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Senate cancels Obamacare vote, not enough votes

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Yet another attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act has failed in Congress, as the Senate's Republican leadership scrapped a vote on the latest initiative predicting that it would fail. "We don't have the votes," said Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), who together with Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) authored the new initiative to replace the legislation widely known as Obamacare.

"We made the decision that because we don't have the votes, we will postpone the vote," Cassidy said, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) officially pulled the plug on the vote, less than two months after another repeal initiative failed in Congress.

In July, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) cast the deciding vote against repealing Obamacare, complaining about the rushed process. McCain voiced the same complaint this time, even though the new bill was put forward by Graham whom he calls his close friend.

On Monday, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced her opposition, joining McCain and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

Graham and Cassidy tried to get the repeal legislation passed under the Senate's budget reconciliation rules, which expire at the end of the fiscal year, on September 30. Under this process, the Republicans could pass a health care bill with just 50 votes. Going forward, they will need 60 votes, which would require some Democrats to cross the aisle.

Comment: Congressional diagnosis: Mental gangrene. Condition: Severe atrophy. Procedural recommendation: Remove damaged portions. Medical coverage qualification: Pre-existing condition. Medical Alert Status: Possible pandemic if not isolated and promptly treated.

Star of David

Labour activists accused of anti-Semitism for comparing Israel to a Nazi regime

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Labour activists compared Israel's treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazi persecution of the Jews during a debate on Monday, sparking fresh claims the party is wrought by anti-Semitism.

During a 'Free Speech on Israel' fringe event at the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Monday, Labour activists called for the expulsion of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), while accusing Israel of "genocide" in Gaza.

Labour has previously been accused of having an institutional problem with anti-Semitism. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is currently suspended from the party after claiming that Hitler supported Zionism.

The party, however, said in a statement that it condemns anti-Semitism in the "strongest possible terms" with "tough new rules" recently agreed by the party's ruling Executive Committee. However, in light of the comments made at Monday's event, the Labour MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting, accused the party leadership of failing to counter anti-Semitic language within the party.

At a fringe meeting, he said there are "too many people" in the party adopting an "ostrich strategy" when it comes to countering anti-Semitic attitudes within the party, claiming Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is no exception.

Comment: One might question who is the ostrich when challenging another's perception by disregarding facts.

"People say there is no anti-Semitism problem. We see it there in black and white, we have heard it on the fringes," Streeting said, the Telegraph reported. "There are too many people in the party - including at the top - who have adopted an ostrich strategy, saying 'This is not a problem, this is not an anti-Semitism issue.'"

At the meeting, organized by the Holocaust Educational Trust, speakers said Israelis should be treated no differently from the Nazis or white South Africans during the apartheid era.

Comment: V for Vendetta: "Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people..." you can change perception and the course of history. Israel understands and exploits this dynamic completely.

Heart - Black

Brainwashing young minds: British pharmacist accused of radicalizing children

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A Leicester pharmacist who showed an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) beheading video to a child claimed the terrorists were "not bad people" as he tried to "radicalize" the youngster, a court heard.

Zameer Ghumra, 38, is also alleged to have taught the primary school-aged child and one other how to "survive a bomb attack" and fight with knives. Nottingham Crown Court heard the man, who denies committing a terrorist offence, "brainwashed" them.

He also instructed the boys not to associate with non-Muslims and told them to encourage other people to travel to Syria to fight for the terrorist group, the court heard. He rewarded them with candy to keep them on-side.


Was an ISIS ringleader recipient of British taxpayer money?

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An Islamic fighter from Manchester, linked to the suicide bombing at the city's concert arena in May, might have been bankrolled by a former Guantanamo detainee who was given £1mn ($1.34mn) in taxpayer-funded compensation, it has emerged.

Raymond Matimba, 28, was exposed on Tuesday as a senior figure in Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) after secret footage of him with 'Jihadi John' was obtained by the Telegraph. He was known to security services after he traveled to Syria in July 2014, but is now the most wanted British terrorist on the planet.

The footage is now being studied by British spies in a bid to track down Matimba. He was reportedly killed in fighting earlier this year, but there was never confirmation. He may still be alive.

Matimba, from Moss Side, Manchester, is believed to have been in contact with terrorist Salman Abedi before he set off a suicide bomb at a pop concert at Manchester Arena in May, killing 22 and injuring 250.

Matimba was part of a terrorist network that sprang up in Manchester and included Jamal al-Harith, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who received £1 million in compensation from the government in a controversial out-of-court settlement.

Snakes in Suits

Frightening pattern of behavior: Investigators say "credible" rape claims have been made against former British PM Ted Heath

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Pedophile Minister Ted Heath.
Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath is accused of rape by seven alleged victims who police found to be "credible," reports suggest.

A fresh investigation into the ex-Tory PM, who died in 2005 aged 89, will look into dozens of allegations of abuse spanning five decades.

Many accounts of alleged abuse by Heath, who was in Downing Street from 1970 to 1974, have been doubted - including from one accuser who was labeled a "fantasist."

Reports have emerged that at least one person will be charged for wasting police time.

