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[VIDEO] Owners Must Agree Not to Have Sex with ‘Emotional Robot’ Pepper 

There is a robot on sale in Japan billed as the first humanoid robot designed to live with humans. It has proved to be very popular — however, before you bring Pepper home, you must sign a contract promising not to have sex with it.

The original news story was published at an earlier date. Read more here at IGN.com:

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Women in Europe: Shotguns Have ‘Virtually Sold Out’ in Austria Amid Migrant Fears 

In a country of 8.5 million people, there are now an estimated 900,000 firearms in homes, with gun dealers report that it is women driving the sales rush….(read more)

Source: Daily Mail Online


Robot Rights, or Robot Privilege?

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UPDATE: French Police Identify Kosher Store Hostage Takers as Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene


Moscow Bling: Gold iPhone with engraving of Vladimir Putin’s head goes on sale for £2,500

For Mail OnlinePaul Donnelley writes: Unlike former communist leaders, Vladimir Putin has tried to avoid a cult of personality.

That may all be about to change as Russians and fellow travellers can now show their devotion to the President of Russia with a gold-plated iPhone hand engraved with a portrait of Mr Putin.

The Italian-Russian-owned company Caviar Perna Penna which normally creates alligator skin and diamond-encrusted handsets has made the phone for sale in Russia for 147,000 roubles (£2,500) – it comes with its own display case and accessories.

Golden number:The golden iPhones with the portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the lyrics of the National Anthem on sale at Zhukoffka Plaza shopping centre on Moscow, Russia

Golden number:The golden iPhones with the portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the lyrics of the National Anthem on sale at Zhukoffka Plaza shopping centre on Moscow, Russia

The back of the phone is made of 18-carat gold, and below the portrait of President Putin there is a quote from the Russian National Anthem and the double-headed eagle – Russia’s coat of arms.article-0-1F30988300000578-253_308x425

In a press release, the firm says that the gadget is aimed at ‘patriotic senior government officials and top executives’.

‘It’s time to feel genuine pride and express your position clearly, without further ado.

‘President Vladimir Putin has become a symbol of the new generation, a strong-willed and decisive leader.’

The manufacturers claim that the Caviar Supremo Putin phone is ‘the best way to express patriotism’ for people who move ‘in the highest circles, in which devotion to the homeland will never be an empty shell’…(read more)

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Tear Gas vs. Bow and Arrows: Indigenous Protesters Clash Outside Brazil’s National Stadium Ahead of World Cup

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For Mail Online, Julian Robinson reports: Indigenous people armed with bows and arrows have clashed with mounted police armed with tear gas, helmets and riot shields – just weeks before the World Cup begins.

Protestors wearing traditional tribal dress squared up to police in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia – and one officer ended up being shot in the leg with an arrow.

The violent scenes unfolded next to the Mane Garrincha National Stadium, amid a climate of increasing civil disobedience by groups looking to disrupt the event saying it will cost too much for a developing nation.

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Stand off: Mounted police, armed with tear gas and riot helmets, confront native Brazilians, brandishing bows and arrows, to stop them from marching towards the Mane Garrincha stadium during a demonstration in Brasilia

In clashes broadcast live on television, riot police fired tear gas into small pockets of protesters as they approached Brasilia’s new stadium that will host Cup matches. Read the rest of this entry »


NORK METH ALERT: Scientists in North Korea are mass producing highly addictive crystal meth

Special report: Ian Birrell (left) stands with a North Korean soldier (right) in Pyongyang

Special report: Ian Birrell (left) stands with a North Korean soldier (right) in Pyongyang

Pyongyang – A small army of women, identical in long yellow dresses and clutching golden fans, enter the vast stadium to the adulation of thousands of awed spectators.

They bow in military unison, turn and kneel to a staggering trompe l’oeil: a burning sun emerging in triumphant blaze over snow-clad mountains.

The glorious North Korean dawn plays out across what appears at first to be a colossal screen the entire length of the stadium.

In fact, it is 20,000 well-drilled children turning pages of books with brightly-coloured paper in perfect synchronicity.

The mass games of Pyongyang, capital city of the most closed and repressive state in the world, are twisted propaganda.

Last weekend, I became one of the few Westerners to have witnessed epic scenes that would have made Goebbels weep with pride.

For 90 minutes, a bizarre blend of acrobatics, dancing, martial arts and music unfolds in a frenzy of precision choreography involving 100,000 performers. Read the rest of this entry »