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  1. Despite sterner modifications having been made to rape laws, incidences of rape are on the rise in India. According to data furnished by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 38,947 cases of rape were registered in 2016, 34,651 in 2015 and 36,735 in 2014. The minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, told Parliament that 110,333 rape cases were registered in India between 2014 and 2016, meaning almost 100 rape cases were reported per day during these three years.
  2. In a shocking scene filmed in Ukraine, police officers would not intervene as a group of radicals staged a pillorying of a man, whom they branded a pedophile and a supporter of the 'Russian world'. The impromptu medieval public punishment happened in Chernigov, a city in northern Ukraine with a population of less than 300,000. The victim was apparently the man, who was detained a few days ago by the local police for throwing a bottle at a monument to the Heavenly Hundred, the victims of the 2014 Maidan violence. Police at the time identified the man as a convicted sex offender of minors, who had been released from prison a month earlier after serving a lengthy sentence. The controversial video was livestreamed on Facebook by Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, who according to his page has ties to the notorious Azov Battalion, a unit in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry with strong ties to right-wing radicals and neo-Nazis. The half-hour clip shows a couple of young men sitting a few meters from a road sign pole. Tied to the pole is a man, who seems to be in his 60s, with a note taped to his chest. The note says: "I am a vatnik [derogatory term for a Russian used in Ukraine]. I was raped in jail. I damaged the monument to the Heavenly Hundred. Spit at me."
  3. Croatia's World Cup football team was called "dramatically uniform" and "without colour" (or too white) by a major French 'anti racist' NGO, news outlet Valeurs Actuelles reports. The LICRA (in english : International League against Racism and Antisemitism), is a supposed anti racist organisation. Yet on 15 July remarks made by the organisation regarding Croatia's football team can only be described as racist. The LICRA is perhaps the most influential of all anti racist NGOs in France, having the right to sue anyone they deem racist.
  4. A transgender woman in Arizona is speaking out after she says a CVS pharmacist denied her hormone prescription. The pharmacist questioned her loudly in front of other customers and rejected her and her doctor's requests to transfer the prescription to another location, Hilde Hall said in a blog post published on the ACLU of Arizona's website Thursday. News of the encounter comes weeks after another woman, Nicole Arteaga, was denied her miscarriage medication at a Walgreens pharmacy in Peoria. Arizona is one of six states that allows pharmacies and pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription on religious or moral grounds. The pharmacy isn't required to transfer refused prescriptions, but companies may make workplace polices that require referrals. Hall said the prescription marked her first round of hormone therapy.
  5. A Scottish university fired its Catholic chaplain this week after the priest held a liturgical service in reparation for the sins of Gay Pride. Fr. Mark Morris conducted a rosary, litany, and benediction at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Monday night to atone for the "gross offence to God" of Glasgow Pride and the next day Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) announced that his work as Catholic chaplain was terminated because his views conflicted with those of the educational institution. "Following due consultation Father Mark Morris will not return to his chaplaincy role at the university in September," said Professor Pamela Gillies, principal and vice-chancellor of GCU, a public university of some 16,000 students.
  6. The theft and distortion of Nelson Mandela's legacy by champions of Western liberalism has and continues to be both sickening and obscene to behold. Libya hovers into sharp relief Just how obscene is reflected in the sight of former US President Barack Obama delivering the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg on July 17, the 100th anniversary of the giant of the anti-apartheid struggle's birth. This event has been held annually in South Africa since 2003, organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. According to the foundation's website "global leaders have used the lecture to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world." Instantly arriving on the back of these words, however, given Obama's participation as the event's star act this year, comes anger and a crippling sense of irony - cruel irony - as 'Libya' hovers into sharp relief. Not only was the former US president key in turning the North African country from a functioning state with a 'high human development rank', according to the UN, into a manifestation of hell on earth, but Libya's murdered leader, Muammar Gaddafi, provided significant material aid to Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa when at its most intense. This was way before it achieved the status of cause celebre in the West, when Washington and its allies were doing their utmost to lend legitimacy to the country's brutal apartheid government and state institutions.
