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Swearing when hurt actually works, using F-word improves pain tolerance

Swearing when hurt actually works, using F-word improves pain tolerance

It's official - swearing DOES help us tolerate pain, according to scientific research. A study found using the F-word when pain strikes, increases pain tolerance by up to a third. A panel of experts including Keele University's senior lecturer in psychology, Dr Richard Stephens; language expert and author, Dr Emma Byrne; and acclaimed lexicographer Jonathon Green, explored how effective real and new, made-up swear words are in helping to increase pain tolerance and threshold. The research was built on Dr Richard Stephen's original 2009 study which discovered that swearing can increase pain tolerance in the short term.

No, Apple, we don't need 72 different emojis to represent gay, straight & lesbian couples in 5 races

No, Apple, we don't need 72 different emojis to represent gay, straight & lesbian couples in 5 races

If I wanted an emoji to look exactly like me, I'd just send a photograph. But then, unlike Apple and Google, I understand that they are a symbolic shorthand, not a racist tool of oppression that ignores my identity. On Wednesday, World Emoji Day, the two California companies revealed their expanded repertoire of "newest designs that bring even more diversity to the keyboard." Seventy-two new iOS emojis of couples holding hands, instead of a generic symbol. Thus, a blonde woman with a blond man, a blonde woman with a tan skinned man, a blonde woman with a light-skinned black man, a blonde woman with a dark-skinned black man, a dark-skinned black woman with a light-skinned black woman, a white man with a moustache with a white man without a moustache, and so on and on and on.

Fake passport, 'piles of cash' & diamonds but defence lawyers still insisted Epstein was 'not a flight risk'

Fake passport, 'piles of cash' & diamonds but defence lawyers still insisted Epstein was 'not a flight risk'

Mysteries only multiply as the Jeffrey Epstein saga continues to unravel. A fake passport found in the sex offender's Manhattan home raises the possibility he had official cooperation traveling the globe under a false identity. Federal investigators found the document alongside "piles of cash" and dozens of diamonds in a safe in Epstein's New York mansion, the Daily Beast reported on Monday. Prosecutors say the passport, which contains Epstein's photo but uses a fake name, was issued in Austria in the 1980s; they are still trying to determine how it was obtained.

'The Roots of Evil': Right-wing Israeli settler group Regavim accuses Palestinians of land theft in the heart of Israel

'The Roots of Evil': Right-wing Israeli settler group Regavim accuses Palestinians of land theft in the heart of Israel

Israeli settler groups are turning the Israel-Palestine narrative on its head, accusing Palestinians of trying to illegally steal land in the West Bank's Area C. In a move designed to shock Israeli settlers in the West Bank into action, activists from the right-wing settler organization "Regavim" hung Palestinian flags along the main West Bank settler roads last week. Regavim claims that there is a Palestinian take over of Area C and that the Israeli government is not doing enough to fight it. The organization's PR stunt, shown in the video below, was in their own words "an in-your-face challenge to the הכנסת (Knesset) to enforce the law and halt the de facto creation of a terrorist state in the heart of Israel." Regavim also published, "a comprehensive, in-depth report" titled, "The Roots of Evil, Land Theft in Area C is Creating a De Facto Palestinian State." In the report, the group claims that it has exposed a "secretive program undertaken by the Palestinian Authority, with...

Beyond the pale! Attacks on Moon landing's 'whites and males' proves no achievement too big for libs to destroy

Beyond the pale! Attacks on Moon landing's 'whites and males' proves no achievement too big for libs to destroy

Attempts to diminish the triumph of Apollo 11 and to reassign credit don't just taint the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but presage the technological decline of the US if it persists with identity politics. With the Founding Fathers now rarely mentioned in the media without side notes about their slave ownership, and the Betsy Ross flag is offensive to Colin Kaepernick and Nike, there is nothing new about liberal attempts to strike at the very heart of American identity. But - leaving aside the conspiracy theorists - the moment Neil Armstrong stepped on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969 was objectively such a universal milestone that to qualify it seems a fight against human endeavor itself. Heroes retconned It would seem like the more logical route, for those who resent that this was a feat of white un-woke America, would be to try and diminish their role in favour of supposedly unsung heroes. Hidden Figures, the Oscar-winning film from 2016 was the perfect...

It's official: Turkey kicked out of F-35 program, cost to US is half a billion dollars

It's official: Turkey kicked out of F-35 program, cost to US is half a billion dollars

The U.S. has removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program, and Turkey will lose its production work on the jet by March 2020, following its acceptance of the S-400 Russian-made air defense system last Friday. However, a top Pentagon official would not close the door on Turkey rejoining the program in some form, should it reverse the decision to buy the S-400. The White House issued a statement Wednesday confirming the move, which Washington had threatened for months. "Turkey's decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible," the White House statement read. "The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities." "Turkey has been a longstanding and trusted partner and NATO Ally for over 65 years, but accepting the S-400 undermines the commitments all NATO Allies made to each other to move away from Russian systems," the...

