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Anonymous declares war on Donald Trump - promises to dismantle 'hateful' campaign

Anonymous and Trump
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In December, shortly after Trumps comments about banning Muslims and "shutting down part of the Internet," Anonymous released a statement, decrying his tyrannical statements and declared #OpTrump.

While there have been some small cyber attacks launched against the billionaire presidential candidate since this 'declaration,' none have been so significant until earlier this month. On March 5, the hacktivist collective released Trump's voicemail messages showing how the liberal media is supporting his campaign.

The move to hack the voicemail of Trump was bombshell. And now, Anonymous has vowed to relaunch cyber-operations against the US presidential candidate starting April 1.
"Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing. Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America [but] you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your audience wants to hear but in reality you don't stand for anything except for your personal greed and power," the video states.
The video is a call to arms for hacktivists worldwide to join together and "dismantle his campaign."
"We need you to shut down his websites, to research and expose what he doesn't want the public to know. We need to dismantle his campaign and sabotage his brand. We are encouraging every able person with a computer to participate in this operation. This is not a warning, this is a declaration of total war. Donald Trump - it is too late to expect us."
Anonymous has listed the targets of their attack online, as well as the resources necessary to carry out them out.


Comment: Courting the media: Anonymous hacked messages from Trump shows cozy relationship with MSNBC


Heart - Black

Child abuse survivors launch report demanding redress from N. Ireland Executive

crying child
© Reuters
Survivors of historic child abuse at residential institutions have launched a report urging Stormont to provide redress for the physical, sexual and emotional abuse they suffered in children's homes across Northern Ireland.

Victims gathered outside the parliament buildings on Tuesday to launch the report, which calls on the Executive for reparations, counseling services, and a full apology for the abuse.


Dollar

Russia continues to regain foreign investor interest

Moskva-City
© Grigory Dukor / ReutersA view shows the Kremlin wall, with the Moscow International Business Center also known as "Moskva-City" seen in the background, in Moscow, Russia.
Foreign portfolio investments in Russian assets are on the rise for a second week in a row, Russia's business magazine Expert cited Emerging Portfolio Fund Research.

According to the magazine, Russian assets are a leading investment even among other developing economies. In the week ending March 9, Russia's equity funds have attracted $177.5 million in foreign investment.

Last time Russia saw such an influx was a year ago at the conclusion of the Minsk agreements [Ukraine ceasefire deal - Ed.], Expert wrote, citing Sberbank CIB.

"It seems that foreign investors believe in further growth of oil prices or at least that they will not fall again, despite the fact that prices have risen nearly 50 percent from their January lows," said the business magazine.

Comment: Last time it was the Minsk agreements, this time it's the Syrian ceasefire. Interesting how promoting peace around the world seems to attract investors.


Apple Green

Italy to adopt food waste laws that encourage donations and save €12 billion annually

produce stand
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Italy could become next in line after France in the EU to force supermarkets and restaurants to abide by new laws to combat food waste. Businesses throwing away unsold food costs the economy €12 billion a year.

Having passed the lower house on Monday, the bill is currently being discussed by the Senate. The document has received widespread bipartisan support and is a collection of 17 articles involving both food regulations and fiscal matters.

Every year Italy wastes an estimated 5.1 million tons of food, a sizeable part of which is still fit for consumption. Currently there are several saving-oriented schemes being operated by non-profits Food Bank and Last Minute Market.

If the bill passes the final hurdle, Italy will become the next EU nation after France which decided to adopt the approach in February, albeit with a difference: while the French seek to punish supermarkets and restaurants who throw away unsold food with a hefty fine of €75,000, the Italians are adopting a reward-based approach.

"Punishing wasters is not so helpful: this is all about encouraging donations," Democratic Party MP Mario Chiara told La Republica. "It should be understood that recovered food isn't waste but the extension of good food. And this law makes it clear, because it is based on the concept of gift."

Hearts

'Everything is great': Crimea celebrates 2 years since historic referendum to rejoin Russia

Crimea referendum celebrations
Celebration in Simferopol’s Lenin Square following the Crimean secession vote in March 2014.
Two years ago an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted in favor of reuniting with Russia - a move that was met by Western condemnation and sanctions. While the sanctions persist, attitudes towards the people's choice are changing.

Crimea's population refused to recognize the new government in Kiev, which came to power on February 21, 2014, viewing it as illegitimate. The citizens of the autonomous republic, home to an ethnic majority Russian population, feared the coup-imposed leadership wouldn't represent their interests and respect their rights and choices.

Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the peninsula, voted for independence from Ukraine and to rejoin Russia in a referendum on March 16, 2014. The decision was supported by more than 1.2 million people, or roughly 97 percent of voters with an 83-percent turnout.

Pocket Knife

Fed wildlife officials to clear-cut endangered spotted owls' habitat for salvage logging, many will die

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© www.flickr.comSpotted owl, endangered species in Klamath National Forest, a trade off for salvage logging.
Up to 103 northern spotted owls — a species listed as threatened — may be killed in the Klamath National Forest for the sake of timber sales, thanks to federal wildlife officials.

In the summer of 2014, lightning fires affected 6,800 acres of forest, allowing the area to recover after years of fire suppression, while also increasing prey species for the owl. But the Westside Fire Recovery Project would allow the area to be clear-cut — ostensibly for ecological purposes. "Natural fires restored the forest after decades of fire suppression and gave spotted owls a kitchen full of food," explained Jay Lininger, a Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) senior scientist. "Owls can thrive with fire, but they cannot survive clear-cutting after fire."