  7. Russia and France will send a relief convoy to Syria's Eastern Ghouta, delivering first aid kits and medication to local hospitals, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The distribution of aid will be supervised by Moscow. The two countries will launch a humanitarian project for Syria to provide care and medicine for people in Eastern Ghouta "who are still in need of medical attention," the Russian Foreign Ministry said, citing a joint communique based on arrangements made by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in May of this year. It will be the first joint humanitarian operation in Syria between Russia and a Western country. The aid deliveries, which will go to local hospitals manned by Syrian Arab Red Crescent, "include first-aid medical equipment, namely emergency and trauma care, for 500 heavily wounded people as well as basic medication to treat 15,000 light injuries."
  8. ADHD Drugs Aren't Doing What You Think, Scientists Warn 'Smart Pill' Users About an hour before any organic chemistry final, there's usually a student desperate enough to pop some Adderall, hoping that the "smart pill" they bought on the college black market might help them finally understand what they're doing. As they sit there, waiting for the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication to take effect, that student probably thinks they're about to ride a high to test victory. But research published Thursday in Pharmacy suggests that line of thinking is a bit off. The study authors Lisa Weyandt, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island, and Tara White, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University, started out investigating the effects of ADHD medications in students that actually have a diagnosable attention deficit disorder. They showed that in these students, there is decreased activity in the areas of the brain controlling "executive functions," which can make it hard for them to stay organized or focus.
  9. Investigation launched into suspected hailstone damage to An-24 twin turboprop - but all 30 on board were unharmed. The nose of the Antonov aircraft was holed and severely damaged after the plane flew through 'unfavourable weather conditions' en route from Olenyok to Yakutsk in the Sakha Republic - also known as Yakutia. All on board were safe despite the rough flight. The airline has praised captain Nikolay Starostin and his crew for ensuring the safety of passengers.
  10. While only 11% of Americans trust Congress, a whopping 74% have a "great deal or quite a lot of" trust in the military, which also vastly outperforms newspapers (23%) and even the US Supreme Court (37%). Similarly, the CIA and the FBI get an "excellent" rating from 58% of Americans. While reverence for the military is quite common all over the world - perhaps related to evolutionary fear - it behooves us to be a bit more critical and objective. Like the Old Testament characters who never asked Moses for evidence regarding the burning bush, Americans blindly accept all verdicts from the intelligence agencies. The rise of the colossal military and the "Deep State" are new phenomenons in American history, and a dispassionate scrutiny underscores the need for more vigilance on our part.
  11. The Russian Defense Ministry says it has sent a proposal to Washington to jointly organize the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland following agreements reached between the Russian and American presidents at their summit this week. The ministry said on July 20 that it sent Washington a proposal for drawing up a joint action plan to bring Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and elsewhere back to the places where they lived before Syria's civil war broke out in 2011 -- a goal repeatedly espoused by U.S. President Donald Trump since taking office. "Specific proposals on how work could be organized to ensure that refugees can return home have been sent to the American side," senior ministry official General Mikhail Mizintsev said in a statement. He said the proposals "take into account the agreements reached by the Russian and American presidents during their meeting in Helsinki" on July 16.
  12. FBI Chief Christopher Wray dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer for US law enforcement agents to travel to Russia and interview the subjects of last week's DOJ indictment, saying "that's not high on our list of investigative techniques" during a Q&A with CNN's Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum. He also threatened to quit if President Trump were to override him and insist on indulging Putin's request to have Russian agents interview Michael McFaul, the ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration - after Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was open to the request. Asked by Holt if he'd ever threatened to quit, Wray said, "I'm a low-key understated guy but that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made of -- so I'll just leave it at that." Wray also insisted that he stands by US intelligence agencies' determination that Russia interfered in the US election. He also defended Robert Mueller as a "straight shooter" who is conducting "a professional investigation," Bloomberg reported.
