[ZH] A vibrant and diverse mob of people entered a Wawa convenience store on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia and broke out into a riot, seemingly without warning or reason. There's no comment yet from Philadelphia police on the cause of the rampage. As the economic situation in the US continues to decline and prices continue to rise on most goods, expect to see more scenes like this one on a regular basis. [Video in ZH article.]
[news.ntd] A Texas father embroiled in a high-profile custody battle fears a court ruling this week could allow his ex-wife to move to California and medically transition his 10-year-old son to a girl.
Jeff Younger, who lives in the Dallas area, told The Epoch Times on Sept. 23 that he will fight the Sept. 21 ruling by Dallas District Judge Mary Brown, and vows he’ll continue to fight for his son, James.
The parents have been engaged in a custody battle over James for most of his life. The mother, Anne Georgulas, started questioning James’s gender when he was a toddler. She argues that from a young age James chose to identify as a female, wanted to wear dresses, and eventually wanted to be known as Luna. As in Lunatic? Named after Mom?
She eventually socially transitioned the boy, and presented him at school as a girl. The school supported that after the couple separated.
Younger accused his ex-spouse of leading their young child to socially transition before he could understand the concept or its implications. He said James rejected being female and did not wear dresses when visiting his home after the parents separated in 2015. Texas really need to change their custody laws to include fathers in the children lives. That's a way to get fathers more involved in their children lives.
[ALARABIYA] Saudi Idol, a new version of the international ‘Idol’ televised talent show franchise, will be aired before the end of year, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Turki al-Shikh announced Saturday. I'll bet the local salafists are turning over in their graves, the dead ones anyway.
With filming scheduled to begin next month, the new show will be launched in collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s GEA and MBC Group, al-Sheikh said in a tweet, adding that the first episode will air in December this year.
The new show, which seeks to hunt for Saudi talent, will feature a star-studded jury that will include singers Aseel Abu Bakr, Ahlam, Asala and Majid al-Mohandes.
Saudi Idol, which is set to be broadcast on MBC 1, will be divided into two categories, auditions and live shows, Al Arabiya reported on Saturday.
Posted by: Fred ||
09/26/2022 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia
How is a strict muslim country going to have a tv program with the word "idol" in it.
Posted by: Penguin of the Desert ||
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John federman supports war on Ukraine!give USA monies of your tax dollars and support draft on USA youth
[BBC Travel] Wildflowers grazed my legs as I hiked down from the volcanic-rock hilltop fortress of Pitigliano into the Tuscan valley below. At the base of the hill, I crossed a burbling stream and followed a winding trail as it inclined. All of a sudden, I was walled in.
Huge blocks of tuff, a porous rock made from volcanic ash, rose as high as 25m on either side of the trench I found myself in. I felt spooked — and I'm not the only one who's felt that way in vie cave like this. These subterranean trails have been linked with lore of devils and deities for centuries.
"When we were kids, nobody really went there," said Elena Ronca, a hiking guide who has been leading tours around this area of Tuscany, where she grew up, for 12 years.
That's because there wasn't much information about the trails, nor about the Etruscan civilisation that built them. The ancients didn't leave road maps or written records, and many pathways were abandoned and overgrown with shrubs. But in the last few decades, archaeological discoveries in tombs across central Italy, and as far as Corsica, have revealed more about the Etruscans and their mysterious vie cave, which are said to connect the land of the living with the land of the dead.
At their simplest definition, vie cave (via cava is the singular) were walled pathways used to travel from the highlands to the riverbanks and vice versa. While they're found in various places across central Italy (where the Etruscans thrived from 900 BCE to about 700 CE until they were absorbed into the Roman Empire), the vie cave here in southern Tuscany between the towns of Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana are among the oldest andmost intact. "It's incredible that the vie cave have lasted so long," Ronca said. "During the Etruscan times, they knew what they were doing."
ICYMI: The breadth of the damage caused by storm #Fiona that ravaged #Canada’s Atlantic coast has never been seen before, and it will take months to rebuild critical infrastructure that was destroyed, emergency preparedness minister Bill Blair says. https://t.co/PS7GzvFB73
[Red State] Lifelong liberal Democrat attorney Alan Dershowitz has agreed to represent Mike Lindell after the FBI ambushed the Pillow Guy a little less than two weeks ago at a Hardee’s in rural Minnesota, took his phone, and issued a subpoena regarding an investigation into Lindell’s involvement in an alleged election security breach in Colorado. Dershowitz explains in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed why he would defend such an obvious criminal mastermind:
I disagree with My Pillow founder Mike Lindell about a lot of things, including his belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. I’m a liberal Democrat; he is a conservative Republican. Yet I am enthusiastically representing him in his lawsuit against the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation over the recent search and seizure of his telephone.
In addition to his op-ed, Dershowitz has been making the rounds on Fox News, and also discussed his decision on his own podcast, The Dershow:
Despite not agreeing with Dershowitz politics on a number of points. As a lawyer, he defends according to the laws and knows how to play the jury game (eg..OJ ).
So a little digging, shows he was brought up as a Orthodox Jew and his strong dedication to the defense of Israel and the Jewish people and those defending it. So I feel makes him a trusted asset in this and other such Bill of Rights cases.
Given the way the LSD's Gal Squad and others in the LSD party that have openly shown their antisemitic views and voted accordingly against Israel.
I feel he can be trusted to be a good lawyer against the LSD's over reach and strong arm tactics used.
[NORTHAFRICAPOST] Cameroon ...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there... ’s military has admitted that three members of its airborne battalion had earlier this week attacked civilians and killed two mothers in Nylbat, an English-speaking village in Andeck district.
