Australian Man Brendon O’ Connell Disappeared by Jewish New Zealand Government.

Australian Man Brendon O’ Connell Disappeared by Jewish New Zealand Government.

Brendon O’Connell who exposes Zionist infiltration and operation Talpiot is being held in prison in New Zealand… please share this around as this case is potentially a big one to expose the Jew World Order.

This is why Brendon left Iran, because he realized Iran was in bed with israel.

Australian Jews imprison Brendon O’Connell’s Christian beliefs for 3 years

Australian Jews imprison Brendon O’Connell’s Christian beliefs for 3 years

Brendon O’Connell who exposes Zionist infiltration and operation Talpiot is currently being held in prison in New Zealand… Brendon O’Connel had already served 3 years prison in Australia… please share this around as this case is potentially a big one to expose the Jew World Order.

This is why Brendon left Iran, because he realized Iran was in bed with israel.

WATCH: Cops Get Slap on the Wrist for Trying to Beat Compliant Man to Death


Pinellas Park, FL — Sheriff’s deputies in Pinellas County have been under an internal affairs investigation after alarming dash cam video was released that clearly showed them beating and choking a man who appears to be complying with their orders. Wednesday afternoon, nearly 7 months after the incident, the cops finally finished investigating themselves and they received their slaps on the wrist.

For nearly killing a surrendering man, beating him, yanking out his dreadlocks, needlessly tasering him as he complied with their commands, and turning off a body camera to cover it up, Deputy Alexander Edge and Deputy Jason Fineran will get two very short vacations.

As WFTS reports, 

As a result of the investigation, Deputy Edge received a 15 day suspension without pay for using improper technique/police practices.


Deputy Fineran was suspended 5 days for turning off his microphone during the encounter.


The Sheriff made it clear the suspensions were not for striking Reed, but for violating other department policy.

The dash cam video starts with a police cruiser driving around 70 mph down the street, racing past surrounding cars at 11:30 p.m. on May 25. Fox 13 reported that deputies were responding to a call about a man with a gun in a residential neighborhood.

To be clear, Reed is the legal owner of two pistols. However, during this stop, they were not on his person. Also, it is clearly not against the law to be in possession of a legally owned gun.

When the police cruiser reaches a stop, 25-year-old Jimarez Reed can be seen crouching down by the side of a parked car. He looks shocked by both the bright headlights speeding down the dark street and by an officer who is already on the scene approaching him with a gun drawn. But even as Reed hides near the car, it is clear that both of his hands are raised, and he is not holding any weapons.

“Get on the ground!” one of the deputies yells, and Reed complies.

While the camera continues to capture the scene, one of the deputies mutes the audio, and it remains off for several minutes. As Reed lays flat on the ground with both hands out, a deputy jumps on top of him and punches him SEVEN times in the head.

Reed’s attorney, Michele Rayner, told Fox 13 that she believes deputies used excessive force while attempting to arrest Reed. “You see the video, you see the officer, the first thing he does he jumps on him and just starts wailing on him,” Rayner said.

“Don’t kill me, please. Let me go, let me go, bro,” Reed pleads, as the deputy responds by pulling Reed’s head up by his hair.

Another deputy joins in and punches Reed as he tries to force his hands behind his back. A bystander then enters the footage and appears to try to help police handcuff Reed. The first deputy responds by placing Reed into a chokehold. The officers continue to hit and choke Reed until two more officers pile onto his body, which had been face down on the ground the entire time.

WFLA reported that according to neighbors, the first deputy on the scene “chased Reed for some time” before the other deputies arrived and began recording the scene on dash cam.

Reed was ultimately charged with battery of an officer and resisting arrest with and without violence. After he was arrested, he required medical attention and needed stitches for the cuts on his face.

“They are roughing him up. They are pulling his hair. And he’s not resisting” Rayner told WFLA. “When I watched this, it was like air was sucked out of me. And I looked at my client, I said, I don’t even know how you are alive.”

Rayner also noted that if the officers believed Reed was armed, they do not appear to be following protocol. “They have standard operating procedures to deal with people who may be armed and I don’t think that was their standard operating procedure,” she said.

Once Reed was handcuffed, the dash cam footage shows five deputies searching for the gun he reportedly had in his possession. According to Fox 13, a gun was eventually recovered, but it was found in Reed’s locked car. However, the dash cam footage paints a different picture.

“You physically saw a gun?” one deputy asked.

