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Dangerous precedent: Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

Paul Golding
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Paul Golding
The leader of the anti-immigrant group Britain First was fined and given a suspended sentence for refusing to unlock his phone and computer to police after returning from a trip to Russia last year, under UK anti-terrorism laws.

Paul Golding, 38, was ordered to pay a £21 ($26) surcharge and £750 ($918) in costs, and given a nine-month "conditional discharge" by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Wednesday.

He was charged with "wilfully refusing to comply" under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. Police testified that Golding had refused their demand to unlock his iPhone and Apple computer when they stopped him at Heathrow Airport on October 23 last year, as he returned from a trip to Moscow.

Bad Guys

Data on missile specifications feared leaked in cyberattack on Japan's Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric
Data regarding the capability of a cutting-edge high-speed gliding missile may have leaked through a cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp., sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

The Defense Ministry is investigating the case in coordination with the major electronics company, one of the key players in Japan's defense and infrastructure industries.

The suspected leakage involves information about production of a prototype of the missile that the ministry requested during the bidding process, according to the sources.


Delusional SJW soccer star Megan Rapinoe calls President Trump a white nationalist, says she's not ruling out running for office

Megan Rapinoe
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Megan Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe, star and co-captain of the United States women's national soccer team, took her criticism of President Donald Trump to a new level in videos published on Tuesday, calling him a white nationalist.

In a portion of an interview with Vice's Anand Giridharadas posted Tuesday, Rapinoe lambasted Trump's actions as president while praising immigration and equality as good for the economy.

Comment: With regards to equality being good, it would depend on Rapinoe's idea of equality. Equality of opportunity is good for people and business, while equality of outcome is a very dangerous idea:

Specifically, she said that Trump's "spewing of hate and 'othering' of the rest of the country" has only led to more despair, anxiety and fear in the country.


Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in U.S. and Canada

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Johnson & Johnson will stop selling its talc Baby Powder in the United States and Canada, it announced on Tuesday, saying demand had fallen in the wake of what it called "misinformation" about the product's safety amid a barrage of legal challenges.

J&J faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from consumers and their survivors claiming its talc products caused cancer due to contamination with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Many are pending before a U.S. district judge in New Jersey.

"I wish my mother could be here to see this day," said Crystal Deckard, whose mother Darlene Coker alleged Baby Powder caused her mesothelioma. She dropped the suit filed in 1999 after losing her fight to compel J&J to divulge internal records. Coker died of the cancer in 2009.

In its statement, J&J said it "remains steadfastly confident in the safety of talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder," citing "decades of scientific studies."

Comment: The billions in lawsuits is a drop in the bucket compared to the mass suffering caused by this criminal enterprise. Here's some additional reporting on the topic:


Lisa Kudrow is right - the Culture Police needs to leave Friends and the past alone

Lisa Kudrow
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Lisa Kudrow
Friends star Lisa Kudrow has said the show, so often labelled 'problematic', should be seen as a time capsule. She's right. If revisionist Culture Police delete the past, we'll never move forward.

Let's get one thing straight: none of the main characters in Friends was likeable. A bunch of needy, self-centered sexual mercenaries who'd happily ditch their 'Friends' if they thought there was half a chance of someone having a fumble in their pants.

While we're at it, let's get another thing straight: Phoebe was the least likeable of the lot, spawning a generation of 'kooks' and almost certainly causing the ukulele plague of the 2010s.

However, the actor who played Phoebe, Lisa Kudrow, has said something I do like. Asked about revisionist critiques of the show and its all-white cast, she said, "It should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong."

Eye 1

What critical thinking? Wayback Machine is now complicit in Big Tech censorship

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The webpage archive service Wayback Machine's decision to additionally label already-deleted articles as 'disinformation' is internet history revisionism that comes at a time when critical thinking is desperately needed.

Earlier this month, Wayback Machine took heed of MIT Technology Review's protests that they are breathing life into debunked coronavirus 'hoaxes', and took to retroactively labelling past web pages and content removed from their original pages with warnings decrying the information presented as false.

