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17 people were busted in a child pornography sting in Florida. 2 of them were Disney employees

Florida sting
© Polk County Sheriff's Office
Two Disney employees, Donald Durr Jr. (left) and Brett Kinney (right) are among 17 people arrested in a child porn sting in Polk County, Florida, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Two Disney employees were arrested in a child pornography sting orchestrated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

They were among 17 men nabbed in an undercover sting operation, according to a press release from the agency.Brett Kinney, 40, of Lake Alfred, Florida, told investigators he was a guest experience manager at Disney World, according to the release. Kinney was arrested and charged with one count of promotion of child pornography and 24 counts of possession of child pornography-enhanced, the release said.

A Disney spokesperson told CNN by phone that Kinney was no longer employed with the company following his arrest in the sting.

In the release, the sheriff's office alleges that Kinney would search online for images of boys from toddlers to 10 years old. He was caught during a peer- to -peer investigation of alleged child pornography.

When confronted by investigators, Kinney told them that he had an addiction to child pornography and had been viewing it for 22 years, according to the release.

A second Disney employee, Donald Durr Jr., was also arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Durr, 52, of Davenport, Florida, told investigators he was a custodial worker at Walt Disney Resorts. He was arrested and charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of sexual performance by a child.

Eye 1

Crime pays off? Danish city offers convicted criminals cash aid for moving out of 'ghettos'

Blocks of houses
© Reuters / Andrew Kelly
Blocks of houses are seen in Mjolnerparken, a housing estate the "Ghetto List", in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In a last-ditch attempt to save several residential areas from being labeled as "severe ghetto," which, under a controversial law, would lead to their demolition, the Danish city of Odense plans to pay local criminals to move out.

"You were convicted in 2019? Then you have the opportunity to get help to move," say the posters that emerged across several neighborhoods of Odense over the weekend.

What looks like a shady 'help' offer from a mafia boss, is actually a legit proposal from the municipality and housing agencies in Denmark's third largest city of Odense. The offer is simple: those living in the neighborhoods who were sentenced earlier this year are eligible for a "relocation grant."

The municipality is ready to pay the convicted criminals 15,500 krones (around $2,200) and to provide them with relocation aid if they agree to move elsewhere. While the bizarre offer is advertised as a chance to get a "fresh start" for such people, in actual fact the program seems to be a last-ditch attempt to save several of the city's neighborhoods from getting labeled as "severe ghettos."

Green Light

'Kartarpur Corridor': For the first time, Pakistan grants Indian Sikhs visa-free travel to their holiest site

Hundreds of pilgrims launch journey across border to Kartarpur to visit shrine of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.
Kartarpur checkpoint
© Narinder Nanu/AFP
The Sikh faith began in the 15th century in the city of Lahore, now part of Pakistan
Hundreds of Indian Sikhs have made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan, crossing the border to one of their holiest sites under a landmark deal between the two rival countries.

At least 700 pilgrims were estimated to have passed through the corridor on Saturday, with more to follow in the coming days.

They headed to the shrine of Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak, which lies in Kartarpur, a small town just 4km (two miles) over the Pakistan side of the border where he is believed to have died.

In a rare example of cooperation between India and Pakistan, a secure visa-free land corridor was created to allow up to 5,000 pilgrims a day to travel straight to the temple from the Indian side.

Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was among the first pilgrims to cross over into Pakistan's Punjab province from the town of Dera Baba Nanak in India.

Comment: It is a historic day in India for another reason that eclipsed the importance of opening of Kartarpur corridor. India's Supreme court released its final verdict on a centuries-old religious dispute between Hindus and Muslims over the Babrid Masjid-Ram Temple controversy in Ayodhya. Pakistan complained of the timing of the Supreme court's verdict on the Ayodhya issue. India rejected this as "warranted and gratuitous," but we can't deny that the coincidence makes it look like a double-win for Modi.

It's not only India that's changing. India's change is affecting change in Pakistan too. For all the spats and border skirmishes, it's dawning on people there that they must find political solutions if they wish to develop into modern countries.


Ambulance

IDF injures 69 Palestinians in Friday protests near Israel-Gaza border

Gaza march return protest
© Mohammed Asad
Gazans protesting at the fence
Sixty-nine Palestinian nationals have been injured during the ongoing protests near the Israeli border in the Gaza Strip, Gaza Health Ministry Spokesman Ashraf Qidra has stated.

"Sixty-nine Palestinians have been injured today in clashes with the Israeli troops on the border of the Gaza Strip, 29 of them have received gunshot wounds", Qidra said.

The march's committee has announced that next week demonstrators would chant slogans in support of extending the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East's mandate.

On 1 November, Palestinians held protests near the Gaza border, timed to an anniversary of the release of the British government's Balfour Declaration, published on 2 November 1917. The document expressed support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" within the Ottoman Empire's region of Palestine.

The protest led to clashes with the Israeli forces. Ninety-six Palestinians have been injured in the violence.

The demonstrations, known as the Great March of Return, have been ongoing for 82 weeks and resulted in 314 deaths since 30 March 2018. The protesters demand to be able to return to their ancestral homes, which, according to them, were seized by Israel.

Comment: This happens every week, and yet most Americans will never know. They'll hear the latest on Chinese crackdown on Hong Kong protesters, or even Iraq, but Palestine is off limits. We wouldn't want to insult our "greatest partner" Israel, now would we, no matter how many protesters, medics and journalists they injure or murder.