“Yes, sir,” a deputy replied.

“He ain’t got no gun,” another deputy said.

While the information has not yet been released showing Jimarez Reed’s conduct leading up to the time when the Dash Cam began recording, the fact is that Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies were using excessive force by repeatedly hitting and choking a man who was clearly surrendering, and they should be held accountable for their actions. Sadly, as their weak suspensions show, that will not happen.

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Zionist Group Awards Trump its Highest Honor: ‘No President Has Done More’ to Promote Zionism


Washington, D.C. — While President Donald Trump has often referred to himself a “friend of Israel,” he has now been officially recognized for that stance by a pro-Zionist group that advocates for Jewish nationalism.

On Monday, the Friends of Zion Museum presented President Trump with its Friends of Zion Award at the White House.

“No president in history has ever built such an alliance for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, and no president has courageously stood up for the State of Israel on the global stage as you had Mr. President,” declared Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum. “President Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem will secure his place in history as the first American president to take that step since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.”

“We believe no American president in history has done more to defend the Jewish people in the United Nations,” Evans added.

The Friends of Zion Museum is located in Jerusalem and works to push the Israeli agenda while attempting to legitimize the taking of Palestinian lands.

One of the biggest moves, celebrated by Trump’s Zionist backers, was his recent announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Zionist allied Evangelicals lauded the Trump administration’s staunch support for Israel.

“This president is an anomaly. He is an anomaly because he keeps his promises. Evangelicals, conservatives across this country are grateful for the fact that he has actually done exactly what he campaigned on,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Many people fail to understand what encompasses Zionism.

For those unfamiliar with the term Zionism, Vox explains:

Zionism is Israel’s national ideology. Zionists believe Judaism is a nationality as well as a religion, and that Jews deserve their own state in their ancestral homeland, Israel, in the same way the French people deserve France or the Chinese people should have China. It’s what brought Jews back to Israel in the first place, and also at the heart of what concerns Arabs and Palestinians about the Israeli state.


Arabs and Palestinians generally oppose Zionism, as the explicitly Jewish character of the Israeli state means that Jews have privileges that others don’t.


For instance, any Jew anywhere in the world can become an Israeli citizen, a right not extended to any other class of person. Arabs, then, often see Zionism as a species of colonialism and racism aimed at appropriating Palestinian land and systematically disenfranchising the Palestinians that remain. Arab states actually pushed through a UN General Assembly resolution labeling Zionism “a form of racism and racial discrimination” in 1975, though it was repealed 16 years later.

Despite the Zionist position, Israel is on track to become an apartheid state.

In fact, a recent UN report noted that Israel had established “an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”

The report – Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid – was commissioned and published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and launched in Beirut, and urged governments to “support boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives”.

A brief history of Zionism is as follows, according to Britannica:

In the 16th and 17th centuries a number of “messiahs” came forward trying to persuade Jews to “return” to Palestine. The Haskala (“Jewish Enlightenment”) movement of the late 18th century, however, urged Jews to assimilate into Western secular culture. In the early 19th century interest in a return of the Jews to Palestine was kept alive mostly by Christian millenarians. Despite the Haskala, eastern European Jews did not assimilate and, in reaction to tsarist pogroms, formed the Ḥovevei Ẕiyyon (“Lovers of Zion”) to promote the settlement of Jewish farmers and artisans in Palestine.


A political turn was given to Zionism by Theodor Herzl, an Austrian journalist who regarded assimilation as most desirable but, in view of anti-Semitism, impossible to realize. Thus, he argued, if Jews were forced by external pressure to form a nation, they could lead a normal existence only through concentration in one territory. In 1897 Herzl convened the first Zionist Congress at Basel, Switzerland, which drew up the Basel program of the movement, stating that “Zionism strives to create for the Jewish people a home in Palestine secured by public law.


When the Ottoman government refused Herzl’s request for Palestinian autonomy, he found support in Great Britain. In 1903 the British government offered 6,000 square miles (15,500 square km) of uninhabited Uganda for settlement, but the Zionists held out for Palestine.


Upon the outbreak of World War I, political Zionism reasserted itself, and its leadership passed to Russian Jews living in England. Two such Zionists, Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, were instrumental in obtaining the Balfour Declaration from Great Britain (November 2, 1917), which promised British support for the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine. The declaration was included in Britain’s League of Nations mandate over Palestine (1922).

