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YouTuber ‘Count Dankula’ Found Guilty in ‘Sh*tposting’ Case by British Court

Scottish YouTube personality Count Dankula — real name Mark Meechan — was found guilty at Glasgow Sherrif Court Tuesday of a hate crime, and potentially faces two months in prison after recording a video of his girlfriend’s dog doing Nazi salutes.

Reporting from inside the courtroom, journalist and street organiser Tommy Robinson said Meechan had been found guilty of being “Grossly Offensive” under the Communications Act of 2003. Meechan was due to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon but the judge decided to release him on bail, to return to court on the 23rd of April.

The case is over a 2016 YouTube video made by Meechan and published on his comedy Count Dankula page of his girlfriend’s dog Buddha raising its paw in return for a treat, having been trained to respond to phrases.

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Polish priest wishes Pope early death over call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees

A Polish priest has been called to account for his actions after wishing an early death on Pope Francis.

Father Edward Staniek, a parish priest in the southern city of Krakow, had apparently been angered by the pope’s call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it was their Christian duty.

Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Offer offers to blackmail with video,is caught on video

Secret video of Cambridge Analytica’s top executives reveals how the firm covertly, and unethically, influences elections around the world.

An undercover video report on Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics company hired by Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign, was posted by Britain’s Channel 4 News today.

The short documentary catches Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix admitting to manipulating elections around the world through potentially illegal, and inarguably duplicitous, means. His firm was recently discovered by the New York Times and The Guardian to have secretly harvested the information of 50 million Facebook users, and exploiting it to target American voters with political ads.

A Channel 4 News fixer, posing as a wealthy Sri Lankan and potential client, secured hidden camera footage of Nix, Cambridge Analytica Chief Data Officer Alex Tayler, and Cambridge Analytica Managing Director Mark Turnbull during private meetings at hotels around London.

Package bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility: fire department

A package bomb containing nails and shrapnel that was destined for an address in Austin, Texas, exploded at a FedEx Corp distribution center in San Antonio, injuring one employee, San Antonio fire officials said.

That blast came two days after the latest of four powerful homemade bombs set off in Austin this month that have killed two people and injured six more in what police warn appears to be the work of a serial bomber.

Future Windows updates will take longer to install, but it’ll feel quicker

>It should now take about half an hour during the reboot phase.

One of the less appealing aspects of the twice-yearly Windows 10 feature updates is that they're slow to install and, for most of the installation process, your PC is out of commission, doing nothing more than displaying a progress indicator.

Thanks to a new upgrade process, the next update—expected to be released in April—should result in substantially less downtime. The install process is split into two portions: the "online" portion, during which your PC is still usable, and the "offline" portion after the reboot, during which your PC is a spinning percentage counter.

Microsoft estimates that the Creators Update, released almost a year ago, would take about 82 minutes on average during the offline phase. Improvements made in the Fall Creators Update cut that to about 51 minutes, and the next update (which still hasn't actually been blessed with an official name) will cut this further still, to just 30 minutes.

15 years after the invasion of Iraq, still zero accountability for the war

Today marks the 15th anniversary of arguably the most ignominious act in the history of American foreign policy: the invasion of Iraq. It devastated the lives of millions of innocents and inflicted terrible casualties on America’s military and their families. One should not mince words. The decision to invade will forever tarnish America.

Saddam Hussein may have been a loathsome dictator, but he was not a threat to the United States. He possessed no weapons of mass destruction and had no role in 9/11. The argument that the Iraq invasion was a necessary “Phase Two” in the “War on Terror” is laughable. The invasion of Iraq was a reckless war of choice made by belligerent policymakers with imperialistic personalities and opaque motives.

Brit YouTube's Count Dankula guilty of hate crime for teaching dog Nazi salutes

Scottish YouTube personality Count Dankula — real name Mark Meechan — was found guilty at Glasgow Sherrif Court Tuesday of a hate crime, and potentially faces two months in prison after recording a video of his girlfriend’s dog doing Nazi salutes.

Reporting from inside the courtroom, journalist and street organiser Tommy Robinson said Meechan had been found guilty of being “Grossly Offensive” under the Communications Act of 2003. Meechan was due to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon but the judge decided to release him on bail, to return to court on the 23rd of April.

The case is over a 2016 YouTube video made by Meechan and published on his comedy Count Dankula page of his girlfriend’s dog Buddha raising its paw in return for a treat, having been trained to respond to phrases.

Buddha’s owner Suzanne Kelly had previously said “He (Buddha) will lift his paw to virtually anything if he gets a treat for it. We have taught him to lift his paw to food, like ham or cheese,” and that her boyfriend had “never expressed anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic” views and has “always been very supportive towards minority groups”, reported Herald Scotland before the trial.

Speaking outside the court Tuesday morning, Meechan said: “It’s been two years of my life completely put on hold, I’ve not been able to get a job, there have been threats against my life… threats off Antifa, far left radicals.”

“They’ve tried to portray me as a racist and a Nazi, apparently context doesn’t matter anymore.

Exoplanets May Have Too Much Water for Life

The TRAPPIST-1 system seems at first to be a good place to look for extraterrestrial life. It has seven rocky planets roughly the same size as Earth, and some of them are in the “habitable zone” of the star where liquid water could exist on the surface. Now, researchers from School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University say there might actually be too much water for the TRAPPIST-1 planets to harbor life.

Astronomers first announced the discovery of three exoplanets around TRAPPIST-1 in 2016. Then, a year later we learned of four more exoplanets in the system. TRAPPIST-1 is only 39 light years away, making it an excellent way to study the behavior and conditions on exoplanets. While all the planets are similar in size to Earth (no gas giants have been detected), only three of the planets (TRAPPIST-1e, f, and g) are orbiting at a distance that would allow them to have liquid water. Having liquid water is a requirement for life as we know it, but it turns out you might want some land, too.

All the TRAPPIST-1 planets were discovered with the transit method. A telescope watches a star for small dips in brightness. These dips can give away an exoplanet passing in front of the star from our perspective. That can tell us how large an exoplanet is. By watching the way transit signals vary over time, astronomers can also estimate an exoplanet’s mass. Put those together, and you’ve got an approximate density.

Kids Can't write with or even hold Pencils Because Of iPads,tablets, Experts Warn

it's not uncommon for parents to use apps on their phone or tables to teach their kids their 1-2-3s and ABCs. And over the last two decades, more and more teachers have begun to use technology as a way to educate children, big and small. But relying on technology may come at a cost: Experts warn that children can't hold pencils because of iPads. They say excessive tablet and cell phone use is slowing down muscle development.

Pediatricians in the United Kingdom have recently claimed that children's finger muscles are not developing properly because of overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets at home, according to The Guardian. Continuous use of handheld technology has caused kids to have weak finger muscle control, which makes it harder for them to hold a pen or pencil the right way and write legibly.

Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, told The Guardian that, in order to be able "to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers." "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago," Payne said.

it's not uncommon for parents to use apps on their phone or tables to teach their kids their 1-2-3s and ABCs. And over the last two decades, more and more teachers have begun to use technology as a way to educate children, big and small. But relying on technology may come at a cost: Experts warn that children can't hold pencils because of iPads. They say excessive tablet and cell phone use is slowing down muscle development.

Pediatricians in the United Kingdom have recently claimed that children's finger muscles are not developing properly because of overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets at home, according to The Guardian. Continuous use of handheld technology has caused kids to have weak finger muscle control, which makes it harder for them to hold a pen or pencil the right way and write legibly.

Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, told The Guardian that, in order to be able "to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers." "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago," Payne said.

Polish priest tells Pope to die soon after call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees

Polish priest has been called to account for his actions after wishing an early death on Pope Francis.

Father Edward Staniek, a parish priest in the southern city of Krakow, had apparently been angered by the pope’s call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it was their Christian duty.

In a sermon delivered last month Father Staniek said: “I pray for the Pope in his wisdom to open his heart to the Holy Spirit, but if he does not, I pray for his quick departure to his Father’s house. I can always ask God for a happy death for him because a happy death is a great grace.”

Later in the sermon he said there is “no dialogue” with Muslims, and that the “doors to the diocese and parish are open only to believers in Jesus Christ.”

Trump’s Lawyer: It’s Time to End the Mueller Probe

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, told The Daily Beast on Saturday morning that he hopes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference.

Reached for comment by email about the firing of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Dowd sent The Daily Beast the text of Trump’s most recent tweet on the subject, which applauded the dismissal.

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd then wrote.

