#JumpAgainstTrump: NY priest says meme calling on Trump protesters to kill themselves was a joke

Fr. Philip Pizzo, 67, who practices in the Diocese of Brooklyn, posted the #JumpAgainstTrump meme on his personal Facebook page Sunday, said he thought the slogan was “funny” and insisted it was not intended to promote suicide.

I do not promote suicide,’’ said Pizzo to the NY Post. “I’ve helped many people over the years, and it does not promote suicide. It was funny.”

Following a barrage of hate from parishioners and the public, Pizzo posted an apology on Facebook Tuesday, explaining that he regrets posting the “completely inappropriate” meme.

I apologize for the hurt that I have caused over a Facebook post,” he reportedly wrote.

I never intended it to get this kind of reaction and I regret posting it. I have been a priest for 40 years and my goal has always been to bring Christ to the people. I am pro-life and any reference to suicide is contrary to my beliefs, therefore, making my post completely inappropriate. Again, please accept my sincerest apology.”

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Fr. Pizzo has shared similar political sentiments on his Facebook page in the past, reports the AP, including a photo of President Obama with the words “He’s not my president” and a picture of Hillary Clinton titled “Ugly Face” and “Happy Halloween”.

The Diocese of Brooklyn said the post does not reflect the church’s stance and it has been removed.

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Americans raise $975k to rebuild Texas mosque that perished in fire

Imam Osama Hassan noticed that the mosque was on fire early Saturday morning, as he kept an eye on the surveillance cameras because the building had been burglarized recently. Though the firefighters responded immediately, the wooden-frame building was devastated by the blaze. It did not have fire insurance.

“I don’t know what to say,” mosque member Walid Taha told the Victoria Advocate on Monday, as he surveyed the damage. “The whole building, it’s burned down.”

There has been an outpouring of support for the burned-out congregation, however. The GoFundMe page set up for the mosque raised more than $600,000 in the first 24 hours and overshot the $800,000 mark by Monday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, the contributions exceeded $977.000.

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American spirit,” said the message from the mosque, posted on the page.

“This shows there are a lot more good people in the world than bad people,” Hassan told the Victoria Advocate. “The people of Victoria help us to rebuild this place again. Just all of us, we would never be able to rebuild it. It’s impossible for our small community.”

“I think every single person in Victoria supports us,” said Taha. “I’m proud to be and live in Victoria.”

Fire and police officials from the city, county, state and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were helping with the investigation into what caused the fire, according to Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler. It could be months before they know anything for sure, Legler said.

Victoria is a city in southern Texas, about 115 miles southwest of Houston, with about 63,000 residents.

There were no fatalities in Saturday’s blaze. On Sunday, the orange stray cat that had made the mosque its home a few months earlier showed up alive and well, and was promptly adopted by Jenin, the daughter of Abed “Abe” Ajrami, the Advocate reported. Jenin is now doting on “Nacho.”

“I’m really happy he survived the fire, and I’m really happy that he is home with me,” she said.

The mosque was built in 2000. Someone left a severed pig’s head outside the building shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. During Ramadan in 2013, a local teenager spray-painted “H8” on the building, putting the mosque into national spotlight. He apologized and did not face charges.

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Small Hong Kong apartment uses low-tech ideas to maximize space

Hong Kong’s dense urban fabric is well-known for accommodating tiny living quarters — some of it super high-tech, some of it not so much. In between though, there’s a middle way, and Hong Kong-based design studio Design Eight Five Two‘s recent renovation of a 548-square-foot apartment for a photographer uses some low-tech but sound ideas for maximizing space, like sliding walls and transforming furniture that can do multiple duties.

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Seen over at Dezeen, Flat 27A is located in the city’s Kowloon Bay area. The apartment, which used to have two bedrooms and a cramped living room, was reworked so that the sleeping spaces and the living room were merged. To do this, sliding partitions were incorporated to divide up the limited space into rooms or opened up to form one larger area.

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Storage is hidden everywhere, and visual clutter kept to a minimum with sliding walls, as the homeowner is a big collector of books and mementos from travelling.

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Mobile pieces of furniture were also put in, to allow flexibility of use in the space: a extendable dining table for ten that can be rolled in when family visits, for example. When that table is moved out of the way, one can access more storage shelving that rolls out of the wall, but is usually hidden out of sight.

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To accommodate the client’s cat, a cut-out nook has been added in one of the cubbies, in addition to a “cat toilet” that has been conveniently installed under the bathroom sink.

