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More Boeing bad news: Debris found in fuel tanks of many undelivered 737 MAX jets

boeing MAX 737
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An employee works on a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington, U.S. January 10, 2020.
Boeing Co has found debris in the fuel tanks of dozens of undelivered 737 MAX jets amid ongoing inspections as the Chicago-based planemaker struggles to restore the trust of airlines and the wider public in the grounded fleet.

Boeing found debris in the fuel tanks of about 35 aircraft, a company spokesman confirmed on Friday. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that more than 50% of the undelivered 737 MAX jets inspected thus far have had debris found in them.

Several more planes are still awaiting inspection.

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Harvey Weinstein jury says they are deadlocked; judge orders them to keep deliberating

Harvey Weinstein
Jurors in the trial against Harvey Weinstein indicated they were deadlocked Friday on the two most serious counts against him, prompting the judge to order that any verdict must be unanimous.

New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke added that if the jury can't reach a unanimous decision, then it can't return a verdict on the two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. The judge also asked the jury to continue deliberations, which are set to resume Monday morning.

"It is not uncommon for a jury to believe they will never reach a unanimous verdict but on further deliberation, they are often able to reach a unanimous verdict," Burke told the courtroom.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberations Tuesday. The once-powerful Hollywood mogul, 67, also faces one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape, and one count of a criminal sex act. The jury suggested it reached a unanimous decision on those three counts.

Comment: See also: As Harvey Weinstein trial begins, Hollywood dutifully feigns the outrage it kept quiet for the years he operated


Pirates

Israel plans 9,000 settler homes despite Trump's plan for Palestinian 'tourism center'

Israel settlers
The Israeli housing ministry has begun advancing a master plan to build a massive Jewish neighborhood in an east Jerusalem area that appears to be earmarked in the US administration's peace plan for a Palestinian tourism center, according to different news reports.

On February 9, the ministry submitted a building plan that would see some 9,000 housing units constructed at the site of the former Qalandiya airport (known by Israelis as Atarot airport) near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, which has been inoperative since the breakout of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

The new Jewish neighborhood in Qalandiya would break a long stretch of Palestinian urban areas extending from the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shu'afat north to Kfar Aqab, Qalandiya and Ramallah on the other side of the security barrier.

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Bizarro Earth

"Kill more": Female convert & ISIS supporter admits plot to bomb St Paul's Cathedral

Safiyya
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Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, a supporter of Islamic State.
A supporter of Islamic State has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a hotel.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, west London, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

It was alleged Shaikh made contact with someone who could prepare explosives, and went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the cathedral and a hotel as locations to plant bombs.

She prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to Isis between August 2019 and October 2019. She also shared terrorist documents via groups using the Telegram messaging app over the same period.

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Attention

NoFap won't make you a Nazi: Why MSM can't get a grip on internet's anti-masturbation activists

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If you've read about the NoFap online community in the mainstream media, you may have gotten the idea that they're a bunch of science-denying misogynists. In reality, they're the internet's Alcoholics Anonymous, but for porn.

Pornography and sex addiction is becoming a concern for many. Several celebrities have been open about their own sex addictions, such as Kanye West, Terry Crews, Michael Douglas, Tiger Woods, Lamar Odom, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 2013 film 'Don Jon' tackled the subject as well. It's something seemingly unique to our digital age, with the ability to access pornography on demand from any device that has an internet connection.

There are those that deny the addiction exists, like popular feminist YouTuber Laci Green, or noted sex therapist Dr. David J. Ley, who wrote in Psychology Today that pornography is not addictive back in 2013. However, a 2014 study at Cambridge has shown that a porn-addicted brain reacts to pornography in the same way a drug-addicted brain acts towards drug cues. The World Health Organisation recognised sex addiction as a mental health condition two years later.

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Marijuana

Cops smell weed on 16yo boy and beat the hell out of him - taxpayers to be held liable

teen being punched
As the Free Thought Project has reported numerous times, the only thing dangerous about marijuana is what happens when the police catch you with it. Marijuana will not kill you, but the police officers who find you with it just might. The violent arrest of a 16-year-old Delaware boy proves this notion. Now, the taxpayers of New Castle will be held liable because the officer who did the punching, was not.

