“Instagram Music isn’t Available in Your Region”

First introduced in 2018 in over 50 countries, Instagram’s music feature allows users insert a clip of a song into their Instagram story post.

Users would be able to find the music option below the home screen itself or alternatively after creating a story by selecting the Music sticker. Upon tapping on Music, users will see three columns – popular, moods and genres. In moods, there is a list of ten different options such as party hits, inspirational and more. In genres, options are available such as Rock, and even regional content language such as Tamil etc.

On top of that, users are able to add filters or even lyrics for their songs, however, lyrics aren’t available for all songs, but are still available for a high number of them.

It is obvious that certain regions, such as Malaysia are not immediately available to use this certain function that seems to be trending around the outside world. The reason behind this is because Instagram needs license to play music.

In regions where the feature is unavailable, there are still a various legal procedures that have to take place as there is no one law for copyright and privacy issues. It may take some time before it is finally rolled out on the global scale.

The feature is now only included in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Canada, and Germany.

However, upon a search on the internet, there are certain ‘ways’ that people use to curb this copyright and privacy issue to having Instagram music available to them, even if outside the regions mentioned above.

1) Storybeat

Storybeat gets its audio tracks from  public third-party media service. What seems like a short term solution may in fact work out for some time, but it is unclear which, licensing problems or Instagram’s native music support will come knocking on their door first. Nonetheless, it works and that’s all that matters to the users.

2) VPN

Users can bypass these geo-restrictions by changing their virtual location with a VPN. All they have to do is to connect ton Instagram with an IP address from any of the participating countries and Instagram music will become available. It does come with a price though as VPNs are often not available to download for free.

3) Spotify

Spotify allows its users to share an album art of a song on Instagram stories, but just only the album art without the music playing in the background. This is one of the ways non-Instagram music users choose to use as Spotify also provides animated video backgrounds that will play behind certain album arts in an Instagram story.

Hostile Architecture and Homelessness

Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

Back in 2014, Kuala Lumpur joined the many modern cities around the world who had certain anti-home measures set up.

Soup kitchens that provided food to the less fortunate on the streets, were once banned from operating by Former Minister of Federal Territories, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor. Mansor bore the brunt of criticism and online outrage following the announcement, but overturned the ban within months amid public pressure.

Homeless figures in Malaysia are not immediately available but even if they are, they are not all accurate. According to a 2016 study, over 1,500 to 2,000 are believed to be homeless in Malaysia. Today, there are at least 8,000.

When compared with other surrounding countries such as China, the Phillipines or even those further such as the United States, Malaysia seems like a droplet in an ocean as the Philippines is reported to have at last tens of thousands to several million that are homeless.

In the U.S., seventeen out of every 10,000 people experience homelessness and have to resort to makeshift homes and beds under pedestrian bridges, highways or just any “livable” area that provides shelter.

Safe to say, the city of Kuala Lumpur hasn’t since resorted to anti-homeless architecture such as those seen under the bridges of Guangzhou , China and New York City as while many individuals and organizations are in the fight to end homelessness, some are in it to end it too, but to literally end them.

Anti-homeless spikes to prevent lying down, bolts installed on steps to discourage sleeping, benches specifically designed to stop people from sleeping on them. These are just the few of many hostile architectures that is used to prevent homeless people from relying on public space.

Metal bars on public benches may seem aesthetic at first, but giving it thought, it is used to divide the benches to avoid lying down. Bolts on ledges are also put in place to discourage homeless people from sitting on them.

Some say this type of urban design is essential in maintaining order and discourage soliciting behavior, but hostile architecture especially in modern cities has increasingly attract backlash and criticize as targeting a certain vulnerable demographic – homelessness.

They, as a modern city, have forced those who have nowhere to go to have actually nowhere else to go. At times when the world looks to modern cities for homelessness solutions, the method that is hostile architecture has since been passed on one by one.

When walking along the streets of Jalan Tun Perak at certain times of the day or night, one can’t help but to notice the amount of homeless people seeking shelter outside restaurants or shop lots. 

Due to the movement control order (MCO), many of the homeless were left out on the street. On top of not having sanitary products at their disposal, a deadly pandemic was in the happenings. Luckily, homeless people were gathered and provided shelter by the government and responsible authorities. 

