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French Artists Rebuff #MeToo Witch-hunt
« Reply #735 on: January 12, 2018, 12:42:20 AM »
https://www.globalresearch.ca/french-artists-rebuff-metoo-witch-hunt/5625587

French Artists Rebuff #MeToo Witch-hunt
By Linda Tenenbaum
Global Research, January 10, 2018
World Socialist Web Site
Region: Europe, USA
Theme: Women's Rights


Featured image: Catherine Deneuve

Just one day after the #MeToo movement dominated the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, with the full complicity of the Hollywood celebrity audience and corporate-controlled media, its sexual witch-hunt campaign has received a major rebuff.

In a comment published in the French newspaper Le Monde January 9, entitled “We defend the liberty to inconvenience people, which is indispensable to sexual liberty,” 100 French actresses, intellectuals, and professionals expressed their opposition and hostility to the #MeToo movement, its anti-democratic modus operandi and its attempt to intimidate, silence and destroy its male victims and their careers.

The signatories include well-known French actress Catherine Deneuve, veteran German actress Ingrid Caven, art critic and writer Catherine Millet, and writer and journalist Abnousse Shalmani, as well as numerous visual artists, stage and film performers and writers.

Their document follows hard on the heels of the publication of a column by American critic and novelist Daphne Merkin in the New York Times, one of the main platforms for the #MeToo witch-hunt, expressing major misgivings about the campaign, and conceding that, even within its target demographic, including readers of the NYT, there were numbers of opponents.

The French comment counterposes the crime of rape, to “persistently or clumsily hitting on someone,” and correctly insists that the two are simply not the same. It attacks #MeToo for branding as “traitors” and “accomplices” those who make such a distinction, creating a climate of intimidation, where freedom of speech “is today turning into its opposite.”

Importantly, it emphasises the profoundly anti-democratic nature of the #MeToo movement and its total repudiation of due process and natural justice.

The campaign had led, in the press and social media, to “public denunciations and indictments of people who have been denied the right to reply or to defend themselves, and have been put on the same level as sexual aggressors. This summary justice has already claimed victims, men who have been disciplined in their professional life, forced to resign, etc., when their only fault was to have touched a knee, tried to steal a kiss, spoken of ‘intimate’ things at a professional dinner or sent messages with a sexual connotation to a woman for whom the attraction was not mutual.”

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Far from developing women’s independence, the witch-hunt served “the interests of the worst enemies of sexual liberty, religious extremists, the worst reactionaries …” Its victims have been forced to “beat their breasts and to search, looking back in the deepest recesses of their conscience, for ‘inappropriate behavior’ from 10, 20, or 30 years ago for which they must repent. Public confessions, the incursion of self-appointed prosecutors into private lives—all of this sets up a climate like a totalitarian society.”

The comparisons drawn between the conduct of the #MeToo movement and the actions of repressive regimes, are particularly apt. And the implications are dire: censorship throughout the arts, repression of all forms of opposition to the status quo; and immense damage to sexual relations between women and men.

“The purifying wave seems to know no limit,” the authors write, referring to the current censoring of sexually explicit artworks: a nude by Egon Schiele, a Balthus painting, demands to ban a Roman Polanski retrospective, the postponement of another one on director Jean-Claude Brisseau, attacks on the film Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni and writers being instructed to rewrite their works to conform with the demands of #MeToo.

The depths of absurdity being plumbed by the campaign find consummate expression in the fact that “a draft law in Sweden … wants to require explicitly notified consent for all candidates to a sexual encounter!”

And where will this lead?

“A little bit more, and two adults who want to sleep together will have to first check, via an app on their telephone, a document in which the sexual practices they accept and those they refuse will be duly listed.”

The document boldly defends “the liberty to offend as indispensable to artistic creation,” and the “liberty to inconvenience, which is indispensable to sexual liberty,” explaining that the signatories are sufficiently “experienced” and “clear-sighted” to know “not to confuse being hit on clumsily with being sexually assaulted.”

The authors insist on distancing themselves from “this feminism, which… takes the shape of hatred for men and sexuality. We believe the liberty to say no to a sexual proposition goes along with the liberty to inconvenience. And we believe that one should know how to react to this liberty to inconvenience in other ways than shutting oneself up inside the role of the victim.”

Moreover, they emphasize that humans are not monolithic. “[A] woman, in the same day, can run a professional organization and enjoy being the sexual object of a man, without being a ‘whore’ or a filthy accomplice of the patriarchy. She can make sure her salary is equal to that of a man, but not feel traumatized for life by a groper in the subway, even if groping is considered a crime. She can even see this as the expression of great sexual misery, or simply a non-event.”

