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Sewer blockage pushes waste into 300 New York City homes

Flooded house
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In this photo provided by Cynthia McKenvie is sewage backup that flooded her home.
A blocked sewer main flooded basements Saturday with brown filth and left residents in the neighborhood near New York City's Kennedy Airport feeling sickened by the stench.

A water condition caused the backup, pushing human waste into about 300 homes in Jamaica, Queens, officials said.

Cynthia McKenzie said she woke up around 3 a.m. to an odor she thought was a gas leak, only to realize that sewage water was rushing into her basement.

As the water level rose, McKenzie said she raced to move furniture and other belongings — but some electronics couldn't be saved. After a few hours, she said, her whole neighborhood was awash in fetid fluid.

Star of David

Thousands of protesters in Tel Aviv demand Netanyahu's resignation

Estimated 5,000 demonstrators gather in Habima Square bearing signs reading 'Strong democracy, strong Israel,' days after premier's supporters hold tense rally in city
netanyahu protest
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Left-wing activists protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to resign, at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, on November 30, 2019
Thousands of demonstrators demanded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation at a Saturday protest in Tel Aviv.

The protesters gathered in the city's Habima Square bearing signs with slogans including "Netanyahu, resign, Israel is more important," and "Strong democracy, strong Israel."

Some 5,000 people were present for the start of the rally, the Ynet news site reported. Israel's Channel 12 estimated that at least 6,000 people were at the gathering.

One protester, a resident of Jerusalem, told Ynet (Hebrew) that he came to the demonstration to "tell the most cowardly prime minister we've ever had that I think he needs to resign and go plead his case in court. Other than that, I don't want to hear anything about him."

Another protester said she was at the demonstration because she was "sick of the corruption."

Comment: Demanding Netanyahu's resignation, even if not for all the right reasons, is the moral thing to do in any circumstances. But from what we have seen from the plethora of officials parading in Israel's positions of power up to now, no change in government will bring the relief and justice that the Palestinians so rightly deserve.

For example: 'A Netanyahu on steroids' describes what a Gantz leadership means for Palestine
or The retired accused war criminal replacing Bibi: Meet Benny Gantz
or Avigdor Lieberman wants to give war a chance
or Israeli FM Lieberman: Behead Arabs disloyal to Israel
or Psychopath Avigdor Lieberman: Israel needs to conquer and thoroughly cleanse Gaza Strip


Stabbing attack injures 3 minors on busy shopping street in the Hague - 'No indication of terrorism' say media - UPDATE: suspect arrested

hague stabbing
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Police cordon off a street in Den Haag following a stabbing
Three people have been injured in a stabbing attack in The Hague. The incident took place on a busy shopping street in the center of the city.

Police are still on the lookout for the attacker, who struck at the heart of the city's shopping district during the Black Friday rush.

The suspect is described as a lightly colored man, between 45 and 50 years old, dressed in a gray tracksuit. In the Netherlands, "lightly colored" usually refers to a person of North African or Middle Eastern descent.

Videos shared on social media showed crowds of panicked shoppers screaming and fleeing from the scene of the attack, as police arrived and cordoned off the street.

Comment: Footage collated by RT:

Further RT reports that there's 'no indication of terrorism' nor of any motive, the victims of the attack were all minors and the suspect is still on the loose:
The three people injured in the stabbing spree on the Hague's busy shopping street are all minors, the police have said. They haven't confirmed or denied the suspect's link to terrorism, while media reports claimed there is none.

"All three victims of the stabbing at Grote Marktstraat are minors. We are in contact with their families," the Hague police have tweeted, without elaborating.

The latest statements suggest that the Dutch police are still looking for the suspect, described as a man in his late forties, and described as someone of North African or Middle Eastern descent.

No information on the suspect's motive has been shared.

However, the Dutch national broadcaster NOS has claimed that "at this moment there is no indication of a terrorist motive," citing its own sources.

Witness accounts and footage from the Hague's commercial district reveal scenes of panic, as people fled down the street. Several clips have been shot by a 16-year-old Emma Evers, who is apparently unrelated to the injured minors.

"I took this video, when I realized something was happening i started running and I was in panic because I couldn't find my mom," Evers tweeted in comments to her videos, adding that they reunited and ran inside a the shopping center thereafter.
A map of other incidents that occurred around Europe yesterday was shared on Twitter:

europe snapshot stabbing

UPDATE: 1st December 2019 @ 15:30 CET

RT reports the suspect has been arrested but the motive is still unclear:
Police in the Dutch city of The Hague have arrested a 35-year-old homeless man, suspected of stabbing three minors on a busy shopping street in the city. He has been taken to a police station for questioning.

Police announced the arrest on Saturday evening. The man, reportedly of Middle Eastern or North African descent allegedly stabbed three minors in a department store during the Black Friday sales rush.