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With a few adjustments, the architects have created a greater sense of “simplicity, ease, and efficiency” in the client’s life, without having to start from scratch and instead working with what’s existing already — a good idea when considering a ‘greener’ design. More over at Design Eight Five Two.

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Director Adam Bhala Lough, seated, and Cody Wilson from the film “The New Radical.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)


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January 27th, 2017


Cody Wilson turned a toothpick over in his mouth and swirled the olive-adorned drink in front of him.


“I don’t ask anyone to be sympathetic to my position,” he said. “I don’t think I’m a very sympathetic character.”


The 28-year-old may or may not be on to something when he makes that statement about his personality. He is decidedly on-point when he makes it about his ideas.


Wilson is part of a loose group of techno-anarchists, or crypto-anarchists. Together with such figures as Bitcoin developer Amir Taaki and, somewhat more distantly, the ‎likes of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, he seeks to overthrow established systems by using new forms of digital savvy and aggression. These are, needless to say, far from consensus beliefs..


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Wilson’s ideology, ascent and travails are followed in Adam Bhala Lough’s “The New ‎Radical.” The youth-culture filmmaker’s latest documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week, takes viewers on a sweep through an underground world, offering as much a portrait of a new and subversive way of thinking as of the thinkers themselves.‎ Told slickly if not always explanatorily, “New Radical” follows such initiatives as Defense Distributed, a digital file that allows anyone with a 3-D printer to create their own gun away from government oversight, and Dark Wallet, a kind of Internet market in the shadows where digital currency can move undetected.‎


At the center of it all is Wilson, who founded and created the file for Defense Distributed and is a key cog in Dark Wallet.


As it has played at Sundance several times over the course of the week, “Radical” has landed with all the gentleness of a Molotov cocktail. Despite their ambition, issue-minded movies at this gathering tend to fall into a comfortable set of mainstream center-left positions; someone who occupies both the extreme right and left ends of the spectrum (depending on the issue) will almost inherently be a feather-ruffler.


Power is the threat of violence.— Cody Wilson


In “New Radical,” the archetype alluded to by the title looks to create fundamental political change by pushing for one or more of the following: an eradication of intellectual-property laws, radical free speech, fierce encryption to protect that speech, anonymous money (basically, digital currency not controlled or monitored by any government) and a general disdain for traditional legislative structures.


Wilson has added another element: weapons. The hyper-articulate Arkansas native came into the public eye in 2013 when Defense Distributed released the blueprint for its first gun, called The Liberator. The program essentially allows anyone with access to a 3-D printer to make an end run around gun regulations by printing a plastic weapon at home.


“The project started with guns. It was like, ‘If you combine WikiLeaks and guns — guns and the Internet — doesn’t that change the political?’ Power is the threat of violence,” he said. The mere possibility that anyone can take up arms will, in Wilson’s view, keep everyone in check — in turn both neutralizing government and taking over its order-maintaining function.



Though the State Department shut him down shortly after he went online, Wilson continues to fight the battle in the courts, and says he is optimistic that he can win in the next few years. “What [judges] have been doing is piece by piece committing themselves to positions I hold. What I’m doing them is beating them slowly, death by a thousand paper cuts.”


Wilson speaks with a kind of intellectual turbocharge, casually using phrases such as “furious mimetic force” and assuming a level of political-philosophy literacy that would tax an advanced grad student. Radiating a no-nonsense confidence, Wilson can be off-putting to some; at the festival, that reaction has sometimes been palpable.


Silicon Valley needs to get its teeth kicked in whenever it can; I’m down for that first and foremost.— Cody Wilson


His ideas, he said, took root in intensive readings of leftist political theory before sprouting into a new kind of hybrid. Indeed, Wilson confounds most traditional positions; figuring out where he stands on issues can be an exercise in checking off boxes from wildly different columns.


Here’s a quick list:


Intellectual-property rights, no; political leaders, really no; progressive politics, really, really no (“Liberalism is the thing we whistle while we assert our domination over people,” he says in the film); the tech world, pretty emphatically no (“Silicon Valley needs to get its teeth kicked in whenever it can; I’m down for that first and foremost,” he said in the interview).


Easy access to guns, yes; unfettered encryption, yes; radical free speech, yes; a monetary system untethered to any government, really yes; a government that itself withers away, Marx-style, really, really yes.


