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2 pilots dead as Turkish military training plane crashes in Izmir province

Turkish military training plane
© Aldo Bidini / Wikipedia
Turkish military training plane crashes during a training flight
A military plane has crashed in Izmir province, western Turkey, during a training flight, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement. Both pilots were killed in the accident.

The SF-260D training plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Cigli Airbase at around 11am local time Friday, statement says, as cited by Hurriet. Fire brigades, ambulances, as well as search and rescue teams were immediately sent to the crash scene.

Debris from the aircraft was reportedly found some 3km north of the military facility. The cause of the fatal crash is currently being investigated.


Russian warship catches fire in Far East port, crew members safely evacuated

Russian Navy destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov
© Vitaliy Ankov / Sputnik
Russian Navy destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov in Vladivostok
A Russian Navy destroyer has caught fire in the port of the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Images of the vessel shared on social media show clouds of smoke spewing from the ship's deck structures.

The Marshal Shaposhnikov, a destroyer from the Russian Pacific Fleet, caught fire on Friday morning while anchored in Vladivostok. Eleven fire trucks and 48 personnel were dispatched to the port to fight the blaze. All 106 crew members on board were safely evacuated.

Despite the impressive amount of smoke billowing from the ship, a local shipyard representative said the fire didn't cause any significant damage, according to RIA.


Southern Russia: Gang leader eliminated, 1 officer killed in anti-terrorist operation

Russia Dagestan couter terrorism operation
© Sputnik
A local gang leader has been neutralized after exchanging gunfire with security forces during a counter-terrorist operation the Russian Republic of Dagestan. A dramatic standoff left one special operative dead and several injured.

A gun battle unfolded in the North Caucasus region Thursday afternoon, when law enforcement officers cornered an armed militant in the "mountain-wooded area" near the village of Harachi, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) confirmed.

Although the militants were given a chance to lay down their arms and surrender, they began shooting at security forces squad and were gunned down. As a result, one special forces officer was killed, and several others were injured. No civilian casualties have been reported.

The officers found a grenade, a rifle and ammunition at the site.

No Entry

Left-leaning bar owner in Vienna won't admit asylum seekers because of crime explosion

Bar in Vienna
Bar owners in Vienna are losing customers due to a surge of migrant crime. Some of them no longer seem to accept asylum seekers.

A "leftist" city magazine, called "Falter", did a test with a group of two Afghans and a Turkish man. The group of migrant men were not allowed to enter several Viennese bars. They were refused entrance because there were "too many people inside" or "there's a private party".

Later a control group of Austrian men could enter the same bars without problems. The editors of the magazine contacted the owners of the bars and told them about their "racist admission policy".


Author: Global warming and environmentalism scare has roots in Nazi tactics

Nazi Propaganda

A display of propaganda posters at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
Generally speaking, the first person in a debate who compares their opponent to Hitler or the Nazis at that moment loses the argument.

When the Third Reich is invoked, it's usually clear evidence that that person's position is so weak that they have had to resort to a gross misrepresentation of the other's position.

There are exceptions, of course, because sometimes the Nazi label fittingly applies. Sometimes the lineage of a movement, institution, or political figure can be traced right back to the German fascist regime.

This is the case with today's environmentalism, according to a one-time British investment banker.

"If you look at what the Nazis were doing in the 1930s, in their environmental policies, virtually every theme you see in the modern environmental movement, the Nazis were doing," said Rupert Darwall, author of "Green Tyranny," in a recent interview with Encounter Books.

Comment: Yet another facet of Western Liberalism that seek to subjugate, rather than liberate.


James Risen on his life as a NY Times reporter and getting leaked insider info by CIA veterans

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© The Intercept
I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown with the federal government that I had been trying to avoid for more than seven years. The Obama administration was demanding that I reveal the confidential sources I had relied on for a chapter about a botched CIA operation in my 2006 book, "State of War." I had also written about the CIA operation for the New York Times, but the paper's editors had suppressed the story at the government's request. It wasn't the only time they had done so.


