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beginning of war?

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Man-Made Climate Catastrophe Is a Myth, More Studies Confirm

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Clint Eastwood Bumper Sticker Threat to National Security

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A woman called the Niceville Police Department to report a bumper sticker that she thought threatened national security.

The sticker said something like, “Way to make my day” and had a picture of Clint Eastwood on it.

The officer told her it sounded like a parody, but she said she was sure it was a threat against President Donald Trump.

The officer said that if she felt that strongly about it, she would need to call the Department of Homeland Security, since it would be a federal issue.
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Lawmaker: Imran Awan data transfers a MASSIVE THREAT

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A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday described the “massive” data transfers on government servers by a former IT aide to Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “a substantial security threat.”

“These facts, standing alone, indicate a substantial security threat,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry said of the Imran Awan case during an informal hearing of Republican House members on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Awan pleaded not guilty in September to multiple federal charges including bank fraud and conspiracy. A grand jury had returned an indictment in August in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, with a total of four charges.

Perry, a member of the Homeland Security subcommittee on cyber security, said Tuesday that the House Office of Inspector General tracked the network usage of Awan and his associates on House servers and found that a “massive” amount of data was flowing from the networks.

Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats had been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Wasserman Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.

According to Perry, more than 5,700 logins by the five Awan associates were discovered on a single server within the House and 5,400 of those logins appeared unauthorized. That server, Perry said, belonged to then-Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is now attorney general in California.

Perry said a criminal investigation by Capitol Police begun after the House Office of Inspector General reported its findings into Awan and his associates last year. (cont in link)

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Topless woman killed by lamp post while leaning out of car

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Natalia Borodina, a Russian mother, was having a wild time on holiday in the Dominican Republic when tragedy struck. She screams with joy as she leans topless out of the window before she collides with a lamp post. It was filmed by Ukraine friend Ivanna Boirachuk, 32, on October 10 near Punta Cana. Ms. Borodina was taken to hospital suffering from a severe craniocerebral injury. She later died.

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Russian trolls arrange IRL shouting match between angry Americans outside Islamic center

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Stoking Islamophobia and secession in Texas -- from an office in Russia


On May 21 2016, a handful of people turned out to protest the opening of a library at an Islamic Center in Houston, Texas. Two held up a banner proclaiming #WhiteLivesMatter. A counter-protest began across the street; video shows a noisy but non-violent confrontation.

The rally -- called "Stop Islamization of Texas" -- was called and promoted by a Facebook page called Heart of Texas, which had wrongly alleged that the Islamic library had received public funding. But the Heart of Texas page listed no contacts in the Lone Star state. In fact, it was operated by a "Troll Factory" called the Internet Research Agency thousands of miles away in St Petersburg Russia, CNN has learned.

One of the people who attended the rally later complained: "Heart of Texas promoted this event but we didn't see ONE of them."

The Houston rally sheds light on an effort originating in Russia to sow discord in the U.S. through social media; in this case it had real impact on the ground.

Not only were police on the scene, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Texas, Mustafaa Carroll, told CNN that his organization had contacted the FBI about comments posted on the Heart of Texas page before the protest. One of them read: "Need to blow this place up. We don't need this shit in Texas."

The protest was also discussed by Houston City Council three days after it took place.

Generating anti-Muslim sentiment in the US was one of the goals of the Russian campaign. CNN reported Tuesday that some ads bought on Facebook were aimed at reaching voters who might be susceptible to anti-Muslim messages, even suggesting that Muslims were a threat to the American way of life.
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Norway will pay their male and female football teams the same

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Norway's male and female players will receive the same amount of pay for representing the country, the Norwegian football association has announced.

The amount of money paid to the women's team will almost double from 3.1m krone (£296,845) to 6m krone (£574,540).
This includes 550,000 krone (£47,875) paid by male Norwegian players, money they receive for commercial activities.
"Thank you for making this step for female athletes," said Norway winger Caroline Graham Hansen.
In a message posted on Instagram, Graham Hansen also posted a picture of the men's football team and said: "This was maybe a small thing for you to do for us, this will maybe not show in your monthly wages, this was maybe an obvious move for you to do.

"But this means everything for us, for our team, our sport, and for all the female athletes out there, who do the same work, the same sport as men do, but get paid less.
"For you to say that equal pay is how it should be, makes me want to cry. It makes me want to hug you all.
"Thank you for making this step for female athletes. For showing equality and for helping us all, making it a bit easier, to chase our dreams. To make them come true! RESPECT #equalgame #equalpay."
Players' union boss Joachim Walltin believes this is the first deal of its kind in world football.
"Norway is a country where equal standing is very important for us, so it is good for the country and for the sport," he said.
"For the girls, it will certainly make a difference. Some of them are working and studying, as well as playing football, and it's hard to improve then.
"The feeling of being really respected is very important for them. The federation can see it as an investment to increase the level of the women's team."
In September, Denmark cancelled a home women's friendly against Netherlands because of a dispute over money with the Danish Football Association (DBU).

