AT&T just introduced 2 new ‘unlimited’ data plans — here’s everything you need to know


(ATAT&T is introducing two new “unlimited” data plans to better compete with recent similar offerings from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The carrier has had an unlimited plan for some time, but it had been available only to subscribers of its DirecTV or U-Verse TV services. Earlier this month, it lifted that requirement.

Now it’s reworking the costs and features of its offer. The new plans will be available on March 2. AT&T says current subscribers will be able to switch to the new plans.

Here’s the rundown:

  • The first new plan, AT&T Unlimited Plus, starts at $90 a month for a single line. Two lines cost $145 a month, and each additional line costs another $20 a month after that (for up to eight lines). That’s down from $100 a month for a single line, plus $40 a month for every additional line, under the previous plan (though that plan previously offered the fourth line for free).
  • If you subscribe to the Unlimited Plus plan, AT&T will take $25 off the price of a subscription to its DirecTV, U-Verse TV, or DirecTV Now service each month. (AT&T still does not count any of those services against your data cap — a controversial practice known as zero-rating.) AT&T says this is a limited-time promotion and that it will start to apply the $25 credit after two to three billing periods.
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(Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

  • You can add a tablet to the plan for another $20 a month and a wearable for another $10 a month.
  • The Unlimited Plus plan will now include 10 GB of mobile-hotspot data, which lets you use your phone as a portable router. Once you hit that limit, mobile-hotspot speeds will be throttled to 128 Kbps, which is close to slow 2G speeds. Previously, AT&T did not include mobile-hotspot data at all with its unlimited plan.
  • The Unlimited Plus plan includes “high-definition” video streaming, but to use that you’ll have to turn off AT&T’s Stream Saver feature, which caps video streams at a less-sharp 480p resolution by default.
  • Like before, AT&T says it might slow your connection speeds in areas of network congestion if you use more than 22 GB of data in a single pay period.

AT&T is offering a second, more affordable “unlimited” plan called AT&T Unlimited Choice. That starts at $60 a month for a single line, $115 a month for two lines, and another $20 a month for each additional line after that.

However, it caps all video streaming at “about 480p,” has no mobile-hotspot data, and throttles all speeds to 3 Mbps, which isn’t terribly fast by modern standards. Once again, AT&T says it might slow speeds in areas of congestion if you use more than 22 GB of data in a given month.

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(T-Mobile US CEO John Legere.Steve Marcus/Reuters)

In either case, the rates above do not take into account monthly fees and taxes, so they’ll be a little more expensive than advertised — a caveat that applies to every carrier but T-Mobile.

You’ll also have to enroll in auto-pay billing — otherwise, AT&T says a single-line plan will cost another $5 a month, while a multiline plan will cost another $10 a month.

While carriers continue to stretch the meaning of “unlimited” — defined as “not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent” — the recent interest in the concept has set off a fluid competition, as Verizon and AT&T attempt to slow market-share gains from the fast-growing T-Mobile, which kick-started the revival this summer, and fourth-place Sprint.

In this case, the lower entry price and mobile-hotspot data should make AT&T’s unlimited offering a bit more competitive with its peers. It is still the most expensive of the bunch, however.


Top US firefighters (White Freemasons, Zionists) ‘dropped everything’ to help Israel battle the blazes (VERY VERY BAD!!!)

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold – leaving behind jobs and families – to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel over the past week. While they all share a love of Israel, only a handful of them are Jewish.

“We’re just firefighters. When guys hear about a situation like this one, where the Israelis are working as hard as they can, they want to come help,” said Billy Hirth, a Protestant who retired last year after a 24-year career as a firefighter in Arlington, Texas, and has been coordinating the American effort from Jerusalem.

“It’s a brotherhood. Firemen are firemen,” he said.

Hundreds of fires flared up in Israel starting Tuesday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. Some 32,000 acres of forest and brush burned along with hundreds of homes and businesses.

Billy Hirth (Courtesy of the Emergency Volunteers Project)

Israeli authorities said the fires started because of an unseasonably long dry spell and high winds, and then were exacerbated by Palestinian and Arab-Israeli arsonists with nationalist motives.

On Friday, Israel’s Public Security Ministry formally requested firefighting help from the Emergency Volunteers Project, a network of over 950 American volunteers and professional first responders. By Saturday evening, with the fires coming under control, the firefighters started arriving at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, from where they were schlepped to overstretched fire departments across the country.

Some went to work battling the remaining wildfires and those that flared up Sunday, while others chipped in with routine firefighting. The Israeli stations remain on high alert, with firefighters having worked grueling shifts over the past week.

Firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire which broke out at the entrance to Nataf, outside of Jerusalem on November 25, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“Many of the firefighters here, including myself, had been working for over 90 hours straight,” said Oren Shishitzky, a spokesman for Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority. “Because most of the Americans were trained in Israel, they are familiar with how we operate, and they were able to easily relieve some of the burden on the crews, whether with regular fire response in local districts or in extinguishing the remaining wildfires.

“I cannot emphasize enough our appreciation that these guys dropped everything around the Thanksgiving holiday to come here.”

Adi Zahavi (Courtesy of the Emergency Volunteers Project)

Adi Zahavi, 39, founded the Emergency Volunteers Project in 2009 after serving as an overwhelmed first responder during the second intifada and the Second Lebanon War. He set out to prepare willing Americans to help in future crises, from wars to terrorist attacks to natural disasters. Training sessions are held in the United States and Israel. The deployment of the volunteers is coordinated with Israeli authorities.

Of the 39 firefighters who came to in Israel, 33 are full-timers, including the first female firefighter the group has brought to Israel, and six are part-time volunteers. Several, including Hirth, also came to Israel during the 2014 Gaza war, when the south and center of the country were bombarded with rockets. Many are now working alongside firefighters with whom they have built friendships during training.

