Republican senators introduce bill to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem | World news | The Guardian – Armageddon 2.0 bill or Armageddon deja vu? Has a whole lot to do with campaign fund raising than with any care for Israel, Palestine, US or you and me.

Although the US Congress passed a law ordering the move to Jerusalem in 1995, every president since then has exercised a six-month waiver to prevent it taking place, usually citing “national security concerns”. Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official and peace negotiator, warned last month that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would result in the “destruction of the peace process as a whole”.

Source: Republican senators introduce bill to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem | World news | The Guardian

Gates Foundation Project to Eliminate Malaria Focuses on Insecticides | News | PND-  “Being a billionaire and inciting greed and status seeking behavior of all who come close can ruin any serious effort to understand and control malaria.”

The two technologies could be “transformational,” said Dan Strickman, a senior program officer at the foundation. The next challenge, however, will be to identify the approaches that work best in combination with existing medical treatments so as to shrink the footprint of the disease over the next ten to fifteen years, Karl Malamud-Roam, manager of Rutgers University’s public health pesticides program, told the Seattle Times.

Source: Gates Foundation Project to Eliminate Malaria Focuses on Insecticides | News | PND

Finding out how human behavior facilitates the expansion of growth of malaria carrying mosquitoes would cost less but would show that industrial farming and deforestation are the chief facilitators of malaria’s continual comebacks.

Online Idiots Continue To Harass Denise Huskins, Vallejo Woman Accused Of Faking Kidnapping That Was Not Fake: SFist

Ignorant trolls who neither keep up with the news nor have enough to occupy them in life continue to send harassing messages to Denise Huskins, the woman at the center of the so-called Gone Girl kidnapping case in Vallejo that happened nearly two years ago, and calling her a liar. Huskins revealed in a Facebook post New Year’s Day one such message from a man named Jeffrey McFadden, a complete stranger who, all this time later, is calling her an “ignorant slut,” telling her she’s “not as pretty as u think” and threatening violence against her, because he assumes her story remains a falsehood.”I don’t post this for pity,” she writes. “I post this to increase awareness,” and she goes on to describe how this message sent her into a physical PTSD response, and “I am thoroughly exhausted, every inch of my body is tired from the fit of terror it was battling.” “All I did was survive, and I was criminalized for it.”The case from March 2015 was bizarre enough to make national headlines, and Vallejo’s own police department was quick to dismiss it as a hoax. Huskins was kidnapped, her boyfriend Aaron Quinn sedated and tied up in their home, and she was then returned to her parents in southern California when the kidnapper had a change of heart, after demanding a strangely small ransom and writing a manifesto to the San Francisco Chronicle. But in fact there was one very mentally ill man, Matthew Muller, who has pleaded guilty in the case, and we’ve known since July of 2015 that the kidnapping was very much real, and that this same man was suspected of committing similar, sexually charged, home-invasion crimes against other Bay Area women.As ABC 7 reports, Muller was scheduled to be sentenced this month, but his sentencing has been postponed to March, exactly two years after the kidnapping. Huskins and Quinn are expected to deliver victims’ impact statements in court.

Source: Online Idiots Continue To Harass Denise Huskins, Vallejo Woman Accused Of Faking Kidnapping That Was Not Fake: SFist

NYPD Investigating Video Of Police Beating Man While Handcuffing Him: Gothamist

Jasmin wrote on Facebook that the man had been in his car following an encounter with the police. She said the officers were “getting ready to pull off” when they changed course, exiting the van and approaching the man.”Granted the man did stick his head out the window and say a few choice words,” she wrote. “But please tell me why the cops got out the van, snatched him out of his car and proceeded to do this to him.””This is exactly why i [sic] hate the police,” she added. “His hands were already tied and he kept hitting the man in the face until bloody. RIDICULOUS!!”

Source: NYPD Investigating Video Of Police Beating Man While Handcuffing Him: Gothamist

Coal Fire, Not Just Iceberg, Doomed the Titanic, a Journalist Claims – The New York Times – Profit, pride, and status seeking drive “news”

David Hill, a former honorary secretary of the British Titanic Society, who has been studying the cause of the sinking since the 1950s, argued that, while the damage caused by the fire to the steel walls protecting the hull may have hastened the disaster, the blaze was not the decisive factor.“When the Titanic hit the iceberg close to midnight on April 14, 1912, it created a 300-foot-long line of damage on the starboard section of the hull, including punctures and gashes, that opened up too many compartments to the sea, so that the weight of the water dragged the bow down so low that the ship eventually sank,” he said. “A fire may have accelerated this. But in my view, the Titanic would have sunk anyways.”He added: “It amazes me how this ship still captures the global imagination. It was not the worst-ever catastrophe at sea. But it is the one everyone remembers.”

White male @JCPENNEY employee assaults a black teenage girl with a headlock | 3CHICSPOLITICO

White male @JCPENNEY employee assaults a black teenage girl with a headlockPosted on January 3, 2017 by SouthernGirl2JC PENNEY, Y’ALL! It’s so damn disturbing.According to reports, the girl was with her family when they were told to leave by the suspect after telling them “they didn’t belong there.”On their way out, the girl knocked over a display as retaliation and the man jumped at her and wrestled her into a headlock.

Source: White male @JCPENNEY employee assaults a black teenage girl with a headlock | 3CHICSPOLITICO

vintage everyday: The Corman’s Missing Polaroids: The Story Behind 66 Lost Polaroids of Madonna Before She Was Famous

The Corman’s Missing Polaroids: The Story Behind 66 Lost Polaroids of Madonna Before She Was FamousThe missing Polaroids had kept Richard Corman awake at night for years. He had misplaced or, worse, thrown away dozens of shots he took of Madonna in April 1983, when she was a fiercely ambitious 24 years old unknown with blood-red-lips, a painted-on-mole and an armful of black rubber bangles.

Source: vintage everyday: The Corman’s Missing Polaroids: The Story Behind 66 Lost Polaroids of Madonna Before She Was Famous