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There’s an App for That: Medical Marijuana Delivery

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

Yesterday on 4/20 at 4:20p.m. a new app launched called Nugg, which will allow patients in Southern California  to order medical marijuana and schedule deliveries and pickups.

And the app isn’t just notable for what it does, it’s notable for how the money was raised to build it.

The Web-based app was developed by a trio of USC students who raised $100,000 not from friends and family, the usual way to get a business started, but by referring riders to the ride-hailing service Lyft. Lyft pays a commission of $10 to $20 each for rider referrals; Alex Milligan and two friends created a network of referral hunters, mostly on college campuses, and split the proceeds earned through signing up 30,000 riders.

Here’s the way the app works:

On Nugg’s website, users can search for nearby medical marijuana dispensaries, browse their offerings and request a pickup or delivery.

Users have the option of heading to the dispensary to pick up an order made through Nugg or having it delivered by drivers who work for the dispensary.

When people sign up to use the service, they must take a picture of their driver’s license and other ID and a doctor’s note. Nugg then checks with the doctor to confirm the prescription.

Right now, the company is focusing on educating its potential consumer base, from college students to the elderly. “They understand cannabis in different languages, so it’s a balance between providing too little introduction and too much information that it becomes too complex,” Milligan said.

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Children in Mosul Preach Jihad in ISIS Video

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI

Watch an ISIS video from Ninawa, showing a da’wa convoy of so-called “caliphate cubs” at a theme park.  Three children deliver speeches (two actually, and one recites a poem). The children are seen carrying various weapons, including a machine gun and knives. Two of them call for people to join the jihad, saying that there is no excuse not to since the caliphate has been established. The speech by the first child is particularly intense.

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Should We Ticket Slow Drivers? A WA State Lawmaker Thinks So

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

It’s one of the most annoying driving experiences of all, getting trapped behind a slow driver who wants to coast leisurely along in the highway fast lane.  But now, such behavior could result in a traffic violation if a Washington state lawmaker has his way.

Senate bill 6105, filed last week by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, would create a series of fines for driving any slower than the speed limit in the left lane, with the amount of the fine going up depending on how much slower than the limit a car is going.

The bill describes driving slow in the left lane as “obnoxious, inconsiderate and dangerous behavior.”

The law would be similar to the speed limit laws and “the slow-driving bill would mean any driver in normal traffic who is not precisely driving the speed limit in the left lane could be ticketed.”

But should we institute a law for this? If we have a law stating drivers must obey the speed limit, perhaps we need a law that says drivers must obey the speed minimum?

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New ISIS Video Shows Mass Executions of Christians in Libya

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

On April 19, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a 29-minute video titled “Until There Should Come to Them Clear Evidence.”[1] The film, produced by the organization’s media company Al-Furqan and posted on jihadi forums such as Shumoukh Al-Islam,[2] is subtitled in five languages: English, French, German, Russian and Arabic. It explains that Christianity is a deviation from true monotheism, and presents the laws which ISIS applies to the Christians under its rule: they must either convert to Islam or pay the jizya tax. Otherwise, the Muslim will fight them. To exemplify this, it discusses the fate of the Christians in Raqqa, Syria, who complied with these rules, versus the fate of the Christians of Mosul, Iraq, who did not.

The last part of the video shows the mass execution of Christians in Libya who, according to the film, likewise refused to comply with the laws of Islam. A masked speaker, apparently North American, declares that ISIS will fight all Christians who behave in a similar manner. This message is then reiterated by an ISIS cleric, who tells Muslims worldwide that ISIS will reach them. When it does, he says, they will have to either convert or pay the jizya tax. Otherwise, their men will be killed and their women and children will be taken captive.

The following are details:

In the first part of the video, a narrator explains that Christianity deteriorated after the time of Christ and deviated from the path of monotheism. Next, a senior ISIS cleric, Abu Malek Anas Al-Nashwan, explains that, according to the laws of Islam, Christians under Muslim rule have two options: they must either convert to Islam, or else pay the Jizya tax and accept Muslim dominance as part of a pact of protection (dhimma). He says that the Muslims of Raqqa in Syria accepted these terms and thereby ensured that they and their property would not be harmed, whereas the Christians in Ninveh province in Iraq refused them, and therefore faced the death penalty. However, the Caliph [ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi] decided to spare them and ordered instead to exile them from their homes and from their land. Their property was seized in accordance with the laws of Islam, says the sheikh.

