Monthly Archives: December 2016

Attack On Istanbul Night Club Wounds Many: Reports

ISTANBUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) – An attacker shot at police officers outside an Istanbul nightclub early on Sunday before entering and opening fire at random inside the building, where around 500 or 600 people were celebrating the New Year, broadcaste…

BREAKING! TERROR ATTACK at Istanbul night club by two shooters dressed as Santa Claus

It appears there is a terror attack at a night club in Istanbul, Turkey: Turkish state media reports one attacker is still inside the nightclub in Istanbul — Sky News (@SkyNews) . . .

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‘Challenging year brought us closer together’: President Putin’s New Year message (Full Text)

RT News [Russia], by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Sat, 31 45 2016 10:45:06 GMT The challenges endured by Russia in 2016 have only strengthened the nation’s unity and aspirations for success, thus showing the way forward, President Vladimir Putin says, in his traditional New Year message televised at several minutes before midnight. New Year Address to the Nation Citizens of Russia, friends, The year 2016 is coming to a close. It was a challenging year, but the difficulties we faced have brought us together and allowed us to reveal enormous resources for our movement forward. The main thing is that we believe in ourselves, in our strengths and in our country. We are working,

Our city, one year, 780 murders

Chicago Sun’Times (IL), by Mary Mitchell Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 31 59 2016 10:59:50 GMT (Photos) Editor’s note: To memorialize the victims of Chicago’s most violent year in two decades, the Chicago Sun’Times wrapped Sunday’s print editions with 601 faces of the 780 people murdered citywide in 2016 — every victim’s photo that the newspaper could obtain. Columnist Mary Mitchell offers her take on steps to address the city’s violence problem here. To read more stories of homicide victims, go to the Homicide Watch Chicago website: They were murdered on one of the most sacred days on the Christian calendar. Two of the victims were brothers: James Gill, 18, and Roy Gill III, 21. Jerry

Tourists brush off terror worries as thousands cram into Times Square

New York Post, by Stephanie Pagones & Kathianne Boniello Posted By: JoniTx- Sat, 31 04 2016 11:04:30 GMT Times Square revelers are ready for the ball to drop as they ring in 2017 — terrorists be damned. “If you let terror events make you decide if you’re going to do something or not, they’ve already won,” said Williamsport, PA resident Rachael Wonderlich, 22, who snagged her spot in Times Square early Saturday along with her mom, Marge, 62. “We wanted to be here for all the action. It seems like the most exciting place,” Wonderlich said. “If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right.” Thousands packed into the Crossroads of the World on Saturday

Cuomo commutes sentence of Brinks robbery getaway driver

New York Post, by Carl Campanile Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 31 13 2016 11:13:12 GMT In a bombshell move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday commuted the 75’year’to’life sentence of Judith Clark, the former Weather Underground radical who was convicted for her role in the infamous 1981 Brinks robbery in which two Nyack police officers and an armored truck driver were killed. The clemency from the governor allows Clark, 67, to appear before the Parole Board for release in early 2017. In a press release, the governor said Clark — who has been a model prisoner — would not have been eligible for parole under her “extraordinarily long” sentence until she was 106 years old, “leaving her

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This Photo Of A Trump Billboard In Mumbai Is Real, And So Is The Dark Irony

It’s a photo so poignant and so symbolic you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s faked. 

And you wouldn’t be alone in that conclusion: Both Reddit and Snopes dismissed it as fake when it went viral earlier this year. And yet this is a real photo of a real billboard, featuring President-elect Donald Trump promoting Trump Tower in Mumbai while homeless children camp in the street below.

“There is only one way to live,” the billboard reads, next to a larger-than-life photo of Trump smiling down on a scene of poverty from his gilded room. “The Trump way.”

Outside of cropping it and possibly tweaking the contrast, photographer Paul Needham assured The Huffington Post “the image is neither doctored nor edited in any way.” 

Needham is the co-founder of SimpaNetworks, a company that helps farmers and small shops in rural India install and use solar power systems. He said he stumbled across the scene while driving through Mumbai to meet with some investors.

“I was inspired to take the photo because of the jarring juxtaposition of the Trump billboard and the poverty and homelessness down below,” he said. “The text on the billboard struck me as particularly naive and offensive.”

I saw Trump towering over the homeless, the children sleeping on cardboard on the street, and I was reminded of the ways in which our economic system can be painfully exclusive and unfair.”

Needham first shared the photo after he took it in August 2014, then posted it online again on Dec. 17, 2016, when it went viral.

“Business, done right, can create lasting social value,” said Needham. “I saw Trump towering over the homeless, the children sleeping on cardboard on the street, and I was reminded of the ways in which our economic system can be painfully exclusive and unfair.”

Here’s a higher resolution photo of the billboard Needham sent HuffPost:

Beyond the heavy symbolism of the photo itself, the internet’s reaction to the photo ― mostly in the form of dismissal ― is worth a closer look.

“The Reddit community actively engaged with this photo, and the opinion was nearly unanimous that the image had been photoshopped and was clearly a fake,” recalled Needham. “Anyone reading the Reddit chatter would likely defer to their high-technical knowledge, assume some deeper wisdom of these matters. But they were all wrong, the photo is genuine, and the geeks were merely opining, with no basis for their emphatic claims of fakery.”

(The fact-checking website Snopes also initially deemed the photograph a fake, speculating the homeless children had been photoshopped in based on the pixelation. Snopes has since corrected itself.)

“Who can we trust?” Needham asked rhetorically, adding that Snopes was quick to admit the mistake. “I’m grateful to [Snopes] for their tireless work to debunk fake news and rumor.”

“Pixelated, the poverty was assumed to be photoshopped in,” said Needham. “Just visit Mumbai and take pictures in the street. There is no need to Photoshop in the homeless. They are everywhere for all to see.”

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