In making the statement, a senior member of Trump's legal team joins the calls from his base to end the probe. As late as mid-December, another Trump lawyer, Ty Cobb, had brushed aside talk of stopped Mueller’s investigation, stressing that there was "no consideration at the White House of terminating the special counsel." The president himself has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt,” but has not publicly urged Rosenstein to shutter it.

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Trump Wants Death Penalty For Drug Dealers

US President Donald Trump gave a speech in New Hampshire during which he urged lawmakers to follow the plan his White House Administration will put forward shortly. A plan that includes much tougher penalties for drug dealers.

New Hampshire is a state badly affected by the nationwide opioid crisis and Mr. Trump explained how he wants to repair this. The solution for him would be a death penalty for drug dealers.

He, therefore, told the crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire: "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we're wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty."

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NYC launches investigation into Kushner Cos. false filings

A New York City council member launched an investigation Monday into the Kushner Cos.′ routine filing of paperwork falsely claiming zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings, saying that the deception should have been uncovered long ago because the documents are online for all to see.

Councilman Ritchie Torres said the city’s buildings department should have spotted the wrong numbers because they were contradicted by tax documents filed with another city agency.

China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains

China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those who used expired tickets or smoked on trains, according to two statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website on Friday.

Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe: crown prince

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said.

With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the kingdom has seen an expansion in women’s rights including a decision to allow women to attend mixed public sporting events and the right to drive cars from this summer.

''ISIS Children Will Not Be Actively Repatriated From Syria'' Says Belgian MP

Just like other western European nations, Belgium also has a lot of women and children staying in refugee camps in Syria who were once part of the death cult of ISIS but, as their husbands have now perished in battle, are alone and keen to return to the countries they fled in 2014-2015, when the Syrian war started.

According to European law, citizens who hold a valid passport should be aided during a repatriation effort when in danger abroad. The issue came into the spotlight in Belgium this weekend when the national broadcaster VRT showed a documentary by Mr. Rudi Vranckx who had visited some of the refugee camps in Syria and Iraq where European nationals are being held.

He had found some 15 women with Belgian or double nationality in these camps who had fled around 2014-2015 to Syria alongside their husbands to fight with ISIS.

Now they are alone with their children and speak perfect Dutch or French still, and stated on national TV that just for the sake of the children, they should be allowed to return.

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MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'

A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police.

Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people.

Reports say Voloshyn shot himself at home in Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea.

Ukraine described him as a war hero.

He had flown 33 combat missions in a low-flying Su-25 ground attack jet against Russian-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and had been granted a medal for bravery.

Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes 'heavy assault' vehicles

>'These are combat-ready vehicles and certainly not the jeeps that the government once told us that they were'

Canada's multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia includes a substantial number of "heavy assault" armoured vehicles and a maintenance deal that would see the Ontario-based manufacturer embed teams at multiple locations throughout the kingdom.

CBC News has obtained documents that — for the first time — lay out the major elements of the original agreement signed in early 2014 and approved by the previous Conservative government.

The $15 billion agreement was given the further blessing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government in the spring of 2016 when it began issuing permits for the export of the combat vehicles.




The Rape of /pol/

Get ready for refugees. Word is that there's only one mod left, the BO, Heil. He was asking for Vols, but before he could get any spammers raided. Heil has been AWOL for over 17 hours now, and the top several dozen threads are spam. There's le 56% meme and black dicks everywhere. Just recently the cuckporn and (semi-)sexualized images of children started. There are spam threads, counter-spam thread spam threads, counter-counter-spam thread spam threads. It's a free for all. A total shitshow


Facebook stock drops after reports of FTC probe and UK summons of Zuckerberg in data scandal

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday.

The probe follows a weekend of turmoil for the social media giant. Reports this weekend said the research firm improperly gained access to the data of more than 50 million Facebook users.

"We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google," a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.

Facebook said Tuesday it expected to receive a letter from the FTC with questions, but has not been informed of a formal probe.

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Elderly in Japan shoplift to be arrested on purpose because at least in jail,they aren't lonely

Japan has the world’s oldest population, with more than a quarter of its citizens aged 65 or older.

The ageing population has already put a strain on Japan’s financial system and retail industry. But in recent years, another unexpected trend has been unfolding: In record numbers, elderly people in Japan are committing petty crimes so they can spend the rest of their days in prison.

According to Bloomberg, complaints and arrests involving older citizens are outpacing those of any other demographic in Japan, and the elderly crime rate has quadrupled over the past couple of decades.

In prisons, one out of every five inmates is a senior citizen. And in many cases — nine out of 10, for senior women — the crime that lands them in jail is petty shoplifting.

The unusual phenomenon stems from the difficulties of caring for the country’s elderly population. The number of Japanese seniors living alone increased by 600 per cent between 1985 and 2015, Bloomberg reported. Half of the seniors caught shoplifting reported living alone, the government discovered last year, and 40 per cent of them said they either don’t have family or rarely speak to them.

For these seniors, a life in jail is better than the alternative.

“They may have a house. They may have a family. But that doesn’t mean they have a place they feel at home,” Yumi Muranaka, head warden of Iwakuni Women’s Prison, told Bloomberg.

It costs more than US$20,000 a year to keep an inmate in jail, according to Bloomberg, and elderly inmates drive that cost even higher with special care and medical needs. Prison staff members are increasingly finding themselves preforming the duties of a nursing home attendant. But female inmates interviewed by Bloomberg suggested they feel a sense of community in prison that they never felt on the outside.

“I enjoy my life in prison more. There are always people around, and I don’t feel lonely here. When I got out the second time, I promised that I wouldn’t go back. But when I was out, I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic,” one of the women told Bloomberg.

Intentionally getting arrested isn’t necessarily unique to Japan. In the United States, for example, there have been cases of people deliberately getting locked up to gain access to healthcare, avoid harsh weather conditions, or force themselves to quit a drug habit.

But the scale of Japan’s problem is alarming authorities. The government is trying to combat its senior crime problem by improving its welfare system and social services programme, according to Bloomberg, but the wave of senior criminals doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon.

“Life inside is never easy,” social worker Takeshi Izumaru said. “But for some, outside, it’s worse.”

DuPont hid cancer Risks of Teflon in pans,popcorn bags,every fucking thing

DuPont vs. the World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks of Teflon Contamination Across Globe

The danger of the chemical C8, found in Teflon and countless household products—from stain- and water-resistant apparel to microwave popcorn bags to dental floss. The chemical has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers. Bucky Bailey, whose mother worked in the Teflon division of a DuPont plant in West Virginia while she was pregnant with him, and who was born with only one nostril and a deformed eye and has undergone more than 30 surgeries to fix the birth defects; Joe Kiger, lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against DuPont, and a school teacher in Parkersburg, West Virginia, who suffered from liver disease; and Rob Bilott, the attorney that brought DuPont to court.

MIKE PAPANTONIO: They wanted to believe that it was just people in the factory that were affected by all this. But, unfortunately, they had clear information that the levels of exposure for people outside the factory were actually higher than the people who worked in the factory. But when they determined, should we tell people outside the factory, they didn’t. They kept it a secret. Their own scientists, again and again—their own lawyers, in fact—told them, “You know, we really should—we should tell people about this, because they’re drinking it in their water.”

SHARON LERNER: DuPont became aware that the chemical had seeped beyond its plant, and they wanted to figure out how far it had gotten. So a team went out with some jugs, plastic jars, and went to general stores and went miles downriver to collect samples. They didn’t say why they were collecting samples or that they were from the company, but, in testing these samples, found that, in fact, the chemical had gone quite far from the plant.

Taylor Swift Surprises Couple At Their Wedding

Phenomenal music star Taylor Swift sure knows how to make an impact even when she’s not physically present, especially on her seemingly favorite occasion- weddings. From wedding gatecrashing and singing in the past, Swift made another couple’s wedding one for the books when she sent over a surprise champagne delivery with a personalized message for a lucky pair of newlyweds in New York on Saturday.

The couple, Edward and Margaret McNoble got their sweet surprise when The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York shared them the exciting news that a bottle of champagne was waiting for them with a special note from no less than the pop superstar, Swift.

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Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s parent company) lets users opt out of installing carrier bloatware

Not many people in the U.S. know T-Mobile is owned by a company called Deutsche Telekom. This massive German telecommunications company is headquartered in Bonn and considered the largest telecommunications provider in Europe by revenue. They also own and are invested in subsidiaries all over the world with their major players being T-Mobile and T-Systems. It has just been revealed that Deutsche Telekom will now let users opt out of carrier bloatware and receive firmware updates directly from the manufacturer.