Wilson does take pains to separate himself from the alt-right. As he began to explain the distinctions, Bhala Lough jumped in to say that the movie was largely completed before that movement gained mainstream currency, then sought to change the subject, implicitly suggesting that such publicity would be radioactive.


The truth is that some of Wilson’s positions, particularly those involving guns, could be conflated with that movement’s. Then again, President Trump’s proclamation during the campaign that he was the “law-and-order candidate,” with its intimations of a strong, government-led police and military presence, are hardly the sorts of ideas most anarchists get on board with.


At Sundance screenings, questions directed at Wilson have at times been skeptical, even hostile, and laid bare the divisions at the festival, which takes place in a red libertarian state but is attended heavily by registered Democrats. Wilson, of course, occupies terrain all over the map.


“I love the fact that people will write him off as a gun nut and then [when they hear more] say, … ‘I’m just conflicted about this guy now,'” Bhala Lough said.


The filmmaker takes few overt positions on his subject in the film. Even in person he is hard to read on the matter, though he certainly has grown close with Wilson. Bhala Lough said that he thinks his movie has some things in common with another piece about a man who fought a crusade with uncomfortable side effects.


“I thought a lot about ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’ when I was making this movie,” the director said. “Was that a pro-porn film? He was a difficult person to love, but man, did he do some important things.” (Gun-control advocates might note some distinctions, both historical and legal, between the 1st and 2nd Amendments.)


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HOW JESUS CONDEMNS CHRISTIANITY

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People I love and respect are committed to Christianity as it exists today. And so I’m relieved that they’ve acclimated to me and won’t take this personally… because it needs to be said:


Modern Christianity is something Jesus would condemn.


And yes, “condemn” is the right word. Do you remember all those passages where Jesus rails against the religious “hypocrites” of his own time? Well, he’d be doing the same if he were here now.


Let’s take these three lines as a warm-up:


Jesus never mentioned the virgin birth.


Jesus never mentioned original sin.


Jesus never used the word “trinity.”


None of these doctrines originated with Jesus. All of them were religious additions… later additions. Jesus never taught them.


Does This Offend You?


I am openly driving a wedge between Jesus and “Christianity” here, and I’m not going to apologize for it. My sympathies lie with Jesus rather than Christianity. If this offends anyone, I dare suggest that they consider their priorities.


The truth is that Jesus was more radical than religious people have ever been able to accept. How many of his original “disciples,” after all, were from a religious background? They were mostly fishermen and construction workers.


How strange, then, that within a century or two, intellectuals would take over entirely. And they did: Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Ambrose, Clement of Alexandria, Cyprian of Carthage, and Augustine were all professional intellectuals before they encountered Christianity. They changed a great many things.


We do, however, have records of average believers in the early days. We haven’t space for details here, but you can find them in several issues of our subscription letter. And what we find in those records looks nothing like modern Christianity. We see people devoted to good works rather than incessant talking. And we see no Bible devotion. In fact, the first mention of reading anything like a Bible reading in a meeting comes at 155 AD (several generations after Jesus), and calls the passages “memoirs.” Whether church people like that or not, it’s a fact.


“But the Apostles Taught Jesus’s Way”


Sorry, they didn’t. They were good men, and they tried. But they didn’t understand Jesus very well (lots of evidence for that), and they soon fought among themselves. And here’s a very telling fact:


In the New Testament, Jesus is noted as expressing “compassion” in six separate incidents and weeping over a death in a seventh. In a striking contrast, such actions are never attributed to any of “the apostles.”


The Way of Salvation


Christianity offers “salvation” to people based upon keeping sacraments, membership in a group, appeals to “accept his Word,” admonishment to “surrender to him,” and so on. Jesus’s teachings, however, are wildly different:


No one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.


Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.


All that the Father gives me will come to me.


In all of these cases, internal enlightenment is the only path to salvation. Either you get something from the Father, or you don’t. And that’s it. End of discussion.


This passage makes the same point:


You are blessed… because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father….


We also see this in the earliest followers. At about 130 AD, an old man – old enough to have known some of the very first believers – tells a young man this:


Pray that, above all things, the gates of light may be opened to you; for these things cannot be perceived or understood by all, but only by the man to whom God and his anointed have imparted wisdom.


It would be hard to overstress the implications of this teaching. And it’s incompatible with the doctrines of the churches.


One Final Point


There’s much more to be said on this (again, see the subscription letters), but I can summarize this way:


All that matters to Jesus is the real, the essential. He flatly rejects the value of form, ritual, and symbolism. Everything hinges on actual substance and on nothing else.


