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Whoopi Goldberg: "Stupid" UCLA players embarrassed their country and their president - who got "their a**es" out of China

Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts on ABC's "The View" expressed their astonishment Thursday at the fact that three UCLA freshmen basketball players were accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China.

The players were arrested by Chinese police and only released this week after President Donald Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intercede. Goldberg said the players embarrassed Trump and the country, but credited the president for helping the players return to the U.S.

"You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president," Goldberg said. "Now I'm not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool."

"If this isn't the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you're over six-feet tall, and black-" she continued.

"You kinda stick out," Sunny Hostin interjected.

"Is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?" Goldberg asked, recounting how they were detained for stealing items from a Louis Vuitton store in a foreign country without many black people.

Comment: What should we expect? America is the exceptional nation. Its athletes, by default, are equally exceptional. Shouldn't they be able to take whatever they want, whenever they want? Isn't that what the U.S. does?


New rules mean extra welfare benefits for UK polygamists - because multiculturalism

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Men with more than one wife will qualify for extra benefits under the new welfare system, according to official House of Commons research.

Under the universal credit welfare system, which is not expected to be fully introduced until 2021, polygamous households will be rewarded with higher benefits, The Sunday Times reports.

In the UK, it is illegal to marry more than one person.

Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are only recognised in Britain if they took place in countries where they are legal, such as Middle Eastern states, Pakistan and Zambia.

There no official figures but it is estimated that there may be as many as 20,000 polygamous marriages in the British Muslim community.

Currently, a husband and his first wife are paid up to £114.85 a week. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive around £40 each.


More remains of U.S. soldier found in Niger after widow questioned whether he was in casket for funeral

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The remains of a soldier killed under mysterious circumstances after an ambush in Niger were found in the African country in early November.
Additional remains of a U.S. soldier killed in a mysterious Niger ambush were reportedly found in the African nation earlier this month - even though his funeral had already been held, with his widow questioning whether he was even in the casket.

The military and an FBI team in Niger discovered more remains of Sgt. La David Johnson about a month after he and three other American soldiers were killed in the ambush, CNN reported Tuesday. The announcement adds another layer of confusion to the ambush, which is still under investigation and has led to continuing factual disputes.

Johnson's wife, Myeshia Johnson, had told ABC News in October the military barred her from seeing her husband's body, making her very suspicious of what was in the casket at his funeral in later that month. It was a closed casket funeral.

"They won't show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband's body from head to toe, and they won't let me see anything," she said. "I don't know what's in that box. It could be empty, for all I know."

Comment: The reason there's so little information about the ambush because the American troops were in all likelihood acting illegally:
Nigerien soldier contradicts Pentagon narrative: Special forces were on search-and-destroy mission. It really says a lot about military leadership that they would not only send these men on an illegal mission and lie about it, but then lie to the deceased's widow about the whereabouts of his body. But then, when you're in the business of butchery, what more should we expect?

Red Flag

Flood of sexual assault allegations coming out of Hollywood puts LAPD into uncharted territory

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Harvey Weinstein
The flood of sexual assault allegations coming out of the Hollywood entertainment industry has the Los Angeles Police Department negotiating uncharted territory.

Never before has the department received so many sexual assault allegations involving high-profile figures at one time, including many complex cases that are years old with multiple alleged victims, officials say.

The department has re-engineered its detective staff to deal with the influx. The LAPD has established five teams of two detectives to exclusively investigate allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. The teams include members of the cold-case unit, because those detectives are experts in dealing with old criminal allegations that lack physical evidence.

"They know where to go. They know how to jog people's memories," said LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes, who oversees the Robbery-Homicide Division and is managing the task force. "We've [gotten] an unprecedented number of calls."

The LAPD now has 28 open investigations related to Hollywood and media figures, including mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Ed Westwick, writer Murray Miller and agent Tyler Grasham. The department has also taken 37 other sex crimes reports that it has sent to other law enforcement agencies, believing the alleged crimes occurred in those jurisdictions.


Dough Debacle: Ecoli outbreaks linked to raw flour

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In 2015 and 2016, E. coli-tainted flour sickened dozens of people in the United States, most of whom had eaten raw dough or batter while baking.
Eggs, long condemned for making raw cookie dough a forbidden pleasure, can stop taking all the blame. There's another reason to resist the sweet uncooked temptation: flour.

The seemingly innocuous pantry staple can harbor strains of E. coli bacteria that make people sick. And, while not a particularly common source of foodborne illness, flour has been implicated in two E. coli outbreaks in the United States and Canada in the last two years.

Pinning down tainted flour as the source of the U.S. outbreak, which sickened 63 people between December 2015 and September 2016, was trickier than the average food poisoning investigation, researchers recount November 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Usually, state health departments rely on standard questionnaires to find a common culprit for a cluster of reported illnesses, says Samuel Crowe, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who led the study. But flour isn't usually tracked on these surveys. So when the initial investigation yielded inconclusive results, public health researchers turned to in-depth personal interviews with 10 people who had fallen ill.


