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German poll: Most Bavarians regard Muslims negatively

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More than four in five people in the German state of Bavaria have a negative attitude toward Muslims, a new study has found, also reporting that refugees, the long-term unemployed and Roma community are generally perceived negatively. More than half of the population of Bavaria demonstrated either "moderate" or "strong" antipathy towards Muslims living in Germany, a study conducted by the Social Studies Institute of the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich said. It also reported that another 34 percent of Bavarians said they had "slight" dislike for followers of Islam. Only 11 percent of respondents said they had no bad feelings about Muslims living in Germany, the research published on Monday added.

The study was based on a comprehensive survey that examined people's attitudes towards eight different "distinct" groups of society - Muslims, refugees, Jews, Roma, foreigners in general, as well as people of a different race, homosexuals and the long-term unemployed. It featured from three to 10 questions that varied depending on each group in focus and that were presented in the form of statements that the respondents had to agree or disagree with. The study particularly featured such statements as: "There are too many Muslims in Germany," "Foreigners/refugees endanger my financial situation/personal way of living," and "Many long-time unemployed people systematically shy away from work."

Comment: Clearly Germany is fast becoming a melting pot not to everyone's liking. One may optimistically hope all segments, of a rapidly changing societal makeup, would be accepting and tolerant of change. But, that is not human nature. By default we cling to our particular brand of 'normal,' sometimes to the extreme.

Bizarro Earth

A World gone mad: Voters should wake up to the issue of war versus peace

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The relentless drumbeat against Donald Trump continues. The Washington Post on October 14 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president while also including in the print edition nine articles, three op-eds, and three letters blasting the GOP candidate, including pieces in the Style and Metro sections of the paper. On the following day there were five articles, a lead editorial, three letters, two op-eds, and two cartoons. And the Post is not alone, with the New York Times doing its bit in running news articles on Trump's alleged sexual proclivities while the television media continue to run with the stories relating to earlier revelations. When Trump raised the possibility that all of this activity is being coordinated and possibly in part fabricated by the Clinton campaign, he was castigated for even suggesting such a thing.

More disturbing, in my opinion, is the role the White House has been playing in the drama. President Barack Obama has been active in speaking for Hillary and damning Trump, describing the GOP candidate as both unfit for office and lacking in the experience necessary to become head of state. There is a certain irony in Obama's assertions, as he himself entered office as probably the least experienced president of the past hundred years, but it is the White House's taking the lead in an electoral campaign that is at a minimum troubling. Traditionally, the president as head of state should be above the fray, as he is paid and empowered by the people to run the country, not to campaign for his successor. It is to be presumed that the Democratic National Committee foots the bill when Obama engages in campaign whistle-stops, but one has to wonder if that includes all the infrastructure costs involved in moving the president from place to place. And, undoubtedly, it would be difficult to winnow out costs when Obama combines campaigning and his official duties.

Mr. Potato

The Killary bully party

I've been trying to figure out what common trait binds Clinton supporters together. As far as I can tell, the most unifying characteristic is a willingness to bully in all its forms.

If you have a Trump sign in your lawn, they will steal it.

If you have a Trump bumper sticker, they will deface your car.

if you speak of Trump at work you could get fired.

On social media, almost every message I get from a Clinton supporter is a bullying type of message. They insult. They try to shame. They label. And obviously they threaten my livelihood.

Cloud Grey

Toxic cloud continues to spread over Iraq six days after ISIS sets fire to sulfur mine

© Thaier Al-Sudan / Reuters
Smoke rises from a sulfur factory after Islamic militants set fire to it releasing toxic smoke over the area at south of Mosul, Iraq, October 21, 2016.
A sulfur mine and stockpile set ablaze by Islamic State terrorists has produced a huge toxic residue cloud, along with some apocalyptic scenery. The fire, set near Mosul, was aimed at slowing down Iraqi troops attempting to retake the city.

The Al-Mishraq sulfur plant and mine were set on fire last Thursday, Iraqi commander Qusay Hamid Kadhem told AFP. At least two civilians in nearby villages have reportedly been killed from sulfur dioxide exposure, and 1,000 others have been treated for breathing problems.


Blowback? Journalists whine of victimization as Trump supporters turn on presstitute media

Triggered journalists from across the nation are bemoaning the treatment members of the press are receiving at Trump campaign rallies from the Trump supporters the media routinely misrepresents as ignorant racists, fascist Nazis, or disenchanted working whites.