According to Berita Harian, part of the 800 homeless people are scheduled to go through job interviews for manufacturing factory operators or DBKL general workers whereas if successfully hired, will be paid between RM1,200 to RM1,400 

The homeless will also be placed in two boarding houses provided by DBKL or their future employer while waiting for their first day of work to start.

A lot goes into stopping homelessness; and it’s good to mention that, at least, measures are being set up here locally to help the homeless and not stop them such as those seen in the horrid sight that is hostile architecture.

How The U.S. Topped 5 million COVID-19 Cases

While the world continues its fight against containing the coronavirus, the U.S. who still leads in the infected numbers, has recently reach 5 million confirmed cases. A rather grim milestone is also reached as it also logged a whopping 1 million infections in a mere two weeks, according to John Hopkins University.

California and Florida reported more than 500,000 cases so far and Texas is closely approaching that number as well. U.S. officials fear the virus may be widely circulating in parts of the Midwest now.

“Every country has suffered. We, the United States, has suffered … as much or worse than anyone,” Fauci said during an interview with CNN and the Harvard School of Public Health.

“I mean when you look at the number of infections and the number of deaths, it really is quite concerning,” he said.

So how did it get to this? A virus smaller than a piece of dust mite, has humbled and shaken up all 34 states in the U.S. to its knees. 

Up to 30 CDC staffers were removed in China prior to the pandemic

  • The Trump administration cut staff by more than two-thirds at a key U.S. public health agency in China 
  • Most reductions were made at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and happened over the past two years, according to public CDC documents viewed by Reuters.
  • Staff members could’ve warned about the spreading of coronavirus but were just not there to do so

Warnings fell on wrong ears

  • American intelligence warned about the threats in January, but Donald Trump has since been dismissing experts and evidence
  • Repeated statements about how the virus would “go away” and the American people have nothing to worry about as the numbers would go down; on top of that, Trump had a habit of disregarding intelligence briefings.
  • On February 26, Trump asserted that cases were “going to be down to close to zero.” Over the next two months, at least 1 million Americans were infected.

Ineffective travel bans

  • Travel bans create travel. People desperately will sort to use indirect routes through third party countries and make a six hour journey last for more than two days
  • The travel ban from continental Europe essentially created a surge of travellers that packed up America’s airports creating unnecessary delays where social distancing was not possible
  • Special exceptions also allowed in tens of thousands of returnees or entries from mainland China

Tests were also short in supply

  • There weren’t enough tests to be going around and the criteria for getting those tests were extremely rigid
  • At the end of February, tens of thousands have likely been infected but only hundreds had been tested
  • Diagnostic test are easy to make, but the U.S did not manage to create one; and to make things worse, no Plan B was prepared

Neglection of nursing homes

  • The hardest hit buildings were those jammed packed with people and especially without social distancing in practice
  • Nursing homes were ripped off their staff when the Trump administration reduced the influx of immigrants, leaving many nursing homes across the country understaffed
  • Tests and protective equipment were passed towards the state instead of being supplied to nursing homes
  • Nursing homes, now in a bad place, had many existing staff stopped working and faced the issue of many elderlies who were uncared for
  • As of mid-June, they accounted for 40 percent of its coronavirus deaths. More than 50,000 residents and staff have died. At least 250,000 more have been infected

Millions cannot afford health insurance

  • The U.S spends more on healthcare than any other country
  • At least 27 million lack any health insurance, and the figure is set to rise as unemployment numbers rise
  • Patients risk getting high bills from emergency room visits and ventilators that they cannot pay for
  • U.S. hospitals received $9.8 million from a federal bailout but was disappointed with how it was divided
  • There were however, no extra funds for financially distressed hospitals or for those situated in Covid-19 hotspots.

A pandemic can be prevented in two ways. Stop it from ever arising, or stop it from increasing in numbers. 

There are a variety of viruses out there and almost too many animals play as a harbour to them, which makes the first method almost impossible. The infamous “covid courier”, bats alone could be a host to many kinds of coronaviruses, and according to the Atlantic, almost one out of every 20 bats in Chinese caves is infected. 