“The quality of the American firefighters that have arrived is excellent,” Shishitzky said. “They are elite firefighters, with years and years of experience. Many are veterans who serve in some of the best departments in America.

“Where there are distinctions in training and practice, those were overcome long ago with the training we have conducted.”

Elan Raber of the Los Angeles Fire Department standing outside the fire station in Petah Tikvah, Israel, Nov. 28, 2016. (Courtesy of Raber)

Elan Raber, 42, is one of seven Jews among the firefighters. He flew in Sunday morning from Los Angeles, where he works for the city fire department. Raber is familiar with the station he is serving at in Petach Tivkah because he trained there with the Emergency Volunteers Program.

He said he has been responding to routine calls, like traffic accidents, elevator accidents and reports of smoke.

“I was here last year and really bonded with the guys, so I wanted to come back. They do have pretty steady action and a lot of equipment to get familiar with,” Raber said. “We’re coming in here while these guys have already been up for three, four days. We can basically help them out and be on standby if the wildfires come back.”

Having been born in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces, Raber views being here as a part of his “calling.”

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad press for Israel, so I hope to show that people are willing to drop everything to show solidarity with the people of Israel. I think people see that, and it’s a good thing. Firefighting was my calling, so I’m happy to help out,” he said.

A fellow Jew on the other side of the country helped bring Raber to Israel on short notice. Eli Row — the Orthodox Jewish owner of Jet911, an air ambulance company based in the Queens borough of New York City — scrambled to arrange flights for the firefighters over Shabbat, something that Jewish law requires if it could mean saving lives. Row landed in Israel on Monday afternoon to thank the American firefighters for their service.

Back in the U.S., 25 firefighters are standing by in case the wildfires again begin to spread. If not, and the weather conditions improve as hoped, the firefighters in Israel are to return home at the end of the week.

White Lives Matter to be listed as “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (Jewish Organization): ‘Everything about it is racist’



People with a White Lives Matter sign demonstrate Sunday in front of the NAACP office in Houston, Texas.


The White Lives Matter movement will be designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization revealed Friday.

The white supremacist group will be listed in February on the center’s Hate Map, a compilation of the country’s known hate groups and their chapters’ locations.

“I can’t speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it’s clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group — it’s just a flat out white supremacist group,” Heidi Beirich, Director of Intelligence Project at SPLC, said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.

“The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist,” she added.

White Lives Matter protesters swarm Houston NAACP

Little is known about how many people officially identify as members of the White Lives Matter movement, but it is reported to be a manifestation of other established white supremacist groups such as the Aryan Renaissance Society and the United Aryan Front.

The controversial catchphrase has picked up momentum among these bigoted groups in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, a civil rights movement they believe is orchestrating a “white genocide,” the SPLC reported.

Earlier this week, 20 armed protesters who identified themselves as members of the White Lives Matter movement gathered in front of Houston’s NAACP offices to protest BLM.

The Confederate flag-bearing demonstrators demanded the civil rights organization take accountability for “the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” said protester Ken Reed.

Fresno cops shoot, kill 19-year-old, setting off protest

SPLC told the Houston Chronicle that 40-year-old Rebecca Barnette is a likely leader of the White Lives Matter movement.

The vice president of the women’s division of the skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce has made her vile views public on social media, like that Jews and Muslims intend to “commit genocide of epic proportions of the white race.”

“Her background, the rhetoric of the group, the hangers-on of the group are white supremacist,” Beirich said. “The only question is how widespread they are, how many chapters there are.”

The SPLC’s Hate Map has charted a staggering spike in hate groups in the country since the turn of the century.

White supremacist video foreshadows Minneapolis shooting

There are currently 892 hate groups in the country, according to SPLC’s most recent numbers, a 14% increase from 2014.

Orlando Shooting Changes Everything

AFTER THE MOURNING ENDS, and the clowns have all gone to bed, a new mourning begins for those who forsee the destruction of America. 

One glance at the ‘Orlando statements’ by Jewish Lobbies spells trouble for those who assail homosexuality and gender confusion as an attack on the teachings of The Church.

The attempt to criminalize defenders of The Church breathes new life with Orlando:

SPLC – “It is not surprising that the LGBT community was targeted. This community has long been vilified by those opposed to LGBT rights and is too often the target of hate.” View Entire Story Here.

ADL – “We will redouble our resolve to fight against the forces of hatred and extremism that led to this act of hatred.” View Entire Story Here.

Homosexuals, lesbians, and cross-dressers are now ‘martyrs’ but those opposed to LGBT rights, that is Christians worth their salt, are “villains,” “haters,” and “extremists.”

Trump has hitched his pitch to the homo bandwagon announcing his “solidarity” with the LGBT community and declaring that Orlando “strikes at the soul of who we are as a nation, and is an assault on the ability of people to love who they want and express their identity.”

The queers and perverts have a whole new champion in Donald Trump. (Not to mention that the Orlando carnage was apparently neither a “terrorist” act nor a “hate crime” but a ‘gay-motivated’ crime since the killer was a known homosexual.

And if you buy into Trump’s “Make America Great Again” then he’s got to cough up exactly when in America’s history its citizens ever affirmed the ability of people to “love who they want” and “express their identity.”

For ever since the founding of America up until only a few years ago, the notion that men and women could “love” those of the same sex, was rejected; and the idea that males could “express their identity” as females, was refused. View Entire Story Here.

But the Jews who own the press, academia, and the courts, changed all that.

IF TRUMP REALLY wants to make “America Great Again” he must begin by repealing “Obergefell v. Hodges” which turned sodomy into law by four Jews and a lapsed Catholic on America’s highest bench.

But political correctness, I mean, “Jew-correctness,” which seeks the destruction of a White Christian power bloc, and its elemental force: the demise of the White Christian family, along with defaming its moral underpinning: the Holy Bible, wins the day.

Cuo bono? Jews. Christians become the bad guys, queers become the good guys.

