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First Russian humanitarian aid convoy arrives in East Ghouta deescalation zone

© AP Photo/ Hassan Ammar
The first humanitarian aid convoy from Russia delivered to the Eastern Ghouta neighborhood in Damascus suburbs, according to the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation.

The first humanitarian aid convoy delivered on Tuesday over 10 metric tons of food and medical supplies to the Eastern Ghouta neighborhood in Damascus suburbs, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said.

The center also organized the evacuation of the wounded and sick residents from the areas controlled by the armed Syrian opposition.

"The delivery of humanitarian aid was made possible by the deployment of checkpoints manned by the Russian military police, which stabilized the situation in the deescalation zones, and allowed for opening the humanitarian corridors" the center said in a statement.

Bullseye

What's the point? Oxford council threatens homeless people blocking doors with £2.5k fine

© Luke MacGregor / Reuters
Homeless people in England's illustrious university town of Oxford have been threatened with thousands of pounds in fines by the city council if they leave their bags in doorways.

The council has reportedly attached notices to bags left in doorways warning that fines could be incurred.

Oxford City Council says the bags could cause a fire hazard by blocking fire escapes.

Local Green Party councillor David Thomas told the BBC the move was an "outrageous" attempt to "intimidate" the city's homeless people.

A homeless man, named as Nero, told the BBC he had had possessions confiscated by the council.

"Most of the stuff which was taken was stuff that the public donated... it's a shame," he said.

Another man was asked about the storage lockers available to those receiving aid services through official channels.

"What Oxford needs is a just a space for stuff to be stored," he said, arguing the lockers are not big enough.

Heart - Black

Sadistic cop sics K-9 on homeless man napping in park

A city park is supposed to be a place where citizens can find refuge, enjoy a sunny day, or have a picnic. But what happened in Wilkes-Barre, PA could hardly be considered idyllic. Bystanders and onlookers watched in horror as Wilkes-Barre police allowed their K9 maul a homeless man who was reportedly only taking a nap.

Joshua Fought said he woke up to find a police officer apparently intimidating his elderly female friend. He yelled at the officer to get the dog away from her, and quickly found himself locked in the dog's powerful jaws. The attack, which was caught on video, prompted Fought to speak out about what happened to him in his hometown.
On this past Tuesday, July 18, around 4 pm, I was attacked viciously by a police K9, for no good reason. I was relaxing in the WB square Park, when an officer approached my vicinity (ten feet from me) with the K9 on a leash. After the dog lunged at my 68 year old female friend, I said, "Don't let that dog lunge at my girlfriend!"
What happened next is nothing short of nightmarish, according to Fought. He said the officer then let his dog sic him and maul him, seriously injuring the man.

Heart - Black

Cops strip search couple in public, mistake hemorrhoid for drugs

A South Carolina couple who was strip searched and sodomized in public by Aiken police has settled a lawsuit against four officers. The incident was recorded on dash cam and is nothing short of disgusting.

According to the Beaumont Enterprise, documents filed in federal court late last week show Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon stipulated to the dismissal of their lawsuit against police officers for the City of Aiken. Court papers didn't include an amount of the settlement. But a document obtained by the Aiken Standard indicated the city's insurer is paying a $150,000 settlement.

On Oct. 2, 2014, Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon had broken no law, violated no traffic code and were simply driving down the road when they were targeted and pulled over by Aiken police officer Chris Medlin.

Medlin explained to the couple that he stopped them because they had temporary tags on the car. According to South Carolina law, there is nothing wrong with temp tags, so long as they aren't expired. Hicks explained that she had recently purchased the car, and that is the reason for the tags. Medlin even tells the couple that the tags check out.

The stop, which never should have happened in the first place, should have ended right then. However, Medlin, working on a 'hunch', just knew that this couple was up to no good. Medlin orders Pontoon out of the car and handcuffs him - for no reason.

Briefcase

No temporary restraining order: Judge gives Trump's voter fraud commission go ahead

© PJ Media
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
A federal judge has rejected a temporary restraining order filed against President Donald Trump's commission to examine voter fraud, allowing the collection of detailed voter information from states.

In Monday's ruling, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied a request to block the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity from collecting voter information from the states, as long as any information made public by the commission will be "de-identified."

"Defendants have represented that they are only collecting voter information that is already publicly available under the laws of the states where the information resides; and Defendants have clarified that such information, to the extent it is made public, will be de-identified. All of these representations were made to the Court in sworn declarations, and needless to say, the Court expects that Defendants shall strictly abide by them," Kollar-Kotelly wrote.
© EconoTimes
How the nation voted, true or false?

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Pirates

California ISIS wannabe indicted on terrorism-related charges, wanted to kill 10,000 people in Bay Area

© Jochen Tack / Global Look Press
A 22-year-old man from Oakland, California, man was indicted Friday on charges related to material support for ISIS.

