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Kensington Market man doles out bad advice for $1

(Some background: "Kensington Market is a distinctive multicultural neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Market is an older neighbourhood and one of the city's most well-known. In November 2006, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.[1][2] Robert Fulford wrote in 1999 that "Kensington today is as much a legend as a district. The (partly) outdoor market has probably been photographed more often than any other site in Toronto."" Wikipedia)

Ryan Sadler frequents Kensington Market with a sign offering bad advice for $1.

By: Tara Deschamps Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Oct 29 2015

If you’re looking for some good advice, don’t bothering asking Ryan Sadler.
He’ll sell you bad advice for $1 if you spot him around Kensington Market, where he’s been catching attention with his kooky sales pitch for the past few weeks.
The Star caught up with Sadler, who has a background in finance, to find out why he’s flogging crummy advice.
In case you don’t heed Sadler’s warning not to follow his recommendations, take ours — his advice is really bad!
Where did the idea to give bad advice come from?
I ... was sitting on the couch, watching YouTube clips. I’m a huge Ronda Rousey fan and I was just listening to her give this quote. ... Her basic critique was a person doesn’t get to be an active participant in society, you don’t actually get to be a critic of situations around you, unless you are actively doing something. It occurred to me I was doing absolutely nothing, so I whipped up a chalkboard sign, came outside and that’s been it.
Ryan Sadler frequents Kensington Market with a sign offering bad advice for $1. Most customers find they get exactly what they paid for.

What are some of the pieces of advice you’ve given out?
I will say anything, from ‘Get a tattoo of Stephen Harper on your butt’ — it’s a topical tattoo, people like topical tattoos. I’ll tell people to interact in strange, but very friendly and non-aggressive ways with police. I’ll suggest that people ruin their lives in obscene decadence by consuming everything that is put around them. … "

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/10/29/kensington-market-man-doles-out-bad-advice-for-1.html

Lesbian Couple Files Lawsuit After Hawaii Cop Arrested Them For Kissing

"The lawsuit states that the officer was motivated by his hostility towards gay people.

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigationWednesday into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, who were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles in March, said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that they were harassed and arrested because the officer didn't like their public displays of affection in a Foodland store on Oahu's North Shore.

They were walking through the aisles holding hands and at one point hugged and kissed, the lawsuit said: Officer Bobby Harrison, who was shopping in uniform, "observed their consensual romantic contact and, in a loud voice, ordered plaintiffs to stop and 'take it somewhere else.'"

The women complied and continued shopping, the lawsuit said. When Harrison again saw them being affectionate with each other, he threatened to have them thrown out of the store.

"We're used to people making remarks here and there," Wilson said of their two-year relationship.

While the women were in the check-out line, Harrison grabbed Wilson by the wrist, and she started to call 911, she said.

"He was bumping his belly against Courtney," Guerrero said. "He said, 'you girls don't know how to act. You don't know the difference between a motel and a grocery store.'"

When Guerrero tried to get in between her girlfriend and the officer, he shoved her. She kicked him as she was falling, she said.

"The whole situation got physical," Wilson said. "I got punched in the face by him."

Because Harrison didn't have any handcuffs on him, store employees helped restrain the women, as customers watched. "You can't really blame them for not getting involved," Wilson said of the bystanders."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lesbian-couple-arrested-after-kissing-in-hawaii-grocery-store_5631369ee4b0c66bae5ad2c2

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Unreal. In Hawaii, in 2015? We have to start psychological screening of police candidates -- wait, never mind, the police unions will just hand out cheat sheets on how to lie your way thru that too like they do for shootings by police.

Check out the link to see how unthreatening, (nonthreatening?), this couple is.

"Obama's Gotten The U.S. Stuck In Yemen. Is He Looking For A Way Out?"

By: Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post

"More than 2,500 civilian deaths later, the White House is being asked to account for the war it's supporting.

WASHINGTON -- Over the past six months, the Obama administration has quietly embroiled the U.S. in a Middle Eastern war that has left more than 20 million people in need of humanitarian aid and killed at least 5,000.

U.S.-backed Sunni Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, have bombed weddings, left families to starve and looked the other way as an al Qaeda affiliate has used the confusion to seize significant territory. Civilian casualties are growing daily.

The White House won't admit that the U.S. is even "in" Yemen. But it's refueling the planes bombing the country and providing intelligence to the Sunni states running the Yemen campaign. Now lawmakers, dissenters within the administration and human rights activists are ramping up their criticisms of the Obama policy. They argue that the U.S. is callously backing the Saudi-led coalition -- in part to reassure America's Sunni allies in the wake of the nuclear deal with Shiite Iran -- without concern for the consequences. By supporting the Saudi effort, they say, President Barack Obama risks empowering al Qaeda and implicating the U.S. and its allies in war crimes -- not to mention further tarnishing America's already damaged image in the Middle East.

