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Indians angry with Google over '2020 Sikh Referendum' app, accuse Pakistan of supporting secessionist movement

Radical Sikh activists
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Radical Sikh activists
Google has come under fire from Indians who have noticed an application on its Play store that promotes a Sikh secessionist movement. Indian users sunk the app with bad reviews and reports, and have accused Pakistan of backing it.

The application, named '2020 Sikh Referendum,' caught the eyes of Indian users on Wednesday. The app - which has been available from Google Play since February - seems to have had modest reach, as it's listed to have merely 1,000+ downloads.

The app promotes an online secessionist campaign, launched by US-based group 'Sikhs for Justice,' that is calling for the creation of an independent Sikh state - so-called Khalistan. The separatist group was banned by India's Union Cabinet this July over its alleged anti-national activities.

Comment: Looks like Google is working in hand with a group likely created to foment unrest in India. We know who the usual players are in that scenario - CIA/Deep State.

Indian users claimed the app has been spreading "false propaganda" against India, and called on Google to take it down. Some urged a boycott the tech giant altogether.


'Greta shaming' trend in Israel discourages plastic utensils with 'dystopian' cut-outs of teen climate activist

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Photos of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg are popping up in cafeterias across Israel in a "green" trend designed to shame diners out of using plastic cutlery. Many online saw shades of Orwell in the new fad.

Dubbed "Greta shaming," the trend has swept workplace lunchrooms in Tel Aviv, with eco-minded workers placing photos of a disapproving Thunberg alongside disposable forks and plates, casting judgement on anyone who dares to ignore their environmental footprint.

The teenage activist has trotted the globe doling out doses of climate shame and "How dare you"-s to world leaders over their alleged inaction on the environment, but it appears her message is catching on in Israel, where the city of Tel Aviv recently passed a ban on single-use plastics in some childcare facilities.

Comment: The use of a child to guilt-trip people into altering their behavior is utterly shameless.


Pedophiles 'born not made' claim could see child molestation as a 'sexual orientation'

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The brains of pedophiles are hardwired from the womb and nothing can change them, according to a study by a prominent doctor. Will this research serve to give child sex predators more rights than their victims?

Comment: As usual on controversial issues, both sides are wrong - or at least not entirely right. Whether or not pedophiles are hardwired makes no difference - if they commit a crime and get caught, they will go to jail. Psychopathy, for example, is widely accepted to be "hardwired", but so far there is no movement toward giving psychopathic offenders more rights than their victims. The majority of violent incarcerated criminals are psychopaths, and the fact that they are hardwired means they are less likely to get parole because of their higher chances of recidivism. There's no reason to think it will be any different with pedophilia if the issue is just one of nature vs. nurture.

Dr. James Cantor, a neuroscientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has triggered controversy with a recent interview in which he argues, based on MRI brain scans of convicted child molesters, that "pedophilia begins in the womb." Strangely, however, no brains of infants or children were examined in the study.

Comment: Not a lot is known about the causes of sexual orientation and paraphilias. There's no "gay gene", for instance. As far as we know, it is probably some combination of genetics and early imprinting. But that's just a guess at this point. So Cantor's statement should be regarded as no more than a guess - as with everyone else claiming to know the source of human sexuality.

At one point in the interview, it seemed that Cantor was being too kind to "positive pedophiles," as he politely refers to those individuals who refrain from acting upon their unspeakable impulses. Cantor argues there is a difference between a so-called 'positive pedophile' who has committed no crime, and a sexual predator who has violated a child.

Comment: Technically he is right. The question is one of statistics - which we don't have. How many non-offending pedophiles are there? What percentage of total pedophiles? How likely is a "positive pedophile" to become a "negative pedophile" and offend? In the face of uncertainty, it's prudent to take steps to keep such individuals away from children.

"There's nothing about a pedophile who has never touched anybody, never watched child porn, has a sexual interest pattern he didn't ask for and can't get rid of. What did he do wrong," Cantor asked. "What am I blaming him for?"


15 'illegal immigrants' discovered in back of lorry near Chippenham, Irishman, 50s arrested

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Police at the scene on the A350 where 15 illegal migrants were discovered in a lorry near Chippenham
Fifteen migrants who were found in the back of a lorry in Chippenham last night have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

Police were called at 8.30pm to check out an HGV which was involved in 'suspicious activity' on the A350 near the town. Officers checked the lorry and discovered the 15 people in the back, one of which was treated in Swindon Great Western Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, an Irishman in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal entry into the country. He also remains in custody for further questioning.

Police have confirmed all of the suspected illegal migrants are men over the age of 16.



A year later, rebuilding fire-ravaged Paradise: Reporter's Notebook

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A year after the Camp Fire, the McDonald's in Paradise, California, is still a charred pile of rubble.
One year after the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive ever in California, swept through Paradise and the surrounding area, the city is more of a massive construction project than a municipality where 26,000 people used to live.

Only a handful of the 14,000 destroyed homes have been rebuilt. Most properties are concrete foundations. The town's McDonald's is still a pile of charred rubble, and, amazingly, still smells a bit like a barbecue.

