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Britain's Daily Mirror front page headline for today - HOW DARE YOU



https://twitter.com/andylines/status/1017878691429351425

Arizona woman, 92, shot, killed son who tried putting her in assisted living

An elderly mother in Arizona allegedly shot and killed her son on Monday after she learned of his plans to put her in a nursing home, officials said.

Anna Blessing, 92, had been thinking about her son's intentions to put her in a home for days, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office stated in a news release. She confronted him on Monday morning with two pistols that she hid in her robe, according to police.

Blessing told police "she removed the handgun and fired multiple rounds striking and killing her son." It was at that point that the elderly woman reportedly pointed the gun at her son's girlfriend and a struggle ensued.

The weapon reportedly "dislodged" from Blessing's hand, before she grabbed a second gun and tried to point it at the girlfriend, who knocked it out of Blessing's hand.

The girlfriend called police and Blessing was taken into custody. She was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/03/arizona-woman-92-shot-killed-son-who-tried-putting-her-in-assisted-living-cops-say.html

California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes

A new push by the beverage industry is slowing the expansion of soda taxes in California and elsewhere. California cities pioneered soda taxes as a way to combat obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday bowed to pressure from beverage companies and reluctantly banned local taxes on soda for the next 12 years.

It follows similar bans recently passed in Arizona and Michigan. Voters in Oregon will decide on a statewide ban in November. The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and others, has backed the moves after several cities passed taxes on sugary drinks in recent years.

California’s ban is part of a last-minute maneuver to block a beverage industry-backed ballot measure that would make it much harder for cities and counties to raise taxes of any kind. The ABA said in a statement the legislation is about keeping groceries, including drinks, affordable. Lawmakers approved the proposal despite deep reluctance.

“This industry is aiming a nuclear weapon at government in California and saying, ‘If you don’t do what we want we are going to pull the trigger and you are not going to be able to fund basic government services,’” said Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, which has a soda tax.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/heart-health/california-bows-beverage-industry-blocks-soda-taxes-n887796

AMLO, Mexico's answer to Donald Trump

THESE days Mexicans agree on two things. Their football team’s victory over Germany on June 17th was magnificent. And the elections on July 1st will be the most important in decades. The front-runner for the presidency, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leads a coalition called “Juntos haremos historia” (“Together we will make history”). His opponents fear that he will achieve just that, in a bad way.

Mr López Obrador, who has run for the presidency twice before, has a folksy air of incorruptibility that enchants many Mexicans. He promises a “radical revolution”. Some hear that as a threat. Mr López Obrador has at times opposed the measures earlier governments have taken to modernise the economy. His critics liken him to Hugo Chávez, whose “Bolivarian revolution” has brought ruin to Venezuela. The nationalist populism he offers is unlike anything Mexico has seen since the early 1980s. And if the polls are right, he will win.

With that, Latin America’s second-biggest country will join a clutch of democracies where electorates have rebelled against the established order. What is about to happen in Mexico feels akin to the election of Donald Trump in America, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Italy’s turn towards populism. It may be repeated in Brazil, where the front-runner to win the presidency in October is Jair Bolsonaro, who speaks viciously about gay people but warmly of military rule.

The causes of popular anger vary. In Latin America, as elsewhere, voters are furious at elites they regard as corrupt, ineffectual and condescending. Just as American populists decry the “swamp” in Washington and Brazilians are aghast at the filth of their political class, Mr López Obrador fulminates against the “mafia of power” that he claims controls Mexico.

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/06/23/amlo-mexicos-answer-to-donald-trump

US Lawmakers Approve CREEPER Act To Ban Child Sex Robots

Lawmakers in the US have taken a step towards banning particularly creepy sex robots and dolls. The CREEPER act made it through the US House of Representatives on Wednesday. Officially known as the “Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017”, the proposed legislation will now go to the Senate. The law they are hoping to pass will specifically ban dolls that are made to look like children. Congressman Dan Donovan, who created the legislation, said the bill will help protect children from predators.

In a statement, the congressman warned that anatomically correct dolls were being shipped in from China, Hong Kong, and Japan by potential abusers. The dolls come with accessories such as false eyelashes and wigs, as well as warming devices and cleaning tools. They can also be made to have "lifelike" facial expressions, including sadness and fear. Last year, 128 of these dolls were seized in the UK alone. Unsurprisingly, 85 percent of the men who imported the creepy lifelike dolls were also found to be in possession of child pornography.

Some advocates have said that sex robots and dolls could prevent abuse, with potential abusers "channeling" their behavior towards the dolls instead. However, researchers are unconvinced. A few weeks ago, experts warned that the rise of sex robots could be dangerous for society as a whole, saying that there was no evidence that these dolls would take away this urge, and could end up encouraging abuse instead.

