Brown Shirts and Jack Boots for Profiling Police! Government adviser’s warning over spot checks for illegal immigrants | UK news | The Observer

The dispute over the Home Office’s controversial spot-check searches for illegal immigrants has escalated, as one of the government’s own migration advisers warned that Britain should not adopt the draconian tactics of countries such as Singapore in dealing with the issue.

Last week Home Office officials, accompanied by police officers wearing stab vests, conducted a series of checks, mainly at railway stations, as they sought to find immigrants illegally living in the country. It followed the rollout of a number of vans displaying signs encouraging illegal immigrants to “go home” in a pilot that has been widely criticised as heavy-handed.

via Government adviser’s warning over spot checks for illegal immigrants | UK news | The Observer.

Noa: my visit to the Knesset in support of peace!

Everybody, Arabs and Jews alike spoke beautifully, it was truly inspiring. I too had a chance to speak, and urged my fellow artists on both sides of the fence to step out and raise their voices, fearlessly, for peace (personally I think e should ALL be out on the streets!)

But what was MOST striking was the fact that for the first time in the HISTORY of the Knesset, the Palestinian flag was waving alongside the Israeli one!! what a sight to see!! (see photo)

via Noa: my visit to the Knesset in support of peace!.

Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Taylor Farms Salad, Some Served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster | Food Safety News

  1. News of who held up because Red Lobster and Olive Garden would have screamed loud if evidence not solid.
  2. Think twice now – why can’t they buy local and make their own salads? What’s going on with the rest of the “food” being prepared at these and similar outlets. 

The outbreak of Cyclospora in Iowa and Nebraska that has caused hundreds of confirmed illnesses has been linked to Mexican-grown Taylor Farms salad mix, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some of the contaminated salad mix was served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, according to the Des Moines Register. Other restaurants may also have used the salad mix.

It is not yet clear if concurrent Cyclospora outbreaks in other states are also connected to the Taylor Farms salad mix or the restaurant chains. At least 418 people across 16 states have been found ill with Cyclospora infection between early June and early July.

No grocery store products have yet been connected to the outbreak, as it is considered exclusively restaurant salad at this point.

via Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Taylor Farms Salad, Some Served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster | Food Safety News.

Breaking News: I Almost Died

Almost funny but people are injured and some die every year because of people shooting in the air to “celebrate.”

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Well, not quite.

I was in Tripoli when Saad Hariri’s long-awaited Ramadan speech was taking place. I couldn’t care less about what he had to say so I just sat with my friends on a porch, enjoying an afternoon August breeze.

“He’s ten minutes in and we haven’t heard bullets yet,” Ismail said jokingly. And, as if on queue, the bullets started getting fired up the air.

So as we discussed some inescapable politics through the distant shots, we heard something ricochet off the wall and land immediately next to us. We were four people. This surprisingly heavy bullet could have hit anyone:

Bullet tripoli lebanon

I’m not the kind to immediately freak out so we simply retreated inside as they cursed the morons shooting on the streets in celebration. The shooting soon ended as the speech died down.

Then I wondered: what if this actually hit one of us?

Any kind of…

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