Last year Norway was shocked, when Andres Breivik killed 77 people in a bomb blast and shooting rampage at a youth camp.
Breivik has said his actions were politically motivated and an attack at the rise of Islam in Europe, fuelled by high immigration.
Now a highly respected French writer, Richard Millet, says Breivik is “without doubt what Norway deserves”.
Millet says he was commenting on Breivik’s 1,500 page manifesto which is an attack on the last 20 years of mass immigration, social democracy, and multiculturalism in Europe, though he in no way condones Breiviks actions.
Many have been highly critical of Millet’s comments, with one writer Annie Eraux, saying his comments are “a politically dangerous act.”
Last week Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Controversial preacher Todd Bentley refused entry into the UK
A controversial Canadian preacher, who claims he can cure illness by kicking people in the face, has been refused entry to the UK, the Home Office has confirmed.
Todd Bentley describes himself as a “healing evangelist, revivalist, and author” and is based in the US.
He had been invited to preach at Portadown Christian Centre, County Armagh, next month.
However, local clergy had raised concerns with his unorthodox methods.
These are said to include choking people and pushing them over.
Tropical Storm Isaac is heading through the Gulf of Mexico towards New Orleans, Louisiana. Some meteorologists have predicted Isaac could make landfall as a category 2 hurricane on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was the most expensive natural disaster to hit America.
Tropical Storm Isaac, already caused the Republication Party convention in Florida to be delayed a day.
Isaac has already killed at least 20 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and has caused oil production in the Gulf to be halted.
Reverend Salvatore Cordileone was arrested and jailed after being suspected of drunken driving in San Diego this Monday.
Cordileone is the archbishop elect of San Francisco and has been an ardent figure in the fight against gay marriage.
He relates his feelings of condemnation…”I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,”
Neil Armstong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died aged 82. Armstrong had undergone heart surgery earlier this month.
Armstrong was commander of the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when on July 21st he was able to state these immortal words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Manhattan, New York, has seen a number of unrelated incidents this month. Firstly there was the suicide of a man on August 8th. The man from Florida jumped to his death from the roof of the exclusive Peninsula Hotel on 5th Avenue.
The following day on the 9th August, police shot a man in Times Square. The man had been wielding a knife, threatening the public and police officers. Police tried using pepper spray to stop him, but were unsuccessful. Police said he wiped the pepper spray off his face despite being sprayed six times, and they described his behaviour as “wild”. Police then opened fire on 51-year-old Darrius Kennedy killing him.
And finally there has been the shooting at the Empire State Building, where a man shot an ex-colleague over a work place dispute, before being shot by police himself. However, before police were able to shoot the gunman, Jeffery Johnson, he was able to wound at least nine other people.
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According to reports, STD’s in San Francisco are in a “multi-year rise”
Despite a decline in HIV, instances of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia continue to increase, with homosexuals being most vulnerable.
In January of 2011, San Francisco city public health officials declared a Syphilis epidemic which was occurring, primarily among gay men.
San Francisco Airport (SFO), among the world’s busiest and in the top 30 airports, calls itself the “Gateway to the Pacific”.
Inside, is the SFO Museum who is hosting the exhibition “Deities in Stone: Hindu Sculpture”
The museum was established in 1980 as one the first cultural institutions to be located inside an international airport to receive major accreditation.
The “Deities in Stone: Hindu Sculpture” exhibition will contain idols and relics of a number of Hindu gods that have been used in religious ceremonies.
These idols will be on display until next February.
Several people have been shot, at least two fatally, in a police-involved shooting outside the Empire State Building this morning. Early police scanner reports indicated the shooting was related to a robbery but it now appears it may have been a workplace dispute. The gunman was fatally shot by the police. A innocent woman also appears to have been killed in the crossfire. According to the FDNY there are “several” people being taken to nearby hospitals while they mitigate the scene.
The shooting began just after 9 a.m. Exactly how many people were shot is still unclear but appears to be between 8 and 10. At 9:44 a.m. it came over the news scanners that the perp may be a recently fired worker who returned to the building where he had worked. According to one person who claims to be a witness the shooter had a specific target:I was about 50 feet away from the guy who was killed, and it was definitely a targeted shooting. Apparently he walked right up to the guy and shot him in the head. I was one of the first there, thinking I could take my jacket off to help the guy who was shot, but he was gone already.
Just FYI, this has nothing to do with the ESB. It just happens to be right across the street from where it occurred. Its not a shooting that took place in the building, or some kind of terrorist activity. Just stating this because some would assume its a guy who opened fire in a tourist attraction, and that was not the case.
ABC7 reports that at least one victim was shot in a nearby Duane Reade when a bullet went through a window. Reportedly, “Some shooting victims were found inside the lobby of the Empire State Building, others found outside.””The shot rang out, and everybody started running,” one witness told the News. “Oh man, there must have been 12 or 13 shots. It was amazing.”Meanwhile, the Empire State Buildings observatory is open to the public.Bloomberg is now on the scene and expected to speak at 11 a.m. Stay tuned for updates.
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more:Multiple People Shot, At Least Two Dead, Outside Empire State Building: Gothamist.
Please. No more… Make it stop…” writes Tony Hicks of the Contra Costa Times as he describes his experiences since hearing the news earlier this week of singer Scott McKenzie passing away.
“I was sitting there, trying to work, when the voice started again…”If you’re goooooiiing to Saaan Fraaan ciscooo. … Please. No more. Make it stop…. to put it bluntly, I’m in hell.”
Perhaps humorously, Tony describes a desire to identify that part of the brain responsible and to then remove it surgically.
His only advice to adjust… “don’t worry, be happy.”
The Free Speech Coalition, the trade group representing the “adult film” industry, called for a nationwide pause in productions.
The cause has been a possible outbreak of syphilis within a few of the industries performers.
The controversial British historian Niall Ferguson has used a cover piece in Newsweek magazine to argue that it is time Obama “hit the road”. In the piece Ferguson compares Obama’s pre-election promises with his record as President and then argues why he believes it is time for a new President.
The economic historian and Fellow of Harvard University, has spoken extensively about the need for economic reforms and the unsustainability of western debt. Ferguson writes:
“Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit,” Ferguson writes. “We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.”
Recently Ferguson raised eyebrows by claiming if young America knew what was good for them they would all join the tea-party.
Ferguson uses the lessons of economic history, to inform his political analysis of current events. He has been an advisor to politicians in America as well as in the UK. He teaches on the rise and fall of civilisations throughout history, and although he has not written America off, he understands that she is in a perilous place, and her place as the leader of the free world should not be taken for granted – America could fall, like many great nations before her.