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News and Headlines. 10/5/2017


Very cool Technology in our not so dissent future. Americas Bias and Hate, In The News, World News, Politics, Check This Out, Terrorism in today’s News and Headlines.

Americas Bias and Hate:

“Nancy Sinatra was scolded by Donald Trump Jr. and others on social media after tweeting on Wednesday that “the murderous members of the NRA should face a firing squad.”

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The tweet to Sinatra’s 166,000 followers went largely unnoticed until it was retweeted by Trump Jr. and several media members late Wednesday into Thursday.” More here.> Nancy Sinatra takes heat for saying NRA members ‘should face a firing squad’

“On Monday, only hours after the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, Rapper Lil B decided to execute a racist hit-and-run on Twitter, slamming whites in a race-based series of tweets, accusing “white people” of being the “reason why guns are a problem.” Lil B’s rant went like this:” More here.> Rapper: White People Are ‘The Reason Why Guns Are A Problem’

“The utter disintegration of journalism in America is a huge, untold story. The case of Rex Tillerson demonstrates this perfectly.

This week, NBC News, using the now very common anonymous sourcing, reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson threatened to resign and called President Trump a “moron.”

Instantly, the anti-Trump press decided the anonymous allegation was true. On CNN, news anchor Kate Bolduan, among others, proclaimed the accuracy of the report even though Tillerson himself denied any resignation threat and refused to even address the moron thing.

Later his spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, did deny that Tillerson used the term.” More here.> Bill O’Reilly: With Trump, Tillerson coverage, the media takes us all for ‘morons’

“Former First Lady Michelle Obama said that many people “don’t trust politics” because the Republican Party is “all men, all white.”

Speaking about diversity at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Tuesday, Obama said it’s important to bring in different people to get a broad range of perspectives on every issue.

She said the color and gender dichotomy in Congress was particularly noticeable when she attended State of the Union addresses.” More here.> Michelle Obama: People ‘Don’t Trust Politics’ Because Republican Party Is ‘All Men, All White’

“NBC News has no plans to apologize to America, despite President Trump saying the network should “issue an apology” for spreading “fake news.”

“It’s safe to say NBC News will not be issuing an apology to America,” NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson said on MSNBC in a video that was tweetedby NBC News’ public relations department.” More here.> NBC News won’t apologize to America despite Trump’s ‘fake news’ claim

“It appears Twitter is censoring the Drudge Report once again. This time, Donald Trump Jr. pointed out the social media giant labeled the conservative news site’s tweet about positive news on the U.S. economy sensitive. The story in question is by CNBC titled “American optimism about the economy hits an all-time high in new CNBC survey” More here.> Again! Twitter Censors Drudge Report On ‘Rising Optimism About U.S. Economy’ News Story

In The News:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — “California Gov. Jerry Brown signed “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump.

Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement activities starting Jan. 1.

Jail officials only will be allowed to transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of certain crimes.

California is home to an estimated 2.3 million immigrations without legal authorization.” More here.> California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ as governor signs bill

“The National Rifle Association (NRA) issued a statement early Thursday afternoon saying that it was calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to review whether bump stocks, like those used in the shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week, complied with federal law.” More here.> The NRA called on the government to check whether bump stocks for guns are legal

“A man who was shot in the leg during the Las Vegas massacre on Sunday is getting a great deal of attention after he refused to stay in his hospital bed when President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump came to visit him on Wednesday. 

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Thomas Gunderson’s decision to stand up and greet the Trumps when they came to visit him has been widely heralded as patriotic.

“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!” Gunderson wrote in an Instagram post that included a video of the encounter.” More here.> Man Fights Through Pain in Epic Show of Patriotism During Trump’s Visit to Las Vegas Hospital

“Las Vegas police confirmed Wednesday that they have evidence to suggest Stephen Paddock planned to survive and escape after he unleashed gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers Sunday night.

But they said they could not provide evidence to the public at this time explaining what was exactly found.” More here.> Vegas shooter planned to survive and escape after deadly attack, police say

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing course on the Justice Department’s policy that a 1964 civil rights law protects transgender individuals from discrimination.

In a memo to U.S. attorneys dated Wednesday and obtained by BuzzFeed, Sessions said that the Justice Department will no longer interpret Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to mean that the law’s protections extend to discrimination based on gender identity.

“Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status,” Sessions wrote in the memo, according to BuzzFeed.

Sessions wrote that it is the responsibility of the Justice Department to interpret the law “as written by Congress” and that the existing text does not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. 

Sessions said that that position will apply to “all pending and future matters,” BuzzFeed reported.” More here.> Sessions reverses DOJ policy on transgender employee protections: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “Revenues for the $6 billion payday loan industry will shrivel under a new U.S. rule restricting lenders’ ability to profit from high-interest, short-term loans, and much of the business could move to small banks, according to the country’s consumer financial watchdog.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a regulation on Thursday requiring lenders to determine if borrowers can repay their debts and capping the number of loans lenders can provide to a borrower. The rule will take full effect in roughly two years.” More here.> New U.S. rule on payday loans to hurt industry, help banks -agency

Politics:

“Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.

Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent dinner at the home of Los Angeles billionaire Robert Day. In full view of around two dozen guests, Thomas Wachtell, a retired oil and gas investor and party contributor, delivered an urgent message to the night’s headliner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Just do something.” More here.> Angry GOP donors close their wallets

WHEELING — “David Zatezalo said Wednesday in Washington he agreed with sanctions placed by the U.S. Mine, Safety and Health Administration on a mine once under his leadership.

 Zatezalo, a Wheeling resident, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next leader of MSHA, and his nomination hearing before members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took place Wednesday.” More here.> Senators Question MSHA Nominee and Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo

Senior House Dem: Time for ‘a new generation of leaders’

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – “Republican lawmakers on Thursday said they would look into “bump stock” gun accessories after a retiree used rifles equipped with them to rain gunfire onto a Las Vegas concert, killing 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.” More here.> Congressional Republicans eye ‘bump stocks’ after Las Vegas massacre

“New reports reveal secret high-profile donors to the Center for Community Change Action, a group that has funded anti-Trump campaigns before and after the November election” Revealed: Secret mega-donors to anti-Trump resistance group

World News:

“Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in an ambush in the west African country of Niger.

Of the two Green Berets wounded, “both are expected to pull through,” a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the atack told Fox News.

One of the wounded had “life-threatening” injuries at one time, but has since stabilized. The other had serious injuries.” More here.> Three Green Berets killed, two wounded in Niger ambush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that could lead to renewed U.S. sanctions against Tehran.

The decision on the nuclear deal is expected to be only part of what Trump will announce, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.” More here.> Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal: official

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (Reuters) – “Venezuelan siblings Jeremias, 8, and Victoria, 3, were in their pajamas and preparing to go to bed when a tear gas canister smashed through their family’s kitchen window in early July.

National Guard soldiers were pelting the building in this highland town near Caracas with tear gas canisters as they searched for opposition activists who had been protesting against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro for over three months.

Amid screams and insults from neighbors, soldiers stormed the building and arrested dozens of youths, according to the children’s mother, Gabriela.” More here.> Venezuela’s unrest, food scarcity take psychological toll on children

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – “Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of Monday’s session of the regional Catalan parliament, throwing into doubt its plans to declare unilateral independence from Spain.

The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, accused the Madrid government of using the courts to deal with political problems and said the regional assembly would not be censored. But she said parliamentary leaders had not yet decided whether to defy the central court and go ahead with the session.” More here.> Spanish court suspends Catalan parliament session, throwing independence call in doubt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “Russian government-backed hackers in 2015 stole U.S. secrets on how to penetrate foreign computer networks and protect against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor put highly classified information on his home computer, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.

The contractor used a popular antivirus software by Russia-based Kaspersky Lab that may have made it possible for the hackers to identify and target the contractor’s files, multiple sources told the Journal.” More here.> Russian hackers get U.S. cyber defense details from NSA: WSJ

Terrorism:

U.S. officials say a Somali man accused of attacking a Canadian policeman with a car and knife entered the United States from Mexico on foot in 2011 before a judge ordered his deportation.

Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jackie Wasiluk said Wednesday that Hasan Sharif Abdulahi arrived at a port of entry near San Diego on July 12, 2011, with no documents and no legal status to enter.

Sharif was taken into custody and ordered deported to Somalia. But he was released two months later and then failed to report for removal. He entered Canada legally in 2012 and obtained refugee status.” More here.> Suspect in Canada attack entered US from Mexico in 2011

Technology:

“An autonomous train journey with no human on board to act as a fail-safe shows just how close this technology is to becoming mainstream. 


It’s not just self-driving cars that are taking over the world (not literally!) — trains are getting in on the action, too. In Australia, the mining company Rio Tinto has just successfully completed the first fully autonomous rail journey, with no human on board to act as a failsafe in case something goes wrong.” More here.> SELF-DRIVING TRAIN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES A 60-MILE RUN IN AUSTRALIA

“Airbus will revolutionize intracity mobility if it manages to turn the futuristic CityAirbus into a reality. city-airbus-preview-640x0

Our skies could become a lot more crowded in the coming years to reduce traffic jams on the ground. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus successfully tested the propulsion system of a small, city-friendly quadcopter named CityAirbus it plans on bringing to production in the not-too-distant future.

The CityAirbus quadcopter is similar to the Pop.Up unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show, but it’s much simpler in design because it ditches the three-module configuration.” More here.> THE PIONEERING CITYAIRBUS QUADCOPTER TAKES BIG STEP TOWARD PRODUCTION

INCYMI, As mentioned in the previous article the “POP UP” check out this cool video in the article. AIRBUS’ POP.UP FLYING CAR CONCEPT DOES A LOT MORE THAN JUST BUZZ AROUND

Check This Out:

“The sCarabane camper is equipped with a wind generator, solar panels, and a parabolic mirror for heating water, making it a great choice for those who want to go camping without sacrificing luxury. scarabane-caravan-1-720x480-c

on-the-road1We’ve seen some impressive campers in our day, but nothing quite compares to the sCarabane. Billed as a “self-sufficient rotating caravan,” this concept trailer features a slew of amenities — including the ability to generate its own power — that could make it the ultimate portable home for those living off the grid.” More here.> GO GLAMPING IN STYLE WITH THIS AMAZING, COLLAPSIBLE, TRANSFORMING TRAILER

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