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N. Korea calls off joint event with S. Korea, blames media - report

North Korea
© KCNA / Reuters
North Korea has cancelled a cultural performance due to be held in conjunction with South Korea next week, according to officials in Seoul.

South Korea's unification ministry said Monday that North Korea's decision to drop the event was "very regrettable,"Reuters reports. North Korea called off the event, blaming South Korean media for encouraging "insulting" public sentiment towards the North, the ministry added.

Comment: See also: North Korean delegation arrives in the South to inspect Olympic art performance venues


Airplane

Airline calls the shots: 'Humiliated' Instagram star removed from AA flight (VIDEOS)

American airlines
© Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters
Police removed Instagram fitness model Jen Selter from a New York-bound American Airlines flight over the weekend, after she got into a heated argument with a flight attendant.

The 24 year old posted several clips of the encounter, filmed by her sister, on Twitter which showed the aftermath of an argument between Selter and a male flight attendant.

Selter, who has 11.7 million Instagram followers, says the delayed flight had been sitting on the tarmac for more than two hours on Saturday night, when she got up to stretch and put her jacket away.

Selter says a flight attendant yelled at her to sit down so they could take off, but when she told him to "relax" because the two people sitting next to her were in the bathroom, he asked her if she wanted to be kicked off the plane. She jokingly replied "yes."

Attention

Kickstarter's PC ban on Swedish 'Rape Book' spurs avalanche of donations

Ann Heberlein
© CC BY-SA 3.0 / Frankie Fouganthin / Ann Heberlein
Kickstarter's ban against a crowdfunding attempt by a Swedish Conservative parliamentary candidate, who is writing a much-anticipated book about rape, has resulted in a torrent of direct donations greatly exceeding the initial goal.

Last week, Ann Heberlein's Kickstarter project for her upcoming book "Rape and Culture - a Survey of Group Rape" had been closed down following numerous reports of "racism." Before the ban, Heberlein managed to attract a total of SEK 161,704 ($21,500), still far short of the target of SEK 400,000 ($51,000).

"To survey the [Crime Prevention Council]'s statistics is thus 'racist.' Do you understand where we are heading? Freedom of expression is not threatened. It's throttled," a dismayed Ann Heberlein tweeted.

Comment: When reality collides with political correctness the result is always blatant censorship. It seems that the crowdfunder Kickstarter is not interested in allowing users to use its platform to fund projects that examine difficult truths. Stick with potato salad, pirate pancakes and Lionel Richie's head please, Kickstarters.

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House

Bottom of the housing ladder: UK families forced to live in deplorable housing conditions

Carley Jones and her seven-year-old son
© Alicia Canter for the Guardian
Carley Jones and her seven-year-old son live in a crumbling one-bedroom flat in Medway in Kent.
Carley Jones has seen the rent on her crumbling one-bedroom flat in Medway in Kent rise 40% in just three years, but she hasn't got much for her money. A hole in her seven-year-old son's bedroom wall lets in cold air so the heating is on non-stop. The plaster is coming away in the kitchen where the hot tap dribbles constantly. Jones sleeps in the living room, a broken smoke alarm hangs from the ceiling and laundry hangs, barely drying, in the damp bathroom.

"There are a lot of people going through this situation," said the 23-year-old part-time school cleaner. "It is so easy for private landlords to get away with it because there are so many people desperate to find a property."

Jones is not quite at the bottom of her area's housing ladder. A few yards from her front door, a middle aged man has been living in the doorway of a vacant shop for six months - one of 4,750 people currently sleeping on Britain's streets, according to the Ministry of Housing.

"I walk past him and think 'what if that is me soon'," she said. "I feel like a squatter in my own home. Rough sleeping is the next step down. There is a massive amount of stress and I now have depression and anxiety."

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Heart

Woman astonishes Chinese man by returning $19,000 he accidentally threw away

yuan Chinese currency
© AFP 2018/ FRED DUFOUR
The man was going to deposit the money in the bank after work, but mistakenly threw the bag with the banknotes away instead of the one with garbage. When he realized his mistake, it was too late, but the events took quite an unexpected turn later on.

A Chinese resident who accidentally dropped a plastic bag filled with banknotes totaling 124,000 yuan (US$19,600) into a public waste dumpster was absolutely over the moon after a neighbor found the money and returned it to the police, according to South China Morning Post.

The incident took place in the city of Dalian in northern China's Liaoning province.