The suspect escaped following the attack, triggering a citywide police manhunt.

The attacker's motives remain unclear. Police have not yet ruled out terrorism, but media reports suggest that "there is no indication" of an extremist link.
It's notable that, while not directly related, there are similarities to a story from October, in Manhattan, where four homeless men were bludgeoned to death by another homeless man.


Sonic boom wakes thousands of residents, shakes houses, as RAF jets scramble to intercept unresponsive aircraft near London

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THOUSANDS across London and the Home Counties were woken by a "massive bang" today which was caused by a sonic boom.

Brits based in Cambridge, Hertfordshire and across North London reported hearing what they initially believed to be an explosion.

But Met Police has since confirmed the noise, which rattled residents at around 4.20am, was caused by a sonic boom from fighter jets.

RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled to intercept a Boeing 767-300 after the plane "lost communication".

Comment: Heavy.com reports:
A similar situation occurred in June 2019, when military aircraft caused loud bangs that were heard across Essex, as BBC reported. The noise sparked lots of emergency calls, according to police. Residents reported feeling their houses shake after the sound was heard in Harlow, Epping, Chelmsford and Stansted. The sound was due to two RAF Typhoon jets escorting a Jet2 flight to land because a 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and endangering an aircraft, according to the publication. The situation also led to minor flight delays for other flights.

The sonic boom heard across north London follows the terrorist attack at Fishmongers' Hall near London Bridge the day before. The attack left two dead and three injured, according to Heavy.
See also: The MoD later confirmed:

RAF sonic boom

Heart - Black

Another charred body found in Hyderabad, India - Self-immolation suspected

Cyderbabd Police
Cyberabad police speaking to media on Friday.
Within hours of Cyberabad police cracking the gangrape and murder of the veterinary doctor in Shamshabad, officials received word of another woman's burnt body being found barely five km from the spot of the gangrape of the vet.

Police commissioner VC Sajjanar told TOI that prima facie it seems to be a case of self-immolation which has nothing to do with the gangrape and murder. The second body was found engulfed in flames adjacent to a small temple in Shamshabad area.

Locals returning from a Telugu film shooting told police that they noticed flames near the Ayyappa temple on the road to Siddulagutta at around 8.30pm. When they got close, they realised that it as a woman's body on fire.

They tried to douse the flames with clothes hanging nearby but couldn't as they flames were intense. Officials said a matchbox and a partially burned plastic can were found near the body. The place was smelling of kerosene.

Comment: Telangana: Second woman found burnt likely committed suicide, say police
According to police sources, initial investigation into the death of the 35-year-old woman indicated that she committed suicide by self immolation. Police claimed she was suffering with mental health problems. Her charred body was found at a deserted place on Siddulagutta road.

Police sources said the CCTV footage recovered showed the woman walking towards the temple on Friday evening carrying a plastic bag, containing a bottle with apparently gasoline inside.

"It preliminarily appears to be suicide as per the burn injuries and the scene of offence observed so far. However, further information would be given after post-mortem report (is received) and her identity is established after looking at CCTV footage further. But, it preliminarily appears to be suicide as per available CCTV visuals and the things found with her," a police official said.

An eyewitness noticed the woman siting at the temple and crying. Police sources added that the woman was also seen speaking in Hindi, which is why they suspect she was a north Indian.

The woman was found burning later, police sources said. However, other possibilities are also being probed, they added.

On Friday, the woman's body was moved to a government hospital for an autopsy. It is yet to be established if the woman was sexually assaulted or murdered.

A case has already been registered by the Samshabad police and all the angles are being investigated.


Antinatalism: Outside Magazine writer got a vasectomy because of climate change

Climate change giving up children
© Petra Stefankova
Wes Siler is Outside magazine's Indefinitely Wild columnist. He writes about "adventure-travel in the outdoors, the vehicles and gear that get us there, and the people we meet along the way." His bio says he lives in Montana with his partner Virginia McQueen, and their dogs, Wiley, Bowie, and Teddy. But one thing he, Virginia, and their trio of canines won't be sharing their residence with anytime soon is children. Why? As Siler notes in his recent piece for Outside magazine, he "got a vasectomy because of climate change." He shared that a couple of months before he and Virginia got engaged in June 2018, "a wildfire destroyed an entire town in California and another one wiped out sections of Malibu. Shortly after that, most of the Mississippi River basin flooded, something that might be the new normal, virtually eliminating the future for industrial agriculture throughout a region that produces much of this nation's food. And, of course, the whole Donald Trump thing has been going on."More from Siler's piece:

Comment: Not every body is convinced of the having fewer children as a solution to climate change.
Want to Help Fight Climate Change? Have More Children

Look at it this way: If progress on climate change is at all possible, someone will need to contribute to it. Aren't your potential children among the most likely people to do that? If nothing else, they have an above-average chance of voting for political remedies for the problem, given how you will raise and instruct them.