No Entry

'Reverse Pol Pot': Berkeley philosophy lecturer slammed after saying rural Americans made 'bad life decisions' & should be shamed

Farmland
© REUTERS/Kia Johnson
A farm in Ottumwa, Iowa
A Harvard-educated UC Berkeley philosophy lecturer is catching flak for bashing rural Americans as parasites on more "efficient" city-dwellers. He has since apologized for the tone of the original tweets, but not their substance.

Disdain for "flyover country" by the coastal elites is a trope of American politics and culture wars at this point, but Jackson Kernion apparently sought to embody it with a series of tweets this week, declaring that Americans living in the countryside should not be "subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life."

"Rural healthcare should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America!" Kernion argued in now-deleted posts. "Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes."

"It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move."

Quenelle

Top St. Petersburg professor of history saved from freezing-cold river - Rescuers discover severed female arms in his backpack


Comment: You couldn't make this up...


French emperor
© REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin CVI/TC
Oleg Sokolov (R), dressed as French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, during a historic reenactment event in 2005.
A Napoleonic history professor with tenure at St. Petersburg's top university is suspected of murdering his much younger ex-student-turned lover in a fit of jealous rage. He was found in a river with female arms in a backpack.

On a bone-chilling Saturday morning, rescuers were called to help a man in his 60s found in the freezing waters of the Moyka River that cuts though the historic center of St. Petersburg. Their next discovery was much more sinister - a backpack with two female arms severed at the elbows and a non-lethal handgun.

Police detained the man, who had to be taken to the hospital for hypothermia, and launched a murder investigation.

While law enforcement has not officially released the name of the suspect, numerous Russian media outlets have reported he was Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old historian teaching at the most prestigious university in St. Petersburg.

When investigators searched the man's apartment, located not far from the river, they found the dismembered body of a young women and a bloodied hacksaw that was apparently used to cut off her arms and head, local news site 47news.ru reported. It claims the victim is a 24-year-old former student and protégé of Sokolov, who was apparently in a relationship with the man. The two collaborated on several works about the Napoleonic Wars and appeared in period costumes at re-enactment events.

Comment: Turns out he did have an 'ethics issue', to say the least. What a sicko.


Heart - Black

Assange 'MAY DIE in jail for revealing war crimes,' his father warns after seeing him behind bars

Supporters of Julian Assange
© Henry Nicholls / Reuters
Supporters of Julian Assange in London, Britain, October 21, 2019.
The father of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange said his son is on course for a bitter end in prison for shedding light on American war crimes, as he faces looming extradition to the US.

John Shipton said on Friday that he visited Assange in prison in the UK this week and was horrified by how poorly his son is being treated behind bars.

"Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes. It is beyond obscene."

"This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,"
he said, as cited by the Daily Mail.

Comment: See also: Assange lawyers' links to US govt & Bill Browder raises questions


Attention

Fired CBS News producer Ashley Bianco says she didn't leak ABC clip on Epstein coverup

Ashley Bianco, Megyn Kelly
In an interview with journalist Megyn Kelly, fired CBS News producer Ashley Bianco insisted she did not leak video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach revealing the network killed a bombshell report about deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

A partial transcript is as follows:

MEGYN KELLY: Did you leak the tape?

ASHLEY BIANCO: I did not.

KELLY: Not to anyone at any time?

BIANCO: No, never.

Comment: Project Veritas: Ex-ABC News staffer is not our source; whistleblower releases statement
I sit right here with you all in complete shock. I, like many, are at a loss for words on how this has been handled. Instead of addressing this head-on like the company has in the past, it has spun into a mission of seek-and-destroy. Innocent people that have absolutely nothing to do with this are being hunted down as if we are all a sport. I challenge all of you to actually look inwards and remember why this company engages in journalism
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Megaphone

Students suspended from Canadian high school for arguing against wearing rainbow poppy

rainbow poppy LGBT
Natalie, the 17-year-old girl who was suspended from Stonewall Collegiate yesterday over a rainbow poppy row, has provided an exclusive statement to The Post Millennial with additional details on the controversial situation.

"It all started when teachers, counsellors, and some students said we should wear the rainbow poppy..." She wrote, stating that she disagreed with the decision to change the traditional red-and-black poppy used to honour Canadian veterans during the Remembrance Day holiday. "I typed up papers on a computer, printed them off, and taped them up in the halls."

The printed papers contained some quotes from news stories and people on social media Natalie had collected of individuals expressing criticism of the rainbow poppy. Natalie says she was just trying to express her beliefs and opinion on the matter.

Comment: See also: LGBT rainbow poppy causes controversy; critics say it disrespects veterans


Mr. Potato

Not creepy at all: Giant Greta Thunberg mural to grace downtown San Francisco

greta thunberg mural
© Global Look Press /Aftonbladet/ WixtrÖM Peter
A four-story mural of climate activist Greta Thunberg is set to be unveiled next week in San Francisco. Many, however, have already found the work unsettling, describing it as something straight out of a dystopian Sci-Fi movie.

The mural depicts the face of the 16-year-old media darling, gazing down at passersby on Union Square in San Francisco, with her signature tense expression.

Argentine artist Andreas Iglesias, who is putting the finishing touches on the massive work, said his ultimate goal is to raise awareness about climate issues.

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