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Judge in 'Baby Body Parts' trial orders guilty verdict against journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood

David Daleiden
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The judge in the "Baby Body Parts" trial of activist and journalist David Daleiden has ordered the jury find him guilty of trespassing at Planned Parenthood conferences and clinics — before the jury retired to consider a verdict.

Planned Parenthood is suing Daleiden and his colleagues after they released secretly recorded videos of executives haggling over the sale and price of baby body parts from abortions in their facilities.

Daleiden is contesting all the charges. However, Judge William Orrick told the jury that he has decided to find Daleiden guilty of trespass during his undercover journalism. Daleiden previously lost an attempt to have Judge Orrick removed from the case, alleging he was biased against the defendants.

Comment: They're trying to set a dangerous precedent here - making it a punishable offense for journalists to go undercover to expose the wrongs of corporations and governments. It's very noteworthy that Planned Parenthood have not disputed the disgusting information being exposed about their practices, only that a journalist should be punished for exposing them. One can find parallels in the latest ABC-Epstein cover-up and the trial of Julian Assange.

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Sixty-six Iraqi security officers on trial over violence against protesters

iraq protest
© AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban
Sixty-six Iraqi security officers have been put on trial over the excessive use of force in dispersing protesters, government spokesman Saad Hadisi, said amid unrest in the Middle Eastern country.

On Thursday, the spokesman said live on Al Arabiya that "1,600 demonstrators arrested for participating in protests have been released and 66 security officers faced trial".

The UN Human Rights Council said last week that at least 269 people had been killed in the protests.


Comment: Imagine the press coverage if this had been in Russia...


Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that he would carry out a cabinet reshuffle and introduce changes to election laws. Mahdi said that the government's resignation, demanded by protesters, would throw the country into chaos.

Comment: And the protests continue...

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Reality TV mimics reality: Survivor contestants admit they exaggerated 'inappropriate touching' to win

Kellee Kim accused Dan Spilo
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Kellee Kim accused Dan Spilo of inappropriate touching on 'Survivor.'
"Survivor: Island of the Idols" was rocked by scandal on Wednesday, when two contestants admitted they exaggerated a complaint of "inappropriate touching" in order to win the game.

The CBS reality competition got heated in its latest episode after Kellee Kim claimed that fellow contestant Dan Spilo had developed a pattern of inappropriate touching. When Missy Byrd and Elizabeth Beisel alleged they had similar experiences with Dan, she began to cry.

With the support of the other women, Kellee brought her complaints to producers, who mediated the situation off-camera with all the show's cast. However, once Kellee was out of earshot, Missy and Elizabeth admitted to each other that they exaggerated their reactions to Dan's behavior in order to better position him for elimination.

According to People, Elizabeth even brazenly admitted that she didn't feel uncomfortable but said if she "can play up that card in whatever way possible, I'll do it."

She added: "Honestly, I've felt safe this entire time and if I had felt uncomfortable I would have said, 'Please stop.'"

Comment: The two women have since apologized on Twitter. Beisel is correct when she writes:
To women everywhere. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are extremely serious, life altering topics that I do not take lightly. They have no business being used as tactics to further one's own agenda, whether it be in real life or in the game of Survivor.
She probably should have included the hashtag: #DontNecessarilyBelieveAllWomen.


Cell Phone

Indian Army wants officers to deactivate Facebook accounts, avoid WhatsApp amid Israeli spyware disclosure

The Indian Army advisory says WhatsApp is a vulnerable platform and Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence.
Special Forces of the Indian Army

Special Forces of the Indian Army
The Indian Army wants its officers holding critical posts to deactivate their Facebook accounts and not use the popular messaging application, WhatsApp, for any official communication.

In an advisory issued last month, the army has cautioned officers holding sensitive posts in all headquarters, divisions and brigades that WhatsApp is a vulnerable platform and so should not be used for any official communication.

It added that although WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, the encryption would cease to be effective if the mobile handset on which it is being used gets compromised.

WhatsApp was recently in the eye of a storm after it admitted that surveillance software called Pegasus — owned by an Israel-based NSO group — had been used to compromise some of its Indian users, including journalists and activists.

Comment: Some background:


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5 arrested in connection with deadly shooting at Airbnb Halloween party

First responders
© Craig Cannon
First responders at the scene of a shooting during a Halloween party at a house in Orinda, Calif., Oct. 31, 2019.
Police have arrested five suspects in the Halloween shooting at a California Airbnb that left five partygoers dead.

The arrests came during a coordinated police operation in four Northern California cities, reported San Francisco ABC station KGO.

