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Proposed EU 'Copyright Directive' could make memes and remixes illegal to share

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Posting memes, remixes, and other similar content could soon be banned from the web in the European Union, according to critics who are speaking out against a recently proposed copyright law.

The law, known as the "Copyright Directive," will be voted on later this month by the European Parliament, and lawmakers suggest that this will protect content creators in the internet age. However, one of the primary reasons why the internet age has brought us so much innovation and novelty is because of the fact that such a large aggregate of people are able to share their ideas and build upon the ideas of others to create something uniquely special.

Article 13 of the proposed bill calls on platform providers such as Google, Facebook, and web hosts to "take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works".

This type of policy would create a slippery slope that could very quickly lead to a situation where platforms are required to add a filter for the content that is shared through them, which will restrict the ability for creators to do something as simple as creating a meme or a remix of a song.

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Mr. Potato

Actor John Cusack accused of inciting violence for 'burn it down' tweet during immigration rant

John Cusack
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John Cusack
Actor John Cusack's flurry of tweets on President Donald Trump's immigration policy has prompted concern that he may be inciting violence. Some rushed to Cusack's defense however, insisting his posts were being misinterpreted.

Cusack began tweeting about the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy of separating children from their parents on Sunday. He accused Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen of being a liar and encouraged his followers to tell Trump aide Stephen Miller how they feel about the immigration policy he is thought to have penned. He also called Trump a white supremacist.


Payback: Trump supporter interrupts De Niro's Broadway show with a Keep America Great flag

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A Donald Trump supporter hit back at actor-director Robert De Niro for his f-bomb-laden rant at the president, interrupting a performance of De Niro's Broadway show to wave a 'Keep America Great' flag in front of the stage.

As the play - 'A Bronx Tale', directed by De Niro - reached its finale on Saturday night, the protester stood up and unfurled a 'Keep America Great' flag with 'Trump 2020' emblazoned on it. He was escorted out of the theater shortly afterwards.

"It's sad that people can't enjoy a beautiful show and embrace its unifying message without politicizing it," read one tweet from an audience member.

Brian Strumwasser, who works in the show's hair department, was livid.


Fake news photo of 'Russian' dog execution actually shot in Pakistan in 2016

The carcasses of dead dogs Karachi 2016.
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The carcasses of dead dogs in Karachi, August 4, 2016.
A picture circulating online of an alleged dog cull in Russia actually depicts Pakistan, during an attempt to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets of Karachi in 2016.

Ahead of the World Cup there were fears that Russia would try to exterminate stray dogs in time for the arrival of fans. However, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the animals would be captured and placed in shelters.

A Twitter user has now posted an image that purports to show scores of dogs lying dead in a street somewhere in Russia. But while the picture does show more than 50 dead dogs, it was actually taken two years ago in Pakistan.

Comment: Thankfully, the The West's unrelenting, baseless anti-Russia propaganda is now being called out or completely ignored by the vast majority of people:

Anti-Russian propaganda means nothing to hundreds of thousands of international fans enjoying World Cup in Russia


WaPo report on Roger Stone's meeting with man selling 'dirt on Hillary' attempts to revive dead #Russiagate 'scandal'

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Could the Washington Post pour it on any thicker?
It was no less than "a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent" who Donald Trump's former advisor, Roger Stone, met and nothing happened, a new story by the Washington Post relates.

Stone, who was described as "the political dark sorcerer" in the piece, had met with the man who offered, for a price of $2 million, unspecified "political dirt" on Trump's Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida in late May 2016, the paper reported.

Stone himself shared the information with the paper, saying he declined the offer, saying Donald Trump "doesn't pay for anything." In a text message to Trump campaign communications official Michael Caputo, which was seen by the paper, Stone had also described his dealings with the mysterious Russian a "waste of time."


Serious professional misconduct: Retired doctor could be responsible for 'hundreds of deaths,' claims MP

Emirates Spinnaker Tower
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The Emirates Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth viewed from Gosport waterfront.
An MP says he will be pushing "very, very hard for criminal charges" against retired GP, Dr Jane Barton, if an inquiry finds that she is responsible for 'hundreds of deaths' at Gosport War Memorial hospital in Hampshire.

Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat MP for one of the victims in Eastbourne, says that if it is true that Barton prescribed fatal doses of diamorphine - a powerful opiate painkiller - to patients at the hospital, near Portsmouth, then he would be pushing for criminal charges.

Bishop Jones, who was chairman of the Hillsborough Inquiry, has been leading a panel conducting the independent government inquiry into the suspicious deaths. He will notify the families of the results of his investigation in a closed session at Portsmouth Cathedral on Wednesday.

Lloyd is a supporter of Gillian McKenzie, whose mother Gladys Richards died suddenly in 1998, after she was transferred to the Gosport hospital, following a hip operation.


