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'Child stowaway' found dead in undercarriage of plane at Paris airport

Air France Boeing 777 jet
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The child's body was found in the undercarriage of an Air France Boeing 777 jet.
A child aged around 10 years old has been found dead in the undercarriage of a plane that touched down at a Paris airport after arriving from the Ivory Coast.

Air France has confirmed that the "lifeless body of a stowaway" was discovered at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris early on Wednesday morning.

Star of David

IDF soldier jailed for stashing snake in Palestinian's vehicle at checkpoint on Christmas

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A soldier with the Israel Defense Forces has been sentenced to 18 days of detention following an investigation which revealed the service member stashed a snake inside a Palestinian man's car at a checkpoint on Christmas Day.

Army Radio, the IDF's nationwide radio network, reported Tuesday that a soldier with the Givati Brigade combat unit had been sentenced to 18 days behind bars for slipping a snake inside a bottle into a family's car during a routine IDF search at the Beit Furik Junction in the West Bank on December 25.
"When the case became known to the commanders, an inquiry was established and the fighter was sentenced to prison," the IDF said in a Tuesday announcement, as reported by the Times of Israel.

Comment: What's surprising is that the soldier received any reprimand at all....


Pistol

Multiple injuries in Ottawa shooting, police urge public to avoid scene Update: 1 dead, 3 injured

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Ottawa police are investigating a shooting incident with "many injuries reported" on Gilmour Street between Bank and Kent streets.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m.


Comment: Video footage from the aftermath. Sputnik reports "that three people with gunshot wounds have been sent to a hospital in serious condition."


Update: CTV News reporting one dead and three wounded. No suspect has been apprehended:





Brick Wall

'Heckler's Veto': UBC threatened with legal action for cancelling talk on Antifa

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Antifa members gather at a rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019.
The University of British Columbia is being threatened with legal action over the cancellation of a speaking engagement featuring conservative U.S. journalist Andy Ngo discussing Antifa violence.

Sponsored by The Free Speech Club, the event had been given the green light to take place on Jan. 29, but on Dec. 20 the university suddenly cancelled the talk citing safety and security concerns.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is calling on UBC to reinstate the event or face legal action, saying cancelling Ngo's talk goes against the university's principles regarding academic freedom and free speech.

Comment: The last thing one wants to do when dealing with a mob of vigilantes threatening to shut down your event is to give in to them. This simply emboldens them to do more and starts the momentum of giving in to threats. Unruly mobs of brainwashed kids should not be allowed to dictate the agenda of a University.

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Bullseye

Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About the Australian Bushfires

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Flames bear down on Harrington, some 335kms northeast of Sydney, 8 Nov 2019
It has nothing to do with climate change.


Comment: See also:


Attention

Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes on takeoff from Tehran, all passengers and crew killed - UPDATE: Iran will not give black box to Boeing

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Iran Red Crescent workers search through debris near the location a Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed in Tehran.
A Ukrainian Boeing 737 bound for Kiev from Tehran has crashed after takeoff due to technical problems, Iranian media reported. Much of the regional airspace was cleared due to Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq.

Flight radar information showed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 abruptly disappearing after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini airport after taking off just after 6 am local time.

There were reportedly 167 passengers on board, according to an airline representative reached by Sputnik.

Later in the day, Pir-Hossein Koulivand, the head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), confirmed to Tasnim news agency that everyone on board had died.


Comment: Update from Reuters:
Iran will not give black box from crashed Ukrainian airliner to Boeing: Mehr
January 8, 2020 / 11:00 AM

Iran will not give the black box of the crashed Ukrainian airliner to planemaker Boeing, the head of Tehran's civil aviation organization was quoted as saying on Wednesday.


Ali Abedzadeh also said it was not clear which country Iran would send the box to so that its data could be analyzed, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed earlier on Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard shortly after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport.


The jet's engine reportedly caught fire while the plan was airborne, causing the crash, according to a senior PR official at the airport. However, the pilot apparently didn't issue a distress call. The plane was reportedly in good shape, one of the airline's best, and had undergone maintenance just 2 days before the crash.

Among the dead: 147 Iranians (65 with dual citizenship) and 32 foreigners, including 11 Ukrainians, 63 Canadians, four Afghans, three Germans, three British nationals and 10 Swedes.

Ukraine's president, Zelensky, has called on the public to abstain from speculating on the cause of the crash. Naturally, people are speculating, many wondering if it was accidentally shot down by Iranian military:


It smells a lot like MH17, that's for sure.


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Four out of five Israelis think their leaders are 'corrupt' - poll

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Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally requested the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution amid charges of bribery, corruption and breach of trust.

More than four out of every five Israelis consider their leaders to be corrupt, polling conducted by the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research for the annual Israel Democracy Index report has found.