Israeli politician Ehud Barak is seen entering Jeffrey Epstein's townhouse despite claiming he never socialised with the Pedophile

Israeli politician Ehud Barak is seen entering Jeffrey Epstein's townhouse despite claiming he never socialised with the Pedophile

The ever-expanding probe into Jeffrey Epstein's pedophile ring is now threatening to derail the Israeli election as DailyMail.com has obtained exclusive pictures of one of Benjamin Netanyahu's main challengers hiding his face as he entered the convicted sex offender's Manhattan townhouse. A bevy of young women were also seen going into the multi-millionaire's lavish seven-story home on the same day that Ehud Barak was snapped. Barak, a former prime minister of Israel now trying to make a comeback in Israeli politics, has long had business ties to Epstein, which Netanyahu's team are now trying to exploit. And the pictures that DailyMail.com has obtained are certain to add fuel to the fire, as Barak claims he has 'never met Epstein in the company of women or young girls.'

Was Iran to blame for a bombing raid at a Buenos Aires Jewish center 25 years ago killing 85?

Was Iran to blame for a bombing raid at a Buenos Aires Jewish center 25 years ago killing 85?

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is visiting Argentina this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing at the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) centre in Buenos Aires on 18 July 1994. The attack killed 85 members of Argentina's Jewish community, the sixth largest in the world. Argentina's President Mauricio Macri has passed a decree designating Hezbollah as a terrorist group, 25 years after the Lebanese Shia organisation and its ally, Iran, were accused of the bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people. The decision to outlaw Hezbollah in Argentina - based on a request from the US and Israel - comes amid rising tensions between the US, the UK and Iran after a series of accusations and counter-accusations, which started with the US alleging Iran had bombed of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May, which Tehran vehemently denied. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is heading to Argentina for meetings with...

Canadian liberals use 'human rights' to justify undemocratic coup in Venezuela

Canadian liberals use 'human rights' to justify undemocratic coup in Venezuela

The modern way to overthrow a government the capitalist world doesn't like is by claiming to do it in the name of supporting 'human rights'. This requires that the target be portrayed as a rights violator. As part of their effort to overthrow Nicolas Maduro's government, Ottawa has funded and promoted a slew of groups and individuals critical of human rights in Venezuela. And a recent report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) gave a boost to Canada's faltering coup bid in that South American country. Overseen by former social democratic Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, the report paints Venezuelan security forces as extremely violent and the government as politically repressive. While the Hugo Chavez/Maduro government's failure to address insecurity/police violence in the country is condemnable, some context is required. Neighbours Colombia and Brazil also have significant problems with police and other forms of violence. As do countries such as...

IRGC confirm they seized foreign vessel in Strait of Hormuz - claim it was smuggling 1mln liters of fuel

IRGC confirm they seized foreign vessel in Strait of Hormuz - claim it was smuggling 1mln liters of fuel

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a "foreign vessel," saying it was "smuggling" one million liters of fuel, the Islamic Republic's media reported. It comes amid Tehran's quarrel with London over a seized tanker. The tanker was intercepted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran's coast, the bottleneck point for maritime traffic from the Persian Gulf. According to a statement aired by Iranian state TV, the ship was seized on July 14. The IRGC would not provide details about the ownership of the vessel, but said there were 12 crew members on board when it was detained. The ship in question may be the UAE-owned, Panamanian-flagged MT 'Riah,' which went missing last Sunday while passing the strait and was presumed captured by the IRGC. Tehran earlier insisted the ship had experienced a technical malfunction and was towed into Iranian waters for repair. Comment: The footage released indeed shows this vessel to be the Riah....

UK, Ecuador agree not to extradite Assange where he could be executed

UK, Ecuador agree not to extradite Assange where he could be executed

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to any country with capital punishment, Britain's Minister for the Americas and Europe, Alan Duncan announced Monday in Quito after a meeting with Ecuador's Foreign Minister José Valencia. Duncan told reporters that the United Kingdom was guaranteeing Assange's right to due process and that his government was concerned about his health. He added that his country will not allow him to be extradited "anywhere where he could face capital punishment." He added that "it is a fundamental term of the agreement we reached that we would not allow him to be extradited to any side where he could face capital punishment," said the representative of the British Foreign Ministry. After pointing out that the Australian activist "broke the law" and that he chose to enter the Embassy of Ecuador in London seven years ago, he commented that he was never "involuntarily detained" and that it was necessary to remove him from the diplomatic...