"It's time for Congress to ask some serious questions about whether the United States’ current participation in this civil war is advancing our nation's national security interests," Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) said in a statement Thursday."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-yemen-war_562a9ac0e4b0443bb5640b85?cps=gravity_5059_-3355713360074853460

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Honestly, our country's fixation on trying to find military "solutions" to religious and ethnic conflicts in the middle east is dismaying, to say the least. What ever happened to soft power, brokered peace arrangements, financial aid incentives?

Turkish President thinks Obama campaign ‘master minds’ behind HDP

Source: hurriyet daily news (Turkey)

An ongoing tussle between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has reached Washington after the former suggested that a company that once managed U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign has now been hired by the Kurdish problem-focused party to run its campaign for the Nov. 1 snap elections.

“In these elections, the campaign management of a certain party is run by the team that managed Mr. Obama’s campaign,” Erdoğan responded when asked about assumptions that a bomb attack which killed four people at an HDP rally in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 5, two days before the parliamentary elections, had actually increased the HDP’s votes by two percent.

“This team had meetings with leading figures [of this party] in Istanbul. And at those meetings, they also gathered with certain media groups,” Erdoğan said late Oct. 28 during a live interview with Kanal 24 news channel.

Accusing the HDP executive of constantly lying to people, particularly about their alleged link to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Erdoğan said, “The team that runs that campaign tells [the HDP] ‘Always use lies, always use insults because when a lie is constantly used, it eventually turns to truth.’ This is the campaigning mind, the master mind. We have all of this information. When you look, they are implementing this exactly.”

Read more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-president-thinks-obama-campaign-master-minds-behind-hdp.aspx?pageID=238&nID=90482&NewsCatID=338



Wow. The Turkish government is making it quite clear what THEY think the main threat in the region is -- Kurdish autonomy and eventually an independent Kurdish state. Ethnic Kurdish political parties and politicians are heavily criticized as here, peace demonstrations by Kurdish Turkish citizens are getting bombed in Turkey, and ISIS is getting resupplied to fight against Kurdish resistance inside Syria.

The Turkish government is certainly being consistent about THEIR geo-political goals, which are not at all parallel to the US's.

China allows two children for all couples, making decades old one-child policy history

Source: SCMP (Hong Kong)

China’s ruling Communist Party said on Thursday it will ease family planning restrictions to allow two children for all couples.

The rules are a major liberalisation of the country’s family planning restrictions, which were eased in late 2013 when Beijing said it would allow millions of families to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy.

The party also said it would target medium to high growth for the next five years, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Xinhua said on its microblog that the decision to allow all couples to have two children was “to improve the balanced development of population” and to deal with an aging population.

The decision does away with an unpopular policy that was long considered one of the party's most onerous intrusions into family life.

Read more: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1873843/china-ditches-one-child-policy-allowing-two-children




China has finally lifted its decades-old one-child policy.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against Abolishing The Death Penalty

Source: Huffington Post

This is the Democratic front-runner's first mention of the contentious issue on the 2016 campaign trail.

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out against abolishing the death penalty -- the first time she has addressed the issue during the current presidential campaign.

"I do not favor abolishing" the death penalty, she said, qualifying her position by adding that its use should be "very limited and rare," according to press reports.

Clinton has previously acknowledged how the plight of mass incarceration and police brutality affect communities of color disproportionately, and on Wednesday she conceded the death penalty is often administered in a discriminatory way, according to a reporter who attended.

Her view on state-sanctioned executions has remained consistent over the years. During her Senate campaign in 2000, she offered support for the death penalty -- in a seeming attempt to appear moderate on some social issues.

But her position is a marked break from her Democratic primary opponents Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, both of whom oppose capital punishment. O'Malley, for his part, signed a bill in 2013 abolishing the death penalty in Maryland and commuted the death sentences of four death-row inmates as he stepped down from the governorship.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-death-penalty_56310eb4e4b00aa54a4c48c9

China's Hunger For iPhones Keeps Growing

Source: Huffington Post

Sales in China accounted for nearly a quarter of Apple's total third-quarter sales.

Slowdown? What slowdown?

Apple Inc reported blockbuster iPhone sales in China, suggesting that worries about the company's growth trajectory in the world's second-largest economy are overdone.

Apple's shares rose nearly 3 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

The stock has lost about 7 percent of its value in the past three months as investors fret that the slowing Chinese economy would derail Apple's successful run in the country.

