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Inartificial intelligence: Russian students win big at 2019 world robotics championship

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Russian teams showed off the best of their engineering talent, scoring huge wins at this year's World Robot Olympiad where they competed with teams from 71 countries.

Over 1,100 young talents flocked to Gyor, Hungary for the 2019 World Robot Olympiad (WRO). The organizers encouraged students to generate innovative ideas that "will help save energy, make traffic safer, and improve public transport systems" in the 'smart cities' of the future.

Each team was required to design, construct, and program their robots to solve specific challenges. Points were scored for each completed task, and that's where the Russian teams left most of their rivals in the dust.


EU court rules products from illegal Israeli settlements must be labelled

European court of justice says origin must be identified in decision likely to anger Israel
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Construction work in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union's top court has ruled that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision welcomed by rights groups but likely to spark anger in Israel.

The European court of justice said: "Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the state of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin."

Comment: Better yet, boycott anything coming from or owned by Israelis.

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Israel: Silencing the last voices attempting to prevent abuse of Palestinians

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Israeli soldier headlocks Palestinian boy (with a cast on his arm)
It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank - little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967.

The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on social media.

One shows a Palestinian father in the West Bank city of Hebron leading his son by the hand to kindergarten. The pair are stopped by two heavily armed soldiers, there to help enforce the rule of a few hundred illegal Jewish settlers over the city's Palestinian population.

The soldiers scream at the father, repeatedly and violently push him and then grab his throat as they accuse his small son of throwing stones. As the father tries to shield his son from the frightening confrontation, one soldier pulls out his rifle and sticks it in the father's face.


MSM news makes Dems mad as hell, but they just come back for more, poll indicates

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Every day, Democrats are driven to madness by the news they watch, read and listen to. Even their beloved CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times make them hopping mad, a new poll has found.

'Trump derangement syndrome' is a phrase coined by the president's supporters to describe the rage that the mere mention of Donald Trump's name evokes in liberals. However, in the age of Trump, a new poll has found that the news really is driving Democrats batty with rage.

Seventy percent of Democrats or those who lean Democratic told Axios that they read or hear something in the news that makes them angry once a day or more. Compared to five years ago, 74 percent say they're more angry about news than before.

This anger doesn't stop them tuning out, as 48 percent of Democrats say they watch news coverage about politics more often than they did five years ago, compared to 38 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of independents. What's more, 78 percent of them tune in once a day or more to get their fix, even if it infuriates them.

Comment: Pattern Recognition! How to disguise the coup to regime-change America: dumb down its constituents with MSM, pit sides against each other, agitate and foment, then sit back and watch it implode. Have we not learned anything from all the instigated uprisings and theoretical 'leadership beheadings' that are reaching critical mass around the world? There is a global revolution going on. Wake up, America. This includes YOU! The opportunity to reverse course and reunite as a country may already be lost.


Is the 'Mother of all Bubbles' about to pop?

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When the New York Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the repurchasing (repo) markets (the market banks use to make short-term loans to each other) in September, they said this would only be necessary for a few weeks. Yet, last Wednesday, almost two months after the Fed's initial intervention, the New York Federal Reserve pumped 62.5 billion dollars into the repo market.

The New York Fed continues these emergency interventions to ensure "cash shortages" among banks don't ever again cause interest rates for overnight loans to rise to over 10 percent, well above the Fed's target rate.

The Federal Reserve's bailout operations have increased its balance sheet by over 200 billion dollars since September. Investment advisor Michael Pento describes the Fed's recent actions as Quantitative Easing (QE) "on steroids."

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Jeremy Corbyn signs motion backing an asteroid to wipe out humanity

Comment: Judging by the number of asteroids now shaving Earth on a daily basis, and the utter state of society pretty much everywhere, this motion Corbyn supported in 2004 was prescient...