Unless you’re part of one of a carrier yearly upgrade plan, many of us Android enthusiasts will recommend you buy a smartphone directly from the OEM. Some companies originally didn’t offer this option (such as Samsung), but over time it has become an option that more manufacturers offer. These SIM unlocked devices are able to work on all supported wireless carriers in the region but the updates are being provided by the manufacturer instead of the wireless carrier.

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CHURCHILL was a WAR CRIMINAL - BBC historian David Olusoga in astonishing attack

David Olusoga, who co-presents the BBC’s new Civilisations series, said those who criticised tributes to various historical figures should not be derided as “snowflakes”.

Mr Olusoga made his sensational claims during a speech to the Oxfordshire Literary Festival.

Suggesting that "almost all historical figures did good and bad", Mr Olusoga said academics were entering a period of ‘history wars’ in which accepted versions of Britain’s past are being challenged.

He explained: “So while I’m personally glad that Churchill overcame Halifax in early 1940 and it was Churchill who faced the Nazis that year and the years that followed, that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t somebody that wasn’t responsible, or largely responsible, for the Bengal famine of 1943-44.

Zuckerberg's Fortune Falls $5 Billion,Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company

Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped $4.9 billion Monday as investors weighed reports that a political advertising firm retained information on millions of Facebook Inc. users without their consent.

Facebook said Friday that Cambridge Analytica, the advertising-data firm that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency, received user data through an app developer on its social network, violating its policies. The company harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without permission, the New York Times reported.

Facebook shares fell 6.8 percent to $172.56, cutting Zuckerberg’s fortune to $70.4 billion and dropping him one place to fifth on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He’s behindBezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega.

Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company rebranded as 'social media' Anonymous

IBM Creates World’s Smallest Computer for Blockchain Technology

Computers are shrinking rapidly. You can build a pretty capable little machine powered by a device like the Raspberry Pi, but that’s still huge compared with IBM’s latest machine. The company that started out selling massive mainframe computers has developed the world’s smallest computer. Each one is smaller than a grain of salt, but it packs more computing power than you’d expect.

The micro-computer is a complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) with a processor, memory, storage, and a communication module. The CPU contains several hundred thousand transistors, and IBM says it’s capable of performance on par with an x86 CPU from 1990. That’s not very fast compared with even the slowest modern computers, but it’s impressive for something you can’t see without a magnifying glass. It makes more sense when you look at the impressive developments in other SoC designs. The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chips are about 1 square centimeter and have more processing power than supercomputers from the early 90s.

The chip is just a prototype right now, but IBM has big plans for this (literally) microscopic computer. It’s touting this as a significant advancement for blockchain technology, but not the same blockchain that’s used to track Bitcoin transactions. A blockchain is merely a distributed ledger that can be used for various purposes. IBM and other companies have been looking for ways to use blockchains without the cryptocurrency attached.

Interview with Former British Ambassador exposes UK government ‘Novichok’ hoax

Craig Murray gave a very revealing interview on RT, which blows apart the UK / Deep State lies about the nerve agent poisoning…

“Why would Russia ‘blow’ Novichok program by assassinating an old bloke?”

Murray notes that British government pressured scientists over nerve agent origin, and is now lobbying the OPCW to play along with the charade.

Murray reveals how Deep State controlled actors like UK government, US government, EU and the UN use words carefully to spit out their propaganda and warmongering…

The CEO of Cambridge Analytica was secretly filmed offering to entrap politicians with bribes

The CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the political-research company at the center of a massive Facebook-data scandal, has been secretly filmed offering shadowy services to entrap politicians.

The bombshell footage, broadcast Monday as part of an investigation by Channel 4 News, comes days after Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica over an incident involving its harvesting of data from 50 million profiles.

An undercover Channel 4 News reporter filmed the data firm's CEO, Alexander Nix, and his colleagues over four meetings from November to January. The journalist posed as a fixer for a wealthy client hoping to get candidates elected in Sri Lanka.

Uber self-driving car “likely” not at fault in fatal crash

>Tempe police chief says victim "came from the shadows right into the roadway."

The chief of the Tempe Police has told the San Francisco Chronicle that Uber is likely not responsible for the Sunday evening crash that killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg.

“I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident," said chief Sylvia Moir.

Herzberg was "pushing a bicycle laden with plastic shopping bags," according to the Chronicle's Carolyn Said, when she "abruptly walked from a center median into a lane of traffic."

After viewing video captured by the Uber vehicle, Moir concluded that “it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway."

Kremlin shrugs off White House refusal to congratulate Putin

The Kremlin spokesman says it's no big deal that U.S. President Donald Trump didn't congratulate Vladimir Putin on his re-election as president.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't consider Trump's silence an "unfriendly move." Peskov said maybe Trump's schedule didn't allow it and suggested he might call later.

The White House said Monday that it is "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's election, and that no congratulatory call was planned.

With U.S.-Russian relations at a long-time low, Peskov said, "Putin remains open for normalizing relations with our American partners where it is in our interests."

Happy international woman's day:Cunnilingus gives men oral cancer

Five years ago, when actor Michael Douglas candidly revealed that his throat cancer was linked to having oral sex, two things happened.

He made headlines that mortified his family. And he helped publicize the fact that a pervasive, sexually transmitted virus called HPV was unleashing an epidemic of oral cancer among men.

Since then, scientists have made headway in figuring out why HPV, the human papillomavirus, has this glaring gender bias. Men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with oral cancer, a hard-to-detect, hard-to-treat disease that has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common HPV-related malignancy in the United States.

To be sure, changes in sexual norms over the last few generations have played a role in this alarming trend. But research increasingly shows the real problem is something men have practically no control over: their immune response.

“There is good evidence that men acquire oral infections more readily than women, even if they have similar sex practices,” said Ashish A. Deshmukh, a University of Florida HPV researcher. “And more than the acquisition, it’s the persistence of the virus. The clearance rate is not that fast in men.”

HPV is a family of more than 100 virus types that can live in the flat, thin cells on the surface of the skin, cervix, vagina, anus, vulva, penis, mouth and throat.

The virus is spread through contact with infected skin, mucous membranes, and bodily fluids. Some types can be passed during intercourse or – as Douglas pointed out – oral sex.

While virtually all sexually active people will get infected at some point, the virus is usually wiped out by the immune system without so much as a symptom.

But not always.

Michael Becker of Yardley has stepped up as the face of this immunological inequity. The 49-year-old former biotech executive is health-conscious, clean-living, happily married for 26 years – and battling terminal oropharyngeal cancer, the medical term for malignancies in parts of the mouth and throat.

He’s also battling the misconceptions and ignorance that keep too many parents from protecting their pubescent children – especially boys – against HPV-driven cancers. Two shots. That’s all it takes for the leading vaccine, Gardasil, to prevent most cervical cancers, less common genital malignancies, and the disease that is killing Becker.

“I can’t tell you how many emails I got from parents after the CBS segment,” he said, referring to a national television interview last month. “They said, ‘What do you mean this vaccine is for boys?' and ‘What do you mean oral cancer incidence has eclipsed cervical cancer?’”

COVR UP - Trump lawyers want to stop '60 Minutes' from airing Stormy Daniels interview

President Trump's lawyers are looking at options to stop CBS's "60 Minutes" from airing an interview with adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006, according to BuzzFeed News.

“We understand from well-placed sources they are preparing to file for a legal injunction to prevent it from airing,” a source told BuzzFeed on Saturday.

Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti shared the BuzzFeed report on Twitter.

Trump's attorney Michael Cohen referred BuzzFeed's questions to his own attorney, who did not confirm the report.

The Hill has reached out to the White House and CBS News for comment.

The interview with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is set to air on March 18, according to BuzzFeed News. On Thursday, a source familiar with the program had told The Hill that Stormy Daniels would be on 60 Minutes "on a future date."

The interview was announced by Avenatti through Twitter.

Cohen reportedly attempted to stop Daniels from mentioning additional details of the alleged affair by obtaining a temporary restraining order last week. Daniels filed a lawsuit last week in an effort to void a nondisclosure agreement between herself and Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a briefing last week that, to the best of her knowledge, Trump was unaware of Cohen's reported $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016, a month before the presidential election.

Tucker: Demographics In America Are Changing ‘Bewilderingly Fast’ — ‘Without Any Real Public Debate

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spoke frankly on Monday about demographic change in the United States.

“Now, before you start calling anyone bigoted…”

“A recent piece in National Geographic tells you a lot about demographics in America, and about how bewilderingly fast they’re changing without any real public debate on the subject,” The Daily Caller co-founder said.

Two-year-old girl dies after being rescued from 'stolen' car found in river

A two-year-old girl has died after being found in a car in a river in Wales. Kiara Moore died at the University Hospital of Wales, just days before her third birthday, after being rescued from a silver Mini in the River Teifi in Cardigan.