His case represents the 130th ISIS-related arrest in the U.S. since March 2014.

According to the Justice Department, Amer Sinan Alhaggagi opened up social media accounts on behalf of ISIS and was willing to commit a suicide bombing.

Even more disturbing, according to the indictment, Alhaggagi said he wanted to "redefine terror" and kill 10,000 people here in a domestic terror attack.

Blue Planet

Maine community spotless after dispensary gives away free weed for cleaning up trash

A cannabis dispensary called Summit Medical Marijuana recently ran a creative promotion that made their community a better place. The dispensary offered free marijuana to anyone who picked up a full bag of trash from around town and brought it into the shop.

Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner, explained his promotion to WCSH6.

"Bring us back the full trash bag, and we give them a gift of cannabis. [I heard of it in] Colorado - there was a town that did this. They had a great response to this. So I was hoping to do the same thing in Maine," he said.

"Something that caregivers do all across Maine that very few people know about is that they make huge sacrifices every week to help others live a better quality of life," he added.

Meehan explained that in addition to cleaning up the trash in the community, he wanted to show his neighbors that his business cares about making a difference and that marijuana is not a bad thing.

Arrow Down

California imam calls on God to annihilate all Jews in Al-Aqsa conflict, free Jerusalem from their "filth"

© Ammar Awad / Reuters
A Palestinian argues with an Israeli border police officer during scuffles that erupted after Palestinians held prayers just outside Jerusalem's Old City in protest over the installation of metal detectors placed at an entrance to the Old City's compound July 17, 2017
A Californian imam called on Allah to "annihilate" Jews "down to the very last one," urging for the Al-Aqsa mosque in Temple Mount in Jerusalem to be freed from their "filth." His comments came amid violence at the holy site between Israeli police and Palestinians.

Sheikh Ammar Shahin delivered his Friday sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis, where he serves as imam, some 20km from Sacramento, the capital of California, according to a statement from the center.

In the video, the imam called on Allah to "liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews" and to "destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Shahin's hour-long speech in both English and Arabic was mostly dedicated to the dispute over the Jerusalem holy site. Israeli authorities earlier limited access to the compound housing the Al-Aqsa, one of Islam's holiest sites.

The move sparked protests in Jerusalem and across the West Bank which repeatedly turned violent.

Comment: The funny thing about religious fanatics is that they're all the same. All things being equal, Muslim nutjobs like this guy would get along great with the Jewish nutjob settlers in the West Bank. They're both brainwashed, irrational fanatics. But turn these crazies against each other and you have a recipe for an endless confrontation. And that suits some people just fine.

In the meantime, how about we let the adults on both sides speak for a change? We just have to find them first.


Arrow Down

Princeton submits to SJW cause, seeks to combat aggressive and toxic masculinity with 'men's engagement manager'

© Mark Makela for The New York Times
Are young men at Princeton University violent, aggressive, hyper-masculine, stalkers, or rapists?

A new position at the Ivy League institution indicates campus officials apparently think enough of its male students grapple with such problems that it warrants hiring a certified clinician dedicated to combating them.

The university is in the process of hiring an "Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men's Engagement Manager" who will work with a campus office called SHARE that's dedicated to "survivors" of sexual harassment, assault, dating violence and stalking.

According to SHARE, one in four female undergrads experienced such misconduct during the 2015-16 school year.

Comment: Feminism has led to some types of progress for women and girls. As all ideologies are susceptible to pathological corruption, feminism has degraded to black-or-white activism that has come to identify masculinity as a form of pathology. There are a variety of issues at play here, but it is clear that many, many males are failing in society, relationships, and in education. Sending the message that all males are inherently dangerous or toxic isn't helping young men understand their place in the world. There are many toxic influences in the 'post-modern' world that negatively affect the development of our young people, and modern feminism plays a role right alongside pornography and video-games.


Attention

The terror shift: Anti-govt Venezuelan militants declare all security forces "deserve to die", vow to turn to guerrilla violence

© Wil Riera/Bloomberg
Demonstrators clash with National Guard officers during an anti-government protest in Caracas, on April 4.
It was quiet in the dank basement in northwest Caracas, where dozens of young men and women sat on the floor and assembled their weapons. They poured asphalt, gasoline and paint into beer and pop bottles, tying knots in strips of fabric to fashion wicks.

Molotov cocktails are cheap and easy to make. Whether they're doing the job is at the core of a bitter debate in Venezuela. After months of relentless demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro, many militants are frustrated. The crew in the basement talked about it in hushed voices -- they didn't want anyone in the middle-class neighborhood to find them out. It was clear, though, that many had reached their limit.

The security forces they're up against, the riot-helmeted troops shooting tear-gas canisters and water cannon and bullets? "They all deserve to die," one of the bomb makers said flatly, dripping petrol into a jar.