And now that Trump is calling for “banning Muslims” from immigrating to America from “areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism,” the Jews will tell him that Iranians must be the first to be blacklisted.

And why Iranians, part of a centuries old culture, who are an educated and refined people?

Because, although they do not ’sponsor’ terrorism which is a Jewish lie, they are considered part of the Axis of Resistance that opposes the Zionist genocidal state of Israel.

How many statements has Trump already made against Iran that are Jew-pleasing? A zillion? He’ll fall right into Jewry’s trap.

WE’RE ALL A BUNCH of suckers now, and getting sucker punched by politicians itching to be president stings the unsuspecting.

Mourn for LGBTs today and tomorrow they’ll gag your mouth with their hate s##t.

They just stuffed their gag into the mouth of a Catholic priest in Spain who gave a homilydenouncing homosexual sin, and now the virtuous priest has to defend himself in court vis-a-vis an LGBT lawsuit.

We can turn the other cheek and pretend it’s sympathy for the dead rather than the devil.

But boxers who lead with a left jab follow with a knockout punch.

If Christians don’t feel the left jab now, they’ll reel from the knockout punch tomorrow.


Everything Microsoft announced at E3 2016: Xbox One S, software updates, games

Everything Microsoft announced at E3 2016: Xbox One S, software updates, games


E3 2016 is in full swing, and Microsoft just delivered one of the most exciting, feature-laden showcases in recent memory. Microsoft’s dedication to cross-platform play via the new Xbox Play Anywhere initiative stood out among a veritable smorgasbord of trailers and gameplay demos, and the announcement of two powerful new Xbox One console versions reinforced the company’s support for the game development community.

Related: Play Skyrim on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall with mods

Meanwhile, we were treated to extended looks at a slew of Xbox/Windows exclusives, from pirate adventure Sea of Thieves to zombie survival games State of Decay 2 and Dead Rising 4. Below, we’ve put together a brief overview of everything you might have missed from Microsoft’s E3 press conference.

Hardware and software

Xbox One S

Microsoft opened its conference with a bang, as Xbox head Phil Spencer took to the stage and revealed the Xbox One S. Clad largely in white, the console boasts an integrated power supply and up to 2TB of hard-drive storage while taking up a fraction of the space occupied by the original Xbox One. The S supports HDR gaming and 4K ultra-HD video streaming capabilities, and the updated controller features a textured grip and Bluetooth connectivity. Just $299 will net you one of these babies upon release in August, though it appears there will be multiple models of the S available for purchase.


Project Scorpio

If Microsoft opened its showcase with style (the Xbox One S), it most certainly closed with power. Project Scorpio, the code name for next year’s Xbox console, boasts some pretty incredible specifications — in fact, were it to be released today, it would ostensibly be the most powerful gaming console ever created. Powered by a six-teraflop GPU that enables the system to run games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, the console will launch with native VR compatibility.

Spencer and company were adamant about the idea of “gaming beyond generations,” a tagline that seems to imply that the future of gaming lies in semi-annual hardware updates rather than traditional six-to-eight year console life spans. In layman’s terms, we’re likely to see a future where Microsoft introduces a new Xbox just as often as Apple rolls out a new iPhone. Gamers should be happy, then, that their libraries won’t become instantly obsolete with the release of a new console — though, with a vague “Holiday 2017” release window, we’re not sure exactly when Project Scorpio will actually see daylight.

Xbox Design Lab

Starting from $80, gamers can now build their own officially licensed Xbox One controllers. Customizable from the top down, each part of the controller — the joysticks, the triggers, the face buttons — can be a different color, selected from dozens of different hues. Players can even choose to have a short message (or, more likely, their Gamertag) laser engraved on the face of the controller.

Xbox One Software Updates

Along with the forthcoming console updates, the Xbox team announced a few new features that will be added to Xbox Live in the coming months. Microsoft’s Cortana AI will take the place of Xbox’s native voice control system and link with any other Microsoft devices you may have.

Looking For Group is a feature that many gamers should appreciate, giving players an in-house method of finding like-minded teammates for cooperative play.

Xbox Live Clubs allows players to come together and celebrate their mutual interests, and can function as a tool to find friends online as well.

Finally, Xbox Live Arena is a tournament platform that Microsoft and third-party developers will be using to create large-scale gaming competitions and find out who truly is the best of the best. EA Sports was announced to have a partnership with Xbox Live Arena beginning in the fall. We expect many rabid FIFA players to sign up, only to immediately fake an injury and withdraw from the match.


Last year, we got introduced to ReCore, a third-person adventure game that’s exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Windows 10. It’s co-developed by Comcept, which was founded by former Capcom employee and Mega Man illustrator Keiji Inafune, as well as Armature Studio. The two studios have worked together to form a new universe, one where you play as a solemn survivor of the human race and forge friendships with the little robots you see in the video above. Well, at least some of them are small. Today, during Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference, the team finally showed off some actual gameplay.

The fast pacing and clear visuals strike a tone reminiscent of games like Ratchet & Clank, and we even see resemblances to Beyond Good & Evil. In the trailer, we see four characters, one human and three out of five robots. There’s Joule, the main character who will be controlled by the player throughout the journey in the world of Far Eden. The relationship between robot and human seems pretty evident — each robot represents a particular skill and can help Joule in their own special ways. Mack, who both looks and sounds like a dog, can fight alongside you in battle and dash through the enemies. Mack is an “explorer” but it’s uncertain what that entails. The same goes for the rest of the robot crew. Seth is an “escape artist,” and looks like it can provide help in reaching distant areas. Duncan is a heavy hitter and, well, looks to come in handy in battles and (if we speculate) lifting heavy materials.

Joule looks like she has a good assortment of weapons. She can use a grappling hook to move around — she also uses it on Seth at one point in the trailer. That same hook is also used to grab a hold of the energy spheres that power the robots — stealing one means you can put it into another. However, it’s unclear if you’ll be able to use several robots at the same time or if you’re restricted to one robot companion at a time.