The decision of the document’s authors and signatories to take a stand against #MeToo and similar reactionary campaigns is a courageous political act. Predictably, it has been denounced by leading #MeToo figures, including Italian actress Asia Argento, who tweeted Tuesday:

    “Deneuve and other women tell the world how their interiorised misogyny has lobotomised them to the point of no return.”

The French statement, however, has also been praised and widely shared on social media.

Disqus comments to entertainment industry journal Variety salute the women. One commentator, Ashley M, states:

    “I am so, so grateful to Catherine Deneuve and the other wonderful French actresses, writers, doctors and I’m sure women and men of many professions who signed this letter. We are letting the media be the dictator of the Western world. Some of these accusations seem almost hellbent on creating a chasm between men and women; as though they want women to ‘fear’ men. This is extremely demeaning to women.”

Another commentator, Blue Silver, states:

    “This whole #MeToo BS is reeking with wealthy snobbish women inciting hateful, sarcastic indirect and direct attacks on men, both guilty and innocent on almost every level… [W]hen you get a Golden Globe (for what it’s worth) awards show and the damn show becomes more of a political showcase than an actual show celebrating the craft of film, then there is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed and remedied….. I really hope the Oscars don’t become a freak propaganda show like the Golden Globes were!”

The original source of this article is World Socialist Web Site
Copyright © Linda Tenenbaum, World Socialist Web Site, 2018
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RIP Dolores O'Riordon
« Reply #736 on: January 15, 2018, 01:08:55 PM »
A tremendous musical talent, on all levels.  Her candle burned brightly, but it burned out fast.  Sad to see her go so young.  :'(

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http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42696376

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

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The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed.

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

A statement from her publicist said: "The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

"No further details are available at this time."

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is, at this stage, unexplained.

Her publicist added: "Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

The Cranberries shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.
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Image caption Dolores O'Riordan performing on stage in 1994

In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US.

However, in May - shortly into the European tour - the group had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O'Riordan's health issues.

The official Cranberries website cited "medical reasons associated with a back problem" preventing singer Dolores O'Riordan's from performing.

But just before Christmas O'Riordan had posted on Facebook saying she was "feeling good" and had done her "first bit of gigging in months", leading fans to believe she would soon be performing again.
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O'Riordan tweeted a picture of herself with her cat to fans in early January saying she was "off to Ireland".
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O'Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton in 2014. She and Burton, who is the former tour manager of Duran Duran, have three children together.

The singer was arrested over an alleged air rage incident in 2014 but was released without charge, after a stewardess was reportedly attacked on a flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare.

O'Riordan was taken to hospital in Limerick after being questioned by police and later discharged.

Two years later, O'Riordan was ordered to pay 6,000 euros (£5,300) to charity for headbutting a police officer after an alleged air rage incident.

Irish president Michael D Higgins called her death "a big loss", and added O'Riordan's work with The Cranberries "had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally".
'Unforgettable voice'

The Kinks guitarist and singer Dave Davies paid tribute to O'Riordan, saying he was "shocked" and that he had seen her "a couple weeks before Christmas".

He added "she seemed happy and well".
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Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.
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Duran Duran's official Twitter feed posted a message saying the band was "crushed" to hear of the singer's death.
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Others to pay tribute include The Late, Late Show presenter, James Corden, who said meeting her when he was 15 years old "made his day".
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Jim Corr from Irish band The Corrs tweeted offering his "deepest sympathies" to O'Riordan's family.
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A book of condolence will be opened in her home town of Limerick on Tuesday, at the city council's headquarters.

O'Riordan, the youngest of seven children, had written her own songs since she was 12.

She joined the band while still in her teens, after spotting an advert for a female singer for rock band The Cranberry Saw Us.

Later changed to The Cranberries, the band's most successful tracks include Linger (1993), Zombie (1994) - a protest song about bombings that took place in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland - as well as No Need To Argue (1994) and To the Faithful Departed (1996).

O'Riordan briefly pursued a solo career after the band split in 2003, before The Cranberries reunited in 2009.

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Re: RIP Dolores O'Riordon
« Reply #737 on: January 15, 2018, 04:18:01 PM »
A tremendous musical talent, on all levels.  Her candle burned brightly, but it burned out fast.  Sad to see her go so young.  :'(

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http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42696376

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly aged 46

    17 minutes ago

Image copyright Getty Images

The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan has died suddenly at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed.

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

A statement from her publicist said: "The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

"No further details are available at this time."

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane at 09:05 GMT on Monday, where "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is, at this stage, unexplained.

