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News and Headlines. 7/26/2018


News and Headlines. In The News, Politics, Tech Watch(Twitter,Facebook,Amazon,AI), Commentary/Opinion.

In The News:

Grieving mother orca carries dead calf for a second straight day

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — A grieving mother orca carried her dead calf for a second straight day on Wednesday, according to the Center for Whale Research.

(Photo by Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research)

(Photo by Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research)

The calf was born near Victoria, British Columbia on Tuesday. The whale was seen alive and swimming with its mother mid-morning on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, by the time the CWR crew arrived on scene, the newborn calf was deceased, and the pod had traveled several miles eastward of the reported sighting location,”

Explosion outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing injures the suspected bomber

 A 26-year-old man detonated a homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself and filling the air with smoke, police and witnesses said.

The bomb, which officers said resembled a firecracker, exploded in a public area at the embassy’s southeast corner, where people wait in line to apply for U.S. visas.

As the crowd scattered, police quickly apprehended the suspect, whom they identified as a man from Inner Mongolia with the last name Jiang. The blast hurt his hand, authorities said.

Woman left baby in hot car while she drank in restaurant, deputies say

ARLINGTON, Tenn. — A woman was arrested after witnesses say she left her child in a hot car in the parking lot of a restaurant.

It happened Tuesday — which also happened to be National Tequila Day.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-26_121337_www.facebook.com

Shelby County deputies responded to the scene after getting a call for a welfare check. Two customers said they heard a baby crying as they were walking through the parking lot.

Milwaukee officer ‘loved by everyone’ dies in shootout

A Milwaukee officer who “was loved by everyone” died during an exchange of gunfire in a house where police were searching for a man suspected of drug dealing and domestic violence, the city’s police chief said Thursday.

The lone suspect, who was not injured in the shooting Wednesday, was arrested after he ran out of bullets and surrendered, Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference.

Morales said the officer was Michael Michalski, 52, a 17-year veteran of the department who leaves behind a wife and three sons.

Ukrainian soldier setting himself on fire seen in horrifying photos

In a series of horrifying images, a former Ukrainian soldier was caught setting himself on fire Thursday — reportedly to protest being dismissed from the army.

Serhii Ulianov was seen covered in flames while wearing his military uniform and standing outside the Ukrainian Defense Ministry headquarters in Kiev.

Ukrainian serviceman Serhii Ulianov sets himself on fire.  (Reuters)

An officer on duty attempts to knock down the flame as former Ukrainian serviceman Serhii Ulianov sets himself on fire. (Reuters)

According to local news site UNIAN, servicemen attempted to stop Ulianov before the self-immolation. But Ulianov broke from from their grasp, dousing himself with gasoline and setting himself ablaze.

California teen wakes up couple to ask for Wi-Fi code as he burglarizes their house, police say

A teenager accused of multiple thefts in the Palo Alto area has requested one thing of his victims before allegedly stealing the items: the Wi-Fi password.

The unnamed 17-year-old was arrested earlier this week after police said he broke into an older couple’s home and woke them up, requesting their Wi-Fi code.

The California couple told police they were able to chase the suspect, who had his face covered, out of their house early Sunday morning. Palo Alto police arrested him a short time later for residential burglary, prowling and providing false information to an officer. Residential burglary is a felony; the others are misdemeanors.

Politics:

JIM JORDAN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES BID FOR SPEAKER

House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan formally announced his campaign for speaker of the House Thursday.

The Daily Caller News Foundation confirmed the announcement with two sources with direct knowledge of Jordan’s plans.

Jordan has received an onslaught of support from conservative groups and his colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus to run for speaker.

Pence says summit is ‘just the beginning’ of religious freedom

The U.S. State Department wrapped up its three-day Ministerial for the Advancement of Religious Freedom on Thursday. And by all intents and purposes, it was the most important day, as the Trump administration put its stamp firmly on the event with the speeches this morning by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The vice president used the occasion to make the administration’s most ardent threats against Turkey for its detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson.

This ministerial, the first of its kind, brought together high senior officials, activists and NGO’s from some 80 countries around the globe to look basically at three main issues:

Trump finally gets tough on Turkey

President Trump deserves credit for his tough Thursday afternoon message to Turkey.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-26_133759_www.washingtonexaminer.com

Turkey has responded to that statement by re-emphasizing that it won’t release Pastor Andrew Brunson unless and until the U.S. transfers Fethullah Gulen to its custody. This is idiotic.

Exclusive — Establishment-Backed Leah Vukmir Falsely Claims She Drives ‘Ford’ on Campaign Trail; Actually Drives Toyota

Establishment-backed GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir falsely claimed in a fundraising letter that she drives a Ford, when, in reality, she drives a Toyota, Breitbart News has learned. In addition, in at least one campaign video, her campaign–while she is driving her Toyota Camry–appears to blur the Toyota logo on her steering wheel.

In another video that features her car, she keeps the trunk open, hiding the Toyota logo on the back bumper.

