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Photographer captures whale shark swimming beneath sleepy fisherman

This is the jaw-dropping moment that a sleepy fisherman has a stretch and a yawn — oblivious to the giant whale shark swimming next to his canoe.

Photographer Dimitar Karanikolov captured the terrifying moment with a drone in the Philippines while he stood 300 meters away.

Photographer Dimitar Karanikolov

Photographer Dimitar Karanikolov took 200 shots with his drone-mounted camera before he captured the pic. (SWNS/Dimitar Karanikolov)

The 42-year-old took around 200 shots from different angles over the course of 15 minutes in order to capture this particular snap.

Disability applications plunge as the economy strengthens

The number of Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits is plunging, a startling reversal of a decades-old trend that threatened the program’s solvency. It is the latest evidence of a stronger economy pulling people back into the job market or preventing workers from being sidelined in the first place.

The drop is so significant that the agency has revised its estimates of how long the program will continue to be financially secure. This month, the government announced that the program would not run out of money until 2032, four years later than its previous estimate last year. Two years ago, the government had warned that the funds might be depleted by 2023

Richmond couple accused of keeping daughter locked in cage

Officers entered the home and noticed a strong smell of feces. One officer walked to the basement where the daughter’s bedroom was located. The officer noticed a large wooden cage with a combination lock on the outside. The officer found a small children’s toilet filled with feces and urine once entering the cage.Opera Snapshot_2018-06-20_042733_www.facebook.com

Shannon Felix told authorities they set up her bedroom this way so her daughter “doesn’t get out and we can get some sleep.”

Catholic cardinal in Washington accused of sex abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Vatican has asked retired Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said on Wednesday.

McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church’s sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a private group that tracks the allegations.

Swimming pool deaths in North Carolina spark speculation about cause

Authorities were investigating the deaths of three swimmers who were found unresponsive early Tuesday in a swimming pool at a North Carolina apartment complex near Duke University.

Police discovered the two males and one female fully submerged at the Chapel Tower apartment complex in Durham shortly after 3 a.m., the News & Observer reported. Though their ages and identities have yet to be released, a resident told the paper that all three appeared to be teenagers.

Woman says ‘I hate white people’ before attacking two passengers on bus: police

A black woman proclaimed  “I hate white people” before attacking two fellow passengers on a bus on Monday in Maryland, police said.

Kimberly Jordan, 24, of Silver Spring, Md., was charged with “racial harassment, obstructing and second-degree assault due to her alleged offensive and physically painful antics,” WJLA reported.

Kimberly Jordan was accused of declaring, “I hate white people” before attacking two

Kimberly Jordan was accused of declaring, “I hate white people” before attacking two passengers on a bus in Maryland on Monday, July 18, 2018. (Montgomery County Police Department )

Jordan was on the Ride On bus, Montgomery County’s public transportation system, when she allegedly stared at two passengers and said, “I hate white people.” She then reportedly struck a white female passenger in her face before smacking a white male passenger in his face, police said.

Anti-Trump professor thwarted in bid to share ICE employee data

Twitter and other online platforms are shutting down efforts to reveal the names of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees following the backlash against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Developer Sam Lavigne, who claims to be an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, created a database on GitHub that revealed the names of more than 1,500 ICE agents — with the data scraped from the LinkedIn business networking site.

Developer Sam Lavigne,

Developer Sam Lavigne, who claims to be an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, created a database on GitHub revealing 1,500 ICE agents’ names scraped from LinkedIn. (LinkedIn)

In a now-deleted Medium post, Lavigne justified the database, saying, “As ICE continues to ramp up its inhumane surveillance and detention efforts, I believe it’s important to document what’s happening, and by whom, in any way we can.”

Occupy Wall Street promotes killing ICE agents in gory, step-by-step cartoon

Occupy Wall Street received backlash after it promoted killing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a graphic and gory cartoon providing step-by-step instructions.

In the since-deleted cartoon tweeted Monday, an undocumented immigrant is seen with a child and a cage. The image, sent out from Occupy Wall Street New York City Twitter account, was in reference to the practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border.

Occupy Wall Street received backlash after posting a cartoon condoning people to murder ICE agents.  (Twitter)

Occupy Wall Street received backlash after posting a cartoon condoning people to murder ICE agents. (Twitter)

“If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don’t panic,” the first blurb reads.

ANTIFA SPREADS LIST OF ICE AGENTS COMPILED USING LINKEDIN AND BLASTS IT OVER TWITTER

Antifa, a violent, so-called anti-fascist group, tweeted out a list of over 1,500 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents’ identities.

The Twitter account “nebraska antifa” sent out a tweet to its followers on Tuesday that linked to the personal information of ICE officers compiled from information found on LinkedIn.