Apple's sales in Greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, nearly doubled in the third quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of the company's total sales.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chinas-hunger-for-iphones-keeps-growing_5630dc28e4b00aa54a4c0019





Chinese communists checking their "Man Made Island Bases" apps. /sarcasm

Reading about iPhone sales in China sorta helps deflates the media's constant fear/war mongering about that country, for me at least. ymmv

Dangerous "Assertions" of the Freedom of Navigation

by Amitai Etzioni, Professor of international relations, George Washington University

"The United States' sailing of a Navy warship within 12 miles of the Chinese-built island of Subi Reef militarizes the growing conflict over which state (or states) has sovereignty rights over disputed islands in the South China Sea. Moreover, this military exercise is more aggressive than previous ones in which the United States "asserted" its self-appointed role as the world's "cop" who is charged with enforcing the freedom of navigation. Obviously, beefing up these islands--by adding sands and buildings--does not per se interfere with anyone's freedom of navigation. If China uses these islands to foster its territorial claims, other states can challenge these assertions in the courts and protest them through diplomatic démarches instead of with warships. Indeed, China has often settled such disputes in recent decades using negotiations that have led to settlements that neutral parties consider to be fair ones. Resorting instead to military means is likely to increase tensions between the United States and China and could lead to military clashes.

The United States has long claimed that it serves the global common good by engaging in little-known operations called "freedom of navigation assertions" (FONA). In carrying out these assertions, which the United States carries out against friend and foe alike, the United States has appointed itself as global judge. It unilaterally decides whether a claim violates freedom of navigation, provides no opportunity for those so charged to justify their claims, and uses its Navy to execute what it considers to be the proper corrective--that is, sending its warships to violate the territorial rights claimed by the other state.

Media reports indicate that the United States is asserting itself now, in this area, because its allies are nervous about the United States' reliability as an ally in light of what some see as China's aggression. Note, though, that China has carefully avoided using its military in practically all territorial disputes in the South China Sea; it has specifically used fishing vessels and dredging vessels in order not to escalate the conflict, even though it views the islands at issue as part of its territory. "

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amitai-etzioni/dangerous-assertions-of-t_b_8408524.html

The EU's stinking refugee deal with Turkey

Merkel seemingly has a solution to an increasingly fraught problem, while Erdogan is able to present himself as an indispensable statesman in the run-up to an election, writes Malik [Reuters]

"The whole point of the deal is to allow the EU to push refugees beyond its borders. Over the past few weeks, the European Union has been stitching together a deal with Turkey to try to resolve Europe's refugee crisis.

More than half-a-million migrants and refugees have arrived at the EU's southern and eastern borders this year alone. It has led to EU's eastern borders being sealed off and bitter arguments over who should take responsibility for the influx.

More than 3,000 migrants have drowned at sea, thousands more are trapped in freezing, muddy fields along Europe's borders. The chaos has undermined the credibility of the EU and boosted the fortunes of anti-immigration groups.

The majority of migrants have come through Turkey, hence the EU's desire to seal a deal with Ankara. The exact terms are still being hammered out, but the EU seems to have promised Turkey up to $3.3bn to help it host Syrian refugees, take back "irregular migrants" who have entered the EU, and block off the migrant route to the EU by "upgrading" its surveillance and patrols.

In return, Turkey has been promised not just cash, but also the easing of visa restrictions on its citizens travelling to the EU, and an "unfreezing" of Turkey's bid for EU membership.



Many have described this as a "win-win" deal. It is certainly beneficial for politicians on either side, in particular, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan." "

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/eu-stinking-refugee-deal-turkey-151026093515679.html

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"Many have described this as a "win-win" deal."

Yeah, right, if you only take into account the EU and Turkey and ignore the refugees, I suppose it is.

How can Turkey, relatively poor nation, handle the massive refugee influx adequately when the vastly richer and larger European Union cannot? A meagre "aid package" is supposed to suffice? In my opinion this deal is a "Win-Win-Lose" deal, with the refugees being the losers.

Tony Abbott urges Europe to adopt Australian policies in refugee crisis

"In speech honouring Margaret Thatcher, former Australian PM says instinct to ‘love your neighbour’ is ‘leading much of Europe into catastrophic error’

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has called on Europe to take on Australia’s border security policies or risk “catastrophic error” and urged Western nations to “stand up for ourselves”.

In his first major speech since being forced out, Abbott said Europe should close its borders to migrants.

“The Australian experience proves that the only way to dissuade people seeking to come from afar is not to let them in,” he said."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/28/tony-abbott-urges-europe-to-adopt-australian-border-policies

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I wonder why this charming, sensitive man is the _former_ Austalian prime minister. /sarcasm
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