Alabama man charged with felony child abuse after being found in a cemetery with five drugged girls

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A 20 year-old man faces felony child abuse charges after he was found in a Mississippi cemetery with five underage and drugged girls - two of whom were unconscious when found.

The girls, aged between 11 and 16, were in foster care in Mobile, Alabama, The Sun Herald reported. Police say the suspect, Jordan McClain, drove there from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, after striking up an online relationship with one of the girls.

The minors were given Xanax and marijuana by McClain during the journey back to Mississippi, according to authorities, who were alerted to the incident after the group appeared intoxicated on a beach.

Police later located McClain and the girls in a nearby cemetery. Officers found two of the girls unconscious. They were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and returned to the custody of their foster carers.

Bad Guys

Man in critical condition after attack with noxious substance as London's violent crime wave continues

William Deo (left) and Gavin Okwu-Brewis (right) ammonia attack

Police advise against approaching William Deo (left) and Gavin Okwu-Brewis (right)
A man is in critical but stable condition after being attacked with a noxious substance in east London. It comes as the capital is hit by a violent crime epidemic, which has already brought the death toll since January to 74.

The victim, believed to be in his 20s, is thought to have been struck by ammonia.

In a statement, police officers said they wanted to speak to William Deo, 20, and Gavin Okwu-Brewis, 29. They are being searched for in connection with the attack in Ilford, east London, on Sunday night.

Members of the public have been cautioned against approaching them.

Comment: The wolves are here now': Fmr London police officer accuses Theresa May of ignoring warnings before knife crime tsunami

Car Black

Possible attempted terror attack in Moscow: Taxi rams into Mexican tourists - Update

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A Moscow taxi driver lost control of his car and drove his vehicle onto a crowded sidewalk on Saturday afternoon. At least seven people were injured, including two Mexican nationals, who had come to Russia for the World Cup.

The traffic accident occurred on Ilyinka street located close to Red Square on Saturday, when the driver suddenly accelerated, hit the pedestrians on the sidewalk and crashed into a road sign.

"According to preliminary data, the crash occurred when the driver lost control of the car," the police said in a statement. A criminal investigation into the incident was launched, the police added later.

Footage from the scene shows the driver fleeing angry pedestrians immediately after the incident. It remained unclear, whether people managed to snatch him or if police got him first.

Comment: The Russian government obviously does NOT want this blown up into a 'terror attack' during the World Cup, so it's playing the incident down.

However, it's pretty clear that that taxi deliberately sped up and steered into the group of pedestrians on the street.

The driver did nevertheless seem genuinely surprised when he got out of the car and fled. Was it perhaps remotely hijacked? Indeed, then, the driver may have literally "lost control of the car..."

Update: RFE/RL reports:
Moscow police say a taxi driver whose car plowed into pedestrians and injured soccer fans near Red Square reported that he fell asleep and mixed up his brake and gas pedals.

Police made the statement on June 17, after releasing a video in which the driver, who was identified as being Kyrgyz, said he had dozed off after driving for 20 hours straight and that he wasn't drunk.

It was impossible to determine whether the man had been pressured to speak.

The authorities later said he was identified from his license as Kyrgyz national Anarbek Chingiz, 28, from the town of Kochkor-Ata near Kyrgyzstan's border with Uzbekistan.

Video of the June 16 incident posted on social media showed the car veering out of standstill traffic and accelerating onto the sidewalk, mowing down pedestrians. He then flees the car as bystanders attempt to apprehend him.

Moscow city health officials said eight people were injured in all. Three remained hospitalized in satisfactory condition on June 17, health officials said.


Growing number of European countries now strongly refusing to accept the unchecked influx of migrants - and their reasons why

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Much has been written about the unchecked influx of migrants into Europe recently. As the EU promotes the warm, fuzzy, "inclusive" policies that are overwhelming countries with immigrants, some of those countries are bluntly starting to say, "no more." At the same time, other countries seem to be quietly preparing for...something... without being quite so forthcoming about the event for which they are readying themselves.

Millions of refugees and asylum seekers, primarily from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Somalia are flowing into Europe, largely unchecked. This is because of a welcoming "open door" policy promoted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel back in 2015. Despite the backlash from Europeans, Merkel says she has "no regrets."

But some overwhelmed countries have decided that enough is enough. They cite the refugees' refusal to assimilate, increasing crime statistics (particularly against women), and no-go zones in which the migrants have banded together and created areas in which Europeans are not welcome.

The European Union is so displeased about this that they've taken 3 of their member countries to court for refusing to "share the burden of hosting migrants."

I don't have a crystal ball, but I wonder if we could see this disagreement becoming a catalyst for the dissolution of the European Union.