Revealing the intimate connection between the Rothschild family and the creation of Israel, the head of the Rothschild banking empire, and staunch supporter of Israel, Lord Jacob Rothschild, recently revealed the critical role of his family in the securing the Balfour Declaration, which “helped pave the way for the creation of Israel.”

The Balfour Declaration, written in 1917, was an official document from the British Foreign Minister, Lord Balfour, addressed to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the Zionist movement in Britain at the time – and Lord Jacob Rothschild’s uncle.

During the television interview with Rothschild, he revealed new details about the extremely pivotal role his cousin Dorothea de Rothschild played. Rothschild described Dorothea, who was in her teens at the time, as “devoted to Israel,” and said: ‘What she did was crucially important.’”

Rothschild went on to say that Dorothy acted as a conduit between Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann and the British political establishment. Dorothy “told Weizmann how to integrate, how to insert himself into British establishment life, which he learned very quickly,” according to Rothschild.

Rothschild explained that the manner in which the declaration was procured was extraordinary.

“It was the most incredible piece of opportunism,” he reasoned.

[Weizmann] gets to Balfour,” Rothschild described, “and unbelievably, he persuades Lord Balfour, and Lloyd George, the prime minister, and most of the ministers, that this idea of a national home for Jews should be allowed to take place. I mean it’s so, so unlikely.”

According to former Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub, the Balfour Declaration “changed the course of history for the Middle East.”

Rothschild said his family at the time was divided on the idea of Israel, noting that some family members “didn’t think it was a good thing that this national home be established there.”

In her book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel, Alison Weir exposed the fact that numerous drafts of the declaration were presented to Zionists in the United States prior to the document being finalized.

Weir’s book notes that one of the primary inducements offered to British leaders to issue the Balfour Declaration was the Zionist claim that they would bring the U.S. into world war I on Britain’s side if the British would promise to enable the Zionist colonization of Palestine.

The deeply intertwined relationship between modern Zionism and the Rothschild banking empire cannot be overstated. Without the Rothschild family’s vast influence and direct assistance, Israel very well may have never been created.

It seems that contrary to popular opinion, Trump isn’t opposing the globalist and Zionists, but rather, operating at the behest of his Zionist billionaire overlords, such as Jacob Rothschild and billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, to further entrench the state of Israel to the detriment of the surrounding Arab population who are treated as second-class citizens.

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WATCH: Tyrant Cop Knocks Handcuffed Woman Unconscious for No Reason & Lies About It


Coldwater, MI — Last July, Tiffany McNeil would walk into the Branch County Jail in handcuffs only to leave in a stretcher moments later after being brutally assaulted by a police officer and knocked unconscious.

What happened while McNeil, 31, was being processed into jail that fateful day is now the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging that police used excessive force and then lied about what happened. The incident—in which a half dozen cops stood by and watched their brother in blue smash a handcuffed woman’s face into the pavement—was also captured on video.

“It was absolutely egregious, disgusting, thug-like conduct,” McNeil’s attorney, Solomon Radner, said. “You don’t expect that from police officers, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”

On July 24, police were called to McNeil’s home by her husband during an argument. According to the lawsuit, McNeil had been drinking which sparked the argument.

McNeil was arrested and brought to the Branch County Jail to be processed for the incident. As police bring her into the secured entrance, we can see this disturbing scenario unfold.

The woman-beating cop, identified in the lawsuit as Lewis Eastmead, is seen shoving McNeil’s face into the concrete wall for several minutes. The entire time, McNeil is non-combative and not resisting in the least—not to mention, she’s in handcuffs.

All of the sudden, the officer begins pressing her face into the wall with both hands before pulling her backward and slamming her face-first into the concrete floor. McNeil was knocked out immediately.

During the attack on the restrained woman, five other cops watched as their brother in blue degraded the young woman by shoving her face into the wall and not a single one of them intervened as he slammed her to the floor.

In a most disturbing image, once Eastmead realizes McNeil is knocked unconscious, he rolls his victim over to reveal a puddle of blood on the floor coming from the massive gash in her head.

“I told you to relax,” the officer yells, with his knee now on McNeil’s back as she lay motionless on the ground.

For nearly 15 minutes, police prodded the unconscious woman as she lay entirely unresponsive on the concrete. Finally, EMTs arrive and bring her to the hospital where, according to Radner, McNeil received 17 stitches and was treated for a concussion.