Her publicist added: "Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

The Cranberries shot to international fame with their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and went on to sell over 40 million records worldwide.
Image copyright PA
Image caption Dolores O'Riordan performing on stage in 1994

In 2017 The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US.

However, in May - shortly into the European tour - the group had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of O'Riordan's health issues.

The official Cranberries website cited "medical reasons associated with a back problem" preventing singer Dolores O'Riordan's from performing.

But just before Christmas O'Riordan had posted on Facebook saying she was "feeling good" and had done her "first bit of gigging in months", leading fans to believe she would soon be performing again.
Skip Facebook post by The Cranberries
Report

End of Facebook post by The Cranberries

O'Riordan tweeted a picture of herself with her cat to fans in early January saying she was "off to Ireland".
Image Copyright @DolORiordan @DolORiordan
Report

O'Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton in 2014. She and Burton, who is the former tour manager of Duran Duran, have three children together.

The singer was arrested over an alleged air rage incident in 2014 but was released without charge, after a stewardess was reportedly attacked on a flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare.

O'Riordan was taken to hospital in Limerick after being questioned by police and later discharged.

Two years later, O'Riordan was ordered to pay 6,000 euros (£5,300) to charity for headbutting a police officer after an alleged air rage incident.

Irish president Michael D Higgins called her death "a big loss", and added O'Riordan's work with The Cranberries "had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally".
'Unforgettable voice'

The Kinks guitarist and singer Dave Davies paid tribute to O'Riordan, saying he was "shocked" and that he had seen her "a couple weeks before Christmas".

He added "she seemed happy and well".
Image Copyright @davedavieskinks @davedavieskinks
Report

Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.
Image Copyright @Kodaline @Kodaline
Report

Duran Duran's official Twitter feed posted a message saying the band was "crushed" to hear of the singer's death.
Image Copyright @duranduran @duranduran
Report

Others to pay tribute include The Late, Late Show presenter, James Corden, who said meeting her when he was 15 years old "made his day".
Image Copyright @JKCorden @JKCorden
Report

Jim Corr from Irish band The Corrs tweeted offering his "deepest sympathies" to O'Riordan's family.
Image Copyright @Jimcorrsays @Jimcorrsays
Report

A book of condolence will be opened in her home town of Limerick on Tuesday, at the city council's headquarters.

O'Riordan, the youngest of seven children, had written her own songs since she was 12.

She joined the band while still in her teens, after spotting an advert for a female singer for rock band The Cranberry Saw Us.

Later changed to The Cranberries, the band's most successful tracks include Linger (1993), Zombie (1994) - a protest song about bombings that took place in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland - as well as No Need To Argue (1994) and To the Faithful Departed (1996).

O'Riordan briefly pursued a solo career after the band split in 2003, before The Cranberries reunited in 2009.

Saw that. She had been ill, yes? Karma of fame, I guess.
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Re: RIP Dolores O'Riordon
« Reply #738 on: January 15, 2018, 06:21:00 PM »
Saw that. She had been ill, yes? Karma of fame, I guess.

Back issues and pain.  She couldn't perform anymore.  I suspect this was a suicide.

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Risk of nuclear weapons, extreme weather top threats for 2018: report
« Reply #739 on: January 17, 2018, 02:17:19 AM »
If the Huricanes, Floods and Wildfires don't get you, the Nukes will.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/17/risk-nuclear-weapons-extreme-weather-top-risks-2018-report/1035252001/

Risk of nuclear weapons, extreme weather top threats for 2018: report
Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY Published 4:00 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2018 | Updated 4:27 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2018
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Nuclear war, cyberattacks and environmental disasters top the list of man-made threats to global stability in 2018, according to a survey of 1,000 international leaders from the worlds of business, government, academia and civil society.

The risk of another global financial meltdown, high on the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report in past years, has ebbed because of economic expansions underway worldwide, the annual survey found. It was released Wednesday in advance of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week.

Mother nature topped the most significant risks likely facing the world for a second year in a row, the survey found. They include natural disasters and extreme weather events that human-caused climate change may be abetting.

However, the risk of nuclear war — while not viewed as likely — climbed up the list of concerns that would have the greatest impact. This comes as President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's standoff over Pyongyang's tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction has arguably brought the world closer than it has been for decades to the possible use of nuclear weapons.

Ninety-three percent of the survey's respondents expect a worsening of "political or economic confrontations/frictions between major powers" this year. More worryingly, nearly 80% think risks associated with "state-on-state military conflict or incursion" and "regional conflicts drawing in major powers" will be higher than in years past.

Trump will join other world and business leaders in the Swiss Alpine resort Jan. 23-26 for the forum and is scheduled to give the closing address, organizers said Tuesday.

