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Talking sense: Leading Japanese scientist tells national audience focus should be global cooling, not warming

Dr. Takeda Kunihiko global cooling

Dr. Takeda Kunihiko
Two days ago, on July 4th, Chubu University scientist Professor Kunihiko Takeda told a national audience on popular Japanese TV program HONMADEKKA! TV that cold will be reported on rather than global warming in the second half of 2018.

Dr. Takeda said we will be reading in the newspapers about global cooling and not global warming in the second half of this year'. HONMADEKKA!? TV is broadcast nationwide ever Wednesday evening on Fuji TV. And when questioned about an mini ice age, he affirmed it - adding crops would be adversely affected.

Handcuffs

'It's okay, she'll be 16 soon': Texas man arrested after telling police about his 15 year old 'wife'

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A Dallas man had a bizarre explanation for why he was with a 15-year-old girl after falling foul of the law for parking in a disabled parking space - the girl was his wife, he reportedly told police.

Jose Nahun Lopez-Cruz, 24, offered the confession after an officer spotted the pair getting out of a car parked in a disabled spot in the Trinity Groves area of Dallas, according to police records seen by the Dallas Morning News. The officer then asked the man about an open can of alcohol in the car, which the man said belonged to his teenage companion.

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72-year-old Florida man arrested for sinister plot to burn down his apartment building and kill all the Jews inside

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A resident of a Miami Beach condo was arrested just before he set his apartment complex, with "all of the f**king Jews" inside, on fire. The 72-year-old Neo-Nazi told cops arresting him that he'd wanted to have "a small barbecue."

After being served with an eviction notice, Walter Stolper, 72, apparently decided to take revenge and burn down the building by pouring gasoline down the drain line of the Miami Beach apartment complex.

To help the flames spread and make sure the place burned down completely -along with "with all the f**king Jews"- the "very, very, very dangerous" person planned to use two fans. To further his sinister plan, he tampered with smoke detectors inside the building and placed a padlock on the complex's fire hoses, to prevent rescue teams from extinguishing the blaze, the police report of Thursday's arrest read.

Star of David

In razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will destroy any illusions of a peace process

Khan al-Ahmar IDF bulldoze
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Israeli forces violently attacked Palestinian demonstrators protesting the demolition of the occupied Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.
Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants' homes.

If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar.

It was for that reason that a posse of European diplomats left their air-conditioned offices late last week to trudge through the hot, dusty hills outside Jerusalem and witness for themselves the preparations for the village's destruction. That included the Israeli police viciously beating residents and supporters as they tried to block the advance of heavy machinery.

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Elon Musk faces wrath of twitterverse after being exposed as Republican PAC donor

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SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is facing criticism over his environmental stance after donating $38,900 to a Republican PAC, which is lobbying for the GOP to retain control of Congress ahead of the midterm election.

Federal Election Commission filings, which were released on Saturday, showed Musk to be among the top 50 donors to Protect The House, a group that supports the anti-environmental stance of the GOP. However, the CEO has denied any political affiliation with the group, claiming not to be a "conservative" but rather a registered independent with "politically moderate" beliefs, caring more about humanitarian issues and the environment.

"Reports that I am a top donor to GOP are categorically false. I am not a top donor to any political party," Musk tweeted on Thursday.

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Clashes break out at 'Free Tommy Robinson', pro-Trump London rally

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Supporters of Tommy Robinson demonstrate in London, Britain July 14, 2018.
Fists were flying and bats were swinging as demonstrators at a Free Tommy Robinson rally were involved in clashes with counter protesters at an event in London. The rally joined a pro-Trump demonstration that took place earlier.

The 'Welcome President Trump' rally marched to Whitehall from the US embassy in Battersea at midday, while the Tommy Robinson demonstration started to gather at around 2pm. The crowd featured numerous people carrying "Britain supports Trump" placards.
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Police had issued restrictions on the demonstrations amid fears of confrontations with counter protesters. Activists were handed leaflets explaining that anyone who contravened the timing and location of the demonstration could face prosecution.

Eye 1

Muslim swimmers kicked out of city pool over 'cotton rule,' mayor apologizes

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The mayor of a US city has apologized after officials forced a group of Muslim children out of a community pool by falsely claiming that their hijabs and niqabs did not meet safety standards.

Mayor Mike Purzycki of Wilmington in Delaware said staff had exercised "poor judgement" at the Foster Brown public pool earlier this month. The situation arose when the director of a summer Arabic enrichment program was approached by the pool manager, who cited a policy that supposedly prohibited swimmers from wearing cotton in public pools.