  13. Israel has on multiple occasions accused Iran of deploying troops in the Golan Heights, which have allegedly fired missiles at Israeli territory. Tel Aviv has conducted airstrikes on Syrian territory, claiming that they targeted militant groups controlled by Tehran. The Islamic Republic has denied the accusations. Israel could formally endorse Damascus' control over southern Syria in exchange for Russia negotiating with Iran on pulling back armed groups affiliated with it from the Golan Heights, The Washington Post reported, citing sources in the White House. According to the newspaper, the deal was struck between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was later discussed at the summit between US President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The Washington Post's sources claimed that Netanyahu came up with the deal following the Syrian army's recent advances in the southern province of Daara and after realizing that the US won't be putting boots on the ground there, preferring to withdraw from Syria.
  14. 'Former FBI Director James Comey implied anyone who doesn't vote for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections is a traitor in a tweet Tuesday night. "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall," he said. Comey has appointed himself as something of a moral compass for the country following his firing from the FBI last year.
  15. The Israeli military has started a broad air attack on Hamas position in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement. It comes after one IDF soldier was killed in serious border clashes on the Gaza border. Later, the IDF also confirmed that one Israeli soldier died after coming under fire on the Gaza border earlier on Friday. The soldier was "severely injured" during operational activity near the southern Gaza strip and then succumbed to his wounds, the IDF statement says. "The IDF views today's attack and the hostile activity orchestrated by Hamas throughout the last months with great severity. Hamas chose to escalate the security situation and will bear the consequences for its actions," the Israeli military stated. The statement said earlier in response to the border clashes the IDF used aircraft and tanks to attack Hamas fighters.
  16. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling on Congress to exempt some countries from being penalized by sanctions the United States is imposing on Russia's military. In a statement released on July 20, Mattis said Russia should pay a price for its "aggressive, destabilizing behavior," but the punishment shouldn't apply to U.S. allies or other countries where Washington is cultivating ties. Mattis' move comes amid growing concern about imposing sanctions on India and other Asian countries where Washington is trying to establish closer relations but which have a past history of purchasing arms from Russia. India, in particular, is the world's top defense importer, and has purchased Russian military hardware and expertise for decades. Recently, it has been in talks with Moscow to buy S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems. In a letter this week to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, Mattis urged lawmakers who are currently drafting a massive defense policy bill to let the State Department waive sanctions if the United States "has a strategic interest in working with nations that are transitioning to closer ties with America but may still depend on Russian equipment."
  17. S&P Global has affirmed Russia's BBB long-term and short-term sovereign credit rating, noting that the country's balance of payments and fiscal health should allow it to weather challenges that might arise from future sanctions. In its ratings update on Friday, S&P affirmed Russia's BBB/A3 foreign currency sovereign credit score with a stable outlook and its BBB/A2 local currency score. In its justification for the move, the agency said it took account of Russia's "solid external and public balance sheets coupled with a flexible exchange rate and prudent fiscal framework." These combined factors should be enough for the Russian state to "absorb shocks from possible new international sanctions," the agency, which is the world's leading provider of independent credit ratings, stated. The stable outlook given by the agency to the Russian economy reflects "renewed escalation of geopolitical tensions" that might lead to the tightening of anti-Russian sanctions "against the potential for further strengthening of Russia's public and external finances."
  18. Donald Trump was secretly recorded by his personal attorney Michael Cohen discussing a proposed hush payment to a Playboy model, the New York Times reported, setting off a new cycle of media frenzy. The tape was among the files the FBI seized in the April raid of Cohen's office, the Times reported on Friday, citing "lawyers and others familiar with the recording." Cohen is being investigated for potential campaign finance violations, over allegations that he paid off one or more women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Although nobody has heard the content of the recording yet, the Times story spurred frenzied speculation among the anti-Trump crowd that this was finally it, the smoking gun they've been looking for, the one thing that will finally overthrow Trump and, uh, make Mike Pence president.