Extreme weather in 2017 included three major Atlantic hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — and caused the most expensive hurricane season ever, according to the report. Estimates for damage in the United States are as high as $200 billion.
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Record high temperatures struck parts of southern Europe to eastern and southern Africa, South America, as well as parts of Russia and China. Last year, President Trump withdrew the United States from the landmark Paris Climate Accord.

Economic risks were less prominent in this year's report partly because the global recovery is underway from recent financial crises. The International Monetary Fund expects global growth of 3.6% for 2017, up from 3.2% in 2016.

The greatest concerns for North American business leaders: cyberattacks, terrorism, asset bubbles, fiscal crises and the failure of adapting to climate change.

"Humanity has become remarkably adept at understanding how to mitigate conventional risks that can be relatively easily isolated," the report's authors note in their summary. "But we are much less competent when it comes to dealing with complex risks in the interconnected systems that underpin our world, such as organizations, economies, societies and the environment."

Other pressing concerns identified in the report for 2018: 

• Cyberattacks that target critical infrastructure and strategic industrial sectors. In a worst-case scenario, they could trigger a breakdown in the systems that keep society functioning.

• Data fraud or theft includes the exploitation of private or official data on an unprecedented scale.

• Mitigate climate change. The failure of governments and businesses to enforce or enact effective measures to protect populations and help businesses impacted by climate change.

• Involuntary migration on a large scale induced by conflict, disasters, the environment or for economic reasons.

• Man-made environmental disasters.

• Terrorist attacks by individuals or non-state groups could inflict large-scale human or material damage.

• Illicit financial flows in the form of tax evasion, human trafficking, counterfeiting and/or organized crime.

• Overpriced assets, or bubbles, that could hit commodities, house prices or shares in a major economy or region.

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The report points out that cyber breaches recorded by businesses have almost doubled in five years, from 68 per business in 2012 to 130 per business in 2017.

In 2016 alone, 357 million new malware variants were released, and "banking trojans" designed to steal account login details could be purchased for as little as $500, the report found. The European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Union's industry regulator, said aviation systems see an average of 1,000 cyberattacks each month.

"Geopolitical friction is contributing to a surge in the scale and sophistication of cyberattacks," said John Drzik, president of the consulting group Marsh Global Risk and Digital, referring to a range of simmering conflicts from Ukraine to North Korea. 

"While cyber risk management is improving, business and governments need to invest far more in resilience efforts if we are to prevent the same ... gap between economic and insured losses that we see for natural catastrophes," he said.

More: Trump to attend Davos economic conference in Switzerland

Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum's founder, said the world was facing an "inflection point" and that one big issue "will certainly be the future of global cooperation related to trade, environment, the fight against terrorism, tax systems, competitiveness — and in this context it’s absolutely essential to have President Trump with us."
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His Popeness gets a Chilly Reception in Chile ❄️
« Reply #740 on: January 19, 2018, 01:07:51 AM »
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/19/in-chile-pope-met-by-protests-threats-burned-churches.html

In Chile, pope met by protests, threats, burned churches
By PETER PRENGAMAN | Associated Press


SANTIAGO, Chile –  As he does during every papal visit, Pope Francis produced plenty of surprises in Chile: He married a couple during a flight, stopped his motorcade to help a fallen police officer and wept with victims of sex abuse by priests.

But the pope also faced protests and a level of hostility unheard of in modern times for a papal visit. Anti-pope protests had to be broken up with tear gas, attackers burned at least 11 Roman Catholic Churches and pamphlets were found threatening Francis that the "next bomb would be in your cassock."

"This kind of violence during a papal visit is absolutely unprecedented. And Chile is historically a very solidly Catholic nation," said Andrew Chesnut, the Catholic Studies chair at Virginia Commonwealth University.

It remains to be seen whether the friction in Chile was a fluke or a harbinger of what to expect in future papal trips.

The neighboring country of Peru, where Francis went Thursday, isn't taking any chances. Authorities have banned demonstrations because they "impact the image of the country," police spokeswoman Veronica Marquez said.

Papal visits sometimes attract demonstrations. In 2010, thousands in London protested the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, condemning his stance on condoms, women's rights and homosexuality, among other things. But the ferocity and firebombing of churches in Chile went beyond anything in modern memory.

"These violent acts may be a first in the history of the 'traveling papacy,'" said Massimo Faggioli, a theology professor at Villanova University in Philadelphia. "It is striking also because Latin America is supposed to be friendly territory for Francis" — the first pope from the region.

Chile has changed radically, from its economy to politics, in less than a generation. Those changes, combined with a pedophile priest scandal and what many argue was a bungled response by the church, has accelerated a move away from Catholicism. Last year, 45 percent of Chileans identified as Catholic, a sharp drop in just a decade from the mid-60s, according to Latinobarometro's annual poll.

