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10 arrested in Milwaukee park where police killed Sylville Smith

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Police in riot gear assemble in an alley after disturbances following the police shooting of a man in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. August 15, 2016
Police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin arrested "about 10 people" who gathered in the Sherman Park neighborhood, at the site where Sylville Smith was killed earlier this month. A state lawmaker was briefly detained as well, local media reported.

Police showed up in the neighborhood Tuesday evening, after receiving complaints from Sherman Park residents about a crowd that gathered at Auer Avenue and 44th Street, near the memorial to Smith. The African-American man was shot and killed after a traffic stop. Police said he was armed and pointing his handgun at an officer.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department said the residents had complained Tuesday evening about "rowdy people doing drugs and disturbing their neighborhood." The crowd of about 30-40 people was asked to disperse twice over the course of 20 minutes, at which point the city police began to make arrests for disorderly conduct.

"Residents of Sherman Park have asked for assistance to restore order to the neighborhood," police said in a statement, quoted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Some of the crowd became disorderly and resistive and were also arrested,"the police said.


Facebook accused of bias in news curation

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Facebook's trending news section, which was accused of censoring conservative news, was managed by a staff full of liberal employees.

The social media company has firedthe 15-18 employees who worked on trending news, in an attempt to replace any possibility of bias with an algorithm. Gizmodo reported in May that Facebook "news curators" buried conservative stories. This caused Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune to send a letter to Facebook inquiring about its trending news section. "Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet," Thune wrote.

Facebook denied the charges in Gizmodo's article and claimed to have a staff with diverse opinions.

"Diversity in all its forms — including ideological — is one of our core values, and we believe that adding voices to the conversation creates a richer and more vibrant community," Facebook's general counsel wrote in a letter to Thune.

Research into the Facebook trending team provided to The Daily Caller by the investigative group Wesearchr shows little diversity on the news curation team. The team instead included employees that have bashed Trump, supported Black Lives Matter and said "hateful actions, contrary to popular thought, are not protected by 'free speech.'"

Comment: Facebook might have a 'liberal' bias or whatever, but that is pretty inconsequential when the people are not provided mainstream access to the truth or any kind of genuine objective reporting. So-called conservative 'news' outlets don't actually cover the news, and the so-called liberal 'news' outlets don't cover real news either!

People 2

Swedish Muslim school heavily criticized for segregating students by sex

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A private Muslim school in Sweden has introduced separate gym classes for boys and girls, saying that the girls were not able to take off veils or wear T-shirt if boys were present. The move was slammed by Swedish officials who call it unacceptable for an "open and tolerant country".

The controversial gym lessons are being held in the Al-Azhar school in Swedish capital of Stockholm.

According to the gym teacher Nina Da Mata, "the girls feel more secure when they are in a group of their own."

"Some of our girls want to be able to take off their veils and wear shorts and T-shirts in their classes. It would be difficult if there were boys of the same age or a male teacher," Da Mata told Mivida, the Swedish Teachers Union newspaper, as cited by The Local.

On its website the school describes itself as "Northern Europe's largest independent school with a Muslim profile." It was some 120 employees and 660 students. The school, founded in 1995, says that Islam is a taught as a separate subject. Children are allowed to pray during school hours.


Mainstream media's epic bias and bungling started long before this current election season

In a revealing statement that flew largely under the radar earlier this month, the mainstream media admitted it would never recover from its irresponsible and negligent coverage of the 2016 presidential election. A recent column published in the New York Post referred to the media's reporting as "the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it."

In his article for the Post, Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin discussed the media's pro-Clinton bias - one recognized by supporters of virtually every other presidential candidate, from Bernie Sanders to Jill Stein to Gary Johnson and, of course, Donald Trump. Even Americans who don't necessarily have a horse in the 2016 race notice the slant.

"By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton," Goodwin wrote, "the mainstream media's reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion."

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Clown trying to lure kids into woods in Greenville County, SC

A parent and child's nightmare coming to a reality in a Greenville County neighborhood.

According to residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments, a person dressed as a clown is trying to 'lure kids into the woods'.