An opinion written by the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in February claims the logging could "incidentally take" 74 adult owls and between 12 and 29 juveniles, though it would not affect the species as a whole.

However, over 70 percent of the land slated for logging "overlaps Late-Successional Reserves designated by the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan to secure old-growth forest habitat for crashing spotted owl populations and prevent their extinction," reported CBD.

Northern spotted owls have been sharply declining across their entire range at an annual rate of 4 percent between 1985 and 2013, according to a recent study. The Klamath Mountains — including a portion of the area to be clear-cut — are believed to be ideal for recovery of the species in the Cascades and Coast ranges. "Clear-cut logging at that scale in occupied habitat is a major setback for spotted owl recovery," said Lininger.

Comment: Can't we do better than this? Up to 57 established owl nesting grounds are on the chopping block. When left to bureaucracy or business, who gives a 'hoot.'


Cell Phone

Man charged in Michigan mass shooting says that Uber app controlled him and made him 'feel like a puppet'

The Uber driver in Michigan charged with murdering six people
© Reuters/Kalamazoo County Court/Handout via ReutersJason Dalton is seen on closed circuit television during his arraignment in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, on Feb. 22, 2016.
The Uber driver in Michigan charged with murdering six people last month in a shooting spree told investigators that the ride-sharing app had the ability to "take over" his body, a local television station reported on Monday.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department provided WZZM-TV around 100 pages worth of documents related to the deadly rampage in which Jason Dalton is charged in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Reuters could not independently verify the report. The Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney's Office declined to release the documents when asked on Monday. Dalton's attorney, Eusebio Solis, could not immediately be reached to comment.

Dalton, 45, told police that when he would press a button on his phone screen, the horned cow head of a devil would appear and give him an assignment that he said would "literally take over" his body, WZZM reported.

Comment: Considering what we now know about the manufactured nature of many mass shootings, and considering what we know about the technology that exists to trigger victims of mind control, and considering the huge numbers of mass shooters who were known to be on psychotropic drugs, perhaps there is more than a little grain of truth to what Jason Dalton said about the feeling that he was being 'controlled' - even if he was mentally unstable to begin with.


Stormtrooper

Texas cop 'pepper sprays' passing bikers on highway

Cop pepper spraying bikers
What happened to "protect and service" ?
A police investigation has been launched after a video posted online appears to show an officer macing a group of bikers on a highway in Texas.TrendsViral

The video was posted Monday, a day after the incident took place on the US Highway 297 in Fort Worth.

The episode began when a police officer pulled over a red pickup truck which was traveling with the bikers and issued citations to the driver for not having a license, and to two others for standing in the bed of the truck.

As the bikers approach, the video shows the officer get out of his vehicle and spray them with what seems to be pepper spray.

Comment: If a regular citizen did what the cop did they'd be arrested and charged with several crimes. But the cop? He was placed on leave - probably paid leave.


Eye 1

Russian brings charges against adoptive US parents for '9 years of incest, sexual servitude'

Ralph Flynn, Carolyn Flynn
© Santa Clara County Sheriff's OfficeRalph Flynn (L), Carolyn Flynn.
A 23-year-old Russian citizen adopted by an American couple from California has filed a lawsuit against the parents, accusing them of longstanding sexual abuse. The adoptive mother and father face dozens of counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and incest.

Denis Flynn, 23, was adopted by Ralph and Carolyn Flynn when he was nine years old.

At first, the journey to America for the Russian boy who had spent three years in an orphanage appeared to be a dream.

"I had my own bed, my own TV, fantastic food. Things," the San Jose Mercury News cited Denis as saying. "I was given a few months to enjoy this new life."

Denis came back down to Earth with a bang when his new father Ralph Flynn, now 71, reportedly started to sexually abuse him on a regular basis.

"I knew in the beginning it was wrong, but fear took over," said the young man, who firmly decided he was "not going back to the orphanage."

Making his first public media comments on the issue at the Alexander Law Group in San Jose, California, at the beginning of March, Denis claimed that sexual encounters soon became more frequent, "from three times a month to almost every day, to every morning, every afternoon, every evening." When the boy turned 15, Carolyn Flynn, now 44, allegedly became involved in the sexual abuse of her adopted son, too.

"That was my first time. That was a mind trip as well. I lost my virginity to my mom," Denis Flynn told detectives in an interview with Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Dollar

This is a 'love fest'? Trump sees no violence at his rallies

Donald Trump
© Reuters/Dominick Reuter
A protest broke out during a Donald Trump rally at Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina Monday. The format was a Q&A with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who has been awkwardly campaigning with Trump. A small group of people held up signs asking people to turn their backs on hate. While the protesters were escorted from the building without incident, Trump took the opportunity to address the violence at his rallies.

"We had one a few weeks ago in Alabama, 35,000 people. No disruption. No nothing. But the press is now calling it, saying, 'Oh but there's such violence.' There's no violence. You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think like basically none. Other than, I guess, somebody got hit once or something, but there's no violence. And you know in Chicago, we canceled because I didn't want to see, I mean, this huge group of people formed, like 3,000. We're going to have 25,000 people in Chicago, rather, and they've given me a lot of credit, Chris, because rather than having the rally and having people fighting, because we feel great, the people that are supporters of Donald Trump want to see America be great again."


Comment: In spite of the cancellation, there were reports of fighting breaking out inside the Pavilion and videos have surfaced of protesters and supporters nearly coming to blows as both groups had to be restrained.

Chicago Trump rally cancelled amid protests and chaos


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