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for the week ending 15 October 2017

 Venezuela Extends Expired Passports For Two Years Amid Paper And Ink Shortages

(Fox News) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro signed an emergency decree earlier this week extending expired passports for two more years amid a widespread shortage of paper and ink at the government agency that issues the travel documents.

Demand for new passports in Venezuela is at a record high - at least half a million people have been trapped in the South American nation for months as they wait for new travel documents, according to Britain's The Times - as the economic and political crisis in the country continues with no end in sight.

In August, neighboring Colombia reported that 58,000 Venezuelans immigrated to the country in August, three times the monthly average at the beginning of 2017, to escape the world's worst recession, soaring violent crime rates and an increasingly volatile political situation.

The passport shortage, which was first announced back in March, is only the latest item to be added to the list of scarcities in Venezuela.
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Why Trudeau's Shocking Holocaust Blunder
Caused Gasps Worldwide

(National Post) — Rarely do local Canadian events receive widespread "real-time" attention in Europe, America and Israel, with coverage in top-tier media, like The New York Times, The Washington Post and the BBC.

The recent unveiling of the commemorative plaque at Canada's Holocaust memorial in Ottawa by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was such an occasion. The memorial was long overdue. Until the Harper government commissioned it in 2011, Canada was distinguished as the only major allied country to not have installed any official public memorial to the Holocaust's victims. This "oversight," whatever the reason for it, has finally been addressed. The ensuing flap, however, arises from the memorial plaque that was unveiled at the site, with the following engraving…

What drew international gasps was the fact that there was no explicit recognition of the uniquely Jewish aspect of the Holocaust. The plaque was hastily removed, to be revised, one assumes, to more appropriately reflect the proper historical significance of the Holocaust.
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South Korea Developing Graphite 'Blackout Bombs' To Paralyze North's Electrical Grid

(Telegraph) — South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs – also known as "blackout bombs" – that will paralyze North Korea's electrical power plants in the event of war breaking out on the peninsula.

Blackout bombs were first used by the United States in Iraq in the 1990 Gulf War and work by releasing a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon filaments over electrical components. The filaments are so fine that they act like a cloud, but cause short circuits in electrical equipment.

South Korea is actively looking to increase its defensive capabilities against the North and has been keen to develop graphite bombs because they are not lethal to civilians in surrounding areas.

The weapons have been developed by South Korea's Agency for Defence Development, Yonhap news agency reported, as one element of the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program.

"All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the ADD have been secured", a military official said. "It is at the stage where we can build the bombs at any time".
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 Missouri Dem Who Previously Called For Trump's Assassination Defends New Tweet Comparing Him To Hitler

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Democratic senator from suburban St. Louis who was censured by the Missouri Legislature for a Facebook post that hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination said Thursday that she stands by her new tweet comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted a meme on Twitter that shows Trump taking off a shirt. By the time the shirt is off, Hitler's face is revealed in place of Trump's.

The meme, which she tweeted Thursday, is a parody of a much-criticized Dove body wash ad that shows a black woman removing her brown shirt to reveal a white woman underneath in a light-colored shirt. Dove apologized for the ad, which many social media users called racist.

Chappelle-Nadal told The Associated Press that she shared the meme because she was upset by Trump's tweets early Thursday suggesting Puerto Rico must take on more responsibility for its recovery from Hurricane Maria. The senator, who is black and whose mother is from Puerto Rico, said she still has not heard from some of her other relatives on the island.
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Gay Coffee Shop Owner Shouts Profanities at Christian Pro-Life Group, Kicks Them Out

(Breitbart) — A gay coffee shop owner in Seattle kicked a Christian pro-life group out of his coffee shop because he felt offended by their presence, according to video footage of the incident.

The Washington Times reports that the group, called Abolish Human Abortion, decided to order drinks at Seattle's Bedlam Coffee after passing out pro-life pamphlets in the area when the owner angrily asked the group to leave.

"I'm gay. You have to leave," owner Ben Borgman said in the Facebook video. "Are you denying us service?" activist Caytie Davis asked. "I am. Yeah," Borgman replied.

The group had been handing out pamphlets about the Bible, sin, and abortion to Seattle residents and one of the baristas let Borgman know what he was doing, according to the Blaze.

Borgman did not take the news well, and further confronted the group.
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 Trump Protester Wielding Baseball Bat Gets 13 Months

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oregonian) — A 21-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 13 months in prison for bashing cars with a baseball bat, destroying an electrical utility box and starting a fire in the middle of the street during a late night November protest.