After being treated in the hospital, police charged McNeil with felony resisting a police officer. To justify this charge, police then lied on their report, claiming McNeil was being “combative” and “actively resisting arrest,” according to the lawsuit.

Obviously, McNeil was not being combative as we can clearly see that fact in the video. She was doing nothing wrong when Eastmead attacked her.

Radner explained that police brought the felony charge against her to force her into taking a plea deal for the domestic misdemeanor charge to which she pleaded no contest. The felony resisting charge was then dropped.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Eastmead and about a dozen other officers and police department supervisors, including the officers who witnessed the incident, are listed among the defendants, with some identified by name and others listed as John Doe. McNeil is also suing the city of Coldwater.

Along with the excessive force claim, the lawsuit alleges unreasonable seizure; abuse of process and malicious prosecution; that the other police officers failed to intervene “to prevent the violation of Ms. McNeil’s constitutional rights,” and that city failed to properly screen, train and supervise its police officers. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages.

As for Eastmead, he is still a cop on the Coldwater force.

Below is a video of what a woman abusing predator does when given unchecked authority and is accountable to no one.

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Sicko Cop Convicted of Making Child Porn While On Duty, Using Police Equipment


A former Florida police sergeant is facing up to 120 years in prison after he was found guilty of producing, possessing and accessing child pornography—all while he was on duty, using equipment provided by his department.

Kyle A. Kirby, 37, was charged after an investigation into his patrol car computer in October 2015 revealed images showing young children involved in sex acts. The investigation concluded that Kirby had been using the computer to “download and store child pornography” since at least December 2014. A report from News4Jax noted:

“According to court documents, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers searched Kirby’s residence as the result of an online child pornography investigation. That same morning, the Live Oak police chief authorized the agents to inspect and search the computer located inside Kirby’s patrol car.


A forensic examination of the patrol car computer used by Kirby revealed that it contained at least 87 thumbnail images that either depicted minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including one involving a toddler, or that had titles indicative of child pornography. In addition, the Internet browser history on the computer contained search terms commonly used by individuals who search for child pornography online.”

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, published by the Bradenton Herlad, noted that evidence of child porn was also found on Kirby’s police desktop computer, where investigators “found images of children naked or partially undressed after using a concealed camera to film unsuspecting children.”

Kirby appears to have used a concealed camera, transferred the images to the computer, and then attempted to delete them. However, investigators were able to recover the pornographic images, and the statement noted that they were found in “folders named for some of his victims.”

Live Oak Police Department Chief Alton Williams said in a statement that he had considered Kirby to be “a trusted friend” in the past and that this was the “most difficult situation” he has faced during his time as a police officer.

“I have been in law enforcement for 30 years, and this has been the most difficult situation I have faced. A trusted friend, officer and protector of the public betrayed all facets of the job he swore to do. I realize that mistakes happen, but this was no mistake it was a choice, a choice that has impacted not only his agency, but his trusted friends, family, and community to include all brothers and sisters of the badge. I am appreciative of the F.B.I, the U.S Attorney’s Office and all others involved. Justice did prevail.”

As The Free Thought Project has reported, this is not the first time a police officer was discovered with child pornography. In 2017 alone, a police sergeant was found possessing and attempting to receive child pornography in April; a school resource officer was found possessing a trove of graphic child pornography in August; and a network of police officers were found raping the cadets in their Police Explorers program and filming it to create child porn in October.

Kyle Kirby has been in custody since he was first arrested on Oct. 28, 2015. He faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 120 years in prison, and his sentencing hearing has not been set.

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Judge Bans Fmr House Speaker from Being Left Alone With Kids as He’s a ‘Serial Child Molester’


As the mainstream media laughs off a potential pizzagate scenario as a baseless conspiracy theory, a federal judge has just ordered the former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert to “never be alone with anyone under the age of 18.”

While the actual story of a pedophilia ring operating out of a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C. may not be a reality, the truth of the matter is that D.C. has a long and sordid history of sex abuse. Dennis Hastert—who served under Clinton and Bush—is proof of that history.

On Tuesday, and with no explanation, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin ordered Hastert to never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker’s conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students, according to the AP.

As TFTP reported, Hastert was let out of prison—early—three months ago and was put on supervised release. The conditions of this release, according to the report from the AP, included barring Hastert from possessing pornography and using “any sex-related telephone numbers.” He also must allow — and pay for — the installation of software that records all his computer activity, from browser history to email correspondence and internet chats.