Her mother, Kim Rowlands, reported her car had been stolen, near the old Scout Hall, with her daughter inside, sparking a major search in the area yesterday afternoon.

Police searched for two-hours before finding the car submerged in the river.

Facebook’s security chief to depart role over company’s handling of misinformation

>CSO Alex Stamos clashed with other executives over handling of Russian meddling.

Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief information security officer, will shift roles at the company. His transition will come in the wake of disagreements with other Facebook executives like COO Sheryl Sandberg about how to investigate and disclose Russian activity on the platform, The New York Times reports, citing employees of the social network. Stamos advocated for greater disclosure. Prior to his hiring at Facebook in 2015, Stamos was Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo.

Personnel on Stamos' security team—which previously numbered 120 but is now down to three—are being gradually transferred to the product and infrastructure divisions within Facebook, under his supervision. The NYT report suggests that this has been part of his responsibilities since December, when his normal day-to-day responsibilities as CSO were reassigned. He was asked by Facebook to stay through August for optics.

BBC presenter reveals she tried to kill herself over corporation's handling of her tax affairs

BBC presenters attempted suicide and suffered “irreparable damage” because of the corporation’s “horrific” handling of their tax affairs.

The corporation has been accused by 21 workers, including prominent television and radio presenters, of forcing them to set up personal service companies or risk losing their jobs.

Many of them have since been pursued by HMRC over tens of thousands of pounds in unpaid tax, leading to significant “mental deterioration”.

Facebook to Trump: Only we can misuse user data

>Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook

<Update on March 17, 2018, 9:50 AM: The claim that this is a data breach is completely false. Aleksandr Kogan requested and gained access to information from users who chose to sign up to his app, and everyone involved gave their consent. People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked.

How embarrassing.

>Originally published on March 16, 2018:

>We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook. Given the public prominence of this organization, we want to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and why.

>We Maintain Strict Standards and Policies

>Protecting people’s information is at the heart of everything we do, and we require the same from people who operate apps on Facebook. In 2015, we learned that a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan lied to us and violated our Platform Policies by passing data from an app that was using Facebook Login to SCL/Cambridge Analytica, a firm that does political, government and military work around the globe. He also passed that data to Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, Inc.

>Like all app developers, Kogan requested and gained access to information from people after they chose to download his app. His app, “thisisyourdigitallife,” offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as “a research app used by psychologists.” Approximately 270,000 people downloaded the app. In so doing, they gave their consent for Kogan to access information such as the city they set on their profile, or content they had liked, as well as more limited information about friends who had their privacy settings set to allow it.

>Although Kogan gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels that governed all developers on Facebook at that time, he did not subsequently abide by our rules. By passing information on to a third party, including SCL/Cambridge Analytica and Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, he violated our platform policies. When we learned of this violation in 2015, we removed his app from Facebook and demanded certifications from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information had been destroyed. Cambridge Analytica, Kogan and Wylie all certified to us that they destroyed the data.

>Breaking the Rules Leads to Suspension

>Several days ago, we received reports that, contrary to the certifications we were given, not all data was deleted. We are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims. If true, this is another unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments they made. We are suspending SCL/Cambridge Analytica, Wylie and Kogan from Facebook, pending further information.

>We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information. We will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens. We will take legal action if necessary to hold them responsible and accountable for any unlawful behavior.

>How Things Have Changed

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>We are constantly working to improve the safety and experience of everyone on Facebook. In the past five years, we have made significant improvements in our ability to detect and prevent violations by app developers. Now all apps requesting detailed user information go through our App Review process, which requires developers to justify the data they’re looking to collect and how they’re going to use it – before they’re allowed to even ask people for it.

>In 2014, after hearing feedback from the Facebook community, we made an update to ensure that each person decides what information they want to share about themselves, including their friend list. This is just one of the many ways we give people the tools to control their experience. Before you decide to use an app, you can review the permissions the developer is requesting and choose which information to share. You can manage or revoke those permissions at any time.

>On an ongoing basis, we also do a variety of manual and automated checks to ensure compliance with our policies and a positive experience for users. These include steps such as random audits of existing apps along with the regular and proactive monitoring of the fastest growing apps.

>We enforce our policies in a variety of ways — from working with developers to fix the problem, to suspending developers from our platform, to pursuing litigation.

Ant McPartlin 'could have wiped out my family' says father involved in crash

A father involved in the crash with Ant McPartlin has said the television star could have "wiped out" his family.

Faheem Vanoo, who runs a restaurant, claimed McPartlin "drove like a maniac" before being arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The collision occurred as he drove to work with his chef wife Shilpa, four-year-old daughter Amaira and two colleagues.

World's last male northern white rhino dies aged 45, Kenyan conservancy says

The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of him says, leaving only two female members of the subspecies alive in the world.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said in a statement the 45-year-old rhino was euthanased on Monday (local time) after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand.

His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds.

Transparency on federal employee bonuses isn't a privilege, it's a right

President Trump wants to make the federal bureaucracy a meritocracy. He has proposed slapping a cap on federal employee salaries and shifting more dollars to merit-based performance bonuses.

Many will consider this a great proposal, but there’s a catch. While taxpayers can see most federal salaries, they can’t see performance bonuses.

In fiscal year 2016, the federal government awarded 1 million performance bonuses, racking up a $1.1 billion tab paid for by taxpayers. Every cent, however, was hidden from public disclosure. Anti-transparency language inserted into government union contracts is blocking the right of taxpayers to see how their money is being spent.

Why Did Andrew McCabe Get Fired from the FBI?

The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese answers the question of the week: Why did Andrew McCabe Get Fired from the FBI?

“Andrew McCabe was fired for cause.”

Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies

President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.

Trump is expected to ease rules for such foreign sales under a long-delayed new policy on unmanned military aircraft due to be rolled out as early as this month, the first phase of a broader overhaul of arms export regulations.

U.S. drone manufacturers, facing growing competition overseas especially from Chinese and Israeli rivals who often sell under lighter restrictions, have lobbied hard for the rule changes.

The White House is expected to tout the move as part of Trump’s “Buy American” initiative to create jobs and reduce the U.S. trade deficit.

From plane tickets to pet fees: 8 hidden taxes draining your wallet

We all know the government taxes our income. But what about the many other ways the government covertly drains money from our wallets? Total personal income taxes in fact represent less than half our total tax burden.

Every year, Americans pay at least $657 billion in hidden taxes! Stealth taxes, which balloon the cost of countless necessary expenses and leisure activities, violate a basic principle of taxation: that taxes should be visible to the people who pay them.

Boris Johnson warns Russia they are 'not fooling anybody' over the Sergei Skripal poisoning

Boris Johnson warned Russia that it is "not fooling anybody" with its response to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, and and described the Kremlin's reaction as "increasingly absurd."

Speaking on Monday as he arrived in Brussels to meet with EU counterparts, the UK foreign secretary accused Vladimir Putin's government of "trying to conceal the needle of truth in a haystack of lies and obfuscation."

Johnson is in Brussels to galvanize a joint EU condemnation of Russia as relations between London and Moscow continue to deteriorate.

U.K. Seeks Search Warrant On Cambridge Analytica; CEO Seen In Hidden Camera Report

The British government says it is seeking a warrant to search databases and servers belonging to Cambridge Analytica, the London-based firm accused of using data from 50 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

U.K. Information Minister Elizabeth Denham had demanded access to Cambridge Analytica's databases by Monday following reports that the company improperly mined user data from Facebook to target potential voters. However, after the firm missed the deadline, Denham told Britain's Channel 4 "I'll be applying to the court for a warrant."

French Ex-President Questioned On Claims He Took Funds From Gadhafi

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being detained for questioning as part of an investigation looking into allegations that he took millions of euros from Libya to fund his 2007 election campaign.

Police took Sarkozy into custody on Tuesday as part of investigation that began in 2013. He is being held at the Nanterre police station west of Paris while the questioning by French magistrates takes place, according to The Associated Press, quoting unnamed officials familiar with the case.

France24 reports that Libyan officials linked to the regime of the late Moammar Gadhafi say they helped finance the 2007 campaign that swept Sarkozy, then leader of the Union for Popular Movement party, into the presidency. Sarkozy served as president until 2012.

Poland, Germany call for firm EU response to Russian spy poisoning

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Warsaw Monday and called for a firm EU response to the poisoning of a Russian former spy in Britain.

London has claimed that Russia was behind the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury – accusations the Kremlin has rejected as nonsense.