Five partygoers were killed on Halloween night at a house in the affluent town of Orinda, just east of Berkeley, that had been rented through Airbnb. The owner of the home told the San Francisco Chronicle that he had rented out the house to a woman who told him she was planning to have a family reunion for about a dozen people.

Instead, authorities said that upwards of 100 partygoers fled the house in panic after shots rang out. One witness told the Chronicle that most of the party's attendees were college students.

Attention

Nanny state comes to Texas: Teacher says parents "don't know what's best"

texas schools drag queen

Houston drag queen and adult entertainer "Lynn Adonis"
The government knows what's in your child's best interest better than you do — at least, according to a teacher at Willis Independent School District.

Anthony Lane, an English teacher at Willis High School who has vocally defended the school's decision to bring in an adult male entertainer who performs at strip clubs to spend a day with the children, lashed out on Facebook at parents who have complained:

"I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community and that parents should not have the final say," said Lane. "Let's be honest, some of you don't know what is best for your kids."


Comment: What??


Comment: Heavens! The parents of school children have the temerity to be upset that a stripper drag queen was invited to be a guest in their childrens' classroom. How unwoke!

'There's no such thing as boy and girl things': Drag queens indoctrinate children in public schools

Good for the parents to raise the alarm. There is no earthly reason for such a person to be invited a school. Parents are equally upset at the beknighted institution called 'drag queen story hour' some libraries seem to think is a good idea.


Eiffel Tower

Exact replica or modern alternative? Tempers flare in Paris over future appearance of fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin
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Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin, who lost his cool with the architect Philippe Villeneuve
The French government has rebuked the army general charged with the rebuilding of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral after he told the chief architect to "shut his mouth", in a sign of tensions over the cathedral's future appearance.

Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin lost his cool with Philippe Villeneuve in a dispute over whether to replace the spire, which collapsed in the fire in April, with an exact replica or a modern alternative.

"As for the chief architect, I have already explained that he should shut his mouth," Georgelin said to gasps of astonishment at a meeting of the national assembly's cultural affairs committee on Wednesday.

Airplane

Pilot thanks kayakers who rescued him from small plane crash

Lake Morton in Washington.
© ABC News
Brett Easter made a crash landing with his ultralight plane into Lake Morton in Washington.
A bright yellow ultralight plane made an incredible crash water landing and two nearby kayakers were in the right place at the right time to save the pilot's day.

Brett Easter took off from Norman Grier Field in Kent, Washington, on Monday unaware that he would have to make a quick maneuver to save his life.

The propellers stopped moving shortly after takeoff and Easter told ABC News affiliate KOMO that he looked for a clear place to land setting his sights on Lake Morton.

"At that point, you don't know where the airplane is going," he said. "I mean there are houses over here and no one deserves to pay for my engine failure."

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'No farm, no food, no future!': Farmers clog traffic in Hamburg with 4,000 tractors, reject 'scapegoating' by govt

Tractors
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German farmers have flooded a city's streets with thousands of tractors, in protest against new environment regulations; they are accusing the government of bullying them as it conducts its fight for a 'green' economy.

Around 4,000 tractors arrived in the northern city of Hamburg on Thursday, where a meeting of regional environment ministers was being held. The kilometer-long convoys, stretching across the city's busy streets, caused "considerable traffic disruption" downtown, police said. The protesters also held a rally at the city's Gaensemarkt square.

Placards displayed on the tractors included slogans such as 'Cooperation instead of bans' and 'No farm, no food, no future.' Another popular protest motto - 'Just say 'Thank you' - was also heavily present. It conveys many farmers' desire for the government to appreciate what those in agriculture do for the economy, instead of engaging in what they see as bullying and scapegoating in the name of pursuing green goals.

The Environment Ministry has recently proposed a set of regulations what would limit the use of certain types of weed killers and fertilizers - in order to protect birds, insects and groundwater. The farmers fear this will tank their businesses and endanger their very livelihood.

Bad Guys

GOP congressman's son claims 'assault' by socialist 'thugs'at North Carolina university

Republican son assaulted spray paint
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The son of Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) says he was "assaulted" with spray paint Monday night.
The son of a North Carolina congressman claims he was assaulted Monday by members of a leftist organization on campus while promoting a Charlie Kirk event scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Jack Bishop, son of Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), told Campus Reform Tuesday that he was spray-painted in the face and eye during an incident in North Carolina State University's "Free Expression Tunnel," which is used as a space for organizations to express "their thoughts and feelings about anything--from 'Happy Birthday' to announcing club and organization meetings," according to the university website.

"I would really hope that [she] would think before harassing a conservative group in a coordinated effort like this"