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'Toxic' Trump trolls: Reddit vows to take 'aggressive' action in the form of warnings, timeouts and permanent bans

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has vowed to crack down on "poorly behaving communities" including the "toxic users" of the controversial subreddit dedicated to President-elect Donald Trump.

Reddit has installed a ban on "stickied" posts in the 'r/the_donald' community from appearing on the 'r/all' page, which is the site's latest move to block users that are "devoted to antagonizing the broader Reddit community".

"The United States is more divided than ever, and we see that tension within Reddit itself," wrote Huffman on the discussion site.

Comment: See also: Reddit CEO says he modified pro-Trump posts on The Donald subreddit after closing down #pizzagate discussion Of course, this is old news, while the reddit community may have been lulled into a false sense of security at the ousting of Chairman Pao, the truth is, reddit has been this way for a long time, as the infamous #gamergaters will recall.


Explosion at Italian oil refinery, residents ordered to stay indoors

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An explosion has been reported at one of Italy's biggest oil refineries in Sannazzaro de' Burgondi, near Pavia, about 40km south of Milan.

Local authorities have ordered residents to stay indoors while an emergency plan is activated.


Anti-Smoking Fascists: No smoking on your balcony or with open windows in certain hours, Austrian court tells man

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For the first time, the Austrian Supreme Court has ruled on when and where someone is permitted to smoke in their own home.

According to the court's decision, from now on a Viennese man is not allowed to smoke on his balcony or with the windows open from 8am to 10am, 12pm to 3pm, and 6pm to 8pm between May 1 and October 31, Austrian media report. From November 1 to April 30, he is not allowed to smoke 8am to 9am, 1pm to 2pm, and 7pm to 8pm. Every night, regardless of season, he is forbidden to smoke between 10pm and 6am.

The ruling is unprecedented in Austria.

"For the first time a smoking case has been heard at the OGH [Austrian Supreme Court],"Senate President of the Supreme Court Karl-Heinz Danzl told the Austria Press Agency.

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Violent & sexual crime on the rise in Britain

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Serious and violent crime incidents in the UK have trebled over the past five years, according to a new measurement which ranks crimes according to their severity.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal a rise in serious violent and sexual crimes, while non-violent crimes such as theft either stabilized or fell.

A new measurement, which ranks crimes on the basis of the harm they cause to society and individuals, found West Yorkshire had the highest crime severity score, with the London-based Metropolitan Police coming in second.


Arizona law enforcement officers equip Russian non-lethal handguns to curb police brutality

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American police recently purchased Russian-made Osa handguns that shoot rubber bullets and have a laser target pointer. The guns are supposed to reduce the number of casualties when it comes to standoffs between police and criminals.

Police brutality in the United States has been a subject to heated debates over the last couple of years. Now there is a hope that the situation could change for better. A sheriff's office in Arizona made an unprecedented purchase of 60 Osa guns and 10,000 shells. The Arizona police agency is the first in the US to buy the Russian-made non-lethal handgun. "Sheriffs in Arizona purchased a party of multifunctional Osa handguns. This is the first time in recent history when the American security forces officially purchased Russian non-lethal weapons," says a statement of the press-service of the Tekhmash group, the producer of the weapon.


Canadian rape case judge should be fired for saying to alleged rape victim-"Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?"

Canadian judge Justice Robin Camp
A judicial committee has called for top Canadian judge Justice Robin Camp to be discharged, after a case in which he asked an alleged rape victim why she could not "keep her knees together."

"We conclude that Justice Camp's conduct [...] was so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the judge incapable of executing the judicial office," a unanimous recommendation released on Wednesday by the five-person inquiry committee stated.

Justice Camp made headlines globally after it emerged he had aggressively questioned an alleged rape victim in a 2014 case, asking her why she hadn't done more to prevent the incident. At the time, the South African-born Camp was a provincial judge in Alberta, prior to being appointed to the Federal Court, making him one of the most senior legal authorities in the country.


'Truth in news' citizen offers $10,000 reward, payable in Bitcoin, for names of PropOrNot news hoaxers behind the WashPo Russian conspiracy fabrication

A private citizen working in the public interest to increase news transparency has announced a $10,000 reward, payable in Bitcoin, for the names of the PropOrNot news hoaxers. If successful, the names will be shared with the FBI, Sen. Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration.

Last week, the Washington Post was hoaxed by PropOrNot, which tricked the Post into printing an article that falsely claimed 200 independent news websites were being run by the Russian government. Natural News demanded the Washington Post retract the fabricated story, but the Post has so far refused to issue a retraction or apology, proving the news organization has abandoned all pretense of reporting factual news.

PropOrNot, a shadowy group at the center of the story, is obviously nothing more than a cabal of disgruntled, delusional liberals wallowing in paranoid delusions and political conspiracy theories. ( This is the new standard of "facts" the Washington Post now embraces, by the way.) While ridiculously accusing hundreds of websites of working for the Kremlin, the PropOrNot group hides behind anonymity, claiming they don't want to go public with their names out of fear of a Russian retaliation (there's that delusional paranoia kicking in again...)

Comment: See also:
  • Publications on Russian propaganda list consider suing anonymous 'experts'
  • Modern Operation Mockingbird: "Everyone Who Disagrees with Me Is a Russian Propagandist"

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14-year-old Syrian teen kicked off Berlin tram for wearing headscarf

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A Syrian teenager was reportedly kicked off a tram in Berlin for wearing a headscarf, after the driver shouted through a loudspeaker that he refused to transport her.

The 14-year-old entered the tram at around 2pm on Tuesday in the southeastern neighborhood of Friedrichshagen, according to a police report.

She wanted to ride until the nearest S-Bahn railway stop, but was not allowed to go that far. Instead, the driver demanded over the loudspeaker that she leave the tram immediately, telling her that he would not drive anyone who wears a headscarf.

None of her fellow passengers showed any support, and the girl then left the tram, according to the report.

She later shared the incident with an adult, who reported it to authorities. Police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Comment: See also: Wearing headscarf lowers women's chances for employment in Germany


Two American men mysteriously found dead on cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico

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A cruise ship at the port in Old San Juan on July 1, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Two American tourists aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas were found dead Wednesday afternoon, after it docked at Old San Juan Pier.

Authorities said the bodies showed no signs of violence and seemingly had died from natural causes.

The men were identified as Joseph M. Ambrussi, a 62-year-old retiree, and William Alan Forsytte, 55, a pharmacist. Both were traveling with their respective wives and planned to stay in hotels in Puerto Rico.

El Nuevo Dia reported that one of them died while the ship was at sea and that the other passed away once the ship had arrived at port.

The discovery came on the same day Puerto Rico was celebrating a new record of tourist arrivals in a single day, with a total of 24,117 passengers coming from six cruises.


Russian President Vladimir Putin praises people's unity, but says there's no way back to ideological monopoly

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2016.
The Russian president has praised the decisive victory of centrist conservatives United Russia in this year's parliamentary elections, but emphasized that the nationwide consent had nothing to in common with artificially-imposed ideology of the past.

In his annual address to the Federal Assembly (the official name of the Russian bicameral parliament), Vladimir Putin noted that the elections victory gave United Russia special responsibilities.

"The party now occupies constitutional majority of seats and is the main supporter of the government in the parliament. It is important to conduct the joint work in such way that all obligations and promises to the citizens are fulfilled," he said.

Comment: The US government and its citizens should take note of the words of wisdom from Russia's President Vladimir Putin.