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Free pics turned into ads: Wikipedia outraged as North Face brags of site exploit

Clothes brand North Face has bragged about scoring free ads and top Google rankings by swapping scenic photos on Wikipedia for pictures of their clothes and calling it a “collaboration.” Wikipedia says their site was “defaced.” The outdoor-wear outlet North Face let the world know they had gamed the free internet encyclopedia in an surprisingly honest video on Tuesday. We photographed our brand in several adventurous places, then we switched the Wikipedia photo for ours. While you might imagine the company would want to keep their guerrilla ad campaign quiet, or that they would at least feel a slight tinge of shame for co-opting a public information tool to enrich themselves, in their epicly soundtracked celebratory video they instead present themselves as genius entrepreneurs and adventurers for coming up with the idea. We hacked the results to reach one of the most difficult places: the top of the worlds largest search engine, paying absolutely nothing just by collaborating with..

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Whats INF & why does it matter?

Russia gears up to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, after the US decided to abandon it, accusing Moscow of violations. RT looks at how compliance with the pact that calmed the Cold War has been going so far. What is INF & why it matters? The INF treaty signed in 1987 between the USSR and the United States eliminated nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. The historic accord marked the first time the superpowers had agreed to eliminate an entire category of nuclear arms and introduce on-site inspections for verification. The deal brought much-needed detente to an atmosphere of tense Cold War stand-off, and allowed Europe, which housed much of the American arsenal, to breathe a sigh of relief. Read more INF shortcomings The deal didnt affect aircraft- and sea-based missiles, an area where the US had a clear strategic advantage at the time, so it was widely seen as a gesture of goodwill by the..

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French bloggers feel like in Orwellian novel as Brussels teaches them to promote EU angles

French news and political bloggers were left unimpressed after the EU officials condemned “Russian disinformation” and encouraged online influencers to stick to a pro-EU narrative during a promo trip to the European Commission. About a dozen popular French YouTube and Instagram bloggers set off for a journey to the Brussels office of the European Commission in April. The “study tour” as organizers put it included visiting “iconic” EU locations and a series of seminars on “dismantling of misconceptions about Europe.” But, awkwardly enough, what was meant to be the journey of enlightenment was ultimately perceived by young bloggers as surreal dystopia. “I had an impression that I found myself inside the “1984” [novel] or late USSR with all these zealous officials who are guided by good intentions which as is well known pave the road to hell,” Tatiana Ventose, a presenter of French YouTube show Fil dActu (“Newsfeed”) told RT. In an earlier report, Ventose, whose show covers stories fr..

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Boris Johnson to face court for ‘misconduct’ over £350m for NHS Brexit bus claim

The favourite to win the Tory leadership race faces a private prosecution by campaigner Marcus Ball. Johnson was sitting at 6/4 to be the next Prime Minister amid the packed field as the Tories try to paper over the cracks as division in the party rage over Brexit. And with the Tory leadership race expected to be wrapped up by mid-July – there is a chance Boris could appear in court as Prime Minister. Lawyers representing Mr Ball lodged an application to summons Johnson to court, claiming he had deliberately misled the public during the EU referendum campaign in 2016 and then repeated the statement during the 2017 general election. District Judge Margot Coleman confirmed Johnson will be summonsed to court in a written decision. Mr Ball has raised more than £200,000 through a "Brexit Justice" crowdfunding campaign to pay for the private prosecution. Related Articles District Judge Coleman wrote: "The allegations which have been made are unproven accusations and I do not make a..

