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News and Headlines. 8/7/2018


News and Headlines. Tech Watch (FaceBook, Twitter, Free Speech/Censorship, China), In The News, World News, Commentary/Opinion, Humor, Video’s.

Tech Watch:

Facebook Wants Banks to Hand Over Your Financial Information

The Wall Street Journal revealed that the social network has been asking major banks to “share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users.”

The banks asked by Facebook included JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and U.S. Bancorp, while one “large U.S. bank pulled away from talks due to privacy concerns.”

“Facebook has talked about a feature that would show its users their checking-account balances, the people said. It has also pitched fraud alerts,” reported the Wall Street Journal, which claimed, “Facebook has told banks that the additional customer information could be used to offer services that might entice users to spend more time on Messenger.”

Midterm Meddling: Facebook Blocks Republican Candidate’s Ad

Elizabeth Heng, who is running for California’s 16th congressional district seat, made the video about her parent’s escape from mass-murder by the Khmer Rouge communists in the 1970s.

However, according to the Christian Post, Facebook deemed the video to be “shocking, disrespectful or sensational,” and refused to allow her to run the video as an ad on the platform.

The Crackdown Continues: Twitter Suspends Libertarian Accounts, Including Ron Paul Institute Director

One day after what appeared to be a coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on Alex Jones, whose various social media accounts were banned or suspended in a matter of hours, the crackdown against alternative media figures continued as several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, found their Twitter accounts suspended.

On Monday, Twitter suspended the editorial director of antiwar.com Scott Horton, former State Department employee Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute.

Instagram bans Tommy Robinson as social media companies purge far right

Robinson, 35, was already banned from Twitter in March this year, supposedly for breaching its ‘hateful conduct’ policy.

However his Facebook and YouTube pages remain active. He is facing further court appearances for contempt of court after he broadcast details of a live trial on Facebook against reporting restrictions imposed by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.

Instagram have since got in touch to say that the account was removed in error. An Instagram spokesperson said: ‘The account @realtommyrobinson was removed in error and has since been reactivated.’

MATT BRACKEN: SHOW US YOUR ALGORITHMS

Matt Bracken demands that social media and tech giants show the American people the algorithms they are using to censor conservative voices in the United States, as well as politically dissenting voices around the world.

Rubio on why he cast a protest vote against defense bill

Senator Marco Rubio hopes to raise awareness regarding security threats posed by China; the Florida senator speaks out on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Since 2015, China has outspent the US in 5G infrastructure by $24B

China is far outpacing the US in 5G infrastructure investments — to the tune of $24 billion since 2015 — and the US is at risk of never catching up, according to a new report from Deloitte.

The report, titled, “5G – The chance to lead for a decade,” shows that in addition to outspending the US in wireless communication infrastructure investments, China is deploying technologies more efficiently and quickly achieving higher levels of tower density.

As a result of all this, the US risks ceding its tech leadership position to China, Deloitte concludes — particularly because of the disproportionate economic benefits that come with early tech adoption.

In The News:

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy: Big Tech ‘Must Do More Than Take Down’ InfoWars

Obviously, what Murphy sees here is an opportunity to go around the First Amendment, to kill free and open speech he disagrees with, and to accomplish that using social media giants as his hit squad.

Democrats and the establishment media are desperate to return America back to the pre-Internet days when a very few corporations controlled the free flow of information, those corporations being the four television networks and a handful of newspapers and wire services.

670 ballots in a precinct with 276 voters, and other tales from Georgia’s primary

Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May.

But 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243 percent turnout.

The discrepancy, included in a number of sworn statements and exhibits filed as part of a federal lawsuit against the state by election security activists, comes amid swelling public concern for the security of Georgia’s voting systems. Georgia is one of four states that uses voting machines statewide that produce no paper record for voters to verify, making them difficult to audit, experts say.

5 Voter Fraud Facts That Could Determine the Midterm Elections

Voter registration records have been neglected by many states for years, making them rife with flaws. In its opinion upholding Ohio’s efforts to clean up its voter rolls, the Supreme Court cited two Pew Center statistics from 2012 most Americans would find shocking:

  1. 24 million voter registrations in the U.S. are either “invalid or significantly inaccurate.”
  2. 2.75 million people are said to be registered in more than one State.