Tech Watch:

Prominent Republican Twitter Accounts “Shadowbanned”

The auto-populated drop-down search box is the most convenient way of searching for people on Twitter, yet Ronna McDaniel, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Matt Gaetz,  Rep. Devin Nunes, and Trump Jr.’s spokesman Andrew Surabian’s names all did not appear.

Twitter has denied these targeted bans and rather gave the explanation that it was an algorithmic glitch which will be fixed.  However, these “glitches” have not affected similar top Democrats.  Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to relay a message directly to its CEO Jack Dorsey “@Jack it’s time for you to #StopTheBias against conservatives and Trump supporters and fix this once and for all,” he tweeted.

WATCH: Gab CEO Andrew Torba Demonstrates Twitter Shadowbanning in Action

A video posted by Andrew Torba, the CEO of Gab — an alternative social media platform focused on free speech — illustrates one form of Twitter’s shadowbanning using tweets in reply to President Donald Trump. In effect, “shadow-banning” removes certain tweets from appearing where they are posted.

Torba illustrates this in the video by showing a string of replies to a tweet posted by President Trump. Torba shows that a tweet from the verified Gab Twitter account is hidden in the replies to the president’s tweet even though it had received significant engagement from other users.

Facebook pays for all its mistakes at once, and it is a big bill

Facebook Inc. appears to finally be paying for the impact of fake news in the 2016 elections and user privacy concerns, with the stunning disclosure of a revenue deceleration in the second half of this year sending shares on a mind-blowing plunge Wednesday afternoon.

During a conference call Wednesday, Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner predicted bad news for the second half, and the company’s shares immediately began a drastic retreat in the extended session. Should the after-hours bloodbath continue into Thursday’s trading session, Facebook would see a $100 billion blow to its market cap after shares plunged 20%.

Facebook shareholders try to fire Mark Zuckerberg as chairman because of the ‘mishandling’ of recent privacy and election meddling scandals

Investment company Trillium Asset Management, who has about $11 million in Facebook stock, filed a proposal on Wednesday to break up Zuckerberg’s role as both chairman and CEO, Business Insider reports.

The proposal argues that shareholders are unable to check Zuckerberg’s power given he holds roughly 60 percent of Facebook’s voting shares as both chair and CEO.

‘A CEO who also serves as chair can exert excessive influence on the board and its agenda, weakening the board’s oversight of management,’ the proposal states.

Amazon facial recognition matched members of Congress with mugshots, ACLU says

According to the ACLU, Amazon’s Rekognition software “incorrectly matched 28 members of Congress, identifying them as other people who have been arrested for a crime,” according to a news release.

“The members of Congress who were falsely matched with the mugshot database we used in the test include Republicans and Democrats, men and women, and legislators of all ages, from all across the country,” the ACLU said in a statement. However, according to the ACLU, the false matches were “disproportionately of people of color, including six members of the Congressional Black Caucus.”false_matches_graphic_1

In a statement, an Amazon spokeswoman questioned the ACLU’s methodology for the test and said setting the “match” threshold at 80 percent confidence is tool low.

HALF OF OVERSEAS SHIPMENTS FROM CHINA SEX DOLL COMPANY HEAD TO THE US

One of China’s largest sex doll manufacturers sends half of its overseas shipments to the United States.

The Chinese company WMDOLL ships half of its overseas exports to the U.S. and anticipates that its artificial intelligence (AI) model released at the end of 2016 will be just as popular to Americans as its non-AI products, Reuters reported.

WMDOLL sells an estimated 20,000 dolls a year. The dolls include various models of fake women with dozens of body shapes and over 260 different faces, according to Reuters. The company has sold over 20 AI model dolls that are priced between $1,400 to $7,400.

This robotic arm for multitasking can be controlled with thoughts

Plenty of busy people have joked about needing an extra set of hands to juggle all their tasks, and now it just might be possible. Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs have already been developed for amputees, but the next level of bionics enhances healthy bodies and provides super-human abilities.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-26_134636_www.facebook.com

Researchers at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Japan demonstrated how healthy people can use an extra robotic arm to multitask.

Commentary/Opinion:

Why Do We Fight Islamic Indoctrination In The U.S.

All you have to do is look at what’s happening in the Netherlands to understand why the Thomas More Law Center is so zealously fighting against Islamic indoctrination in public schools across the United States.

Parents in the Netherlands can’t stop their children from being subjected to Islamic indoctrination.  In fact, parents who refuse to let their children attend mosque trips, are subject to fines and are often bullied by their schools. Such bullying also happens here in the United States as witnessed by Libby Hilsenrath when she made the public aware of Islamic indoctrination in the Chathams Middle School.

But, parents in the United States have the Thomas More Law Center and our Constitution to stop this indoctrination. Hugo Bos, investigating Islamic indoctrination in Dutch schools, is aware of the lawsuits fighting Islamic indoctrination being filed by the Thomas More Law Center in the United States.

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  1. Message from: Phillip H. Davis (Phil) to Robert. You will find me on Codias.com as Phillip Davis. The site is for Conservatives as promoted by Fox News, Breitbart and National Review. Only way I can contact you since Twitter booted me. Thanks for posting “Barbary War Reignites” again. I can log into Twitter, but that’s all.

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