Tuesday, November 19

General

Besieged by Indian troops, Kashmir mourns loss of autonomy

Besieged by Indian troops, Kashmir mourns loss of autonomy

Crime, General
Amid a paralyzing curfew for a third day, residents vow to resist India's move to scrap the region's special status. Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Ghulam Mohammad Mir, an ambulance driver on the move, has not communicated with his wife and two children since Monday when the authorities imposed an unprecedented clampdown on the disputed region, shutting down internet and mobile phones, barring movement and bundling Kashmiri leaders into jails. But that has not stopped the 42-year-old from carrying expecting mothers and attendants from villages and towns to Kashmir's major Lal Ded maternity hospital in the main city of Srinagar. "Except for Indian troops and their checkpoints, there's nothing visible in the streets. I have been beaten up at several places for helping the pat
Worshipper, 65, takes down heavily armed mosque gunman before he can kill anyone

Worshipper, 65, takes down heavily armed mosque gunman before he can kill anyone

Crime, General
A 65-year-old man who tackled a gunman who stormed a mosque in Norway is being hailed as a hero. Witnesses said Mohamed Rafiq (ex Pakistan Air Force Officer) restrained the terror suspect and held him down with another worshipper before police arrived, despite being injured in the struggle. Mr Rafiq was among three people at the al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum on Saturday, when a man burst in with “two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol”. The attacker, who was reportedly wearing a uniform and body armour, broke through a glass door to reach the place of worship, where people were preparing to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. Speaking to press outside a nearby hotel on Sunday, Mr Rafiq said: “I’m thankful for all of the help and support I have received.” He
Sanders and Omar’s Plan Would Wipe Out Every Outstanding Student Loan

Sanders and Omar’s Plan Would Wipe Out Every Outstanding Student Loan

General, Politics
Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Bernie Sanders share a moment during a news conference, January 10, 2019, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota released a bill to cancel all student debt in the nation, called the Student Debt Cancellation Act. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also introducing companion legislation for complete student debt cancellation as a part of the broader package he is introducing on college affordability. While Representative Omar’s Student Debt Cancellation Act isn’t the first bill ever to propose canceling all student debt, it comes at a time when wide-scale student debt cancellation as a policy proposal is finally being treated with the seriousness it’s always deserved. Representative Omar’s legislation would enact universal debt cancella
Lightning kills 2 men playing mobile games on a mountain

Lightning kills 2 men playing mobile games on a mountain

General, Nature
Two men died after being struck by lightning while playing online mobile games on a mountain in Camarines Norte Saturday afternoon. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — Two men died after being struck by lightning while playing online mobile games on a mountain in Camarines Norte Saturday afternoon. Police reports said cousins Jimboy Magsino Lora and Jericho Compra Lora, both 18, went out of their house in Barangay Patag Ilaya, in Sta. Elena town, to look for mobile signal. The victims, who sat near a tree in a high part of the mountain, were struck by lightning. Their bodies were burned, and their mobile phones destroyed due to the lightning strike. Source: CNN
‘Hail Satan’ Prayer at Alaska Government Meeting Sparks Outrage

‘Hail Satan’ Prayer at Alaska Government Meeting Sparks Outrage

General
A walkout occurred at an Alaska government meeting Tuesday after an official ended a prayer by uttering the words “Hail Satan,” local media reports. The official, Iris Fontana — who also happens to be a member of the Satanic Temple — delivered an invocation ahead of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, sealing the prayer with “Hail Satan.” “Let’s cast aside our differences, to use reason, logic, science, and compassion to create solutions for the greater good of our community,” Fontana said. “It is done. Hail Satan. Thank you.” Almost a dozen people walked out in protest, including Mayor Charlie Pierce. Additionally, a number of protesters stood outside, local media reports. Technically, the satanic prayer was permissible due to pushes from the American Civil L