Democrats angry: Rand Paul stalls 9/11 victim compensation bill - asks how to pay for it

Democrats angry: Rand Paul stalls 9/11 victim compensation bill - asks how to pay for it

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has blocked the passage of a measure extending compensation for the victims of the 9/11 attacks, citing cost concerns. The measure had broad bipartisan support. The bill, which would authorize funding for sick and dying first responders until fiscal year 2090 passed the House in a 402-12 vote last week and had 73 co-sponsors in the Senate. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), one of the contenders for the presidential ticket in 2020, attempted to pass it by unanimous consent on Wednesday, skipping debate if there were no objections from other senators. Paul, however, objected. The Kentucky Republican, known as a deficit hawk, blocked the bill until it could be resubmitted with an amendment guaranteeing spending cuts elsewhere to offset its estimated $10 billion price tag. Paul's office said the senator was "not blocking anything," merely "seeking to pay for it." His objection was met with howls of protest regardless, starting with Gillibrand on...

Following France's lead, Spain set to push ahead with tax on US tech giants

Following France's lead, Spain set to push ahead with tax on US tech giants

Madrid will push ahead with a tax on large internet and technology firms as soon as a new government is sworn in, Spain's acting economy minister said on Wednesday. Parliament will vote next week on acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's bid to form a new government after his Socialist party won an early general election in April but without an absolute majority. His government in January introduced a draft law which would slap a 3.0 percent tax on revenues generated from some services to Spanish consumers by the largest tech firms such as Google and Facebook, putting Spain among a vanguard of countries seeking to force the companies to pay more in the markets where they operate. But before the proposed law could be approved the government was forced to call the early election after it failed to pass its draft 2019 budget in parliament. Acting Economy Minister Nadia Calvino told news radio Cadena Ser that the government's "intention is to put (the tax) back on the table as soon as...

French military and police increase support for right-populist Marine Le Pen

French military and police increase support for right-populist Marine Le Pen

A study of the election preferences of the French military and the gendarmes has revealed an increasing trend to support populist leader Marine Le Pen and her Rassemblement National (National Rally/RN). The Ifop study, conducted for the Jean Jaurès Foundation, looked at communes with a large number of soldiers compared to the average population and found some, such as Mailly-le-Camp, saw a 50.4 per cent vote for the populist party in the European elections this year, Le Figaro reports. The commune of Suippes, home to the French 40th Artillery regiment, also has a much higher vote for the RN than the average for the rest of the department where it is located with 45.5 per cent support in the European election.

Israeli ex-commander set up fake farming project in South Sudan - used money to sell weapons, stoke conflict his company could then 'solve'

Israeli ex-commander set up fake farming project in South Sudan - used money to sell weapons, stoke conflict his company could then 'solve'

Once again, a powerful Israeli commits serious crimes in Africa. Once again, there are no consequences in Israel. This time, the alleged criminal is a former major general named Israel Ziv, who once headed the Israeli army's Operations Directorate. The scene of his crimes is the nation of South Sudan, which has been torn by a civil war since 2013, in which some 400,000 people have already died. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has just added more details to the terrible story. The story is complicated, but here is a summary: in 2015, ex-General Ziv's "security services firm" contracted with the South Sudanese government to run a farming project, intended to alleviate hunger there. The need is obvious; some 7 million South Sudanese face hunger, mainly due to the disruption of the civil war, and 1.8 million of them are on the brink of starvation. In fact, the farming project was a fraud. Ziv allegedly used it as cover to sell the government $150 million...

'The Squad' revives feud with Pelosi: Be aware when you 'single us out' that we're 'women of color'

'The Squad' revives feud with Pelosi: Be aware when you 'single us out' that we're 'women of color'

The four progressive congresswomen who are currently in a nasty feud with President Trump offered a not-so-subtle warning to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, the next time she "singles them out." Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass, often referred to as "The Squad," sat down with "CBS This Morning" host Gayle King on Tuesday as the House voted to formally condemn Trump over tweets that Democrats labeled as racist. King asked the congresswomen if they've been in contact with Pelosi. "Our teams are in communication," Ocasio-Cortez responded.

New polling shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings

New polling shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings

The four congresswomen whom President Trump attacked over the weekend have weak favorability ratings among a national audience, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) had the highest favorability among the four in The Economist/YouGov Poll. Twenty-two percent of respondents had a very or somewhat favorable opinion of her, compared to 18 percent who had a very or somewhat unfavorable opinion, giving her a net favorability of +4 points. Only 2 of the 5 Democratic freshmen women included in the survey, Pressley and Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), had a positive favorability rating.