Jesus declares authority to be worthless. He declares tradition to be worthless. He declares acts of devotion to be worthless. The only thing that matters is what you are. No exceptions; no wiggle room. And if what you are isn’t sufficient, then change your mind (that’s the actual meaning of repent) and get busy fixing it.


Perhaps that’s still too radical for mankind to bear, but it is what he taught.


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About time: Three insulin drug makers being sued for price-fixing

    

Eleven diabetes patients have filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Massachusetts accusing three big pharmaceutical companies of inflating the prices of lifesaving drugs by 150 percent and harming patients in the process.

Diabetes sufferers, who need daily doses of insulin to survive, watched as Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly jacked up the price of insulin from $25 per prescription to as much $300-400 over five years, according to the complaint filed Monday.

Drug manufacturers usually rationalize drug price increases by claiming the high costs of research and development. In this instance, the plaintiffs claim, manufacturers admitted their price hikes were neither related to such costs nor any jump in production expenses.

The suit referred to a February 2016 op-ed written by an endocrinologist in the New York Times, which revealed the price hike had nothing to do with production costs.

The lawsuit cites examples of how the opaque drug-pricing system left many people unable to afford their insulin treatment, which can cost some patients up to $900 a month.

Patients have resorted to injecting themselves with expired insulin or starving themselves to control their blood sugar. In another instance, a patient intentionally slipped into diabetic ketoacidosis – one step short of a diabetic coma – in order to get insulin from hospital emergency rooms.

“People who have to pay out of pocket for insulin are paying enormous prices when they shouldn’t be,” said Steve Berman, a lawyer whose firm represents the patients and is seeking to have it certified as a class action suit, according tothe New York Times.

The complaint said the price hikes were the result of “a scheme and enterprise among each Defendant and several bulk drug distributors.”

In the scheme, drug makers set two prices for insulin treatments: a public price and a distributor price. While the lawsuit accuses the benefit managers of being complicit, Berman said the lawsuit focused on the drug makers because “they are playing the game, and they are the ones who publish the list price.”

Plaintiffs contend that “business is booming” for bulk drug distributors, (PBMs), with the three biggest distributors – Express Scripts, CVS Health, and OptumRX – “bringing in more than $200 billion a year in revenue. They also control over 80% of the PBM market, covering 180 million insured people.”

The suit argues these drug distributors, acting as middlemen, negotiate medicine prices with drug manufacturers on behalf of insurers, setting up “tiered formularies for their clients” which insurers then use “to determine how much of their members’ drug costs they will cover.”

Under those tiered formularies, distributors can exclude a more expensive drug, removing it from a formulary presented to health insurers. In turn, the insurance companies refuse to cover the more expensive drug, “giving them (PBMs) enormous control over drug purchasing behavior.”

The suit alleges PBMs also pocket the difference between the benchmark price and the undisclosed real price they secure, which are “wildly inflated.”

Drug companies were quick to declare they were law-abiding and the allegations lacked merit.

“We strongly believe these allegations have no merit, and will defend against these claims,” Sanofi said in a statement.

Lilly said it had followed all laws, adding, “We adhere to the highest ethical standards.”

A spokesman for Novo Nordisk said the company disagreed with the allegations in the suit and would defend itself.

“At Novo Nordisk, we have a longstanding commitment to supporting patients’ access to our medicines,” the company said.

In December, attorneys general in 20 states accused several drugmakers, including Teva Phamaceuticals and Mylan, of price fixing.

Mylan was cited for hiking the prices of the Epipen, a life-saving tool for severe allergy sufferers.

Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed on Monday to a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act related settlement after the Justice Department accused the company of bribing officials in Russia, the Ukraine and Mexico to increase profits for the company’s generic pharmaceutical drug, according to Legal News Online. The company agreed to pay $519 million in penalties and follow a compliance program laid out by the DOJ.

President Donald Trump has pledged to address the matter and said the industry was “getting away with murder.”

“I’ll oppose anything that makes it harder for smaller, younger companies to take the risk of bringing their product to a vibrantly competitive market,” Trump said in a meeting with pharmaceutical executives on Tuesday. “That includes price-fixing by the biggest dog in the market, Medicare, which is what’s happening. But we can increase competition and bidding wars, big time.”

Trump also urged big pharmaceutical companies to move back to the US.