The graphics look good and are properly stylized to fit the smaller crew working on the game. When the game was announced last year, it received both praise and hype from the community. Anyone familiar with Inafune knows that he’s worked on a good number of high-quality titles. Armature Studio has members who have worked on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Nintendo Wii. If the combined talent work well together, we can probably look forward to an excellent platformer this fall.

Related: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate review (developed by Armature Studio)

The game is set to launch September 13, and will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10.


Yes, The Jews Really Do Own Everything


(Or Shutting Down Fucktard Ideas)

Have you ever had that moment when someone actually astounds you with their ignorance? Well, you’re about to have it again courtesy of Angelo Gage! According to this “great leader” of the pro-white movement, we just have to infiltrate local politics. Yeah, that’s it! Literally no one has ever thought of that before!

I bow down to your genius, sir. I really can’t believe it was this simple. All we have to do to stop world Jewry is get involved in local politics. This will stop them from making BILLIONS of dollars every year from food, drugs, oil, clothing, iphones, the entertainment industry, etc. This will stop the evil Jews from running the pedophilia rings and the billion dollar porn industry.

Seriously though, let’s break this down. Most people can be bought and sold. Sad but true. Many politicians are crooked to start with, but no doubt there are probably some that started out as decent human beings but eventually became corrupted by all the money and power, and anyone dumb enough to think that they would never be is usually the first one to turn the dark side. The people who can’t be bought are usually edged out by the ones that can, and if someone does present themselves as a real threat to the establishment, they will be threatened, their family will be threatened, or they will be killed.

The game is rigged against you from the beginning. So what if you could become mayor of Podunk town? The Jews will never allow anyone to rise higher in the ranks unless they play ball.

Let’s say that your opponent was willing to sell out to the Jews. They will give him plenty of positive media coverage while you would receive very little, and the press you did receive would be negative. If there was anything salacious in your past, it would be dug up and used against you. They could also pay off people to make up stories about you.

The Jews would also donate a lot of money to your opponent whereas you would be stuck asking struggling people for a few bucks. Without much money, campaigning would become quite difficult.

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But let’s say that somehow Gage bypassed all of these things and was on the verge of getting elected for a major position in politics. The Jews could easily off his wife, his son, and him. They would blame it on either an unhinged nut job or they could claim that Gage, who is on record as having PTSD, snapped and killed himself and his family. If you think the Jews wouldn’t do this, you are either incredibly naïve or possibly retarded. They eliminate “problem people” all the time.

Despite Gage’s claims to the contrary, the system does not work. It cannot work. IT WAS DELIBERATELY DESIGNED TO WORK AGAINST THE PEOPLE. Gage says in his video that the system has worked in the past. Really? When? When the actual fuck has the system EVER worked? When were Jews not in control of things? They have always been in control. Take a look at the list of Jews in Hollywood back when the movie business first started. It was all JEWS! They didn’t infiltrate Hollywood; they created it.

Gage goes on to say that not enough people vote and that’s why nothing changes. Not enough people vote because they know it’s bullshit. As Jewish comedian Lewis Black once noted:

Our party is a two party system that consists of a bowl of shit looking in the mirror at itself. The only difference is the smell.

Gage thinks it’s ridiculous that people think that the game is rigged. He thinks it’s absurd that people think both sides are working for the same team. Yeah, I guess that’s why it’s just a weird coincidence that the 2004 presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry both went to Yale and were both members of the secret society, the Skull & Bones. Gee, what are the odds that in a country of over 330 million people, BOTH candidates would have that in common? But I know, I know. I’m just a wacky conspiracy theorist!

Gage points out that David Duke was able to be elected in Louisiana for a House seat despite his KKK past. This is true, however, it should be noted it was hardly a land slide victory. He won by 227 votes. The other campaigns he ran after that were unsuccessful. Gage seems to think that if he ran he could win. He does not seem to understand the 24/7 barrage of media slander that would ensue. If Gage had only said things about black people, he might actually have a shot since a lot of white people are sick of them, but being on record denying the tragic lampshading of six trillion Jews could hurt him tremendously, especially with the Jewish community in New Jersey.

Gage points out that America is big enough to have white communities for people who want to self-segregate if they want. This is true, but for how long? The Jews have already revised the HUD housing program so that more blacks are being dropped into nice, suburban neighborhoods because God forbid white people ever be able to get the fuck away from blacks for one minute. How could enough white people come together or find the money we need to create such a white haven? Gage never answers this question instead deciding to shift into full retard mode by saying that we could even have some communities that are mixed because “we have to be practical in America.”


Newsflash: we don’t fucking want communities that are mixed! That’s the whole fucking point of creating white enclaves! That’s what we have now and it’s a fucking nightmare! Also, what the fuck are you smoking? If we are not trying to create a white ethno-state then what the hell are we doing? If we are not going to organize to create a better society for future white generations, then why don’t we just give up now and let the blacks keep robbing/raping/killing us? Why don’t we just paint a big bulls eye on our faces to help blacks play the Knockout Game on us?

Yes, we could try to create ethno states but not without one hell of a fight. Do you really think the Jews are just going to let us all move into Montana and break away from the rest of America like that? Jews won’t be happy until they chase down and kill the last living white person. They are trying to genocide us and have been doing so for quite some time. That is why they have flooded all of our countries from America to Sweden and Germany to Australia and New Zealand, with hordes of non-whites. That is why for the past fifty years Hollywood has produced a slew of films, TV shows, and commercials promoting race mixing, especially between white women and black men. Blacks and Mexicans have moved into all our major cities. There’s even blacks in Salt Lake City, Utah, for fuck’s sake, a place once known for being the whitest state in America. White people have nowhere to go anymore. Unless one has a lot of money to live in an upscale, all white community, they are forced to live around non-whites.

