Nine Shootings in Ohio, a Few Hours After El Paso Attack

Nine people were killed towards Sunday morning following a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, police said Sunday morning. The attack happened a few hours after a shooting in Texas, which led to a loss of 20 lives.  “The attacker is dead, there are nine others persons dead, and at least 16 others have been hospitalized due to the injuries that they sustained,” the police said on Twitter. Addressing a press conference earlier on Sunday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley spoke of a larger number of 27 injured.

Opposition and Military Board Announce a Constitutional Agreement in Sudan

The pact will be sealed in the next 48 hours ending tense days with several protesters having lost their lives. The Forces of Freedom and Change (FLC, and the platform of political groups and civil movements) and the Transitional Military Board, which has held power in Sudan since last April, announced on Saturday the achievement of a constitutional pact. The agreement, which has been reached three months after the overthrow of Omar al Bashir, will govern the transition period.

Japan-Korea Trade Dispute Could Affect World Economy

The Japanese government cabinet has decided to exclude Korea from the list of “white countries” that can receive preferential treatment in trade control. As a result, the fierce confrontation between Japan and Korea becomes even more serious. The decree takes effect on August 28th. Korea is subjected to new export restrictions. The Japanese side explained that the decision was due to the lack of an export control system in Korea and security concerns.

Hong Kong’s Mong Kok Parade Countered by Pro Police Rally

Even with Hong Kong’s “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” amended, the dispute-related demonstrations continued. The group opposed to the amendments held a parade in Kowloon on Saturday. Another group was on the Hong Kong Island across the sea with the title “Hope for Tomorrow,” holding a rally in support of police enforcement. The conference said that about 90,000 people attended the meeting. The police said that the number of people gathered at the peak was about 26,000.

Texas Shopping Mall Mass Shooting – Followed by Ohio – 29 Killed, 53 Injured

Twenty people died yesterday following a mass shoot out at a Texas mall. Twenty-six others were injured, among them, two children aged two and nine years old. The mall was very busy because schools are about to open and many parents were shopping for their children.
When the shooting broke out around 10 a.m. local time, between 1,000 and 3,000 customers and 100 employees were present in the mall. Surveillance cameras recorded the shooter.

Ready to Rumble: Portland Police Call for Backup

Two weeks before the next scheduled outdoor MMA fight downtown, Portland police are taking no chances.  Dueling protests, between right-wing and left-wing groups, have been arranged at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 17.  Neither side has bothered to ask for a permit.  The police, tasked with keeping these groups apart, have frequently been outnumbered by Antifa demonstrators, and thus unable to complete their mission.  This time, they’re apparently calling in backup, and lots of it.

Israeli Military Responds to Threats – Country Readies for Elections in September

Three IDF soldiers were wounded this week when in the early morning a Hamas member from Gaza belonging to a force restraining border violence breached the security fence and opened fire on Israeli troops in the area. The Israel military shelled a Hamas outpost adjacent to the fence as a response. There was one incident this week of a fire balloon which caused a fire and damage in one of the southern settlements.

Doctors Threatened with Death for Fighting Ebola in Congo

“People think that Ebola does not exist,” says Pascal Vahwere, a doctor who works to combat the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “My team has been attacked for doing our job.” Dr. Vahwere told journalists what happened when he was surrounded by an enraged crowd in March while leading a small team of health workers administering vaccines in a remote village in the province of North Kivu.

Demonstrators in Russia Arrested – Opposition Candidates Kept Off Ballot

Lyubov Sobol, an opposition leader in Russia, is among more than 300 people arrested for demonstrating without authorization in Moscow. Sobol was in a taxi ready to protest when police officers dragged her into a black van and rushed with her away. Protesters have been congregating in the Russian capital after authorities disqualified several opposition candidates from participating in local elections.

Mexican Oil Company Pays Workers to Be Thin

Pemex, Mexican oil company workers will receive a bonus of approximately $5,545 for not exceeding 90 abdomen centimeters in men and 80 centimeters in women, and this program is regarded as a weight loss program. In the collective bargaining contract negotiations with Pemex’s union, the company agreed to an increase in the salary and benefits, but what stands out is that every employee will be entitled to this health bonus if they lose weight and maintain the loss until 2021.

What Causes High Blood Pressure and What Can You Do to Avoid it Happening to You?

The next time you are waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, look around. The probability is good that one-in-three people, sitting, standing, taking a number or complaining at customer service, suffer from high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a shocking 75 million adults in the United States currently tangle with one of the two types of the disease. The condition has held an unpleasant place of first, on the list of top five diseases that lead to death in the U.S. annually.

