johnny experiences gender dysphoria. He says he wants to be a girl. The science shows that in at least 80% of the cases, gender dysphoria eventually goes away on it's own. So if Johnny and his parents do nothing, the odds are that by the time Johnny goes through puberty, his gender dysphoria will go away.

However, if a therapist or doctor were to help Johnny get over his gender dysphoria and counsel him in a way that helped him identify as a boy this would be described as "conversion therapy."

In several states, it's illegal.

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Health

Jordan Peterson goes to Russia for emergency treatment after 4 weeks in ICU

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The Canadian professor's health sparked concerns just months ago, when he had to check into rehab to take himself off an anti-anxiety drug that caused adverse effects and made him suicidal.

Jordan Peterson has made a "desperate" decision to seek drug detox treatment in Russia after several failed attempts at North American hospitals.

His daughter Mikhaila said in a video from Russia that Peterson had been prescribed a low dose of benzodiazepine "a few years ago" to treat anxiety caused by a severe autoimmune response to food (in an earlier video, she identified it as clonazepam, a type of medication of the benzodiazepine class). Jordan had also adopted Mikhaila's all-beef diet, which he said fixed some of his health problems.

However, his anxiety apparently grew stronger after his wife of 30 years, Tammy, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the dose of the drug was increased last April. That lead to the professor suffering from "both a physical dependency and a paradoxical (opposite to the intended effect) reaction to the medication," Mikhaila recounted.

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Question

Twitterati report widespread outage & share conspiracies

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Downdetector report on Twitter outages, February 7, 2020
Was it #Vindman or #PetesBillionaires?

With rumors swirling around the White House's dismissal of #Resistance hero Lt.Col. Alexander Vindman and the deep-pocketed figures behind Democratic frontrunner Pete Buttigieg, Twitter has mysteriously gone AWOL for some.


Over 11,000 users reported Twitter outages on Friday evening, according to DownDetector - just as conversations about #Resistance poster-boy and Ukrainian-American impeachment witness Vindman had shifted from "will he be fired?" to "OMG he's being escorted from the White House!"

Beer

Shock after alcohol flows from kitchen taps in Kerala, India

Alcohol contaminated water
© JOSHY MALIYEKKAL
Drinking water reeking of alcohol started flowing out of the apartment taps
Residents of an apartment building in southern India were left in shock after a mix of beer, brandy and rum started gushing out of their taps.

The smelly, brown liquid began flowing from kitchen taps in the block of flats, in Kerala, on Monday morning.

Bemused residents then contacted the authorities for help, and discovered their water well had been contaminated by officials - albeit accidentally.

Heart - Black

Political correctness gone too far? Grooming gangs and indifferent UK police

UK paedophile news clippings
Victoria Agoglia was reported missing 136 times between February and September 2002. Whenever she returned to her residential care home she was thought to be drunk or to have taken drugs. Staff at the home were aware of a "pimp" who appeared to be in his mid-twenties and who was thought to have been supplying her with drugs. "No attempts were made to verify his age," one reported. Victoria told her social worker that she had been injected with heroin by an older man. This information was not relayed to the police. Astonishingly, Victoria's "drugs worker" thought an appropriate course of action was to make the girl agree to smoke rather than inject heroin. Within two months, Victoria was dead after a 50-year-old man injected her with the drug.

This tragic and appalling case is detailed in a new review of "the effectiveness of multi-agency responses to child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester." As in similar cases in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere, there were numerous victims and the perpetrators were Pakistani-Muslim. As on other occasions, the authorities did not respond to the discovery that the offenses were taking place with anything resembling appropriate force.

Comment: Criminal investigations into high profile British celebrities implicated in these pedophilia scandals, including Prince Andrew, Jimmy Savile. and others, have, for the most part, been prevented and then covered up by the establishment:
Following allegations that British celebrity and former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile had violated hundreds of children and adults over the span of his lengthy career ("Giving Victims a Voice" organization reported that over 400 people had filed complaints against Savile), allegations of a Westminster pedophile ring possibly involving many well-known MPs have surfaced.

In July 2014 Peter Mckelvie, a whistleblower who kicked off UK police pedophile probe Operation Fernbridge, disclosed a list compiled by police of current and former politicians suspected of participating in the child sex abuse.

He revealed that as many as 40 British MPs and peers either knew about or took part in the Westminster "pedophile ring."
Is political correctness used as a cover to safeguard the British establishment's crimes of pedophilia, leaving the helpless victims to suffer?

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Dicamba goes on trial: The history behind Monsanto's friendship-wilting weed killer

Farmers
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The growing use of dicamba-based herbicides has become a divisive topic among farmers in the Midwest. The first dicamba-related lawsuit heads to federal court Monday.
Five years ago, the owner of Missouri's largest peach farm started noticing damage to his orchard. A year later, Bader Farms estimated a loss of more than 30,000 trees.

A lawsuit filed by the farm in 2016 alleges Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, and herbicide maker BASF Corp. are to blame because the weed killer drifted from other fields. Both companies deny the allegations.

That suit, which seeks $21 million in damages, will be heard in federal court starting Monday in Cape Girardeau. It will be the first of several dicamba-related suits against the corporations to go to trial.

Weed scientist Aaron Hager has been watching the dispute play out in the fields as more farmers plant dicamba-resistant seeds.

Light Saber

Project Veritas founder: 'Never in a million years would Twitter take down posts from an NYT reporter'

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James O'Keefe
James O'Keefe, who had his account locked down after tweeting about Bernie Sanders's staffers, told RT the reason he was hit so hard by Twitter's online minders is that he doesn't come from an established, corporate publisher.

O'Keefe, a conservative activist and founder of investigative outlet Project Veritas, was targeted by social media censors earlier this month, when he sent a tweet to Dave Weigel of the Washington Post, asking him to remove a "factually inaccurate bit of reporting" on Sanders staffers Kyle Jurek and Martin Weissgerber.

The two were called "volunteers" in the Post article which covered Project Veritas's #Expose2020 Sanders campaign. The designation didn't sit well with O'Keefe, who insisted that both Jurek and Weissgerber "are still paid employees of Bernie Sanders' campaign."

Comment: James O'Keefe is certainly an equal opportunity gadfly. Some of Project Veritas' wide range of work, stemming from those who were brave enough to gather information we would otherwise never know: