>BEIJING (AP) — The tough guys wore smiley face stickers, but they weren’t there to spread good cheer.
>Scenes of pushing, shouting and shoving outside a Beijing courthouse this week were orchestrated by plainclothes security officers identified by a sticker familiar around the world — the yellow decal identified since the 1970s with the slogan “Have a Nice Day.”
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>>9007 >Their attempts to intimidate journalists, foreign diplomats and a small cohort of human rights advocates outside the trial of a well-known activist lawyer are all-too familiar to China’s beleaguered dissident community.
Isn't intimidating or harassing foreign diplomats illegal?
Micheal Moore Just Unleashed An Army On Trump’s Social Media Author: Joe Fletcher December 12, 2015 2:01 pm
People are starting to get fed up with Donald Trump’s hate speech. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is so angry about Trump’s seemingly endless diatribe against the marginalized people of the world that he has started recruiting an army of Facebook users to get the Republican presidential primary front runner’s posts taken down from the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
A Canadian transgender father left behind a wife and seven children to begin a new life as a six-year-old girl.
Stefonknee (pronounced ‘Stephanie’) Wolschtt, 46, had been married for 23 years when she realised she was transgender.
She's now living with an adoptive family, and says she does not “want to be an adult right now”.
“I can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children. But I’ve moved forward now and I’ve gone back to being a child,” she said in a video series by The Transgender Project, published by Daily Xtra.
Ms Wolschtt said her wife could not accept her as a transgender woman. She was told to either “stop being trans or leave”.
“To me, ‘stop being trans’ isn’t something I could do,” she says. “It would be like telling me to stop being 6ft 2 or leave.”
Feeling rejected by her family, Ms Wolschtt left and now lives with her adoptive family, who she says are “totally comfortable with me being a little girl”.
She explains how her new parents’ youngest granddaughter wanted a little sister and decided Ms Wolschtt should be younger than her.
“We have a great time. We colour, we do kid’s stuff,” she says.
“It’s called play therapy. No medication, no suicide thoughts. And I just get to play.”
>>8392 At what point is it catastrophe? How much damage needs to be done? Because it's already impossible to stop the submerging of some island nations, and I imagine it's already too late to stop some damage to the food chain.
Also, fuck India and their insistence they're allowed to massively increase greenhouse gas output just because other countries did in the past. At least they'll be some of the worst hit from the fallout.
Thanks to France's use of runoff elections, I don't think there's any chance for FN to have significant power. There's no way they're ever going to get a clear majority of voters, and they're controversial enough that if people see that they might win major elections, they'll actually vote to make sure that doesn't happen.
>>8740 Oh, I'm not saying it's necessarily common sense, and they definitely don't have the crisis necessary to gain support for their extreme positions. But the election system makes it hard for them to win any election, even despite gaining popularity. Though it probably makes any initial gain in voters easier because people aren't as worried about voting for fringe parties in the initial election. I just can't see enough people swinging to FN unless the Republicans massively fucked up, but even then... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
A Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of the Church of Greece is under fire for comments he posted publicly on his blog, lashing out against gays, muslims, jews and atheists. In an angry rant he encouraged his readers and followers to “spit on them” and “blacken them” with violence, stating that they are not humans.
Ambrosios is the Metropolitan of Kalavryta and Aigialeia— a region in north central Peloponnese and ranks as the 8th in order of hierarchy and influence in the Church’s synod, or governing body. Numerous politicians, media and public figures have called... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>8317 Two different problems here. 1) I don't understand at all why giving away unsold food is not already an obligation (if still consumable), let alone forbidden. 2) The water included in 1kg of beef is certainly not "wasted". The whole "litters in ..." measure was created as an index for studying water scarcity on a global scale, not water use. Even though producing meat requires very large quantity of water, you wouldn't say rain or river water to be wasted if not utilized; you just cannot... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>8358 I'll never get that first point in the US. Just about every single restaurant and business throws out their old food for the day instead of doing literally anything else with it. Why do they do this? Its seriously shameful
The smiling, head-bobbing, saluting women of the Moranbong Band possess all the hallmarks of your typical K-pop group. Clad in mini-skirts and high heels, they perform under flashing lights on dramatic, larger-than-life sets. They infuse Western pop flavor with a Korean twist.
But the Moranbong ladies have a special honor that has been bestowed on none of the world’s most recognizable K-pop sensations, from Big Bang to Girls’ Generation. They exist in their own league, really, having each been hand-picked by North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un.
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>>8289 Further background: City of 200k people on the far South East flank of Daesh teritory Follows the liberation of Sinjar with Kurdish forces. First real test of US re-trained Arab ground forces. Daesh has rigged IED's all over the city and they are retreating with human shields.
I'm really curious about that home-made rocket pictured in the article- it's so hilariously stupid that I want to see IS try to use it. These are the people that defeated the trillion-dollar industry of the US military.
>>8331 >home-made rocket I remember first seeing them in articles about Syria a few years ago. They're more of a mortar than a rocket. They are shit accurate, but they can be filled with shrapnel.
In addition to these anti-personnel projectiles one of the current Daesh favorites is a highly armored kamakazi truck. They often come in groups and are able to plow through checkpoints and into specific targets like a poor man's precision guided bomb.
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On Friday, December 11, a fight broke out on the floor of the Ukrainian parliament. Oleg Barna, a deputy in President Poroshenko's bloc approached the speaker's podium, where Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was delivering an address. Handing him a bouquet of roses, Barna started shoving Yatsenyuk, then tried to carry him away, even grabbing him between the legs and lifting him into the air. Immediately, several other deputies intervened and a mass brawl began. Neither Yatsenyuk nor his roses took part.
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