Twelve Israelis accused of raping young British woman in Cyprus

Twelve Israelis accused of raping young British woman in Cyprus

Out of the 12 teen Israelis suspected of allegedly raping a 19-year-old British tourist on Tuesday night at an Ayia Napa hotel, three claim to have had sex with her, while 9 claim to have nothing to do with the incident. The investigation is being handled by Famagusta police which was able to find forensic evidence linking the youths to the scene of the alleged crime, Channel 12 reported. All of the Israelis were arrested at the hotel on Wednesday morning. The 12 alleged offenders appeared in court on Thursday and were remanded for an additional eight days. KAN Radio reported that some of the suspects told their parents that they were being mistreated by the Cypriot authorities. One of the mothers of the Israeli youths told Channel 12 that her son doesn't speak English well and can't understand the legal process he is subjected to. According to her he called her "in tears" and said "I didn't do anything." The Foreign Affairs Ministry's Counsel Yossef Wurmbrand in Nicosia is in...

Russia's top investigator of high-profile crimes seeks confiscation of property from corrupt officials

Russia's top investigator of high-profile crimes seeks confiscation of property from corrupt officials

The confiscation of property acquired by corrupt officials will allow the state to more effectively pay compensatory damages caused by corruption, the head of the Russian federal agency that deals with high-profile crimes said. The measure should be brought back to make the punishment for corruption inevitable and put the officials in a position where misuse or abuse of authority becomes pointless, Aleksandr Bastrykin, the head of the Investigative Committee, argued. The measure would prove paramount, he said, because "corruption is directly responsible for hampering the development of the country's economy."

Have 'Russian bots' tricked Americans into thinking their country has problems?

Have 'Russian bots' tricked Americans into thinking their country has problems?

Americans concerned about political friction in the US will be relieved to know that, according to the media, most of these issues have been manufactured by Russian bots. RT took a closer look at this scary conspiracy. Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris grabbed headlines after she blamed the Colin Kaepernick anthem-kneeling controversy on "Russian bots" - but she's hardly alone in peddling the notion that the Kremlin has somehow fooled Americans into arguing over very-real social and political issues. From police brutality to gun control, the media has repeatedly claimed that hot-button issues in the United States have been conjured up by Moscow.

Siblings forced to pay $2.3m tax bill after saying it's against 'God's will' - judge replies with Bible quote about 'rendering unto Caesar'

Siblings forced to pay $2.3m tax bill after saying it's against 'God's will' - judge replies with Bible quote about 'rendering unto Caesar'

Christian siblings in Tasmania who refused to pay income tax because it goes against the word of God have been ordered to hand over more than $2.3 million to the Australian Taxation Office. Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida Beerepoot faced Hobart Supreme Court this week owing almost $930,000 in income tax and other accrued charges. Mr Beerepoot told the court taxation is a form of ownership, which doesn't rest with the Commonwealth of Australia.

At least 10 killed in Mumbai building collapse

At least 10 killed in Mumbai building collapse

Tragedy struck one of the most congested enclaves of Mumbai just before noon on Tuesday when a four-storeyed structure, believed to be illegal, collapsed in Dongri, killing 10 people and injuring eight. The toll is likely to climb as fire brigade personnel continued their search and rescue operations at Kesarbai Mansion late Tuesday night. Many more are feared trapped in the rubble. As ministers, politicians and officials rushed to the spot, a blame-game commenced between Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) and BMC.

Europe: Galileo GPS system is back online after a six-day outage failure

Europe: Galileo GPS system is back online after a six-day outage failure

Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system, a rival of the American GPS network, is back in service after a six-day outage, its oversight agency said on Thursday. "Commercial users can already see signs of recovery of the Galileo navigation and timing services, although some fluctuations may be experienced until further notice," the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency said in a statement. The system of 22 orbiting satellites, which helps to pinpoint and track mobile telephone users and vehicles, began experiencing problems last Friday. Only the search and rescue function, which helps locate boat crews or hikers in distress, was unaffected. The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency said the problem was due to an equipment malfunction in the ground control centres that make time and orbit predictions for the satellites. Galileo has been in a pilot phase since December 2016 and devices that use its signal should be able to switch to GPS or Glonass, the...

Suspect in Des Moines triple homicide is an illegal immigrant now being held on ICE detainer

Suspect in Des Moines triple homicide is an illegal immigrant now being held on ICE detainer

31 year-old Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez is charged with three counts of first degree murder after he allegedly killed a family of three who was renting his downstairs basement. Police say he shared an address with the victims, 29 year-old Rossibeth Flores Rodriguez, her 11 year-old daughter Grecia, and her five year-old son Ever. Esquivel-Lopez was in the country illegally and is now being held on a federal ICE detainer. "The best way to characterize the relationship is roommates. We don't know how they came to be acquainted but the victims in this case were renting the lower portion of this duplex from the suspect and his family," said Des Moines Police Spokesman Paul Parizek.

