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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s leaving Facebook April 9, 2018

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s leaving Facebook, amid concerns about security safeguards on the personal information that users share with the social media giant. “I am in the process of leaving Facebook. It’s brought me more negatives than positives,” Wozniak wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Apple has more secure ways to share things about yourself. I can still deal with old school email and text messages.”

Source: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s leaving Facebook

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Steve Bannon and The Camp of the Saints. April 5, 2018

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The book, published in 1973 by a French writer named Jean Raspail, is called The Camp of the Saints. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described it as “a racist fantasy about an invasion of France and the white Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees.” (In the novel, the leader of the refugees is described as regularly eating human feces.) Raspail once said that “the proliferation of other races dooms our race, my race, to extinction.”

Source: Steve Bannon and The Camp of the Saints.

The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the farthest individual star ever seen – CNN April 4, 2018

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The light turned out to be an individual star that only became visible with the help of gravitational lensing. Simply put, gravitational lensing is the concept that mass bends light. The mass in this case was a galaxy cluster about 5 billion light years from Earth, between our planet and Icarus. The cluster of galaxies act as a natural lens in space, bending and amplifying light while illuminating Icarus. “Being able to see one star at a time is helpful,” Kelly said. Without gravitational lensing, the star would’ve been impossible to see, even with a powerful telescope, he said.

Source: The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the farthest individual star ever seen – CNN

If Russians Hacked 2016 Voting Machines, Our Republic Is in Trouble April 2, 2018

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We are inching ever closer to the revelation that the actual vote totals were hacked—some very smart people are already there, by the way—and, once that happens, I don’t know where we go from there. The Republican Party already has shown it will tolerate all manner of jacking around with the franchise in pursuit of power and its benefits for the Republican donor class. But, simply, I don’t know if either party truly has the sand to face up to the possibility that a president* was installed under those circumstances.

Source: If Russians Hacked 2016 Voting Machines, Our Republic Is in Trouble

How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media April 2, 2018

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Earlier this month, CNN’s Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations in the U.S., would be forcing its news anchors to record a promo about “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.” The script, which parrots Donald Trump’s oft-declarations of developments negative to his presidency as “fake news,” brought upheaval to newsrooms already dismayed with Sinclair’s consistent interference to bring right-wing propaganda to local television broadcasts. You might remember Sinclair from its having been featured on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight last year, or from its requiring in 2004 of affiliates to air anti-John Kerry propaganda, or perhaps because it’s your own local affiliate running inflammatory “Terrorism Alerts” or required editorials from former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, he of the famed Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that failed to mention Jewish people. (Sinclair also owns Ring of Honor wrestling, Tennis magazine, and the Tennis Channel.)

Source: How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media

Our well regulated militia at work… April 1, 2018

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SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say four men suffered gunshot wounds in a “running gun battle” while driving on a highway.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it appears shots were fired between the occupants of two vehicles around 2:15 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 74 near Kings Mountain.

One vehicle carrying three wounded men ended up stopped in the eastbound lane, and the other left the scene. The four men who got shot were treated at hospitals for wounds that did not appear to be life-threatening. All are in their mid-to-late 20s.

via 4 wounded in ‘running gun battle’ on North Carolina highway – Houston Chronicle

Advertisers pull ads from Fox’s Ingraham after her jab at Parkland student – POLITICO March 29, 2018

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Advertisers don’t like conservatives… they are brand peril

Source: Advertisers pull ads from Fox’s Ingraham after her jab at Parkland student – POLITICO

US and EU expel scores of Russian diplomats over Skripal attack – Democratic Underground March 26, 2018

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Plus, what’s happening financially? Over the past 30 years, planetary wealth quadrupled, much of it funneled into the hands of political and other criminals who need to launder it into safe investments. We now know that this has lead to enormous corruption of many, many nations. The UK and the U.S. have, in fact, become by far the biggest money laundering destinations, but all well-meaning leaders are now aware of how dangerously this corruption has infiltrated and undermined their institutions. Russia, in particular, weaponized the export of corruption for the specific purpose of weakening and even bringing down governments. So, what’s happening and gong to happen? Russia is NOT a wealthy nation, more of a developing nation. (And Putin’s future security depends far less on support of the electorate than support of his fellow kleptocrats.)

Source: US and EU expel scores of Russian diplomats over Skripal attack – Democratic Underground

What is an “assault rifle,” he asked sarcastically. – Democratic Underground March 26, 2018

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An assault rifle is a weapon that cowards use in the commission of mass murder to kill the most human beings possible, in the shortest time possible. An assault rifle is a weapon that killed 17 high school students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in unders 6 minutes, it is a weapon that killed 20 elementary school children and 6 teachers in Newtown in under 5 minutes. An assault rifle is a weapon that killed 49 people and wounded 58 at the Pulse nightclub in Florida, most were killed or wounded in the first 7 minutes. Assault rifles are weapons that killed 16 people and wounded 22 in under 3 minutes at a San Bernardino Christmas party. Assault rifles with a still legally obtainable bumpstock ($250 online) are weapons that killed 58 people and wounded 851 in under 10 minutes at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas An assault rifle is a weapon of war, slightly modified for civilian use that has the capability of putting enough firepower in the hands of physically and mentally weak people to give them a capability they otherwise would not have; the ability to kill and wound dozens or even hundreds of people in a few minutes. It is a weapon amazingly similar to the rifle I carried in the US Army, except mine had a 20 round magazine instead of 30, 50, or 100, and could fire automatic 3 round bursts, the civilian model can be legally modified to fire fully automatic 100 round drum magazines. It fires the exact same high velocity round as my military issued rifle, designed to tumble upon impact with human flesh causing the maximum tissue damage and lethality possible. It is weapons like the AR (ArmarLite Rifle), which was designed specifically for military infantryman to be able to carry more ammunition into war. It is any weapon that has the capability of firing multiple .223 or 5.56 (bullets designed for weapons of war during Vietnam) rounds at an extremely high velocity, with minimal reloading, for the primary purpose of killing human beings quickly and by those with nominal firearms training, proficiency or precision. They are for sale to anyone over 18 who can pass a simple background check, in a dozen stores near you. They are available most weekends in gunshow parking lots or from people on the internet with no background check at all. They are legally available to mentally ill people and subjects on the terrorist watch list. They are the preferred weapon of mass shooters who use them more frequently and with more lethal efficiency, every year since the assault weapons ban, staunchly opposed by the NRA, was allowed to lapse by a Republican President and Congress on September 13th, 2004. An assault rifle is the weapon of choice of mass murderers who want to slay as many defenseless men, women, and children as possible.

Source: What is an “assault rifle,” he asked sarcastically. – Democratic Underground

See signs from the March for Our Lives protests – The Boston Globe March 26, 2018

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Source: See signs from the March for Our Lives protests – The Boston Globe