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News and Headlines. 3/21/2018

In The News:

Austin serial bombing suspect killed in dramatic confrontation; ID’d as 24-year-old man

The serial bomber who terrorized Austin, Texas for three harrowing weeks was identified Wednesday morning — just hours after he blew himself to bits with his own device as cops closed in.

Black man fatally shot in backyard after officers mistake cell phone for ‘tool bar,’ police say

A black man fatally shot by officers in his own backyard was carrying a cell phone, and not a “tool bar,” Sacramento police said this week.

Stephon Clark, 22, was shot and killed Sunday night in the backyard of his family’s home after police responded to a call of someone breaking car windows, the Sacramento Beereported.

Suspect shot in officer-involved shooting in West Valley is ‘extremely critical’

(KUTV) — A police officer shot a person in a car that tried to run him over in West Valley City, Utah, Tuesday afternoon according to police. One person in critical condition was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Four Hispanic males between the ages of 16 and 18 fled from the car and are still at large.

Teacher fired after calling U.S. troops ‘the lowest of our low’

The Southern California teacher who called U.S. service members “the lowest of our low” in a video that triggered widespread condemnation — including blunt criticism from the White House — has been fired.

Trump’s ‘impeachment and removal’ focus of Harvard Law class

A prominent Harvard Law School professor who has repeatedly called for removing President Trump from office is teaching a course solely dedicated to impeaching the 45thpresident.

Laurence Tribe, a distinguished constitutional law professor and former Obama Justice Department appointee, teaches “Constitutional Law 3.0: The Trump Trajectory,” reported.

Outrage after California HS magazine cartoons depict Trump as Nazi, police as KKK members: report

La Verne Police were fuming at the cartoons and several parents also objected, according to Fox Los Angeles. The article featuring the images has since been pulled, both online and on campus.

Police and parents in California were reportedly outraged after students at a high school magazine published cartoons depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi and an officer wearing KKK garb while aiming a gun at a black child.


An obese mother close to death was found lying in her own feces, her legs decomposing, and the blackened dying flesh being eaten by maggots and cockroaches, during a visit by firefighters to her home in Georgia.

NASA is handing a free rocket test facility to 17 people and a 3D printer

Relativity Space promises to use an automated 3D printing system developed by its founders to simplify and reduce the cost of building of rockets. Still just 17 people, the company now has a 20-year lease at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. It gives them access to an office building, and four three-story tall engine test chambers made of blast-hardened concrete.

NASA astronauts aboard Soyuz rocket launch to ISS from Kazakhstan

WASHINGTON (Circa) – Two American astronauts A.J. (Drew) Feustel and Ricky Arnold will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and travel to the International Space Station

You can watch the video of the launch here on FaceBook

Liberal media didn’t think data mining was so bad when Obama’s campaign did it

The left is outraged that President Trump’s campaign used data mining to win the 2016 election – but neither the media nor Democrats seemed to mind when President Obama’s team did the same thing.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro penned a column for The Hill on Tuesday headlined, “What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump,” which outlined the differences in the way similar news was covered during contrasting administrations.

All the different ways Facebook is in trouble with governments across the world

Facebook, like any big company, would rather avoid government regulation. But the revelation that it allowed Cambridge Analytica to harvest the data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission means that calls for greater regulation may be at a tipping point.

The social network is currently facing investigations, probes, and hearings from authorities and lawmakers in the United States, the United Kingdom, the EU, and Canada. Here’s a rundown of all the pressure Facebook is up against:

A big bank has “quarantined” Facebook’s scandal-plagued stock

Nordea, the Nordic region’s largest bank, said late yesterday that it would no longer authorize the buying of Facebook stock in its sustainable investment unit. Sasja Beslik, head of the bank’s sustainable finance division, said that between the Cambridge Analytica exposé, “the overhanging threat” of more regulation of social media platforms, and new European data privacy rules, Nordea had decided to “quarantine” Facebook shares.

Here’s how to check which apps have access to your Facebook account—and delete them

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’ve probably installed games or given sites permission to log into your Facebook account. You may even use Facebook to log into services like Spotify, Netflix, or Tinder.

Facebook ZUCK’ing Itself into OBLIVION

Zuckerberg to speak publicly about Cambridge Analytica firestorm

No details were available on how or exactly when Zuckerberg would speak. In the past he has communicated via Facebook Live, the company’s real-time video streaming product.

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

But the narrow focus on Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign misses the broader problem with Facebook, and lacks fundamental context. Facebook is, to put the matter bluntly, a deeply un-transparent, out-of-control company that encroaches on its users’ privacy, resists regulatory oversight and fails to police known bad actors when they abuse its platform.

Islam / Terrorism:

FBI Arrests 2 Terror Suspects Every Week

A top official with the FBI revealed an average of two terror suspects are arrested every week in the U.S.

Speaking at the Security & Counter Terror Expo in London, Michael Mcgarrity, the assistant director of the bureau’s counter-terrorism division, said, “It’s a high-op tempo — some call it whack-a-mole.”

McGarrity said that once radicalized, a jihadi can be mobilized to attack in just 30 days.

Survivor: Sex Gangs Motivated by Religious Extremism

A survivor of the Rotherham grooming gang in the UK speaks out about the religious extremism that motivated her abusers. One of her main points was that grooming gangs are not the same as pedophile rings. Rather they are more similar to terrorist networks.

Florida Man Allegedly Shouts ‘Allah Akbar,’ Shoots Wife, Knifes Children, Sets House On Fire

A Florida man allegedly shouted “Allah Akbar” repeatedly as police arrested him for shooting his wife, stabbing his two children, and setting his house ablaze.

Police arrested Ronnie Oneal, who identifies as a member of The Nation of Islam, at the house of his partner Kenyatta Barron, in Riverview, Fla., in response to a 911 call from Barron claiming that she had been shot, according to Tampa Bay Times.

Jihadi prisoner tries to kill warden

A jihadi named Fazliddin Kurbanov serving a 25-year prison sentence for a terrorist plot, tried to murder the warden of the federal prison in which he has been incarcerated.

The warden was severely wounded but, fortunately, is expected to make a full recovery.

Islamist Infiltration of American Universities

Over the last three decades, IIIT’s part in the Brotherhood’s plan has met remarkable success. The institute has made itself an indispensable resource for Islamic studies scholars: It has provided funding for over 70 active researchers based at institutions across America (see appendix); it has spent millions of dollars on endowing chairs in Islamic studies;[4] and it has publicized the research of hundreds of like-minded academics at its Summer Institute for Scholars.[5]

IIIT’s activities are integral to the Brotherhood’s broader strategy of inciting an international Islamic revolution. As an official IIIT handbook notes:

World News:

ISIS suicide bomber kills 33 in Kabul as Afghans celebrate new year

An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year, authorities said.