Think President Trump is a racist? Watch his meeting with members of persecuted religious minorities

Think President Trump is a racist? Watch his meeting with members of persecuted religious minorities

With the backdrop of most media calling the US President a racist, Donald Trump held a conference in the White House regarding religious liberty. But this was not just about Christians under persecution at home in the US. Rather, this was a move to protect the religious liberties of all religious groups in all regions of the world. President Trump was accompanied by several dozen people from Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, Jewish and many other religious groups that are under persecution in various countries all around the world: China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, and many other places. The President started the session with a number of remarks on the problem of religious persecution around the world, with the guests surrounding him as the backdrop. We have see this countless times with many leading politicians who give stage time to those who support a particular agenda. But, at least in Obama's days, those people remained nameless and faceless, and voiceless, as...

Does the Epstein scandal connect with Israeli influence on Trump?

Does the Epstein scandal connect with Israeli influence on Trump?

Unless you're another Rip van Winkel, it's impossible to miss the revived and relentless calls for war with Iran, from US State and the media. Braying for war with Iran is extant far beyond the halls of US State power, to encompass a virtual media frenzy in the west. After a spate of curious and fruitless false flags intended to incite war between Iran and the United States, we must consider several other related events, at least one of which does not appear to be geopolitical, but certainly is. To critically consider the Epstein case in the context of a geopolitical event — and not simply as a unique criminal case — let's first consider this rather strange selection of bizarre world events, since 2017: Trump moves US Embassy in tel Aviv, to Jerusalem: On December 6, 2017, Trump declared that the US embassy in Tel Aviv must re-locate to Jerusalem, to the dismay of just about everyone except major donor Sheldon Adelson and Netanyahu. On its own, the move may be seen as a concession...

FBI's Steele Dossier spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of 'Russian collusion'

FBI's Steele Dossier spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of 'Russian collusion'

Some in the news media have tried in recent days to rekindle their long-lost love affair with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his now infamous dossier. The main trigger was a lengthy interview in June with the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, which some news outlets suggested meant U.S. officials have found Steele, the former Hillary Clinton-backed political muckraker, to be believable. "Investigators ultimately found Steele's testimony credible and even surprising," Politico crowed. The Washington Post went even further, suggesting Steele's assistance to the inspector general might "undermine Trumpworld's alt-narrative" that the Russia-collusion investigation was flawed.

No F-35s for Turkey? That's okay, Russia ready to discuss delivery of Su-35s

No F-35s for Turkey? That's okay, Russia ready to discuss delivery of Su-35s

The statement comes on the heels of Washington announcing that Turkey's decision to purchase Russian S-400 air defence systems "renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible". Sergei Chemezov, head of the state corporation Rostec, said on Thursday that Moscow may strike a deal with Ankara on the delivery of Su-35 warplanes. "If our Turkish colleagues express a desire, we are ready to work out deliveries of Su-35 fighter jets", Chemezov stated. A Turkish military source later told Sputnik that President Edogan would study the offer. Previously, the CEO said that Russia could sell Su-57 fighter jets to Turkey if Ankara ends its participation in the F-35 jet programme. The news comes as the Turkish Defence Ministry on Friday announced that the delivery of the S-400s had begun with eight Russian planes bringing parts for the defence systems to Turkey.

'It's going to be staggering': Jeffrey Epstein associates prepare for worst in imminent document dump

'It's going to be staggering': Jeffrey Epstein associates prepare for worst in imminent document dump

As the Jeffrey Epstein case continues to unfold, a laundry list of celebrities, business magnates and socialites who have flown anywhere near the registered sex offender's orbit are now tainted with pedo-polonium. Many of them, such as Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Victoria's Secret boss Les Wexner have sought to distance themselves from Epstein and his activities - however their attempts have fallen on deaf ears considering their extensive ties to the pedophile. As Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman notes, "The questions about Epstein are metastasizing much faster than they can be answered: Who knew what about Epstein's alleged abuse? How, and from whom, did Epstein get his supposed $500 million fortune? Why did Acosta grant Epstein an outrageously lenient non-prosecution agreement? (And what does it mean that Acosta was reportedly told Epstein "belonged to intelligence"?)" Also illuminating is a statement by attorney Brad Edwards, who said during a Wednesday press conference seated...