  19. US President Donald Trump has responded to reports that his former attorney Michael Cohen secretly recorded their conversations, calling the move "totally unheard of and probably illegal." Taking to his favorite method of communicating with the masses, Trump's tweet Saturday was the president's first response to Friday's report in the New York Times that claimed tapes seized by the FBI in April contained secret conversations between him Cohen discussing a proposed hush payment to a Playboy model who claims to have had an affair with the billionaire in 2006. Calling it "inconceivable" and "almost unheard of" that federal agents would "break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning)," Trump then hit out at his former lawyer and special consul calling Cohen's actions "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal."
  20. Here is a little primer for the British Government on basic logic. Actions have consequences. What this means is that consequences must stem from actions. And the two must be connected. So far so good? Let me give an example. If I spill boiling hot coffee on my foot, it will cause me pain and possibly even a blister. To flip that over, if I have a blister on my foot, you might ask me, "Oh, how did you get that?" If I told you that I spilt hot coffee on my foot, you would probably wince and say something like, "Ouch, that must have hurt." And the chances are that you would be satisfied with my explanation. Why? Because boiling hot coffee split on the foot is quite capable of causing a blister. But what if, in answer to your question of how I came to get the blister, I told you that I spilt some orange juice on my hand. Would you accept my answer? Would you wince and say, "Ouch, that's gotta hurt"? Would you go away and say to others, "Poor guy, he spilt orange juice on his hand, and now he's got a horrible blister on his foot"? Probably not! Your reaction would probably be more along the lines of, "Huhhh??? You spilt orange juice on your hand, and you got a blister on your foot? What are you talking about?" And the reason for this reaction is that you understand that actions have consequences, and consequences stem from actions. And we all know that whereas spilling boiling hot coffee on the foot might well cause the foot to blister, spilling orange juice on your hand will not have that effect.
  21. I don't know what Trump said during that two hours when he met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but like so many in the media, I know what I hope he said: Mr. Putin, I need you to publicly admit your complicity in our illegal alien problem. Only if Putin owns up to deploying a vast network of Russian assets to personally direct the movements of millions of illegal aliens across the Sonoran Desert, through dozens of checkpoints and into our country, in fulfillment of his master plan to attack America's financial viability, national security and future prospects, will the media, the Democratic Party and corporate Republicans ever emerge from their stupor and admit that we have a huge problem on our southern border. Illegal immigrants have killed multiple times more Americans than Russia has in its entire history -- or could ever hope to kill, even with a well-placed nuclear bomb. But nothing will be done, unless we can prove Putin is behind it. Our media and government want you to fixate on Russia's annexation of Crimea as the big problem facing our country, hoping you'll forget about the gaping hole on our border. I haven't counted to see how many Americans died as a result of Putin's reacquiring Crimea -- yes, I have! ZERO. Meanwhile, Mexican drug couriers kill more Americans every week than the Communist Soviet Union did when it shot down Korean flight 007 for flying into its airspace, almost starting a nuclear war.
  22. Israel and Hamas have agreed to restore calm in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Hamas told Reuters on Saturday. "With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was quoted as saying by Reuters. The Jerusalem Post reported on Saturday that Israel and Hamas agreed to cease fire in the Gaza Strip after a day of cross-border hostilities, adding that Palestinian armed groups in the enclave have confirmed to mediators in Egypt their willingness to restore peace. "Egyptian and international efforts have brought a lull in fighting between the occupying forces and Palestinian groups," Barhum said. Earlier in the day, Israeli forces unleashed a series of strikes on more than 40 Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip. "Israel's military said its aircraft and tanks targeted 40 Hamas posts and that the strikes formed part of a 'wide-scale attack' in response to the border shooting," the IDF's Jonathan Conricus tweeted.