When he sentenced Hastert to prison last year, Judge Durkin referred to the admitted predator and former House Speaker as “a serial child molester” for the horrific acts he admitted to committing against multiple victims.

While the judge didn’t give the reason as to why these new restrictions were just handed down, they came in a sealed report and were recommended by Hastert’s probation officer on Monday. This indicates that they may believe he could still be a grave danger to children.

Hastert, as TFTP has reported, is not alone in his sick world and was reported to have acted with numerous high profile politicians and elite businessmen. His case only goes to serve as an alarm that D.C. is still infested.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump promised to seek out sexual predators and those who are participating in the “human trafficking epidemic” and bring them to task. However, his actions in the White House, thus far, appear to be doing the exact opposite.

This week, sites like Infowars began covering up Trump’s links to pedophiles by claiming Fusion GPS was making up these ties. While Fusion GPS, a Trump opposition think tank, was behind a story linking Trump to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, one does not need to make anything up when the facts are in the open for all to see.

In April, the Free Thought Project reported on Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta.

At the time, prosecutors from Acosta’s office, working with the FBI and documented for the court, found that, through assistance from several female assistants, Epstein “would recruit underage females to travel to his home in Palm Beach to engage in lewd conduct in exchange for money … Some went there as much as 100 times or more. Some of the women’s conduct was limited to performing a topless or nude massage while Mr. Epstein masturbated himself. For other women, the conduct escalated to full sexual intercourse.”

Rather than the minimum ten-year sentence the billionaire pedophile faced, Acosta’s arrangement with Epstein’s lawyers landed a part-time, eight hours per day county jail term for a scant 13 months in a club med prison—a travesty of justice indeed.

These are undisputed facts — yet, in April, Trump still appointed Acosta as his Secretary of Labor.

Acosta’s appointment should come as no surprise, given Trump’s outspoken praise for Epstein, including referring to the convicted pedophile as a “terrific guy,” he is “fun to be with,” and “he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Giving Trump the benefit of the doubt with Acosta would be easier had he not made those comments. It would also be easier to overlook if he didn’t appoint another alleged sexual predator to his cabinet right after Acosta.

According to ProPublica, a political appointee hired by the Trump administration for a significant State Department role was accused of multiple sexual assaults as a student several years ago at The Citadel military college.

Steven Munoz was hired by the Trump administration as assistant chief of visits, and has been accused of sexually assaulting male students — not once — but at least five times.

As ProPublica reports, at The Citadel, five male freshmen alleged that Munoz used his positions as an upperclassman, class president and head of the campus Republican Society to grope them. In one incident, a student reported waking up with Munoz on top of him, kissing him and grabbing his genitals. In another, on a trip to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., a student said that Munoz jumped on him in bed and he “felt jerking and bouncing on my back.”

In spite of an investigation finding that these assaults “likely occurred,” a local prosecutor reviewed the case and declined to go after Munoz. Instead of charging Munoz with assault, he was let off with a warning only to be given several awards for “leadership, sound character, and service to others” upon graduating in 2011.

After he graduated, even more students came forward. These claims prompted an investigation by police. After the investigation by police in 2012, Munoz was banned from campus and all students were sent an email notifying them of this ban.

As TFTP has reported, Washington D.C. not only protects sex abusers but they use your tax dollars to silence their victims. Sadly, most people ignore at least half of all the abuse because blowhards in the media try to turn sex abuse into a partisan issue. Those on the left ignore the crimes of their party, just like those on the right claim sex abuse is a liberal issue. But as we’ve shown above Trump (the Republican) and Hastert (the Democrat) are both privvy to this problem.

When the former speaker of the house—who served for 8 years in a town full of sex abusers—is called a serial child molester by a federal judge and is banned from being around children, it is time to stop dismissing reality.

There is no left or right, sex abusers know no party lines, and as recent events have proven, Hollywood, the mainstream media, and even the White House have all been looking the other way for far too long. The more light we shine into this darkness, the more these predators will lose their hiding places. Please share this article to help in shining that light.

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Managing Your Blog On a Mobile Device

Have you given the WordPress mobile apps a try lately? We’ve been working hard to make sure our iOS and Android apps are simple to use and have the features you need to blog right from your phone or tablet. Here are a few recent additions and updates that make blogging on the go easier:

Add Categories and Tags

Before publishing a blog post, you can add categories and tags right in the app’s post editor. To add categories and tags to a post in the iOS editor, tap the at the top right, then Options. On Android, tap the gear icon at the top right.