Alternatively, you might think that climate change is such a huge and terrible problem that even marginal improvements are unlikely, never mind a comprehensive solution. If that's the case, then you should just do what you want right now and forget about future considerations altogether — whatever you decide, it won't matter.

Then there is the matter of historical perspective. Parents had children in medieval times, or for that matter before antibiotics and vaccines. Of all the children who have ever existed, the vast majority have been born into pretty tough circumstances. It is part of the human condition — even as we struggle to improve our lot. Let's not give up by ceasing to have children.

Finally, leave aside the implausibility of these arguments and consider their assumptions. What you'll find is zero-sum thinking, negative value judgments about large families, and an attempt to use guilt and shame to steer social and environmental policy. I suspect that is why these arguments are finding some traction, not because they are the result of any careful cost-benefit calculations.


West Virginia corrections officer facing over 600 counts of child sex charges

James Cain
A West Virginia correctional officer is facing more than 600 counts of various sex charges after West Virginia State Police said he assaulted a young girl over a four year period.

James Cain, 48 of Salem, began sexually assaulting the girl when she was nine and continued until she was 13, state troopers said. Troopers collected several pieces of physical evidence at a home where the crimes are alleged to have occurred, according to court documents.

While being interviewed by investigators, Cain also admitted to sexually assaulting the victim, according to his criminal complaints. Cain also took photos of the victim while she was naked, troopers allege.

Cain is charged with 104 counts of first degree sexual assault; 208 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child; 104 counts of third-degree sexual assault; 208 counts of incest; and charges of use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct and sending, distributing, exhibiting, possessing, displaying or transporting material by a parent, guardian or custodian depicting a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Take 2

Just think of the US' endless wars as a constant string of increasingly derivative Hollywood sequels

US Air Force in Syria
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The US has reprised its crowd-pleasing anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria, the latest installment of the blockbuster War on Terror series of wars, which has convinced many Americans to back their country's overseas adventures.
SCENE: Mud-spattered beige MRAPs flying dust-stained American flags crest majestically over a hill in the middle of the Syrian desert, surrounded on all sides by sand and a bombed-out ruin here and there. Ominous music plays faintly in the background, but the mood is a triumphant one - no disaffected Kurds throwing rotten veggies at these proud sons of Uncle Sam! That's right - the US is back in Syria, and they're gonna get ISIS - again - and win back the hearts and minds of those Kurds. [end SCENE]
US CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie did his best to build up excitement for the latest episode in the long-running US vs ISIS series, encouraging Americans not to give up hope of a quality war even if the action in this particular installment starts out slow: "Over the next days and weeks, the pace will pick back up against remnants of ISIS," he told reporters last week from the middle of a security conference in Bahrain.


Democrats' new strategy to defeat Trump: Liberal media project adopts local journalism to sway voters

hand news
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A handful of Obama-era advisers and former journalists have launched a multi-million dollar 'media' platform mimicking real local news, to push a liberal agenda and spread anti-Trump content ahead of the 2020 vote.

For the Democrats, making sense of their loss to Donald Trump in 2016 has not been a straightforward issue. While hysterically laying blame on external actors, such as Russia, has been a convenient narrative, it has likely begun to dawn on these same Democrats that, at the end of the day, constantly blaming someone else is never going to win you an election.

Not to worry. Tara McGowan, the Democrats' "most dangerous digital strategist," has come up with a plan to counter Trump. However, in McGowan's eyes, addressing the problem posed by Trump requires the same shady tactics allegedly employed by Trump, which Democrats have spent years decrying.

Creating local newspapers to further political agenda

McGowan is the founder of a non-profit called Acronym, which launched in 2017 to assist Democratic candidates to better access digital marketing tools for their campaign. Acronym has launched various projects since then, the newest of which is called Courier Newsroom. With $25 million-worth of funding, Courier Newsroom has a plan to swing key voter states against Donald Trump in the upcoming election.

Comment: Will this work? There is potential. Americans who rely on MSM are not the ones who dig for truth in news, nor will they be any better at discernment in this political charade.


Bomb scare: Paris' Gare Du Nord railway station evacuation

Gare du Nord station
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Paris Gare du Nord Station
The Gare Du Nord train station in Paris was briefly evacuated after an alleged explosive device was discovered hidden inside an unattended bag, amid a heightened terrorism alert following stabbing attacks across Europe.

Scores of commuters were ordered to leave the station due to the suspicious unattended bag, following several false alarms earlier on Friday, the railway company SNCF said. Police provided few details, but have since given the all-clear.