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Bionic tattoo artist gets prosthetic inking arm with steampunk design

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Source: RT.COM
Bearded hipsters drawn to the steampunk aesthetic can now add to their extensive tattoo collection in a way that might even make them smile - thanks to one artist’s new “prosthetic arm.”

Thought to be the first - and only - one in the world, French engineer JL Gonzal posted his creation on Facebook, which he made for tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet....Read More


Dalai Lama says Europe has accepted ‘too many’ refugees

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama © Abhishek Chinnappa
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama © Abhishek Chinnappa / Reuters

Source: RT

Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, thinks that Europe has accepted too many refugees, saying that they should stay only temporarily and return to rebuild their home countries once the conflicts there have been resolved.

Speaking in Dharamsala in northern India where the Tibetan government resides in exile, the Dalai Lama said in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that “When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering.”

“A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help them. On the other hand, there are too many now,” he added.

He said that countries taking in refugees should take a healthy look at the situation and realize that it’s not possible for all of the newcomers to be integrated into European society, stressing that the main goal for Europe’s leaders is to provide them with temporary shelter.

“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany,” he said. “There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.”

When the first massive wave of migration began in 2015, the Dalai Lama praised states like Germany and Austria for welcoming refugees, while also stressing that every country can only provide decent living conditions to a limited the number of people.... Read More




‘Founders would be appalled’: Apple accuses FBI, DoJ of trying to ‘rewrite history’

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Apple has accused the US government of "attempts to rewrite history", saying that Founding Fathers “would be appalled” by Department of Justice and FBI’s requests. The corporation is fighting demands to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

In its last court filing before it squares off against the FBI in federal court in California next week, Apple said that the US government was trying to “stretch” the All Writs Act to fit its needs, but doing so would “usurp the legislative function and to improperly extend the limited federal court jurisdiction.”

“The government attempts to rewrite history by portraying the Act as an all-powerful magic wand rather than the limited procedural tool it is,” Apple wrote, referring to a 1789 law, which at the time was a part of Judiciary Act and that FBI relies on now while seeking the court’s help to compel the tech giant in its investigation.  

Last month, the FBI obtained a court order, which required the tech giant to write new software to unlock the phone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in a massacre on December 2.

“Thus, according to the government, short of kidnapping or breaking an express law, the courts can order private parties to do virtually anything the Justice Department and FBI can dream up. The Founders would be appalled,” Apple’s lawyers wrote.

They stress that the order requiring Apple to create software so that the FBI could unlock the iPhone “has no common law analog.”

“Indeed, the Order is akin to an injunction directing specific performance of a personal services contract, a remedy the common law specifically disfavored,” the lawyers wrote.... Read more

Source: RT


Hundreds of angry commuters clash with police over Denmark-Sweden border control

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Some 300 protesters have scuffled with police at Copenhagen Airport railway station. They were rallying against ID checks between Denmark and Sweden introduced about a week ago. The demonstrators came from both countries.

They were protesting against the border checks, which could increase the commute time from Copenhagen to Malmo from 40 minutes to just over an hour.

Some 20,000 commuters travel from Denmark to Sweden every day.

The new border controls are affecting buses, ferries and trains – but most of all, rail traffic between Copenhagen and the major Swedish city of Malmo over the Oresund Bridge.

The news that Sweden would carry out ID checks emerged in mid-December. The country wasn’t able to host any more asylum seekers, Swedish Migration Minister Morgan Johansson said.

“We have hit our limit. Denmark has not,” he added, causing outrage among Danish politicians.

Denmark’s Prime Minister Lokke Rasmussen told Danish TV2 News that it wasn’t “up to the Swedes to judge Danish immigration policies.”

Numbers speak for themselves, however: in 2015, Denmark received about 18,000 refugees, while Sweden took some 190,000 asylum seekers.




'Chance for a new start': Croatia writes off debts of 60,000 poorest citizens

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Village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central Croatia (Reuters / Antonio Bronic)

picture: Village of Bobodol, near Knin, in central Croatia (Reuters / Antonio Bronic)


Croatian government have gotten creditors on board a plan to erase the debts of some 60,000 poorest citizens. The “fresh start” scheme targets less than 1 percent of the entire debt, but is hoped to boost the economy in the long-term.

The unorthodox measure was voted for by the government on January 15 and comes into force on Monday. To be eligible to participate debtors must have no savings or property, have a debt no greater than about $5,100 and live on welfare or an income of no higher than $138 per month.

"We assess that this measure will be applicable to some 60,000 citizens," Deputy Prime Minister Milanka Opacic said as he was introducing the bailout. "Thus they will be given a chance for a new start without a burden of debt."..... Read more

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