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States Push Back on Microbrewery Production Caps

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by The Tatler

The craft beer business has been booming around America and some states are taking action to allow microbreweries to increase their production caps.

Arizona’s governor Doug Ducey signed a law yesterday that would extend the caps in a business friendly gesture. “Arizona has a booming craft beer industry and it’s growing every day. I want to ensure that it continues to thrive, unimpeded by overly burdensome regulations,” Ducey said.

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According to the Brewers Association, craft beer has surged to 11% of the beer market. And this popularity has run into some obstacles created by the three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

But the popularity has craft breweries bumping up against the country’s longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry. It was designed to prevent mega breweries such as Anheuser-Busch from controlling beer production, distribution and retail sales at restaurants and stores. The three tiers consist of large breweries, distributors and microbreweries.

In many states, microbreweries can serve their beer at their locations and brewpubs, but lose that ability when they exceed production caps.

Other states that have taken action to grow the microbrewery industry are Wyoming and North Dakota although Montana defeated a measure to extend the caps.

AP has a list of the latest legislation around the country that address the growing craft beer industry.

 

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Are Pesticides Ruining the Quality of Your Sperm? Harvard Thinks So

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 - by The Tatler

A new Harvard Study suggests that pesticide residue on fruit and vegetables could affect the fertility of men.

Research by Harvard University found that men who ate the greatest amount of fruit and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49% lower sperm count and a 32% fewer normally formed sperm than those who consumed the least.

The study was published in Human Reproduction and revealed that “more research was needed and that their findings should not encourage men to reduce their consumption of fruit and vegetables.”

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“We found that total intake of fruit and vegetables was completely unrelated to semen quality. This suggests that implementing strategies specifically targeted at avoiding pesticide residues, such as consuming organically grown produce or avoiding produce known to have large amounts of residues, may be the way to go,” said Jorge Navarro, an assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard’s school of public health.

The study was fairly comprehensive and included 338 semen samples from 155 men between the ages of 18 and 55 who visited a fertility center.  The research used data from the U.S.D.A. pesticide data program to evaluate whether a fruit or vegetable was high, moderate or low for pesticides.

There are limitations to the study — in particular,  men already going to fertility clinics have infertility issues. In addition, there was no information as to whether the fruits and vegetables were organic.

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Macabre: Narcissists Flock to NYC Blast Site to Take Selfies

Monday, March 30th, 2015 - by The Tatler

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Narcissists are heading over to the site of a tragic blast and snapping selfies of themselves amidst the rubble from an explosion in a New York City building. Some took the pictures as rescuers were frantically searching for survivors.

Amid the backdrop of the devastation wrought by the explosion, fire and collapse of three buildings that injured 25 people, seven smiling women used a selfie stick late Friday to snap a cheery photo of themselves.

On Sunday, the New York Post was so disgusted the paper led with the story…and an appropriate title.

“Disgusting beyond words,” wrote a commenter on the local-news blog EV Grieve, which reposted the snap.

“Take a look at these people. Remember their faces,” wrote Diane DiDonato, of Brooklyn, on Facebook. “They don’t deserve those smiles. People are dying behind them.”

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“THIS IS A TRAGEDY NOT A TOURIST ATTRACTION,” one frustrated neighbor wrote in a sign taped to a front door on nearby 7th Street. “SHOW SOME RESPECT,” the sign demanded.

Other selfie-snappers included Christina Freundlich, whose LinkedIn profile lists her as a communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party. She posted a grinning photo of herself at the scene giving the peace sign.

“Too soon,” one follower chided.

As people snapped macabre pictures, 60 firefighters continued to extinguish flames and search for survivors. The New York Fire Department said it could take up to week to to finish going through the ruins.

“It’s going to be slow and arduous to dig out, search through the rubble,” FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro said.

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Iranian Editor Defects During Nuclear Talks, Says the U.S. Is Advocating for Iran in Negotiations

Monday, March 30th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A media aide to the Rouhani regime in Iran has defected during the nuclear talks between the U.S. and Tehran, seeking refuge in Switzerland.

Defector Amir Hossein Motaghi revealed in an interview with a London paper “The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.”

Secretary of State John Kerry at the Iran talks in Switzerland

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Motaghi previously managed public relations for Hassan Rouhani during the 2013 election campaign. Iranian news agencies are reporting that Motaghi quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondence Association.

During his appearance with a London media outlet, Motaghi also revealed that he quit because he could only write what he was told to write by the regime.

“There are a number of people attending on the Iranian side at the negotiations who are said to be journalists reporting on the negotiations,” he told Irane Farda television. “But they are not journalists and their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels. My conscience would not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner any more.”

Rumors surround Motaghi’s reasons for defections. Writes the Telegraph, “One news website claimed he had been forced in to report to the ministry of intelligence weekly, and that he had been tipped off that he might be subject to arrest had he returned to Tehran.”

 

 

 

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Poll: More than Half of Americans Think They Pay the Right Amount of Taxes

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Pew Research has released a new poll revealing that more than half of Americans (53%) think they pay the right amount of taxes to the federal government.  On the other hand, 40% say they pay too much and sadly, only 27% are bothered “a lot” by their tax burden.

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The public’s opinion of corporate taxation isn’t so generous. Almost two-thirds (64%) say they are bothered “a lot” by corporations that don’t pay their fair share of taxes. Add class-warfare into the mix and we see that 61% are bothered “a lot” by wealthy people who are not paying their fair share.

If you were curious about how these results break down along party lines, you will not be disappointed. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they are paying too much in taxes with 50% of Republicans saying so and 30% of Democrats saying the same.

The partisan contrast is becoming more stark. “In the 2011 survey, nearly identical percentages of Republicans (37%) and Democrats (38%) said they were paying more than their fair share.”

And it’s not just the personal tax issue that has a partisan divide.  Republicans and Democrats differ in attitudes toward corporations and wealthy people.  Three-quarters of Democrats are bothered “a lot” by corporations and wealthy individuals (72%) that do not pay their fair share in taxes. By comparison, 53% of Republicans are bothered “a lot” by corporation getting away with a lower tax burden and 45% are bothered by wealthy people.

The survey was conducted among 1504 adults between the dates of February 18-22, 2015. Perhaps it would be interesting to see what the results would be if these questions were asked immediately following tax day.

 

 

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Rahm Emanuel Wants to Name Chicago Airport after Obama?

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by The Tatler

While speaking at a candidate forum at Chicago State University earlier this week, embattled mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel speculated that it would be a good idea to name an airport after Chicago’s favorite community organizer, Barack Obama.

When asked at a candidate forum at Chicago State University why he was no longer supporting his own proposal to name two high schools after Obama and influential religious and community leader Arthur Brazier, Emanuel said that he was still looking for ways to “acknowledge people who have done significant things.”

“We have an airport, two of them, you know, Midway Airport, O’Hare Airport,” Emanuel said. “[Obama and Brazier] are people who have been transformative in the city of Chicago. But we have airports named after battleships.”

Emanuel walked back his statement when his spokesman said he had no plans to rename the Chicago airports.

O’Hare airport is named after a WWII Navy pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare and Midway is named after the WWII Battle of Midway.

The Battle of Midway, Sept. 16, 1942.

WWII YORKTOWN BATTLE OF MIDWAY

 

 

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[WATCH] Senator Harry Reid Will Not Run for Re-Election

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Senate Harry Reid confirms he will not run for re-election.

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DEA Agents Gone Wild: ‘Sex Parties’ with Drug Cartel Prostitutes, Report Claims

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A new report released by the Justice Department today has found that “agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia.”

And it gets worse. The Colombian police provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report says.

Was anyone punished for this behavior? Not really. Ten DEA agents admitted to participating in the parties, and some agents received between two and ten days suspension. Oh. Well then.

The stunning allegations are part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into claims of sexual harassment and misconduct within DEA, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The IG’s office found that DEA did not fully comply with its probe.

Moreover,the report states that DEA, ATF and the Marshals Service repeatedly failed to report all risky or improper sexual behavior to security personnel at those agencies.

“The foreign officer allegedly arranged ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes funded by the local drug cartels for these DEA agents at their government-leased quarters, over a period of several years,” the IG report says.

The DEA Office of Professional Responsibility became aware for the allegations in 2010, but the bad behavior dates back to 2005.  But some supervisors were aware of a “problem” when the building management for the DEA Building in Bogota complained.

“Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds. A foreign officer also alleged providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report said. “The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs [special agents] in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”

Naturally, the DEA was not cooperative with the Inspector General’s Office.

“We were also concerned by an apparent decision by DEA to withhold information regarding a particular open misconduct case,” the report states. “The OIG {Office of Inspector General] was not given access to this case file information until several months after our request, and only after the misconduct case was closed. Once we became aware of the information, we interviewed DEA employees who said that they were given the impression that they were not to discuss this case with the OIG while the case remained open.”

