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"Environmental issue": London police tweet removal of homeless tents, spark outrage online

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Police in the London borough of Camden have come under fire online after the department tweeted that it had cleaned up the belongings of homeless people, calling the presence of their possessions an "environmental issue."

Camden Police took to the social network on Tuesday to inform residents that it had taken control of what it deemed to be "environmental issues at Tottenham Mews." It included before and after photos of the clean-up.

But the Twittersphere had a thing or two to say about the matter, considering the "environmental issue" that was cleaned up was actually the possessions of people sleeping rough on the streets of London, including tents and clothing.

Comment: While the issue of homelessness is nuanced, and it isn't desirable for anyone to be pitching up a tent in the middle of the street both for residents and for the homeless, what is clear is that homelessness is no longer solely the problem of those with mental illness or for people unwilling to operate within the established system. The rise in homelessness and poverty is directly correlated with government 'austerity' programs and the collapse of the UK economy, which is why the numbers of those homeless and in poverty but who are actually in work has skyrocketed: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Perfidious Albion: If Russia is a Rogue State, What is the UK?


Barcelona police shoot man with a knife who tried to attack police station

Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalan regional police
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Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalan regional police
A knife-wielding man reportedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" has been shot dead after he attempted to attack a police station in Barcelona.

Catalonian police said the attacker tried to enter the Cornella police station "with the aim to attack" the officers shortly before 6am local time (4am GMT) on Monday.

The knife-wielding man was shot down at the scene.


Off-target: Ukrainian Buk missile launcher slams into Astarta business center in Kiev

Ukrainian Buk missile launcher slams into busy Kiev building

Ukrainian Buk missile launcher slams into busy Kiev building
Driver of the 30-tonne launcher caused panic on the sidewalk, as he lost control of the vehicle after a rehearsal of the Independence Day parade.

Eyewitness videos from Saturday night show a group of curious onlookers filming a column of moving artillery as it drives through the heart of the Ukrainian capital.


Confusion reigns in Chicago community over whether teen killed himself while running from police

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A Chicago community is in disbelief after a 16-year-old African-American teen reportedly shot himself while running from officers after they tried to question him about being in possession of a weapon.

The incident unfolded just before 7pm local time on Friday, when police spotted Steven Rosenthal with a gun and tried to talk to him, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The teen ran away from the officers, into his grandmother's apartment building, and then "tragically used the weapon on himself," CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

Bizarro Earth

Man gets his finger bitten off during fight at golf course

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A fight between two golfers in Massachusetts got out of hand after one man was arrested by cops and charged with mayhem.

An apparent argument between golfers at the Southern Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts ended up with one man reportedly getting his thumb bitten off to the knuckle.

Light Saber

We owe Sinead O'Connor an apology - she spoke the truth about child abuse in the church

Sinead O'Connor performs in NYC
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Following the shocking revelations of 70 years of abuse of children by Pennsylvania priests, we owe Sinead O'Connor an apology.

Her declaration back in 1992 that the Catholic Church was rotten to its core and pedophile priests and their enablers were the real enemy was true.


Bizarro Earth

Hungary bans 'gender studies': Attack on academic freedom or stand against pseudoscience?

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Viktor Orban's Hungary risks becoming a European pariah after declaring it will no longer certify gender studies courses. Even if they're right about their academic worthlessness, should officials tell universities what to teach?

"Astonishment" was the word Budapest's Central European University (CEU) used in response to the government's measures - "without any justification or antecedent" - first proposed last year and outlined in detail earlier this month. The 44 students enrolled in the master's program at the George Soros-backed university would be allowed to complete their courses, alongside the 10-person intake at the state-funded ELTE, the only other Hungarian university to teach the discipline. But from next year onwards, the ministry of education will not spend public funds on gender studies, nor award diplomas for completing a degree (though CEU students can continue to study for the English-language US-certified degree).

The decision places Hungary radically at odds with the rest of the Western world. From Croatia to Ireland, every other EU state has at least one functioning gender studies program, and in the US, the number has risen threefold in the last three decades, with courses offered at over 350 higher learning institutions.

Comment: The people of Hungary elected Viktor Orban, presumably knowing his conservative viewpoint. His is implementing the wishes of his citizens. Isn't that what a leader is supposed to do?


Modicare: India to introduce free health care for 500 million people

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The Indian government will pay for health care for around 500 million of its poorest citizens, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that the country can reach its potential only with a healthy population.

During a speech to mark the country's independence day on Wednesday, Modi said, "It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford health care," The Times of India reported.

The National Health Protection Mission-also known as "Modicare"-will give impoverished families health insurance coverage of up to $7,100 every year. This may not seem a lot by American standards, but in a country where the annual per capita income is just over $1,900, it will make a massive difference to those who cannot afford private treatment.

Public hospitals in India offer free, but less sophisticated, care. The system is strained to the point of collapse, with hospitals struggling to secure enough beds and staff to care for the sick. The lack of access for rural communities-where 66 percent of Indians live-forces people to travel many hours to reach urban facilities if they want treatment. This means the private medical sector cares for the majority of India's patients and charges them accordingly.

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Facebook censors conservative education site, then claims it was a 'mistake' when confronted

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Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization PragerU. The content has now been restored, but PragerU supporters don't think it was an accident.

PragerU (short for Prager University, after its founder Dennis Prager) says nine of its posts reached none of its three million-odd followers, and at least two videos were deleted for "hate speech," in what many conservatives see as part of Facebook's ongoing censorship campaign. Facebook has now apologized and restored the content, but has offered no explanation beyond "we're looking into it."

Comment: What happens when powerful people get scared? Censorship
First and foremost, the entire push to make arbitrary de-platforming by tech giants the new norm proves the establishment is scared to death. The very powerful folks accustomed to manipulating and shaping the world via narrative creation aren't terrified about what Alex Jones says, they're terrified that it's popular. The establishment "elites" are in such denial about the consequences of the world they created, all they can do is spastically attack symptoms. Trump didn't divide U.S. society and Alex Jones didn't cause our widespread (and entirely justifiably) distrust in institutions; the status quo system did that via its spectacular failures. Trump's election and Alex Jones' popularity are merely symptoms of an incredibly corrupt and failed status quo paradigm, the stewards of which continually refuse to take a look in the mirror, accept blame and reform.
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Bad Guys

Right, left-wing groups face off in fiery public confrontations in Boston and Seattle

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Police officers used pepper spray during last week's counter-demonstrators during a white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' protests in Washington DC.
The right and the left have faced off in Boston and Seattle, the latest of vitriolic protests between the opposing groups. The showdown comes a week after thousands rallied in the US capital to oppose a white supremacist protest.


Hundreds of opposing demonstrators gathered in Seattle's downtown area with police separating the raging crowds with metal barriers. The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer rallied against the US government's push to launch a gun-control initiative that would see the age in Washington state raised for those purchasing semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 and expand the background checks for those buying semi-automatic rifles.