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Watch The US and South Korea show off their air force jets in a defense exhibition amid tensions with North Korea

The US and South Korea pilots perform stunning air routines in the defense exhibition

Source: Watch The US and South Korea show off their air force jets in a defense exhibition amid tensions with North Korea
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A surprising number of teenagers are engaging in 'digital self-harm,' the practice of being mean to yourself online

Experts have found teens digital self-harm in an effort to validate their insecurities in a public space.

Source: A surprising number of teenagers are engaging in 'digital self-harm,' the practice of being mean to yourself online
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Source of world's largest mud eruption determined to be Indonesian volcano system

On May 29, 2006, mud started erupting from several sites on the Indonesian island of Java. Boiling mud, water, rocks and gas poured from newly-created vents in the ground, burying entire towns and compelling many Indonesians to flee. By September 2006, the largest eruption site reached a peak, and enough mud gushed on the surface to fill 72 Olympic-sized swimming pools daily.

Indonesians frantically built levees to contain the mud and save the surrounding settlements and rice fields from being covered. The eruption, known as Lusi, is still ongoing and has become the most destructive ongoing mud eruption in history. The relentless sea of mud has buried some villages 40 meters (130 feet) deep and forced nearly 60,000 people from their homes. The volcano still periodically spurts jets of rocks and gas into the air like a geyser. It is now oozing around 80,000 cubic meters (3 million cubic feet) of mud each day - enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized pools.

Now, more than 11 years after it first erupted, researchers may have figured out why the mudflows haven't stopped: deep underground, Lusi is connected to a nearby volcanic system.

Source: Source of world's largest mud eruption determined to be Indonesian volcano system
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5 Maryland schools placed on lockdown after active shooter kills 3 and critically injures 2 others

At least three people have been killed and two others critically injured in Maryland after a shooter opened fire at a business park in Edgewood. The lone shooter remains at large.

A number of schools in the area are on "modified lockdown" Harford County Sheriff's Office said, according to police.

"We can confirm we on the scene of a shooting in the Emmorton Business Park," the Harford Sheriff Department said. "Multiple injuries reported."

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters the suspect is Radee Labeeb Prince, a 37-year-old black male. He's believed to be associated with the business, police said.

Source: 5 Maryland schools placed on lockdown after active shooter kills 3 and critically injures 2 others
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YoNews Portal / The powerful Assyrians: An empire of conquest
« Last post by YoNews on Today at 02:00:04 PM »
The powerful Assyrians: An empire of conquest

Much of Assyria's history is closely tied to its southern neighbor, Babylonia. The two Mesopotamian empires spoke similar languages and worshipped most of the same gods. They were often rivals on the battlefield for influence in the ancient Middle East.

The history of Assyria spans mainly from about 2000 BC, when the cities of Nineveh and Calah were founded, to the destruction of Nineveh in 606 BC.

Whereas Babylonia is best remembered for its contributions in literature, architecture, and the law, Assyria is chiefly remembered for its military prowess, advances in weaponry, and meticulously recorded conquests.

Geographically, Assyria occupied the middle and northern part of Mesopotamia. It was situated between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, and its major cities were Calah, Zab, Ashur, and the capital, Nineveh.

Source: The powerful Assyrians: An empire of conquest
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The real Russiagate? FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama admin approved nuclear deal with Russia - UPDATE

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account - backed by documents - indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted "with the consent of higher level officials" in Russia who "shared the proceeds" from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Source: The real Russiagate? FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama admin approved nuclear deal with Russia - UPDATE
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Google capitalizes political hysteria, launches "Advanced Protection Program" for those 'willing to trade convenience for more protection'

The giant search engine has introduced a set of its "strongest defense" features, designed to protect the Google accounts of users most vulnerable to hacking attacks, such as journalists, business leaders and political campaign teams.

On Tuesday, Google Inc. announced the launch of the "Advanced Protection Program," tailored specifically for users "at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks," who are "willing to trade a bit of convenience for more protection."

These include political campaign staffers, journalists seeking anonymity for their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety.

Source: Google capitalizes political hysteria, launches "Advanced Protection Program" for those 'willing to trade convenience for more protection'
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Week-long undercover operation nets Florida cops 277 prostitution-related arrests including one of their own

A week-long undercover operation by cops in Polk County, Florida which targeted human traffickers and online prostitution ended with 277 arrests. Among those caught were doctors, teachers, police officers and a serving colonel in the US Marine Corps.

The sting operation, dubbed "Operation No Tricks, No Treats", ran from October 10 to October 16. Of the 277, 51 of the arrests were for those who advertise as prostitutes online, 209 were of those who "solicited undercover detectives who posted ads posing as prostitutes. Seventeen other arrests were made of those who derive proceeds from prostitution, or other offenses," police said.

"We are committed to fighting human trafficking, by arresting those who engage in prostitution and trying to identify human trafficking victims. It's no secret...you need to stay out of Polk County if you're going to commit crime," said Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd.

Source: Week-long undercover operation nets Florida cops 277 prostitution-related arrests including one of their own
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YoNews Portal / Harvey Weinstein and the depraved politics of Hollywood
« Last post by YoNews on Today at 01:40:07 PM »
Harvey Weinstein and the depraved politics of Hollywood

There is something truly exasperating about digesting the steady flow of horror stories relating to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In part, of course, it is because the reports that Weinstein allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women over decades are deeply disturbing. In part, it is because one can be certain that there are still young aspiring actresses desperate for a big break who are being exploited by the Hollywood system - both in "casting" sessions and in the movies they must make to get noticed.

But most of all, these stories are exasperating because the women who are speaking out - and one senses they are still just the tip of the iceberg - and the journalists who are feeding off their revelations are drawing precisely no political conclusions from these incidents.

In fact, the Weinstein story perfectly illustrates how politically disempowering identity politics can be. Certainly, there can be no doubt that Weinstein, who has admitted that he abused his position with many women, while denying many of the actual reports of sexual misconduct, exploited his power. It should hardly surprise us that a rich man who had the ability to give desperate young women a shot at stardom preyed on them. The Hollywood employment system is capitalism in microcosm, at its rawest and most naked.

The Weinstein revelations tell us much less about relations between men and women than they do about the nature of power and the ability of the strong to exploit the weak.

Under capitalism, the weak - the working class - eventually gained the consciousness and discovered the tools to assert their own form of power. As individuals they were vulnerable and exploitable. As a collective, they gained the power to bargain. That led to the trade union movements, and gradual improvements in wages and conditions.

The capitalist class has been trying to reverse those gains ever since. The new turbo-charged form we call neoliberalism has been atomising western societies since the 1970s to return us to new forms of economic dependency, culminating in zero-hours contracts and an Uber culture.

Source: Harvey Weinstein and the depraved politics of Hollywood
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Harvey Weinstein's brother, Bob, accused of sexual harassment

A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama "The Mist" has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.

Amanda Segel, an executive producer of "Mist," said Weinstein repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners. The harassment began in the summer of 2016 and continued on and off for about three months until Segel's lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives - including COO David Glasser - that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.

" 'No' should be enough," Segel told Variety. "After 'no,' anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn't want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that 'no' is enough from now on."

A representative for Bob Weinstein denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior in a statement to Variety.

"Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in LA in June 2016. He denies any claims that he behaved inappropriately at or after the dinner. It is most unfortunate that any such claim has been made," the statement said.

Source: Harvey Weinstein's brother, Bob, accused of sexual harassment
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