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Single mother fatally shot by cops on Muckleshoot tribal land was 5 months pregnant

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An investigation is underway into the fatal shooting of a single mother from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe by Kings County police, in her home on the reservation. She was five months pregnant and was holding a gun at the time of the incident.

Renee Davis, 23, had been struggling with depression when King County deputies turned up at her home on Friday night. The reservation is located 30 miles south east of Seattle in Washington state.


World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao builds 1,000 homes for poor in home town

After earning millions for fighting Floyd Mayweather, the boxer and politician used a portion of his earnings to construct homes for 1,000 poor families in his hometown.

Manny Pacquiao is more than a world-class athlete or a Filipino politician. He's a compassionate activist who paid for 1,000 homes to be built to help out underprivileged families in his hometown.

Earlier this year, Pacquiao proclaimed his good deed on Facebook:
"I'm so happy giving this houses free to my constituents in Sarangani Province from my own pocket more than thousand families are the beneficiaries."


Chinese CCTV camera firm behind Friday's internet outage threatens Western accusers with lawsuits

As we reported earlier today, according to Bloomberg, Internet-connected CCTV cameras made by a Chinese firm, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology were infected with malware that allowed hackers to takeover "tens of millions" of devices and launch the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks which brought the internet across much of the US, and especially on the east coast, to a virtual crawl for hours on Friday.

As Bloomberg first reported, and many others confirmed, the company itself admitted its culpability, with the security camera maker saying "its products were used to launch a cyber-attack that severed internet access for millions of users, highlighting the threat posed by the global proliferation of connected devices. The attackers hijacked CCTV cameras made by Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co. using malware known as Mirai, the company said in an e-mailed statement. While Xiongmai didn't say how many of its products had been infiltrated, all cameras made before September 2015 were potentially vulnerable."

However, just a few hours later, the company appears to have changed its tune.

As IP Video Market reports, "the Chinese video surveillance manufacturer, Xiongmai, whose equipment numerous sources blame for driving massive Internet attacks over the past month has fired back, defending itself against allegations. Moreover, they have involved the Chinese government's Ministry of Justice threatening legal action against those defaming them."

Comment: More on this massive DDoS internet attack:


Battle for Mosul: Iraqi army kills 772 militants, Daesh responds with terror

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Iraqi armed forces freed 74 villages and killed 772 Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) militants in the first week of the campaign to retake Mosul, the army command said Monday.

The Iraqi government launched an offensive on October 17 to reclaim the Daesh stronghold with air support from the US-led coalition. The operation involves Kurdish forces and Sunni tribal fighters.

Twenty-three Daesh militants have been captured, the operations center said as cited by Shafaq News. Iraqi security forces seized two bomb-making factories, detonated 397 improvised explosive devices and destroyed 127 booby-trapped vehicles.

Comment: Meanwhile Daesh is responding with more terror:
Daesh Militants Throw 16 People Off Bridge in Mosul

Daesh militants have executed 16 citizens of the Iraqi Mosul, throwing them off the bridge, the source told Sputnik news agency.

On Saturday, Daesh militants executed 284 men and boys in the Mosul area amid the Iraqi army's offensive to drive the militants out of the city.
Daesh Militants Burn Pharmaceutical Plant in Iraqi Province

Militants from Daesh jihadist group burned down a pharmaceutical plant in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, near Mosul, a source told Sputnik news agency.

According to the source familiar with the matter, the plant received an international ISO certification in 2007 and was considered one of the best pharmaceutical plants in the northern part of the country.

Heart - Black

Most tortured prisoner at Guantanamo Bay released after 14 years without being charged

Mr Slahi was release on Monday 17 October after being held in Guantanamo Bay for 14 years without charge
A man who is widely regarded as the most tortured prisoner in the history of Guantanamo Bay has been released without charge after nearly 14 years.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian national who wrote a best-selling memoir about life in the detention centre, was reunited with his family after US officials ruled he did not pose a strong enough threat to national security to continue his detention.

The Guantanamo Bay Diaries, published in January 2015, provided the first in-depth account of ritual humiliation and mistreatment suffered by inmates in the controversial American military prison.