“There are worries about blurred boundaries to consent and permission for enacted violence when sexbot ‘personalities’ can be selected that simulate non-consensual sex – that is, rape,” the researchers wrote in an editorial in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health earlier this month. t's a position the House of Representatives agree with, having just approved Congressman Donovan's legislation. "Right now, a few clicks on a computer can allow a predator to order a vile child sex doll," Congressman Donovan said in the statement. "This is not only disturbing – but also endangers the most innocent among us.

"Once an abuser tires of practicing on a doll, it’s a small step to move on to a child. My bill takes necessary steps to stop these sickening dolls from reaching our communities. We must protect children from those who wish them harm. I thank Chairman Goodlatte and House leadership for bringing this important legislation to the floor, and I implore the Senate to swiftly move it forward.”

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/us-lawmakers-approve-creeper-act-to-ban-particularly-horrifying-sex-robots/

How exactly should Russia/Putin be dealt with in the future?

I was rewatching the Obama/Romney debate from 2012 and this clip is particularly hard to watch.



Russia's capabilities in propaganda manipulation and their determination to twist US politics to their own ends was really underestimated. Even if Trump gets voted out in 2020, russians are still going to keep meddling in our affairs so what can we really do against them?

Harvey Weinstein indicted on charges of rape, criminal sexual act

Source: CNN

(CNN)A New York City grand jury on Wednesday indicted movie producer Harvey Weinstein on charges of rape in the first and third degrees and first-degree criminal sexual act, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. Weinstein, 66, was arraigned last week on the same charges, seven months after women began to come forward with stories alleging sexual misconduct by the famous Hollywood producer. Weinstein, who intends to plead not guilty, according to his attorney, remains free on $10 million bond.

The charges stemmed from incidents with two women in 2013 and 2004 and were the result of a joint investigation between police and prosecutors, according to the Manhattan district attorney. Weinstein is accused of forcing one woman to perform oral sex on him on one occasion between June and September 2004, the criminal complaint said. The alleged rape took place on March 18, 2013, the complaint said.

"This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged," District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "The defendant's recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable." The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to Vance.



Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/30/us/harvey-weinstein-indictment/index.html

George Zimmerman to court: I have no job, no assets, and owe $2.5 million

A court allowed George Zimmerman to use a public defender in his alleged stalking case after he filed documents saying he’s $2.5 million in debt and has zero income. Zimmerman is facing stalking accusations in his latest legal woes since his 2013 acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Details of his finances were filed in a Seminole County court to support his request for a public defender. In the documents, he lists that he’s unemployed and has $0 in assets including cash, bank accounts and equity on property. Zimmerman is accused of repeatedly threatening and harassing Dennis Warren between December 16 and December 25 of last year, the sheriff’s office said.

Warren is a private investigator who was hired by a production company that was working on a documentary about Martin’s life, according to CNN affiliate WKMG. Deputies said Zimmerman called Warren 55 times, left 36 voicemails, texted him 67 times and sent 27 emails over a nine-day span,according to the affiliate.

This is just the latest in a lengthy list of legal issues for Zimmerman. He was a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012 when he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old.

http://wgntv.com/2018/05/24/george-zimmerman-to-court-i-have-no-job-no-assets-and-owe-2-5-million/

Parents go to court to evict 30 year old son

Camillus, NY -- Two Camillus parents are going to state Supreme Court to force their 30-year-old son out of the family residence.

"After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately," father Mark Rotondo wrote his son, in a letter filed with the court.

But son Michael isn't going anywhere without a fight.

The parents' lawyer, Anthony Adorante, said today that the couple is having trouble with their son and didn't know any other way to get him out. The couple declined comment for this story.

Michael has, so far, ignored their demand to leave, according to the court complaint.

https://www.syracuse.com/expo/erry-2018/05/ec96feccdd8142/camillus_parents_go_to_ny_supr.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Drug Users Take Over Corridors Of San Francisco Civic Center BART Station



SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Shocking video is calling attention to what’s going on in one of the busiest BART stations in the Bay Area: drug users blatantly shooting up out in the open as commuters walk by, others slumped along filthy corridors. It’s a gauntlet commuters walk through every morning at the Civic Center BART and Muni station.

Regular commuter Shannon Gafford knows people have to see it to believe it. “One morning I said, ‘I got to pull out the camera and show my friends this. They’re not going to believe it,’” he said. And over the course of a week, Gafford documented his trip to work. His videos show dozens of people slumped along a hallway, open IV drug use, unconscious men and women, and piles of vomit on either side of the hallways. Some may find the video shocking. Others may find it routine.

“Every day. Every morning. 5:30 to 6 o’clock. You can see there’s dozens of them. Needles everywhere. Crack. Heroin.”

“It’s a real concern for our riders, and we appreciate that,” said BART spokesman Chris Filippi. “But what we have to do is make the most of the resources, the limited resources that we have.”

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/04/25/drug-users-san-francisco-civic-center-bart/
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