Gender insanity: The word 'manhole' to be banned from Berkeley, California city code

Gender insanity: The word 'manhole' to be banned from Berkeley, California city code

Soon, there will be no more manholes in the city of Berkeley, California. There will also be no chairmen, no manpower, no policemen or policewomen. No, that doesn't mean a whole city will be without committee leaders and law enforcement. It means that words that imply a gender preference will be removed from the city's codes and replaced with gender-neutral terms, according a recently adopted ordinance. The city voted Tuesday night to replace gendered terms in its municipal codes, like "manhole" and "manpower," with gender-neutral ones like "maintenance hole" and "human effort." The item passed without discussion or comments and was not controversial, said Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, the bill's primary author. "There's power in language," Robinson said. "This is a small move, but it matters."

2 feet of snow in 3 days for Rainbow Ski Area, New Zealand

2 feet of snow in 3 days for Rainbow Ski Area, New Zealand

After two weekends making do on man-made snow, the Rainbow Ski Area received more than 60 centimetres of the real stuff this week. The St Arnaud ski field opened its Harry's Way run and the T-bar up to tower eight on Wednesday, and planned to extend the terrain up to tower 12 (the full T bar) with further snowfall. The go-to ski field for Blenheim and Nelson residents opened on July 6 with the Pomeroy's Beginner area and the Callahan Intermediate slope, relying mainly on their man-made product. Rainbow Ski Area manager James Lazor said the skifield now looked like a "totally different landscape".

Kevin Spacey's sexual assault case dropped by prosecutors due to accuser's 'unavailability'

Kevin Spacey's sexual assault case dropped by prosecutors due to accuser's 'unavailability'

The criminal groping case against Kevin Spacey is over: Prosecutors in Nantucket, Massachusetts, announced late Wednesday they are dropping the charge that he sexually assaulted a teen bus boy in an island bar in the summer of 2016. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe filed a "Nolle Prosequi" document on Nantucket, declaring the case is dropped "due to the unavailability of the complaining witness." At an eyebrow-raising pretrial hearing in the case last week on Nantucket, the accuser, William Little, now 21, abruptly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination while being questioned about the mysterious disappearance of his cellphone and whether he or his mother had deleted texts from the night in question. That led Judge Thomas Barrett to strike all his testimony from earlier in the hearing, and raised questions about whether Little would be able and willing to testify for the prosecution against Spacey.

PETA buys Facebook shares

PETA buys Facebook shares

Purchasing shares, PETA hopes to influence the popular social media platform from the inside. Facebook is a great tool to communicate with friends, connect with peers, share news and information and debate critical issues with others. However, Facebook has also been called out for filtering information, only showing news and headlines that confirm our own personal political or ideological biases.

Processed foods are a much bigger health problem than we thought

Processed foods are a much bigger health problem than we thought

The case against processed food just keeps getting stronger. But, amazingly, we still don't understand exactly why it's so bad for us. In two new papers published in the BMJ, the more ultraprocessed — or industrially manufactured — foods a person ate, the more likely they were to get sick and even die. In one study, they were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems. The other linked an ultraprocessed diet to a higher risk of death from all causes. Those studies followed a first-of-its-kind randomized controlled trial, out of the National Institutes of Health: Researchers found people following an ultraprocessed diet ate about 500 more calories per day than those consuming minimally processed, whole foods.

Why we see what we want to see: The neuropsychology of motivated perception

Why we see what we want to see: The neuropsychology of motivated perception

Obi-Wan Kenobi once advised Luke Skywalker to not trust his eyes, because "your eyes can deceive you." Most of us can recall an instance from our own non-Jedi lives when these words rang true. Think of a time when your eyes saw what they wished to see: a person you were thinking about in a busy street, a heart-shaped pebble you were looking for on the beach. This phenomenon, called motivated perception, has been explored in psychological research for decades. Indeed, the world as we conceive it in our awareness is not exactly an accurate representation of what it truly is. Our perception is often biased, selective, and malleable. Even our desires can affect what we see by impacting the way we process visual information. For example, when presented with an ambiguous figure that could be interpreted either as the letter B or the number 13, participants in one study were more likely to report seeing that which aligned with desirable outcomes over less desirable ones (in this case,...

Moon Landing, 50th Anniversary of the Biggest Lie Ever Told ?

Moon Landing, 50th Anniversary of the Biggest Lie Ever Told ?

GTFOH Show with Comedian Matt Billon takes an in-depth look into the Moon Landing. Watch and laugh at just how ridiculous the thought of man going to the moon in the 60's.actually is. Could man travel 240.000 miles away in 1969 ? Sources

47 pilot whales strand themselves on St. Simon Island, Georgia - 3 die

47 pilot whales strand themselves on St. Simon Island, Georgia - 3 die

Dozens of beachgoers helped rescue as many as 40 beached whales on a Georgia beach Tuesday evening. The whales came ashore on East Beach in St. Simon Island around 6 p.m. Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University, told First Coast News around 25 pilot whales beached themselves on the Georgia coast.