The U.S. underperformed and one error filed on the other. Still there is hope, as trial and error eventually works.

There are also a few signs that Americans are learning the important lessons as a June survey showed that 60 to 75 percent of Americans were still practicing social distancing. A gap still exists, but it has since narrowed.

This pandemic has been devastating and yet educating. We all carry the responsibility in the fight against it and it’s important that we give thought about what other stakes this pandemic brings and what we can do to address them.

Beirut blast officials knew of the risks

While authorities continue searching for the cause of the Beirut explosion, all fingers are being pointed out to the chemical – Ammonia nitrate.

The question however, is to ask how did it got there in the first place, and how much in fact as it caused the lives of nearly 400 people and homes of at least 300,000.

An unscheduled stop, a massive shipment of agricultural fertilizer, a bankrupt Russian business man and the ignoring of safety precautions for years are just part of the many factors that played to the catastrophic incident.

According to CNN, a shipment of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate arrived in Beirut in 2013 on a Russian owned vessel by the name of MV Rhosus. Due to financial difficulties, the vessel that was en-route to Mozambique, made an unprecedented stop at Beirut and never left. 

MV Rhosus

The substance was ultimately left untouched and unregulated for up to SIX years.

Owned by Russian businessman Igor Grechuskin, his crew was mostly Russians and Moldovans and it is still not immediately clear to why Grechuskin, who owned Teto Shipping was carrying such an alarming amount of ammonium nitrate.

Highlighting a bust up with the law, Grechuskin had allegedly not paid his crew, including the captain and had abandoned them for months, leaving them stuck on the vessel, according to the lawyers who fought for their release.

They said that the ship was a “floating bomb” and the crew became hostages on the “bomb”.

Neither Grechusin nor any members of his family have given any public comment about their alleged connection with the Beirut blast.

Warnings were sent out over the years of the dangers that the port of Beirut could face with such a cargo in its area, which include inspectors warning that the now seized material could “blow up all of Beirut”.

According to the current Director of Customs, Badri Daher, warnings of the cargo being equivalent to a floating bomb didn’t manage to change the situation.

“We requested that it be re-exported but that did not happen. We leave it to the experts and those concerned to determine why,” Daher said.

 “Due to the extreme danger posed by this stored items in unsuitable climate conditions, we reiterate our request to the Port Authorities to re-export the goods immediately to maintain the safety of the port and those working in it,” Chafic Merhi, former director general of the Lebanese Customs Administration wrote in a 2016 letter to a judge involved in the case.

Lebanon general security chief, Abbas Ibrahim

On top of that, Lebanon’s general security chief also said that a “highly explosive material” was confiscated years earlier and kept in a warehouse not too far from Beirut’s shopping malls and nightlife spots. 

As there were disasters linked to the chemical in the past, strict and improved regulations have been put in place for its safe storage. Associate Professor Stewart Walker from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia said in an interview with CCN that “such rules mean it tend to be kept away from population centers.

“Both of these things will be questioned in the investigation into the Beirut explosion, because they had such a large amount of ammonium nitrate, which may not have been stored appropriately, and in an area where there is a large number of people,” he added.

“Poorly stored ammonium nitrate is notorious for explosions — for example in Oppau, Germany; in Galveston Bay, Texas; and more recently at West in Waco, Texas; and Tianjin in China,” Andrea Sella a professor at University College London, told the Science Media Centre.

The Eerie World of North Korean Advertising

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If I’m shot by a poison umbrella dart in an airport, this article will be the reason.

As a sister article to my piece on World War I propaganda in the US, it seems fitting to examine the crowned king of government advertising, North Korea.

Outside of government propaganda, there’s almost no commercial advertising in North Korea. It’s considered capitalist and therefore shunned. However, with loosening restrictions, some ads are popping up in Pyongyang, although they are very controlled, and still ooze propaganda.

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Note the Juche Tower monument in between the fireworks. It represents the self-reliance ideology, invented by North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung. (source: pic via Paul-Nikolas Hanz)

Outside of these one-offs, you can travel the entirety of North Korea without seeing a single ad, which produces a very grey tone, particularly against the brutalist architecture:

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Source: Pic via BI

It’s first important to understand the underlying conditions that facilitate this alternate reality. North Korea sits at the very bottom of the press freedom index:

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Soiurce: pic via Reporters without borders

The list is ranked by basic indicators such as transparency, pluralism (The proportion of opinions that are given by journalism versus the state media), and abuse scores (level of abuses towards independent journalists).