One of the pope's sharply contested decisions — to appoint a Chilean bishop with close ties to the country's most notorious pedophile priest — soured many on the visit before it even began.

A few days before Francis arrived, a group angry about the cost of the papal visit briefly occupied the Nunciature in Santiago where the pope would sleep.

The same day, several churches were burned. Over the next couple of days during the pope's visit, several more churches were torched, along with three helicopters.

It was unclear who was behind the arson attacks. Outside some of the churches, pamphlets were found supporting the cause of indigenous Mapuche. Pamphlets outside one threatened the pope.

The Mapuche, Chile's largest indigenous group, are fighting for a return of ancestral lands, recognition of their language and an end to discrimination.

Much of Francis' trip was dedicated to the conflict. During his homily Wednesday in the heart of Mapuche territory, he took both the Mapuche and Chilean officials to task, calling for a halt to violence and for government engagement that goes beyond just "elegant" agreements.

The burning of churches is a tactic frequently employed by radical Mapuche groups: Nearly two dozen have been firebombed the last two years. That 11 were then attacked in just a few days is a possible sign that these groups saw the visit as an opportunity to bring more attention to their cause.

"The burning of churches is an expression of the disgruntlement" that many Mapuche feel for the Catholic Church, said German Silva, a political analyst at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

During Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship, several bishops spoke out in defense of human rights and worked closely with indigenous populations. Today's bishops are much less visible, arguably less hands-on with the poor and in general the church has nowhere near the same moral authority.

Other groups protested the pope himself. While Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday at a large park in Santiago, riot police shot tear gas and arrested dozens of protesters as they tried to march on the service.

Protesters included members of the country's LGBT community, socialists and people angry at the church's reaction to the sex abuse scandal that many Chileans don't feel has been resolved.

"There will be no peace for an accomplice who helps and protects a rapist," read one sign.

"Burn, Daddy!" read another.

Hours before Francis left Chile, he made comments that all but overshadowed his entire visit, and certainly would have added to the protests if they had come sooner. When asked why he defended Bishop Juan Barros, the former protege of the pedophile priest, Francis said there was no proof Barros knew about the abuse and called those accusations against him slanderous.

"After saying those things, if he came back here his reception would be even worse," said Erivano Luna, a computer technician in Santiago.

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Associated Press writers Patricia Luna in Santiago and Christine Armario in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.
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Serial plane stowaway foils TSA again ✈️
« Reply #741 on: January 21, 2018, 03:07:41 AM »
I wonder how she pulls off these stunts? ???  :icon_scratch:

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https://nypost.com/2018/01/20/serial-plane-stowaway-foils-tsa-again/

Serial plane stowaway foils TSA again
by Sara Dorn


The TSA is no match for Marilyn Hartman.

The 66-year-old “serial stowaway” was caught yet again after sneaking through security at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last week without a ticket or passport — but not before she made it all the way to London.

Hartman, who lives in Grayslake, Ill., has made a hobby of ducking the TSA. Her arrest last week was at least the 10th time she’s been caught trying to slip past airport security without a plane ticket.

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She was busted for the stunt at least eight times in 2014. In 2015, she was arrested twice in two months at O’Hare and Chicago’s Midway Airport, and she’s also been nabbed in California and Arizona.

Hartman spent a year in a Chicago-area jail for the repeated episodes and was released on probation to a nursing home in December 2015.

Sources told CBS Chicago that the most recent security footage shows Hartman wandering around O’Hare for two days last week before boarding a British Airways flight Monday. She managed to evade the gate attendant by “blending in with the passengers,” Chicago police told the Chicago Sun-Times. Sources did not address how she made it past TSA checkpoints to get to the gate.

Once on the aircraft, she hid in the bathroom, then found an empty seat. The airline warned Heathrow airport officials that they had a stowaway on the incoming flight. The pesky passenger was sent back to the US when she couldn’t produce a passport and was arrested Thursday upon arrival at O’Hare.

A TSA spokesman said Hartman was screened at the security checkpoint, but managed to get by without a ticket. It’s unclear how she evaded federal authorities.

“Upon learning of the incident, TSA and its aviation partners took immediate action to review security practices throughout the airport,” the agency said in a statement Friday. “This matter is subject to an ongoing investigation and TSA is working closely with our law enforcement and airline partners in that effort.”

After Hartman was sentenced in 2014 for sneaking aboard a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles, she told reporters she was remorseful.

