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Fail! Chelsea Clinton on Confederate statues: Christians don't memorialize the devil for his rebellion

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Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, has been spending a lot of time on Twitter during the last year attempting to expound on all manner of topics to show how engaged she is, but her attempt to compare Confederate statues to the worship of the devil did not fare so well.

The younger Clinton took to her Twitter account on Thursday to try to mix Biblical themes with Confederate themes, saying, "The story of Lucifer-who rebelled against God-is part of many Christians' traditions." Then she added that she never saw a statue of "Lucifer" in a church:

Some feel that Chelsea is attempting to set up a basis for a run for office by using her Twitter account to show how brilliant she is, but this particular tweet landed with a thud.

Whether or not you consider statues to Confederate generals an act of evil, Chelsea's point fell short just by dint of historical fact. The truth is, Lucifer has appeared in art, paintings, and sculptures - many of them appearing in churches and religious texts - since Christianity began.

2 + 2 = 4

Young Bostonian Tries to Reason With Leftist Radicals at Boston Protest... Bad Idea

A large group of leftist radicals converged on downtown Boston, August 19th, 2017
In a recent editorial on Sott.net, I advised readers not to 'take the bait' of joining one side or the other in the hystericized 'right Vs left' activism that is currently gripping the USA. Well, here's another piece of unsolicited advice: don't try and reason with those who are already chewing down on that bait, and loving it. A perfect example of why you should not make any such attempts was seen today at a rally of opposing groups in Boston.

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'Europe is lost': Barcelona's chief rabbi warned Jews to move to Israel because of threat of radical Islam

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In the aftermath of this week's terrorist attacks in Barcelona, the city's chief rabbi has warned his community that Jews in the region are doomed because of the threat of radical Islam.

At least 14 people were killed and over 100 injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the nearby coastal town of Cambrils. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

"I tell my congregants: Don't think we're here for good, and I encourage them to buy property in Israel," Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen said in an interview with Jewish news agency JTA.

"This place is lost. Don't repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [get out] early than late."


Facebook refused to remove flagged and illegal child pornography and ISIS videos - until questioned by UK press

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Britain's The Times reported that Facebook refused to remove potentially illegal terrorist and child pornography content despite it being flagged by users. This content potentially puts the social media giant at risk of criminal prosecution.

"Last month The Times created a fake profile on Facebook to investigate extremist content," Alexi Mostrous, the paper's head of investigations, reported Thursday. "It did not take long to come across dozens of objectionable images posted by a mix of jihadists and those with a sexual interest in children."

Mostrous reported that a Times reporter posed as an IT professional in his thirties, befriended more than 100 supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS), and joined groups promoting lewd or pornographic images of children. He then "flagged" many of the images and ISIS videos.

Facebook moderators reportedly kept online pro-jihadist posts including one praising ISIS attacks "from London to Chechnya to Russia and now Bangladesh in less than 48 hours," promising to bring war "in the heart of your homes." The site's moderators also refused to remove an official news bulletin posted by the Islamic State praising the slaughter of 91 "Christian warriors" in the Palm Sunday bombings of two Egyptian churches.


Leaked screenshots reveal alt-right provocateur, Jason Kessler, did nothing as car attacks were planned on his server

Alt-Right Leader Jason Kessler Watched While Car Attacks Were Planned on His Server.

Kessler's recruits openly discussed using cars as weapons to "exterminate" protesters.

Alt-Right Exposed - Jason Kessler, former Occupy Wall Street coordinator and confirmed leftist provocateur, ran a Discord server where white supremacists discussed armed attacks and running protesters over with vehicles.

Here is a screenshot from the Discord server that James Kessler (MadDimension) ran. In the upper right corner, you can see that he is logged in and is moderating the chat, while they plan.

One member, "AltCelt(IL)" posted a picture of a large bus, running over people in a crowd. He then stated:

"This will be us."