Stonehenge and the buckets of lard

Stonehenge and the buckets of lard

Pig fat could have been used to grease the sledges used to transport the massive stones of Stonehenge into position, new analysis by archaeologists at Newcastle University has suggested. Absorbed fat residues Fat residues on shards of pottery found at Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge, have long been assumed to be connected with feeding the many hundreds of people that came from across Britain to help construct the ancient monument. But, new analysis by archaeologists at Newcastle University, UK, suggests that because the fragments came from dishes that would have been the size and shape of buckets, not cooking or serving dishes, they could have been used for the collection and storage of tallow - a form of animal fat. Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology, Newcastle University, said: "I was interested in the exceptional level of preservation and high quantities of lipids - or fatty residues - we recovered from the pottery. I wanted to know more about why...

Study claims Google, Facebook keeping watchful eye on porn site surfers

Study claims Google, Facebook keeping watchful eye on porn site surfers

A study specifically argues that Facebook has trackers on 10 percent of the sex websites scanned by the survey despite the fact that the social network does not permit porn content on any of its platforms. A new study has claimed that major technology companies like Google and Facebook are tracking users who visit porn websites, including even those who do so in incognito mode. The study was conducted by Microsoft Research's Elena Maris, Timothy Libert from Carnegie Mellon University, and Jennifer Henrichsen from the University of Pennsylvania.

The West freaks out over 'Frankenstein' China while New Silk Road is already decades ahead

The West freaks out over 'Frankenstein' China while New Silk Road is already decades ahead

Western economists and intellectuals obsessed with demonization of China are never shy of shortcuts glaringly exposing their ignorance. The latest outburst posits that "we" - as in Western intellectuals - "are the modern version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," who electro-shocked a dead body (China) into a resurrected "murderous monster." So, welcome to the Sino-Frankenstein school of international relations. What next? A black and white remake with Xi Jinping playing the monster? Anyway, "we" - as in mankind's best hope - should "avoid carrying on in the role of Frankenstein." The author is an economics professor emeritus at Harvard. He cannot even identify who's to blame for Frankenstein - the West or the Chinese. That says much about Harvard's academic standards. Now, compare this with what was being discussed at a trade war symposium at Renmin University in Beijing this past Saturday.

Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution affirming that Americans have the right to boycott Israel

Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution affirming that Americans have the right to boycott Israel

Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar has introduced a bill affirming that Americans have the right to participate in boycotts. Although the legislation doesn't specifically mention the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), it coincides with an anti-BDS resolution that is currently being pushed by many Democrats. House Resolution 496 (HRes496) asserts that boycotts "have been effectively used in the United States by advocates for equal rights since the Boston Tea Party and include boycotts led by civil rights activists during the 1950s and 1960s in order to advocate for racial equality, such as the Montgomery bus boycott, and promote workers' rights, such as the United Farm Workers-led boycott of table grapes." It also identifies historical moments when Americans participated in boycotts to push human rights in other countries: the boycotting of Imperial Japan during the late 1930s, the boycotting of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1941, the boycotting of the 1980 summer...

Turkey's northwest struggles with flash flood

Turkey's northwest struggles with flash flood

Flash flood on July 17 stranded many people in northwestern Turkey after blocking roads and causing heavy damage to the buildings. Cumayeri, a district of the northwestern Düzce province, was hit by heavy rainfall which triggered landslides and blocked the roads to the villages. Eight people, who were stuck in a rafting facility, were rescued by a helicopter, which landed in the Sakarya province located near Düzce, due to adverse air condition in the latter. Two of the rescued people were learned to have fractures in their bodies, while the others survived the floods without injury. Devastating flash flood in Akçakoca, Turkey today, July 18th! Report via Jurnal de Vreme. pic.twitter.com/NlwxeKwoKr — severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) July 18, 2019

US complains about Iran's missiles yet the influx of American weapons is "making our region ready to explode" - Iranian FM

US complains about Iran's missiles yet the influx of American weapons is "making our region ready to explode" - Iranian FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday that if President Donald Trump truly wants to engage in good-faith negotiations over Iran's ballistic missile program, his administration must stop selling tens of billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other U.S. allies in the Middle East. Zarif, who is in New York on United Nations business, told NBC's Lester Holt that the influx of American weapons is "making our region ready to explode." "If you want to discuss ballistic missiles, then we need to discuss the amount of weapons that are sold to our region," said Zarif. "Last year, Iran spent $16 billion altogether on its military. We have a 82 million population... The United Arab Emirates, with a million population, spent $22 billion. Saudi Arabia — with less than half of our population — spent $67 billion, most of them are American [arms]."