(Need a refresher? Categories allow you to group related posts together on your site, and tags help people find you in the Reader. Keep in mind that the Reader will filter out posts using more than 15 categories and tags total, so stick to 15 or fewer.)

Edit Post Slugs and Excerpts

A post slug is the part of a post’s URL after the .com (or the .blog, .org, .net, or whichever kind of address you use). WordPress generates one for you automatically based on your post’s title — but if your post has a very long title, it will also have a very long URL. Now, you can edit your slugs in the apps to shorten them.

You can also add and edit excerpts — little summaries of your posts — in the app. Some themes display post excerpts on your home page; if yours does, you’ll want to add one to each post. They also display in the Reader, giving you more control over what appears there.

To find the slug and excerpt in the apps, go back into your post’s settings: head to a post and tap on … → Options (iOS) or on the gear icon (Android), Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the slug and excerpt options.

Add a Featured Image

Lots of themes use Featured Images to draw readers’ eyes to your posts and pages. And when readers share your posts, the Featured Image is often used by Twitter, Facebook, and other networks. It’s the first part of a post most people see, and plays a big role in whether people decide to read.

To add a featured image to a post, open a post and go back to — you guessed it! — …→ Options (iOS) or the gear icon (Android). You can change an existing featured image there, too.

Easier Reading and Accessibility

The apps have seen several changes to make them easier to use, including better button and image descriptions for screen readers and improved zooming to increase text size. If you’ve had trouble with small text in one of the apps before or found something to be inaccessible, give it another try and be sure to let our support team know if you see areas where we can improve further.

In-App Support

If you have any questions, you can reach our support team right in the apps by going to Me → Help & Support → Contact Us. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Don’t have the WordPress mobile app yet? Download it here.

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Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.

Jenkins, who was freed in 2004, had lived on Sado Island with his wife, a Japanese woman named Hitomi Soga who herself was kidnapped by North Korea and forced to teach her language to Pyongyang’s spies. Jenkins’ death was first reported by Kyodo News and Japan’s NHK broadcaster, who said the cause was heart failure.

In January 1965, Jenkins decided to cross into the North and desert the U.S. Army in an attempt to avoid serving in Vietnam. He drank 10 beers to soothe his nerves, unloaded his military-issue rifle as a gesture of peace and walked across the border hoping he could travel through the country and possibly seek asylum in Russia.

But those hopes were quickly dashed, he told The Los Angeles Times earlier this year, and Jenkins said in retrospect that a lot of his decisions “don’t make sense now.” He was held for eight years in a room with three other American defectors and forced to memorize information about North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, beaten at times and forced to live in bleak, freezing quarters.

“In North Korea, I lived a dog’s life,” he told the Times. “Ain’t nobody live good in North Korea. Nothing to eat. No running water. No electricity. In the wintertime you freeze ― in my bedroom, the walls were covered in ice.”

Jenkins was eventually moved into his own home, and began to teach English and play roles as an evil American in North Korean propaganda movies.

In 1980, a then 21-year-old Soga was moved into his home by government authorities and they were forced to marry just weeks later. They later fell in love through their mutual hatred of the North, he told the Times, and had two daughters.

“After I met Hitomi, my life changed,” he said, according to NHK.

Soga was released through a deal between the North Korean and Japanese governments in 2002, and Jenkins and their daughters were released themselves two years later in 2004, according to The Washington Post. Then in his 60s, Jenkins was court-martialed on a U.S. Army base in Japan that year and sentenced to 30 days in prison for desertion, but was released early.

He went on to live in Japan with Soga and told Kyodo in 2012 that he was happy with his newfound freedom and his work at a souvenir shop at a local museum on Sado Island.

Shortly after the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea after he was accused of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel, Jenkins said he couldn’t understand why Americans would visit North Korea as tourists.

“It’s crazy,” he said in his interview with the Times. “North Korea will do anything to keep a foreigner.”

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DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'

WASHINGTON — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez addressed NBA legend Charles Barkley’s critique of his party during a Wednesday press conference call in which he discussed Doug Jones’s upset victory in Alabama’s special Senate election. Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley’s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters “for granted.”

“We have to earn back the trust of voters. I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly, and I accept his challenge for the Democratic Party moving forward,” Perez said.