In polling, 58 percent of respondents said they believed Israeli leaders were 'corrupt' or 'very corrupt', with another 24 percent saying they were 'moderately corrupt'. 16 percent said they believed their leaders were 'not at all' corrupt, and 2 percent had no opinion.

The polling, conducted in May 2019, and asking a sample of 1,014 interviewees their views on a range of issues, also found that Israel's military was the country's 'most trusted' institution, with 90 percent of Israeli Jews and 41 percent of Israeli Arabs saying they 'trust' the Israel Defence Force. President Reuven Rivlin and the Supreme Court also showed high levels of trust (71 percent and 55 percent trust among Jewish respondents, 37 and 56 percent trust among Arabs, respectively). Institutions which Israelis do not trust include the police (44 and 38 percent trust among Jews and Arabs), the media (36 percent trust), the Knesset (30 and 24 percent), the government (30 and 28 percent) and political parties (14 and 20 percent).

Corruption perceptions have been growing steadily since Israel Democracy Index began measuring attitudes. In 2014, just 43 percent of Israelis believed their leaders were corrupt.

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Hammer

Anti-war 'wrongthink': AOC trolled by Twitter enforcers for committing the 'crime' of denouncing act of war against Iran

AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez learned the hard way about the phalanx of thought-police waiting to pounce on politicians' 'wrongthink' when she was shamed into un-liking a tweet from an antiwar journalist.

Ocasio-Cortez (AOC, for short) stepped a little too far outside the mainstream when she clicked 'like' on a tweet by journalist Rania Khalek about US fears of Iranian retaliation over the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. An army of blue-checks and their enforcers quickly encircled her to point out the error of her ways, gloating when she finally knuckled under and apologized.


Attention

Nearly 400K 'anchor babies' born in US in 2019, exceeding births in 48 US states

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Today, there are at least 4.5 million anchor babies in the U.S. under 18-years-old, exceeding the annual roughly four million American babies born every year and costing American taxpayers about $2.4 billion every year to subsidize hospital costs.
Close to 400,000 anchor babies were born in the United States in 2019 as an executive order to end birthright citizenship gets kicked down the road for another year by President Donald Trump's administration.

Analysis conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies revealed in 2018 that about 300,000 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens are born every year. These children, often referred to as "anchor babies," immediately obtain American citizenship and anchor their illegal or foreign parents in the country.

In addition, about 72,000 anchor babies are born to foreign tourists, foreign visa workers, and foreign students every year — all of whom obtain immediate American citizenship simply for being born within the parameters of the country.

Altogether, about 372,000 anchor babies are estimated to have been born last year despite a commitment by Trump to sign an executive order ending the nation's "anchor baby policy" that incentivizes pregnant migrant women to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in the hopes of securing American citizenship for their children.

Comment: Miami: A case study of birthright citizenship abuse
The Center for Immigration Studies and Pew Research have estimated that there were between 275,000-297,000 births to illegal immigrant parents in 2014. Additionally, there are approximately 36,000 "birth tourists" who come to the U.S. each year. These births cost upwards of $2.4 billion for U.S. taxpayers.

Taxpayers are often left to pay the financial burden for these births. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, births to illegal immigrants cost Florida taxpayers more than $116 million a year. Even birth tourists, who have the financial resources to obtain a visa and travel to the U.S. in the first place, often don't pay their hospital bills. [..]

In many cases, these children return home with their parents and spend their entire childhoods abroad only to return to the U.S. when it is most beneficial - to receive a college education. These students apply as American citizens and compete for enrollment in states where they have never paid taxes to fund education. They are eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid, just like every other American.



Fire

Australian fires: Why do people start fires during fires?

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Bushfire damage in Rainbow Flat, New South Wales, Australia.
What would you do if your region was burning?

Pack up your possessions and head for safety? Stay and help put the fires out?

Or head into the bush with a packet of matches and start another fire?

Amazingly, in the Australian bushfire season, some people do the latter. So the obvious question is - why?

How many fires are started deliberately?

Two of the most recent studies say there are between 52,000 and 54,000 bushfires in Australia every year.

Dr Paul Read, co-director of Australia's National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson, puts the figure higher, at "62,000 and increasing".

Of those, 13% are started deliberately, and 37% are suspicious. That means 31,000 Australian bushfires are either arson, or suspected arson, every year.

That figure does not include recklessness or accidents. So a bushfire caused by a barbecue, or a spark from a chainsaw, would be classed as "accidental".

In short, up to 85 bushfires begin every day because someone leaves their house and decides to start one.

Comment: See also: Ice Age Farmer Report: AUSTRALIA: Burned on the altar of global warming