The report adds: “Therefore, we cannot be completely confident that the FBI and DEA provided us with all information relevant to this review. As a result, our report reflects the findings and conclusions we reached based on the information made available to us.”

Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.

 

 

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Kansas Set to Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 - by The Tatler

The Kansas House and Senate have passed legislation that would allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The bill is now headed to the desk of Governor Sam Brownback.  Currently, Kansas requires eight hours of training before someone can carry a concealed firearm.

Kansas would be the fifth state to allow concealed carry without a permit.

“Carrying a gun is a lifestyle,” said Republican Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady. “The government should trust its citizens.”

All states allow some form of concealed carry, but the NRA says only Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming allow it everywhere in the state without a permit, though Montana allows it without a permit outside of cities, which is most of the state. In West Virginia, lawmakers passed a bill, but Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed it.

The NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association support the new bill, while the Brady Campaign opposed it. Of course.

Kansas already allows residents to open carry without a permit or training.

“Kansans already have two documents granting them the right to concealed carry — the Constitution of the United States and the Kansas Constitution,” Couture-Lovelady said. “That should be all they need.”

After Brownback signs the bill, and there is no reason to think that he won’t, Kansas will still continue to issue permits so that residents can carry concealed in the other states that recognize Kansas’ permits.

 

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Would You Let Apple Store Employees Give You Fashion Advice?

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 - by The Tatler

As the debut of the Apple watch approaches, Apple is training its employees to offer consumers fashion advice.

In order to showcase and sell the Apple Watch, retail employees will be trained to provide personal fashion and styling advice to customers, according to employees briefed on the plans.

Apple is training its retail force to “build trust, enabling the employee to serve as a valued fashion advisor during the purchase process.” The  new sales techniques will “encourage iPhone upgrades, assist with gifting, and guide customers in watch and strap choices.”

Some of the things you might hear if you approach an salesman in an Apple store are:  “you seem to have a fun style. I think the Pink Sport band would match your style perfectly,” or “the white strap looks great on you.”

Other sales guidelines:

  • Make comments about why you think an option is a good choice rather than discussing why an option may not be a good choice.
  • Explain how earlier customers made decisions between models.
  • Use other accessories [already] on a customer as examples for which model would look best.
  • If the customer is with another person, make sure to get the opinion of that person on which model should be purchased.
  • Don’t focus on price as a reason to recommend an option because many customers may be willing to spend more for a model that makes them feel good.

The Apple Watch will go on sale April 24th.

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Is the FBI Fudging Figures to Show an Increase in Mass Shootings?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by The Tatler

President of the Crime Prevention Research Center John Lott asserts that the FBI’s crime statistics are “distorting” gun violence, and with the media’s help, portraying to the public that “mass shootings” are more of a threat than they really are.

Lott, author of the book More Guns, Less Crime explained that the latest annual crime report from the FBI appear to be deliberately misleading.

“The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this. It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.”

The figures released last September show “mass shooter” incidents have dramatically increased since 2000. “The report asserted there were a total 160 such incidents in public places between 2000 and 2013, with attacks dramatically increased to 17 in 2013 from just one in 2000. The statistics also showed murders jumping to 86 from just seven over the span.”

Not so fast says Lott, who points out that recent crime reports used media stories that were “more accessible” in recent times thus “over-representing” more recent shootings.

The left-leaning media, who leave unquestioned anything that supports their biases, treated the recent FBI report at face value. But according to Lott,  the CPRC’s counter-report shows that when corrected for bias and errors, the mass shooting rate has been cut in half.

“The administration has obviously been willing to do a lot to push for gun control; with everything from ‘Operation Choke Point’ to ‘Fast and Furious,’ and this is just part of that push. Given the level of politicization in [the] Department of Justice, this is not particularly surprising.”

 

 

 

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Sean Penn Watches ISIS Videos Because ‘We Are Not Seeing Enough of Real Violence’

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Actor Sean Penn told the Daily Telegraph that he watches the ISIS beheading videos because “we are not seeing enough of real violence.”

Penn spoke to the Telegraph for the premier of his new film The Gunman, which is about a special forces sniper. The film is described as pretty violent, and when asked about it Penn responded, “I don’t think you can put something on a 40ft-wide screen with Dolby stereo and not be stimulated by it, whatever it is, a car going fast, a weapon firing. The only obligation of the film-maker is to show that there is a price to pay for violence. If it excites people in a negative way then I think that’s in the audience, not in the presentation.”

The actor went on to explain that people are being “anesthetized” by political correctness. He wants people confronted with the raw, violent truth.

“The problem,” he continued, “is we are not seeing enough of real violence. We are being anaesthetised when you don’t see the horror of war. In the Sixties, we grew up with the horror of Vietnam on our television screens every day. Today we have become anaesthetised by political correctness. The American news channels did this with the Iraq war; they wouldn’t show what it was about, they wouldn’t show the caskets coming home.”

To which the interviewer asked if he watches ISIS videos out of “moral responsibility”?

“Uh-huh. I’ve watched them. And anyone who sees them and claims that they were anaesthetised by violent movies, that they weren’t horrified by what they saw, on the most primal level, is intellectually dishonest or existentially unpresent.”

It might suit Penn’s political disposition to expose the public to the “caskets coming home” — but conversely, if the public were exposed to the real horror of ISIS by the news media, they might insist the president treat the ISIS threat seriously. It goes both ways, Sean.

 

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[WATCH] FNC’s Megyn Kelly Asks Ted Cruz: ‘What Have You Actually Accomplished?’

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show yesterday to talk about his newly announced presidential campaign and address the negative coverage by the mainstream media.

Kelly asked Cruz: “What have you actually accomplished?”

Cruz responded that he has “stopped bad things from happening,” offering up the example of President Obama and the Democrats’ push to gun control following the Sandy Hook shooting.

Kelly responded by saying it’s not enough to stop bad things from happening — he needs to “bring coalitions together…you can’t just stop things… you have to be somebody who get’s things through.”

 

 

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Welcome to 2016: There Are Already 196 People Running for POTUS

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by The Tatler

If you are still recovering from the midterm elections of 2014, you better hurry up. The 2016 elections are here and 196 people have thrown their hat in the ring.

Most people assume that Senator Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy for POTUS yesterday, was the first one in the game, but that isn’t the case.

Business Insider writes:

These longshot candidates include President Emperor Caesar of Florida, Sydneys Voluptous (sic) Buttocks of New York, and Hrm Caesar St Augustine De Bonaparte of California. The group is made up of 55 Republicans, 30 Democrats, 51 Independents, and the remaining 60 are either associated with smaller movements like the Libertarian Party, the American Party, the Green Party, or claim no party affiliation at all.

The National Journal first reported the menu of candidates, describing them as trending towards the “eccentric and, occasionally, the paranoid.”

Can you blame them?  It’s not hard to join the presidential-candidacy party. “In a purely legal sense, becoming a presidential candidate is incredibly easy. You simply send a form to the FEC office with your name, address, party affiliation, and the office you’re seeking. From there, the FEC will assign one of its 38 analysts to your account.”

It’s the American way. “One candidate’s application is bordered with clipped-out newspaper headlines about ‘superstring theory’ and includes a collage of photos and headlines worthy of clipping up to a bulletin board on an episode of Homeland.”

The most interesting candidate seems to be the one who doesn’t talk to the media. “But of all the 2016 presidential candidates so far, Larry D. Scarborough of Bakersfield, California, may be employing the most intriguing media strategy. When he was reached by phone and asked if he was running for president, Scarborough replied, ‘Ma’am, I don’t do phone calls. Goodbye.’ ”

It’s going to be a long election season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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German Plane Crashes in France, 150 Passsengers on Board

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Germanwings, a budget airline, crashed in southern France as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, according to aviation officials.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls believed around 150 people were on board and are feared dead.

“The cause is at present unknown,” he told reporters.

Reuters reports:

A spokesman for the DGAC aviation authority said the airplane crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 km (65 miles) north of the French Riviera city of Nice.

Lufthansa’s Germanwings unit said it was as yet unable to verify reports of the crash.

Developing…

 

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Police: ‘No Evidence’ in University of Virginia Fraternity Rape Allegations

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by The Tatler

Today, the Charlottesville police released the results from a investigation of an alleged rape at a University of Virgina fraternity that was subject of a sensational Rolling Stone magazine article last November.

Police said they were not able to conclude any that an incident occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi house on Sept. 28, 2012.

“We have no evidence that supports those assertions” in the article, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Long said.

According to the police, “we can’t say something didn’t happen” to her, but they have “no basis” to conclude anything happened at the fraternity house on the night in question.

The investigation was extensive with multiple interviews including friends of alleged victim “Jackie” and fraternity members.

During the investigation, police talked to about 70 people, including Jackie’s friends and fraternity members, Long said. Investigators talked to nine of the 11 Phi Psi members living in the house at the time, and none of them knew Jackie or had any knowledge of the alleged assault, Long said.