The manager said that the elementary-school-aged swimmers had to leave the pool because they were wearing cotton shirts, shorts, hijabs and headscarves. However, no such specific rule exists.

"There's nothing posted that says you can't swim in cotton," Tahsiyn Ismaa'eel, owner and principal of the Darul-Amaanah Academy, told Delaware Online. "At the same time, there were other kids with cotton on. I asked, 'Why are my kids being treated differently?'"

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Man deported from US 11 times arrested for attacking wife with chainsaw

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An officer with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (file photo)
A man accused of attacking his wife with a chainsaw has been deported from the US 11 times since 2005, officials from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have said.

Alejandro Alvarez Villegas allegedly attacked his wife at their home in Whittier, southern California, with a mechanical saw while their three children were present, according to police. The 32-year-old is then said to have fled the scene in a stolen car. He was later picked up by police after detectives developed information about his whereabouts.

Police said that when officers arrived at the home they found the woman suffering from traumatic physical injuries believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw. The victim was transported to a local hospital and her current condition is unknown.

In a statement to RT, ICE officials said that police have been requested to notify ICE prior to the release of Alvarez Villegas to enable customs officials to take him into custody. "Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Mr. Alvarez Villegas is a serial immigration violator who has been removed from the United States 11 times since 2005," the statement read.

Wine

26yo man flogged 80 times in Iran for drinking alcohol as a teen 10 years ago

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The public flogging on Tuesday in Iran of a young man convicted of consuming alcohol when he was just 14 or 15 years old over a decade ago highlights the inhumanity of a justice system that legalizes brutality, said Amnesty International today.

"The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities' warped priorities. No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief," said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

"The Iranian authorities' prolific use of corporal punishment, including on children, demonstrates a shocking disregard for basic humanity. They should immediately abolish all forms of such punishment, which in Iran includes amputation and blinding as well as flogging."

The public flogging took place on 10 July in Niazmand Square, Kashmar, Razavi Khorasan province, where the man, known just as M. R., was flogged 80 times on his back. Domestic media outlets have posted a picture from showing the young man tied to a tree as he was flogged by a masked man, with a crowd of people watching at a distance.

According to the Public Prosecutor of Kashmar, M. R. consumed alcohol during a wedding where an argument caused a fight that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old. The public prosecutor has conceded that M.R. was not involved in the murder and that the flogging sentence was only for drinking alcohol.

Comment: Iran may be part of the axis of resistance fighting jihadi and Israeli terrorism, but that doesn't mean it's free from its own pathology. Like China in recent decades (and Saudi Arabia in recent months), Iran has been getting more moderate over the years - but it's still a theocracy when it comes down to it. Writing in the 80s, Lobaczewski - after pointing out the ousted Shah of Iran's pathological personality - wrote in Political Ponerology: "The genesis of [Iran's] present tragedy also doubtless contains pathological factors which play ponerologically active roles."

Unfortunately, incidents like the above then get used for propaganda purposes in the West by people who have no real empathy for the Iranian people and who just want pro-Western regime change. But that won't solve the problem - it will just lead to more violence and more radicals.


Attention

Don't be offended: Free speech is what protects us from Nazis

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Up against the wall...
Free speech has recently become a cause célèbre of the nationalist and racist right-wing in the United States, as provocateurs like Milo Yiannopoulos bring their roadshows to college campuses, flout the values of progressive students, and then publicize and ridicule those students' emotional or sometimes violent responses. As a result, some on the Left have become skeptical of the benefits of the First Amendment.

Prior to last year's violent confrontation in Charlottesville, VA, during which an alt-right protester rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring others, the ACLU defended the right of neo-Nazis and white nationalists to demonstrate in support of Confederate monuments. For this, the ACLU was widely criticized by progressives, and since then, some progressives have begun to argue that a society with unfettered free speech is one that fails to protect marginalized communities.

Former ACLU legal director and Berkeley law professor John A. Powell recently told a reporter from the New Yorker that absolutist free speech rules in the United States fail to weigh the value of speech against the harms that speech can cause, and argued that we ought to regulate speech that can cause P.T.S.D. and "stereotype threat."

It is probably true that the value of some speech is less than the cost of the harm it imposes. But free speech advocates don't defend the speech rights of Nazis because they believe that Nazis have anything valuable to contribute to a marketplace of ideas. They defend the rights of Nazis because Nazis with the freedom to speak can cause less harm than Nazis with the power to regulate speech.


Comment: This is true in the sense that it is the left who are in fact behaving more so like Nazis than the right, and are the last people you'd want to be the ones regulating speech. Although later it becomes clear that he is referring to Trump as the "Nazi", the point still stands that government in general should stay out as much as possible in regulating speech.


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