“And I want you to manufacture in the United States. We’re going to be lowering taxes, we’re going to be getting rid of regulations that are unnecessary,” he said.

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Hot air: To make ‘air fresher’, partial smoking ban passed for Queensland National Parks

    

The Queensland Government is concerned the air is not fresh enough in national parks, citing air quality and passive smoking as key reasons for a partial smoking ban that comes into force tomorrow.

National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the new restrictions applied to people near picnic tables and barbecues to toilet blocks, jetties and information shelters in the state’s 272 national parks and campsites.

“These new rules will make the air fresher where people are congregating in our national parks,” he said.

Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young suggested the bans would help prevent passive smoking. “We know that 2 per cent of those 3,700 Queenslanders who die each year from smoking have never actually smoked themselves,” she said.

She acknowledged other states had enacted a total ban on smoking in national parks, but said it was important to focus on areas people congregate.

“I want people to go out into our parks and walk and get involved which will also help reduce obesity,” she said.

“The issue is really about people not smoking where they’ll impact other people who don’t smoke.”

Park rangers can issue on-the-spot fines of $243 for people caught smoking within 10 metres of facilities.

Dr Miles said the restrictions expanded Queensland’s already tough smoking laws.

He also briefly mentioned the threat of bushfires in pointing out new no-smoking signs being erected in national parks would not “pollute” the natural areas.

“But also, I hope, reduce the amount of cigarette butt litter and reduce the amount of unintentional wildfires rangers deal with.”

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Former wife of New York man who decapitated his mother charged with fatal beating of their 4-year-old son

    

They were a perfect couple — of killers.

The Brooklyn mom charged with beating her 4-year-old son to death with a broomstick was once married to the boy’s father — a South Bronx psychopath who killed and decapitated his mother, according to family members.

“Ain’t this crazy?” said Cassandra McLean-Smith, the aunt of murderer Bahsid McLean. “A child kills his mother, and then a mother kills her child. Ridiculous. What are we coming to?”

McLean-Smith’s sister Tanya Byrd was killed and dismembered by her oldest son Bahsid McLean back in February 2013. He was married to Vera McLean at the time, but according to McLean’s sister, Porsche Lovett, his wife changed her name to Zarah Coombs after the crime.

The 26-year-old mom was arrested Thursday for the savage killing of her little boy Zamair, who became the target of her homicidal rage when he accidentally dropped an egg on the floor, sources said.

Zamair was just three months old when his dad carved up his grandmom with a 2-foot Black & Decker electrical saw and stuffed the body parts into plastic trash bags.

McLean-Smith said the couple met in a group home, and her family was opposed to the wedding.

“We weren’t against her, we were against Bahsid,” said McLean-Smith. “My nephew was no good. He was a bully, he didn’t work, he lived off his mother. We couldn’t understand what she saw in him.”

Bahsid McLean is serving 25 years to life in prison for the killing, which he punctuated by posing for a selfie while clutching his mother’s head.

McLean-Smith said she only learned about the fatal beating of the little boy via a Saturday morning phone call from an old acquaintance.

    

She had only seen Zamair once, when the boy was less than a year old, and will now never see him again, she said.

“I cried this morning,” said McLean-Smith. “I did a lot of crying. How do you beat a child that bad? How do you beat a child to death with a broom? What made you so angry? He’s 4 years old.”

Court papers indicated Bahsid and Zarah filed for divorce in April 25, 2016, and the case was settled on Nov. 15, 2016.

McLean’s sister said she was still grappling with the twin tragedies.

“I would have never thought my brother would have done that to my mother,” Lovett said. “I would have never wanted my nephew to die like that. She (Zarah) was a sweet girl. I just don’t understand.

Lovett added that she was outraged that Zarah told reporters during a jailhouse interview that her boyfriend was Zamair’s father. “No, she didn’t. She was going to hide it.”



Lovett was also curious if anyone notified her brother of his son’s death.

“He should be notified,” she said. “It’s a death in the family.”

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Man pleads guilty to supporting ISIS and advocating violence on Twitter

    

A Pennsylvania man arrested for using Twitter accounts to threaten violence against Americans has pleaded guilty to providing support to well known members of the Islamic State terrorist group.

On Monday, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 20, a natural born American living in Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and transmitting communication containing a threat to injure, both of which are felonies.

Aziz was arrested in December 2015 after creating dozens of Twitter accounts that were used to spread propaganda about the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and recruit new members.