In fact, police found no evidence there was even a party on the day of the alleged rape, September 28, 2012. Law enforcement obtained a time-stamped photo that showed the fraternity house empty at the time of the alleged rape party.

Even so, the police have not closed the investigation saying it’s a disservice to “Jackie” to close the investigation without allowing more time for more people to come forward and more information to come out.

“There’s no statute of limitations of this particular type of crime,” Long said, noting that Jackie declined to be questioned by police investigators.

Shortly after the story was published in Rolling Stone magazine it began falling apart. The Managing Editor of the magazine admitted that the author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, had not spoken to any of the students involved before submitting the story.  Said Will Dana, Managing Editor, “We made a judgment — the kind of judgement reporters and editors make every day. And in this case, our judgement was wrong.”

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Russian Groundhog Day RIOT: Guests Learn Host Plans to Kill, Serve the Groundhog

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by The Tatler

Guests at a fancy, charity Groundhog Day party in Russia erupted in a riot after attendees learned the host was going to kill, cook and serve the groundhog as an entree.

The event was held in Moscow and the star groundhog was brought in from a local children’s petting zoo.  “A host of Russian celebrities happily posed with the creature, a relative of the squirrel, as they arrived at the charity event in aid of underprivileged children.”

Intended victim:

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Host Aleksey Polihun, 35, announced to his guests he was going to serve the groundhog on a platter with cranberry sauce. Polihun said it would be “entertaining to have a groundhog which didn’t survive Groundhog Day.”

It’s not clear why the party was held so long after Groundhog Day on February 2nd.

Guest Marya Nekrasova, 26, said: ‘It was outrageous.’

‘The poor thing was terrified… and it may be hard to believe but some people actually cheered him on.’

She added: ‘One of the other guests in the end offered to buy it off the menu and took it back to the zoo.’

But host and possible psychopath Polihun said after the riot:

‘It’s a pity. I think it would have been very tasty.

‘A bit like rabbit but with more zing to it.’

He added: ‘In the end most people thought I should let him live, so I did.

‘I just thought it would be entertaining to have a groundhog who didn’t actually survive groundhog day.

 

 

 

 

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[WATCH] Governor Jerry Brown: Ted Cruz ‘Absolutely Unfit to Be Running for Office’

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by The Tatler

California Governor Jerry Brown, also known as Governor Moonbeam, appeared on Meet the Press yesterday to share his thoughts on climate change and on the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz will formally throw his hat in the presidential ring today at Liberty University.

“That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office,” Brown said after host Chuck Todd had played him a clip of a Cruz interview.

Todd played a clip of Cruz from Late Night with Seth Meyers where Cruz told Meyers:

“I just came back from New Hampshire where there’s snow and ice everywhere. And my view actually is simple. Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. And many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up.”

To which Brown responded: “I say what he said is absolutely false.”

Brown went on to blame California’s water problems on global warming climate change.

“Look, they say the scientists know more about it,” Brown said. “I will tell you this, our research results that now say there’s a connection to the current drought and extreme weather in the East, other parts of the world, the UN has already said there’s going to be 40 percent of the world will suffer from water shortage.”

 

 

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What About Butt-Dialing? Google Will Keep Your Phone Unlocked While It’s on Your Body

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by The Tatler

As the battle to secure our digital mobile equipment continues forward, Google has just upped the ante. A new feature in the Android operating system allows a user to keep his phone locked unless it is physically on his body.  “A number of Android owners have spotted a new feature that keeps the phone constantly unlocked as long as it’s in a person’s hand, resting on their leg or even just sitting in a pocket.”

The feature uses the phone’s accelerometer to know when the phone is in use or being handled, only locking the phone when it is placed on a flat surface.

Android Police first noticed the feature when it appeared on the Nexus 4, a Google device, running the operating system Lollipop.

The on-body detection menu explained: ‘The feature uses your device’s accelerometer to detect whether your device is still being carried on the body.

‘If your device detects that it’s no longer being held, your device won’t stay unlocked.’

It’s not entirely an airtight security measure. If the phone is unlocked and handed to another person, the phone will stay unlocked. Another critical issue is butt-dialing. If the phone is in your pocket, will it be locked or unlocked?

Android also has a useful security measure called “face unlock,” which made an appearance in an earlier version, Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Both security features require the user to “opt-in” to use — so if you still want to use a password or fingerprint reader, you can.

 

 

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Jihadi Media Company Praises Tunisia Attack, Calls For More Attacks On Western Tourists

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Posted with permission from MEMRI.

The following report is a complimentary offering from MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. 

Following the deadly March 18, 2015 attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia, in which 17 tourists and two Tunisians were killed, the Ifriqiyya media company, which is associated with jihad organizations in North Africa, released an article titled “Just Another Day – Commentary on the Blessed Attack on Bardo Museum.” The article states that the gunmen who carried out the attack, Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui, focused on killing infidels and “apostate” policemen and soldiers, and urges Muslims to carry out similar attacks, especially against tourists, with emphasis on French, British, American and Israeli nationals. It also suggests ways to kill tourists, suggesting to “drown them in the ocean, poison their food, bash their skulls with a rock, or suffocate them with pillows in their [hotel] rooms.” It lists what is calls the great achievements of the attack, including the harm to Tunisia’s tourism industry and economy, and threatens that additional attacks will be carried out soon, on unexpected targets throughout the country.

The following are excerpts from the article, which was posted on the jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam:[1]

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“The article begins with a storybook-like description of the shooters on their way to the target site: “One ordinary sunny day with nice, clear weather, the two left their homes, boarded the metro, got off at a station where they changed to another [line], and then exited the metro. They passed the Bardo police station and the headquarters of the tyrannical military intelligence [apparatus]. Leaving the bags containing their guns at a bus stop, they entered [the museum] to check it out. They went back for their bags and [again] infiltrated [the area of] the apostate parliament and the museum. One of them took out the weapons and the grenades, while the other did a short preparatory tour… The policemen and presidential guards noticed that they were armed but were so amazed they froze on the spot. ‘How did you enter so easily,’ they asked in astonishment, and the two answered: ‘We come in the name of Allah.’ Then they began throwing grenades, crying ‘Allah Akbar, and shooting at infidels and at the policemen that guarded them, and the massacre began.”

The article adds that the shooters originally intended to continue from the museum to the nearby parliament building, but changed their minds when they encountered heavy gunfire, because they did not want to be killed before killing as many infidels as possible. So instead they shot some infidels who had gathered at the bus stop, and then went back into the museum and took some more infidels hostage. According to the article, they released some children and Muslim museum employees, not wanting to shed innocent blood.

After a long while, says the article, when the “counter-Islam” (i.e., counterterrorism) unit arrived and stormed the site, the gunmen shot the hostages and then fought back. Eventually they achieved their goal of attaining martyrdom, having delivered a harsh blow to the apostates [the Tunisian government] and their masters [the West], and having fulfilled what is said in the Koran (9:14): “Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.”

The article lists what it regards as the achievements of the operation, as follows:

1. The killing and wounding of dozens of infidels and Tunisian security personnel.

2. The operation exposed the ease of infiltrating sensitive sites.

3. The operation proved that using simple means and minimal planning, it is possible to deliver harsh blows to the regime and carry out deadly attacks even in secured and fortified locations. According to the article, the perpetrators only carried two AK-47 rifles and four grenades, and did not use explosive belts.

4. The regime’s lies were exposed, such as its claim that the perpetrators had killed a Muslim woman who worked at the museum.

5. The operation exposed the true face of “hypocrite” clerics who presume to be Salafis, and of politicians, journalists, and even Muslim Brotherhood members who were quick to condemn the attack.

6. The Tunisian stock market crashed following the attack: “The stock market collapsed as the result of the actions of only two individuals. What would have happened if it were a coordinated and simultaneous attack on several sensitive military and tourist locations?”

7. Tourism, which is an import source of revenue for the Tunisian economy, was badly damaged.

8. Many Tunisians were exposed as apostates when they sent condolences to the Western countries for their citizens who were killed.

9. The attack caused the countries of “Tunisia’s masters” (i.e. Western countries) to issue travel warnings for Tunisia. Additionally, it revealed “that Tunisia’s new rulers are agents of the French, and that Tunisia is still a French colony. Less than an hour after the operation commenced, the French prime minister issued a warning, a threat, and a condemnation, even before speaking to his tyrant Tunisian agents – the president and prime minister.”