It's hard for me to believe that it has been a year. I remember racing up to Paradise on Nov. 8 and witnessing neighborhoods burn to the ground in minutes. Over nearly a decade covering wildfires, it's the fastest-moving I've ever seen.

I'll never forget the pitch-black sky in the middle of the afternoon. It was terrifying, and, of course, we didn't yet realize the extent of the devastation.


Drilling frenzy ends for US shale

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A few high-profile shale executives say the glory days of shale drilling are over. In a round of earnings calls, the financial results were mixed. A few companies beat earnings estimates, while others fell dramatically short.

But aside from the individual performances, there were some more newsworthy comments from executives on the state of the industry. A common theme emerged from several notable shale executives: the growth frenzy is coming to an end.

The chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources, Scott Sheffield, said that the Permian basin is "going to slow down significantly over the next several years," and he noted on the company's latest earnings call that the company is also acting with more restraint because of pressure from shareholders not to pursue unprofitable growth. "I've lowered my targets and my annual targets, a lot of it has to do with...to start with the free cash flow model that public independents are adopting," Sheffield said.

But there are also operational problems that have become impossible to ignore for the industry.

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Pentagon investigation: US warplane dropped training munition on Japanese village

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An American F-16 from the 13th Fighter Squadron, flying from Misawa Air Base in Japan.
An American F-16 appears to have misplaced its dummy bombs during a training mission over Japan, accidentally dropping the faux munition miles shy of its target. The device was later retrieved from a resident's yard.

Departing from the US-controlled Misawa Air Base on Wednesday evening, the F-16 lost its simulation bomb over a village in the Aomori Prefecture while headed for a test bombing range, the US military has confirmed.

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South Koreans would back Kim Jong Un in case of a war between Japan and North Korea

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South Korean President Moon Jae-In is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a family photo session at the G20 summit on June 28 in Osaka, Japan. Ties between the two U.S. Asia-Pacific allies reached a critical low this year, but have stabilized after a recent meeting between the two men whose nations have a troubled history.
If North Korea and Japan went to war, more South Koreans would back their immediate neighbor, a new poll by a state-sponsored think tank in Seoul showed.

The survey, conducted by research fellow Lee Sang Sin, was presented Wednesday as part of the Korea Institute for National Unification's 11th annual Peace Forum. Lee set out to determine the views of South Koreans at a critical juncture in Northeast Asia's power dynamics, and found they would more readily support longtime rival North Korea than fellow U.S. ally Japan should a conflict break out between the two.

"Under a rather extreme hypothetical situation in which war may break out between North Korea and Japan, 45.5 percent would choose to help North Korea, and 15.1 percent Japan," the survey, which was obtained by Newsweek, showed. "39.4 percent respond that they have no idea."

Lee also found that responses did not vary much by political party, with the right-wing Liberty Korea Party only slightly more decided on assisting either Japan or North Korea. Lee told Newsweek that the results were "not so surprising" for those following the trend in inter-Korean relations.


'No equivalent internationally': Swedish police chief at wit's end over wave of bombings in the country

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In a break from the government line which had sought to downplay gang violence, Sweden's Police Commissioner Anders Thornberg admitted there is "no equivalent internationally" to the recent massive increase in bomb attacks.

"I understand that many people are worried about what is happening, there's a sense that the criminals' vendettas are creeping closer to the general public," Thornberg said, during a press conference Wednesday.

Just this past week, a bomb exploded in a Malmo apartment complex, another device blew up on a balcony in Hassleholm and explosives were found outside a shopping mall in Kritsianstad.

The country is struggling to curb the increasing use of explosives by criminal gangs, in addition to an uptick in shootings and other armed assaults.

Few of the country's at least 100 bomb attacks so far this year have caused serious injury, but the fact that attacks using explosives have doubled since 2018 is cause for public concern and political embarrassment. In addition, some 70 unexploded devices are still being investigated.

Comment: Unfortunately, it seems like things will only get worse before they get any better. The bombings are only one facet of the many problems Sweden is facing currently.


#WalkAway founder and panelists discuss hispanic town hall taking place right in Ocasio-Cortez's congressional district

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On Saturday, the #WalkAway movement is hosting a "Hispanic American" town hall. The event, which will be held in Congressional District 14, will feature speakers and panelists including Anna Paulina, Drew Hernandez, Gabriel E. Montalvo, among others.

For the uninitiated, the #WalkAway movement was created by former progressive Brandon Straka. On May 26, 2018, Straka released a video titled, "Why I Left The Democratic Party." It has since been viewed more than 2.7 million times on Facebook.

In the video, Straka explains his exodus from the Democratic Party. Many more former progressives have followed suit. A cursory YouTube search for "Walk Away" brings up video after video of individuals telling their own stories about leaving the Democratic Party or progressivism more generally.

Comment: The idea that racial minorities are obligated to vote democrat is one of the best scams the Democratic Party ever pulled. When one considers how the extreme leftist views being pushed by the party, including trans rights, abortion and homosexuality, conflict with the traditional values of Blacks and Latinos, why would one expect them to vote blue?

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