I do agree with Gage that change must come little by little. Things are not going to change in our favor dramatically overnight, but he is greatly underestimating the power, money, and ruthlessness of the Jews. Rule number one for any great leader: ALWAYS KNOW YOUR ENEMY.

Pakistani women risk everything to fight for their rights

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Kainat Soomro was 13 years old and on her way to buy a toy for her newborn niece when three men kidnapped her, held her for several days and repeatedly raped her.

Eight years later, she is still battling for justice. She sits on a steel-framed bed in her parents’ three-bedroom home, and holds her blue shawl tight around her body. When she describes the horror of her captivity, her voice is barely a whisper, but it gains strength when she talks of the fight she has been waging: going to Pakistan’s courts, holding protests, rejecting the rulings of the traditional Jirga council, taking on the powerful landlord and politician who she says are protecting her attackers.

The Associated Press does not usually identify victims of sexual abuse, but Kainat has gone public with her case. Her battle for justice has inspired an award-winning 2014 movie, “Outlawed in Pakistan.”

Malala Yousefzai, the Pakistani teenage Nobel Peace Prize winner who was shot by the Taliban, invited Kainat to the Nobel award ceremony, and her fund has given Kainat financial help.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai gives a speech during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/NTB SCANPIX/CORNELIUS POPPE)

Yet Kainat’s family has paid a high price for her bravery. One sister remains unmarried and another was divorced because her in-laws were ashamed to be associated with Kainat. In 2010, her brother was killed over his sister’s refusal to stay silent.

Clutching a gold-framed picture of his son, Ghulam Nabi Soomro spat out words of condemnation. “They know about our troubles thousands of miles away but here in the next street no-one is helping us get justice,” he said.

In Pakistan, women are often too fearful to report sexual violence, yet the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recorded 423 rapes and 304 gang rapes last year. It also said that last year at least one woman a day was killed in the name of honor — murdered for allegedly bringing shame on the family.

In this photo taken on Jan. 26, 2016, Kainaat Soomro weeps during an interview with The Associated Press in Karachi, Pakistan. She was 13 years old and on her way to buy a toy for her newborn niece when three men kidnapped her, held her for several days and repeatedly raped her. Eight years later, she is still battling for justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

“Each year a gamut of promises is made for the protection and development of women, but (they) remain unfulfilled by the year-end,” the commission wrote in its 2014 annual report.

Attackers are rarely jailed. Human rights workers say the police often refuse to even register a case involving attacks against women, and the powerful and rich are immune.

The groups trying to advance women’s rights in Pakistan’s deeply traditional patriarchal society suffered a painful blow last month when the national parliament refused to pass laws banning child marriage. The parliament buckled to the dictates of the Islamic Ideology Council, a religiously right-wing advisory group with no legal authority. The same body has also said that taking DNA tests to identify a suspected rapist is against Islam.

“Women’s groups have been demanding that the Islamic Ideology Council be disbanded,” says Uzma Noorani, an activist who also operates a women’s shelter in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.

She says rights advocates are fighting a war for change and occasionally battles are won. Southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, has passed legislation aimed at protecting women and banning underage marriages. But then the war begins again as they fight to convince police and judges to register cases and implement the laws, and to take authority away from the Islamic Ideology Council and other hard-line groups.

“When you have a law it is like a weapon, when you need it you can use it,” says one outspoken member of Sindh’s legislature, Mahtab Akbar Rashdi.

In this photo taken on Jan. 27, 2016, Pakistani lawmaker Mahtab Akbar Rashdi talks to the Associated Press in Karachi, Pakistan. Rashdi said the federal government by refusing to ban underage marriages is pandering to those who adhere to a narrow and restrictive interpretation of Islam and mostly target women. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

She says that the national government is pandering to those who adhere to a narrow and restrictive view of Islam, which mostly targets women. “It’s as if women for them are the biggest problem in Islam,” she says of the Islamic Ideology Council.

One women’s shelter in Karachi, surrounded by two walls and protected by guards, is home to around 40 women. Some have fled abusive husbands, some have been raped, others are being hunted down by families for choosing love.

When Azra was 18, her family sold her for $5,000 to an older man who passed her around to strangers. She ran away, and now she is fighting for a divorce and too afraid to leave the shelter’s walls. The court have yet to decide on her case and Azra — who is just 20 — wonders where she will go when the time comes to leave the shelter.

Sidra Kanwal had left her abusive husband and moved back in with her mother when another man proposed to her. The man refused to take no for an answer. He pestered her and harassed her. And then one day he told her that if couldn’t have her, no one could, and threw acid in her face.

The months afterward were horrific. Her poverty meant doctors paid her little heed. One sent her home with only burn cream, but the pain and swelling were unbearable. Her nostrils had seared together. She returned to hospital and again, after three days, they sent her home.

Her four-year-old son refused to come to her after her attack. “He didn’t recognize me. My face scared him,” she says, pulling her headscarf over her twisted mouth and nose.

Nightmares haunt her sleep. Each time she closes her eyes, his face appears. Sometimes he is hitting her, throwing more acid, pounding her. If her terror does not waken her, the small tube that runs between her burnt nostrils does. Without it, she struggles to breathe.

It was not until she went to court that Noorani, the women’s rights activist, saw her and she received treatment. According to the Human Rights Commission, 55 acid attacks took place in Pakistan last year. To date, only 17 arrests have been made.

Unlike Kainat or Azra, Sidra’s attacker is in jail, but his family has been embraced by the neighbors. The family jeers at her, and the neighbors applaud. Sidra, with her painfully disfigured face, is the outcast.

Everything People Believed about Hitler’s Intentions Toward Britain was a Myth Created by Churchill

It’s good that the UK Government is going to pardon the thousands of Army deserters who enlisted in the British forces during World War Two.

Of course, no army can allow desertion; however, these men were not court-martialled, but were subject to a blanket ban on state employment that deprived them of their constitutional right to due process. The vast majority of them deserted from June 1941 onward, when the theoretical possibility of a German invasion had all but vanished.

The men who deserted did so after being effectively cheated into becoming soldier-serfs, cutting turf on the Bog of Allen.

That was the second great lie of their young lives. The first one was that Ireland ever faced a serious threat of invasion by Germany, which was the spawn of an even vaster falsehood — that in 1940, Hitler wanted to invade Britain. But he didn’t. He actually admired the British Empire, with its inherent presumption of racial superiority. We know from the diaries of Lord Halifax, the British foreign minister, that Hitler offered terms that did not involve German control of Britain. Churchill refused to allow these terms to be read to the cabinet, and they remain prudently concealed under the 100-year rule.

Instead, Churchill’s determination to keep Britain at war turned what had been merely a continental defeat of its army into the enduring myth that in 1940, Britain faced a war for national survival.

But the German naval leader, Raeder, had repeatedly forbidden his staff from planning an invasion of Britain. And far from wanting to continue the war, in June 1940, Hitler ordered 20pc of his army to be demobilised, in order to get the German economy going again. The “invasion fleet” that the Nazis began to assemble that summer was no more capable of invading Britain than it was Hawaii. It was war by illusion: its purpose was to get the British to the negotiating table.

This “fleet” consisted of 1,900 canal barges, only one- third of which were powered, to be towed cross-channel, in clusters of three, by just 380 tugs. These barges had tiny keels, blunt prows and small rudders, with just two feet of freeboard: the distance between the water and the top of the hull. They would have been swamped during even a direct crossing of the English Channel, a shallow and violent waterway linking the raging North Sea and Atlantic. But an invasion would not be direct. The barges, with their untrained crews, would be able to make only about three knots, from the three “invasion” centres: Rotterdam, Le Havre and Boulogne. These ports are, respectively, from any south-coast landing beaches, at best, 200 miles and 60 hours, 100 miles and 30 hours, and 50 miles and 15 hours, with seasick soldiers crammed into keel-less floundering barges without toilets or water. What army would be fit to fight after a journey like that? And then there’s the 55,000 horses that the Wehrmacht would need: its transport was still not mechanised.

All being well, and that really is a relative term, the first “wave” would take 10 days to land, with the barges plying to and from those three distant ports, requiring tides that would have to obey the demands of the Fuehrer rather than the older ones of the sea, in convoy, often at night, and always without navigation lights.

Why no lights? Ah: the Royal Navy. This is where matters become quite phantasmagorical. In August 1940, the British Home Fleet ALONE consisted of 140 destroyers, 40 cruisers and frigates, five battleships and two aircraft carriers.

The entire German navy, the Kriegsmarin, consisted of just seven destroyers, one cruiser with unreliable engines, two working cruisers, no aircraft carriers, and no battleships or battle cruisers: the Bismarck and Tirpitz were still building, and the Gneisenau and Scharnhorst were damaged and out of action until the following winter.

What about the Luftwaffe? Well, it had no torpedo-carrying aircraft, whereas the British had two (the Beaufort and the Swordfish, both of which were later to show their mettle in disabling German capital ships), and air-bombing vigorously defended warships accurately over an open sea is incredibly difficult, even for dive-bombers: Stuka bomb sights were calibrated for stationary targets. All right, but were not British shores defenceless in 1940? No — aside from a largely intact British army, two fully-equipped Canadian divisions arrived that summer, as did 200,000 rifles from the US on the ‘SS Britannic’.

This doesn’t diminish the validity of the allied cause, or the later decision of the nearly 7,000 Army deserters who enlisted in it, for they were taking arms against one of the most evil regimes in world history.

Nonetheless, just about everything that people believed about Hitler’s intentions towards Britain in 1940 — and still believe today — was a myth created by Churchill, which he probably came to believe himself. Consider all the facts above, and then consider how that myth has endured, despite them. Makes you wonder, no?

Everything we know so far about Facebook’s new reactions

We’ll probably never get a true “dislike” button on Facebook, but the social network just started to roll out the closest thing we’ve seen yet.

Reactions, a new feature for Facebook’s ubiquitous Like button that allows you to respond to posts with emoji, will go live for some Facebook users Friday, the company announced Thursday.

Here a look at everything we know about it so far.

How does it work?

The easiest way to think about Reactions is as an extension of the existing Like button. The feature works with any post on Facebook where you see the Like button. Long pressing (or hovering over it with your mouse if you’re on a desktop browser) will open up a panel of six different reactions you can add to a post. The first is, of course, “like,” followed by “love,” “haha,” “yay,” “wow,” “sad” and “anger.”

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Each reaction comes with a corresponding emoji, which will be displayed alongside the number of likes underneath a post. As with a regular “like,” you can only add one reaction to a given post (so you couldn’t “like” and “yay” the same post, for example.)


Cool, when will I get it?

Like with many of Facebook’s updates, this will depend on where you live. Facebook users in Ireland and Spain will be the first to try out the feature. When the rest of us may get the feature is unclear, but it will likely depend on how people respond to the initial test.



In an interview with TechCrunch, Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product, said the two countries were picked because both are markets where users tend not to have as many international connections on Facebook, making them work well as a testbed. Additionally, Spain will serve as a good test ground for how non-English speakers will respond to the emoji.

Why isn’t dislike one of the reactions?

People have been asking for a “dislike button” pretty much since the beginning of Facebook, so it may be surprising to some that the oft-requested dislike isn’t one of the sentiments making an appearance. But despite some earlier comments from Mark Zuckerberg that may have caused some people to think otherwise, the CEO has made it clear he never intended to create a “dislike” feature.

Zuckerberg has said many times that he feels a “dislike” could convey too much negativity. “Everyone feels like they can just push the Like button, and that’s an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone,” he said during a Q&A last December. “We need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad.”

That said, it’s important to remember that the feature is still in a somewhat experimental stage, so some changes are possible. Facebook often uses gradual rollouts of new features to gauge users’ response and will make tweaks based on initial feedback — an approach the company is likely taking with Reactions as well. So it’s possible we’ll see a few updates before a broader launch.

X-Men: Apocalypse – Everything You Need to Know

We’ve got everything you need to know about X-Men: Apocalypse in one place for you.

In case you didn’t notice, it’s less than a year until X-Men: Apocalypse will be released. With every day seeming to bring a new tweet or Instagram photo from the set, this increasingly looks less like the end of the X-Men: First Class trilogy and more like an introduction to a whole new X-Men franchise. There are a slew of faces that include both the returning James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult, as well as the newcomers Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, and Alexandra Shipp.

Bryan Singer has confirmed what we have long suspected to be the case: X-Men: Apocalypse is the start of a new era for X-films by stating that this is the genesis of the “true X-Men.”

The implication would be that X-Men: Apocalypse is a bit of a standardbearer for a new generation of mutant based films since it is the Memorial Day release of a 2016 that features two other ostensible X-Men movies: February’s Deadpool and October’s Gambit. With the fresh faces of Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, and Alexandra Shipp taking on the roles of traditional leading X-Men like Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm–noticeably during the same time that Hugh Jackman has made it clear that the untitled Wolverine 3 will be his last appearance as the character–the stage seems set for a new more ambitious, and likely more colorful vision of the X-Men universe.

Here’s what we know so far…

X-Men: Apocalypse Villain

Ironically, the X-Men franchise is perhaps the longest running superhero series without a reboot, but has primarily relied on the same main villain for most of its films: Magneto. And it’s a credit to both Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender that it hasn’t mattered much at all, as both interpretations still constitute one of the genre’s most memorable and iconic foes. Yet, there certainly needs to be room for expansion and change, and the titular Apocalypse offers exactly that.

That spot was filled the week of Thanksgiving 2014 when 20th Century Fox revealed that Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis and A Most Violent Year had been cast for the part of Apocalypse in the upcoming film. Isaac has since confirmed that the character will be realized through a combination of digital and practical/make-up effects. Yet, what exactly does that special effect build to?

As we first detailed in our deconstruction of the Days of Future Past post-credit scene, Apocalypse is one of the very first mutants to ever exist in the extensive X-Men canon. That post-credits stinger implies as much when it flashes back to ancient Egypt, depicting the mutant who would become Apocalypse constructing the pyramids with only his mind. We can also expect much more of such imagery, as Bryan Singer revealed when he posted a fraction of the first page to the X-Men: Days of Future Past script online, hinting at an epic prologue taking place during an ancient Egyptian battle, complete with the flying Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

In many ways, Apocalypse is one of the Type-A comic book villains of such epic and devastating proportions that it causes entire company lines of comic book heroes to team up for a simple K.O.—think Thanos (the perpetually teased but rarely used Marvel Cinematic Universe baddie) or Darkseid.

However, Apocalypse will beat both to the big screen in earnest as a major threat and has his own complex mythology. First introduced in X-Factor #5 in 1986, Apocalypse is a mutant originally named En Sabah Nur. With the power of telekinesis and the ability to reanimate and reconfigure his own molecular structure (essentially making him immortal), En Sabah Nur was a very powerful mutant before he developed a god complex.

From what we saw teased in Days of Future Past, the X-Men: Apocalypse plot will be pulling heavily from “Rise of Apocalypse,” a 1996 miniseries by Terry Kavanagh and Adam Pollina. In that story, En Sabah Nur is an ancient Egyptian who is left out in the middle of the desert to die after he begins demonstrating strange mutations, such as the graying of his skin. He is rescued by another Nomad tribe that instills the young warrior with a pre-Darwin Darwinian extremism about “survival of the fittest.” Soon, En Sabah Nur has developed his aforementioned mutations, which eventually will also include technopathy, not to mention a deity complex.

However, things become dangerous in modern times, because En Sabah Nur soon discovers alien technology (aliens and Egyptian pyramids, get it?) that he spends thousands of years mastering, making him not only invincible, but capable of altering the DNA and psychology of anyone he can capture, causing all to succumb to his will. He essentially wants world domination—removing the moral ambiguity between Xavier and Magneto’s dichotomy (often instilled with an MLK/Malcolm X subtext in modern comics and films)—and to decimate its inhabitants to only the few privileged enough to meet his criteria as “survival fit.”

We suspect this will include turning at least one “good” mutant into a “Horseman of the Apocalypse,” who are mutants made demonic slaves to Apocalypse’s will. And given recent teases by Singer, we can safely assume that Angel will become a Horseman of the Apocalypse, as will the recently teased Caliban. This is all the more troubling since the synopsis confirms that the timeline alteration seen in Days of Future Past will be what awakens Apocalypse.

Speaking of which…

X-Men: Apocalypse Plot

While details remain elusive for the X-Men: Apocalypse story, certain nuggets have slipped out in recent months. First is the vague, but tantalizing synopsis released a few months ago:

Apocalypse takes place a decade after Days of Future Past and is a seamless next step in the story. The altering of time has unleashed a new and uniquely powerful enemy. Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet – an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history.

And of course, we know about the prologue set during an ancient Egyptian battle, which will showcase Apocalypse’s power. However, the 1980s setting is also of special consideration.

Over the summer, Simon Kinberg revealed that the X-Men: Apocalypse setting will be in 1983, which brings it to a full a decade after the past events in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And as we unpacked how important 1973 current events turned out to be for that film, it has caused us to speculate on what from 1983’s backdrop the X-writers could mine. Personally, I wonder if space might be a major factor since 1983 marked Dr. Sally Ride becoming the first woman to go into orbit, as well as the year of U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s failed attempt to put missiles and lasers in space as a nuclear deterrent with his “Star Wars” defense program. Imagine if Apocalypse had a hold of such technology?

Whatever the case may be, we know for certain that the X-Men: Apocalypse plot will feature the largest scale of destruction and spectacle yet seen in an X-film.