10. The attack damaged the morale of Tunisian government and security personnel.

The article calls on Muslims to express their joy quietly, while promising them that in the future they will rejoice openly in streets and city squares. The article also addresses all Muslims, asking them to take an example from the operation and kill non-Muslim infidels as well as apostates who have abandoned Islam. Citing the Koran and Islamic law on the permissibility of killing infidels, it urges Muslims to kill tourists in Tunisia: “If you are afraid to kill an apostate soldier or policeman or tyrant ruler despite Allah’s orders, then you must kill infidels, who are called tourists. The blood and money of an infidel is permitted… Hunt them down everywhere, especially the French, American, British, and Israeli ones. Run them over with cars after changing your license plates and hiding your faces. Lure them on the roads, in dance clubs, and in bars. Then slaughter them on the beach or drown them in the ocean, poison their food, bash their skulls with a rock, or suffocate them with pillows in their rooms.” The article advises the attackers to change their appearance before carrying out the attack, avoid using cameras or phones or leaving fingerprints, and steal the tourists’ money and possessions before making their escape. It also advises them to later discard the clothes they wore during the act.

The article threatens Tunisian authorities and promises more attacks in the future: “You can promise, threaten, and do whatever you want. Muslims have grown used to prisons, torture and arrests. These have become enjoyable for them, since they brings them closer to their creator. But you do not know of the active fighting cells and do not recognize them. Expect further [attacks] in unexpected places.”

Addressing the fact that no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, the article adds: “Regarding the claim of responsibility for the operation and the affiliation of the two dead [attackers], we say that, for the meantime, we want to listen to your funny analyses, hear your crying and moaning on the TV and radio, and laugh at the helplessness of your apostate masters [the Tunisian security apparatuses]. We informed them of every operation several hours in advance, and despite this, their helplessness is clear to all. We hinted at the type of target, and despite this, their helplessness is clear to all. What more do they want? The GPS coordinates??”

The article concludes by addressing “the hypocrite journalists and politicians” and advising them to flee Tunisia. It also warns the regime’s spies and agents and threatens that jihadis will kill them if they continue their activities.

 

Endnotes:

[1] Shamikh1.info, March 18, 2015.

 

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Palestinian Intellectual Praises Israeli Democracy

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

Following the recent Israeli elections, ‘Imad Al-Falouji, head of the Gaza-based Institute for Intercultural Dialogue, wrote an article titled “Israel’s Democracy and Our Anarchy.” Falouji is a former Hamas member who left the movement in 1996 and later served as information minister and as an advisor under Yasser Arafat. In his article he praised Israel’s way of handling controversy, and also praised the Israeli political parties for concerning themselves with the citizens’ wellbeing and with domains such as economy, education and security; this, in contrast to Palestinian parties which, he said, are concerned mostly with political grandstanding and do not seek solutions to the people’s everyday problems. He called upon the Palestinians to emulate the Israeli Arabs who united their ranks in order to bring about change.

The following are excerpts from his article:[1]

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“There is no shame in seeing reality as it is, and no wisdom in becoming experts [only] at cursing and disparaging our enemy. I know how difficult it is to compare the internal Palestinian situation – our shaping of our policy, the internal relations among us and our ways of resolving our differences – with the domestic situation of the enemy that is occupying our lands, usurping our holy sites, and denying our most minimal rights. But this enemy is proving to us and to the international community that, despite its tyranny and aggression, it surpasses us in many ways that are no longer hidden from any observer possessing a minimal degree of objectivity…

“Anyone examining the Israeli entity is amazed by the extent of internal disagreement on every issue between the religious and secular [sectors], and [also] by the disagreements within the sectors. They have a [political] right, center and left… and every perception has proponents and opponents and every senior has an [entire] dossier of charges against him. But, despite all this, they have passed laws that govern [the handling of] these disagreements and set out a common goal: that of serving the State of Israel and the people of Israel. They manage to use the internal disagreements as a source of strength…

“But we, ‘the possessors of truth’ – look at what is happening to us. We strike out in every direction without an agreed-upon plan or purpose. Each party or group has its own plan and goal. We do not believe in a unifying means. We renounce all the laws and charters, and have destroyed everything that united us. Each group claims to possess the absolute truth and [presents] the others’ [beliefs] as absolute lies. We do not possess the ability to listen to the other. Anarchy rules the day: political, economic, social and even conceptual anarchy.

“Let’s look at the campaign platforms of the Israeli parties, and what they focused on. All of them agreed on the need to serve the people on the socio-economic level, promote employment, cultivate the family and solve its problems, eradicate unemployment, promote education and achieve security for all citizens. They do not focus so much on political sparring and on empty grandstanding.

“But in our [political arena], everyone talks about politics and general foreign-[policy] affairs, and only rarely does a party concern itself with improving the lives of the people and resolving the internal crises from which they suffer. Moreover, nobody proposes solutions to anything.

“I know this comparison is difficult and may anger those who refuse to face the bleak reality. But there is no alternative but to say these things. Perhaps some of us will wake up and take the opportunity to improve our situation. Our brothers the Palestinians inside [i.e., the Israeli Arabs] have set up a model of unity [by uniting all their political parties in the Knesset], and have thereby proved that we [Palestinians] are capable of change when we realize the danger, and that there is yet hope.”

Endnotes:

[1] Amad.ps, March 18, 2015.

 

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Should We Have an Online Database for Animal Abusers?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A state GOP representative in Michigan has introduced a bill that would keep track of animal abusers.

GOP Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City, Mich., reintroduced a bill Wednesday that would bar convicted animal abusers from getting another pet for five years and require animal shelters and other entities to check potential adopters against a Michigan State Police database.

Muxlow’s bill is referred to as “Logan’s Law” and is named after a husky named Logan who was blinded by an acid burn. Logan’s owner said someone intentionally splashed acid on the dog.

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The bill has been winding its way through the process for three years. It made it through the Michigan House last year but did not make it to the Senate before the session ended.

Michigan is not the only state that keeps track of animal abusers. New York City voters approved a city-wide registry for convicted animal abusers: “Convicted animal abusers are prohibited from having contact with animals for five years; shelters, pet stores and other animal welfare organizations are required to consult the registry before adopting or selling any animal. The law went into effect in October.” Other counties in New York State also have a registry.

The proposed Michigan law is fairly popular with 53,000 Facebook likes.  Logan’s owner, Matt Falk, is hoping the bill moves forward quickly.

“It’s going on three years since it happened,” Falk said. “It has been a long haul, but if this is passed it really will open the door for a lot of states to get the same thing.”

 

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Cops Knock on Wrong Door, Shoot Service Dog

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by The Tatler

According to the dog owner, San Diego policemen knocked on the door last Sunday morning and shot his dog, Burberry.

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Ian Anderson says he opened his door to find two policemen early in the morning.  When his pit bull bounded out from behind him, one of the officers reached out to pet the dog and the other one unloaded his weapon, according to surveillance video.

“Boom. Shot right in the head, and he was done,” Anderson told NBC San Diego. “He was dead.”

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The officers were out investigating a domestic violence call when they mistakenly showed up at Anderson’s house.

It’s not clear why police targeted his house. A police spokesman didn’t immediately respond to questions from the Daily News.

“I know nothing will bring Burberry back, but it only seems necessary that this Officer is reprimanded for his disorderly actions, before this trigger happy Officer takes more lives,” Anderson wrote on Facebook.

Burberry was a registered service animal, who helped the 24-year-old deal with anxiety following his father’s death, Anderson told NBC San Diego.

“He was the best dog in the entire world,” he told NBC San Diego. “I would do anything to have him back right now. Absolutely anything.”

 

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Victim Takes Bloody Selfie after He Takes a Bullet

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Isaac Martinez,20, took a bullet during a shooting spree in Mesa, Arizona…and then he took a selfie.  Martinez was caught in the middle of a shooting spree in Mesa, Arizona Wednesday morning.

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Suspected gunman Ryan E. Giroux allegedly demanded Martinez’ car keys.

When Martinez said no, Giroux allegedly shot him. Martinez immediately posted a photo of himself, blood staining and dripping from the shoulder area of his white uniform, on the social app Snapchat.

Martinez additionally posted a photo of himself in the hospital, laying in a bed with his gunshot visible.

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He also posted an update on his Facebook page for his friends to read:

“So im home and well! I have no complicated injuries and should heal fine,” Martinez’s Facebook posts says. “I had a bullet hit me from behind and go through my shoulder and out my coller area. Any higher or lower it coulda hit a artery, or shatter my shoulder blade. It was a miracle hit.”

He described the shooting scene as follows:

“He (the suspect) came in and demanded my keys for a getaway car. Of course i said no, and next was him pulling out a gun and cocking it. Soon as i saw it i started stepping back. And yelled for everyone to step back and get down. Next thing i knew i was hitting the ground, got up as fast as i fell, and ran out the back exit. At the same time the assailant had started taking off in my chef instructors car. When i saw he had gone. I noticed the cops and fire trucks down the street and went there.”

 

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[WATCH] Man Calls Into C-SPAN and Recites Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by The Tatler
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A man named Jack Strickland called into C-SPAN. Watch what happens.

 

 

 

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Nevada Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Marijuana for Your Pets

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A Democrat lawmaker in Nevada is looking to legalize the use of marijuana for pets.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by the drug.