In his memoir, Mr Slahi describes being shackled, blindfolded, made to stand for long periods, stripped naked, denied water and subjected to sleep deprivation, loud noise and threats of violence. In one passage he describes being sexually abused by female interrogators. In another, he wrote that he was transported out to sea, forced to drink salt water until he vomited and then beaten in the face and ribs while immersed in ice to hide the bruising.

Arrow Up

Social Media Patterns Show Trump Is Looking at a Landslide Victory (Updated w/ Latest Stats)

Current polls show the race for President is much tighter than it really is. Ann Coulter warned us years ago in her best seller Slander that Democrats and the liberal media always use polls to manipulate and discourage conservatives from voting. Thanks to social media there is more and more evidence that the polls are way offand if things stay as they are, Trump will win in a landslide!

It's evident Hillary has a hard time filling a Union Hall while Trump regularly turns people away from his stadium and arena venues.

Now this - Analysis from social media provides additional support that Trump is likely to win in a landslide.

So how bad is it?

Evidence from 'The Truth Division' shows that if you look at social media, Trump is killing Hillary!

Comment: Political Science prof Helmut Norpoth: Trump has an 87% chance of defeating Killary.

Here's one of the latest polls, from Investor's Business Daily:
Basically, they're showing Trump and Clinton in a dead heat, so that they can swing the election like they did in 2000. "So close!"


After embassy banned Assange from internet usage, Anonymous retaliates by taking down Ecuadorian govt webmail

© Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Hacktivist group Anonymous said it had shut down the Ecuadorian government mail in retaliation for its decision to cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet connection for the period of the US presidential elections.

"Shut Down The Internet; We'll Shut Down Your Communications!" read the tweet posted by Anonymous on Sunday night.

The claim, supported by a screenshot with "connection timed out" messages in response to the pinging of the supposed government address/port, could not be immediately verified.

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London disabled Assange's internet access on Monday after WikiLeaks published a new batch of leaks from Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta.

Eye 1

Platforms like Facebook's Instant Articles and Google AMP will discourage small independent web publishers

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Creating content for these formats reintroduces a coding requirement, and online code is vastly more complicated today than it was in the mid-1990s.

One of the wonderful things about the rise of the web, twenty-something years ago, was the way in which it democratized publishing — suddenly, anyone with an idea could set up a website and make it available to anyone. Early on, publishing online required at least a rudimentary understanding of code. To be an online writer meant you also had to be a coder. But, services quickly emerged that created WYSIWYG editors for online publications, so literally anyone who had used a word processor could create online content.

Recently, however, we've seen the rise of proprietary formats like Google's AMP, Facebook's Instant Articles and the Apple News Format, which threaten to de-democratize publishing on the web. To be clear, I'm not making a philosophical argument about the closed nature of these platforms but something much more practical: Creating content for these formats reintroduces a coding requirement, and online code is vastly more complicated today than it was in the mid-1990s.

Comment: Yet another way to control information access.

Control Panel

Being single, infertile, now a disability according to WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) would redefine single people with no known medical issues and want to be parents but could not would be considered being infertile or having a disability. The redefinition would no longer treat infertility as a medical condition.

WHO used to define infertility as the inability to conceive after 12 months or more of sexual intercourse. In redefining the word, the health agency aims to provide single men and women the right to reproduce.

The Telegraph reports that WHO would disseminate the new definition to health ministers beginning 2017. The impact of the change is single aspiring parents would have the same priority as married couples who seek in vitro fertilisation (IVF) as well as equal to those who could not become pregnant for medical reasons.

As expected, because the redefinition widens the scope and includes gays and lesbians in acquiring priority in IVF treatment, the move angered certain conservative groups. One such group, Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CPE), a pro-life group, is protesting the WHO redefinition.


Father gets 1,503 years in prison for raping daughter, longest in Fresno, California history

Rene Lopez
A 41-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period.

The Fresno Bee reports Rene Lopez was sentenced Friday to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history.

A jury in September found Lopez guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor.

Prosecutors say that Lopez's daughter was first sexually abused by a family friend but that instead of protecting her, Lopez turned her into "a piece of property."

They say the girl was raped two to three times a week from May 2009 to May 2013, when she got the courage to leave.

In announcing the punishment, Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. told Lopez he is a "serious danger to society" and noted that Lopez had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament.