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5 people, including children, killed in San Diego domestic violence shooting

San Diego shooting
© Reuters/John Gastaldo (file photo)
A brutal case of domestic violence had fatal results in California on Saturday, with five family members shot dead and one more child fighting for his life in hospital after an apparent murder-suicide, San Diego police have said.

Police arrived at a home in Paradise Hills after several 911 calls. Local media report that the first call was likely made from inside the house, with no speech but the sounds of an argument heard in the background. Neighbors later reported sounds suggesting violence.

However, when the officers entered the house they were apparently too late, discovering several bodies, including those of children, covered in blood. Two adults, a 31-year-old man and a woman, 29, as well as a three-year-old child were pronounced dead at the scene. Three more children were taken to hospital, but two of them succumbed to their wounds there. The surviving 11-year-old boy has had to undergo surgery.

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Deepfakes videos are unnervingly real, which puts our reality at risk

deep fake videos corbyn johnson
© The Post Millennial
Tech ethicists have been sounding the alarm about deepfakes for some time now, and tech think tank Future Advocacy has decided to show just how possible and damaging this tech can be. They've released a fake campaign video that shows the two candidates for the coming U.K. election endorsing each other.

Rationally, we know that Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson would not actually endorse each other for the office they both covet, yet our eyes deceive us when we view a video like this. In the hands of Future Advocacy, the video is revealed to be a fake. But this tech could be used by bad actors to disrupt elections all over the world.

Comment: Some are already suffering from the nefarious use of deepfake technology:

Jordan Peterson deepfake voice generator website taken down after he warned of legal action


Russian citizen suspected of crossing into US illegally shot by border patrol agent in Arizona desert

Lukeville, southwest of Tucson hot spot for migrant crossings

Lukeville, southwest of Tucson, now a hot spot for migrants crossing the border
A Russian citizen was shot and wounded by a US Border Patrol agent who claims he suspected the man of sneaking into the country illegally. The Russian consulate has confirmed his identity and requested access to the man.

"A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued firearm in an incident near Lukeville, Arizona," the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said in a statement on Friday, adding the wounded man was then transported to a hospital in Phoenix by helicopter for treatment of "non-life threatening injuries."

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'Kick out Black Pete!' Anti-blackface paranoia comes after Dutch children's festival tradition

© Reuters / Piroschka van de Wouw
A traditional parade in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on November 16, 2019.
A century-old Dutch holiday tradition involving St. Nicholas and his companion - Black Pete - has found itself at the center of yet another anti-racist campaign, all because Pete is a now nothing more than a blackface character!

The Netherlands traditionally celebrates the Arrival of Sinterklaas - or St. Nicholas -with annual street parades in early December. However, it isn't just cheerful, colorfully dressed festival-goers that will be taking to the streets this weekend, as dozens of protests take place across the country against what was once a children's holiday tradition.

It is not that the Dutch suddenly became disgruntled over a Christian saint with a long white beard greeting children ahead of Christmas. It is his companion that has been sparking uproar in some parts of society. Zwarte Piet - or Black Pete - is usually portrayed by people wearing full blackface, red lipstick, curly wigs and dressed in colorful costumes.

Black Pete hasn't always been all that warm and fuzzy. St. Nicholas' companion has come a long way from being a much more menacing character punishing poorly behaved children. He has been associated with Moors and even demons, according to some reports. Some also claim that he is nothing more than the legacy of the Dutch colonial past.

Comment: See also; PC culture gone mad: Black-o'-lantern or blackface? Retailer pulls pumpkins from sale after racism claims

Star of David

Palestinian journalist loses eye after being shot with Israeli rubber bullet at West Bank land seizure protest

palestinina journalist lose eye
Photojournalist Mu’ath Amarneh completely lost sight in the left eye
A Palestinian journalist lost his eye after being hit by an Israeli rubber-coated bullet. Moath Amarneh was mutilated despite wearing a 'Press' vest while covering a protest in the West Bank's Hebron governorate.

The incident happened on Friday near the town of Surif in Hebron, where dozens of Palestinians were protesting against the latest confiscation of land for the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied territory.

Amarneh, who was covering the protest, was rushed to a hospital in Hebron after sustaining the injury. But doctors could not save his left eye.


Car bomb kills at least 18 in Turkey-controlled Syrian city

syria al-bab car bomb
© REUTERS / Khalil Ashawi
Aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Jub al Barazi east of al-Bab.
A car bomb that blew up in the Turkey-controlled Syrian city of al-Bab has killed at least 18 people and left 28 others injured, Turkish media are reporting. Ankara is accusing Kurdish militias of being behind the attack.

The deadly explosion went off near a bus terminal on Saturday, causing the deaths and significant damage in the area. A video published by an Al Jazeera correspondent showed a chaotic scene with multiple small fires and what appears to be a large pool of blood on the ground.

The Turkish Defense Ministry has accused the "inhumane and uncivilized" Kurdish YPG militias for the bombing, saying the tactics showed that they were not different from the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The ministry wouldn't immediately explain how it attributed the responsibility.

Comment: As usual, no evidence required.


Arkansas chemistry professors 'on administrative leave' after arrests for manufacturing meth

Terry David Bateman & Bradley Allen Rowland, Arkansas meth dealers

Terry David Bateman, left, and Bradley Allen Rowland
A director and an associate professor in Henderson State University's chemistry department were arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a media release said.

Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson arrested Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland, both of Arkadelphia, Friday afternoon on charges of manufacturing meth and use of drug paraphernalia, the release said.

The release did not say whether investigators believe the two associate professors manufactured methamphetamine on campus, but said Arkadelphia police, a narcotics task force and Henderson State University contributed to the investigation.

The university's website listed Bateman as an associate professor and as the director of undergraduate research in the chemistry department. An online profile under Bateman's name said he has been working at Henderson State University since 2009.


Snakes in Suits

Brazen liar: Prince Andrew claims he has no memory of meeting Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre

prince andrew
© East News / Justin Sutcliffe
The UK's Prince Andrew says he has no memory of meeting an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who says she was coerced into sex with him while underage, despite seemingly appearing alongside her in a 2001 photo.

While Andrew says he regrets spending time with the New York financier after he had been implicated in sex trafficking, the prince insisted in an interview with the BBC he did not recall ever meeting Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced into sex with Andrew between 1999 and 2002, during the time she says Epstein kept her as a "slave."
I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.


Heart - Black

Kelsey Berreth murder trial: Patrick Frazee had hit list of witnesses to kill, inmate says in testimony

Patrick Frazee
© Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP
Teller County Sheriff deputies lead Patrick Frazee out of the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., April 5, 2019.
At the trial of Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee, an inmate told the jury in bombshell testimony Friday that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill a number of witnesses in the case.

Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.

Prosecutors allege Frazee, who's on trial for murder, put 29-year-old Berreth's body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.

But the defense has stressed that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.

Comment: See also: Nurse reportedly investigated in Kelsey Berreth case may have struck plea deal, fiance charged with murder

Arrow Down

Blaming the messenger: Ecuador cuts off RT Spanish broadcast after minister complains about protest coverage

RT communications
© Global Look Press / Jaap Arriens
Ecuador's public television provider, the National Telecommunications Corporation, has cut off its broadcast of RT Spanish. The move comes weeks after Ecuador's interior minister complained about RT covering local protests.

The broadcast was cut off on Thursday without any prior notice or explanation. The NTC's only comment was to tell its customers that the channel 778, which was the one carrying RT Spanish, is not included in the package anymore, and offer three sports channels instead.

RT has still not received any comment from the NTC and its reasons remain unclear. Last month, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo blamed RT for the increased level of "violence" President Lenin Moreno faced in the media field during the massive protests that gripped the Latin American nation.

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