The drug hasn’t been proven safe in animals, but Segerblom said “you don’t know until you try.” Some veterinarians say that it appears to relieve certain symptoms in animals.

Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer told The Associated Press in 2013 that pot helped ease his Siberian husky’s pain during her final weeks, after she had surgery to remove tumors. Kramer said cannabis helped his dog, Nikita, gain weight and live an extra six weeks before she was euthanized.

“I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn’t doing everything I could to make their lives better,” Kramer told the AP. “I felt like I was letting them down.”

The “pot for pets” provision is part of a larger bill that deals with Nevada’s medical marijuana law.

Other legislators are concerned about the provision. Sen. Mark Manendo, also a Democrat and animal -rights advocate, has concerns.

“That gives me pause,” he said. “Alcohol is bad, chocolate is bad for dogs.”

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[PHOTOS] ISIS Vandalizes Churches in Iraq, Removing Crosses, Destroying Statues, Icons

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI

On March 16, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) published a collection of images showing an array of acts of vandalism perpetrated against churches in Ninawa, Iraq.

The images show ISIS men engaged in the destruction of various Christian symbols, which ISIS perceives as being polytheistic and idolatrous. The men remove crosses from atop churches and replace them with the black ISIS banner, destroy crosses at other locations such as atop doorways and gravestones, and destroy and remove icons and statues inside and outside churches.

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Source: Shumoukh Al-Islam forum, March 16, 2015.

 

 

 

 

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Poll: Almost One-Third of Adults Try to Protect their Cyber Data from the Government

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A new survey from Pew Research shows that 30% of adults attempt to shield their internet information from the prying eyes of the government.

About a quarter, or 22 percent, said they had changed use of various technology platforms “a great deal” or “somewhat” since Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, disclosed the surveillance programs in mid-2013, the Pew survey showed.

“We find that a portion of the population is adjusting some activity at least in some simple ways like changing their privacy settings and being a bit more discreet in the things they say and search for,” said Lee Rainie, director of Internet, science, and technology research at the Pew Research Center.

Knowledge of government surveillance is fairly widespread, with 87% saying they had heard something about the monitoring program.  Among those folks, 17% said they had made adjustments to their social media habits to avoid government snooping.

Notably, more than half (57%) say it is unacceptable for the government to snoop on U.S. citizens –however, around 80% say the government should be snooping on terrorists. Sixty percent are fine with the government spying on foreign leaders and U.S. leaders.

The Pew survey comprised 475 adults and was carried out between Nov. 26, 2014, and Jan. 3. The sampling error is 5.6 percentage points.

 

 

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At Least 10 Americans to Return with Possible Ebola Exposure

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by The Tatler

On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control announced that at least 10 Americans were possibly exposed to the Ebola virus and will return to the United States for monitoring.

They will be transported by non-commercial air transport and will be housed near the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the CDC said.

According to the CDC, none of the people are exhibiting symptoms. However, on Friday a U.S. health worker who tested positive for Ebola arrived at the NIH campus in Bethesda in serious condition.

CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner said 10 people who may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient or who had a similar exposure to the virus as the patient were being flown to the United States. But he said the investigation was continuing and there may be more Americans evacuated from Africa.

A CDC statement said the 10 individuals will follow the center’s recommended monitoring and movement guidelines during the 21-day incubation period.

If someone shows symptoms, they will be transported to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care, the CDC said.

On Friday, the CDC sent a a team to Sierra Leone to try to figure out how the healthcare worker was exposed to the virus.

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[WATCH] Leading Islamic Scholars Justify Executing, Stoning, and Shooting Gays

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

ISIS Campaign Of Executing Homosexuals – By Stoning, Shooting, Throwing Off Roofs, Public Torture: In Accordance With Shari’a Law As Explained By Influential Mainstream Islamic Preachers, Scholars On Leading Arab Media Outlets, Including Al-Jazeera, Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV – WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES

In recent months, the Islamic State (ISIS) has publicly executed men they have convicted of homosexuality in Iraq and Syria, including by burning them alive and by stoning them to death. The most common method of execution, however, has been throwing them off tall buildings; if they survive, they are usually shot or stoned, sometimes by the crowd of observers. This punishment for homosexuals was detailed, featured, and praised in the latest issue (published February 2015) of ISIS’s English-language magazine Dabiq, in an article titled “Clamping Down on Sexual Deviance.”

According to majority interpretations of Islamic shari’a law, homosexuality is indeed punishable by death; this has been clearly stated by well-known and highly influential Sunni Muslim authorities, sheikhs, professors, and Muslim Brotherhood leaders. These have included leading Sunni authority and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi; highly influential Kuwaiti Islamic preacher and Muslim Brotherhood leader Tareq Al-Suweidan; Saudi cleric and Islamic University professor ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad; and many others. Such punishments are also based on the Biblical story of Lot, which is often cited by both mainstream sheikhs and ISIS to justify the killing of homosexuals. These statements and teachings regarding the death penalty for homosexuality appear in Muslim school curricula, on mainstream television, and in mosque sermons across the Arab and Muslim world, and are also expressed by Muslim authorities in the Wes. They have also been expressed by jihadi leaders, including Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who was reportedly directly involved in the prosecution and death of a youth accused of homosexuality in the 1990s. Recent examples of executions of homosexuals by Al-Qaeda and ISIS using these methods – stoning to death, throwing off high buildings, and shooting – are documented in this report; it should also be noted that ISIS has continued to use U.S. social media, particularly Twitter, to disseminate to its supporters online images of its executions of homosexuals.

To date, there has been very little discussion in the Arab media about these executions, and there has been no significant Arab or Muslim religious or political leader who has denounced them.

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Muslims In The West: Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death

Norwegian Islamic Leader Fahed Qureshi: All Muslims Believe In Death Penalty For Homosexuals

In a May 19, 2013 address in Norway, Fahad Qureshi, founder of the Norwegian Islam Net Organization, which has chapters in Oslo and four other cities, stated that it was not just radical Islamists who support the death penalty for homosexuals, and that this belief is commonly held by average Muslims as well.

Qureshi asked the packed hall: “How many of you agree that the punishments described in the Koran and the Sunna – whether it is death… whatever it is… If it is from Allah and His Messenger, that is the best punishment ever possible for humankind, and that is what we should apply in the world. Who agrees with that?” Most of the people in the audience raised their hands.

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Vanderbilt University Professor And Muslim Chaplain Awadh Binhazim: Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death

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In February 2010, controversy erupted over comments by Dr. Awadh Binhazim, who was at the time an adjunct associate professor in pathology and Muslim chaplain at Vanderbilt University.[1] Asked during a Q&A session with students whether he accepted the Islamic teaching that homosexuality was punishable by death, Binhazim grudgingly admitted, “I don’t have a choice as a Muslim to accept or reject teachings. I go with what Islam teaches.” Asked point blank by a student whether under Islamic law homosexuality is punishable by death, he replied, “Yes.”[2]

View this clip here.

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Leading Islamic Scholars Explain Islamic Law On Executing Homosexuals By Stoning, Burning, Shooting, Throwing Off Tall Buildings

Saudi Cleric ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad Cites Koranic Verses And The Prophet Muhammad’s Companions, States: Homosexuals Should Be Flogged, Stoned, Beheaded, Or Rolled Down A Mountain

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Saudi cleric ‘Abd Al-Qader Shiba Al-Hamad, professor at Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, appeared on Saudi TV explaining in detail what the Koran teaches about Islamic law and homosexuality, and discussed how homosexuals are to be executed, in a January 27, 2005 program: “[Homosexuality] is a great corruption. A great corruption. Our Lord was not satisfied – when He tortured the tribe of Lot – with merely killing or burning them. Since what they do goes against human nature, [the Koran says], ‘We turned the city upside down and rained upon them brimstones hard as clay.’

“Therefore, the jurisprudents among the Prophet’s companions disagreed upon what should be done to anyone who commits sodomy. Some hadiths, in Bulough Al-Maram and other places, say… ‘Anyone caught committing sodomy – kill both sodomizer and sodomized.’ However, when the Prophet’s companions received word that some in Greater Syria were committing this heinous crime, they disagreed about what to do. They couldn’t even imagine that one of their own could commit such an act – one of the first believers.

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“When word came from Syria, the Prophet’s companions convened and wondered what to do. One group said that they must be punished according to the punishment for fornication: A fornicator who was a virgin is flogged, and a non-virgin fornicator is stoned. A second group said, no. Let’s put them… Let’s behead them by sword – both his neck and hers… The man’s neck… I mean the necks of both men are cut with a sword. Then they are placed on a coffin, and the coffin is burned. Their coffin is burned after they were killed. A third group said: Neither this way nor that. Let’s climb to the top of the highest mountain and roll them down the mountain until they are killed, just like when Allah turned [Sodom and Gomorrah] upside down.”

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View this clip on MEMRI TV here.