Singer said in early interviews that it would have more spectacle than what he has worked on in the past, and Kinberg later said that it would be a bigger movie than even X-Men: Days of Future Past. “There’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply,” says the executive producer.

Whatever the case, we have our own guesses as to what that might mean for the plot. We are almost certain the film will feature Mystique “coming home” to Charles, as he insisted she would throughout the most recent film. However, one thing we also think would be nifty is if they could explain Logan gaining a metal skeleton as not from Stryker, which was thwarted in Days of Future Past’s final scene, but as from Apocalypse. After all, the chance to see Wolverine go berserk as a Horseman of the Apocalypse will never come again.

X-Men: Apocalypse Cast

Despite having the novelty of both the main principals from X-Men: First Class and the X-Men Trilogy both appearing in Days of Future Past, the X-Men: Apocalypse cast seems to be more streamlined. When Singer first confirmed that the new film would be set in the 1980s, it immediately seemed to indicate that it would be primarily focused on the continuing (and contracted) First Class cast members who had carried over to Days of Future Past: namely, James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast.

Singer and Kinberg confirmed that all four would be coming back as the stars during an interview in April. Kinberg recently doubled down on that in October, stating that he considered X-Men: Apocalypse as the third part of a “First Class Trilogy.”

Says Kinberg, “[Apocalypse] is definitely the close of a trilogy for those First Class characters, which isn’t to say we won’t see them in future movies; hopefully we will, but it’s a completion of an arc for them.”

Additionally, Kinberg seems to have a special interest in the role Mystique will play as an expanded member of X-Men mythology in the timeline that was altered by the end of DoFP. Kinberg expects that we’ll have more scenes of Lawrence’s Mystique with Hoult’s Beast (whose scenes together in the previous movie were cut due to pacing issues), but perhaps more importantly, that they will further explore how she is the “child of both Erik and Charles.” Indeed, much of the tension of the last movie was Charles bringing his one-time little sister back to the side of the angels, if only fleetingly, to change the course of history—and possible her arc that once seemed predestined for villainy.

Also, Days of Future Past’s MVP scene-stealer, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, also returns to the X-Men: Apocalypse cast.

For his part, McAvoy has said that he expects to be bald in the new movie. And this image below seems to indicate he lived up to his dream.

However, the line-up is also going to include mutants we have seen before with new, young faces filling the roles. DoFP surely left an open invitation when time traveling Logan told Xavier to find and unite Scott Summers, Jean Grey, and Storm.

We saw as early as March 2014 Singer suggesting that he wanted “familiar characters in a younger time.” However, the names he initially gave in an interview a month later were Gambit and Nightcrawler. We have since confirmed that Gambit will not be in X-Men: Apocalypse, although Channing Tatum has signed on to play the Ragin’ Cajun. Tatum has stated he wants to introduce his version of Remy LeBeau in a standalone film first before a team-up.

Still, younger versions of Cyclops, Jean, and Storm remained a definite with its 1980s backdrop. This was of course confirmed in January 2015 when Bryan Singer announced that Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones) would play Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) would play Scott “Cyclops” Summers, and Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) would be Storm. Assuming, X-Men: Apocalypse is a hit, this is a decade-long boon to stardom for all three young actors.

While we also are being greeted by a fan favorite character of Nightcrawler again, played by Let Me In’s Kodi Smit-McPhee. Smit-McPhee told us exclusively that he will be playing a more comic book accurate version of Nightcrawler in the upcoming film than has ever been seen on screen before

It appears that Hugh Jackman will at most cameo as Wolverine in the X-Men: Apocalypse cast. Indeed, he has gone from talking about filming both this and Wolverine 3 back-to-back to no longer doing publicity about the picture. However, it seems likely he’ll still cameo since it was broken that he was in Montreal during the production of Apocalypse. Logan as a Horseman of the Apocalypse seems unlikely at this point, especially since Hardy has all but been confirmed now to play Archangel.

Olivia Munn will play Psylocke in the film, and she clearly wants fans to know that she is pushing herself to make Psylocke’s martial arts abilities every bit as threatening as her psi-blades. Thus enter the dojo again for Ms. Munn’s third online video that showcases her fighting skills as Psylocke, the telekinetic mutant who will join the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the latest X-Men film!

Ben Hardy is playing Warren Worthington, known as the Angel. But the concept art that has surfaced indicates that he’s going to become Apocalypse’s horseman, Archangel.

The Production

Remarkably indicating changing attitudes on superhero films at 20th Century Fox, X-Men: Apocalypse, a big budget follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past, was greenlit with seeds sown by Bryan Singer in December 2013—over half a year out from the aforementioned time traveling X-movie. Singer tweeted that revelation with just the words “#Xmen” and “#Apocalypse.” Official announcement soon followed that the movie would be released on May 27, 2016, almost two years to the day after Days of Future Past’s release.

Singer surprised fans several weeks later with a new photo displaying the X-Men: Apocalypse writing team. While Days of Future Past’s screenplay was solely written by the series’ increasingly important executive producer, Simon Kinberg (from a story also co-authored by X-Men: First Class’ Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman), the X-Men: Apocalypse screenplay also has Singer with a writing credit—as well as Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Yep, the two scribes that helped pen Singer’s first X-epic with X2 (as well as Superman Returns) have returned to the genre. Also, for horror geeks, during their absence Dougherty also wrote and directed the once-and-future Halloween cult classic Trick ‘r Treat.

By March 2014, Singer was already talking up the X-Men: Apocalypse plot in addition to Days of Future Past, feeding fans tantalizing morsels like the next film would be set in the 1980s. After some ambiguity, Bryan Singer was officially confirmed as the X-Men: Apocalypse director in September of 2014, clearing the path to X-Men: Apocalypse filming.

X-Men: Apocalypse Release Date

X-Men: Apocalypse arrives on May 27, 2016.

The following images (as well as many others in this piece) come to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and Empire.

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