  23. Mantes-la-Ville's mayor, Cyril Nauth, was fined on July 11th for refusing to grant a construction permit for a mosque, newspaper Le Parisien reports. On Wesneday, Cyril Nauth was not only heavily hit with a 3,000 Euros fine, but also given an extension of one month for him to accept the permit. If the mayor doesn't comply with the Versaille's administrative judges, he'll get a fine of 150 Euros everyday past that deadline. In a statement, the Muslims Association of South Mantes, through their president Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, welcomed the decision: "For dogmatic reasons, the mayor has bogged down the city in lengthy and expensive procedures by trampling on basic rules of law. The [...] thousands of euros spent by the mayor in these procedures could have been invested in services to the population that the city badly needs. With determination we will continue to preserve co-existence of peoples and to fight against all extremism regardless of where they come from."
  24. Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said that Crimea "legitimately" belongs to Russia as he argued with a US journalist who called the 2014 referendum held on the peninsula "fake." When Washington Post journalist Lally Weymouth confronted Salvini with the apparently provocative question of whether or not he supports Russia's "annexation" of Crimea, Salvini pointed out that there was actually a referendum, prompting her to claim it was "fake." In response, Salvini noted that it was just the journalist's subjective "point of view." "There was a referendum, and 90 percent of the people voted for the return of Crimea to the Russian Federation," the Italian interior minister said.
  25. While China has so far failed to list explicitly just how it will respond to Trump's proposed tariffs on $200BN in additional Chinese imports, it has been quite clear that it is happy to go from trade war to currency war with its ongoing devaluation of the Yuan, which overnight lost another 550 pips, sliding to 6.80 against the dollar, the lowest level since July 2017. And as it turns out, a big reason for the overnight plunge in the Chinese currency are Wednesday's comments by Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic advisor, who blamed President Xi Jinping for stalled trade talks when he told CNBC that he believed lower-ranking Chinese officials want a deal, including Xi's senior economic adviser Liu He, but that Xi has refused to make changes to China's technology transfer and other trade policies, accusing Xi of "holding the game up."
  26. In what many are seeing as a fulfillment of Revelation 16:12, Iraq has started cutting off water supplies to farmers as the drought around the Euphrates worsens. "Riots, Pitchfolks, & Selfies" are promised as potato shortages in the UK and Ireland. Such stories are echoed worldwide with crop losses & food/fodder shortages...but the media only mocks the situation. Please spread the word. Spread the truth - these are natural cycles, and it's up to us to build anti-fragile communities in order to thrive in the times ahead. Sources
  27. Even before his plane touched down in Finland for a summit meeting with President Donald Trump, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, who was widely seen as coming out ahead at the meeting, had notched a victory in the air, Estonian authorities say. Estonia - small, vulnerable and at the northeastern rim of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's mutual security zone - has long been seen as a test case for the alliance's willingness to resist Russian military moves. For more than a decade, Russian military planes have regularly zipped through the edges of NATO airspace over the Baltic Sea off Estonia's coast, in daring, high-stakes runs that taunt the alliance's air defenses.
  28. Baby boomers working jobs in the gig economy are raking in more money than younger workers, are far less financially stressed and are typically more content with their situation, according to a study recently published by Prudential Financial. Boomers - those above 56-years-old, make an average of $43,600 a year while working 25 hours a week. This compares to Gen Xers (36-55) at $36,300 per year and Millennials (18-35) at $27,500. The younger generations are also working longer hours per week, with GenX at 30 hours and Millennials clocking in an average of 26 hours weekly. The reason behind the variance in income may be because boomers - due to their age - have more hard-to-find skills in fields in which Boomers appear well qualified, compared to younger and less experienced cohorts.