International Union Of Muslim Scholars Director And Leading Sunni Authority Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi: Homosexuals Should Be Punished Like Fornicators

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Leading Sunni authority Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi heads the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), which he founded in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland.[3] IUMS members have met with U.S. officials.[4] Al-Qaradhawi has been called “the single most influential living Sunni Islamic figure” by Foreign Policy magazine.[5]

On June 5, 2006, Al-Qaradhawi, who is also strongly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood,[6] explained on his regular show on the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV channel how a homosexual or a lesbian be punished: “The same punishment as any sexual pervert – the same as the fornicator… The schools of thought disagree about the punishment. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement… The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.”

Hugely Popular U.S.-Educated Kuwaiti Television Preacher And Muslim Brotherhood Leader Tareq Al-Suwaidan: Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death Or Thrown Off A Mountain

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Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a popular Islamic television preacher and motivational speaker, was formerly general manager of Al-Resala TV, an Islamic channel broadcasting from Kuwait that is owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. He was fired from his position by the prince in August 2013 after he declared that he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader.[7] According to Forbes magazine (Arabic edition: Forbes Arabia), Al-Suwaidan ranks second in annual net income among Islamic motivational speakers in the Muslim world and has, as of this writing, 4.16 million followers on Twitter.[8]

On April 22, 2005, Al-Suwaidan spoke on Qatar TV about Islamic law and how to punish homosexuals: “Anyone committing sodomy, kill both the sodomizer and the sodomized. The clerics have decided how a homosexual should be killed. They said he should be stoned to death. Some clerics said he should be thrown off a mountain… Governments and countries must enforce the law strictly against anyone committing such an abomination… this could cause the deviation of society as a whole…”[9]

View this clip on MEMRI TV here.

Syrian Scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi On Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV: Homosexuality Carries The Death Penalty

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On April 28, 2011, Syrian scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi advocated the death penalty for homosexuals on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV, saying: “Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty. There are thousands of notions around the world, according to which a homosexual is a normal person, with homosexual genes.”

Kuwaiti Islamist Sa’d Al-’Inzi: Homosexuals Should Be Tortured In Public Squares; Death Is Too Good For Them

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On December 10, 2007, Kuwaiti Islamist Sa’d Al-’Inzi said on Kuwait’s Al-Rai TV, which bills itself as a family oriented channel: “When a person commits an abominable act, like homosexuality, for example, or lesbianism, in the case of women’s parlors – this constitutes ‘spreading corruption in the land,’ and should be punished by death.”

Asked what else should be done to homosexuals besides execution or life imprisonment, Al-’Inzi replied: “According to Islamic law, a homosexual should be thrown from a tall building… To be honest, death is too good for them. They should be gathered in a public place, to be flogged and tortured, so the truth about these people is made clear and they serve as a lesson to others, because they are an epidemic plaguing society.”

View this clip on MEMRI TV here.

ISIS Killing Homosexuals In Syria And Iraq 2014-2015

Background

On December 15, 2014, a document detailing the Islamic State’s penal code was posted on the Jihadi Media Platform forum. The document, titled “Clarification [regarding] the Hudud [Koranic punishments],” included a list of crimes and their respective punishments according to shari’a law, and ISIS’s reaffirmation of its commitment to vigilantly enforce it. Punishment for adultery was set out as stoning to death if the adulterer was married, and 100 lashes and exile if he or she were unmarried; punishment for sodomy (homosexuality) was set out as death for both parties involved.[10]

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ISIS English-Language Magazine Dabiq Decries Homosexuality, Includes Photos Of Execution Of Homosexual In Al-Raqqah Province, Syria

An article in the February 2015 issue of ISIS’s English-language Dabiq magazine expressed the view that “sexual deviants,” including homosexuals, should be visited by “plague and disease.” It stated: “Allah’s Messenger… said, ‘Never does sexual perversion become widespread amongst a people to the point that it’s openly practiced, except that they will be overtaken by plague and disease that had never afflicted their ancestors who came before them.’”

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The article criticized the West for “us[ing] their shirk-based parliaments to legalize sodomite marriage,” and the pope for refusing to judge homosexuals. It described homosexuality as “filth” and as “an offense to the fitrah (natural human disposition).” Referring to the recent execution of a homosexual in Al-Raqqah province in Syria by throwing him off a roof, and including photos, it stated that this practice was in the “tradition of the noble companion Abu Bakr as-Siddiq… with those who committed this filthy deed.”[11] (For the full article from Dabiq magazine, see Appendix).

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Ninawa, Iraq, March 10, 2015: Islamic State (ISIS) Beheads Two Homosexuals

On March 10, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a collection of images showing cases of enforcement of Koranic punishment (hudud) in Ninawa, Iraq. The images show the beheading of three men, two of whom it had convicted of homosexuality; the third man was convicted of blasphemy.

The sentence for the homosexual men, a photo of which was included, noted first the purpose of enforcing the hudud, and then quoted a hadith pertaining to the prescribed punishment for homosexuals: “Whoever you find doing the act of the people of Lot, execute the doer and the one to whom it is done.” It then noted that the men were being executed as a lesson to others.[12]

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Al-Raqqa, Syria, March 3, 2015: ISIS Executes Homosexual By Throwing Him Off A Rooftop

On March 3, 2015, the Al-Raqqa province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published images of the execution of a man convicted of homosexuality in the western sector of the province. The blindfolded man is seen positioned on the edge of the roof of a high building, with several masked ISIS men by his side. One man is seen holding a camera documenting the act. Other images show the large crowd attending the execution, including children, and also show men stoning the executed man after he hits the ground.[13]

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Al-Raqqa, Syria, February 27, 2015: ISIS Executes Homosexual By Throwing Him Off A Rooftop

On February 27, 2015, the Al-Raqqa province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published images showing a man it had convicted for homosexuality, hands and feet bound, being thrown off the roof of a tall building. A large number of men gathered to watch the execution stoned the man after he hit the ground.[14]

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Aleppo Province, Syria, February 10, 2015: ISIS Stones Homosexual To Death

On February 10, 2015, the Aleppo province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published images showing the stoning of a man convicted of homosexuality in the town of Manbij northeast of Aleppo. The images did not show the convicted man or his actual stoning, only a large gathering of men at an undisclosed location. An ISIS religious police vehicle is visible at the scene. Dozens of spectators, including children, stand on a nearby hill awaiting the execution. The stoning is carried out by over a dozen masked ISIS men; a pile of more rocks is seen next to them.[15]

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Al-Raqqa Province, Syria, January 31, 2015: Homosexual Who Survives Being Thrown From Tall Building By ISIS Stoned By Crowd

On January 31, 2015, ISIS in Al-Raqqa province released photos of a man convicted of homosexuality being thrown off a tall building and of his being stoned by a crowd after hitting the ground.[16] This incident is also reported in the February 2015 issue of Dabiq.

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Ninawa Province, Iraq, January 15, 2015: ISIS Executes Two Homosexuals By Throwing Them Off A Roof

On January 15, 2015, ISIS released a series of photos showing the enforcement of the Hudud (Koranic punishment) in Ninawa province, Iraq, including of two men convicted of homosexuality being executed by being thrown from a tall building.[17]

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Al-Furat Province, Syria/Iraq, December 10, 2014: ISIS Throws Homosexual From Roof

On December 10, 2014, the Al-Furat province of the Islamic State (ISIS) (straddling parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq), announced that it had executed a man convicted of homosexuality. The announcement read: “Following the example of Muslim Caliph Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq (ruled 632-634), the Islamic court in Al-Furat province sentenced a man who performed acts of the people of Lot [i.e. homosexual acts] to be cast off the highest place in the town and then stoned to death. Allah’s command [is valid] in both the past and the future.”[18]

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Aleppo, Syria, January 8, 2015: Homosexual Thrown From Roof Of Hospital, Shot To Death

On January 8, 2015, it was reported that the Shari’a Court in Aleppo ordered a young homosexual man thrown off the roof of Al-Bayan hospital in Aleppo; he survived the fall and was subsequently shot to death by militants.[19]

Deir Ezzor, Syria, November 24, 2014: ISIS Stones To Death Two Men It Claimed Were Homosexual To Death

On November 24, 2014, in Deir Ezzor, Syria, ISIS members stoned to death two men it claimed were homosexual. One, 20, was stoned to death in Al-Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor; the execution was attended by crowds of civilians, including children.[20] The other, 18, was also stoned to death in Deir Al-Zor.[21] Activists on social media said that the dead men were opponents of ISIS and that the group had used the allegation as a pretext to kill them.[22] The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights states that the November stoning incidents were ISIS’s first public executions of homosexuals.[23]

ISIS Recruitment Video: Homosexuals Are “Worst Of All Creatures”

Previously, on September 16, 2014, it was reported that an ISIS recruitment video posted online in late March featured a masked fighter comparing homosexuals to pedophiles and drug dealers, calling them “the worst of all creatures,” and warning that they are a danger to the public.[24]

Al-Qaeda Statements On Executing Homosexuals; Implementation Of Executions

American-Yemeni AQAP Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Condemns Homosexuality

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In a video of a speech titled “A Message to the Members of the Media,” released February 14, 2011, Yemeni-American AQAP cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki denounced the U.S. law permitting homosexuals to serve in the armed forces: “The U.S. is an empire of vain desires, one which under the guise of liberty permits and spreads every crime, sin, and deviation from proper human nature. The U.S. and the West permit freedom of expression about all forms of apostasy and corruption; they permit everything, except telling a truth that brings shame upon them. The U.S.’s open corruption takes place at the highest level – that is, [at the level of] the president of the U.S. himself, who has approved a law permitting homosexuals to join the military, a matter that demonstrates the level of degeneration to which this people has sunk…”

View this clip on MEMRI TV here.

