Category: Health and safety

health and safety

Moronic ‘Vacuum Challenge’ is latest dangerous online trend


Experts warn that the challenge can lead to cerebral hypoxia, which is a condition that leads to a decrease of oxygen supply to the brain, despite the presence of adequate blood flow, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.“Brain cells are extremely sensitive to oxygen deprivation and can begin to die within five minutes after oxygen supply has been cut off,” the institute says….more: nypost

Doorbell camera captures snake biting man’s face

This snake did not put out the welcome mat for Jerel Heywood. The unsuspecting man got a stinging surprise when he stepped up to the front door of his buddy and fellow Lawton, Okla., resident Rodney Copeland. A 5-foot-5-inch snake was coiled…more: NTP

REVEALED: UK propaganda unit has secret plans to target French Muslims

A shadowy UK government propaganda unit that privately declares that it works to “effect behavioural and attitudinal change” among British Muslims has drawn up plans to begin operating in France. The Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based at the Home Office in London, generates films, social media, websites, leaflets and news stories that are intended to influence public opinion while concealing the British government’s role in their creation….middle east

Sri Lanka: Muslims must be protected from reprisal attacks | Amnesty

Image result for amnesty“The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country’s Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre.

“These attacks did not emerge out of a vacuum. There were clear signs that a backlash against Muslims was underway, and the authorities could have acted on reports of threats earlier, potentially preventing much of the violence over recent days….more: Amnesty

iPhone cracked in WhatsApp surveillance attack

News is emerging today that a weakness in WhatsApp has allowed spy software on to phones, possibly for years. The implications for our privacy are huge. Civil rights groups are outraged.As the world’s biggest gathering of tech leaders, inventors, writers and shoppers converged on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show at the start of the year, many noticed an unusual billboard.Apple, the world’s biggest tech company, usually avoids the fray. But, this year, it bought a huge site on the side of the Marriott Hotel overlooking the conference, for a giant poster. “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone,” read the words — a parody of the famous gambling city’s marketing catchphrase: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”..more theday

Laws that limit religious rights embolden racists, particularly Islamophobes

Charles Taylor, co-author of the Bouchard-Taylor report, speaks at a legislature committee studying a bill on secularism on May 7 at the legislature in Quebec City.Last week, parliamentary hearings began on Quebec’s Bill 21, which would ban public employees in “positions of authority” from wearing religious symbols. In his testimony, the philosopher Charles Taylor stated that he and Gérard Bouchard were wrong to propose restrictions on religious symbols in their 2008 report on reasonable accommodation.

Taylor affirmed he had been “very naïve” for not foreseeing that such proposals would stigmatize religious minorities and feed intolerance. ..more: THESTAR

Game of chicken with Iran is a high‑stakes gamble

the Twitter froth, the Trump administration has a clear set of strategies in some areas, and one of them is Iran.
In John Bolton, his national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state, President Trump has a team that shares his animosity, with the additional virtue that they have the foreign policy background to put them into effect…MORE: Thetimes

Gun fired outside east London mosque during Ramadan prayers

Police tapeThe Metropolitan police have launched an investigation after a shot was fired outside a London mosque during prayers for Ramadan. Police said there were no injuries, and they believe the shot came from a blank-firing handgun, and significantly, they were not treating it as a terrorist incident. The single shot was fired outside a mosque in Ilford in east London at 10.45pm….MORE: THE Guardian