"The Russian aggressor needs to know that it can't allow itself to attack a NATO member," Morawiecki told reporters alongside Merkel during her visit to the Polish capital after securing her fourth term as Germany's leader.

"We (Merkel and I) agreed to say that the European Union needs to provide a firm response, and not just a symbolic one, and we expect the topic of the Russian attack to figure among the European Council's summit conclusions" this week, Morawiecki added.

U.N. warns of growing humanitarian catastrophe in DR Congo

Humanitarian needs caused by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have doubled over the last year and a cash shortage is the “largest single impediment” for a proper response, the humanitarian chief at the United Nations said on Monday.

“There is also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of it unreported and unaddressed, and much of it against children,” said Mark Lowcock in a statement to the U.N. Security Council.

Warned of Boko Haram, Nigerian security lapses helped schoolgirls' abduction: Amnesty

Nigerian security forces were warned about the presence of Boko Haram fighters near the town of Dapchi, but failed to respond, allowing insurgents to kidnap 110 schoolgirls almost unharrassed, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

The kidnapping on Feb. 19 of the girls from Dapchi, aged between 11-19, had echoes of the Islamist insurgency’s abduction in 2014 of 276 students from the town of Chibok, which shot Nigeria’s conflict with Boko Haram, now nine years old, into the global spotlight.

Spy poisoning: Corbyn says UK must still do business with Putin

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK must still deal with Russia despite "all fingers" pointing to it over the Salisbury spy attack.

He said he would "do business" with Vladimir Putin but assertively and on the basis of the UK's values.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says he believes Mr Putin was responsible.

But Mr Corbyn said he wanted "an absolutely definitive answer" about the source of the nerve agent used in the attempted murder before blaming Moscow.

In a wide-ranging interview with Radio 4's World at One, Mr Corbyn said if he won power, he would challenge the newly re-elected president on human rights and the whole basis of the UK's relationship with Moscow.

Putin’s dilemma: Scrap term limits or choose a successor's-dilemma:-Scrap-term-limits-or-choose-a-successor

With his best election showing ever, President Vladimir Putin is shifting comfortably into his next six-year term, but the gnawing question of what comes next already looms on Russia’s horizon.

At his first appearance after Sunday’s victory, Putin was immediately asked about his plans beyond 2024, reflecting Russia’s nervousness about the succession issue that will dominate the political landscape for the near future.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in police custody for questioning over 'funding from Gaddafi

Detectives probing claims Mr Sarkozy's victorious 2007 election campaign received €50m cash payments from Libya

Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody over claims he received millions of euros in illegal election financing from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, according to French judicial sources.

The former French President was being questioned by officers at Nanterre police station, west of Paris, on Tuesday as part of a five-year investigation into the allegations.

Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody over claims he received millions of euros in illegal election financing from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, according to French judicial sources.

The former French President was being questioned by officers at Nanterre police station, west of Paris, on Tuesday as part of a five-year investigation into the allegations.

Boy sexually assaulted, filmed by policemen in 'torture cell' near Lahore

While the Punjab police’s uniforms and the appearance of police stations may have changed, their standards of ethics and treatment of the commoners have not.

This was evident in the recent case of a young boy who was subjected to sexual assault by a police personnel at a private torture cell of Sher Kot near Lahore, Express News reported.

Sex doll 'brothel' Paris council to decide on future

Paris councillors are due to decide on the future of a business where clients are charged €89 ($109; £78) to spend an hour with a silicon sex doll, local media report.

Communist councillors and feminist groups have been calling for the closure of Xdolls.

Communist councillors and feminist groups

Currently, Xdolls is registered as a games centre, but opponents argue it is effectively a brothel.

Owning or operating a brothel is illegal in France.

Xdolls is located in an anonymous-looking flat in the French capital and opened last month.

Clients are mainly men, though some couples also visit, owner Joachim Lousquy, who formerly managed e-cigarette shops, told Le Parisien newspaper.

Xdolls has three rooms, each containing a silicone sex doll measuring about 1m45 (4ft 7in) and worth several thousand euros.

Customers make their booking and payment online, and the exact address is kept secret. Not even the neighbours are aware of the nature of the business, Mr Lousquy says.

But its critics want to see it shut. Nicolas Bonnet Oulaldj, a (((communist))) councillor, is taking the matter before the Council of Paris - the deliberative body responsible for governing the city - which is meeting this week.

"Xdolls conveys a degrading image of the woman," he is quoted as saying in Le Parisien.

He and his fellow councillors are calling for a ban on Xdolls, saying operates like a brothel.

Mr Lousquy says the dolls are sex toys and that he does not see them as degrading to women.

'''Lorraine Questiaux, lawyer and spokesperson for a Paris (((feminist association))), says "that in France, every year, there are 86,000 women raped".

"Xdolls is not a sex shop. It's a place that generates money and where you rape a woman,"''' Ms Questiaux, who also wants the centre closed, adds.

Xdolls is not a sex shop. It's a place that generates money and where you rape a woman

Jordan Peterson calls Ontario Dyke leader, Kathleen Wynne,'MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN IN CANADA'

“I’m not a fan of hers, at all … I think that she’s a reprehensible ideologue,” he said. “I think she’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing as well because she’s not a Liberal by any stretch of the imagination.”

Under Wynne’s leadership, the Ontario Liberals have moved to the left of previous NDP governments, he said.

Peterson’s comments came in an exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun where he was asked whether he had any political ambitions.

Peterson believes he has the most to offer assessing politics through a psychological lens.

Having said that, he has strong opinions about leaders like Justin Trudeau – he dubbed him a “Peter Pan”prime minister – and Wynne.

Most of Trudeau’s worst ideas, including his ‘gender equity’ budget for 2018, flow out of the work that Wynne was already doing in Ontario, he said.

“I think Kathleen Wynne is an utter disaster,” Peterson said. “I think she’s the most dangerous woman in Canada.”

Finance Minister Charles Sousa has already signalled that he will not balance the budget this year as previously stated, but instead will run a deficit possibly as high as $8 billion to pay for programs that bring fairness to Ontarians during a period of rapid economic change.

So what’s wrong with fairness?

“The problem is there’s multiple definitions of fairness,” Peterson said. “There’s the agreeable definition, which is everyone should have everything everyone else has, right?”

Prof. Jordan Peterson gives ‘Peter Pan’ Trudeau budget a failing grade

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That type of fairness might mean treating your children equally, an imperative, he said.

Then there’s the kind of “fairness” favoured by the radical left, and he includes Wynne here, that seeks not equal opportunity but equal outcome.

“They’re not so interested in the idea of useful productivity and they’re not aligned with the idea that perhaps disproportionate reward should flow to those who put more effort and time into things,” Peterson said.

When it was suggested to him that Wynne is generally viewed as a nice person, even a grandmotherly type, Peterson quoted Shakespeare: “One (may) smile and smile and smile and still be a villain.”

“Everyone in Ontario is not her grandchild. We’re not infants,” he said. “We don’t need that much compassion and her insistence on identity politics is unacceptable. The things that have happened under her watch at the universities are unacceptable, they’re way worse than people think.”

Peterson sees the evolution of the Ontario Human Rights tribunal as an example of Wynne’s ideology in practice, arguing that under her tenure the presumption of innocence in that sphere has been lost.

“We’re replacing that with ‘believe the accused’ and ‘preponderance of evidence’ and it’s part of the assault on English common law, which is regarded by the postmodern, neomarxists as just another narrative, and part of the patriarchal tyranny,” he said.

Breaking mold, some Russian youth speak out against Putin,-some-Russian-youth-speak-out-against-Putin

When Stepan Mikhailov, a 19-year-old linguistics student, talks about his lifetime spent under Russian President Vladimir Putin, a troubled look passes over his face.

“I don’t think I have a single friend who thinks that Putin is good,” he says from the kitchen of his dusty, bohemian Moscow apartment. “I think he is an evil character who only takes care of himself and his inner circle.”

Putin’s legacy depends not only on winning Sunday’s election — which he will, overwhelmingly — but also on ensuring that today’s first-time voters stay loyal to his vision.

Russia’s rebel mayor calls for presidential election boycott's-rebel-mayor-calls-for-presidential-election-boycott

In Russia, where all governors and mayors are either Kremlin nominees or hail from Kremlin-friendly parties, Yevgeny Roizman cuts an odd figure.

The mayor of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city with 1.4 million people, is the only top regional official to openly criticize President Vladimir Putin. He has also called for a boycott of Sunday’s presidential vote, a move advocated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is banned from running.

Yet Roizman still epitomizes the helplessness of Russia’s opposition in the face of Putin’s well-oiled government machine.

