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Hunter Biden suspected of smoking crack in DC strip club's VIP room

Hunter and Joe Biden
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Hunter and Joe Biden
Hunter Biden was suspected of smoking crack inside a strip club where he dropped "thousands of dollars" during multiple visits — at the same time he held a seat on the board of a controversial Ukrainian natural gas company, The Post has learned.

The incident, which took place at Archibald's Gentlemen's Club in Washington, DC, late last year, represents the most recent alleged drug use by Biden, 49, who has acknowledged six stints in rehab for alcoholism and addiction that included a crack binge in 2016.

Workers at Archibald's, located about three blocks north of the White House, said Biden was a regular there, with two bartenders and a security worker all instantly recognizing his photo and one worker identifying him by name.


Comment: Hunter Biden is also being sued for paternity by a stripper at a separate club in DC. Apparently he frequented that club around the same time he was dating his brother's widow, with one source saying he was "well known."


Security worker Ranko Petrovic said Biden — the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic front-runner to challenge President Trump next year — would routinely hole up in a VIP room and drink during his visits.

People

Almost 50 percent of Sweden's homeless population is foreign-born - report

Sweden's homeless
© REUTERS/Bertil Ericson/TT News Agency
A damning new report suggests that Sweden's integration policies are failing migrants, who now account for almost 50 percent of the country's rising homeless population.

The average homeless person costs the Swedish state up to SEK 600,000 ($63,000) per year according to housing expert Linda Jonsson, who warned of an impending "economic and social crisis."

"It is mainly about new arrivals who have not been able to establish themselves and lack sufficient income," says Jonsson.

Jonsson predicted that some 2,700 migrants are likely to become homeless next year in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city.

According to a recent report by the construction company Veidekke, Sweden's total homeless population hovers around the 33,000 figure, which includes those in shelters, various forms of emergency accommodation as well as those sleeping rough on the streets and in public parks.

Family

Norwegian nightmare: 'Barnevernet' child welfare preys on children and parents

Barnevernet norway protest
One of the first things you notice about Norway when you visit is how beautiful it is. But there is a very dark side of Norway that most of the world knows nothing about. It's called Barnevernet, and it can be as cold and brutal as the Norwegian winter.

Barnevernet means "child welfare." It's Norway's network of local child protection service offices. But to its victims, Barnevernet means anything but protecting children.

'Barnevernet' Takes American Children

After moving to Norway from Atlanta for her husband's employment, American mother Natalya Shutakova's three American-born children were taken by Barnevernet two months ago for alleged child mistreatment.

Shutakova and her Lithuanian husband were jailed for 24 hours and told they could get two years in prison for discussing the case. They're waiting to hear if they will lose custody of their children for good. All three are American citizens.

Foreign Families at Special Risk

Foreigners living in Norway seem especially at risk of having their children taken by Barnevernet.

Video on YouTube shows police tackling Kai Kristiansen outside his home while his mother films it and pleads, "Would someone please help us. Barnevernet is here in our home and they're trying to take our son. I'm Canadian."

Barnvernet moved in after the Kristiansens started homeschooling Kai because he received death threats at school.

Comment: This is the hidden underbelly of "child services", but it's not just Norway (though things seem to be particularly bad there). Similar stories circulate of these sorts of things happening in the U.S. too.

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Car Black

'Ford v Ferrari': The return of masculine cinema

Ford v Ferrari
© Ford v Ferrari, 2019 (Twentieth Century Fox) Dir: James Mangold
Ford v Ferrari
[ERROR] The historical drama 'Ford v Ferrari' starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is lighting up the box office, but it really stands out because it celebrates two things Hollywood hates today: men and ambition.

'Ford v Ferrari' surprised just about everyone when it not only opened at the top of the US box office, but managed to blow past expectations and bring in a whopping $31.5 million. What makes such an opening surprising is that 'Ford v Ferrari' is not based on a comic book. It's not a reboot or attached to any franchise or fictional universe in any way. It doesn't even boast any shoutouts to fleeting social justice movements we always hear dropped in cringe trailers today.

Instead, it's a film based on an incredible true story about men who dared to dream big and were willing to put in the greasy leg work that needed to be done to make their dreams reality.

Matt Damon stars as Carroll Shelby, a retired driver recruited by Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) to win Team Ford the famous Le Mans race. Ford wants to stick it to Ferrari after an embarrassing negotiations loss.

Syringe

California parents flood school board meeting to demand parental rights sanctuary regarding vaccines and sex education

parents protest california
© Michelle Mears for California Globe
This week the Murrieta Unified School District in Southern California saw hundreds of parents turn out for a school board meeting to protest the loss of parental rights when it comes to the issue of mandatory vaccines and the sexualization in sex education of their children without parental approval.