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White restaurant manager in S.C. charged with enslaving black cook

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A white restaurant manager in South Carolina has been charged with enslaving a black buffet cook for five years, according to a federal indictment unsealed this week.

The cook, Christopher Smith, 39, alleges that he was forced to work up to seven days a week, often for 18 hours a day without breaks, brutally beaten and threatened repeatedly, according to a separate civil suit filed in the matter.

Bobby Paul Edwards, 52, is accused in the indictment of using “force, threats of force, physical restraint and coercion” to enslave Smith at J&J Cafeteria in Conway, S.C. Conway is just inland from Myrtle Beach.

Edwards surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday, waived a bond hearing for now and was jailed. He faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of the federal felony of “forced labor.”

“We deny any allegations of slavery and abuse,” Edwards’ attorney, Scott Bellamy, told the AJC Thursday. “We don’t believe there was any slavery involved. That word — in the climate we’re in in this country, quite frankly — makes it even more of a story.”

He noted that neither the indictment nor the federal charge contains the word “slavery.”

The indictment, which identifies Smith only by his initials, JCB, says Edwards is charged under the U.S. Code section on “slavery, peonage and trafficking in persons.”

It says Edwards used force, threats and intimidation to “cause JCS to believe that, if he did not perform such labor and services, he would suffer serious harm and physical restraint.”

The indictment is brief and does not contain details of the Smith’s alleged treatment by Edwards.

Allegations of a brutal enslavement first emerged about two years ago in a civil suit filed against the restaurant. The suit, which names Edwards’ brother, J&J’s owner, as a defendant, is pending.
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Man saved after fish jumps down his throat

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A man has survived a brush with death after his heart stopped when a 14cm fish jumped down his throat and stopped him breathing.

The 28-year-old angler went into cardiac arrest after the Dover sole, which he had just caught, jumped into his mouth on Boscombe pier in Dorset on 5 October.

Joking with friends, he had put the fish over his mouth but it wriggled free and jumped in, blocking his throat completely.

Paramedics arrived within minutes to find the man's friends giving him CPR after he had collapsed and stopped breathing.

"We were told he had a whole fish stuck in his windpipe," said Martyn Box, from South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS).

The paramedics managed to restore his pulse after discovering his heart had stopped, but despite using artificial ventilation could not get oxygen into his lungs.

SWAS paramedic Matt Harrison said they knew time was very short.

"It was clear that we needed to get the fish out or this patient was not going to survive the short journey to Royal Bournemouth Hospital," said Mr Harrison.

He used a laryngoscope to fully extend the mouth and a pair of forceps to "dislodge the tip of the tail".

"Very carefully, so as not to break the tail off, I tried to remove it, although the fish's barbs and gills were getting stuck on the way back up," explained Mr Harrison.

"I was acutely aware that I only had one attempt at getting this right, as if I lost grip or a piece broke off and it slid further out of sight then there was nothing more that we could have done...

"Eventually after six attempts the fish came out in one piece and to our amazement it was a whole Dover sole, measuring approximately 14cm in length."

The patient - who has not been named - suffered no lasting effects and has made a full recovery.

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Company Uses Optical Illusion Floor Tiles to Prevent People Running Through Its Hallway

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Casa Ceramica, a floor tile company from the UK, recently went viral on Twitter after creating an impressive optical illusion out of 400 floor tiles to discourage people from running through its hallway.

It’s not clear why anyone would be running through the hallway of a floor tile showroom, but they’re sure to think twice about doing it after taking a look at the floor ahead of them. Even though its designers assure us that it is perfectly flat, seen from a certain perspective, it looks like there is a big hole in the middle of it. Interestingly enough, seen from the opposite end, the hole actually looks like a bulge rising up from the floor. Both illusions are sure to prevent visitors from navigating the path at too fast a pace.

The mind-boggling floor first went viral after a photo of it was posted on Rêddit, by user 9999monkeys, and from there it went on to catch a lot of attention on Twitter. Duncan Cook, the owner of Manchester-based Casa Ceramica, ceased the opportunity to advertise his company and posted several more photos from different angles, as well as short clips of himself navigating the seemingly precarious hallway.

Apart from discouraging visitors from running through their hallway, Casa Ceramica told INSIDER that “the inspiration was to create an entrance themed on illusions and exceed expectations of how tiles can be used”.

“It gets some funny looks. However, the effect is greatly enhanced through a camera,” Casa Ceramica sales administrator Harry Molyneaux told TODAY. “The floor is completely flat and safe to walk over.”