Ebanel Doubles Fake Reviews by Blatantly Spitting in the Face of Amazon Policies

Ebanel has more than doubled their fake reviews on a single product, literally overnight!  Just look at the photo’s.  Thursday evening their spray product was struggling with a slowly sinking score (despite a load of fake positive reviews!). As part of their product launch strategy, they gave their spray an immediate fake review boost by claiming it was a size and color variation on their cream product. We believe Amazon forcibly separated the two products after complaints of malfeasance. As a result, Ebanel’s fake review count went down significantly and so did their score on that spray product.

So what did Ebanel do? In addition to slowly adding fake reviews to the spray, they went back in a few weeks later and recombined the products!

“Access DNI’d”: Ratcliffe Withdraws as National Intelligence Head

A week ago, Rep. John Ratcliffe, a three-term Congressman from Texas, took part in an aggressive and coordinated Republican grilling of former special counsel, Robert Mueller.  One particular viewer was so impressed that on Sunday, he appointed Ratcliffe his Director of National Intelligence.  As the new week dawned, serious concerns mounted about the former mayor of Heath’s qualifications, and questions arose surrounding the one-time U.S. Attorney’s resume and credentials.  By Tuesday, Senate Republicans took a “wait-and-see” approach to President Trump’s DNI pick.  And, on Friday, he was withdrawn by tweet.  Just another week in the Trump administration.

Sanitary Warning: Some Non-Stick Utensils May Have Health Risks

PFAs are chemical substances present in many products, but little is known about their possible adverse effects on human health. The use of non-stick pans has become popular in a relatively short time. So far they have been considered as safe utensils, although little by little some studies have suggested that the materials used for their manufacture could have unknown effects on human health.

Now, new research commissioned by the Foods & Drugs Administration (FDA), the highest health authority in the United States, discovered that PFAs can be harmful to health.

Who Are the Highest Paid Bollywood Actresses? These Ladies Made the Top 5

Let’s face it. Hollywood rules the entertainment world, especially beyond its own borders. But there’s another blockbuster TV and film industry challenging the leader: Bollywood. Based in Mumbai, India, the second largest movie market in the world cranks out 5 times as many films a year, yet earns just 1/10 the revenue. And that’s with more than 100 times the number of theaters and upwards of 1,000 times the number of butts in seats.

Tories Lose By-Election, Boris’ Majority Reduced to One

After less than two weeks in office, Boris Johnson appears to have failed his first electoral test as Britain’s Prime Minister.  Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election on Thursday, defeating embattled Tory incumbent Christopher Davies by 1,425 votes, and cutting the government’s majority in the Commons to just one.  That includes the Conservative Party’s shotgun partners from Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party.  With fears of a no-deal Brexit very real, and very much back on the table, that number could shrink even further by the end of the week.

Amazon Continues to Reward Ebanel Fake Reviews – More Consumer Fraud From Blakeview

After we sent our last article to the Department of Justice, they have responded. So we will be coping them on all of our future articles. We have made a claim that Amazon discriminates against both against US and honest businesses; that Amazon gives an asymmetric and unfair advantage to known and documented cheaters and/or offshore companies that use large scale fake reviews from day one.

Rwanda Reopens Borders with Democratic Republic of Congo After Ebola Outbreak

Rwanda reopened its borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday afternoon, hours after temporarily closing it  following the detection of a new case of Ebola in the Congolese city of Goma located a few meters away. “The border of Rwanda with the Democratic Republic of the Congo is open to travel as usual,” confirmed the Rwandan Ministry of Health in a press conference, in which he stressed that the country remains “free of Ebola.”

China to Suspend Solo Travellers to Taiwan Amid Rising Tensions

The Chinese government announced it will suspend a program that allowed solo travelers to go into Taiwan that could cost the self-ruled island up to $1 billion by the month of January.

In the latest escalation between China and Taiwan, Beijing issued the travel ban to solo tourists heading into the island earlier today. China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued the ban that takes effect on August 1st and effectively bans all individual leisure and travel from mainland China to Taiwan.

Is Dog Abuse on the Rise? Four Recent Stories Make the Case

Whether it’s because the Internet gives us all the ability to share and see information at lightning speed, or whether animal abuse is just a fact of life, it seems society has experienced an increase of abuse against what is normally considered a cherished pet: the family dog.

According to a report issued by The Humane Society, of the more than 1,200 reported cases of animal cruelty in 2017 (the most recent year statistics are available) over 70% of those acts were committed against dogs. Cats came in a distant second, with just over 20%. A quick check on the web reveals these horrifying (and increasingly more common) stories of sickening abuse of dogs by owners, veterinarians, shelter employees and others:

Detroit Debates, Night 2: Biden Strikes Back

Wednesday’s debate was, aside from discussions on free college for undocumented immigrants, and whether to throw Donald Trump in jail or beat him first, a debate on a single subject: Joe Biden’s fitness as the Democratic nominee.  There had been tremendous doubts following his first round face-plant in June.  This time, Joe came ready.  While he didn’t throw a perfect game, he did more than enough to get the win.  The combative, belligerent Uncle Joe, who shredded both Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan before, returned on Wednesday night, after seven years of hibernation.  And he had jokes.