One of the primary goals of journalism is to critique and question those in power. It is fundamental to freedom.

Where you see independent journalism declining, you often see a rise of propaganda and other unchallenged media distributed by the government. This is part of the reason that countries at the bottom of the press-freedom index report such low Covid-19 cases — North Korea denying any cases and China claiming only 4000 total deaths, despite being the epicenter of the outbreak.

Propaganda, in its purest form, was practiced by many countries, including the US, during WW1. This “fake news” was viewed as a necessary evil and was demonstrably over-the-top.

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Source: pic via history.com

In the decades that followed, most countries moved their messaging back to a place of (mostly) factual news. North Korea, from 1948 to the present, hasn’t slowed down on the opposite trajectory. You’ll see two key themes:

1. Promote the sacred status of leadership. Portray the public as blessed with their benevolence.

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Source: ABC News

This is propaganda, by definition (non-factual, idealized messaging), because of North Korea’s well-documented poverty. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that the leader is one of the only overweight people in the country.

There is a decent amount of artistic effort in the ads. All models are depicted as attractive and smiling:

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‘Let the whole party, nation and people turn up to yield a good harvest in the first year of the new century.’ Source: CDNI

Godlike status is regularly attributed:

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Source: pic via IMG2

All messaging is designed to keep power with the state, which is solely run by their leader.

2. Depict forces that oppose the government in the worst possible light

At the core of all propaganda, is a need to create an “us versus them” fight. Assign motivations (envy, imperialism) as mechanisms and then depict the foe as monsters.

This will never be more evident than at the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities.

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Pic via i.nsider.com

Within it, you’ll find paintings depicting US Soldiers committing acts that never actually happened.

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Source: author via Twitter

It’s a museum that most schools are required to bring students to. It’s rarely shown to outsiders and is intended for internal propaganda, although journalist Travis Treppen was given a private tour:

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pic via The Daily Beast

Literature

Most fictional literature from North Korean libraries will promote the state.

Even romance novels often depict a male and female lead who, despite being beautiful or otherwise attractive, win each other over by making some sort of sacrifice for the state, volunteering for the military or working in the farms.

Every form of media, no exceptions, is required to point fealty back to the leader. Even if it’s dinosaurs — you’d better have a “Thank you to the great leader for giving us dinosaurs!” somewhere in there.


A Sunny, Beautiful Trip to the Hermit Kingdom

North Korea also practices experiential marketing, in effect.

If you were a journalist, you could actually take a trip to Pyongyang. However, you would be accompanied by a minder, who escorts you everywhere you go, carefully guiding you to prop areas of the city, such as eery staged church services:

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Source: pic via Express UK

All of this is designed to promote an image of a North Korea that is less harsh on human rights than they actually are. On occasion, journalists have seen people reading bibles with blank pages.

Minders will stop you from taking lots of photos of certain places. For example, these images are banned captures:

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Source: Pic via Autojosh

Most North Korean streets remain empty (few cars) and local children can be seen playing on them during off-hours. It’s illegal to take pics as it depicts the city as underdeveloped.

Or this image of a family who is shown having access to technology, yet it’s obvious their monitors have no power:

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Source: Pic via Static.bp

This next pic was banned for obvious reasons —the people appearing impoverished:

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Source: pic via News UK

During a visit, you’ll typically be presented with the most polished, healthy people. They’ll be notified that outsiders are in town and be ready for presentation. The people you see in the capital are the top 1% of society and rural areas are mostly off-limits.

The above pic is a grey market, part of an informal economy that North Korea has loosened restrictions on.

Here’s a more nuanced example of a banned photo:

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Source: Pic via News UK

This image was banned because of the sideways hat and the depiction of soldiers in a casual setting. Soldiers can only be shown if they are in proper formation or at attention, primed for the camera.

Everywhere you go in Pyongyang, you’ll see billboards, with the leader pointing the happy, perfect complexioned people, towards a promised land.