The film presents testimonies of Christians in Raqqa who claim that, since they paid the jizya tax, their situation has been excellent – so much so that they urged fellow Christians who had fled from the city to return and live there in peace. Christians also testify that ISIS’s Muslim courts handle their cases fairly and without discrimination.

Turning to Mosul in Iraq, the film shows ISIS members smashing crosses and destroying the churches of the Christians, who refused to either convert or pay the jizya tax.




The last part of the film shows the mass execution of African Christians in two locations in Libya: on a beach in Barqa (Cyrenaica) province and in a desert area in Fezzan in the south of the country. The prisoners in Barqa are dressed in the orange uniforms familiar from other ISIS execution videos, whereas those in Fezzan are dressed in dark uniforms. According to the film, the latter prisoners are members of the Ethiopian church. They are executed with a bullet to the back of the head, whereas those in Barqa are beheaded.

The Fezzan execution is presided over by a masked individual who speaks fluent English with a North American accent, dressed in black after the fashion of “Jihadi John.” He delivers a message in which he threatens all Christians, and adds that he and his comrades will continue fighting all those who disbelieve in one god until they either convert or pay the jizya.





The video ends with a message from Abu Malek Anas Al-Nashwan to Christians everywhere: “The Islamic State will spread, with Allah’s help, and will reach you, even if you are in your strongholds. Whoever converts to Islam will be safe, and whoever pays the jizya tax will be safe. But whoever refuses will recieve from us only the punishment specified by Muslim law: the men will be killed, the women and children will be taken captive, and the homes and property will be taken as booty.”

[1] The title is taken from Koran 98:1: “Those who disbelieve from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and among Al-Mushrikun,were not going to leave (their disbelief) until there should come to them clear evidence.”

[2] Shamikh1.info, April 19, 2015.


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PA President ‘Abbas Awards Medals of Honor to Fatah Terrorists

Friday, April 17th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

Ahead of Palestinian Prisoners Day, which is marked on April 17, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud ‘Abbas decided to award medals to the first female Fatah member imprisoned by Israel, Fatima Bernawi, the first male Fatah member imprisoned, Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi, and the first Fatah member who was “martyred,” Ahmad Moussa Salama,  in honor of their “national struggle.”[1]

On April 16, 2015, the website of Fatah’s Egyptian branch wrote about Bernawi in an article dedicated to Prisoners Day: “Bernawi was arrested in October 1967 after she placed a bomb in the Zion Cinema in Jerusalem. She was sentenced to life in prison, but was released after ten years, in November 1977. [Israel's] Prison Service described [her release] as a ‘gesture of good will’ towards Egypt ahead of the visit by the late Egyptian prime minister Anwar Sadat in Jerusalem on November 19, 1977, [a visit] that paved the way to the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace agreement in 1979.”

The website stated further: “Fatima Bernawi was one of the first Palestinian women to adopt [the means of] armed self-sacrifice operations after the start of the modern Palestinian revolution, which was launched by Fatah on January 1, 1965. She was the first young Palestinian woman to be arrested by the Israeli occupation forces, and is the first woman prisoner listed in the records of the [Palestinian] women prisoners’ movement…”[2]


Fatima Bernawi (Image: Fateheg.org, April 16, 2015)


Fatima Bernawi during her service as head of the PA women’s police force (Image: Fateheg.org, April 16, 2015)

Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi was caught while attempting to carry out a terrorist attack in Israel on January 7, 1965, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but was released in 1971.[3] Ahmad Moussa Salama was killed while participating in Fatah’s first terror operation, an attack on Israel’s National Water Carrier on January 1, 1965.[4]


[1] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), April 17, 2015.

[2] Fateheg.org, April 16, 2015.

[3] Aljazeera.net, April 17, 2013.

[4] Thawra.ps, February 9, 2011.