The pages in question come from popular platforms such as Medium which, in theory, were launched to allow users to create content without it being editorialised by the powers that be. By redefining content after it has already been removed, Wayback Machine is adding a level of editorialisation atop of another — adding insult to injury by obfuscating original messages and overlaying them with a warning of disinformation. Disinformation being defined as misleading information that is spread deliberately to deceive.


Hull mum disgusted as 11-year-old's homework was to define 'hardcore porn'

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Mrs Taylor is "fuming" with her daughter's school
A Hull mum is "fuming" over her 11-year-old daughter's school work which asked children to define hardcore pornography - among other "inappropriate" topics.

Children in Years 7, 8 and 9 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in east Hull were set the work in their Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) class as part of their home learning.

Teachers have asked the 11 to 14-year-olds to "define" pornography, soft pornography, hardcore pornography and transsexual pornography, as well as female genital mutilation, wet dreams, trafficking, male circumcision, breast ironing and more.

They were also asked questions about alcohol, drugs and smoking.

Following complaints from parents, the academy has now apologised for any offence caused.


Don't believe your lying eyes, says New York Times feminist claiming #BelieveAllWomen is a 'right-wing canard'

Believe All Women, anti-Kavanaugh protestors
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Believing all women is a trap set for feminists and Democrats by evil Republicans seeking to create an impossible purity test, says a new op-ed. That's one way out of the who-whom conundrum about Joe Biden. Too bad it's nonsense.

Time and again, Democrats have picked up the banner of feminism, from accusing Donald Trump of being a misogynist, sexist rapist during the 2016 campaign to the 2018 attempt at railroading Justice Brett Kavanaugh with salacious and entirely unverified claims of sexual assault when he was in high school. Now, however, their own presidential candidate stands accused of sexually assaulting a staffer decades ago.

Some Democrats have flat-out said they don't care about justice or equality or credible accusations, they hate Trump that much and just want Biden to win. Others, however, have struggled with the obvious hypocrisy of that position and desperately sought something - anything - that would bridge the cognitive dissonance and make their position look virtuous again.

Arrow Down

To equalize a $54B budget hole, California cuts will stick it to the most vulnerable

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CA Gov. Gavin Newsom, (second left) meets with government leaders on budget planning
The aged, blind and disabled always get the shaft whenever a governor pulls out his cutting knife.

So it was no surprise on Friday when 1.2 million Californians who are aged, blind or disabled and living on the edge — clinging to government benefits for subsistence — got whacked again, this time by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Many Californians were dinged in Newsom's revised state budget proposal. And most of it couldn't be helped without a major tax increase.

The governor and Legislature have a projected $54-billion budget hole to fill because the economy was practically shut down in mid-March when Newsom ordered most people to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

That will reduce state government's tax receipts by an estimated $41 billion through June 2021 compared with what Newsom projected when he sent his original budget proposal to the Legislature in January. His revised spending plan totals $203 billion, down $19 billion from what he first proposed. The governor expects to fill the rest of the deficit hole with federal relief money, internal borrowing, accounting gimmicks, cash reserves and some relatively minor tax hikes.

Star of David

One Israeli settler convicted for Dawabsheh family murders five years later

Amiram Ben-Uliel
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Amiram Ben-Uliel in the Lod District Court in Israel
Five years after the infamous arson attack that killed three members of the Dawabsheh family, one of the Israeli settlers responsible for the attack was convicted on Monday.

The Lod District Court in Israel convicted 25-year-old Amiram Ben-Uliel on three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of arson, and conspiracy to commit an ethnically-motivated crime, which can carry up to a life sentence in prison.

According to the indictment, Ben-Uliel was the person responsible for firebombing two homes in the village of Duma, south of Nablus in the early morning of July 31st, 2015. He allegedly targeted homes that he thought were inhabited, with the intention of harming as many Palestinians as possible.

After firebombing the first home, whose inhabitants weren't inside at the time, Beni-Uliel set his sights on the Dawabsheh family home, where he spray-painted the words "revenge" and "Long Live King Messiah" on the walls before throwing a Molotov cocktail through the family's bedroom window.

18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh died in the fire, and his parents, Riham and Saad later succumbed to their wounds in the hospital. Their son Ahmad, who was 4-years-old at the time, sustained severe burns on over 60% of his body.

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