“It was stupid, and it’s something I don’t want to repeat,” she said.
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Jamaica Issues State of Emergency
« Reply #742 on: January 22, 2018, 12:18:31 AM »
Things are not going swimmingly well in the Carribean.  ::)

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Jamaica Issues State of Emergency

Impacting Travel   Monica Poling January 21, 2018


Montego Bay, Jamaica
PHOTO: Montego Bay, Jamaica. (photo via Flickr/Jerrad Miller)

Jamaica’s bustling tourism destination St. James Parish—home to popular Montego Bay—has been placed under a State of Emergency, due to an uptick in violent crime in the area.

“I have been advised by the security forces, in writing, that the level of criminal activity experienced, continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety,” said Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a statement.

According to The Root, some 335 murders were recorded in St. James Parish last year, outpacing any other region in Jamaica by nearly 100 percent.
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Military forces have been dispatched to the area, which has been placed under martial law. Checkpoints are being set up through the region, where people may be asked to verify their identity and declare any weapons. They may also be subject to search. In particular, reports Newsweek (h/t TIME), security forces are targeting their focus "on those that are responsible for murders, lotto scamming, trafficking of arms and guns and extortion.”.

According to TIME, visitors are also being warned not to leave the confines of their resorts.

In a conversation with sister site TravelPulse Canada, Philip Rose, the Regional Director of Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board, said he's confident that the government measures will help restore order quickly. He also reminds readers that the crime rate against tourists is very low.

“[Jamaica] has always enjoyed a very low crime rate against visitors; probably one of the lowest percentages in the Caribbean,” he said.

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He also noted that the alert has had very little impact on visitors.

“Visitors and locals are enjoying St. James and Montego Bay and all the area has to offer,” he said. “There’s really very little impact on law-abiding citizens, and these measures are welcomed by 99 percent of Jamaicans.”

In response to the State of Emergency, the United Kingdom and Canada updated their travel warnings to Jamaica, advising visitors to, “Exercise a high degree of caution.”

As of press time, the United States had not updated its travel advisory for Jamaica. While the United States considers the country, as a whole, a “Level 2—Exercise increased caution” nation, it has also, previously, issued its sternest “Level 4—Do not travel” warning for “parts of Kingston,” “parts of Montego Bay” and “Spanish Town” due to crime. The warning places those regions on par with war-torn Syria and Yemen.

Last year, Jamaica was named the World’s Leading Wedding Destination at the World Travel Awards. It also scored big wins at travAlliancemedia’s Travvy Awards, taking home gold awards as Best Honeymoon Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas; Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas; Best Tourism Board Overall and Best Tourism Board, Caribbean/Bahamas.
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A Dozen Camels Disqualified From Saudi Beauty Pageant Over Botox Injections

January 24, 201811:33 AM ET
Laurel Wamsley


Saudi men lead camels during a beauty contest as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. A dozen camels were banned from the competition for receiving Botox injections.
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Some pageant contestants hit a hump in the road this week. That is, a camel beauty contest in Saudi Arabia disqualified a dozen camels for receiving Botox injections to make them more attractive.

Saudi media reported that a veterinarian was caught performing plastic surgery on the camels a few days before the pageant, according to UAE's The National. In addition to the injections, the clinic was surgically reducing the size of the animals' ears to make them appear more delicate.

"They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw," Ali Al Mazrouei, a regular at such festivals and the son of a prominent Emirati breeder, told the newspaper. "It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it's like, 'Oh look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.' "

Real money is at stake: About $57 million is awarded to winners of the contests and camel races, The National reports, with more than $31.8 million in prizes for just the pageants.

The festival provides a number of informative graphics about camels, including a diagram titled Standards of Camel Beauty. It is sadly unspecific about what makes for handsome nostrils and withers, though it does mention a "leathery mouth."


The standards of camel beauty can include delicate ears and long lips.
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Among regulations about the age, breeding and teething of the dromedaries, contest rules say "In case of fraud to change the natural form of participating camels, the participant shall be excluded immediately" – with violators banned from this year's contest and the next five sessions of the festival, along with possible legal penalties for violating the kingdom's animal welfare laws.

Camel owner Ali Obaid told The National that cheaters will get creative to get an edge, and alter an animal's appearance for months before it's sold to a buyer.

"For example they start to pull the lips of the camel, they pull it by hand like this every day to make it longer," he explained to the newspaper. "Secondly, they use hormones to make it more muscular and Botox makes the head bigger and bigger. Everyone wants to be a winner."

The beauty contest, launched in 2000, is a centerpiece of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. Last year authorities moved the festival from a remote location in the desert to a site an hour and a half from Riyadh, and this year attendance has increased by a third, according to the newswire.