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Source: pic via The Guardian

In the ad, note that everyone seems to have a work outfit on and is gainfully and happily employed.

North Korea is flexing its own twisted form of product marketing — show the best features of the product, but not what the product does 99% of the time.


North Korea remains a sobering reminder that, despite our own media industry becoming a circus-like embarrassment, they’re still able to speak truth to power.

The moment we start locking up journalists and treating leaders as sacred from criticism is the moment you should take notice. That door leads to a much darker place.

By Sean Kernan

Numerous Beirut explosion victims trapped under rubble

The Lebanese government announced it would be placing those it held responsible for the port of Beirut under house arrest, the investigation for the cause of the explosion continues while many are feared to be still stuck under large chunks of debris.

With the smell of smoke and confusion in the air, many are still relentless in their search for loved ones who work nearby the port or who were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time during the explosion; one of their worst fears possible just might be true though, as their family or friends just might be one of the many stuck under the tons and tons of rubble caused by the aftermath of the incident.

Beirut is in the midst of an major recovery and a two-week state of emergency has been called.

With bed frames being used as makeshift stretchers for the injured ones to not having the tools to cut through the scattered building blocks, it’s no wonder people like Isam Ata, 27, had to endure being trapped inside a collapsed building for 16 hours before finally being stretchered to aid.

Half of the city is now destroyed in the explosion that appears to be the most powerful one the city has suffered despite the 1975-90 civil war, official death tolls are at 135 and rising as the number of wounded is reaching up to 5,000; the estimate cost of damage according to governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, is as high as $3 billion.

Rescuers have been continuing their search for victims being trapped under rubble. 

Medical personnel were forced to sort out patients in a car park, hospitals overwhelmed and the government is being expected to do go over its limits in order to aid while facing many other crisis amid the explosion.

Lebanese prime minister Hassan Diab has since appealed to all countries and friends of Lebanon to extend help to the nation, saying: “We are witnessing a real catastrophe.” 

Whilst the Red Cross and Lebanese health minister is working on setting up morgues, governments worldwide including the UK, France, Australia, the US, Canada and Israel have also flocked to offer their support.

How long can one survive under rubble?

Julie Ryan of the International Rescue Corps (IRC), says that survival largely depends on what happens at the first moment the impact.

“The ideal situation is you have become trapped and entombed but have some sort of oxygen supply from the outside world, are not injured and also have some sort of access to water,” she told the BBC in an interview.

“You have usually managed to get yourselves into some sort of void where you are enclosed by the building but it doesn’t injure you.”

The UN usually calls off a search and rescue attempt between five and seven days after a disaster, when no victims have been saved for a day or two. However, people have been known to survive for much longer.

How does plastic turn into fashion?

At a time where plastic bottles are being a threat to our oceans and environment, innovation has taken another step as plastic is now being used to manufacture garments. 

With many taking the step towards a more sustainable future, brands such as Adidas, Nike, Gucci, H&M and Timberland have been steering towards to idea and eventually paving the way for smaller brands to follow suit.

So how in fact does plastic gets utilised and given purpose again in the fashion industry? Here’s a less complicating step by step list on how the plastic waste we produce gets given another chance at life.

1) Collection

– The plastic water bottles are compiled from various locations such as waste centres and transported to a proper recycling facility

– Only 16% of plastic bottles in Malaysia are collected for recycling purposes, a study found.

– Malaysia’s plastic bottles recycling rate is lower than the average among the six Asean countries studied.

2) Separation

– A conveyer at the recycling station separates green and clear plastic bottles

– The caps are then removed to be discarded

– Only PET (polyethene terephthalate) plastic made bottles are used 

3) Cleaned

– The bottles are washed, sterilized, dried and chopped up into small flakes

– The flakes are then compressed into bales

4) Heated

– The dried plastic is then heated until it forms a sticky, pliable substance

5) Transformation

– The heated plastic is then put through a machine to be turned into threads 

– It is then stretched and pulled before being moulded into a spool.