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Report: DEA Agents Were Participating in Cartel-Funded Sex Parties Since 2001

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by The Tatler

A few weeks ago,  a DOJ report was released alleging Drug Enforcement Agency officials were participating in sex parties funded by the Colombian drug cartels.  The report also alleged that DEA agents were soliciting prostitutes abroad between 2009 and 2012.

Today, at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it was revealed that DEA agents had been participating in “sex parties” funded by drug cartels since 2001.

“This new internal report describes not one or two isolated incidents, but literally dozens of parties with prostitutes,” Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said at the hearing, where lawmakers grilled DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

Fox News is reporting that “Money to pay prostitutes at a farewell party for a high-ranking DEA official was included in an “operational budget” that used government funds for the party, the report said. DEA agents also rented undercover apartments in Colombia and used them for parties with prostitutes, the DEA said in an internal report.”

Cummings said the new report “details a truly breathtaking recklessness by DEA agents” and went on to say that he cannot understand how such “egregious misconduct could have continued for so long” without being addressed.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) asked “What would it take to get fired at the DEA?”

From Fox News: “Leonhart, who has been the DEA’s top official since 2007 and was deputy for three years before that, responded that civil service protections make it difficult to fire DEA agents. As administrator, she is powerless to step in during disciplinary proceedings and in some cases cannot even revoke an agent’s security clearance, Leonhart said.”

To which Gowdy asked, “What the hell do you get to do?”

Also revealed in the hearing was the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memo to employees reminding them not to use prostitutes.

“Hello? Am I missing something?” Cummings said. “I think we are at an all-time low here.”

Walker said he also was surprised at the memo — calling it “ludicrous” — but said the message from Holder did not specify how officials will be punished if they violate the directive.

From previous actions, it appears the Justice Department’s response to employees who solicit prostitutes is. “Hey, maybe take a few days off,” Walker said.

Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.

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GRAPHIC: Cartoon Shows Beheading of Obama by ISIS Executioner Jihadi John

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

An animated video-clip posted on the Internet on April 11, 2015, by “Fadhaeh Al-’Ilmaniyya,” a pro-ISIS group of media activists, shows President Obama begging for mercy before being beheaded by ISIS executioner Jihadi John. At the end of the animated film, Obama is shown awakening from his nightmare and fleeing the room.

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Snowden: The Government Might Have Your D*ck Pics

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by The Tatler

HBO’s Last Week Tonight show interviewed Edward Snowden on the latest episode after host John Oliver took a trip to speak to Snowden in person.

In an effort to get the American public to take seriously the problems of government surveillance, Oliver asked Snowden about government surveillance in a context more people might be familiar with: dick pics.

Can the government secretly access American’s naked photos and selfies?

“If you have your email somewhere like Gmail, hosted on a server overseas or transferred overseas or [if it] at anytime crosses outside the borders of the United States, your junk ends up in the database,” said Snowden.

He added, “Even if you send it to somebody within the United States, your wholly domestic communication between you and your wife can go from New York to London and back and get caught up in the database.”

Oliver shared his concern that the public isn’t taking invasions of privacy by the federal government seriously by showing Snowden clips of people in Times Square. The crews came back with tapes of people saying “I have no idea who Edward Snowden is.”

Oliver asked him, “Is it a conversation that we have the capacity to have? Because it’s so complicated, we don’t fundamentally understand it.”

“It’s a real challenge to figure out — how do we communicate things that require sort of years and years of technical understanding, and compress that into seconds of speech, so I’m sympathetic to the problem,” Snowden said.

But once Oliver turned the conversation to naked selfies in Times Square, the tune changed. “If my husband sent me a picture of his penis, and the government could access it, I would want that program to be shut down.”

It’s all in the messaging, folks.




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Virginia Prohibits Asking Job Applicants for Criminal Background

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by The Tatler

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order:

Virginia joins more than a dozen other states in its decision to “ban the box” on job applications that prospective employees are asked to check if they have been convicted of a crime.

An individual’s rap sheet may be considered only if it “bears specific relation to the job for which they are being considered,” such as child care workers, state troopers, court officers and jail guards, said gubernatorial spokesman Brian Coy.