"The camel," the chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, told Reuters, "is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime."
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A Dozen Camels Disqualified From Saudi Beauty Pageant Over Botox Injections

January 24, 201811:33 AM ET
Laurel Wamsley


Saudi men lead camels during a beauty contest as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. A dozen camels were banned from the competition for receiving Botox injections.
Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Some pageant contestants hit a hump in the road this week. That is, a camel beauty contest in Saudi Arabia disqualified a dozen camels for receiving Botox injections to make them more attractive.

Saudi media reported that a veterinarian was caught performing plastic surgery on the camels a few days before the pageant, according to UAE's The National. In addition to the injections, the clinic was surgically reducing the size of the animals' ears to make them appear more delicate.

"They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw," Ali Al Mazrouei, a regular at such festivals and the son of a prominent Emirati breeder, told the newspaper. "It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it's like, 'Oh look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.' "

Real money is at stake: About $57 million is awarded to winners of the contests and camel races, The National reports, with more than $31.8 million in prizes for just the pageants.

The festival provides a number of informative graphics about camels, including a diagram titled Standards of Camel Beauty. It is sadly unspecific about what makes for handsome nostrils and withers, though it does mention a "leathery mouth."


The standards of camel beauty can include delicate ears and long lips.
Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Among regulations about the age, breeding and teething of the dromedaries, contest rules say "In case of fraud to change the natural form of participating camels, the participant shall be excluded immediately" – with violators banned from this year's contest and the next five sessions of the festival, along with possible legal penalties for violating the kingdom's animal welfare laws.

Camel owner Ali Obaid told The National that cheaters will get creative to get an edge, and alter an animal's appearance for months before it's sold to a buyer.

"For example they start to pull the lips of the camel, they pull it by hand like this every day to make it longer," he explained to the newspaper. "Secondly, they use hormones to make it more muscular and Botox makes the head bigger and bigger. Everyone wants to be a winner."

The beauty contest, launched in 2000, is a centerpiece of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. Last year authorities moved the festival from a remote location in the desert to a site an hour and a half from Riyadh, and this year attendance has increased by a third, according to the newswire.

"The camel," the chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, told Reuters, "is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime."



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Simply irresistible.

It must take a LOT of Botox to Pump up a Hump.  Very good for Big Pharma!

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Stephen Wynn, Casino Mogul, Accused of Decades of Sexual Misconduct

By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN, TIFFANY HSU and KENNETH P. VOGELJAN. 26, 2018


Stephen Wynn, chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts, with his wife, Andrea Hissom. Fallout from the disclosure of allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Wynn mounted on Friday. Credit Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, via Getty Images

Stephen Wynn’s perch at the top of the casino industry was badly shaken on Friday following the disclosure of allegations that he engaged in a long pattern of sexual misconduct with employees of his casinos.

A detailed investigative report in The Wall Street Journal portrayed Mr. Wynn, a billionaire casino magnate and prominent political donor, as a man who frequently demanded naked massages from female employees, sometimes pressuring them for sex and to masturbate him. The newspaper said that the activity had gone on for decades and that some female employees had complained to supervisors about Mr. Wynn’s behavior.

Some of the women told The Journal that they had tried to avoid having to give Mr. Wynn massages by hiding in bathrooms, or entering fake appointments in record logs to make it look as if some of their colleagues were busy. The newspaper relied on court records and interviews with dozens of people who worked at his casinos.

Mr. Wynn, chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts, denied the allegations in a statement, saying, “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.”

“We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth,” he said, “and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits.”

The fallout from the story mounted during the day. Investors fled shares of Wynn Resorts, Mr. Wynn’s casino company, driving the stock price down 10 percent.

Gambling officials in Massachusetts, where Mr. Wynn’s company plans to open a $2.4 billion casino resort near Boston next year, said they had opened a review into the “troubling allegations” of Mr. Wynn’s behavior “to determine the appropriate next steps.”

The Wynn Resorts board met on Friday to form a committee of independent directors to investigate the allegations, saying in a statement that it is “deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all of the company’s employees and to operating with the highest ethical standards.”

The allegations could also have political impact as well. Mr. Wynn was named chairman of the Republican National Committee’s finance committee shortly after the election of President Trump in November 2016. Mr. Trump has described Mr. Wynn as a friend.

Mr. Wynn and his companies have donated more than $5.2 million over the years to a mix of Republican and Democratic candidates and committees.

A spokesman for the R.N.C. did not respond to questions about whether Mr. Wynn would remain as the party’s finance chairman.

Michael Weaver, a spokesman for Mr. Wynn’s company, declined to comment when asked whether Mr. Wynn intended to step down from his R.N.C. post, and also declined to specify the last time Mr. Wynn had spoken to Mr. Trump. “In the past, Mr. Wynn has not disclosed publicly when he speaks to the president,” Mr. Weaver wrote in an email.