During the 2016 election cycle, 248 counties in 24 states had more registered voters than residents of legal voting age, according to research by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

DC Court Orders DOJ to Preserve Comey Emails

On Monday, SaraACarter.com reported that government watchdog, Judicial Watch had filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, requesting that the Department of Justice preserve records from former FBI Director James Comey’s personal email account.

The organization announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice has been ordered to preserve those email records and must review and release any “responsive, non-exempt records” to Judicial Watch by September 28.

SESSIONS STANDS STRONG IN DEFENSE OF TERMINATING DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed a ruling Monday handed down from a U.S. district court, fully reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Sessions blasted the decision in a statement, saying that the Obama administration “violated its duty to enforce our immigration laws by directing and implementing a categorical, multipronged non-enforcement immigration policy for a massive group of illegal aliens.”

Fox News Video: Dem. lawmaker: How we can unite our divided country

The Democratic Party has been descending into chaos recently, becoming more and more extreme on race, on immigration, and on economics.

At the same time, they’re harassing or even physically attacking anybody who disagrees. Presidential candidate Dem. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, however, thinks there’s another way.

Dad attacks man at California Target after he allegedly snaps upskirt photos of his teen daughter

A father took matters into his own hands after he caught a creep following his 15-year-old daughter around a Target in California last week.

Ismael Duarte was at the store shopping with his 15-year-old daughter and his wife on Tuesday, July 31, when he said he noticed Ibarra acting oddly.

Surveillance video captured Duarte tackling Ibarra when Duarte says he realized what the suspect was doing. Duarte chased the suspect out of the Target and tackled him. He was able to snap a photo of Ibarra in his car before he fled.

Florida dealing with dead fish, toxic air, as officials grasp for red tide solutions

Aug. 7 (UPI) — Dead marine life, including fish and sea turtles, washing ashore represents one of many problems facing Floridians as a red tide worsens along the state’s southwest coast.

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Scientists say the phenomenon that began a few months ago is not going away anytime soon, leaving residents and government officials heartbroken over the loss of sea creatures and scrambling to deal with clean-up efforts, the Fort Myers News-Press reported.

The Latest: 3 life terms for shooter in Kansas hate crime

A man has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing an Indian immigrant and wounding two other men in a Kansas bar.1533659866138

The Johnson County District Court had already sentenced Adam Purinton to life in prison for first-degree murder in the February 2017 shooting of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a bar in Olathe. Kuchibhotla had stopped there for a drink with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack. A third man who intervened also was shot.

Florida woman’s estate sues suspect in face-chewing slaying

The suspect accused of randomly killing a Florida couple and chewing the face of the dying husband is being sued by the dead woman’s estate.

Martin County prosecutors say Harrouff attacked the Stevenses outside their home north of Palm Beach on Aug. 15, 2016, stabbing and beating them to death.1533673064640

Deputies say they found the then-muscular former high school football player and wrestler in his underwear, making animal noises and biting John Stevens’ face as he pinned his victim’s body to the driveway.

VIDEO: Millennials try to explain the First Amendmen

This month, a new study was released analyzing Americans’ perception of the First Amendment, as well as their knowledge of what it entails. As many would expect, the results were bleak.

For example, 40 percent of those surveyed were unable to list any of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, while another 36 percent could list just one.

World News:

Iran crowds reportedly chant ‘death to the dictator!’ as US sanctions increase economic unrest

Videos circulating on social media purportedly taken from inside Iran show thousands of protesters marching through the streets. In one video, crowds leaving a soccer match are heard yelling “death to the dictator! Death to Khamenei! Death to Rouhani!” and “Islamic regime must get lost!” according to a translation tweeted by a Middle East analyst.

Another video said to be taken in Tehran shows idle buses lined up as far as the eye can see, with the same analyst reporting Iran’s government has refused to pay back its debts to a contractor that gives the drivers fuel, leaving them – and the thousands of Iranians they would have been transporting – stranded.