Mateen Shaheed was one of the most destructive of the 120 people arrested during six consecutive nights of demonstrations after the Nov. 8 presidential election of Donald Trump, prosecutors said.

Shaheed wasn't an anti-Trump protester, but simply an angry man, they said.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin had asked Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bloch to sentence Shaheed to 1 1/2 years in prison.

"Eighteen months in prison sends a message to the community that this type of conduct is simply intolerable – exclamation point – in Portland," Lufkin said.
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 66 Year Old Pennsylvania Democrat Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

(WZ) — The Chairman of the Radnor Board of Commissioners has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Philip Ahr, 66, was charged with child pornography possession and child pornography dissemination, sexual abuse of children, and criminal use of communication facility, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

According to the D.A.'s office, on September 21, investigators executed a search warrant on Ahr's home. Ahr told investigators he used Yahoo Messenger to sext with unknown individuals, which involved sexual talk about children, the D.A.'s office said.

According to officials, Ahr told detectives that during one of these conversations, an unknown person sent him about a dozen child pornography images of girls who Ahr estimated to be approximately 13-years-old.

Officials said Ahr admitted to detectives that he sent and received images of child porn to and from an individual he was chatting with.
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 Parents Upset By Multiple Choice Answer:
'Shooting At Trump'

JACKSON, Wyoming (Jackson Hole News&Guide) — Parents are upset about politics' pervasiveness in the classroom.

One of the answers a Jackson Hole High School English teacher gave her students on a multiple choice quiz Thursday was "A) He was shooting at Trump." Teton County School District No. 1 confirmed the answer was on a quiz administered online by their secure learning management system. The quiz has since been taken down.

Jim McCollum was surprised when his son Rylee McCollum, a junior, came home and showed him a screenshot of the online test.

"I had to read it two times," McCollum said. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

McCollum, a self-described conservative who voted for President Donald Trump, said that while he "cringes at some of the things he says," the question was completely out of line. "It's about respect for the office more than anything," he said. "That's enough of this. No way."
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 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Keep $60,000
In Donations From Harvey Weinstein

(Breitbart) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will keep over $60,000 in donations from disgraced media executive Harvey Weinstein, despite growing allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Following a bombshell report in the New York Times that Weinstein had settled multiple sexual harassment cases, Cuomo's campaign announced that it would donate $50,000 to an unspecified women's charity.

"These allegations are horrid and disturbing – sexual harassment and abuse have no place in our society," Cuomo campaign chairman Bill Mulrow said last Friday.

However, according to Politico, Cuomo plans to keep the remaining $60,000 for himself, leading to charges of hypocrisy from the Republican State Committee.
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Porn King Larry Flynt Offers $10 Million Cash In Writing To Anyone With The Goods To Take Down Potus

(BPR) — Few things better expose the fanaticism of the Trump Derangement Syndrome crowd than a porn king offering $10 million for the goods on President Donald Trump.

Larry Flynt, the 74-year-old creator of Hustler Magazine, appears to be offering a $10 million reward "for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump." …with a staggering $500 million net worth, the offer is little more than pocket change for him.

The hefty reward was announced in a statement from Flynt that was tweeted by Fox Business News reporter Liz Claman.

The statement denounced the Electoral College, suggesting Republicans stole the 2016 election while declaring Trump's presidency to be "illegitimate." …an interesting word coming from a porn magnate.
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Oklahoma Jury Recommends Death Penalty For
Islam Convert Who Beheaded Co-Worker

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014.

Jurors convicted Alton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Jurors agreed on Oct. 2 that Nolen should serve three life sentences plus 130 years in prison on assault and battery charges stemming from his attack on the co-worker who survived. Jurors took less than three hours Thursday to recommend the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge.

Investigators said Nolen had just been suspended from his job at the Vaughan Foods plant when he walked inside the company's administrative office and attacked his co-workers.
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Man Accused Of Killing New Orleans Officer
Described As 'Career Criminal'

(Shreveport Times) — Police have identified the officer killed in an early morning shooting as 29-year-old Marcus McNeil, a three-year veteran of the force. The shooting happened a little after midnight near Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard in New Orleans East.

"This hurts," Superintendent Michael Harrison later said outside of University Medical Center, where McNeil died. "I can't begin to tell you how much this hurts."

McNeil was known as "Milk Dud" by his fellow officers, according to a NOPD newsletter. The article quotes McNeil who said he adopted the nickname after someone he arrested tried to get a rise from him and called him "Milk Dud" because of his bald head.

Harrison said four officers made an "observation" that caused them to hop out of their police vehicles, at which point an unidentified man opened fire and hit McNeil several times.
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