Pressure mounts on Zuckerberg to face data breach concerns

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is facing intensified calls to appear in person at investigations into the social network's conduct.

His company has been accused of failing to properly inform users that their profile information may have been obtained and kept by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm widely-credited with helping Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election.

Facebook said on Friday it had blocked Cambridge Analytica from Facebook while it investigated claims the London-based firm did not, as promised, delete data that was allegedly obtained using methods that were in violation of Facebook's policies.

Edward Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company rebranded as 'social media'

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden ripped Facebook in a tweet Saturday after the social media giant suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm which worked worked for President Trump’s campaign.

Facebook accused the firm on Friday of not deleting data it had improperly harvested from Facebook users, which number in the tens of millions, but Snowden pinned the blame squarely on Facebook and lumped in other social media companies for being just as reckless.

Far-right German PEGIDA founder Lutz Bachmann refused entry into UK

The figurehead of the anti-Islam movement PEGIDA was detained at a London airport before being deported. He was due to speak at a far-right rally in central London's Hyde Park.

Lutz Bachmann said on his Facebook page that he was not allowed to enter the UK because he carried a copy of a speech by far-right Austrian activist Martin Sellner, who himself had been denied entry last week.

Trump prepared to hit China with $60B in annual tariffs: report

President Trump is planning to hit China with $60 billion worth of annual tariffs, following up on his threats to punish Beijing for intellectual property theft, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Senior aides had provided the president with a $30 billion tariff package — but Trump ordered them to double it, according to the Post.

The package, which Trump is expected to announce on Friday, will target more than 100 products.

Trump argues that these products were developed using trade secrets from American companies that China either stole or forced them to give up in exchange for market access.

Surrender to Brussels Agreed: Britain Obeys all EU Laws, no Control of Fisheries, Open Borders to 20

The United Kingdom will agree to follow all European Union rules after Brexit and keep the nation’s borders open for the duration of the transition period to 2022, with further bad news for fisheries and communities in Northern Ireland as a new agreement was reached in Brussels Monday.

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier made the announcement in a joint press conference with Britain’s David Davis in Brussels, where the pair presented what was introduced as a “legal text which constitutes a decisive step” towards a final agreement. Revealing the enormous extent to which Theresa May’s government has sold out the Brexit-voting British public, Barnier and Davis spoke on a number of key policy areas including immigration, British control over British laws, and regaining control over British fishing waters.

Speaking first at the meeting with journalists, French politician Barnier said Britain had agreed to continue following all Brussels laws for years after the offical Brexit date of March 2019 under the guise of a transition period, but would not be able to challenge or make decisions on that law itself.

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Britain labels Moscow’s nerve agent denials ‘increasingly absurd’

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British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has denounced Moscow’s denials of involvement in the nerve weapon attack on a former Russian double agent as “increasingly absurd”.

Mr Johnson’s remarks came as he received further support from the European Union and Nato on Monday over the attack.

The secretary of state for foreign affairs discussed the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at a session of EU foreign ministers, which he addressed. Mr Johnson also discussed the incident in a meeting with Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg after statements of solidarity last week by a host of Western governments.

Putin's reelection takes him one step closer to becoming Russian leader for life

With his reelection, Vladimir Putin took one step closer to becoming Russian leader for life.

On paper, Putin's victory gave him a new six-year term as president. But some of his most visible allies quickly signaled they saw it as a mandate for something greater than that: leader of the Russian people, rising above politics at a time when the country's very existence is threatened by an aggressive West.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of pro-Kremlin network RT, wrote that Putin had turned from president to "our leader," or vozhd - a word with medieval roots that Soviets once used for Stalin. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist presidential candidate who supports Putin, predicted on national television that "these elections were the last ones." And a parade of pro-Kremlin commentators, politicians, and officials claimed that Putin's victory represented nothing less than the unity and determination of a people under siege.

The Latest: White House ‘not surprised’ by Putin re-election'not-surprised'-by-Putin-re-election

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s re-election victory (all times local):

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The White House says it is “not surprised by the outcome” of the Russian presidential election that gave Vladimir Putin another six-year term.

Spokesman Hogan Gidley says there is currently no congratulatory call scheduled between Putin and President Donald Trump.

Putin’s leading opponent, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running because of a fraud conviction widely seen as politically motivated. Sunday’s results were tainted by reports of voting irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and efforts to block independent election observers.

Data scientist who worked with Cambridge Analytica offers to testify to Congress

The data scientist who provided data on millions of Americans to the data firm Cambridge Analytica offered Monday to testify before Congress, following reports about how that data was used to help elect President Trump in 2016.

"I've also seriously been asked if the FBI has reached out, if the two congressional committees in the United States have reached out, and if Parliament or any authorities in the [United Kingdom] U.K. have reached out. No one has — I suspect they realize I'm actually not a spy. Though if anyone does, I'd be more than happy to testify and speak candidly about the project," Aleksandr Kogan said in an email obtained by CNN to colleagues at Cambridge University.

Ex CIA Dir calls Trump,"evil" after FBI dep dir fired 2 days before he would collect pension

Former CIA Director John Brennan blasted President Donald Trump on Saturday after he tweeted about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, calling the President "a disgraced demagogue."

"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America … America will triumph over you," Brennan, who was CIA head under President Barack Obama, tweeted.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on Friday, just days before he was set to receive his pension after rising through the ranks and eventually becoming the No. 2 at the bureau.

Trump tweeted in the wee hours Saturday morning about the firing, saying the axing made it "a great day".

Zuckerberg's Fortune Falls $4.9 Billion on Data Exploitation

Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped $4.9 billion Monday as investors weighed reports that a political advertising firm retained information on millions of Facebook Inc. users without their consent.

Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company rebranded as 'social media'

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden ripped Facebook in a tweet Saturday after the social media giant suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm which worked worked for President Trump’s campaign.

Facebook accused the firm on Friday of not deleting data it had improperly harvested from Facebook users, which number in the tens of millions, but Snowden pinned the blame squarely on Facebook and lumped in other social media companies for being just as reckless.

"Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as 'surveillance companies,'" Snowden said. "Their rebranding as 'social media' is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense."

Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post," Snowden said earlier in the day. "They are not victims. They are accomplices."

Cambridge Analytica, a company that profiled voters for Donald Trump’s campaign, allegedly harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles, which they used to influence and wage a "culture war" during the 2016 election.

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who helped found Cambridge Analytica and served as their director of research until 2014, told NBC News' U.K. partner ITN Channel 4 News that the company helped develop an application on Facebook that paid individuals to take a survey. If users had not adjusted their privacy settings on the social media outlet, however, the app didn’t just capture the survey responses — it also gathered as much data from each account as possible.

That data included information from Facebook users’ friends and contacts, as well.

"So by you filling out my survey I capture 300 records on average right," Wylie told ITN Channel 4 News. "And so that means that, all of a sudden, I only need to engage 50,000, 70,000, 100,000 people to get a really big data set really quickly, and it’s scaled really quickly. We were able to get upwards of 50 million plus Facebook records in the span of a couple of months."

Similar stories based on the same reporting also appeared in the New York Times and the Observer of London.

According to Wylie, the project was of particular importance to Steve Bannon, who later served as the chief executive of Trump's campaign. He added that the former head of the right-wing media organization Breitbart wanted to use the data netted by Cambridge Analytica to influence and galvanize the views of the American public.

"Steve wanted weapons for his culture war, that’s what he wanted," Wylie said.

"We offered him a way to accomplish what he wanted to do, which was change the culture of America," Wylie added.

Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company

The UK's Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica.

The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016.

Its executives have also been filmed by Channel 4 News suggesting it could use honey traps and potentially bribery to discredit politicians.

The company denies any wrongdoing.

Military industrial complex has a rosy future in proxie wars against China and Russia

We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great-power competition – not terrorism – is now the primary focus of US national security.’ Henceforth Russia and China will be America’s main enemies, with Iran and North Korea thrown in for good measure.

The US is fast running out of Muslim targets to bomb, now that the bogeyman ISIS has vanished into thin air and US air attacks in Syria are being minimized for fear of clashing with Russia. Iran still remains on the US potential hit list.

How then to maintain the $1 trillion US military budget? Well, of course, trot out those good old ‘Reds Under Our Beds.’ Actually, the Pentagon has been planning a new war with China for the past three years, a mainly air and naval conflict to dominate China’s coasts and seas. The Pentagon is loading up on new aircraft, missiles, satellites and naval craft for the next Pacific War, and trying to enlist India as an ally against China.

But what then about Russia? Not so easy. The likely theater for a US-Russia clash is on the Baltic coast, Ukraine, the Black Sea or Syria.