A Month of Multiculturalism in Spain: July 2018

July 17. Illegal migrants will be granted full access to public healthcare from the moment they set foot in Spain, according to a government plan leaked to the newspaper El País, which noted: “The cost of extending universal healthcare to undocumented migrants is unclear.”

July 26. More than 600 sub-Saharan Africans, some using aerosols as flame-throwers, breached the six-meter (20-foot) border fence between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta. Police said the assault, which began at 6:30am, and in which migrants sprayed border guards with excrement and urine, was the most violent incursion of the border in many years. Once in Ceuta, a Spanish exclave in North Africa, migrants are in EU territory. EU human rights laws ensure that most migrants will not be deported back to their countries of origin.

July 31. Police revealed that the Islamist cell which carried out the attacks in Barcelona on August 17, 2017 had originally planned to attack the Sagrada Familia cathedral, one of the leading tourist attractions in the city, and the Camp Nou football stadium during a match with a team from Madrid.

Sagrada Familia cathedral (pictured), one of the leading tourist attractions in the city,

On July 31, Spanish police revealed that the Islamist cell which carried out the attacks in Barcelona on August 17, 2017 had originally planned to attack the Sagrada Familia cathedral (pictured), one of the leading tourist attractions in the city, and the Camp Nou football stadium. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Police said that if the attack, scheduled for August 20, had been carried out, it would have been the deadliest in modern European history. The plan was derailed after explosives to be used in the attack accidentally detonated in a safe house on August 16, prompting the cell to downsize its plan.

Ex-Argentina VP Boudou sentenced to prison for corruption

The decision is a hard fall from grace for Boudou, 55, who also served as economy minister during the 2007-2015 administration of President Cristina Fernandez, and who was the first sitting Argentine vice president to face such charges.

The court also banned Bodou for life from elective office, fined him about $3,200 and ordered him to be immediately sent to a local jail. He denied any wrongdoing in court and dismissed the accusations as politically motivated.

Commentary/Opinion:

Big Media Conspiracy Bans Alex Jones – Fox News Kurtz, Applauds

I have never been a fan of Fox News resident swamp guy Howard Kurtz and I am less so today after his outrageous endorsement of conservative censorship by tech giants like Facebook, Youtube, and the rest of the leftist run social media behemoths.

This time the tech giants supposedly succumbed to pressure from the public to ban Alex Jones and his site “Infowars” from their pages.

In reality they have been planning this move for sometime and didn’t succumb to the pressure from the public but from the pressure brought on them by their own fellow travelers in the leftist media and the Democratic party.

Here’s what swampy Howard Kurts said in an opinion piece this morning.

Waiting For The Spark

I was at lunch last week when I overheard a couple of young women talking about the coming revolution. I thought it was a joke, at first, so I eavesdropped for a little while and sure enough, they were talking about revolution.

The bossy looking one was going on about something Trump did, I missed that part, and how it was going to be the thing that “woke people up about what’s happening.” My guess is the part I missed had something to do with Russians or maybe the Manafort Trial. The Left is obsessed with that now……

The question is what would it take to move people from yelling at their televisions over the latest liberal outrage to marching in the streets. This is never easy to know. Sometimes, the smallest spark sets of the biggest fire.

The reaction to Alex Jones getting purged from the internet has been surprising, given that he is not a serious person. I got questions from people, who never heard of him until yesterday, angry over his banishment…

As far as the spark, a move against Trump is good bet. The glue that keeps things from flying apart right now is middle-class white people, who still have faith in the political system.

These are the middle American radicals Sam Francis wrote about 30 years ago during the Reagan moment. They will tolerate just about anything, as long as they think they can fight the other side within the system.

An effort to remove Trump or even silence his advocates, could be a spark that gets these people into the streets.

Humor:

Jim Acosta Deserves His Own Show, Here Are 4 Bold Suggestions

Acosta, whose outbursts are often indistinguishable from the rantings of a Code Pink protester, is reportedly desperate to host his own show. It’s about time he got his wish. We can all agree he deserves it. Here are four bold suggestions for television executives to consider immediately.

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