Bundled against the freezing wind, my lawyers and I were about to reach the courthouse door when two news photographers launched into a perp-walk shoot. As a reporter, I had witnessed this classic scene dozens of times, watching in bemusement from the sidelines while frenetic photographers and TV crews did their business. I never thought I would be the perp, facing those whirring cameras.

As I walked past the photographers into the courthouse that morning in January 2015, I saw a group of reporters, some of whom I knew personally. They were here to cover my case, and now they were waiting and watching me. I felt isolated and alone.

Bad Guys

Paris suburb of Trappes becomes ground zero in France's struggle with radical Islam

muslims france traapes
© Paris Match
In front of the mosque En-Nour, managed by the Union of the Muslims of Trappes, Friday 1st April.
Once branded a "no-go" zone by authorities, the Paris suburb of Trappes has become a recruiting ground for Islamic State - and ground zero in France's struggle to integrate Muslims into its staunchly secular state.

According to French intelligence, 67 people from Trappes have joined the ranks of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS), while other radicalized residents have carried out attacks inside France.

It's safe to say that Trappes, which is situated 30km southwest of Paris, is not your typical French suburb.

Comment: Macron had better do the best he possibly can.

President Macron vows to reform Islam in France

The culture clash between Islamic and French social values has been brewing for a long time. A report from France24 in 2016

And from RT in the same time period:


Sex and the STEM fields: Stubborn ideologies meet even more stubborn facts

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Many academics in the modern world seem obsessed with the sex difference in engagement with science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. Or rather they are obsessed with the fact that there are more men than women in some of these fields. There is particular concern about the lack of women in prestigious STEM fields, such as Ph.D.-level faculty positions, but surprisingly there is no concern about the under-representation of women in lower-level technical jobs, such as car mechanics or plumbing.

The concerned academics have been especially effective in convincing others, or at least intimidating them, into accepting their preferred interpretations regarding the source of these sex differences (as illustrated in the Google memo debate). These interpretations are not surprising and they include sexism, stereotype threat, and more recently implicit bias and microaggression. Each of these ideas has gained traction in the mainstream media and in many academic circles but their scientific foundations are shaky. In this essay, we'll provide some background on the STEM controversy and consider multiple factors that might contribute to these sex differences.

Comment: Finally! A rational common-sense approach to the issue of gender in STEM fields. Let human beings pursue the fields that interest them. What a concept!


Vermont State Police 'help' suicidal man with gun to his head by killing him

Vermont State Police
© Glenn Russell/Free Press
When police received a call about a suicidal man, they located his car and initiated a traffic stop, and then when they claim he exited the car with a gun pointed at his own head, they ended his life for him by firing 12 rounds in his direction.

The incident started when police received a call from the ex-wife of Benjamin Gregware, 42, in which she said she believed he was planning to take his own life. Gregware was struggling with alcohol addiction, he recently lost his job, and he feared losing custody of his three children, according to a report from the Burlington Free Press.

When Melissa Gregware called 911, she said her ex-husband's speech was slurred when he called to tell her that he had just purchased ammunition, and she believed he was going to use it to take his own life. However, it did not appear that he was a danger to anyone other than himself.


Californian 12-year-old can play an astonishing 44 musical instruments

Neil Nayyar

Neil Nayyar
Neil Nayyar doesn't just play one, two or even three instruments.

He plays 44.

"Saxophone, flute, tabla, pan flute, harmonica, acoustic guitar, sitar," Nayyar rattled off just a few instruments as he showed off his music room.

Eventually, he arrived at his piano.

"And," he said, "That's it."

But, that's not exactly it.

Nayyar, a homeschooled, seventh grader from Elk Grove, has been named by Assist World Records as the youngest person to play the most musical instruments. He's now working to get the same recognition by Guinness World Records.