6) Colour

– The PET based yarn is then submerged in different coloured dyes

7) Threads into cloth

– The now dyed yarns are then fed into a knitting machine

– The machine turns the threads into bolts of knitted cloth

8) Released as clothing material

– Manufacturers then purchase the bolts of cloth and proceed to use it to make clothing

While we may never completely get rid of plastic waste, we could definitely do our part in reducing the amount of plastic waste we generate in our lives.

What other ways do you use to reduce plastic waste? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

6 weird Facebook groups that actually exists

Social media, the place where we can come across like-minded people and those not so. If there’s a subject that interests you, there’s a chance that someone else feels the same way too. 

With 620 million groups out there on Facebook, the average user creates just under 2 Facebook groups; but out of all these group, some may be informative and some may be downright weird or comedic.

We did our research and found some of the wonderfully abnormal Facebook groups, pages and interests that shows just how broad the demographic on Facebook is. Here are 10 of the weirdest Facebook groups, yet.

1) Previously Unsaid Sentences in Human History

A group that shares bizarre statements, headlines, comments, videos, or really anything you believe has probably never been said before, this Facebook group contains some of the most absurd and unsaid statements ever in human history. One of the most notable facts would be that out of 212.8K members, Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg is a member of the group and that said has even dedicated its cover page to an image of Zuckerberg “claiming” that “Previously Unsaid Sentences In Human History has completely and irreversibly reinvigorated my passion for all things Facebook!!!”. 

2) “a group that makes small decisions for you

Yes, you did in fact read that right. Decisions related to dying one’s hair, what to do with that last piece of bread, naming one’s cat and many more, members of the group ask for help with deciding pretty much anything you could think of. 

3) A Different Picture of Chicken Rice Every Day

Where do we even start with this Facebook page? An image of chicken rice for literally every day, this page is categorised under “Art” and shares an image of a different pack of chicken rice every day without stop since its creation back in January 2018. The page doesn’t have a confirmed page owner but it seems to be managed by one or two individuals in Canada and Singapore.

4) Did this work? Are they married?

We’ve all been there some way or another, being on the receiving end of a weird pick-up line or even being the one to use said “moves”. The group focuses on all the awkward moments that one may experience when being pursued by another and this group lightens up those moments sharing mostly about the “don’ts” of flirting giving members an insight of the world of flirting.

5) Masak Apa Tak Jadi Hari Ini

With over one million members and counting, the group translates loosely into “What you cooked that didn’t turn out well today”, referring to cooking mishaps and fails. Gaining popularity ever since the movement control order (MCO) period, this group features burnt baking goods, burnt fries and absurd cooking methods that eventually “tak jadi”.

6) “those are certainly all words

Have you ever seen one of those signs or article titles that don’t make sense? You’d look at the words and question your understanding of a language and so on. Well this is the place for you to share them put for members to have a good laugh. Weird word combinations to downright abuse of language vocabulary, this group is no way short of fun as accidents happen with language and those accidents and typos can be highly amusingly at times.                                                                                                                                                                    

Trump praises doctor who claims sex with demons makes you sick

A Houston doctor who frequented around the talks of alien DNA, demon sperm and Hydroxychloroquine has received support from two unlikely sources in Donald Trump himself retweeting her video and Donald Trump Jr. declaring her a “must watch”.

Stella Immanuel who had garnered tens of millions of views on YouTube had also gained a reputation of becoming a viral right-wing internet star. 

Immanuel is a paediatrician and religious minister. However, she has had a history against her due to her claims about various medical topics and issues. The internet icon who has an active Twitter following of 177,000 users, has had infamously meddled into talks of alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.

In one of her claims, she alleged that alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. Despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by “reptilians” and other aliens.

Stella Immanuel has caught the US president’s attention for claiming hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19

On the steps of the Supreme Court at the “White Coat Summit”, Immanuel has also claimed to successfully treated hundreds of patients using hydroxychloroquine, in which unfortunately plays to Trump’s highly disputable promotion of him using the drug when studies have failed to find proof to be beneficial in treating COVID-19.

“Nobody needs to get sick,” Immanuel said. “This virus has a cure.”

She also said that the due to the supposed hydroxychloride’s potency, protective face masks aren’t necessary; she then claimed that she and her staff had avoided contracting COVID-19 despite wearing medical masks instead of the more secure N95 masks.