Big Rat Drops From Ceiling Onto Customer’s Menu at Buffalo Wild Wings in Westchester

General, Health
An unwelcome surprise dropped onto a woman's table at a Buffalo Wild Wings in the Westchester area of Los Angeles the other day — a live rat dropped from the ceiling onto her table. Alisha Norman says the manager claims construction is to blame. "I knew the rat was going to be injured because it hit like a Mack truck," she said. Norman says she hadn't even ordered when she heard something overhead. "You could hear something come down," she said. Norman, on vacation from Texas, says she requested a manager who came over to help, with two plates in his hands. "He took two plates and then they just picked it up and dumped it in a bag," she said. "It was terrible. It was disgusting." She's not angry. She says the manager took care of her bill, to compensate for the lunchtime fall
Loyal dog waits by his dead owner’s bedside

Loyal dog waits by his dead owner’s bedside

Animals, General
Moose remained patiently by his owner’s hospital bed, waiting for his ‘dad’ to return. But his ‘dad’ wouldn’t be coming back: he had passed away. Since his owner’s death, Moose, the three-year-old Labrador cross, is temporarily being cared for by the Eleventh Hour Rescue Kennel in Randolph, New Jersey. According to his carers, Moose is taking the death of his owner “pretty hard”. In a bid to find the loyal dog a new family, NorthStar Pet Rescue posted on Facebook about Moose’s sad situation, accompanied by a photo of him waiting beside the empty bed. “Please help Moose find a new home and a family for him to love. He’s a sweet happy boy by nature. He just needs people to help his heart heal,” the Facebook post read. Moose is described as a loving dog who adores ch

WTF! How swearing in public could get you fined or land you in jail

General
Swearing in public places is illegal and can get you fined up to $660 in NSW Summary Offenses Act 1988 states a person cannot use offensive language  In South Australia, the maximum penalty is $1250 or three months’ imprisonment Whether you agree or not, swearing in a public place can land you in a lot more trouble - and debt - than you expected. Even though it's become normal to drop a swear word when you get frustrated, it is actually considered illegal when visiting parks, beaches, and restaurants, right across Australia. The Summary Offenses Act 1988 states: 'a person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing from, a public place or a school.' Anyone caught in New South Wales can be fined up to $660 or might even be required to complete up to 100 hou
13 Pics From The Massive Protests In Hong Kong That Illustrate The Discipline And Respect Of The People

13 Pics From The Massive Protests In Hong Kong That Illustrate The Discipline And Respect Of The People

General, Politics
The semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong has been rocked by protests recently after a controversial extradition bill, one that allows 'suspects' to be taken back to mainland China for questioning, has reopened old wounds and grievances. The former British colony, which was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997, has endured an uneasy relationship with the mainland while attempting to keep its special status in a “one country, two systems,” agreement. Attempts by the Chinese Communist Party to further impose its will on the city have resulted in pro-democracy protests and civil disobedience, with activists most recently finding their voice in the 2014 'Umbrella Movement' which occupied large parts of Hong Kong for 79 days. Now Hong Kongers are out on the streets again, heading out in eve
Japanese Company Creates Sea Creature Teabags That “Come Alive” Inside Your Cup

Japanese Company Creates Sea Creature Teabags That “Come Alive” Inside Your Cup

General
There’s nothing more enjoyable than a delicious cup of tea after a long day. Despite the fact that the tea business and culture is absolutely booming, the traditional design of the tea bag has not changed for many years and it’s definitely time to take a more creative approach at the ordinary tea packaging. Here’s where the Japanese company, Ocean Teabag, comes into the picture with their adorable tea bags that will definitely make you crave for a cup of tea. More info: Ocean Teabag The brand Ocean Teabag has teamed up with an oddity shop as well as a bookstore, Village Vanguard, to create a series of animal-themed teabags. These original tea bags include jellyfish, octopus, isopods and even a few land animals such as tanuki. Once added to the cup, the tea