“Some enterprising hero archived the ICE employees listed on linkedin,” the tweet reads.

A Twitter user who goes by Sam Lavigne compiled the list of ICE agents’ identities, titles and locations. In a tweet on Tuesday morning he says he “scraped LinkedIn for people that work for ICE.

Peter Fonda tweets he wants to ‘rip Barron Trump from his mother’ and put him in a ‘cage with pedophiles’

Actor Peter Fonda took to Twitter Wednesday to ask a mob of people to “rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles.” He also called for violence against Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and called White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders a “c—.”

A rep for Fonda told Fox News it was “not possible” to get a comment from the actor as he is too busy doing press for his new film, “Boundaries.”

The Oscar-nominated actor, who is the younger brother of actress Jane Fonda, didn’t stop with his tweet about President Trump’s 12-year-old son, Barron.

MELANIA CALLS SECRET SERVICE AFTER ACTOR PETER FONDA CALLS FOR BARRON TRUMP TO BE KIDNAPPED

The Office of the First Lady has notified the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda called for kidnapping Melania and Donald Trump’s son, Barron, The Daily Caller has learned exclusively.

In a tweet sent Wednesday, the actor called for Barron to be “ripped” from Melania’s arms and put in a cage “with pedophiles.”

(Fox News Video) Hannity Rips Peter Strzok After Being Escorted Out of FBI

Hannity Rips Peter Strzok After Being Escorted Out of FBI

West Virginia Supreme Court justice faces 395 years behind bars in federal fraud case

A West Virginia Supreme Court justice faces up to 395 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines after being hit with a 22-count indictment on numerous charges of fraud and corruption.

Allen H. Loughry II, a 47-year-old justice at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, was charged by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with fraud, false statement, and witness tampering offenses.

Thomas More Law Center Agrees To Help Father In Fight With School Over Islamic Indoctrination Of 13-Year Old Daughter

Mr. Penkoski, an evangelist who hosts an online Christian ministry, “Warriors for Christ,” with an estimated 200K-300K followers, discovered the astonishing extent to which his daughter and her fellow classmates were being subjected to Islamic indoctrination under the guise of teaching about world religions.

On May 14 of this year, his seventh-grade daughter brought home a packet of lessons and assignments which included the following:

  • Write the Shahada, the Islamic conversion creed, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” in Arabic as part of “calligraphy” practice.
  • Fast for 24 hours and give lunch money and food to a food bank, to sympathize with Muslims going through Ramadan.
  • Read chapters from the Koran.
  • Learn the Five Pillars of Islam.

The lessons and assignments propagandized the students by downplaying the violent nature of Islam.

New Jersey Islamic Indoctrination Case Will Proceed As Judge Denies Chathams School District Motion To Dismiss

The federal lawsuit filed by TMLC on behalf of Mrs. Hilsenrath and her son, claimed that seventh-grade students at the Chatham Middle School were forced to watch a disturbing set of videos in their World Cultures and Geography class which seeks to convert its viewers to Islam.  Here is a sampling of what the students learned by watching just one of the 5-minute videos:

  • God gave Muhammed the noble Koran
  • The Koran is a Perfect guide for Humanity
  • The Koran is divine revelation
  • Islam is a shining beacon against the darkness of repression, segregation, intolerance and racism
  • The Beautiful Quran is Guidance for the wise & sensible

Most astoundingly, the video ends with a call for the students to convert to Islam:

60 Arrested in Texas Online Child Sex Crime Sting

Multiple law enforcement agencies came together for a three-month investigation called Operation Broken Heart, which resulted in 60 arrests and 152 charges across eight southeast Texas counties for numerous Internet crimes against children.

“This is a bittersweet moment we have every year,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo at a press conference held at the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) following the arrests Tuesday.

“It’s bittersweet because we have to have investigators investigating crimes most people would deem unthinkable. Operation Broken Heart brings relief to children in our communities who are being victimized.”

Over 100 arrested in another large-scale immigration raid

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – More than 100 workers were arrested Tuesday at an Ohio meatpacking plant by federal agents following a yearlong immigration investigation, the second large-scale raid within the state in the past two weeks.

The investigation focused on whether the company knowingly hired people who are in the country illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

The agency said it also was looking into whether many of the workers were using fraudulent identification belonging to U.S. citizens.

The arrests come as the U.S. government steps up its focus on businesses that hire people in the country illegally as part of a broad range of immigration crackdowns under President Donald Trump.

House struggles to unite behind bills to stem border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with votes on rival House GOP immigration bills, but neither appears to have enough support for passage, forcing the Trump administration to consider executive action to stem the crisis of family separations at the border.

President Donald Trump has said he’s “1,000 percent” behind both GOP bills, but restive House Republicans have all but begged GOP leaders for more clarity about what the president would actually sign. Public outcry is mounting over the family separations, but so far, there’s no clear roadmap for Thursday voting on the emotional issue dividing Republicans.