At a White House press conference, Trump expressed confusion over why “American Frontline Doctors” video had been removed from social media. 

“I don’t know why,” he told reporters. “I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it and she’s had tremendous success with it.”

Facebook and Twitter cited rules against COVID-19 disinformation being the reason behind the removal of the videos. Immanuel responded by declaring Jesus Christ would destroy Facebook’s servers if her videos weren’t restored to the platform.

Kaitlan Collins, White House correspondent for CNN, challenged the president during a White House conference on the 29th of July.

CNN White House correspondent, Kaitlan Collins

“The woman that you said was a ‘great doctor’ in that video that you retweeted last night said that masks don’t work and there is a cure for Covid-19, both of which health experts say is not true,” she said.

“She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens and that they’re trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious.”

Becoming increasingly agitated, Trump replied: “Maybe it’s the same [person], maybe it’s not, but I can tell you this. She was on air along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that, from where she came – I don’t know which country she comes from – but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients.“And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”

6 of the best museums in Kuala Lumpur

Now that the country is phasing into to a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), museums locations are slowly opening their doors again to the public.

Art galleries and museums offer a valuable insight into our heritage and culture that may be lesser known to the locals. So why not bring a date or the family, and check out one of these galleries and museums in Kuala Lumpur that can offer culture, arts and aesthetics all under one roof.

It also should be mentioned that the following museums are still open to the public unless noted otherwise under said “operating hours”. Visitors are still strongly advised to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines set by museum authorities.


1) National Art Gallery

Located between the National Theatre and the National Library, the National Art Gallery also known as “Balai Seni Visual Negara” has a collection of over 2,500 local and foreign art pieces that includes photography work as well. Spreading out over three floors, seven galleries, an outdoor exhibition and café, it serves as the official venue for various art workshops for both adults and kids to try their hand at creating their own art pieces.

Address: No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 10am – 4pm daily, closed on Mondays.

2) The Royal Museum (Old Istana Negara)

Formerly called the home for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) and the Queen, the old Istana Negara was a RM150,000, 13 acre (50,000 m²) bungalow built in 1928 by Chan Wing, a millionaire from China. It was used by a Japanese Governor until the time of their surrender in 1945. The palace has since been renovated and converted into a museum and showcases 22 of the interior palace spaces.

Address: Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9am -5pm daily

3) Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) 

Opened in 1998, IAMM is located near the National Mosque and has about 12 galleries highlighting architecture, the Quran and manuscripts older than any other book you’ve read. Other than that, it tracks the spread of Islamic culture and Art throughout India, China and other parts of the world. The museum building itself features the very aesthetically pleasing designs that one would turn their eye towards in a mosque and also has multiple domes donning various designs as seen in mosques around the world. Did we mention that it also has a dining area filled with vibrant Islamic décor and silverware for visitors to dine in?

Address: Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9:30am – 6pm daily

4) National Textile Museum

A Mughal-Islamic inspired building located along Jalan Sultan Hishammuddin, the National Textile Museum features the diversity in Malaysian culture through different clothing and fabrics. Other than that, the museum also shows the development of textiles from the pre-historic times and guided tours in Bahasa Malaysia.

Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9am – 6pm daily

5) Royal Malaysian Police Museum

Previously an archive of criminal evidence for police trainees’ references, the museum showcases changes that the Malaysian police forces went through from the days of Federated and Unfederated Malay States. Three galleries in a small but highly informative museum takes you back in time with its different areas and focuses; its definitely a worthy visit for anyone who finds fascination in history.

Address: 5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 10am – 6pm from Saturday to Thursday.

10am -12:30pm and 2:30pm – 6pm on Fridays. Closed on Mondays.

6) Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery

Highlighting economics, financial planning, Islamic banking and many more in eight galleries, the four story structure is a good visit for any even if you’re not a coin enthusiasts or collector. Who isn’t interested in money anyway?

Address: Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

BNM Museum and Art Gallery (BNM MAG) will still be temporarily closed until further notice as of August 1st 2020. Stay tuned to any announcements on its social media channels about reopening of Museum. Meanwhile, the museum remains accessible through its social media channels.

Which museum would you plan to visit? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!