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Packed crowd in south Florida welcomes Trump for another massive rally

Comment: US national media either ignored or bashed this event, while even local media pooh-poohed it, but the 4-year-old trend of Trump speaking to sell-out crowds at large venues demonstrates that he is far and away the most popular leader the US has had for decades...

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President Trump rocks the house, again
President Donald Trump's supporters outside his "homecoming" rally at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Tuesday took the theme to heart, grilling hot dogs from the backs of trucks and sunning themselves on patriotic-themed lawn chairs like they were attending a block party for their famous new Florida neighbor.

Comment: Indeed, in addition to the capacity crowd of 22,000 inside the arena, an overflow crowd of several thousand more watched the event on a big screen outside.

But when the doors opened for supporters to start filing into the arena, they ditched their chairs in piles throughout the parking lot — or, in some cases, returned them to a rental table — and headed into the center en masse for the campaign rally.

Comment: That was yesterday. Today, Trump tweeted this:

Bad Guys

Prince Andrew met with Jeffrey Epstein's 'madam' Ghislaine Maxwell for secret summit at Buckingham Palace

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visits Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany on June 3, 2014.
Prince Andrew secretly met Ghislaine Maxwell inside Buckingham Palace — two weeks after her paedo ex Jeffrey Epstein was placed under new investigation by US cops.

The Duke of York admitted in his "car crash" Newsnight interview that he saw Maxwell during the summer, but denied discussing Epstein. But we can reveal the long-term pals met inside Andrew's private Palace quarters on June 6.

The choice of venue — the inner sanctum of the monarchy — raises fresh questions over the Duke's judgment and piles more embarrassment on the Queen.

A source said: "Andrew's arrogance is breathtaking. To invite a woman accused of such serious wrongdoing into the heart of the Royal Family simply beggars belief."


'Sexist and condescending'? UK police warn women not to go out alone at night

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A woman walks along a high street near a bus stop in Dagenham, east London, Britain, March 18, 2019. Picture taken March 18, 2019.
A police force has been accused of 'victim blaming' after issuing a 'condescending' warning to women not to go out alone at night.

Nottinghamshire Police was accused of being 'stuck in the 1980s', after publishing the advice on its Facebook page.

In the post, women were warned that they ran the risk of being harassed or even attacked if they ventured out alone after dark.

Comment: This is true, isn't it?

Instead they were advised to ensure they were accompanied by somebody else, even if they were just popping to the shops.

Comment: Sensible advice. You lower the risks of being attacked if you're not alone.

Critics expressed concern at both the sentiment and the language of the post and said it made it seem as if women were to blame when they were attacked.

Comment: "Don't travel to a war zone, you might get killed."

"How insulting! If I want to go to a war zone and killed, that's MY choice, and it's the killer's fault, not mine! How dare you blame the victim!"

Helen Voce, chief executive of Nottingham Women's Centre, said it was an extraordinary message to come from the police.

She said: "It felt like a 1980s thing; it is so condescending, blaming women for going out and it's so sexist about us coming back from the shops.

"I think it makes women feel like it's their fault and that's ridiculous."

Comment: There's one thing ridiculous in this article so far, and it happens to be Helen Voce. What is it about people completely losing their common sense in the name of feminist ideology? Yes, if a woman gets attacked, it is the attacker who is to blame. Does that mean women shouldn't take common-sense approaches to avoid putting themselves at risk? Apparently! It's more important to be a righteous victim - even a dead one - and make a point, than it is to be smart and take steps to avoid becoming a victim in the first place. But by all means, go out alone with complete disregard for the dangers involved, as long as you don't care about becoming another statistic.


Vancouver, Washington: Gunman injures 2 women in school parking lot, shoots himself after police chase

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The Sarah J. Anderson Elementary school in Vancouver, Washington.
An assailant opened fire in the parking lot of an elementary school in Vancouver, Washington, leaving two women injured, before fleeing the scene in a police chase and ultimately turning the gun on himself.

Police responded to calls of gunfire at the Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, where they found two wounded victims, who were brought to a hospital, though their condition is unknown.

Comment: Gun incidents and schools seem to be a pairing that gets the most public attention and outrage, random or not.


Turkish Defense Ministry reports 17 killed in car bomb attack near Syrian border city

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Ras al Ain, Syria
A car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia has killed 17 people and wounded at least 20 in outside Ras al-Ain in Syria, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.

The blast rocked a small village of Tel Halef, just outside a major city on Syria's border with Turkey and Ankara slammed the YPG - a Kurdish group it considers terrorist - for "continuing its car bombings aimed at civilians" in a tweet.