AQAP English-Language Magazine Inspire Attacks Homosexuality In The U.S.

Issue 10 of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s English-Language magazine Inspire, released February 28, 2013, included a page titled “The Nation Standing On No Values,” which attacked president Obama’s pro-gay marriage stance and included a photo from the wedding ceremony of “Barney Franks [sic], gay Congressman, symbol of the American dream.”[25]

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Killing Homosexuals In Yemen 2011-2013

According to Yemeni officials, suspected Al-Qaeda members have targeted and killed a total of 34 people in drive-by shootings since 2011, on suspicion of homosexuality.[26]

A few arrests of such killers have been reported. For example, on April 3, 2014, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported that “the Yemeni Interior Ministry announced… that it had arrested three suspected members of Ansar Al-Sharia, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, in the southern city of Aden, for the murder of homosexuals.”[27]

Following are examples of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) killings of homosexuals or suspected homosexuals in Yemen between 2011 and 2013:

Man Killed In Drive-By Shooting

On September 28, 2013, a man was shot and killed outside his home in Huta, Yemen, by two men on a motorcycle. Police said that he was killed because the attackers, suspected militants, had suspected him of being homosexual.[28]

Man Killed Outside Home

On July 20, 2013, 25-year-old Mohammed Saeed was shot and killed outside his home in Huta by Al-Qaeda militants on a motorbike. Police said Saeed was killed on suspicion of homosexuality.[29]

Discussions Of Homosexuality Criminalized

Even discussing homosexuality in public can be seen as criminal. On May 15, 2004, Al-Jazeera Online reported that three journalists had been punished by a Yemeni court for writing an article about homosexuality that included interviews with men jailed for homosexuality. The court ruled that the journalists had “violated Yemeni morals and customs.”

Additional reports of AQAP killings of homosexuals in Yemen appeared in the Western media.

Appendix: “Clamping Down On Sexual Deviance,” February 2015 Issue Of Dabiq Magazine

“‘And do not follow the steps of Shaytan [Satan]. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. He only orders you to evil and immorality [Al-Baqarah: 168-169].’

“With the advent of the ‘sexual revolution’ five decades ago, the West was plunged into a downward spiral of sexual deviance and immorality. With it came a whole slew of sexually transmitted diseases – including the as yet incurable AIDS – as men and women let their lusts overwhelm their judgment and lead them to engage in fornication and ‘experiment’ with a myriad of [satanic] methods of fulfilling their desires.

“Allah’s Messenger… said, ‘Never does sexual perversion become widespread amongst a people to the point that it’s openly practiced, except that they will be overtaken by plague and disease that had never afflicted their ancestors who came before them’ …

“Disease became rampant, the rate of children born outside of marriage skyrocketed, and the nuclear family was on its way to becoming a relic of the past. Rather than taking heed upon witnessing the destruction of their social fabric, and changing their ‘way of life,’ the [infidels] defiantly persisted on their mission to eradicate their morals. They used their entertainment industry to mock and belittle those against the sexually deviant fringe, used their shirk-based parliaments to legalize sodomite marriage, used their education system to corrupt their children right from the kindergarten level by introducing books into the curriculum to combat ‘homophobia,’ and used their churches and clergy to bless these sins via ‘revisionism.’ Examples of this last tactic included the anointment of sodomite priests, the Catholic Pope’s refusal to ‘sit in judgment’ of sodomite priests saying, ‘Who am I to judge?’ and the publishing of articles that argue against their own traditional understanding of the distorted scriptures, such as claiming that the people of Sodom were destroyed for their cruelty and arrogance, and not for their sodomy.

“In the midst of this widespread affront to the fitrah (natural human disposition), the Islamic State continues its efforts against these deeds of misguidance – which Western ‘Civilization’ regards as a part of their ‘values’ – by implementing the rulings of Allah on those who practice any form of sexual deviancy or transgression.

“This was demonstrated recently in [Al-Raqqah Province], where the Islamic State carried out the hadd [Islamic punishment] on a man found guilty of engaging in sodomy. He was taken to the top of a building and thrown off, as was one of the traditions of the noble companion Abu Bakr as-Siddiq… with those who committed this filthy deed. Also in [Al-Raqqah Province], a woman was stoned after being found guilty of zina [unlawful sexual relations]. In [Al-Kheir Province], meanwhile, a man was recently flogged as a ta’zir (disciplinary punishment) after he was found to be in possession of pornographic material.

“The Messenger… said, ‘The implementation of one hadd in the land is better for the people of the Earth than for it to rain forty mornings’ … It is the implementation of Allah’s rulings and the adherence to His guidance… that will protect the Muslims from treading the same rotten course that the West has chosen to pursue.”

Endnotes:

[1] https://it.vanderbilt.edu/scheduled-outages/sitemason.php (page no longer active).

[2] Vanderbilt.edu/dialogue/events/common-ground-being-muslim-in-the-military, accessed February 23, 2015. According to the Vanderbilt website, Dr. Binhazim, originally from Kenya, was educated in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and The University of Georgia; he is currently professor of pathology at Meharry Medical College, Nashville.[2] From 1999-2006, Professor Binhazim was elected to the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of Nashville, TN and served in various roles including Secretary, Director of Public Relations, and Outreach and as Vice President. His extensive work on Islam and Muslims paved the way to the formation of Olive Tree Education, an Islamic outreach and education awareness group that he founded and currently serves as its president. During 2002-2008, he was appointed by Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell to serve as Commissioner in the Metro Action Commission of Nashville.

[3] Islamopediaonline.org/websites-institutions/international-union-muslim-scholars-dublin-ireland, accessed February 23, 2015.

[4] On June 13, 2013, Al-Qaradhawi’s deputy Abdullah Bin Bayyah met with Obama administration officials in Washington, on the same day that President Obama announced plans to arm Syrian rebel factions. About the visit, Bin Bayyah noted on his website that he had visited the White House and met with Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council Gayle Smith, as well as with “a number of experts, including the director of public relations in the White House, the national security adviser [Tom Donilon], and representatives from seven government agencies.” Dailymail.co.uk, June 25, 2013.

[5] Foreign Policy (US), July 9, 2009.

[6] For more on Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi, click here.

[11] Dabiq, February 2015.

[12] See MEMRI JTTM report Islamic State (ISIS) Beheads Two Homosexuals In Iraq, March 10, 2015.

[15] See MEMRI JTTM report Islamic State Stones Homosexual Man Near Aleppo, February 10, 2015.

[19] syriahr.com, January 8, 2015.

[20] Syriahr.com, December 11, 2014.

[21] Daily Mail (UK), December 10, 2014.

[22] AFP, November 25, 2014.

[23] Daily Mail (UK), November 26, 2014.

[26] Gulfnews.com, January 8, 2014.

[27] Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), April 3, 2012.

[28] Gulfnews.com, September 28, 2013.

[29] Middle-east-online.com, July 20, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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Report: ISIS Supporters Operate More than 46,000 Twitter Accounts

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A Brookings Institute report warns that as many as 46,000 twitter accounts may be operated by ISIS.

The 68-page report, which was released this month, underlines the potential scale of ISIS’ social media presence, even as companies such as Twitter clamp down on the group’s twisted activities. The micro-blogging site recently took the decision to suspend at least 2,000 accounts linked to the brutal terror group and its supporters.

The report says that between the time frame of September and December of 2014, at least 46,000 accounts were used by supporters of the terrorist group ISIS, although not all were in use at the same time.

The report, however, warns that the 46,000 number is a conservative estimate. “Our maximum estimate is in the neighborhood of 70,000 accounts; however, we believe the truth is closer to the low end of the range,” wrote J.M. Berger and Jonathan Morgan, the report’s authors.

The accounts have an average of 1,004 followers, the report said.

“Much of ISIS’s social media success can be attributed to a relatively small group of hyperactive users, numbering between 500 and 2,000 accounts, which tweet in concentrated bursts of high volume,” wrote Berger and Morgan.

The report also found that the “typical” supporter was located in the ISIS territories of Iraq and Syria as well as other areas “contested by ISIS.” One in five supporters chose English as their preferred language and three-quarters selected Arabic.