More Concerning anti-Israel Rhetoric from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Democratic-socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to controversy, especially regarding her anti-Israel stances. She’s been criticized for supporting sanctions against Israel, aligning herself with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both of whom have been condemned for their anti-semantic comments, and most recently for her anti-Israel statements on the “Ebro in the Morning” talk show.

World Champion England Even Money in Ashes Series

Back in May, England batsman Johnny Bairstow said he would rather win the ICC Cricket World Cup than The Ashes Series against Australia.  Starting Thursday, he’ll get the chance to win both.  Just three weeks after England’s eight-wicket thumping of Australia in the World Cup semifinals, these two cricketing rivals renew their acquaintances for one of the oldest— and smallest— trophies in sports.  For the next month and a half, England (EVEN) will hope to pull off a double, stripping the Aussies (13-8) of their World Cup and Ashes trophies in a five-match test series, also in England.

Chick-fil-A Outperformed All Fast Food Restaurants, and Does It in Only 6 Days a Week 

I recently read where Chick-fil-A is giving up $1.2 billion by not being open on Sundays.

What I was taught in business school is you base your model on proven success, and you weed out the noise. By every metric Chick-fil-A is America’s most successful and growing franchise. They log almost double per store sales in less days with less products than every other restaurant company. Yet, I’m reading mostly negative press about them because the owners conduct business differently. Because they have deep Christian roots they are 100% closed on Sunday.

North Korea Fires Two Missiles Less Than a Week After Last Test

Kim Jong-un doubled down and conducted his second missile launch in less than a week. The first missile was detected at 5.06, followed by another at 5.27. The two were shot from a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at a point near Wonsan port, on the east coast of the peninsula, the same area where last week’s missiles were fired. The projectiles were similar to those of the last week, according to a General Staff statement, which added that “the successive launches by North Korea do not lead to reduce tensions and we urge you to stop them.”

Are There New Details About the Saudis and 9/11?

This week, WSJ (Wall Street Journal) published an article, outlining a letter from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the US, offering to aide victims family’s lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, if he is spared the death penalty.

The federal lawsuit was filed in the State of New York by insurance companies in 2017. KSM is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay prison. He was convicted in absentia in 1996, by a New York Court, for participation in a terrorist act in the Philippines.

Secret Energy Agreement with Bolsonaro Causes Great Government Crisis in Paraguay

The secret agreement signed between Paraguay and Brazil about the Itaipu hydroelectric power station, one of the most powerful in the world, has hit the conservative government of the Paraguayan Mario Abdo Benitez hard. In less than 24 hours, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Castiglioni, and three other senior officials, including the director of Itaipu, have resigned and the Congress is already investigating the matter.

Detroit Debates, Night One: Democrats Face their Fears

Round 2 of the regular season for the Democratic presidential nomination kicked off Tuesday.  Ten candidates, who were randomly chosen (and better selected than NBC), took the stage this night in Detroit.  The other half, including presumptive former Vice President Joe Biden, will do so on Wednesday.  Candidates did their best to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, with questions from CNN moderators more designed to generate clicks, views, likes, and retweets than actual substance.  A host of issues were addressed, but the theme of this night was fear.

Guatemalan Prosecutor Fights Against Asylum Deal with the United States

The Guatemalan Human Rights Procurator, Jordan Rodas, on Monday asked the Constitutional Court to curb the pact signed on Friday between the Government of Donald Trump and Jimmy Morales. As agreed, refugees seeking refuge or asylum in the United States can receive the same protection in the Central American country and, having passed through it before, will be channeled back to Guatemalan soil. A formula that, in diplomatic political jargon, implies making Guatemala a “safe third country.

Brazilian Police Detain Suspects in Theft of 700 Kilos of Gold from Sao Paulo Airport

The Brazilian Police have arrested three people suspected of having participated in the theft of 718.9 kilos of gold committed in the cargo terminal of Guarulhos international airport, the largest in the country, according to official sources. These are three workers from the airport itself, located in Sao Paulo metropolitan region, according to news sources confirmed the case.

British Prime Minister Announces Investments of 329 Million Euros in Scotland

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Monday doubled an offensive to boost his Brexit goals. On the one part, he announced an investment plan of 300 million pounds (329 million euros) in Scotland, a territory mostly contrary to an EU exit, especially without a pact. On the other hand, the conservative leader’s office sent a harsh message to the EU, warning that Johnson will not negotiate with Brussels if the safeguard included in the exit agreement is not withdrawn before avoiding a hard border in Ireland.