“In a new Virginia economy, people who make mistakes and pay the price should be welcomed back into society and given the opportunity to succeed,” McAuliffe said in a statement.

“This executive order will remove unnecessary obstacles to economic success for Virginians who deserve a second chance,” the Democratic governor said.

The restriction only includes the state’s hiring practices. Remember the next time you have to do some business with the state of Virginia you may be dealing with some kind of criminal or predator. McAuliffe hopes that private business will follow suit, but let’s hope not. What kind of insurance rate would a business get that didn’t bother to check the criminal past of its employees?

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring applauded the effort because he wants to improve the job prospects for inmates released from jail.  Basically, the Virginia state government will be the easiest place for a criminal to gain employment.

What could go wrong?

“This is a responsible approach that keeps initial background checks for sensitive jobs in state government while ensuring that a youthful mistake or wrong decision doesn’t close the doors of opportunity for a lifetime,” Herring said.

Virginia is not alone. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island also prohibit asking about criminal history from prospective state employees.


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Arab TV: Reports on Jews Using Children’s Blood for Passover Matzos

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

On April 14, 2015, MEMRI and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will hold the sixth annual Lantos Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial Archives Commemoration at the U.S. Capitol, sponsored by Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.

At the event, MEMRI will present, and release, its annual report on anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world, covering both the proponents of these hateful messages in the region and the courageous voices speaking out against this phenomenon. A video compilation of MEMRI TV research from this past year will be screened and also released.

The following are a number of the clips on the blood libel added to the archives in the past year that will be shown at this year’s event.



·  Top Hamas Official Osama Hamdan: Jews Use Blood For Passover Matzos

· Syrian Commentator Hussam Shoei’b: Zionists Burned Jordanian Pilot, Just Like They Knead Passover Matzos With Blood

· Former Jordanian MP Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant: Jews Permit Cannibalism, Use Human Blood In Passover Matzos

· Friday Sermon By Former Jordanian Minister: Jews Use Children’s Blood For Their Holiday Matzos


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4384

Top Hamas Official Osama Hamdan: Jews Use Blood For Passover Matzos

In a recent TV interview, Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas political bureau, said: “We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos.”

Following is an excerpt from the interview, which aired on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel on July 28, 2014.

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV

Osama Hamdan: “The Israelis concentrate on killing children. I believe that this is engraved in the historical Zionist and Jewish mentality, which has become addicted to the killing of women and children.


“We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos. This is not a figment of imagination or something taken from a film. It is a fact, acknowledged by their own books and by historical evidence. It happened everywhere, here and there.”


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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4775

Syrian Commentator Hussam Shoei’b: Zionists Burned Jordanian Pilot, Just Like They Knead Passover Matzos With Blood

Syrian commentator Hussam Shoei’b recently said that the immolation of the Jordanian pilot was “a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity,” adding: “In the past, they used to knead [Passover] matzos with human blood and eat them.” The statement was made on Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV on February 6, 2015.

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV


Hussam Shoei’b: “What is being done by all these criminal gangs – ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and all these groups with their Islamic names – cannot even be labeled ‘Israeli.’ It is downright Talmudic. The immolation of the Jordanian pilot is a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity, and of the Talmud throughout history. One of their principles is that God can only be satiated by blood. In the past, they used to knead (Passover) matzos with human blood and eat them. This is exactly what is happening in Syria today for the whole world to see.”

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4498

Former Jordanian MP Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant: Jews Permit Cannibalism, Use Human Blood In Passover Matzos

Following are excerpts from an interview with former Jordanian MP Sheikh Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on September 7, 2014:

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV

Abd Al-Muni’m Abu Zant: “We have to understand the true nature of the Jews, because the entire world is deceived and tormented by them. The Holy Koran has revealed their true nature, as expressed by our masters, the prophets.



“One could go on forever about the deceptiveness of the Jews. They are liars. They allow cannibalism, and the eating of human flesh. Check their Talmud and religious sources. On their religious holidays, if they cannot find a Muslim to slaughter, and use drops of his blood to knead the matzos they eat, they slaughter a Christian in order to take drops of his blood, and mix it into the matzos that they eat on that holiday.”