The allegations against Mr. Wynn are similar to the long history of sexual assault and misconduct documented by The New York Times in October against the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The report on Mr. Weinstein set off a wave of news reports about allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against powerful men in Hollywood, the news media, politics, the arts, restaurants and other industries.

The onslaught of news reports about sexually aggressive men has been fueled, in part, by women coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment under the banner of #MeToo.
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Mr. Wynn, who turns 76 on Saturday, is one of the most powerful figures in the casino industry. Like Mr. Trump, he is known for splashing his name on his casinos and resorts, and his signature is the company’s logo.

His ornate casinos, which included the Bellagio, the Mirage, Treasure Island and Wynn, helped change the image of the Las Vegas Strip into one encapsulating glamour, fancy restaurants and exotic attractions like the lion-taming duo of Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage. The Bellagio, a huge hotel and casino on the strip, features an array of dancing water fountains that routinely fascinate tourists. Mr. Wynn eventually sold the Bellagio, along with the Mirage and Treasure Island.

Mr. Wynn made more than $28 million in total compensation from Wynn Resorts for 2016.

“The thing about Steve Wynn is this: He is the biggest name in the history of Nevada business,” said Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, who has reported on the state’s gaming industry for decades.
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“People throw around the word ‘visionary’ all the time,” he said. “This guy really was a visionary.”

The allegations against Mr. Wynn are notable because he is one of the most prominent executives of a large public company to be hit with multiple claims of sexual misconduct. The claims could tarnish his company’s brand because his name is so closely identified with it. And given that casinos are a state-regulated industry, the allegations could have an impact on the company’s management of the casino resorts it operates and other projects under construction.

His planned casino near Boston came under scrutiny on Friday when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said, “The suitability and integrity of our gaming licensees is of the utmost importance, and ensuring that suitability is an active and ongoing process.”

Democrats sought to capitalize on the revelations.

They pointed out that Mr. Wynn and the R.N.C.’s chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, hosted a fund-raiser at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., just last week to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Democrats noted that in the wake of The Times’s exposé on Mr. Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct, Republicans had blasted Democrats for accepting donations from the Hollywood producer.

Representative Jacky Rosen of Nevada, a Democrat who is running for Senate, called on Dean Heller, a Republican senator from the state, to disavow support he had received from Mr. Wynn. She called the allegations “horrifying and disturbing.”

Mr. Wynn’s selection as the R.N.C.’s finance chairman under Mr. Trump last year struck some in G.O.P. finance circles as odd. Mr. Wynn had initially supported Mr. Trump’s rival, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, for the party’s nomination.

A registered Democrat for decades, Mr. Wynn had long dabbled in politics, but had focused mostly on Nevada. He was seen a business-minded centrist who cultivated politicians from both parties who could help his business interests.

Mr. Wynn pivoted sharply to the right in response to President Barack Obama’s pushes to pass an economic stimulus bill and overhaul the nation’s health care system.

Mr. Wynn and the company, in statements, both sought to cast blame for the allegations on Mr. Wynn’s former wife, Elaine Wynn, saying she has been making allegations of sexual misconduct in court proceedings to further her financial interests in litigation against the casino mogul.

An allegation of misconduct by Mr. Wynn first appeared in a court filing by Ms. Wynn in state court in Nevada. In that filing, Ms. Wynn said she had learned that her former husband made a multimillion-dollar payment in 2005 “after being threatened with allegations of serious misconduct” against a Wynn employee on a company property.

The Journal story said the 2005 settlement involved a payment of $7.5 million to a manicurist who worked at one of his Las Vegas resorts. The newspaper said Mr. Wynn pressured the woman to take off her clothes and to have sex with him, even though she did not want to.

Mark E. Ferrario, one of Ms. Wynn’s lawyers, did not respond to requests for comment.

In an earlier statement, Wynn Resorts said: “It is clear that Mr. Wynn’s ex-wife has sought to use a negative public relations campaign to achieve what she has been unable to do in the courtroom: tarnish the reputation of Mr. Wynn in an attempt to pressure a revised divorce settlement from him.”

As for Wynn Resorts, the company is continuing to build and grow in Las Vegas.

It reached an agreement last month to buy 38 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip directly across from Wynn Las Vegas for $336 million.

Sydney Ember contributed reporting, and Doris Burke contributed research.

A version of this article appears in print on January 27, 2018, on Page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Casino Mogul Is Accused Of Misconduct Over Decades. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
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A Dozen Camels Disqualified From Saudi Beauty Pageant Over Botox Injections

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