Airplane

Silver-winning Vietnam football team gets rewarded with plane-ride bikini show; backlash on social media (VIDEO)

Vietjet bikini models
© Youtube / Vietjet
VietJet Air apparently decided that an improvised catwalk show of bikini-clad models onboard their flight is what a football team needs after playing a good game in the finals of the AFC Asian Cup.

Vietnam's U-23 football team managed to win a silver medal at the AFC Asian Cup after a tough competition, making it to the final game for the first time. They received an unexpected gift from the VietJet Air airline, which flew the team from Changzhou back to Hanoi. According to Taiwan News, it decided to invite several models to perform a bikini show onboard the team's flight.

In a video, filmed by one of the passengers and posted on YouTube, you can see that while some members of the team are enjoying the show and capturing it on their phones, others seem to feel a bit more awkward, or even embarrassed.

Mr. Potato

CNN Turkey falls for prank and reports 'American Sniper' star killed In Syria, Pentagon forced to deny

American Sniper
On Friday a Middle East regional CNN network reported that American Sniper Chris Kyle had been killed while embedded with US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria by invading Turkish troops, and the story went viral. Or maybe they meant to say actor Bradley Cooper?

Though priding itself for its brand recognition in setting the agenda for accurate mainstream news and top notch investigative journalism around the globe, CNN has once again embarrassed itself as its sister network, CNN Turk, fell for what should have been an easy to recognize prank. At the end of this week false reports that two US Special Forces members had been killed in Syria while embedded with American-backed Kurdish units fighting in the northwest Aleppo district of Afrin in Syria spread wildly through major Turkish media after CNN Turk reported it.

The only problem is that the identified US soldier purported to be featured in a photo circulating on social media which is the basis of CNN Turk's story was actually none other than "American Sniper" actor Bradley Cooper. That's right, as one classic and sadly all too literally serious headline from Newsweek reads - CNN Turkey Reports 'American Sniper' Bradley Cooper Killed In Syria, U.S. Military Denies.

Comment: For the Fake News professionals at CNN, if you see something on the Internet it must be true! No wonder your average news-junkie web-surfer makes better journalism these days.


Family

US high school teacher lectures class comparing military recruiting to prostitution, that Marines are "lowest of low" and "bunch of dumb sh*ts" (VIDEO)

Teacher Gregory Salcido stands in front of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera after a complaint has been filed against him on Wednesday July 21, 2010.
© SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/SWCITY
Teacher Gregory Salcido stands in front of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera after a complaint has been filed against him on Wednesday July 21, 2010.
A parent has filed a complaint with the school board over his classroom conduct and Salcido has been placed on paid administrative leave. Yes. The Left Hates America and Our Military

High School teacher Gregory Salcido who teaches at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, was caught on film during a rant about our military after seeing one of his students wearing a Marine sweater.

Salcido says many things during the 3 part video, however some of the most shocking things were calling the US military a "bunch of dumb sh*ts" and the "lowest of the low"

Comment: If the aim was to teach the children to think critically and question governments policies there are better ways to go about it. Though from these video's it seems the teacher is actually feeding his ego, abusing his position of authority by pushing his questionable opinions on the children, casually swearing - he's talking as though he's out at a bar with his friends.

The sorry state of schooling in America, and much of the Western world, is a damning reflection of the deterioration in society:


Bandaid

Planned Parenthood begins offering children transgender hormone therapy drugs

planned parenthood rally

Planned Parenthood has begun offering transgender hormone replacement therapy drugs to minors under the age of 18. The media is praising the move as a great leap forward.

From MySunCoast:
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Planned Parenthood is hoping to make life a little bit easier for the transgender community. They are now offering transgender hormone replacement therapy for those under the age of 18.

Beer

Seattle's soda tax hurts businesses and they're not happy about it

Coca-Cola bottles
© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Seattle business owners are fed up over the city's new sugary drink tax, which they say are driving their customers to competitors outside the city.
The absurdity of Seattle's new sugary drink tax was exposed earlier this month when adjusted Costco price labels made headlines nationwide.

Thanks to the 1.75 cents per ounce tax, a 36-pack of soda at a Seattle Costco rose in price by 75 percent, while a 35-pack of gatorade raised by similar levels. While city leaders say the tax will benefit the city, business leaders and representatives say the tax will do nothing but hurt Seattle businesses, their employees and, in the long-term, the city itself.

Jagajit Singh, who runs a pizzeria on the outskirts of Seattle, told KING-TV the tax puts her business at a severe disadvantage to businesses just down the street from her that are outside the city limits. Those businesses aren't subject to the "soda tax."

Comment: Trying to change behavior through penalizing taxes. The land of the free.

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