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Anti-Muslim Politician Who Denounced the Quran as “Poison” Converts to Islam

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A far-right politician in the Netherlands who rose to political prominence on the back of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment, has shocked commentators and former party comrades after revealing that he converted to Islam.

Joram Van Klaveren had previously denounced Islam as “a lie” and blasted the Muslim holy book, the Quran, as “poison.”

Van Klaveren’s one-time mentor, the Netherlands Freedom Party (PVV) leader and Islamophobic demagogue Geert Wilders, likened the conversion to “a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse,” according to RTL TV.

“It’s up to him of course. But it’s good that he left the PVV five years ago, otherwise it would have been time for him to go now.” Wilders added, “I expect a lot but I didn’t see this coming.”

However, it appears more likely that the 40-year-old’s conversion was more a case of the butcher in the slaughterhouse becoming a vegan.

Van Klaveren found solace in the religion halfway through writing an anti-Islam book, which transformed into “a refutation of objections non-Muslims have,” he told Dutch daily NRC.

“If you believe in one god and that Mohammed was a prophet, alongside Jesus and Moses, then you are a Muslim,” the former Protestant Christian added.

Van Klaveren converted last October, but his revelations come prior to the release of his new book, Apostate: From Christianity to Islam in the Time of Secular Terror.

While serving as a minister in the Dutch parliament from 2010 to 2014, Van Klaveren called for a ban on both minarets and burqas, but parted ways with Wilders and the PVV after the controversial figure asked supporters at a 2014 rally whether they wanted fewer Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, upon which supporters responded “fewer.”

A smiling Wilders then responded: “Then we’ll fix it.”

In 2016, the bleached-blonde politician was convicted for inciting hatred and discrimination during the speech. Yet this hasn’t stopped Wilders from demanding a Europe-wide Muslim travel ban inspired by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Van Klaveren has backed away from his previous comments aimed at Islam, describing them as “simply incorrect” and the result of politics that were bent on depicting all social ills as a product of Islam and Muslims. He noted:

“But that was PVV policy: everything that did not work had to be linked to Islam in one way or another.”

Around five percent of the Netherlands’ population of 17 million people, or about 850,000, are Muslim, according to government figures. Despite that, the country has introduced partial burqa bans in certain public places, such as in hospitals and schools.

Members of the Muslim community have welcomed Van Klaveren’s conversion.

Said Bouharrou, who serves on the Board of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, told daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad:

“It is great when somebody who has been so critical of Islam… realizes that it is not so bad or perverse. It is brave that he’s prepared to do it in public.”

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Jeff Bezos Thanks Amazon Workers And Customers For Paying For His Flight To Space

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The billionaire space race chalked up one more ignoble milestone on July 20 when the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, boarded a reusable rocket his company Blue Origin built and funded, flew to the edge of space for a moment of weightlessness, and came back down to earth.

You can watch the flight and learn more about the journey here.

The Amazon founder has faced withering criticism for accumulating his massive fortune on the backs of an exploited workforce that is subject to harsh working conditions and low pay in warehouses or Fulfillment Centers where staffers must urinate in water bottles in order to meet their quotas.

In his press conference following the launch, Bezos thanked that same workforce for helping him to shoot himself into space in a move that many critics have described as a simple “joyride.”

“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for this,” he told the crowd, which responded with laughter. “Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every employee thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very appreciated.”

Critics on Twitter responded with derision, noting that Bezos was able to enjoy the trip at the expense of his hard-working employees.

“Thing is, employers are supposed to pay their employees, not the other way around, but that’s basically how Amazon works,” one user tweeted.

While another tweeter asked: “Maybe they’re searching space for signs of a livable wage or a way to pay their fair share of taxes?”

On Tuesday, Bezos blasted off in the sub-orbital New Shepard rocket from Texas. The date for the launch was chosen to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Members of the crew, which included his brother mark and 82-year-old female astronaut Wally Funk, brought a number of historic items on the flight, including a piece of canvas from the conceptual plane originally flown by the Wright brothers, the goggles Amelia Earhart used to fly across the Atlantic, and a brass medal made from the first hot air balloon which flew in 1783.

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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