According to a statement by the military, the troops, who were dispatched to fight separatists in the troubled northwestern region, violated orders from military hierarchy and started shooting indiscriminately on civilians, killing two harmless mothers. The government says family members of the killed mothers rushed to the scene and collected corpses when the government troops left. Speaking via the messaging app WhatsApp from Andeck, a relative of one victim said civilians sealed their businesses and refused to go to their farms for three days as a sign of protest against Monday’s killings.
The government said it had arrested the three troops that fired upon unarmed civilians. But Eyong Tarh, an official with the Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, says rights groups in Cameroon will continue exerting pressure until the military punishes all of its troops who have committed atrocities. "I have a worry whether the culprits will be brought to book, because similar cases have taken place but we don’t know what has happened to the perpetrators," Tara said. Rights groups have repeatedly accused both Cameroon’s military and anglophone separatists of killing civilians and torching their homes during their five years of fighting. Each side rejects the accusations as intended to tarnish its image.
Europe's unelected authoritarian ruler, Ursula von der Leyen, is not going to be happy: according to early exit polls out of Italy's national election, the right-wing bloc of Giorgia Meloni - which the ultra-left wing press just can't stop comparing to Mussolini - is set for a historic, if largely expected, victory and a clear majority (if, however, not a super-majority) which will propel Meloni to the top of the Italian government as the country's next prime minister, ushering in a historic right-wing shift for a country that - like Sweden until two weeks ago - has traditionally been very left-wing.
Meloni's Brothers of Italy party, which won just 4% of the vote during the last national election in 2018, won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections with around 22.5%-26.5% of the vote according to an exit poll released by Italian national broadcaster Rai. She is now set to become prime minister but would require approval from junior partners in her coalition to assume the role.
According to an exit poll from Rai, Meloni's alliance which includes Salvini's League and Berlusconi's Forza Italia will win around 43% of the vote. The Center-Left alliance will have just 25.5%-29.5% of the vote, while the 5 Star movement has 13.5%-17.5% of the final vote.
Italy’s electoral system, which strongly favors parties that run as part of a coalition, is expected to help the right to an ample majority in both houses of Parliament: with 228 votes in the Lower House and 115 seats in the Senate (according to SkyTG24), Meloni will have a majority as just 104 votes are required.
As the WSJ notes, the Italian election is "the first big test of the European Union’s political cohesion as it confronts Russia’s attempt to redraw the continent’s post-Cold War order. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s restriction of natural-gas deliveries has sparked an energy-price crunch that, combined with other inflationary pressures, is expected to push much of Europe into a recession this winter."
Meloni replaces former Goldman Sachs partner and ECB technocrat and globalist, Mario Draghi, and will be the country’s first female prime minister.
The likely right-wing government will face difficult decisions over how to protect Italian households and businesses from sky-high prices for natural gas and electricity. While Italy’s parlous public finances allow limited scope for fiscal largess, if the UK is any example - and it is - Italy will engage in a similar strategy of targeted and debt-funded fiscal stimulus which will lead to a blowout in Italian debt, a further plunge in the euro and much chaos everywhere.
Italy's massive debt of roughly 150% of GDP, combined with Italy’s weak long-term growth record, makes the country vulnerable to bond-market selloffs if investors lose confidence in the soundness of Rome’s fiscal policies, and dependent on the European Central Bank to keep its bond yields stable. ECB support has typically been conditional on Rome following cautious budget policies and enacting economic overhauls aimed at improving growth. In other words, the Berlusconi example of 2011 is still vivid - if Meloni's policies displease the ECB, Christine Lagarde will simply refuse (or forget) to buy Italian bonds, sparking Europe's next sovereign debt crisis at the worst possible moment.
During the election campaign, Meloni tried to reassure voters and investors that she will keep Italy’s mammoth debt under control and won’t question the country’s foreign alliances or support for Ukraine. Expect all of that to change tomorrow.
#BREAKING Giorgia Meloni claims victory in Italian general elections, saying Italians show they want ‘center-right government led by Brothers of Italy’ pic.twitter.com/GcGLKF3OQ6
[DW] With the populist slogan "Italy and Italian people first!" Meloni called for less European bureaucracy, low taxes and a halt to immigration. Her critics warn she is flirting with Italy's fascist history.
It's the fcuking moslems who worry about far right. South asian and Sub-Saharan trash. This 'oh the Jews will be in danger!' schtick fools nobody. Nobody in goddamn Europe is bothered about Jews being attacked every week by mohammed kissers. A far right leadership ensures there's little to no moslems coming in. So what if it doesn't snuggle up to Israel and dance the hora?
And every country's leader should be about their own majority first. That's not fascism, that's loyalty to the folks who made you.
[The Hill] Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors of the U.K. and Norway over issues it argued constitute meddling in the country’s ongoing unrest, according to state media.
The director-general of Western Europe within Iran’s foreign ministry called out Norway’s Parliament Speaker for allegedly "prejudicing and unrealistic comments" about recent protests in Iran, according to Iran’s official news agency, IRNA.
The U.K. ambassador, meanwhile, was chastised for a London-based, Persian-language "hosting of the media" that Iran believes has produced "provocation and invitation to turbulence and expansion of riots in Iran on top of their agenda," according to a second report from IRNA.
The two issues could be considered by Iran as meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, state media notes.
Iran has experiencing unrest in the week since a 22-year-old woman died in the custody of Iran’s morality police as protesters demonstrate against the country’s strict dress code and clash with security forces.
Mahsa Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly and later died while in police custody. Though Iran denies that Amini was mistreated, reports suggest she was beaten while detained, according to a release from the United Nations human rights office.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.