Aziz used 71 different Twitter accounts to “advocate violence against the U.S. and its citizens, to disseminate ISIL propaganda and to espouse pro-ISIL views,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement.

“As evidenced here, ISIL loyalists need not travel to the field of battle to threaten lives and do harm,” Special Agent in Charge Harpster said, according to the DOJ. “An American citizen provided material support to terrorists from American soil, while enjoying all the rights and privileges scorned by ISIL. We are gratified that Mr. Aziz is being brought to justice for these acts.”

The Twitter accounts were repeatedly suspended for violating policies against extremist material. Aziz created new accounts when they were suspended, however, all the accounts used the same IP address, which police were able to trace to a home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Aziz was living with his parents.

In the complaint, the DOJ lists several examples where Aziz used Twitter to advocate violence, including a tweet in January 2015, where he called for the death of all infidels or nonbelievers of Islam known as Kufar. “#KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #Kil I Al I Kufar,” Aziz tweeted.

Aziz also called for former President Barack Obama’s death in another tweet, posting, “#IS “Know O Obama, that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House.” That tweet also included a photograph of a masked man about to behead a soldier.

In March 2015, Aziz posted a hyperlink from the “Islamic State Hacking Division” that contained the names, home addresses, photos, and other information of 100 American military personnel. The website urged “brothers residing in America” to “Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe.”

In May 2015, Aziz tweeted a response to a then upcoming “Draw Mohammad” event that took place in Phoenix, Arizona, saying, “I hope the brothers have nailbombs ready for those protesters. Kill them all.”

After arresting Aziz, police searched his home and found a “tactical-style backpack,” which contained “five M4-style high-capacity, magazines loaded with 5.56 ammunition,” along with a knife and a balaclava similar to those worn by members of IS.

The DOJ released a statement after his guilty plea, which states that Aziz had on at least three occasions, provided assistance to persons traveling to the Islamic State with maps and telephone numbers. On one occasion, Aziz sent encrypted communications to several well-known members of IS in order to assist a member who was crossing the border from Turkey into Syria.

Aziz also discussed meeting IS members in the so called Islamic State one day, and asked about purchasing a 17-year-old Yazidi sex slave once he arrived there.

Aziz faces the a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He is due to be sentenced in May.

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Black Blizzard: Cyclone wreaks havoc on Russia’s Arctic city of Norilsk (VIDEO)

    

A powerful cyclone has triggered days of severe snowstorms in the world’s northernmost city of Norilsk, leaving inhabitants battling to maintain a regular lifestyle in the face of extreme cold, biting winds, and low visibility.

Storm warnings have been announced every few days throughout the past month, with the latest declared on Sunday night, as a warm cyclone hit the city. Temperatures have risen from about -25C to -15C, but a third of the expected monthly snowfall fell on Sunday night alone, and precipitation has not subsided since. Average snow cover has reached seven inches.

Winds have regularly exceeded 25 km/h, and have on occasions reached 40 km/h, which is defined by Russian meteorologists as a “black blizzard” – a severe weather event. Visibility has fallen below 1 km, but videos posted by locals show that it is hard to make out the houses on the sides of the road even during daytime – which only lasts five hours – without streetlights.

Several roads around the urban center have been closed for safety reasons, with ice coverage compounding the blinding snow clouds. Amateur footage shows buses stopping still in the middle of the road – some have been traveling in columns to avoid breakdowns – and citizens having to be picked up by passers-by after being blown off their feet. School attendance for all grades has been made optional, though classes are still being taught.

A roof has been blown off completely from one of the houses in the city, a regular occurrence, though unlike previous occasions, there were no casualties.

    

“I don’t remember roofs being destroyed at these rates. This shows the state of our housing – they are not building anything new, and can’t maintain what’s already here,” wrote one resident on the Russian social network VK, after posting the photo.

Local authorities say the storms will dissipate by Wednesday, and and sunny weather will shine through, with temperatures falling to -30C.

With a population of 175,000, Norilsk is the second biggest city inside the Arctic Circle, after Murmansk, which has far milder weather. There are no urban centers with even 100,000 people closer to the North Pole.

It was founded on Joseph Stalin’s orders in 1935 to provide natural resources for Russia’s burgeoning industry. Its nickel, copper and palladium reserves are some of the biggest in world, and despite regularly being classed as Russia’s most polluted city, and the world’s second windiest, it attracts tens of thousands of guest workers who man its mines on temporary contracts.

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