1. 50,000 Parka-Clad Canadians Protest Global Warming
Some 50,000 Canadians marched through Montreal this weekend to protest global warming while wearing down jackets and parkas to stave off the freezing weather.
While the CBC noted that protesters had “braved the cold” Saturday to call for better environmental policies, they failed to point out the irony that people were allegedly marching against rising temperatures.
The demonstrators are part of a movement called “The Planet Goes to Parliament,” which seeks to influence politicians to take a stronger stand on anthropogenic climate change. Among those present were several Quebec politicians, including environment minister Isabelle Melancon and Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.
Related: Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist
“It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center.
“The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.
Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, editor of spaceweather.com.
Data from NASA’s TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.
To help track the latest developments, Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center and his colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index.”
2. “Operation Sentinelle”: The anti-terror force patrolling French cities
3. Canadian man claiming to be “female” sues 16 women for refusing to wax his genitals
[...] A transgender “woman” began calling spas in British Columbia, asking that they give him a “Manzillian” wax, and then taking careful note of those who refused. He then filed 16 human rights complaints against sixteen women who refused to handle his penis, claiming that he had been discriminated against. In fact, he claimed that having these women refuse to wax his genitals “really got to me…it hurts.”
Identifying himself only as J.Y., the claims of discrimination and bullying are ironic considering what this fellow is doing to actual women. One of the estheticians, a single mom who works out of her home, already paid J.Y. $2,500 to withdraw his complaint so she could simply get on with her life. Two and a half grand, it turns out, is the amount of money that a single mom, seeing her livelihood threatened, has to pay to a man for not touching his genitals.
It gets worse. According to John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, many lawyers are terrified to touch transgender discrimination cases for fear of being accused of transphobia, thus making it very difficult for the women being targeted to find any legal representation and increasing the temptation to simply settle. To fight these attacks to the hearing stage, Carpay noted, would cost each of these women over $20,000.
4. Hezbollah associate on trial in Paris over drug links
An associate of the Lebanese Hezbollah group went on trial in Paris on Tuesday along with 14 other suspects for their suspected involvement in a vast crime ring accused of laundering Colombian drug money through luxury jewellery.
The chief defendant is Mohamad Noureddine, a 44-year-old Lebanese businessman with interests in real estate and jewellery.
He was arrested in France in January 2016 during police raids that also took place in Italy, Belgium and Germany, after an alert from the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
US officials, who have imposed sanctions on Noureddine over his supposed links to Lebanon's Hezbollah party, suspect the network of operating between South America, Europe and the Middle East since 2012.
5. AfD's Alexander Gauland leads debate in Germany’s Bundestag to call on the government not to enter into the UN Global Compact for Migration
Officials say the UN Global Compact for Migration is meaningless and non-binding. Watch as Dr. Garland explains why this is not true and how the pact will “transform” signatory countries from “a nation state to a settlement zone.”
Related: Sheila Gunn Reid: Trudeau hands Canadian sovereignty to UN through migration "compact"
6. ISIS Group Claims California Wildfires Are Retribution, Vows “You Will See More Fires”
One of the many media groups supporting ISIS operations online claimed that the deadly wildfires in northern and southern California are retribution for coalition bombings in Syria.
The image circulated online by Al-Ansar Media uses a photo of a burning building and misspells the state "kalifornia."
"O america, This is the punishment of bombing Muslims in Syria," states the text. "This is Allah's punishment for you. And in shaa Allah, you will see more fires. Praise be to Allah."
The Camp Fire in Butte County, north of Sacramento in California's Gold Rush country, has claimed the lives of at least 48 people, according to Cal Fire incident stats today. The blaze, which started Thursday, has destroyed 7,600 residences and 260 commercial buildings, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history as it ripped through Paradise, Calif., at a speed of 80 acres per minute. It was 35 percent contained today at 130,000 acres. The cause is still under investigation.
7. Mentally unstable cleaver-wielding African migrant walked free in Berlin after 107 arrests
A migrant from Ghana, notorious for his shoplifting sprees and violent outbursts, was arrested 107 times in Berlin, but none of them stuck. He even walked free after threatening to hack a woman with a meat cleaver.
For years, a 59-year-old man known as Bismark B. made a living out of stealing from supermarkets in central Berlin. He would show up “three to four times a week” to steal food, a store employee told local media. Witnesses also said that he often grabbed the most expensive items and kept a journal of the things he stole.
Bismark B. racked up 107 arrests, but was released each time because he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
In November 2017, the man threatened a female store employee with a meat cleaver. “He suddenly kicked me in the chest. If a customer wouldn’t have defended me, he would have beaten me,” the woman said.
The incident got him arrested again, but even after that violent outburst, he was let go. Five months later, Bismark B. was caught trying to steal seven bottles of shower gel from a drugstore. He resisted and threatened to kill the store’s employees as they tried to apprehend him.
8. (Canadian) Man convicted on terrorism charge in 2017 Michigan airport stabbing
(Reuters) - A man accused of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport last year was convicted in U.S. federal court on Tuesday of charges including terrorism, a court official said.
A jury in Flint, Michigan, found Amor Ftouhi, 51, of the Canadian province of Quebec, guilty on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport, interference with airport security and committing an act of terrorism, the court said.
Ftouhi's defense did not present a case and the jury took just more than an hour to reach its verdict, the court said. Ftouhi had pleaded not guilty and the trial began last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The defendant's lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sentencing is set for March 7. Ftouhi, who holds dual Tunisian-Canadian citizenship, faces up to life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for each count. U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman, who presided over the trial, will impose sentencing.
Related video from 2017: Canadian man charged in stabbing of airport officer
9. Three men guilty of Christmas Day terrorism plot in Melbourne
Men smile and give thumbs up as supreme court finds they conspired to target city landmarks in 2016.
Three men have been found guilty of conspiring to prepare a Christmas Day terrorist attack in central Melbourne.
Hamza Abbas, 23, his cousin Abdullah Chaarani, 27, and friend Ahmed Mohamed, 25, were found guilty in the supreme court on 2 November of acts in preparation for an attack targeting Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station in December 2016.
The verdict, made public on Wednesday after legal delays, followed seven days of deliberations and eight weeks of evidence including from Hamza’s older brother Ibrahim Abbas, 24, who confessed his involvement to police and pleaded guilty earlier this year.
10. Batten wants UKIP members to vote on allowing Tommy Robinson into party
UKIP’s Leader Gerard Batten has emailed party members that he is pushing for a ballot of the membership to approve Tommy Robinson being allowed into the party as a member.
Referring to a motion set to be put forward to the party’s NEC, Batten says that: “There should be a ballot of the UKIP members asking if they approve, Yes, or No, of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) being allowed to join UKIP. This ballot should take place at the earliest opportunity, e.g. in the next edition of Independence Magazine.”
Batten insists that the party “now has the possibility to transform into a mass movement” and that “it is my personal view that we should allow him to join.”