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Unhinged left-wing Buzzfeed editor slams Gateway Pundit coverage of NYC Islamist terror attack

Ryan Roderick Buzzfeed
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Buzzfeed Editor Ryan Roderick
Buzzfeed's Deputy Global News Editor Ryan Broderick attacked The Gateway Pundit for accurately reporting on the Islamist terror attack in New York City Monday morning. The bomb exploded prematurely, wounding the bomber, an ISIS-inspired immigrant from Bangladesh, and three victims.

Within minutes of reports of the explosion at the Port Authority bus terminal near Times Square around 7:30 a.m. EST, Broderick was tracking and posting the reaction by "the far right." Broderick painted his reports in conspiratorial tones with the statement, "The far-right is beginning to activate over the reports of an explosion in NYC."


Sabotage? Huge explosion in Austria knocks out major distribution hub for Russian gas in Europe - 1 dead, 18 injured

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A column of fire is seen after an explosion ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub in Baumgarten, Austria.
One person has been killed and 18 injured in an explosion at Austria's main gas pipeline hub, according to police. Fire engines, ambulances and a rescue helicopter have reportedly been deployed to the area, and all work has been halted at the site.

"Eighteen people are injured and one is dead," police chief Markus Haindl said, as quoted by Sputnik. He added that "technical problems" caused the explosion, and that there was "no indication of terrorism."

Several media outlets previously put the number of people injured at around 60.

Gas Connect Austria, which works in partnership with OMV Group, has stated that one person is missing and 12 others injured, while Austrian police have denied that anyone was killed in the blast.

Comment: Latest is that 1 is confirmed dead and 18 were injured.

This could just be an accident. Or it could be something else.

Do not underestimate US ire at Russia for 'poaching' Europe from it.

When they see Austria's future leader on such friendly terms with Russia's foreign minister, they can find nasty, petulant ways to communicate their disapproval:

Austrian FM Kurz praises meeting with Lavrov at OSCE


Fake News: National Geographic's viral polar bear video isn't what it seems

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The viral video showing an emaciated and starving bear desperately searching for food has garnered massive attention around the world, but in the six days since its publication serious doubts have emerged among the scientific and indigenous communities.

Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik has been surveying the animal populations on the western shore of the Hudson Bay, Canada in the periphery of the Arviat community, for the last seven years, collaborating with organizations such as the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). His work involves harm reduction and conservation efforts; essentially limiting human contact with the polar bears.

"I wasn't totally surprised. These things happen," Ikakhik told CBC Radio. "Mother Nature is going to do part of that. You know, it's just part of the cycle. Everybody probably was shocked to see a really skinny bear, but this is not my first time seeing something like this."

The viral video, which shows a beleaguered and emaciated bear desperately searching for food in an abandoned fishing camp on Somerset Island, has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on Instagram in the six days since it was uploaded, and stolen headlines and hearts across the world.

Comment: Manipulating people with lies and deception, regardless of the intention, can only bear spoiled fruit.

Bizarro Earth

Transmarginal inhibition: The trauma that forever changed us

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You never come out on the other end of trauma the same. Witnessing horrors real time and going through the experience of mind bending pains is something that alters reality and induces an endless stream of sadness and haunting memories. This is why veterans who fight in wars come back home and become homeless or why children who suffer unimaginable ordeals end up enduring a life of distress as adults. Though some endure agonies that are more excruciating than others, all of us in time experience the traumas that life brings and the ennui that comes with it.

I write this in light of the attempted terror attack that took place this afternoon as a depraved soul tried to snuff out innocent lives in order to advance an ideology of hate. Targeting civilians and exterminating men, women and children who have nothing to do with combat are actions of depraved souls. Violence can't birth peace nor can hate be the answer to hate; killing non-combatants to advance a political, economic or religious manifestos is pure evil. Whether the people blowing up lives and buildings call their targets infidels or collateral damage is a difference without a distinction. This is the pure folly of waging a war against terror; destroying nations and unleashing a bloodletting upon the masses will only create more terrorists and lead to a never ending campaign of tit for tat carnage.

Comment: The author is describing the effects of a deliberate program of transmarginal inhibition being practiced on populations around the world, breaking the spirit of common people and rendering them torpid in the face of growing tyranny.


Convicted: Californian man kidnapped, sexually assaulted two underage boys for years - tried to get son to silence or kill victims

Randy John Morasch
A Riverside County man was convicted this week of 22 counts involving the kidnapping and sexual assault of two underage boys, whom he threatened to kill and then tried to keep from cooperating with investigators, officials said.

Randy John Morasch, 55, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to a Dec. 8 Riverside County District Attorney's Office news release.

From 2005 to 2009, and from 2013 to 2014, Morasch offered employment, lavish gifts and housing to two separate, underage boys at his home in Aguanga, east of Temecula, Deputy District Attorney Marcus Garrett said in an interview.