Key NATO member Germany is in a shambles. Its feminized military, run by a nice but incompetent lady defense minister, could not fight its way out of a paper bag. France is not much better off. The US armed forces and Britain are critically short of spares, munitions, transport, and armor. Russia’s once mighty Red Army is short of everything. Both east and west are simply unready for a real war.

As if there is any reason for one. There is not. Those jackanapes in the US Congress and media trying to inflate online mischief by 20-something Russian hackers into a second Pearl Harbor are crying ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.

A final respectful note to Gen. Mattis (my dad was a marine): A good general does not pick a fight with two, far–away major powers at once. The trick is to turn them against one another. Declaring a future war against China and Russia is a crazy idea. Only draft-dodgers and generals who lost the Vietnam War could come up with it.

Facebook has suspended the account of the whistleblower who exposed Cambridge Analytica

In the latest turn of the developing scandal around how Facebook's user data wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica – for use in the in development in psychographic profiles that may or may not have played a part in the election victory of Donald Trump – the company has taken the unusual step of suspending the account of the whistleblower who helped expose the issues.

Uber self-driving car kills Arizona pedestrian, realizing worst fears of the new tech

An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., a tragic milestone that could lead to a major setback in the otherwise feverish development of driverless transportation.

The death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was crossing a street outside the marked crosswalk, appears to be the first time a self-driving car has been involved in the fatality of a person not inside the vehicle.

In 2016, a man was killed while behind the wheel of a Tesla that was driving itself in Autopilot mode when a truck cut across its path — the first such death related to a car in self-driving mode. Investigators found the driver failed to heed warnings to take back control of his car.

The Arizona accident is poised to become a focal point of a debate over the viability of self-driving cars, which promoters vow will save lives while skeptics contend it remains dangerously ill-prepared for prime time.

Investigators Say Austin 'Serial Bomber' May Have Used Tripwire In Latest Blast

Authorities say a fourth device that exploded in Austin, Texas, this month indicates a "serial bomber" — and one who is more sophisticated than the earlier bombs suggested.

Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley said Monday that investigators believe a tripwire might have been used in the device that exploded in a Southwest Austin neighborhood on Sunday night, injuring two men.

"The belief that we are now dealing with someone who is using tripwires shows a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skill," he said, adding that if residents see suspicious objects that look out of place, "Do not even approach it, but instead call 911."

BREAKING Putin Gives Little Boy Tummy Tingles

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Shills expected to never recover

>Incumbent Russian leader Vladimir Putin is set to secure a resounding victory in the Russian presidential election, according to partial results made public by the electoral commission.

>With 31 percent of the votes counted, mostly in eastern part of the country, Vladimir Putin leads with 73 percent of the vote, well above the simple majority needed to avoid a run-off.

>First-time Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin is running second with 15 percent, while veteran nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who first ran against Boris Yeltsin in 1991, rounds out the top three with about seven percent.

>None of the other five candidates is on track to receive more than two percent of the vote.

>The early results are in line with exit-polls conducted by Russian polling agencies FOM, which predicted Putin would take 77 percent of the vote, and VCIOM, which forecast a final share of 73.9 percent for the current president.

>Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian Central Election Commission, has said that there were no major violations during the vote, and that only “minor and local complaints” were received.

>Vladimir Putin is widely expected to address his supporters at a massive anniversary rally in Moscow’s Red Square, dedicated to Crimea voting to become a part of Russia four years ago.

>Putin was first elected to the Kremlin in 2000, and again four years later. Constitutionally barred from serving more than two consecutive terms, he did not run in 2008, the same year presidential terms were extended from four years to six years. Putin won 63.6 percent of the vote in 2012, and, if the early results are confirmed, he will now stay in his post until 2024, the year he turns 72.


Uber Halts Autonomous-Car Testing After Fatal Arizona Crash

A self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday evening, what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle. In response, Uber quickly halted its self-driving cars as the incident is investigated.

The woman was crossing the road when the Uber vehicle, operating in autonomous mode, struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department. She was transferred to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. "Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation," Liliana Duran, a spokeswoman from the Tempe police, said in an emailed statement.

Uber said on Monday that it was pausing tests of all its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto and the greater Phoenix area. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. "We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident."

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Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania Republicans' fight over maps for U.S. House

The Supreme Court refused Monday to block the redrawing of Pennsylvania's congressional districts, handing Republican leaders a stinging defeat and giving Democrats a chance to make important gains at the polls in November.

The high court's action completed a one-two punch against the GOP-dominated state Legislature. Last month, the justices refused to block a state Supreme Court decision that declared districts drawn by Republicans unconstitutional because of their partisan tilt.

After that ruling, the state court redrew the lines. Republicans challenged the new maps as improperly drawn and asked that 2018 elections be held under the old lines, beginning with a primary May 15.

Earlier Monday, a federal district court composed solely of judges appointed by Republican presidents rejected that effort. The three-judge panel concluded unanimously that the GOP leaders lacked standing to bring the case on behalf of the entire Legislature.

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.

The social network is now under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.

Facebook's stock plunged 7 percent Monday in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain's information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica's servers because the British firm had been "uncooperative" in her investigation. After two years of failing to disclose the harvesting, Facebook said Monday that it hired an outside firm to audit Cambridge.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant just signed a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, according to the AP.

Why it matters: This is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country, and the state's one abortion clinic is preparing to challenge the move in court, according to CBS.

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

Kennedy, Klobuchar Call For Zuckerberg To Testify Before Senate Judiciary

Sens. John Kennedy and Amy Klobuchar sent a letter to Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley Monday, urging him to call Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in regard to new reports of his company allowing political campaigns unmonitored access to user data.

“Facebook, Google, and Twitter have amassed unprecedented amounts of personal data and use this data when selling advertising, including political advertisements,” the letter reads. “The lack of oversight on how data is stored and how political advertisements are sold raises concerns about the integrity of American elections as well as privacy rights.”

Fourth bomb this months rocks Austin Texas

An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city’s residents.

Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) interchange, sparking the closure of several streets and bringing a massive law enforcement contingent of Austin police and FBI agents to the neighborhood. Officers planned to carefully inspect the neighborhood throughout the night for clues and other suspicious objects. Around 11 p.m., police closed an area near Dawn Song Drive to check out a suspicious backpack left near the scene of the explosion.

Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley urged anyone within a half-mile radius of Dawn Song Drive to stay inside or avoid the area until daylight. At a news conference near the scene, he told reporters that he was not going to take questions “because we simply just don’t know anything at this time.”

Shortly after midnight, about 15 federal agents were walking side-by-side stretched across Travis County Circle near the entrance to the Travis Country subdivision shining flashlights on the road searching for clues.

At 1:30 a.m., Manley again addressed reporters and said it was possible that a trip-wire triggered the explosion, a departure from the three previous bombs that were all inside packages. Manley said investigators believe Sunday’s explosion was caused by a bomb and are operating under the assumption that it was connected to the three prior blasts.

Some neighbors reported they had been told the explosion was the result of a trip wire, but police would not confirm any details of the blast Sunday night.

Two men in their 20s were hospitalized with serious injuries, but officials said later that they were in good condition.

If Sunday’s blast is connected to the three bombs that have killed two Austin residents and injured two others since March 2, it would mark a geographic widening of the bomber’s targets. The first three bombs were east of Interstate 35 and hit black or Hispanic residents. The first two victims, 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason, are connected to two prominent African-American families with ties to an East Austin church and long histories fighting for racial justice and empowerment of the city’s African-American community. The third bomb hit a Latina resident and her mother in Montopolis.

For many worried Austinites, the bombings raised the specter that someone was targeting minority residents and police have said they are probing the family connections between the victims.

Manley appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” early Monday and confirmed that the two victims in the Dawn Song bombing as “two Anglo males.”

Trump legal team gives Mueller new documents to try to limit presidential interview

Lawyers for President Trump have given special counsel Robert Mueller’s office written descriptions of specific events that are under investigation, with the goal of limiting any interview between the president and Mueller's team, according to a report.

Sources told the Washington Post the president’s legal team provided Mueller’s office with the documents in hopes of narrowing the scope of an interview between Trump and Mueller to a few topics.

The president has reportedly told aides he is “champing at the bit” to meet with the special counsel, but his legal team is in the midst of negotiating the terms of such a session, according to the Washington Post.

Fifth Harmony Splits, Sending Social Media Into A Twitter Storm

The US girl band Fifth Harmony announced today via social media that the group would be splitting to focus on solo careers.

Group members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui said: “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever.”