Teen killed by cop after flashing his brights - judge approves excessive force lawsuit

It was announced in 2015 that the officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Deven Guilford for flexing his rights, would not be charged with any crimes. His family was devastated. However, after a long fight in the courts, a judge ruled that the federal lawsuit against Sgt. Jonathan Frost can proceed to trial on two claims of excessive force.

As the Lansing State Journal reported:
Judge Paul Maloney heard oral arguments Tuesday from attorneys for the family of Deven Guilford and the attorney representing Sgt. Jonathan Frost. Frost's attorney had previously filed a motion for summary judgment, asking Maloney to dismiss the case.

Maloney's order issued Friday afternoon dismissed claims for unlawful stop, seizure, arrest, and excessive force prior to Frost's decision to use his stun gun on Guilford. However, Maloney allowed two claims of excessive force to proceed, writing that "factual disputes" about what transpired after Frost fired his stun gun, and later, his service weapon, can be resolved by a jury.

Maloney detailed those "factual disputes" in his 38-page opinion and was pointed in his criticism, addressing what he described as inconsistencies between Frost's account and the evidence. He added that a jury could find that some of what Frost says occurred was "almost inconceivable."
That fateful night in 2015, Deven was traveling along the road and flashed his lights at an officer because his headlights were so bright that they nearly made Deven run off the road. He was then pulled over by Sgt. Frost of the Eaton County Sheriff's Office, who stopped the young man for no other reason than the fact that he flashed his lights.


The New Prince: What does Charlottesville teach us about America's class consciousness?

The attacks in Charlottesville raises a lot of important questions about the nature of class consciousness in America. Here's what we have learned.
The Romans never liked the dictum we constantly hear from the wise men of our day, that time will take care of things. - Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
The aftermath of the Unite the Right protests in Charlottesville, VA raises very important questions about class consciousness in the United States.

Following the Occupy Movement - a subsidy of the Open Society Foundation - and January Women's March, also linked to over 50 Soros organizations, disturbing trend have revealed that American "class consciousness" is merely the work of billionaire reactionaries.

The 11-12 August rally featured two eclectic camps, whose interactions led to the catastrophe which killed 32 year-old Heather Hayer and two police officers.

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2 dead, 6 injured in stabbing attack in Turku, Finland - UPDATE

© Linda Manner / Reuters
Finnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station, after stabbings in Turku, in Helsinki, Finland August 18, 2017
Two people died and six were injured in an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said.

Police said that there was currently just a single suspect in the stabbing case, adding that it was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism.
The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku. People are asked to leave and avoid the center of Turku.

— L-S poliisi (@L_S_poliisi) August 18, 2017
The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that an elderly woman and a young boy were among the injured, citing an eyewitness.

Comment: After evaluating "information received during the night", authorities are now investigating this as a terror attack. The suspect is an 18-year-old Moroccan. Five additional suspects, also Moroccans, have been detained in connection; they were in contact with the main suspect.

Update: The suspect has been identified as an asylum seeker. He arrived in Finland in 2016. Authorities say he deliberately targeted women. After being shot by police, the suspect is now being treated in hospital. An international arrest warrant for a sixth suspect was also issued.


Vietnam War era shell explodes killing 6 family members

© Jorge Silva / Reuters
US Air Force bombs dropped during the Vietnam War.
Six people in Vietnam were killed when a wartime era bomb exploded in the nation's Khanh Hoa province on Friday and struck a residential building, according to local reports.

The incident took place in a mountainous area close to To Hap town, with Baomoi reporting that the victims have been identified as members of the same family. Four children are among the dead.

According to the VN Express, one of the residents of the property had earlier collected the dormant explosive, thought to be a shell or mortar, in order to harvest it for scrap metal.

RT.com has contacted the Vietnamese local government for further details.

Images of the aftermath show emergency personnel transporting an injured person from the scene on a stretcher.


Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova says good cigar enough to bring down stress

© Egor Zaika/Tatler
A good cigar is enough to relieve stress, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with Tatler, adding however that this happens barely once a year.

"A cigars helps relax, indeed," she said. "I have never flirted with alcohol - neither in university, nor later on. I can have a glass of champagne, that's all.