At his home, Morasch sexually assaulted the victims, threatened them with violence and told them he would kill them or out them as homosexuals if they exposed the activities taking place, Garrett said.

Morasch met the first victim, a 16-year-old runaway, at a feed store in 2005. He offered the boy employment in construction and promised him ammunition to shoot guns at the home, Garrett said.

Comment: No doubt, Morasch probably thinks of himself as a good person: he did a lot for those teens, and that's how they repay him? By trying to ruin his life? That's the criminal mind for you.

No Entry

Stating the obvious: American NGO finds there is no freedom of speech in Ukraine

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The American NGO "Human Rights First" has criticized restrictions on freedom of speech in Ukraine in its recent report "Democracy in Danger: Ukraine at the Crossroads on the Fourth Anniversary of Euromaidan."

"The media in Ukraine are largely controlled by influential people who use these platforms to promote the interests of their political and business partners."

At the same time, the Ukrainian government silences critics, those who doubt the commitment of the country of democracy.

Cowboy Hat

Russia's FSB has foiled ISIS-linked bomb plot targeting New Year celebrations and Russian 2018 presidential election

Russian FSB
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Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has foiled the plot of a terrorist group which planned to bomb New Year celebrations. The group also reportedly intended to target the March presidential election.

Russia's security services thwarted terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, that were to occur during the presidential election campaign and New Year holidays, FSB Director and head of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee Aleksandr Bortnikov said on Monday.

The bombings were planned by members of an ISIS-affiliated group, a separate statement by the FSB press service said. Three nationals of Central Asian countries were arrested, and two AK-47 assault rifles, two improvised bombs and other explosive materials were seized during the operation.


Moscow court issues arrest warrant for WADA informant Grigory Rodchenkov on charges of drug trafficking

Grigory Rodchenkov
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Grigory Rodchenkov
The former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, is facing charges of trafficking highly potent illicit drugs in his home country. Rodchenkov's testimony on alleged state-run doping instigated a wave of sanctions against Russia.

Rodchenkov, who fled Russia at the end of 2015, has been charged in absentia for illegally trafficking dangerous substances, Interfax reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

The latest development comes in the wake of the Basmanny District Court in Moscow issuing an arrest warrant for Rodchenkov on charges of abusing his powers in office. The fugitive doctor, who is reportedly living in the US under the FBI's witness protection program, will be immediately arrested if he ever returns to Russia.

Rodchenkov supervised doping control at the Moscow laboratory, and he has repeatedly accused Russia of doping violations, including during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in which he claimed to have played a key role.

Comment: The testimony of a known criminal fugitive is hardly a credible source of information. The IOC apparently is willing to listen to anyone who wants to claim Russia was a state sponsor of doping, even someone like Rodchenkov who has every reason to lie and to try and make Russia look bad.

Eye 2

Six Weinstein victims file anti-racketeering RICO lawsuit, alleging widespread criminal enterprise

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The federal anti-racketeering law has been used since the late 1970s to bring down mob bosses. Could it be used to prosecute Harvey Weinstein?

Lawyers for six actresses who say they were sexually assaulted by the movie producer filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New York arguing that Weinstein was, essentially, a racketeer who used a legion of assistants, casting agents, security firms, gossip writers and others to supply himself with a steady stream of unwilling sexual partners and silence their complaints.

Their anti-racketeering suit was filed in a civil court, but it prompted discussions about whether prosecutors could make a similar criminal case.

Maybe, said G. Robert Blakey, a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame law school who helped write the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. But it wouldn't be easy.

"It would take imagination and intestinal fortitude," he said. "Prosecutors have been singularly lacking in both when it comes to women making complaints of sexual assault against powerful men."


Steve Bannon rallies the Alabama right for Roy Moore's final stand

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A Moore supporter in Dothan, Alabama.
As a fiddle ensemble played a rendition of The Beatles' All You Need Is Love, about 200 Alabamians filled a bright, remodeled barn in the countryside outside of Dothan, not far from the border with Florida.

Near the entrance was a display of a Southern swamp, replete with snakes and gators emerging from algae-occluded depths. The swamp symbolized-as it must in the age of President Trump-the fetid political culture of Washington. And where there's an allegorical swamp these days, there must be someone promising to drain it. In this case, it was Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama and, for one more day, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The rally in Dothan took place just hours before polls opened across the state in a special election that pits Moore, a religious conservative, against Doug Jones, a former prosecutor whose campaign has become a nationwide liberal cause in recent weeks, as Democrats seek a major victory ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Though such a victory may have once seemed quixotic in this deeply red state, allegations that Moore harassed several women (including teenagers) have made the contest closer than it might have otherwise been.