“We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”

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Researchers show how a moth’s brain is smarter than artificial intelligence

(Natural News) Insects may be simple, and in terms of intellectual capability, they will never be able to match humans, but they do have brains. They can definitely learn, as moths do when getting acquainted with new scents. But did you know that even moths can be smarter than today’s standard level of artificial intelligence?

They are indeed, and researchers are now looking into the possibility of trying to emulate them for possibly similar learning results. That is, at least one new study has been conducted in order to find out if following the way that moths learn could somehow contribute to improving the way that artificial intelligence can learn new things as well.

A recent report published online in MIT Technology Review by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focused on a study conducted by Charles Delahunt and his colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was said that the group managed to create an artificial neural network that mimicked the actual structure as well as the behavior of the olfactory learning system in the Manduca sexta moth. The researchers said that they had built a system that could provide some much-needed insights into how exactly natural networks can learn, and that there were potential implications for machines.

BREAKING Putin Shows Off Latest Invincible Military Hardware

U.S.and A, NATO and Ukraine eternally BTFO

Beware Western Imperialists! Russia angry at u!

Putin protects his taiga like good Russian bear! Don't push us or we will serve you polonium tea or put nerve agent in your blini!

I mean it, our military the best! All new equipment, best morale, most patriotic! We don't dope your soldiers or our athletes! Glory to Russia! Praise Lenin! Buy our prostitutes! They are best! Putin say so! 80% approval rating! RT say so! Listen and believe!


After 2017 election, US poised to fight fake news – in Kenya

Just ahead of Kenya’s disputed 2017 election, video clips started spreading on social media of a slick-looking CNN broadcast asserting that President Uhuru Kenyatta had pulled far ahead in the polls. But the CNN broadcast was fake, splicing together real coverage from CNN Philippines with other footage with the network’s iconic red logo superimposed in the corner.

It happened with a BBC video, too, and with a photo purportedly of Kenyan security forces killing protesters that was actually from Tanzania, and with thousands of spurious blog posts and other false reports that flooded the popular messaging app WhatsApp, fueling further divisions and turmoil in an election that morphed into a major political crisis.

So the U.S. government is gearing up to fight fake news — not at home, where it’s the subject of heated debate following the 2016 presidential campaign, but in Kenya, where America has sought to nurture a vibrant but volatile African democracy.

“Information is, of course, power, and frankly, fake news is a real danger,” U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said in an interview, adding that it had eroded confidence in Kenya’s real news media. “It’s being weaponized. It’s undermining democracy in Kenya.”

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Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several people, crushing cars

A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing several people, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

“There are several fatalities,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho told reporters at multiple media outlets.

At an afternoon news conference, Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp did not elaborate on the number of fatalities, saying only that the final number of victims had not yet been determined. Teams were in an "urgent search-and-rescue mode" and mobilized search dogs and heavy cranes, he added.

Kemp said eight cars traveling on the seven-lane highway were trapped under tons of rubble. Eight victims were taken to the hospital.

Putin's giant Russian election victory sparks backlash, claims of 'charade'

Backlash grew around the world Sunday after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed a huge victory in his country's presidential election.

Putin was re-elected with more than 75 percent of the vote, exit polling data showed, which keeps him as Russia's leader for another six years — marking him as the country's longest-serving ruler other than Joseph Stalin.

The election sparked swift criticism from those who questioned the integrity of the election.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who gained infamy for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents from the National Security Agency in 2013, posted security camera footage of what looked like ballot stuffing. Snowden claimed it was part of "an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people."

Immigration Advocates Warn ICE Is Retaliating For Activism

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics.

The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested and deported under tough new enforcement rules. And federal officials deny allegations of retaliation.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and volunteers who say they have been arrested or face fines for their work.

They say many of the activists who are undocumented don't have criminal records and only came to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of their activism.

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Shia Stretches: LaBeouf Plays His Own Abusive Alcoholic Dad

Shia LaBeouf is back again. Attempting to make his "triumphant return" to Hollywood after becoming something of a persona non grata due to his serious drug abuse, alcoholism and other personal issues. Ah, but don't worry, he's got a plan to make it all better. You may recall we covered his sob story explaining how the reason he's been so unhinged and is such a self-centered deluded jerk (basically his words and certainly my sentiments) all stems to his alcoholic and abusive father. It's ironic that he seems to be becoming the same kind of abusive alcoholic jerk himself, but wait it gets better.

In Honey Boy, Lucas Hedges stars as young Shia LaBeouf and Shia will (wait for it, wait for it) play his own father. The basic plot deals with Shia, the young child star trying to come to terms with his alcoholic dad. It's more than slightly autobiographical, of course. The film will be directed by Alma Har'el and produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and Delirio Films' Christopher Leggett. Fred Berger, also of Automatik is executive producer and Stay Gold Features is footing the bill. For their sake, I hope Stay Gold keeps the receipt and has good insurance)

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ISIS Chief Taken Out By SAS Sniper Headshot From A Mile Away

The UK seems to have found its own version of Chris Kyle, the famous ‘American Sniper’ able to shoot enemies from large distances made immortal in Clint Eastwood’s film.

According to a senior UK defense commander, an SAS elite trooper shot an ISIS terrorist commander with a bullet through the skull in near total darkness last week.

The report claims that the shot was achieved at a range of more than 1,500m with a window of opportunity of just 15 seconds.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Could Earn Up To $423 Million In Compensation, Advisory Firm Says

ISS Analytics, the data analysis arm of the proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services, estimates that Iger could earn as much as $423M over the next four years if he hits all the performance goals in his compensation package, according to Reuters.

That would rank Iger among the decade’s highest-paid CEOs in the U.S., Reuters reported.

“Iger’s generous compensation package suggests the Disney board believes he is singularly placed to lead the company over the next several years,” said John Roe, head of ISS analytics.

In return for extending his contract through 2021, Iger received a $25M stock award vesting over four years and, more significantly, large incentives to close the 21st Century Fox deal quickly, after which he will receive an additional $16M annually, ISS told Deadline. An additional balloon payout targeted at $70M at the end of 2021 is also in place. If all performance maximums are met, Iger’s total potential payout stands at more than $423M.

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Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President

President Trump has decided to hire the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova, who has pushed the theory on television that Mr. Trump was framed by F.B.I. and Justice Department officials, to bolster his legal team, according to three people told of the decision.

Mr. diGenova is not expected to take a lead role but will instead serve as a more aggressive player on the president’s legal team. Mr. Trump broke over the weekend from the longstanding advice of some of his lawyers that he refrain from directly attacking the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a sign of his growing unease with the investigation.

The hire has not been announced, and Mr. Trump frequently changes his mind and sometimes adjusts his plans based on media coverage. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump planned to hire other lawyers.

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In Russian Elections, Some People Say They Were Ordered to Vote

Opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged that voters in Sunday's presidential election were being compelled to show up at polling stations in a Kremlin drive to ensure Putin's likely win is not tarnished by a low turnout.

Ivan Zhdanov, an aide to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is barred from running in the race, said Navalny supporters monitoring the vote reported people being bussed to polling stations by their employers.

"We would call this the 'shuttle bus election'," Zhdanov told a briefing. "Some organisations, some buses, are bringing massive amounts of people."

Facebook shares slide after reports of data misuse

Facebook Inc's shares fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

The move would knock $23.8 billion off the social network's market value of $538 billion as of Friday's close and shares in other social media companies including Twitter Inc and Snap Inc also dipped in early deals in New York.

One Wall Street analyst said the reports raised 'systemic problems' with Facebook's business model and a number said it could spur far deeper regulatory scrutiny of the platform.

The head of European Parliament said on Monday that EU lawmakers will investigate whether the data misuse has taken place, adding the allegation is an unacceptable violation of citizens' privacy rights.

Facebook was already facing new calls for regulation from U.S. Congress and questions about personal data safeguards after the reports from the New York Times and London's Observer over the weekend.

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Adrian Lamo, former hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, dead at 37

>Intruder of Yahoo, Microsoft, and NYT was best known for reporting Manning leaks.

Adrian Lamo, the former hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to US authorities for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records, has died at the age of 37, according to a family Facebook post and a report from ZDNet, which cited two of Lamo's family members and a county coroner.

"With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquittances that he is dead," his father, Mario Lamo, wrote in a Facebook post. "A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son."

It's not yet known how Lamo died.

Edward Snowden blasts integrity of Russia's presidential election, asks Russians to 'demand justice'

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden Sunday criticized the integrity of Russia’s presidential election just before exit polls showed President Vladimir Putin had easily won a fourth term in office.

“The ballot stuffing seen today in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian election is an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people,” Snowden said in a tweet. “Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter. Take your future back."