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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4454

Friday Sermon By Former Jordanian Minister: Jews Use Children’s Blood For Their Holiday Matzos

In a Friday sermon delivered in Amman, Jordan on August 22, 2014, Sheikh Bassam Ammoush said that the Jews slaughter children to use their blood for matzos. Ammoush, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader who was expelled from the organization in 1997, was appointed minister of administrative development that year, and became Jordan’s ambassador to Iran in 2001. In 2011, King Abdullah appointed him to the Jordanian Senate. The sermon aired on the official Jordanian TV channel.

Following is an excerpt:

Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV


Sheikh Bassam Ammoush: “In Gaza we are dealing with the enemies of Allah, who believe that the matzos that they bake on their holidays must be kneaded with blood. When the Jews were in the diaspora, they would murder children in England, in Europe, and in America. They would slaughter them and use their blood to make their matzos.

“So it should come as no surprise, after they occupied our lands, in complicity with the [Western] enemy… Now they have all these women and children in front of them, so it should come as no surprise. This is their faith.

“They believe that they are God’s chosen people. They believe that the killing of any human being is a form of worship and a means to draw near their god.”


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[WATCH] Houthi Children Threaten America on Houthi TV

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by The Tatler

Reprinted with permission from MEMRI.

Watch as Yemini children scream “Death to America.”

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Did McDonald’s Cave in to Union Pressure or is this the Free Market at Work?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by The Tatler

McDonald’s Corporation has announced that it will be raising the minimum wage it pays employees as of July 1. The increase involves at least a $1-an-hour raise from the local minimum wage for corporate-owned restaurants around the country. The wage increase doesn’t apply to restaurants that are owned by franchisees. Approximately 90% of McDonald’s employees will not be getting any wage increase as they work for franchisee-owned McDonald’s.

Other mega-corporations are also raising their wages. Companies like Wal-Mart will be raising wages to $10 starting next year. The Wall Street Journal reports the raise “reflects wider public pressures over income inequality as well as intensifying competition for low-skilled workers.”

The increase doesn’t apply to employees of franchisees, which operate nearly 90% of the 14,350 U.S. McDonald’s stores—a fact critics seized on. But it applies to some 90,000 workers at all levels of experience and rank at company-owned restaurants and it will lift the average hourly rate to $9.90 on July 1 and more than $10 by the end of 2016, from $9.01 currently.

Steve Easterbrook, the Chief Executive officer, said the raise was in response to employee feedback and an attempt to revive sales. “Motivated teams deliver better customer service,” he said in an interview, “and delivering better customer service in our restaurants is clearly going to be a vital part of our turnaround.”

But McDonald’s has been the target of a vicious campaign by labor groups to pressure them raise wages to $15 an hour.

Writes the New York Times, “McDonald’s has been under fire for some time from labor groups fighting for a base wage of $15 an hour. Employees and their supporters have held one-day rallies outside restaurants. The Service Employees International Union has been spending millions in a campaign to organize McDonald’s employees and others to press for higher wages, and it plans to hold an array of protest rallies across the country on April 15.”

But some experts say McDonald’s had to raise wages to compete with other business that are raising their wages.

Several large companies that have direct contact with consumers have raised wages over the last year, including Walmart, the TJX Companies and Ikea. There was a risk that McDonald’s could lose its better employees to other companies that compete for low-wage workers. Many of its franchisees face similar challenges, which could ultimately lead to broader wage gains at other McDonald’s fast-food outlets.

“McDonald’s said that one of the reasons they’re doing this is because of competitiveness, and there’s no reason why their franchisees wouldn’t be feeling that same competitive pressure,” said Mark Kalinowski, an investment analyst who follows McDonald’s at Janney Montgomery Scott.


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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.

Doug Ducey

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.”

Brian Hunt

“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


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.”


“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

Switzerland Iran Nuclear

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.


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.




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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.



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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:

VID: Groundhog Slay As Celebs Outraged At Groundhog Meal

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]


“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.



[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]


‘Imad Al-Falouji (Image: Youtube.com)

“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.”


[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.



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.



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.”


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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