20 Oct 2017

Challenge to California’s prostitution ban may proceed, judges rule
A three-judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the plaintiffs’ legal challenge against the ban may proceed. The plaintiffs say the current law violates the right to engage in consensual sex, as described in a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that revoked criminal laws against gay sexual acts, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Typhoon Lan: Japan braces itself for monster storm as Okinawa forced to rush election
The Category 1 typhoon, located east of the Philippines on Friday morning and moving north, is expected to gain strength as it comes some 200km (125 miles) east of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa by Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. According to the Tropical Storm Risk web site, the typhoon will likely strengthen to category 3,

Hamas to Trump: We want to wipe out Israel, not recognize it
Terror group denounces Trump administration demand that Hamas disarm, recognize Israel. ‘No one can disarm Hamas.’

Freemason secrets revealed touring Manitoba Legislature
Secretive group believes geometry was a sacred science given by God to the builder of Solomon’s temple. We follow him past the security desk to a massive staircase flanked by a pair of giant bronze bison, an emblem for the prairie province. Except these bison towering over us represent protective, horned beasts guarding the entrance to a temple. Wait, what? the Golden Boy on top of the building is actually Hermes, the patron of Freemasons and messenger to the gods.

CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability
CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. North Korea claims it already has the capability to strike the US.

Assisted dying: Australia state lawmakers in 26-hour debate
A landmark assisted dying bill has passed through the lower house of Australia’s second-most populous state after a marathon all-night debate. Lawmakers in Victoria discussed the voluntary euthanasia bill for 26 hours from Thursday morning until it was approved 47-37 in a vote on Friday. It will only become law if it is supported in Victoria’s upper house.

Brexit: EU leaders pave way for future trade talks
EU leaders have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with the UK – as Theresa May admits there is “some way to go” in negotiations. As expected, her 27 EU counterparts agreed at a Brussels summit that not enough progress had been made on other issues to begin formal trade talks now. But by starting internal talks, they are paving the way for them to begin, possibly in December.

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight
There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas. A BBC correspondent at the scene said there had been rocket, artillery and machine-gun fire in Alton Kupri. The district is the last area in Kirkuk province still held by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Vitriolic protest erupts against Israel at Russian conference
Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese participants at a youth conference in Russia chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to Jews” and set fire to Israel’s flag when they came across members of the Israeli delegation. The Israeli delegation to the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students at the resort city of Sochi is made up of two groups.

Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program. Speaking at a conference on non-proliferation in Moscow, Lavrov said that the break-up of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would send an alarming message about international security mechanisms, and could impact the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Russia’s Rosneft to take control of Iraqi Kurdish pipeline amid crisis
Russia’s biggest oil company, Rosneft (ROSN.MM), has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5 billion despite Baghdad’s military action sparked by a Kurdish vote for independence. The move appears to be part of a strategy by President Vladimir Putin to boost Moscow’s Middle Eastern political and economic influence, which was weakened by the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Bishops use Pope’s teaching to push homosexuality at 2018 World Meeting of Families
Catholic bishops in Ireland are using Pope Francis teachings on marriage and family to promote homosexual couples as a new form of “family” in the upcoming World Meeting of Families.

Bank Run Imminent: Catalan Separatists Urge Supporters To Pull Cash From ATMs On Friday Morning
“1. Go to 1 of the 5 main banks and take out as much cash as you want. Don’t forget, it’s your money”.

Appeals court in SF allows challenge to state law banning prostitution
Advocates of legalized prostitution took their challenge to California’s 145-year-old ban on commercial sex before a federal appeals court Thursday and appeared to get a hint that they’ll have another chance to show why the law should be cast aside.

Germans Are Going Wild for a Show Set During the Dawn of the Nazis
Sex, crime and Nazis in 1920s Berlin are drawing more viewers at Sky Plc’s German unit than any show except “Game of Thrones.”

Harvey Weinstein doesn’t seem to be taking sex rehab seriously
Harvey Weinstein is already being belligerent at sex-addiction rehab — barking into his banned mobile phone and remaining in denial about his alleged sex attacks, insisting each and every one was consensual, Page Six has exclusively learned.

Air Force punishes colonel who refused to affirm gay marriage, attorney says
The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate.

Judging by Mueller’s staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice
Much has been written about the prosecutorial prowess of Robert Mueller’s team assembled to investigate allegations of Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign. Little has been said of the danger of prosecutorial overreach and the true history of Mueller’s lead prosecutor.

Women’s Blog Reveals the 20 Best Cities to Kill Your Baby in an Abortion
The pro-abortion women’s blog Refinery 29 wants young women to add “easy abortion access” to their list of things to consider before moving to a new city. The blog highlighted a new project by the National Institute for Reproductive Health that ranked cities by their actions “advancing reproductive freedom,” in other words, their willingness to support abortion on demand.