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A Feel-Good Story from Ferguson (assuming you’re not Michael Bloomberg)

International Liberty

In the postscript of a previous column, I shared some of Ben Watson’s wise and prudent counsel about the racial unrest in Ferguson.

Today, I want to share a feel-good story to come out of that town’s troubles.

Rather than looting, some citizens served as protectors of property.

Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the businesses in a two-square-mile area of this St. Louis suburb have had to board up. All except one — a Conoco gas station and convenience store. …On Tuesday night, as police and soldiers took up positions in the parking lots of virtually every strip mall and big box store around it, the forecourt of the brightly lit gas station was busy with customers. One, a 6-foot-8-inches man named Derrick Jordan — “Stretch,” as friends call him — whisked an AR-15 assault rifle out from…

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House Educates Mom on Vaccinations

Green Jihad

The television show House M.D. had a segment during one of its episodes when the program’s main character, Dr. Gregory House, treats a baby whose mother refuses to vaccinate her child. Known for his unconventional investigation style and bluntness, House uses sarcasm to educate her on the dangers of not vaccinating her baby.

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Buried by the Guardian: Disturbing data on Palestinian support for suicide bombing

Following adisturbingly high number of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis in recent months, including the lethal stabbing assault of a 32-year-old Israeli man in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli defense officials have expressed concerns that the conflict could lead to a Third Intifada.

Whilst recent violence by Palestinians has involved rock throwing, knife attacks, shootings and the hurling of fire bombs, the fear that such a coordinated outbreak of Palestinian violence could include suicide bombings – which caused so much death and carnage during the Second Intifada – was amplified by a new Pew poll released on April 30.

The new ‘Pew Research Center Survey of Muslims around the Globe‘ finds that Muslim support for suicide bombing in the Palestinian territories is the highest among the the twenty countries surveyed – with 40% of Palestinians agreeing that ‘suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam…

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BBC’s ECU acknowledges ‘international law’ inaccuracy

Must live in a cave to not know of the operation of children’s courts

BBC Watch

As readers may recall, on July 29th BBC audiences saw and heard several reports on various platforms by BBC Arabic’s Nida Ibrahim relating to the release of Ahed Tamimi from prison.

One sided reports from BBC Arabic’s Nida Ibrahim – part one

One sided reports from BBC Arabic’s Nida Ibrahim – part two

One sided reports from BBC Arabic’s Nida Ibrahim – part three

In an additional item – a news bulletin aired on the BBC News Channel on the same day – viewers heard the following: [emphasis in bold added, emphasis in italics in the original]

Ben Brown: “A Palestinian teenager has been freed from an Israeli prison after serving an eight month sentence for slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier.  Ahed Tamimi was 16 at the time of the incident and the footage of it happening went viral around the world.  Her sentence was widely condemned, as children are protected…

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Ten Minute English and British History #01 – Early Roman Britain and Boudicca’s Rebellion

David Prowse, “One-take Kubrick”

The reaction of kittens the first time they saw their dad [SURI&NOEL]

@Oxfam (and @Greenpeace): making Cubans even poorer by promoting organic farming in an already hopelessly inefficient communist dictatorship

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