News and Headlines. 7/12/2018

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First-ever color X-rays deliver astonishingly clear pictures for more accurate diagnoses, researchers say

Scientists from New Zealand recently performed the first-ever 3-D, color X-ray on a human being.

A magnified X-ray captured by CERN's

A magnified X-ray captured by CERN’s Medipix. (mars

Developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, the new device works like a camera, collecting individual sub-atomic particles as they rapidly collide with pixels when its shutter is open, the Agence France Press reported.

This allows for high-contrast, high-resolution pictures to be produced at a quick rate.

Hacker exploits Netgear router to nab US military drone files

A Netgear router with an easy-to-guess default password may have a helped a hacker steal sensitive documents about a US military drone.

On Tuesday, the security firm Recorded Future said it recently noticed an interesting item up for sale in a hacker’s forum; last month, a merchant was offering up files regarding the US Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper drone.

File photo  (AP)

File photo (AP)

The merchant, an English-language hacker, claimed he obtained the files by scanning the open internet for vulnerable Netgear routers. Specifically, the hacker exploited a known vulnerability with the routers’ File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access, which was secured with the default login credential “admin” and “password.”

How under-fire Facebook is bolstering its battle against fake news

Facebook, which has come under fire for the proliferation of fake news on its platform, is ramping up its efforts against misinformation.

Facebook’s ability to police content on its platform is under intense scrutiny after the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal and U.S. probes into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The company’s controls over data collection are also in the spotlight after it recently confirmed that Mail.Ru, a Russian tech company which is reported to have Kremlin links, was among a number of companies granted an extension to collect data on app users’ friends beyond a May 2015 cut-off date.

California dad recorded using child ‘like a baseball bat’ in confrontation with woman, police say

Shocking video was recorded last week of a California man swinging a young child “as if to use as a weapon” during an altercation with a woman, Riverside police said.

The encounter was recorded by a nearby resident’s security camera, WSVN reported. The individual shown in the images, whom police identified to Fox News as Techhoak Danny Lim, 27, allegedly used the child “almost like a baseball bat.”

Tennessee pastor allegedly rapes teen at worship center

A Tennessee pastor was arrested Saturday after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl at a worship center, police said.

James “Ronnie” Messer, 46, a pastor in Morristown, was taken into custody after the teenage girl’s family reported the allegations.

A Tennessee pastor is accused of raping a 17-year-old

A Tennessee pastor is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a worship center. (Cocke County Detention Center)

Messer and the girl were initially supposed to go swimming, but their plans were put on hold because of bad conditions.

He later told police he believed the encounter was consensual.


Rod Rosenstein’s Bizarre Request for U.S. Attorneys: Please Help the White House Vet Brett Kavanaugh

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has made an unusual request to the nation’s federal prosecutors: help the Department of Justice review Brett Kavanaugh‘s long paper trail of government documents.

Rosenstein made the request in an email titled, “Personal Message to U.S. Attorneys From the Deputy A.G.”

Typically, Justice Department attorneys help facilitate document production requests for Supreme Court nominees by themselves, but the use of the nation’s leading criminal prosecutors has many observers perplexed.

Peter Strzok: FBI Let Me Decide Which Texts I Thought Were ‘Relevant’ to Hand Over to IG

FBI agent Peter Strzok testified Thursday before the U.S. House that the Office of the Inspector General allowed him to decide which of his text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page he would turn over to investigators — and which he would withhold.

The text messages are central to the question over whether the FBI was motivated by political bias in recommending against the prosecution of Hillary Clinton, and pursuing as-yet-unproven claims of Russian collusion with President Donald Trump.

Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt

FBI official Peter Strzok’s first public hearing tumbled into a rancorous and heated political fracas on Thursday, as Republicans clashed with Democrats as well as the former investigator over his anti-Trump texts — and even threatened contempt for initially refusing to answer questions on the Russia probe.

Strzok, throughout it all, remained defiant and maintained that he did not show bias in those infamous messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Republicans sharply disputed that assessment, with Rep. Darrell Issa later making Strzok read examples of those texts aloud. Among them, Strzok read one message where he called Trump a “disaster,” and another calling him an “idiot.”

