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Raymond Cheek the paedophile priest: Anglican church 'surprised' by two-year jail sentence

Serial paedophile priest Raymond Cheek attempted to cover his face as he left a Perth court.
The Anglican Church has expressed surprise after an 85-year-old former priest was sentenced to just two years in prison for sexually abusing five boys over a 30-year period in Western Australia's south.

Serial paedophile Raymond Sydney Cheek targeted young boys across numerous parishes between 1955 and 1985.

In November last year, Cheek was found guilty of committing an act of gross indecency and two counts each of indecent assault and indecent dealings with a child.

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Canadian school cancels US trip over concerns about 'unsafe and unpredictable' political landscape

© Ralph Orlowski / Reuters
A Canadian school has canceled trips to the US because of the "unsafe" political situation created by President Trump's travel ban. The decision was taken before the restriction was blocked by US courts.

The school board in Windsor, Ontario, which is separated from Detroit, Michigan by a river, has canceled all trips across the border planned for this month because it considers the political landscape of its close neighbor to be too unpredictable and "unsafe."

"Paramount for us is student safety... we really don't know what will happen to our students at the border," Clara Howitt, a superintendent with the Greater Essex County District School Board, told the Windsor Star.

A number of students from Windsor were due to attend Detroit's Holocaust Memorial Center, which is currently hosting a special Anne Frank exhibit that "shows how people were persecuted by political decisions."


Whoops? Dominican newspaper uses photo of Alec Baldwin as Trump in article about Israel

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump
Dominican newspaper El Nacional on Friday printed a photo of Alec Baldwin doing his impression of President Trump on "Saturday Night Live" in an article about Trump and Israel.

The photo was used side-by-side with a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It was not immediately clear whether the image of Baldwin was accidental or an intentional joke.

Social media users found it funny either way.


Apple's Tim Cook: Fake news is 'killing people's minds'

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, visits the Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology.
Tim Cook, the boss of Apple, is calling for governments to launch a public information campaign to fight the scourge of fake news, which is "killing people's minds".

In an impassioned plea, Mr Cook, boss of the world's largest company, says that the epidemic of false reports "is a big problem in a lot of the world" and necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and technology firms.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, he calls for a campaign similar to those that changed attitudes on the environment to educate the public on the threat posed by fabricated online stories.

Comment: In other words, he's calling for increased propaganda in the war for peoples' minds.

Made-up news reports trying to promote a particular agenda gained huge traction on social media in the US during the election.


Police "justified" for going to wrong house and shooting innocent grandpa

Gerald Sykes
Gerald Sykes, 76, and his wife, woke up Friday night to their dogs barking and flashlights shining through their windows. Sykes immediately grabbed his shotgun and proceeded to the living room to defend his home. Sykes was ultimately shot by these intruders and was in critical condition.

Luckily Sykes pulled through. However, he will never see justice carried out against the intruders who shot him.

The intruders were cops.

On Friday, after the the state's investigation into themselves concluded, they ruled that the troopers who went to Sykes' home that night and shot him — were justified — in spite of the fact that they had no reason to be there.

Life Preserver

Destruction in Donbass: Kiev's bombs killed her family, Russia and Italy gave her hope again

© Sputnik
May 26, 2015 has broken the life of young mother Anna Tuv: the bombs launched by Ukrainian armed forces onto her home town of Horlivka in eastern Ukraine have taken away her husband, 11-year-old daughter, her home and her left arm. And while the Ukrainian authorities turned their backs on her, it was Italy, who unexpectedly came to her rescue.

The Ukrainian bombing of its eastern town of Horlivka in the Donetsk region has taken away a husband and 11-year-old daughter of Anna Tuv. Her left arm was also badly wounded and had to be amputated.

The Ukrainian authorities turned their backs on Anna and refused to help in her hour of need. However, assistance unexpectedly came from Italy. The young mother told her story to Sputnik Italia, when she arrived in Italy in order to get a bionic myoelectric prosthesis, and here is her story.

"I am very happy to be in Italy. It was my biggest dream which became a reality after a year of anguish," she told Sputnik.


Lawmakers and cops exposed in massive $800m private prison bribery conspiracy

Mississippi sued10 people and 15 corporations this week to recoup more than $800 million in state money lost in a seven-year prison bribery scandal.

Defendants in the 11 lawsuits included former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, and former Republican state House Member Cecil McCrory, the key figures in the conspiracy. They and four other people pleaded guilty to their involvement in the conspiracy.

Attorney General Jim Hood says in the lawsuits that multiple corporations, including prominent private prison contractors, paid millions of dollars in bogus "consulting fees" to people who used the money to pay bribes and kickbacks to Epps.


The western media clearly doesn't care about Russian women

Stop using women as tool to score cheap political jabs
We don't want to spend too much time on this, because frankly we're reaching "typing to a brick wall"-levels of absurdity.

Russia recently reduced the punishment for first-offense spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one. What this means is that in cases of non-life threatening abuse, the penalty has been changed to a fine. When it was a criminal offense, the abuser could be sent to prison.

What Russian legislators realized is that people don't like sending family members to prison and that police, who in many parts of Russia are not particularly attentive, had no incentive to investigate whether Vlad hit his son or not, if it was reported at all, which returns us to our first point. The fine creates an incentive for police to respond to reports as well as encourages more reports. A win-win.

People 2

Are gender feminists and transgender activists ignoring science?

© Los Angeles Times
Students pass by a gender neutral bathroom at Santee High School in May of 2016.
In the world of radical identity politics, two groups with very different philosophies have been ignoring science in the name of advancing equality: gender feminists and transgender activists.

Gender feminists — who are distinct from traditional equity feminists — refuse to acknowledge the role of evolution in shaping the human brain, and instead promote the idea that sex differences are caused by a socialization process that begins at birth. Gender, according to them, is a construct; we are born as blank slates and it is parents and society at large that produce the differences we see between women and men in adulthood.

The idea that our brains are identical sounds lovely, but the scientific evidence suggests otherwise. Many studies, for instance, have documented the masculinizing effects of prenatal testosterone on the developing brain. And a recent study in the journal Nature's Scientific Reports showed that testosterone exposure alters the programming of neural stem cells responsible for brain growth and sex differences.

Gender feminists often point to a single study, published in 2015, which claimed it isn't possible to tell apart male and female brains. But when a group of researchers reanalyzed the underlying data, they found that brains could be correctly identified as female or male with 69% to 77% accuracy. In another study, published in 2016, researchers used a larger sample in conjunction with higher-resolution neuroimaging and were able to successfully classify a brain by its sex 93% of the time.


Ignorance: US Tennis Association plays 'Nazi anthem' during German encounter

© Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters
Andrea Petkovic.
The US Tennis Association was left red faced after playing part of the German national anthem used during the Nazi period at the Fed Cup tournament in Hawaii. Germany's Andrea Petkovic described it as "the worst thing that has ever happened to me."

The offensive first stanza has been banned in Germany since the end of the Second World War, but it was precisely those bars that were played during the opening ceremony of the quarter final match on Saturday between the Alison Riske of the US and Germany's Andrea Petkovic.

Riske subsequently beat Petkovic, who described hearing the verse as the "epitome of ignorance."

"I've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup, and I've played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me," she said, stressing "It's 2017 - something like this simply should not happen in the United States."