They brought a proposal to make their community a "sanctuary city for parental rights," claiming that if illegal immigration can be protected by a sanctuary status, then so can parental rights.

Reporter Michelle Mears was present, and published a report at the California Globe.

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Red Flag

Australia: NSW police strip-searched more than 100 girls under 18, including 12-year-olds

NSW police australia
© Dean Lewins/AAP
As part of strip-searches, NSW police are permitted to instruct people to squat, lift their testicles or breasts or part their buttock cheeks. Freedom of information documents reveal that since 2016 there have been 3,919 strip-searches by police on women in NSW, including 122 girls under the age of 18.
The New South Wales police performed strip-searches on more than 100 girls in the last three years, including two 12-year-olds.

Following the NSW police watchdog's investigation into the allegedly illegal strip-search of a 16-year-old girl at a music festival last year, data obtained under freedom of information laws show she was just one of 122 girls under the age of 18 who have been forced to undergo the controversial practice by police since 2016.

The revelations come as the NSW police watchdog revealed last week that it investigated six separate allegations of misuse of strip-search powers by police last year, and is likely to place the practice under increased scrutiny.

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Propaganda

With the US-backed right-wing coup in Bolivia nearly complete, the junta is hunting down the last remaining dissidents

Bolivia
On the day of my scheduled interview with a leftist Bolivian journalist, I learned that he had been disappeared. Every outspoken opponent of the military junta is a target and subjected to charges of sedition.

A brutal military junta that seized power from Bolivia's democratically elected President Evo Morales is violently repressing a working-class indigenous-led uprising, and the country is rapidly falling under its control.

Soldiers in military fatigues prowl the streets, enforcing a series of choke points around the seat of power. Anyone perceived as standing against the status quo is now subject to being arrested on charges of sedition or terrorism. Dissident journalists and Morales sympathizers have been forced into hiding, leaving the house only when necessary.

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Cow

People power! #Yestomeat hashtag overcomes Planetary Health Diet on social media outreach

yestomeat info graphic
© The Lancet
Follower networks coloured by community and word clouds of the profiles of users in each community. Words have a size proportional to their frequency in profile text. The largest community (blue) is generally positive, with the second largest (red) very negative, and the third one (yellow) displaying a mix of sentiments. The fourth community (green) is composed of vegan diet supporters that opposed #yes2meat independently of the EAT-Lancet Commission.
In January 2019, The Lancet's report "Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems" received significant positive international media coverage. The report concluded that greatly reduced meat and dairy consumption would improve health and environmental outcomes and proposed the "Planetary Health" diet.

However, an analysis of social media campaigns linked to the launch of the EAT-Lancet commission shows that days before the report's launch, online pro-meat advocacy began to consolidate around the hashtag #yes2meat. In the months following the report's launch, tweets attacking its findings surpassed balanced communications. The critics of the planetary health diet reached 26 million people on Twitter — compared with 25 million from academics and others promoting the research — despite having fewer followers (1.3 million compared with 3.45).

Comment: To see the propagandists in such a tizzy over this is gratifying beyond words! They can't understand why people didn't simply soak up their lies and regurgitate them like good little citizens. Pushing people to make major lifestyle changes based on misinformation is clearly harder than the elite thought.

And make no mistake - the EAT-Lancet report is not science. It's propaganda dressed up as science. The fact that so many debunkers were able to pick it apart and spread the word goes to show how effective the truth is when confronting the lies. Bravo people - the truth wins!

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Snowman

Thanksgiving day massacre! Facebook, Instagram experience major outage across continental US and beyond

Facebook Instagram outage
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The world's largest social media platform Facebook has experienced a major outage across the continental US on Thanksgiving with thousands of reports of problems flooding in to popular crowdsourcing site DownDetector.

Users reported outages across both Facebook and Instagram, which are both owned by the same company, but WhatsApp appeared to be unaffected by the issue as yet. All three apps share much of the same underlying infrastructure which can often create a cascade effect when a server goes down.


Fire

Iranian consulate in Iraq torched by protesters

Iraq Protester fire
© Reuters/Stringer
An Iraqi demonstrator in front of the burning Iranian consulate in Najaf
Protesters in the Iraqi city of Najaf have stormed the Iranian consulate and burned the building to the ground. The destruction comes after two months of continuous protests in Iraq, during which 350 people have died.

A crowd of protesters lit the building ablaze on Wednesday. Diplomatic staff within managed to escape beforehand, Reuters reported. After attempting to disperse the crowd, authorities in Najaf issued a curfew.

Video footage shared on social media shows protesters cheering as the building went up in flames, smoke spewing out of the walled compound housing the consulate.

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