Comment: A New York Times article confirms reports that residents of Greenville, SC have reported to police sightings of clowns around neighborhoods. Earlier this month, residents of Green Bay, WI also reported seeing a clown walking around the city carrying black balloons, but without engaging any person. That turned out to be a stunt to promote a short movie.

Heart - Black

Lesson in cruelty: Terrorist sniper shoots two kindergarten-aged Syrian kids

© Sputnik/ Iliya Pitalev
A sniper from the terrorist group formerly known as the al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham) did not think twice before turning his gun at two children in the besieged city of Al Fu'ah in northern Syria; both were seriously wounded in the shooting, according to Sputnik Arabic.

The two children, who were playing on the balcony of their home in the besieged city of Al Fu'ah in northern Syria's Idlib province, were severely wounded by a sniper from the terrorist group Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, Sputnik Arabia reported.

A 6-year-old Syrian named Laith and his 4-year-old brother Mohammed were playing on the balcony when the Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham sniper opened fire on them from his safe haven about 800 meters from the house.


Chicago's systemic brutality: Cops shoot at someone every five days

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Over the last six years, police in Chicago, Illinois have fired 2,623 bullets at citizens, killing 92 people and injuring 170 others, according to a new database by the Chicago Tribune. The department has drawn intense criticism for its brutality.

Between 2010 and 2015, the Chicago Police Department was involved with 435 shootings, many of which never caught the public's attention. In those officer-involved shootings, police fired at least 2,623 bullets. At least one person was struck in 235 shootings, while officers missed hitting anyone in 200 instances, the Chicago Tribune found.

The victims of the shootings were overwhelmingly ‒ about 80 percent ‒ African-American males. About half of the 520 officers involved in the 435 shootings were African-American or Hispanic. On average, the police officers, regardless of race, had almost a decade of experience on the job. More than 60 officers were repeat offenders, firing their weapons in more than one incident.


Stock Down

Record number of Americans can't stand the Killary - she and Trump are most unpopular candidates in modern history

Hillary Clinton hit her stride after the Democratic National Convention, riding to a double-digit lead over Donald Trump in some national and swing-state polls -- her highest of the year.

As of today, though, Americans' views of her just hit a record low.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Clinton, while 56 percent have an unfavorable one.

Comment: We wouldn't be surprised if it's actually much higher than 56 percent...

That's the worst image Clinton has had in her quarter-century in national public life. Her previous low favorable rating this year was in July, when it was 42 percent, lower than any mark in historical Post-ABC polls except a few points in the 1990s when a large share of the public had no opinion of her. Her previous high for unfavorable views was in June, when 55 percent disliked Clinton.


Retired Iranian general Ahmad Gholami killed while battling militants in Syria's Aleppo

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A retired Iranian general who used to serve as a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was killed while fighting militants in northern Syria, Iranian media reported.

According to the Fars news agency, Ahmad Gholami was seriously wounded during the fight against terrorists in Aleppo and died a few hours later.

Iran denies that its soldiers are active in Syria, claiming that its commanders and generals there serve only as volunteer military advisers.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.


Ukrainian troops blast flaws in new 'Molot' mortar launcher, manufacturer blames lack of training

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Ukrainian troops trying the new domestically-developed 120mm 'Molot' mortars have complained of jamming and other flaws. The weapon's producer has dismissed the criticism, saying the soldiers lack training.

The M-120-15 Molot is Ukraine's newest mortar launcher. Produced by the Kiev factory Mayak, the design is basically a reworking of the old Soviet 2B11 Sani mortar. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry ordered the development of the Molot when its stockpile of Sani mortars left over from the Soviet era began to run short, with the ministry wanting a domestically-produced model in series.

The process apparently was completed in haste. According to Mayak, it took it only two months to finish the redesign. The new mortar was said to be made of better material and be more reliable than its Soviet predecessor. The specifications provided by the producer were almost identical to those of the prototype, although the Molot's rate of fire was reduced to 12 rounds per minute compared to the Sani's 15 rounds per minute.