Trump to order end of immediate immigrant family separations at U.S. border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the immediate separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad.

An administration official said Trump would sign an order that would require immigrant families to be detained together if they are caught crossing the border illegally. Trump previously had insisted his hands were tied on the separation policy.

The order also would move parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings but would not end a “zero tolerance” policy that urges criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally, the official said.

Full text: Trump’s executive order ending family separations

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code. This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise.

This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law……..

Russian trolls are exploiting family-separation stories ‘to sow discord among Americans’: Senator

Russian bots and internet trolls are stoking the U.S. debate over family separation, a Republican senator said Wednesday, dropping a bombshell into the middle of the immigration debate.

“Trolls and bots are still active on Twitter trying to deceive us. They’re even using the current family separation & immigration debate to sow discord among Americans,” Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma Republican, said on Twitter.

He added: “It is important for social media companies to expose it so everyone knows what is fake.”

World News:

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said.

The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to “arson balloons” launched from Gaza into Israel.

Israel has been battling large fires caused by kites and balloons rigged with incendiary devices or burning rags, launched by Palestinians in Gaza that have destroyed forests, burned crops and killed wildlife and livestock.

Laws to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers passed in Hungary

Hungarian lawmakers voted to tighten the country’s asylum eligibility rules and threatened Wednesday to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations’ observance dedicated to refugees.

The approved changes include a constitutional amendment making it more difficult for refugees to qualify for asylum depending on how they reached Hungary. For example, asylum-seekers’ claims will be rejected if they traveled through countries where they were not persecuted or at risk of persecution.

Yemeni forces claim progress in battle for Hodeida’s airport

Yemeni fighters backed by the United Arab Emirates said they seized the southern runway of the international airport near Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, as fighting raged Wednesday between pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed rebels.

The coalition launched an offensive a week ago to retake the port city, which handles 70 percent of impoverished Yemen’s food imports. Aid groups have expressed alarm about the operation, but so far coalition forces remain bogged down in battles south of the city, and the port has remained open.

UK’s upper house of parliament approves government’s Brexit law

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s upper house of parliament approved Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit bill on Wednesday, ending months of parliamentary debate over the legislation that will formally end the country’s European Union membership.

Lords approved the government’s plan without a vote after a rebellion by those who wanted parliament to have a greater influence over the exit process was defeated in the lower house earlier in the day.

Hungary’s pro-Trump, populist government pushes Soros crackdown

Hungary’s populist government is brimming with confidence after a comfortable election win in April, and is pushing ahead with tough policies on illegal migration and combating the influence of left-wing Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros.

President Trump spoke with Prime Minister Viktor Orban last week, congratulating him on the formation of the new government.

According to a readout from the White House, the two “agreed on the need for strong national borders” and pledged to keep relations between the two

Switzerland Welcomes Radicalization

The strong message that the Swiss government is sending to those Muslim states and organizations that are fueling radicalization in Switzerland by funding Salafist, Turkish and other radical mosques, is that they are welcome to continue doing so; the Swiss government has no intention of stopping them, let alone asking any unpleasant questions. It might as well put up a sign, saying, “Radicalization Welcome”.

Switzerland has just rejected a proposed law preventing mosques from accepting money from abroad, and compelling them to declare where their financial backing comes from and for what purpose the money will be used. According to the proposal, imams also would have been obliged to preach in one of the Swiss national languages.

While the proposal narrowly passed in the lower house of parliament already in September 2017, the upper house recently rejected it. The proposal was modeled on regulations in Austria, where already in 2015, a law banning foreign funding of religious groups was passed. The Austrian law aims to counter extremism by requiring imams to speak German, prohibiting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in Austria, and stressing the precedence of Austrian law over Islamic sharia law for Muslims living in the country.

Commentary/Opinion:

John Stossel: Forget Facebook, Google. Here’s what I worry about much, much more…

Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China.

Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba.

Now the Chinese government takes data from those platforms to assign all people who use them a “social credit score.”

In other words, the government monitors your web activity and gives you a grade. Your purchases, social interactions and political activity will determine what privileges you get.

Peterson on ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Training in Kindergarten: ‘Appalling’ That Schools Are ‘Pushing This Nonsense’

Canadian psychologist Prof. Jordan Peterson shared his views on a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor’s argument that “toxic masculinity” should be taught to children as early as kindergarten.

Kathleen Elliott argues in an issue of “On The Horizon,” an academic journal, that there are “consequences of simplified, toxic forms of masculinity in schools and society.”

Campus Reform reported that Elliott wrote that the media promotes “aspects of toxic masculinity such as physical strength, dominance, and heterosexual prowess.”

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