  29. Australia smashing all time cold records throughout the east coast. While not the coldest winter across the entire country, extreme cold and coldest in 60 years with huge snowfalls that have officially opened all ski resorts in Australia. Forecasters called above temperatures in May, but now this Australian super-freeze 2.0 has left them silent. Japan still in chaos as once in 1000 year floods decimated the lower half of the entire country and now summer temperatures are getting into the normally warmest part of the year Late July / August in the Pacific. Sources
  30. The much-feared black sarcophagus recently opened in Egypt may not have released any curses (that we noticed, at least) - but it certainly seems to have awakened strange desires in some people. It would seem the story of the mysterious black sarcophagus has had its happy ending: all of the historic discovery with none of the bad mojo. But no, the weirdness is not over just yet. Now, over 5,300 people say they want to drink of the murky liquid that was discovered in the sarcophagus along with ancient bones.
  31. The saga of starving migratory Arctic shorebirds nesting in Greenland continues as 100% snow cover remains on what should be barren ground. Newest reports tell of one meter / three feet of snow at Zackenberg Station where these birds nest. Also explainable stone spheres similar to those in Costa Rica are in one of the remotest areas of our world that range from twelve to three feet in height / diameter. Perhaps a lost civilization? Sources
  32. The American media are "almost unanimously endorsing the idea that we have to have an enemy," declares International peace and trade advocate Ron Paul, warning that "at this point, especially for the last 20 years, they've been working very hard to make Russia the enemy, and I think this is wrong." However, bucking the mainstream sheeple narrative, in a new RT interview, Paul praised how United States President Donald Trump handled himself at a meeting in Helsinki, Finland this week with Russia President Vladimir Putin. Says Paul, "I was sort of pleased with the way Trump handled himself." In particular, Paul comments that Trump emphasized the benefit of "peaceful negotiations," something Paul supports, calling it "a step in the right direction."
  33. The drone community has condemned an operator for reckless flying after footage released this week showed a drone coming dangerously close to the world's largest commercial passenger jet, the Airbus A380. Filmed at Plaine Magnien Airport on the tropical island of Mauritius, the video shows the take-off of an Emirates A380. As the jet starts to ascend, it becomes apparent that the drone is hovering dangerously close to the aircraft's flight path, hovering less than 100 meters from the tip of its left wing.
  34. Dozens of forest wildfires raged across Sweden Wednesday, prompting Stockholm to ask for emergency EU help to fight the blazes, which broke out during an extreme heatwave in the Nordic region. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) said two Italian firefighting aircraft had been sent to assist in badly hit areas of central Sweden, while Norway had dispatched six helicopters. Norway has suffered from considerable forest fires of its own over the last week, with wildfires in 100 locations in the south last week, some of which were triggered by lightning. One Norwegian firefighter lost his life responding to the blazes while the country's Home Guard has also been deployed to relieve strained fire services. But the many forest fires that raged across southern Norway in recent days, particularly on Saturday and Sunday, are now under control or completely extinguished, news agency NTB reported on Wednesday. Despite that, the Home Guard is still assisting fire services in some areas, VG reports.
  35. A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was killed Friday morning in a bicycle-to-bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston, authorities said. Dr. Mark Hausknecht and the shooter were both riding bikes on South Main Street, near Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, shortly before 9 a.m. local time, Executive Assistant Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference. Hausknecht, 65, was biking north when he passed the shooter going in the other direction, Finner said. The shooter turned, fired two shots at Hausknecht and rode away on his bike, Finner said.
  36. This letter was posted on the Jewish Voice for Peace site yesterday. As social justice organizations from around the world, we write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel's policies and system of occupation and apartheid. We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump administration, allying themselves with Israel's far right government while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white supremacist groups and parties.
  37. More than 100 former Ohio State University students have come forward to allege cases of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of ex-team doctor Richard Strauss during while studying at the university. New details of an independent investigation into sexual allegations against Strauss were announced by Ohio State University officials on Friday. "We are grateful to those who have come forward and remain deeply concerned for anyone who may have been affected by Dr. Strauss' actions," said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. "We remain steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth." The revelations come less than a week after five former wrestlers filed a pair of lawsuits claiming that repeated sexual abuse complaints had been snubbed by university officials.