Gohmert Grills Strzok on Bias & Emails Sent To Unauthorized Source

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) had a fiery exchange with FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during a joint hearing with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

African-American Leaders on Capitol Hill Demand Speaker Ryan Censure Maxine Waters

A group of conservative African-American leaders informed House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday morning on Capitol Hill that they wanted him to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her controversial speech last month encouraging supporters to harass Trump officials.

Maxine “is the unchallenged face of the Democratic Party,” said Johms Gool of the Victory Christian Center, in Charlotte, NC. “She represents half of the U.S.”

As such, he “encourages her to respect our liberty and issue a retraction” to her call to followers to harass Trump supporters.


The judge has spent the last two days meeting with senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill, ahead of his confirmation hearings. In the coming weeks, he will meet with dozens of senators.

But amidst the chaos of the confirmation fight, Kavanaugh took a moment to do something incredibly human.

New York Gov. Cuomo’s ever-escalating pro-abortion campaign

Tuesday gubernatorial rival Cynthia Nixon does Cuomo one better at her rally. Waving a coat hanger (these people are nothing if not original), Nixon tells her supporters, “We must fight like hell in New York and across the country to preserve Roe vs. Wade so that no woman will ever feel compelled to use something like this on herself again.”

Not to be outdone, on Wednesday Cuomo announces if Roe v. Wade is overturned, he’ll sue the federal government.

The North County NPR station offers this insight:

Why PPFA would never want the Black Abortion Rate explained

There are many, many secrets PPFA and its allies desperately want kept hidden. After the grim fact that they believe in and promote abortion for any reason throughout the entire nine months of pregnancies, probably no truth is more threatening to them than the incredibly disproportionate number of black babies who are aborted.

As Riley, who is black, tells us, “In New York City, thousands more black babies are aborted each year than born alive.” Only the likes of a Gov. Cuomo or Planned Parenthood/NARAL could calmly brush aside what many black leaders over the years have denounced.

Survey Shows Ron DeSantis winning the Republican Primary for Governor of Florida

A statewide survey conducted by Remington Research Group shows Congressman Ron DeSantis winning the Republican primary for governor of Florida.

Following are the key questions/answers from the statewide survey:

Q1: Do you think the United States is heading in the right direction, or is it going off on the wrong track?

Trump tweets ‘very nice note’ from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a letter to him from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heralding “epochal progress” in U.S.-North Korea relations, despite signs that path-finding diplomacy between the adversaries is running into problems.

Trump described the letter as a “very nice note” and said, “Great progress being made!”

The letter is dated July 6. That’s when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea’s commitment for “complete denuclearization.”

World News:

GRAPHIC PHOTO: Iran slammed for ‘shocking’ flogging of man convicted for drinking alcohol as a teen

Amnesty International is accusing Iran of demonstrating a “shocking disregard for basic humanity” after a man was publicly flogged following a conviction for consuming alcohol at a wedding he attended as a teenager a decade earlier.

The human rights organization said the man, only identified as M.R., was lashed 80 times on his back in the northeastern city of Kashmar on Tuesday.1531413887954

“The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities,” Philip Luther, the Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

Turkish televangelist known to surround himself with ‘kittens’ arrested on sex assault, fraud, other charges

A controversial Turkish televangelist known for giving his sermons while surrounded by a group of scantily clad women he calls his “kittens” was arrested Wednesday in Istanbul on numerous charges including sex assault and fraud.

Adnan Oktar, a controversial Turkish televangelist

Adnan Oktar, a controversial Turkish televangelist known for giving his sermons while surrounded by a group of scantily clad women he called his “kittens” was arrested on Wednesday. (YouTube)

Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya, was arrested in his villa in Istanbul by the city’s police financial crimes unit, Al Jazeera reported. Video footage reportedly showed Oktar and other suspects being escorted to a hospital for medical checks before being questioned by police.


Slavery: What They Didn’t Teach in My High School

“People of every race and color were enslaved — and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed.”

Sowell also wrote: “The region of West Africa … was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent — before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves.

Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere. … Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe.”

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