Researcher believes there are thousands of serial killers in America

Hargrove in an appearance on ABC News.
A new report from The New Yorker estimates that 2,000 serial killers are currently at large in the United States. According to archivist and researcher Thomas Hargrove, tracking the habits and status of serial killers comes down to data analysis, which he's been carrying out independently for years.

Hargrove is a part of the Murder Accountability Project (MAP), a non-profit that aggregates data on homicides and feeds it into Hargrove's algorithm, which he sometimes refers to as a serial killer detector. Serial murder, according to the FBI's official definition, is the "unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events." A pause in between murders is sometimes referred to as a "cooling off period".

In 2016, Vox published analysis of similar data from Dr. Mike Aamodt at Radford University in Virginia. He found that serial killers were on the decline, as a whole, and that most killed simply because they enjoyed it.


Married Pakistani doctor blames "different cultural norms" after molesting 21-yo student nurse - UPDATE: Keeps job

A married Pakistani doctor molested a Muslim student nurse then blamed it on 'different cultural norms' in the UK.

Father-of-two Imran Qureshi, 44, from Manchester, said the 21-year-old woman was 'sexually available' because she had previous boyfriends.

He grabbed her breast and told her he wanted an affair after he forced himself on her as they worked together at a hospital.

Qureshi later admitted he made a 'misjudgement' - blaming his behaviour on 'cultural norms being different' in the UK and Pakistan.

Comment: If that's his excuse, he should go to Pakistan. When you move to a different country, you adopt their cultural norms. It's pretty simple.

But the nurse known only as Miss A, was said to be 'shaken up and distraught' after reporting how locum senior house officer Qureshi grabbed her chest before trying to 'make light' of it and then becoming aggressive.

He was said to have told Miss A he was unhappy in his marriage and was hoping for a romance with her. Unbeknown to the doctor, Miss A was secretly recording the conversation on her mobile phone.

Comment: (Nov. 22) While Qureshi was ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register last year, the medical tribunal in Manchester concluded that erasing his name from the MedicalRegister 'would be disproportionate, punitive and not in the public interest'. He was instead suspended for a year:
Panel chairman Nicholas Flanagan told the doctor: 'Given the length of time you had been in the United Kingdom at that stage and the fact you were fully aware of the differences in culture, because of your experiences with your wife, you should have recognised Ms A's reluctance in light of your shared cultural understanding.

'The Tribunal concluded there is a low but nevertheless not insignificant risk of harm to another individual by a repetition of your behaviour.' He added: 'You stated this was an isolated case, and that you will never cross boundaries in this manner again. You told the Tribunal you are the main culprit, that you and your family suffered, as well as the complainant and her family.'

Qureshi had claimed he made a 'misjudgement' on June 3, 2015 and failed to spot a 'red light' warning him not to make an advance towards the Muslim student. ... Qureshi's lawyer Lee Gledhill said: 'This was a moment of madness, a short, brief period of touching due to him misreading the signals. 'It has had a profound impact on his personal and financial life but he has had a long time to think about his actions and he is extremely remorseful.'

Magic Wand

'Sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!': Dying woman granted final wish by compassionate paramedic

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A dying Australian woman was granted her final wish, when paramedics transporting her to palliative care took a detour, so she could look at the ocean one last time.

The patient's story was posted to Facebook by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) who said the tale was "too good not to share." The post, which has been shared more than 13,000 times, was accompanied by a picture of paramedic Graeme Cooper holding the woman's gurney on a patch of rough ground as they both looked out to sea.

"A crew was transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again," the post read.

"Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity - tears were shed and the patient felt very happy. Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills - sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!"


Slain Baltimore detective was set to testify at trial of corrupt cops

Slain Baltimore homicide Detective Sean Suiter was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in the case against a squad of indicted officers on the day after he was shot, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening.

The revelation brings together two cases that have sent shock waves through the Police Department and the city as a whole: the federal prosecutions of eight members of the department's elite gun task force, who are accused of shaking down citizens and conspiring with drug dealers, and the killing of Suiter last week in West Baltimore, the first of an on-duty officer by a suspect in 10 years.

Davis said Wednesday that federal authorities have told him "in no uncertain terms" that Suiter was not a target of their investigation into the Gun Trace Task Force. He said authorities have no reason to believe Suiter's killing was connected to his pending testimony.

"The BPD and FBI do not possess any information that this incident ... is part of any conspiracy," Davis said. He said evidence shows the shooting occurred spontaneously, as Suiter investigated a suspicious person in the Harlem Park neighborhood.

"There is no information that has been communicated to me that Detective Suiter was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father," he said.

Comment: This comes after speculation online that Suiter's partner may have been involved in Suiter's death. Davis ruled this out, saying that the surveillance evidence obtained "refutes the notion that Det. Suiter's partner was anything but just that, his partner." Since they don't have a suspect, you'd think the BPD would admit that they cannot say definitively whether or not Suiter's death might be connected to his upcoming testimony.

See also: Cops hunt killer of dead Baltimore police detective

Che Guevara

Jordan Peterson was right about universities and Bill C-16

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El profesor Jordan Peterson en la Universidad McMaster

The leaked audio from Lindsay Shepherd from the faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University confirms our worst fears.

Comment: Well that didn't take long...and they said it wouldn't be used for this kind of thing.