  38. In 1999, Jordan Peterson published his first book, Maps of Meaning. The central question he set out to answer was this: "how did evil - particularly group-fostered evil - come to play its role in the world?" Now, nearly twenty years later and given Peterson's newfound popularity, the book has started selling again, especially given that he just released an audiobook version. Today on the Truth Perspective, we will take a look at the basic ideas Peterson introduces and their connections with other works and theories, like Lobaczewski's ponerology and Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration. Running Time: 01:30:45 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!
  39. A viral movement featuring Democrats who have left their party under the hashtag #WalkAway was just relegated to Russian Bot status by CNN, which published op-ed by David A. Love on Tuesday uncritically citing propaganda website "Hamilton 88" as evidence that Russia - not an organic movement - is fueling the hashtag's popularity. #WalkAway has also now been connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots, and it is now the seventh most popular Russia-influenced hashtag as of this writing, according to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russian influence on Twitter -CNN The Walk Away campaign was launched by New York hairstylist Brandon Straka in late May, who created a Facebook page and posted a video explaining what the movement is about.
  40. Bob Sears, MD faced down the Medical Board of California (MBC) and has come through with his license to practice fully intact. There was no admission of wrongdoing by Dr. Sears, the case never went to trial and hence there was no hearing. The end result of an investigation spanning several years yielded a record-keeping issue and Dr. Sears being put on probation. In a recent Facebook post, he explains: "A child and his mother came to me for help. The mom described how her baby had suffered a moderate to severe neurologic reaction to vaccines almost three years prior, and she was afraid a judge in her upcoming hearing was going to force her to resume vaccines now. Medical records of the reaction were not available yet, and I gave the patient a letter of opinion to show the judge that the reaction was severe enough to justify not doing any more vaccines."
  41. Just days after the Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Washington has cleared the transfer of $200 million in military assistance to Ukraine. The sum, earmarked for "security assistance", was allocated months ago, but was kept on hold pending "a series of defense reforms" the US demanded of Kiev. On Friday, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington announced that the funds have been released - which was soon confirmed to CNN by Major Sheryll Klinkel, a Pentagon spokeswoman. Citing another unnamed Pentagon official, CNN reported that the funding will be used for training, counter-artillery radars, high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles ("Humvees"), night vision goggles, as well as communications and medical equipment.
  42. Being in a bad mood can help certain people think more efficiently, according to new research. Feeling fed up can boost some people's 'executive functioning', which includes their ability to focus, plan and prioritise tasks. Conversely, good moods sometimes reduce other people's executive functioning. Professor Tara McAuley, study co-author, said: "Our results show that there are some people for whom a bad mood may actually hone the kind of thinking skills that are important for everyday life."
  43. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that no country in the region will export oil if Iran's exports are stopped. The same threat was earlier voiced by President Hassan Rouhani. Speaking to Iranian ambassadors and senior diplomats on Saturday, Khamenei backed Rouhani's earlier warning to close the Strait of Hormuz, thus blocking all oil shipments from the Persian Gulf. "[These] were important remarks that reflect Islamic Republic's approach," the Ayatollah said, according to his official website. He added that Iran's Foreign Ministry must closely follow the approach.
  44. Amid controversy over comments by Rep. Maxine Waters, the militant group Oath Keepers scheduled a protest at the Democrat's Los Angeles district office Thursday afternoon, only to apparently agree to call it off after police expressed fears of clashes with counter-demonstrators. Dozens of Waters supporters, led by people waving signs and chanting into bullhorns, showed up well before the 1 p.m. stated start time for the protest by the group. But shortly before 1, police who had been watching over the scene at South Broadway and 102nd Street, began spreading the word that the Oath Keepers weren't coming. LAPD Sgt. Childress said police and Oath Keepers leaders spoke and decided "to maybe find a different avenue to express themselves." Childress, who wouldn't give his first name, said police "wanted to make sure this remained peaceful."