Man attacked by seal in highly rare incident off Devon coast, UK

Man attacked by seal in highly rare incident off Devon coast, UK

A swimmer was taken to hospital after being attacked by a seal off the Devon coast yesterday. The incident prompted immediate warnings for swimmers to keep clear of seals, which may have been trying to protect pups at the time. Devon Live reported that the swimmer was injured at Shoalstone Pool, near Brixham. Seals are a familiar sight in the waters off Brixham. There have been regular encounters in the harbour and at nearby Fishcombe and Churston coves.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey maxed out his donation to Tulsi Gabbard after the first debate

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey maxed out his donation to Tulsi Gabbard after the first debate

The first night of the June Democratic debates gave some of the lower-polling candidates the chance to break out on the national stage — and apparently, one of them made quite the impression on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. A FEC filing first reported Tuesday by Buzzfeed News revealed that Dorsey made a contribution of $5,600 — the maximum amount legally allowed — to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard the day after the first debate. The Twitter CEO has also donated to candidate Andrew Yang, donating $1,000 on April 30. ("We don't comment on Jack's personal giving," a Twitter spokesperson told Buzzfeed.) The donations offer a rare glimpse of Dorsey's political leanings, which have remained somewhat inscrutable amid criticism from the left for going easy on President Donald Trump and from the right for supposedly "silencing" conservatives. (The CEO has admitted Twitter's biases are "more left-leaning" and has donated to Democrats in the past.) But given the candidates he's supporting, it's still hard to...

Google admits workers listen to private audio recordings from Google Home smart speakers

Google admits workers listen to private audio recordings from Google Home smart speakers

Google employees listen to customers' audio recordings on Google Home smart speakers, the technology giant has admitted. Language experts are employed to analyse "snippets" of recordings made by users, which Google claims helps improve its voice recognition technology. This is then used to develop the Google Assistant artificial intelligence system, which is used in its Google Home smart speakers and Android smartphones.

'Prepping for his assassination': Correa blasts CNN claim that Assange made embassy into 'command post for meddling

'Prepping for his assassination': Correa blasts CNN claim that Assange made embassy into 'command post for meddling

Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has lashed out at CNN over a report claiming whistleblower Julian Assange turned the country's embassy in London into a "command post for election meddling," branding the story "rubbish." In a Monday report, CNN alleged that the WikiLeaks founder had used the Ecuadorian embassy, where he lived under asylum for seven years, as a base from which to help Russia "undermine" the 2016 US presidential election. CNN claimed Assange received "in-person deliveries" of potentially "hacked materials" and held "suspicious meetings" with "Russians and world-class hackers." A day later, CNN published comments from an interview with Correa in which he said that since Assange was posting information about Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump, his whistleblowing amounted to "manipulation." This is why Ecuador eventually cut off Assange's internet access in the embassy, Correa said — but he denied there was any cooperation between Assange, Russia and Ecuador...

Duterte defies UN human rights panel, says he'll 'only face a trial in a Philippine court'

Duterte defies UN human rights panel, says he'll 'only face a trial in a Philippine court'

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has defiantly refused to cooperate with a UN human rights tribunal, saying that if he is ever to be put on trial over his 'War on Drugs', it would have to be in the Philippines. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution last Thursday to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Duterte's government as part of Manila's 'War on Drugs.' The measure was introduced to the 48-member international body by Iceland, prompting Duterte to consider severing ties with the Nordic nation. In an interview with Philippines pastor Apollo Quiboloy on Wednesday, Duterte said that he would never recognize the UN organization's authority.

Right Sector veteran's funeral reveals Neo-Nazi symbolism

Right Sector veteran's funeral reveals Neo-Nazi symbolism

Ever since the 2014 Western-backed coup, Ukraine has been in a state of perpetual decline. In every way. Ukraine's economy has been experiencing a double-digit recession every year since 2014. According to some estimates, Ukraine lost a staggering sum of up to $80 billion due to the 2014 coup which stopped its trade with Russia, the country's main trading partner up until that point. The country has been facing shortages, which probably hit the health sector the hardest, but there's definitely no shortage of two things - shelling of unarmed Donbass civilians, and Neo-Nazis. But just as we thought there couldn't possibly be a more blatant display of Neo-Nazism than the infamous "Azov" Battalion, this happened:

Pew report: Illegal alien population booming in red states ahead of 2020 election

Pew report: Illegal alien population booming in red states ahead of 2020 election

The illegal alien population has boomed in at least three red states won by President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, new analysis reveals. Pew Research Center analysis finds that in Louisiana, North Dakota, and South Dakota — three states that went overwhelmingly for Trump over failed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election — the illegal alien population has increased over the last ten years. Between 2007 and 2017, Louisiana — which went nearly 60 percent for Trump in the 2016 election — has an illegal alien population that has grown by 15,000.