At Least 57 People Dead in Brazil Prison Riot – 16 Beheaded

At least 57 prisoners died Monday in a prison riot in the city of Altamira (in Para State, north of Brazil). The state prison system superintendent has reported that the origin of the disturbances was a fight between factions that began at seven in the morning (local time) when prisoners from one prison wing entered another wing where inmates of another group were locked up. The same source said that when the incidents began, the facilities was locked down and the prisoners who started the attack set fire to mattresses, so that some of the victims died of suffocation.

Who is in Charge Here? Rosselló Resignation Brings Succession Questions

Who wants to be Governor of Puerto Rico?  With embattled incumbent Ricardo Rossello having resigned the office over the “Rickyleaks” text messaging scandal, and set to leave office August 2, the woman who would be next in line doesn’t want the job.  The people who chased him out of power don’t seem to want her either.  This has sparked a minor succession crisis on the island and U.S. Commonwealth, and given all of us a lesson in Puerto Rican civics.  Meanwhile, more details are emerging about what happened behind the scenes of the Rossello administration and his pro-statehood New Progressive Party.

Donald Trump Accused of Racism – Attacks Rev. Sharpton

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Monday attacked the black pastor civil rights activist Al Sharpton on Twitter, which generated new accusations of racism against the president after his recent attacks against legislators who are ethnic minorities. Trump, who is seeking reelection in 2020, harassed Al Sharpton after a weekend marked by his attacks on Elijah Cummings, a black Democratic congressman who represents a district in Baltimore, a black-majority city.

Austria is a Hot Bed for Spies

This week, the government of Austria announced an arrest warrant has been issued for Igor Egorovich Zaytsev.  Zaytsev was a GRU officer and an alleged handler of an Austrian Colonel. The recruitment allegedly had taken place 30 years ago. Zaytsev is currently 65 years old and the yet unnamed Austrian Colonel is in his 70s. The allegations against Zaytsev and his source are pertaining to payments being provided in exchange for sensitive information about Austrian military and weapons systems. Zaytsev’s military rank has yet to be disclosed, but given his 30 years of service, it could be opined that he would at least be a Colonel, and possibly a General.

No-deal Brexit: London Accelerates Preparations of an EU Exit Without Agreement

The new British Government “is working with the assumption of a Brexit without agreement,” reiterated Michael Gove, responsible for exploring, if possible, a negotiation with Brussels but, above all, supervising the preparations for an exit from the EU. This was stated by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, during his inauguration and his deputy has ratified it in a platform published  in The Sunday Times: “The no-deal (no agreement)  is now a very real perspective.”

Mueller’s Testimony: A Complete Waste of Time

During his testimony Robert Mueller’s most common response seemed to be “I’m not going to discuss that.” Although Mueller made it clear that his testimony would be limited, his constant aversion to seemingly relevant questions began to annoy lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. However Muller’s reluctance to answer many of the questions directed to him only slightly added to the fact that the nearly eight hours of testimony revealed nothing new and was more or less a waist of the nation’s time and energy. At the end of all the questioning it’s still clear Republicans think the entire investigation is a farce, and Democrats believe they have grounds for impeachment.

Sunday Shakeup: Coats Out, Ratcliffe in at DNI

According to multiple reports, Dan Coats is stepping down as Director of National Intelligence on August 15.  A confirmation tweet was sent Sunday by President Trump, leading some to wonder— as is the case with many high-profile departures— whether Coats truly jumped or was pushed.  Trump also wasted little time naming his replacement, three-term Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX).  He will be the third DNI to serve under President Trump, after Coats and Acting Director Mike Dempsey.

Turkey’s Crackdown on Illegal Migration – The Plight of Syrians

Twenty-four-year-old Bazzill Mohammed arrived in Turkey illegally eight years ago. He managed to get a Turkish ID but when he brought his wife to the hospital to deliver a baby a few years ago he was told the documents were fake. “I don’t have the ID, I’m scared when I’m going to work and going home. My wife and son don’t have Turkish IDs either. When I go to immigration they tell me to go and register in a different city but there aren’t many jobs there,” said Bazzil.

“Oregon’s Eleven” Senator Sues Over Fines, Capitol Access

A month ago, eleven Republican members of the Oregon State Senate walked out of the State Capitol, denying the chamber a quorum and bringing all legislative business to a halt.  At issue was a controversial cap-and-trade bill, which was eventually pulled for insufficient Democratic support.  Now, one of the Oregon 11 is suing the Democratic leadership and legislative officials.  Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is challenging a $500-a-day fine imposed by the rump senate, and the requirement he provide at least 12 hours notice for showing up to work.

Guatemala Agrees to Receive Refugees After Donald Trump Tariff Threat

Guatemala has signed an immigration agreement with the United States on Friday, according to which people who want to apply for refuge or asylum in the United States and have passed through Guatemala must do so in the latter country. The pact was closed a few days after Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the Central American country if it does not accept more asylum seekers.