  45. It's become clear to me U.S. politics is reaching a breaking point. The level of hysteria over Donald Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin is wholly disproportionate to what actually occurred. Putin declared the Cold War over. Pat Buchanan agrees and so do I. For as much grief as I give Donald Trump for his many missteps in foreign policy, his going to first Singapore and then Helsinki in the service of peace and better relations is more than commendable. It was necessary. Donald Trump may not be the President many of us wanted. But, like it or not, he is both the president we have and the one we deserve. Our politics have been on a collision course with the bottom of the cesspit since 9/11.
  46. The first incident was reported from Barunagadia where lightning struck two youths who were working in the paddy field. At least 17 persons died in lightning strikes at different places in five districts of the State on Friday. While seven persons have been reported dead in Balasore and five in Mayurbhanj, one death each was reported from Khurda and Kendrapara districts due to lightning. In Bargarh district, three persons died after being struck by lightning. The places experienced heavy rainfall soon after the lightning struck. In most of the cases, the mishap took place when the victims were working in paddy fields. Sources said the death toll is considered to be the highest on a day this year after June 8 when 10 persons were killed and eight injured in six districts in the State.Reports from Balasore district indicated that one elderly woman from Singakhunta village under Soro police limits, one each from Sikharpur and Raibania villages under Jaleswar police limits, two from Barunagadia under Basta police limits and one each from Maheswarpur under Sadar police limits and Narayanpur under Baliapal police limits have died after they were struck by lightning.
  47. A new era for the EU and Japan, the champions of global free trade and multilateral agreements, has begun. A landmark event that will change the global economic landscape has taken place. The EU and Japan signed a massive free trade deal at the 25th EU-Japan Summit on July 17 in response to recent geopolitical developments. The parties sent what they are calling a "clear message" against protectionism. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will provide a powerful impetus to the economic growth of its signatories and also set the standards for their other trading partners. The EPA creates a large free-trade area (FTA) with no tariffs whatsoever, encompassing almost a third of the world's GDP and 600 million people. Now that the deal has been signed, it will also apply to the UK during the two-year Brexit transition period that will begin in March 2019. The "mega-trade" deal will affect 40% of global trade (up to 70% in high-tech sectors). A drop in prices is likely to boost spending and spur growth. The European Union annually exports more than $100bn (£75bn) in goods and services to Japan. EU agricultural exports could increase by up to 180%.
  48. Twelve people are confirmed dead and another four are missing in the northwestern province of Gansu after a flash flood battered the area on Wednesday night. In addition to the dead and missing, another 39 were hospitalized in the worst-hit area of Dongxiang county, local authorities said. Dongxiang and two neighboring counties comprise the Muslim-populated Linxia prefecture in central Gansu. In Dongxiang alone, the flood forced more than 2,400 people to relocate after their houses, fields and roads were submerged in rising water. By Thursday night, economic losses were estimated at 320 million yuan ($47 million) in the county, which has a population of 300,000, the Linxia government said.
  49. Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who went to prison and was connected to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, is being subpoenaed in the Robert Mueller investigation... TMZ has learned. Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interactions with Stone and Andrew Miller -- who ran Davis' campaign for Governor and who was subpoenaed by Mueller a month ago.
  50. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney said on Friday. The recording by attorney Michael Cohen adds to questions about whether Trump tried to quash damaging stories in the run-up to his 2016 election. Trump's campaign had said it knew nothing about any payment to ex-centerfold Karen McDougal. It could also further entangle the president in a criminal investigation that for months has targeted Cohen, his onetime lawyer and close ally. Current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the payment was never made and the brief recording shows Trump did nothing wrong.