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Pink Zones: UK insurance company calls for gender segregated roadways

In the name of equality, justice and safe spaces, a car insurance firm in the United Kingdom is advocating for the creation and designation of gender split roadways to give women their own lanes and separate infrastructure in order to avoid the perils of sharing the road with men.

Shiela's Wheels, a car and personal theft insurance company which bills itself as having a 'different spin on car insurance,' has assembled a fact sheet concerning the statistical differences between men and women in regards to highway safety, accidents and injury reports.

Their conclusion, in short, is that women are at a greater risk of accident and injury while traveling on roads occupied by men, and that in order to correct this societal imbalance, separate, pink roadways and lanes should to be funded and created by government to segregate men and women drivers in some of the more dangerous thoroughfares in the UK.
"To counteract these issues, the PinkZones design concept proposes two new types of roads." ~Shiela's Wheels, Pink Zones

Comment: This proposal, and the people who originated it, are absolutely bonkers.


Eye 2

Indian serial pedophile arrested after years of evading police

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Serial child rapist Sunil Rastogi, 38, is now in police custody in Delhi.
Delhi police have arrested a serial pedophile who sexually abused an estimated 500 children he mostly targeted walking alone after school over the course of the past 12 years.

While in police custody for sexually assaulting two girls, aged 9 and 10 years old, Sunil Rastogi admitted to the litany of sexual attacks on children - and claimed to have attempted assaulting many other minors during the period.

"He seems to be mentally sick as he has some very weird notions. He is very superstitious and said he came by Sampark Kranti Express only and cancelled his visit if he missed the train," Deputy Police Commissioner Omvir Singh Bishnoi said in a press conference.

Rastogi was arrested and jailed for six months in 2006 for raping a minor, according to the Times of India, but his crimes continued unchecked by police years after his release.

Eye 1

Top Saudi cleric calls all vocal music & cinema 'a depravity'

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Saudi Arabia is ruled by an oppressive regime with one of the worst human rights records in the world, and it's only getting worse.

I rarely need more reasons to dislike Saudi Arabia than I already have. After all it is the world's most inhumane state. But RT has just reported that top Saudi cleric Grand Mufti Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh has just castigated vocal musical performance and cinema saying that "We know that singing concerts and cinemas are a depravity".

Of course, in Saudi Arabia it is not a depravity to repress and murder Shia Muslims. It is not a depravity to ban Christian holy days and it is not a depravity to finance and encourage terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. It is also perfectly normal to stone women to death and behead people for things which in almost every other state in the world are not crimes.

Comment: For more on the West's original 'Islamic State', see:


Airplane

Turkish cargo jet crash kills at least 37 near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - UPDATE

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Plane debris is seen at the crash site of a Turkish cargo jet near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport, outside Bishkek, January 16, 2017
At least 37 people have been killed after a cargo plane belonging to Turkish MyCargo Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood near Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek, according to the emergency ministry.

Among those killed are four crew members, RIA Novosti news agency reported.


One of the pilots died at the scene of the accident, Kyrgyz Health Ministry spokeswoman Elena Bayalinova said.


The aircraft was operating the flight route TK6491 from Hong Kong to Bishkek, and would have flown on to Istanbul.


Comment: Wreckage engulfed in flames and heavy plumes of smoke - gruesome video shows the aftermath of cargo plane crash near Bishkek. At least 32 people were killed when the jet belonging to Turkish MyCargo Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood.

The crash injured 15 people, six of them children, according to Kyrgyz health officials.

Emergency Services personnel are currently searching the site for black boxes from the crashed jet.


Handcuffs

Pro-Tibet activists arrested during protest at Swiss parliament

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Swiss Police have detained 32 pro-Tibet activists, including one man trying to set himself on fire, protesting against a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Several protesters near a security zone set up ahead of Xi Jinping's visit failed to comply with police instructions, Reuters reports. Police in riot control gear arrested protesters and also reportedly prevented one man from setting himself on fire.

Fourteen activists were detained outside the Swiss parliament on Monday afternoon as they continued to protest past the time limit. People were waving posters with messages such as "Free Tibet" and "Don't Deal with Killers." Swiss Police said they made the arrests "to secure safety."