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We will win! Netanyahu vows better result in snap elections after historic coalition failure

Published time: 29 May, 2019 21:33 Edited time: 29 May, 2019 21:41 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to win a snap election in September after he failed to meet the deadline to form a coalition government and the parliament, for the first time in history, voted to dissolve itself. “We will run a sharp, clear election campaign which will bring us victory. We will win, we will win and the public will win,” Netanyahu told reporters in a brief statement after parliament voted to dissolve itself. Also on rt.com Israeli parliament votes to dissolve after Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] RT [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Israeli parliament votes to dissolve after Netanyahu fails to form government

Israels Knesset has voted to dissolve, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus coalition-forming struggles and triggering new elections. The vote passed its second reading shortly after midnight, with 77 members of the Knesset voting in favor and 45 against. After a third and final vote, the parliament was dissolved and fresh elections called. Before voting got underway at 11:55pm, Netanyahu had faced a midnight deadline for pulling together a government. His efforts ultimately fell flat after him and ally Avigdor Lieberman, and a collection of ultra-Orthodox parties failed to agree on a controversial military draft bill for Orthodox religious students. #BREAKING: Israel going to early elections in about 100 days: Israeli parliament has dissolved itself tonight – less then 2 months after elections have been held pic.twitter.com/RgmIZ3tKNs — Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 29, 2019 Law passed in second reading 74-45. Third vote now underway. That's it: Israel is heading ..

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At least 3 killed after tourist boat with dozens on board capsizes in Budapest

A rescue operation is underway after tourist boat with dozens of people on board has collided with another vessel and capsized on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. There were at least 34 people on board, including passengers and crew, at the time of the accident on Wednesday evening, which happened near the iconic Hungarian parliament building in the center of the city, local media reports. Rescue crews, including a fire department's boat, are on the scene. Some of the people have already been rescued while the search for others continues. According to reports, the boat called the 'Mermaid' capsized after being hit by another tourRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] RT [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Diane Abbott calls for second referendum on ANY Brexit deal

REFERENDUM: Ms Abbott is pushing for a second vote (Pic: Manchester Evening News) She is the latest senior Labour politician to support another vote after a poor showing in the EU elections, where they came home in third behind the Liberal Democrats. Ms Abbott said Labour were “moving towards a clearer line”. But there is a danger of creating a split in the party and alienating politicians and members wanting to leave the EU. Mr Corbyn said Labour would “support a public vote on any deal”, on Monday having previously claimed the party would be ready to do it on a bad deal. Related Articles “Were supporting a Peoples Vote strongly now because its the right thing to do and its the democratic thing to do” Diane Abbott Now the Shadow Home Secretary, a key ally of Mr Corbyn, says she wants remain to be on the ballot paper. She said: “Were supporting a Peoples Vote strongly now because its the right thing to do and its the democratic thing to do.” Ms Abbott continued: “What we..

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Tony Blair’s spin doctor Alastair Campbell kicked out of Labour over EU vote

Tony Blair's former spin doctor Campbell, a leading campaigner for a second referendum on Brexit, said he was "sad and disappointed". It came following the party's bruising performance in the EU election, losing out to the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats. A Labour Party spokesman said "support for another political party or candidate is incompatible with Party membership". Campbell, one of the key players in the New Labour era, insisted there was "plenty of precedent" of members voting for other parties or causes. And he pointed out Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's own rebellious past in Westminster votes during Mr Blair's premiership. The 62-year-old said there was a difference in the swift way his situation had been dealt with compared to "the way anti-Semitism cases have been handled". Related Articles Announcing the news on Twitter, he said: "Sad and disappointed to receive email expelling me from @uklabour – particularly on a day leadership finall..

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Tommy Robinson gets LAUGHED AT as he loses £5k deposit in dismal election performance

Robinson was jeered and branded "racist" and “fascist” as he finished with just 2.2% of the vote in the North West. Results for the region were read out in Manchester, and laughter swept the crowd as the far-right agitator was announced to have finished eighth out of 11. He reportedly slinked off early after it became clear he was not going to win a seat in the EU Parliament amid divisions over Brexit. The founder of the EDL – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – blamed his loss on social media companies Twitter and Facebook. Big tech firms banned him from their platforms over allegations for breaking policies on hate speech. Related Articles “I feel like I have been fighting with my hands tied behind my back” Tommy Robinson Robinson denies he is racist – saying he is only opposed to radical Islam. His campaign was dogged with humiliating moments as he was constantly shadowed by protestors. It included him being pelted with milkshakes twice, and being chased away by activist..

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