However, the investigation has unearthed reports which showed a frightening pattern of behavior, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Comment: More on the investigation: UPDATE (Sept. 27): Details on the questioning of Heath's staff:
Staff of former Prime Minister Edward Heath have been asked whether he smuggled children in and out of Downing Street while he was in power, it was claimed on Monday.

The ex-Tory leader's former staff was questioned as part of an inquiry into child sex abuse allegations made against Heath.

The inquiry is understood to have questioned whether or not it was feasible that the former Conservative leader smuggled children into No.10.

Heath's principal private secretary, Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who was among those interviewed said, according to the Times: "If there is one place where slipping in and out is not easy, it is No 10 Downing Street."

Detectives also sought to discover whether Heath, who died in 2005 aged 89, had left any wills in an attempt to uncover any suspicious legacy, but none was found.

Armstrong, one of Heath's closest advisers, and who has previously said the former PM was "completely asexual," accused Wiltshire Police of undertaking a "fishing expedition," and has called for an independent review of the inquiry's findings.

Black Magic

Psychopathic plague: Children are being sacrificed by witch doctors in drought-stricken Uganda

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A child eats biscuit in the town of Kataba near Kampala, Uganda, on August 22, 2017. Children here continue to live in constant fear of being kidnapped and sacrificed.
Jackline Mukisa sobbed as she described how her 8-year-old son was found in a nearby swamp in February without teeth, lips, ears and genitals.

"My innocent son died a painful death," said Mukisa, 28. "How could somebody intend to murder my son?"

A motorcyclist offered John Lubega a lift as he walked back from school, according to fellow students who saw him last. His remains suggest he was slowly killed as part of a human sacrifice ritual performed by witch doctors, apparently to appease the spirits, said Mukisa, who filed a police report.

No arrest has been made so far.

In this landlocked country whose diverse landscape includes the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria, many believe sacrificial rituals can bring quick wealth and health.

Comment: The people of Uganda happen to share this same problem with the people of France, Brussels and other so-called developed nations of the West - where the belief that inflicting unimaginable suffering and death upon the most innocent of people will somehow help to accrue favor with their 'Gods'. The normal people of the world are waking up to the fact that there are, in fact, literal monsters walking among us that only look and sound human.


Police chiefs protest NFL kneelers; threaten to burn merchandise and boycott security at games

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Buffalo Bills players kneel in protest during the National Anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Sep 24, 2017.
Police chiefs are unimpressed with the NFL players "taking a knee" in protest over police brutality and have warned their officers not to participate, while threatening to burn NFL merchandise and boycott security.

The Chicago Police Department promised to reprimand two black officers who were shown in a Instagram post kneeling with anti-police brutality activist, Aleta Clark. The post went viral with over 2,000 likes.

"We are aware of the photo and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies," the police told the Chicago Tribune.

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Ice Cream Bar

Empire Idiots: Postcard from post-terror Catalonia

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Tarragona, Spain, 2017
In Catalonia, there's a summer drink that combines beer with lemon soda. In Barcelona, it's called "clara." Further South, it's dubbed, most charmingly, a "champu," as in Head and Shoulders. Champu is quite good at eliminating the dandruff inside your skull.

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Cambrils, 2017
It is late summer, and I'm in Cambrils, drinking my second champu in Hawaii, a beach bar. The tables around me are mostly empty. I face the ocean. There are few bodies on the sand, and fewer in the water. It is peaceful here.

In 2001, Mohammed Atta and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, of 9/11 fame, were in Cambrils, however, and just 2 1/2 weeks ago, five Muslim "terrorists" were killed by police a few hundred feet from where I'm sitting.

It is said that at 1:15AM on August 18th, these Muslims drove their car through a police checkpoint outside the yacht club, then ran over six people, three of whom were cops. The three civilians were an old couple, and the woman's sister. The wife, 61-year-old Ana Maria Suarez, died.

Red Flag

Venezuela's economic collapse due to US sanctions leads women to work as prostitutes in Colombia to buy food

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All 12 women who work at this brothel in Arauca, Colombia are from Venezuela
At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.

"We've got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer," he yelled over the din of vallenato music. "All of them showed up with their degrees in hand."

And all of them came from Venezuela.

As Venezuela's economy continues to collapse amid food shortages, hyperinflation and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means have gone to places like Miami, Santiago and Panama.


South Wales: Mother awakes to find two of her triplet sons dead; SIDS suspected

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Investigating police ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning as a possible cause of death after Charlie and Noah were found dead, while Ethan was unharmed.
A young mother who found two of her baby triplets dead in their cot was later reportedly heard shouting "my babies, my babies" in the street outside her house, a neighbour said.

Sarah Owens, 29, discovered her five-month old triplets Charlie and Noah were not breathing when she checked on them in their cot at their home in Wildmill, Bridgend in South Wales.

Investigating police ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning as the potential cause of death in a possible gas leak in the tragedy where the babies' brother Ethan was unharmed.

A post-mortem examination is underway, including a test to see if Charlie and Noah died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Comment: One can't help but wonder if the boys were recently vaccinated.