One year after this boy was savagely beaten by New Castle County police — who were never held accountable — attorney for the family, Chris Johnson, has announced they intend to sue if the department refuses to settle.

As TFTP reported at the time, the boy, identified by his family as Roger Darnell Brown was outside talking with his friend last February because he'd just gotten a brand new dirt bike and wanted to show it off. The boys weren't breaking into cars or vandalizing the neighborhood or stealing things. They were just being boys hanging out.

However, as they stood in the front yard, two cops claimed to smell marijuana and this peaceful hangout quickly turned violent.

Roger was straddling the bike when police arrived and told him to get off it, Mary Fleming, Roger's mother told Delaware Online.

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Stock Down

England has WORST regional inequality in developed world, new report says

Gresham Middlesbrough
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A woman pushes a pram along a semi-derelict terraced street in the Gresham area of Middlesbrough, north-east England
The over-centralization of power has resulted in England becoming "the most regionally divided economy in the developed world," according to new research.

A report released by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North think tank on Friday says that, while inner London is one of the most productive regions in the European Union, other parts of England have productivity levels "similar to Poland, Hungary and Romania."

"[England is the] most regionally divided economy in the developed world in terms of productivity, income, job opportunities, and health outcomes."

Researchers at the progressive think tank have urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to embark on a major devolution program. They report that the "economy isn't working for any part of England" - not even the nation's capital - adding that "this situation is unique in the developed world."

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Stock Down

If slowing growth, unsound financial systems and the coronavirus don't trigger a market meltdown, central banks will

Stock Exchange
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People walk past the New York Stock Exchange on February 12. US stocks have rallied to an all-time high this month despite worries over sluggish economies in China and Europe and the coronavirus outbreak.
In July 2007, the Post published my article with the headline "Get ready for stock market collapse". Three months later, share prices slid into the abyss of the global financial crisis. I haven't predicted a market collapse since. I am predicting one now.

Back in 2007, signs of a market collapse were evident in overpriced shares, investor complacency, and fast-sprouting hedge funds and brokerage accounts. China was then an emerging economic power with ample debt capacity to cushion the world's fall.

But both China and US got their responses to the global financial crisis wrong. Rather than stimulating consumption that still lags, China stimulated investment despite its industrial overcapacity. The US stimulated consumption (remember "cash for clunkers"?) rather than investing in new technologies, worker retraining and still creaking infrastructure.

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Star of David

Palestinian boy, 8, loses eye after being shot by Israeli police in Jerusalem

Malek Issa

Malek Issa, 8, was shot in the face by Israeli police with with a rubber bullet
The story of a Palestinian boy who lost an eye after being shot in the face by Israeli police has angered Palestinians across the occupied territories who see the incident as another tragic example of Israel's wrongful targeting of Palestinians with excessive force.

Eight-year-old Malek Issa was on his way home from buying a sandwich on Saturday afternoon in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya when he was shot in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by an Israeli police officer.

Issa's family told local media that the boy had left a restaurant and was headed home when he was shot by police, allegedly at point blank range.

While Israeli police claimed that their officers were engaging in "riot control" measures in Issawiya, video footage of the moments before the shooting, published by Haaretz, shows what appears to be normal activity in the street.

Health

Russia has already self-quarantined 2,500 people to prevent spread of coronavirus infection - Moscow mayor

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin
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Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin
Despite its 4,000km border with China, Russia currently has no live reported domestic cases of the pathogen which has sent its neighbor into lock-down. Authorities clearly want to try and keep it that way.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced on Friday that over 2,500 people have already been ordered into quarantine due to the risk of the Covid-19 coronavirus. He also explained on his blog that all arrivals from China will have to undergo a physical and take a test for the infection. They then must isolate themselves. He added that if tests at the airport detect a temperature or other symptoms, the person would be immediately sent to a hospital.

"In practice, this means that anyone who arrives from China should not leave their home or hotel for two weeks," the mayor said. "Compliance [with the quarantine order] is continuously monitored, including through the automated face recognition system and other technical measures." Many CCTV cameras throughout the Russian capital are equipped with facial recognition technology designed to enable authorities to find wanted criminals.