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Back when he was the king of the backbench dissenters, rather than the machine against which he's always raged, Jeremy Corbyn was one of only three people to lend their signatures to a bizarre parliamentary motion. In 2004, MI5 had been suggesting using pigeons as flying suicide bombers, only less suicide and more remote-control pigeon murder, so Labour's Tony Banks tabled a motion entitled Pigeon Bombs, with this text:
"That this House is appalled, but barely surprised, at the revelations in M15 files regarding the bizarre and inhumane proposals to use pigeons as flying bombs;

recognises the important and live-saving role of carrier pigeons in two world wars and wonders at the lack of gratitude towards these gentle creatures;

and believes that humans represent the most obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal species ever to inhabit the planet and looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again."

Comment: Might want to be careful what you wish for:


GLAAD: We want '20% of series regular characters' to be 'LGBTQ by 2025'

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On Thursday, GLAAD published its annual "Where We Are on TV" report, which examines the number of LGBTQ characters on television.

In the opening paragraphs of the report, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis states that television plays a crucial role in our culture when it comes to "changing hearts and minds." She adds that according to a study, "less than one-quarter of Americans have a close friend or family member who is transgender," which means many Americans "learn about trans people from what they see in television, movies, and news."

Due to this statistic, Ellis says, the casting of trans actor Brian Michael Smith in Fox's "9-1-1: Lone Star" is important.

Comment: The fact that an organization such as GLAAD would waste their time niggling over quotas of TV characters says a lot about where they place their values. While the gay rights movement started as a noble cry for equality, it's morphed into a demand for open celebration of their lifestyle. Harvey Milk is turning in his grave.

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For millions of Americans in the middle of the country, it feels like an economic depression has already occurred

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What do you do when you have lost all hope that things will ever turn around? It may still feel like "the economy is booming" for those at the top end of the economic food chain in big coastal cities such as New York and San Francisco, but for millions of hard working Americans in the middle of the country, talk of a "coming recession" is absolutely ludicrous because it already feels like a severe economic depression is happening right now. In America's heartland, bankruptcies are surging, debt burdens are becoming overwhelming, and suicide rates are spiking to unprecedented levels. We have not seen economic despair this extreme since the last recession, and I am about to share a story with you that will absolutely break your heart.

At one time, South Dakota farmers Chris and Amber Dykshorn looked toward the future with great optimism. But mounting debts and several years of disastrous weather changed all that, and in June their community was shocked when Chris took his own life...
Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.

It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof - pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.

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The IDF kills another unarmed young Palestinian 'for no reason' in Hebron refugee camp

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Mourners surround al-Badawi's body at his home in al-Arroub on Monday, November 11, 2019
Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, was shot in the abdomen near the front steps of his home in the camp during protests commemorating the death of revered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eyewitness reports said that al-Badawi was exiting his home in an attempt to put out a small fire that had started nearby as a result of clashes between Israeli forces and local protesters.

A video, published by Quds News Network, shows al-Badawi slowly exiting an alleyway next to his home and waving a white towel — seemingly to indicate to soldiers that he meant no harm.

But just as he approached the street, a shot is fired and al-Badawi falls to the ground in front of several journalists who had been recording the clashes.

Screams can be heard coming from al-Badawi's house, while al-Badawi rolls around on the ground gripping his abdomen, covered in blood.

The video ends just after journalists and bystanders load al-Badawi into a civilian vehicle. Reports indicated that he was transported to a Hebron hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.


A new chain of Christian pregnancy centers will provide a controversial service: Contraception

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Danielle Dirkse, 24, attends a “parenting hacks” class with her daughter last month at the Austin-based Source pregnancy center.
When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she's treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she might go to a Christian pregnancy center, where she is counseled to carry a pregnancy to term.

But some Christians now see an opening for a third way to reach women — before they become pregnant — that also enables them to compete for federal money Planned Parenthood has decided to relinquish.

Eight independent Texas-based pregnancy centers merged earlier this year to form a chain called The Source. With Christian women's health centers in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, the nonprofit organization plans to offer a full array of medical services, to include testing for sexually transmitted diseases, first-trimester prenatal care and contraception choices.

Comment: It sounds like there's an opening in the market which the Source has noted and is filling it. Honestly, anything would be better than Planned Parenthood.

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