People

Poll shows trust in government, business and media has collapsed in Britain

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Trust in major media institutions, the government, as well as the business community has plummeted to disturbing new lows over the last 12 months, according to an annual study by polling firm Edelman.

The figures show that trust in the government, which stood at only 36 percent at the start of 2016, plunged even further to 26 percent.

Among party leaders in the post-Brexit political climate, Prime Minister Theresa May is faring better at 35 percent than Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at 23 percent.

Comment: See also: UK Parliament to grill social media chiefs over 'fake news'


Heart - Black

Pedophilic former youth football coach pleads not guilty to eight counts of child sex abuse


Barry Bennell
Former youth football coach and convicted pedophile Barry Bennell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of child sex abuse at a hearing at Chester Crown Court, UK.

Each count relates to a boy under the age of 14 and occurred between 1981 and 1986.

Bennell appeared via videolink from HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, to plead "not guilty" to all the charges as they were read out to him.

One of the alleged offences is said to have taken place at a Butlins holiday camp.

Two offences were said to have occurred in Furness Vale, Derbyshire, while others were said to have happened in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Bennell was a highly respected coach in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. He ran several feeder teams in the north west of England, including for English Premier League side Manchester City, which launched an investigation into his involvement with the club following the allegations.

Comment: Football pedophile scandal: Premier league club Manchester City launches investigation


Sheriff

Bad cop shoots inmate in chest with tear gas canister; good cop releases video footage and is now facing jail time

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In May of 2015, Lt. Cody Waller sent a nonviolent inmate to the hospital after firing a tear gas canister at close range, into the center of his chest. Waller will not be fired and faced no charges. However, the Free Thought Project has just learned that the good cop who filmed the abuse and leaked the video of it is facing two to 10 years in prison for blowing the whistle.

In a clear case of retaliation for exposing violence in his department, Elderick Brass, the officer who filmed the abuse, was indicted late last month and appeared in court last week to face felony charges.

"You have right and you have wrong, and this is definitely wrong," Brass told ABC13's Ted Oberg in August 2015. "This type of behavior is unacceptable. It wasn't warranted. You clearly see the offenders are not being aggressive; they're not cursing at staff, they're not doing any of that."

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) also admitted to 'several mistakes' they made that night:
  • The tear gas round used in the incident never should've been used inside. It was designed for outside use.
  • The tear gas round never should have been aimed towards an inmate's chest. Instead it is designed to be shot against a hard surface like the floor or a wall spreading the gas.
  • The prison system told ABC13 it should have been shot through a slot in the dormitory door, not feet away from two groups of angry inmates with numerous corrections officers in the room as well.

Red Flag

New frontier in the opioid crisis: People are now taking their pets' pain meds

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Law enforcement and veterinary officials are planning an outreach campaign to educate veterinarians about a new frontier in the opioid epidemic: people so desperate for drugs that they take medication that had been prescribed to pets.

"The misuse of pet medication has serious safety implications — for people and animals," said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, in a letter that will be printed in the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association newsletter this week. "Educating people about the signs of drug misuse, available treatment resources and how to properly store and dispose of all medications is a crucial part of helping to stem the tide of overdoses and death."

In her letter, Ryan said she had only recently learned of the issue, when she met a pet owner who said she couldn't understand why her pet was in pain despite having been prescribed medication. Then, the woman realized that a family member had been taking the animal's pills.

"It suddenly became clear why the pet had not been getting better," Ryan wrote.

Comment: Americans view opioids as biggest local drug epidemic in communities - poll


Attention

"We're puppets on a string": German journalist who spoke out about CIA control of media dies of heart attack


Udo Ulfkotte

Nothing to see here....natural causes....move along


Udo Ulfkotte, a German journalist and former editor of Germany's prestigous newpaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung who spoke out in recent years about the control of his profession by the CIA and US government, has died of a heart attack. He was 56.

Russia Insider conducted an exclusive interview with Ulfkotte in October 2014. Here is an excerpt:
We're talking about puppets on a string, journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know what's really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets.

I'm ashamed I was part of it. Unfortunately I cannot reverse this. Although my superiors at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung approved of what I did, I'm still to blame. But yes, to my knowledge I am the first to accuse myself and to prove many others are to blame.

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