The Brookings Institution report is based on a sample of 20,000 accounts believed to be comprised of at least 93 percent ISIS supporters.

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At Least One Dog Poisoned at Britain’s Prestigious Crufts Dog Show

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by The Tatler

An investigation is underway after a dog was poisoned and subsequently died after attending Britain’s Crufts dog show.

The Kennel Club said Sunday it was “deeply shocked and saddened” upon hearing reports that 3-year-old Irish Setter Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, had been poisoned at the world-famous show. The setter’s co-owner told the publication Dog World that the animal collapsed upon returning to Belgium after competing.

Jagger died 26 hours after leaving the show.

Bur reports have surfaced that more than one dog may have been poisoned. AFP reveals, “Claims that as many as five more dogs were suspected to have been poisoned at Crufts were splashed across the front pages of the Tuesday editions of British newspapers.”

“We must stress that these are at this stage just rumours,” a Crufts spokeswoman said, adding that no vets at the event had raised concerns and no official complaints were received from owners.

Below: Crufts winner Knopa, a suspect?

Crufts Scottish Terrier

“There are any number of reasons why a dog may display symptoms such as sickness…. As with any international competition rumours of sabotage do occasionally surface.”

The Telegraph reported that a West Highland terrier, an Afghan hound and a Shih Tzu all became ill after the event.

Owner Mylee Thomas said her multi-award winning Shetland sheepdog Myter Eye to Eye was poisoned along with another top dog moments before they were due to enter the competition ring.

“When I got back from the loo she had been violently sick in her cage. I got her out and she carried on being sick,” Thomas told the Daily Telegraph.

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“The top dog and the top bitch were both taken ill minutes before they were due to compete… It can only be to knock them out of the competition. It’s rivalry, people’s desire to win.”

 

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Study: ‘Special’ Kids More Likely to Be Narcissists

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A new study released on Monday reveals that kids with parents who tell them they are “more special” than other children are more likely to become narcissists. “The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal, is based on 565 children in the Netherlands who were surveyed over the course of a year and a half, along with their parents.”

Parents who say their children are “more special than other children” or “deserve something extra in life” had children more likely to test higher than their peers on a narcissism scale.  Another test statement the parents agreed with was “My child is a great example for other children to follow.”

“Children believe it when their parents tell them that they are more special than others,” said study co-author Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University.

“That may not be good for them or for society.”

On the other hand, the study found that parents who offered encouragement and warmth had children with high self-esteem, but not narcissism.

Children with high self-esteem did not see themselves as more special than others, but agreed with statements that they were happy with themselves and liked themselves as they were.

“People with high self-esteem think they’re as good as others, whereas narcissists think they’re better than others,” Bushman said.

Although parents mean well by telling their children they are special, they are fostering unhealthy narcissism. “Rather than raising self-esteem, overvaluing practices may inadvertently raise levels of narcissism,” lead author Eddie Brummelman said. But parents aren’t solely responsible for turning their children into monstrous narcissists: “Like other personality traits, it is partly the result of genetics and the temperamental traits of the children themselves,” the study said.

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Sen. Schumer: Terrorists Could Hack FAA Computers

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Senator Chuck Schumer issued a dire warning about the vulnerability of America’s flight infrastructure and demanded “immediate action.”

“If the Sony hacking was bad, imagine how much worse the hacking of the FAA computer system could be with thousands of planes in the air,” Schumer said Sunday at a press conference.

“Sophisticated terrorists could even steer planes into one another. The threat of a cybercriminal taking over this system makes your stomach sink,” he added.

A report released last week from the Government Accountability Office made 17 recommendations and 168 “specific actions” the agency needed to take to protect itself.

The report found that the main vulnerabilities stem from a need to encrypt sensitive data, beef up firewall security and test the servers.

“Cost is not the issue here, the issue is sophistication,” Schumer said.

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PLO Central Committee Calls to Suspend Security Coordination with Israel

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reproduced with permission from MEMRI

The 27th conference of the PLO Central Council was held on March 4-5, 2015 under the heading “Steadfastness and Popular Resistance.” In a statement it issued at the conclusion of this conference, the Council announced the suspension of the security coordination with Israel, in all its forms. It also stated that peace would be achieved only if an independent Palestinian state is established on the June 4, 1967 borders and the right of return is realized; congratulated the Arabs of Jerusalem for the intifada they sparked following the murder of Muhammad Khdeir, and called to rally around the popular resistance and continue the boycott of Israeli products and the activity against Israel in the International Criminal Court.

It should be noted that the Council’s resolutions require the approval of PA President Mahmoud ‘Abbas. Since this approval has not been granted so far, the security coordination has not been suspended.

The following are excerpts from the Central Council’s statement.[1]

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Palestinian leaders at the Central Council conference (image: Safa.ps, March 5, 2015)

Peace – Only With Right Of Return                                    

“The PLO Central Council hereby declares its complete commitment and adherence to our national rights, our declaration of independence and the right of the Palestinian state to exercise its sovereignty upon its territory. The Council stresses that security, peace and stability will not be achieved in Palestine and the Middle East unless an independent Palestinian state is established on the June 4, 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, [and unless] the refugees’ right of return is guaranteed according to UN Resolution 194 and the Arab peace initiative and the Palestinians’ right to self-determination are realized…”

We Must Rally Around Popular Resistance

“In light of the grave social and political transformations that are rocking the region, the Central Committee emphasizes that national steadfastness and rallying around the PLO are the only way to topple the Israeli arrogance that denies our national rights and insists on [continuing] the occupation, the settlements and the Judaizing of Jerusalem. [It also emphasizes that] our ongoing national steadfastness requires all of us to ascend to the level of the national aspirations and avoid partisan calls and rallying around banners that are unconnected to our national goals. In this context, the popular resistance that the Central Council endorsed in its previous conferences must enjoy the highest degree of consensus, unity, partnership and coordination among [all] the prominent national forces, parties, and figures on the ground, in the villages, cities and refugee camps. This, in order to put an end to the aggression of the settlers against our mosques and churches. There is need to deter the hordes of settlers who are raising the ‘Price Tag’[2] banner and to stop them, so that they world know that the Palestinian people opposes the occupation and the settlements and uses its popular resistance to defend it land, its fields, its mosques and its churches.”

We Congratulate Jerusalem Arabs On Intifada

“As part of our national responsibility towards Jerusalem, the Council hereby calls to support our people [there] and thereby strengthen their steadfast adherence to their land, their opposition to the Judaizing actions aimed at severing Jerusalem from its surroundings, and their opposition to the settlements, the seizing of land, the demolition of homes and the repeated attacks on the Muslim and Christian places of worship.

“The Central Council congratulates our people who take part in the heroic intifada [in Jerusalem] against the barbarism and brutality of the settlers and the occupation forces. This intifada was sparked by the martyrdom of young Muhammad Khdeir who was burned to death by extremist settlers in Israel. During this intifada Jerusalem has paid a heavy price, with several [Arabs] martyred and hundreds injured and arrested. Our steadfast people [in Jerusalem] have proved by their honorable struggle that Jerusalem shall forever remain the capital of independent Palestine.

“To strengthen the steadfastness of Jerusalem and its heroic intifada, the Central Council calls upon all the political and national authorities in the city to allocate the funds necessary to reinforce the steadfastness of our people and defend the holy places and the city’s Arab identity…”

Security Coordination Shall Be Suspended

“In light of the ongoing settlement [activity], which contravenes international law; Israel’s refusal to draw the June 4, 1967 border between the two states; its disregard of UN resolutions and signed agreements; its refusal to release prisoners; its piratical usurpation of the Palestinian people’s funds; and [its] escalation of the aggression, assassinations and raids, and the continued siege on Gaza… the Council hereby takes the following decisions:

“Israel is fully responsible for the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine, since it is an occupying state    according to international law. Hence, all forms of security cooperation [with Israel] shall cease, in light of Israel’s non-compliance with agreements signed by the two sides… The notion of the Jewish state and the notion of a temporary Palestinian state must be rejected out of hand, as well as any formula that leaves Israeli troops or settlers on parts of the Palestinian territory. The Executive Committee shall follow the activity of the High National Follow-Up Committee vis-à-vis the International Criminal Court, in order to hold to account those responsible for Israel’s war crimes, especially the crime of the settlements and the war crimes during the aggression against Gaza…

Ongoing Boycott Of Israeli Products

“The Central Council stresses the ongoing boycott of Israeli products as part of popular resistance. It also calls on all lovers of freedom worldwide and on the Palestinian solidarity committees to continue the campaign to boycott Israel, punish it, discourage investments in it and boycott any company that supports the occupation and the settlements.”

 

Endnotes:

 

[1] Al-Ayyam (Palestinian Authority), March 6, 2015.

[2] A name given to acts of violence by Israeli settlers in which they exact a price from Palestinians in retaliation for Palestinian or Israeli action against them and the settlement enterprise.

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