With increasing regularity, these journalist snowflakes are "reporting" their victimization at the hands Trump supporters who chant mean things like, "CNN sucks" and call them names like "presstitutes."

For members of the media elite, the occasional taunts and jeers signal a dangerous threat to the free press. During an interview with Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer breathlessly asked Trump's campaign manager to ask Trump to stop calling out the press at his rallies because he is scared "there could be an ugly incident" between Trump supporters and the "hardworking young journalists" who cover his rallies.

Comment: 'Conflict engagement': How Democrat Strategists Plotted to Incite Violence at Trump Rallies

Heart - Black

Three Philadelphia prison guards charged for beating a handcuffed man unconscious

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Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center.
Three Philadelphia prison guards are facing charges including aggravated assault after allegedly beating up a handcuffed inmate and submitting a fraudulent report. They say the inmate harmed himself, but their actions were caught on video.

Milton Gibbs, 52, Terrance Bailey, 30, and Shaun Lowe, 26, are facing charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, and tampering with public records. There are also additional charges of misdemeanor, recklessly endangering another person, unsworn falsification to authorities, and obstructing the administration of law and official oppression. They turned themselves in for arrest on Wednesday.

"We cannot stand for any kind of assault, and this attack on a handcuffed inmate by sworn corrections officers is egregious. Every inmate who is held in our prisons deserves to be treated with dignity and respect," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said in statement following arrests of the three guards.


YouTube reinstates the account of Danney Williams, Bill Clinton's black 'son'

Danney Williams and Bill Clinton
YouTube on Wednesday terminated the account of Danney Williams, the 30-year-old man who has claimed since the 1990s to be the black son of former President Bill Clinton.

But YouTube suddenly reversed its decision on Thursday amid public outcry and reinstated the account in the early morning hours, posting a notice that said only: "After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service. As such, we have unsuspended your account."

When it terminated the account on Wednesday, YouTube cited unspecified "repeated or severe violations of our Terms of Use and/or Community Guidelines" and declared the account "cannot be restored."

The YouTube decision to terminate Williams' account blocked the nine-minute feature "BANISHED - The Untold Story of Danney Williams," which had received 1.2 million views since Williams posted it last week. Produced by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, it drew nearly 100,000 views per day and more than 1,000 viewer comments, with the overwhelming majority expressing support for Williams and outrage at the Clintons for not being willing to allow a DNA test to determine paternity.

Comment: Bill Clinton paternity saga continues: Prostitute's son wants DNA test

Gold Coins

Russia is stockpiling gold at an alarming rate — will the next world war be fought with currencies

With all eyes on Russia's unveiling their latest nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which NATO has dubbed the "SATAN" missile, as tensions with the U.S. increase, Moscow's most potent "weapon" may be something drastically different.

The rapidly evolving geopolitical "weapon" brandished by Russia is an ever increasing stockpile of gold, as well as Russia's native currency, the ruble.

Take a look at the symbol below, as it could soon come to change the entire hierarchy of the international order - potentially ushering in a complete international paradigm shift - and much sooner than you might think.


Life at migrant centers in Germany: RT talks to volunteers, refugees about their hopes and fears

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Some have faced criticism in their own country for aiding asylum seekers, while others are themselves migrants who have seen their accommodation centers burnt down. RT Russian talked to residents and volunteers at migrant centers in Germany.

Miriam Düsterhöft, 27, studies social science at university and believes that working at one of the refugee centers in Düsseldorf, Germany, will be a good experience.

Düsterhöft told RT Russian that she wants to help refugees to integrate into Europe.

"At first it was very difficult. There was a lack of essentials, it was hard to communicate with refugees. Many didn't make any effort to learn German," she said.


Cop accidentally discharges his weapon, sending a bullet into the wall of a daycare center

Authorities are only 'contemplating' criminal charges against an East Cleveland police officer today after he discharged his weapon sending a bullet hurling into a day care center.

The staff and children at the KinderCare Learning center were likely terrified when a bullet came blasting through the fence and lodged into the wall of the school around 3:35 pm on Tuesday.

Police have refused to release the name of the officer who negligently discharged his firearm. Authorities did, however, note that the officer was unloading his 9mm Glock inside his home, directly behind the daycare, when it 'accidentally' discharged.

Up until that point, the staff and parents of the children at KinderCare probably thought that their children were safer being neighbors with a police officer.