Footage and photos appearing to show the aftermath of the blast depicts scattered fires, people running and victims lying on makeshift stretchers.

Comment: If - as the Turks have been saying all along - it turns out the Kurds are behind the uptick in terrorist atrocities against civilians along the Syrian-Turkish border, what does that say for all the Western bleeding-heart liberals gushing about defending the 'cuddly Kurds' from those evil dictators Putin, Erdogan, Trump and Assad?


Two men planning terror attack with 'bomb vests and car bombs' arrested in Netherlands, police say

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Dutch police have arrested two men suspected of planning to carry out a terrorist attack "before the end of the year" after a tip-off from intelligence services prompted an investigation.

In a statement on Tuesday, prosecutors said the two men from Zoetermeer, 20 and 34, wanted to use bomb vests and car bombs in the attack. It is not clear what the intended target was, Dutch media cites law enforcement.

The National Police Unit began a criminal investigation in early October after a warning from the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) said that the men were planning a jihadist attack.


PETA mocked over demand for University of Georgia to retire 'miserable' bulldog mascot

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The militant animal rights group PETA has called for the retirement of University of Georgia's bulldog mascot, posting a video supposedly showing him looking miserable. The message backfired among the offended Dawgs fans.

"He looks miserable," tweeted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Monday, posting a video of Uga X at a rainy-day football game. Uga was sitting dry in a dog house while people around him endured the wet and cold weather.

"Animals are NOT mascots," PETA said, calling for Uga to be given to a "loving family" and released "immediately." Needless to say, Bulldogs fans were not amused.

"Does... Does PETA think UGA lives at Sanford stadium?" one Twitter user commented, while another pointed out the bulldog was in a "heated and dry dog house with a sweater on while every human around him is soaking wet and freezing."

Che Guevara

Western media excited about 'new Iran revolution', but polls tell a different story about protests

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Data from two foreign polls tell a very different story about protests in Iran. The economy is tough, but a majority of Iranians back their government's security initiatives and reject domestic upheaval.

On November 15, angry Iranians began pouring onto the streets to protest sudden news of a 50% fuel price hike. A day later, peaceful demonstrations had largely dissipated, replaced instead by much smaller crowds of rioters who burned banks, gas stations, buses and other public and private property. Within no time, security forces hit the streets to snuff out the violence and arrest rioters, during which an unconfirmed number of people on both sides died.

Western commentators tried in vain to squeeze some juice out of the short-lived protests. "Iranian protesters strike at the heart of the regime's legitimacy," declared Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution. France 24 asked the question, is this "a new Iranian revolution?" And the LA Times slammed Iran's "brutal crackdown" against its people.

They grasped for a geopolitical angle too: protests in neighboring Lebanon and Iraq that were based almost entirely on popular domestic discontent against corrupt and negligent governments, began to be cast as a regional insurrection against Iranian influence.


Asia is facing a food crisis and needs another $800 billion in the next 10 years to solve it

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Villagers plant rice in a field
Asia is "unable to feed itself" — and needs to invest another $800 billion in the next 10 years to produce more food and meet the region's needs, according to a report.

The population in Asia is growing, and consumers are demanding safer, healthier, and more sustainable food.

Food spending will more than double — from $4 trillion in 2019 to over $8 trillion by 2030, said the Asia Food Challenge Report which was released last week.

"If this investment does not materialise, we believe the industry will struggle to keep up with demand, resulting in poorer food outcomes for Asia's population," according to the authors of the report which was compiled by PwC, Rabobank, and Singapore investment firm Temasek.


Roger Waters: Detention of lawyer taking on big oil 'a dark day for American jurisprudence'

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Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has blasted a New York court for extending human rights lawyer Steven Donziger's house arrest. Donziger had won a landmark lawsuit against oil firm Chevron, but is accused of fraud and bribery.

Waters has long supported lawyer Steven Donziger in his efforts to prosecute oil giant Chevron for alleged pollution of indigenous land in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Chevron was slapped with a $9.5 billion penalty by an Ecuadorian judge in 2011, but has since accused Donziger of using bribery, fraud and extortion to sway the Ecuadorian judgment.

Speaking on Tuesday after a Manhattan court extended Donziger's house arrest, the Pink Floyd frontman accused Judge Loretta Preska of being "in the pocket of Chevron." Judge Preska deemed Donziger a flight risk and extended his house arrest, even though his passport had already been confiscated by the government.