Jones became the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years when he defeated Republican Roy Moore on Tuesday following sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge. Jones’s victory was heavily aided by African-American voters, who turned out in even larger numbers than they did in the 2012 presidential election when Barack Obama, the first black president, was running for his second term. And the African-Americans who voted in Alabama on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed Jones, with 93 percent of black men giving him their vote and 98 percent of African-American women putting their support behind him, per exit polls.

Barkley, an African-American Alabama native who campaigned for Jones, said this should be a “wake-up call for Democrats” during an interview from Jones’s victory party, which aired on CNN Tuesday night.

“Democrats … they’ve taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor,” Barkley said. “They’ve always had our votes, and they have abused our votes. … This is a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people.”

On the conference call the morning after the race, Perez did not dispute Barkley’s claim.

“I think it’s undeniable that, in the past, the Democratic Party all too frequently took voters for granted, especially in communities of color, also frequently as well in rural pockets of our nation. And we’ve suffered the electoral consequences from that,” Perez said.

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump in the 2016 presidential race has widely been attributed to weakening support among working-class white voters. Clinton also saw less African-American turnout than Obama. Black voters generally back Democrats and are a key part of the party’s coalition.

Perez — who took the reins of the DNC in February and is the first Latino chair of the committee — promised to rebuild the party following Clinton’s loss. In recent months, the party has been on a winning streak in key races with the win in Alabama and victories in gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia. During the conference call on Wednesday, Perez repeatedly described Jones’s victory as evidence of a “new Democratic Party” and said “the days of taking voters for granted are in the rearview mirror.”

“The new DNC is all about organizing in every zip code, leading in every zip code, talking to people and building relationships in every ZIP code,” said Perez. “We understand that so many minority communities across this country, they deserve our attention. They’ve earned our attention, and the new Democratic National Committee is engaging just that.”

Yahoo News asked Perez what strategies the DNC used to boost Jones’s turnout and whether they expect to be able to replicate that success in other races. Perez said almost all of the nearly $1 million the DNC invested in the Alabama Senate race was spent on African-American and millennial turnout. He also said the DNC has increased its investment in state party organizations to focus on “critical communities” and built a $10 million “innovation fund” focused on black, Latino, millennial and rural voters. Specifically, Perez described the African-American vote as key to the party’s future.

“The African-American vote was the linchpin of Doug Jones’s success,” Perez said. “And once again we saw what we’ve seen across the nation: African-Americans generally and African-American women are the backbone of the Democratic Party.”

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Losing the Alabama senate seat is a huge embarrassment for President Donald Trump, who endorsed Moore’s candidacy despite ongoing sexual misconduct allegations.

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Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft

A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.

Using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, scientists with the 100 million dollar research project Breakthrough Listen will observe an asteroid named ‘Oumuamua for 10 hours on Wednesday.

According to the project’s website, ‘Oumuamua, the mysterious interloper recently spotted moving rapidly through the solar system, was discovered by the Pan-STARRS project at the University of Hawaii in October 2017 when it passed by Earth at about 85 times the distance to the Moon — a stone’s throw away in astronomical terms. 

‘Oumuamua, formally known as 1I/2017 U1, is the first object discovered in the solar system that appears to originate from another star system. Its high speed – 196,000 mph at its peak – suggests it is not gravitationally bound to the Sun and that it will continue its voyage back into interstellar space.

The object sparked interest because it has a “highly unusual structure” for an asteroid, which tend to be round rather than long and thin. ‘Oumuamua’s shape is described as “an elongated cigar shape, hundreds of meters in length but with width and height perhaps only one tenth as long.”

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According to a statement released by Breakthrough Listen, “Researchers working on long-distance space transportation have previously suggested that a cigar or needle shape is the most likely architecture for an interstellar spacecraft, since this would minimize friction and damage from interstellar gas and dust. While a natural origin is more likely, there is currently no consensus on what that origin might have been, and Breakthrough Listen is well positioned to explore the possibility that ‘Oumuamua could be an artifact.”

Breakthrough Listen’s observation campaign will begin on Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST and will continue across four radio bands, from 1 to 12 GHz, for a total of 10 hours.

Whether the object is an alien craft remains to be seen, but scientists have seemingly offered a glimpse into their excitement and optimism with its name — ‘Oumuamua is a Hawaiian term meaning roughly ‘a messenger reaching out in advance.’

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