Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
The left's intense focus on false news stories exploded in the wake of what seemed like an inexplicable Republican victory in the 2016 election, with Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton despite an avalanche of bad press directed at the former, especially in the final weeks of the campaign. The GOP also unexpectedly retained control of the Senate, winning surprise victories in Wisconsin and Indiana to confound the Democratic Party's advantage in incumbent seats and normal presidential-cycle turnout models.
Attention quickly focused on a BuzzFeed story about traffic generated by stories on Facebook, and how much more popular fake news was over real news. The analysis had significant flaws, however, beginning with the fact that there was no evidence of correlation between Facebook traffic and voting behavior, let alone causation. Furthermore, the top five "real news" articles in the analysis turned out to be four opinion essays opposing Trump and the New York Post's story on Melania Trump's suggestive modeling pictures from two decades earlier.
Nonetheless, much of the left and the mainstream media stuck with the fake news narrative to explain the election outcome, and have continued to pressure Facebook to take action against it.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:35 UTC
With the liberation of Aleppo comes the surrender of US-Saudi-Turkey back ISIS jihadists.
Somewhere in America, John McCain is very pissed off to see his ISIS army fold to Assad.
Comment: See also: Wild boars attack ISIS base in Iraq killing three jihadists
'A child dies every 10 minutes': UN and Amnesty call to stop Saudi-led attack on critical lifeline in Yemen
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:26 UTC
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for the multi-million aid package for Yemen on Tuesday during the opening session of a donor conference in Geneva.
"On average, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen every 10 minutes," Guterres said. "This means 50 children in Yemen will die during today's conference, and all of those deaths could have been prevented," he added.
"We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation," the UN Secretary-General warned, saying that two-thirds of the population or nearly 19 million people need emergency aid in Yemen.
Comment: Gee, what is Ivanka Trump's "conscience" telling her about Yemen?
The Daily Beast
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:57 UTC
Filing his suit under the pseudonym "John Doe," the former student is asking for undisclosed damages, but first his lawyers say he just wants to be let back in.
John's case joins dozens of other pending lawsuits nationwide alleging colleges and universities have over-corrected in recent years when it comes to the investigation of sexual assault and harassment on campus. Parroting several other suits currently making their way through the courts, the complaint alleges that in recent years Notre Dame has "created an atmosphere of institutional hostility toward accused male students."
The investigation against John began in 2016, according to the complaint. During a year-long "intimate but tumultuous" relationship with his girlfriend, named under the alias "Jane Roe," John says he developed depression and started having suicidal thoughts after the suicide of a colleague during a summer internship. When the couple broke up in November 2016, the suit says, Jane filed a complaint with the University, alleging John was harassing her and inundating her with texts threatening suicide.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:31 UTC
Officers on the southern resort island said they were alerted to the video by friends of the man and rushed to an abandoned hotel near the international airport on Monday afternoon.
"They had already died when I arrived there," Lieutenant Jullaus Suvannin, one of the first on the scene, told AFP, adding a smartphone was found propped up against a wall.
Police said they believed the man had previously argued with the mother of the murdered child, an 11-month-old girl. The man had hung himself and his daughter, they said.
Channel 3 television broadcast footage of the child's distraught mother, flanked by relatives, picking up both her daughter's body and the man's corpse from the local hospital on Tuesday.
Facebook was not immediately available for comment.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:19 UTC
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger says children are regularly living on crisps (potato chips) and energy drinks when school canteens close at holiday time.
According to its latest report, compiled over the course of a two-month inquiry, an estimated 1 million children from the poorest backgrounds rely on free school meals.
However, up to 2 million pupils whose parents are on low wages do not qualify for free meals at all.
The report highlighted the case of one group of children who had to quit football practice because their bodies could not cope with the physical strain as a result of under-nourishment.
The Free Thought Project
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:04 UTC
Operation Gotham Shield, an interagency exercise to prepare officials and emergency personnel for the unlikely event an enemy State detonates a nuclear bomb in the skies over New York City, is slated to conclude Wednesday.
That same day, President Trump has called a meeting with top military and defense officials, and, 'unusually', the entire Senate over North Korea.
Wednesday also kicks off a full-scale preparedness drill of a different sort — one, strangely, not focused on the growing potentiality the U.S. may be forced to cope with nuclear war inside its borders; but, instead, addresses a familiar, if nebulous, adversary. Terrorism.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:27 UTC
The four men were acquitted of any charges on Monday. While the investigation of the incident lasted almost a year, the hearings were concluded in just one day.
The defendants punched the victim, an Iraqi man who had refugee status, before kicking him out of a store and then tying him to a tree in the eastern German town of Arnsdorf in May 2016.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:25 UTC
Wild boars are joining the fight against ISIS, and doing a good job killing the US-Saudi backed jihadists.
Somewhere in America John McCain is pissed off to see wild boars defeat his ISIS army.
Reports are coming in that wild boars attacked an ISIS base in the al-Rashad region of Kirkuk late Sunday.
According to IraqiNews, three members of ISIS were left dead by the boar attack.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:51 UTC
The unnamed teenager is also charged with attempted blackmail against Delaware Republican state Senator Ernesto Lopez, after the latter condemned the bomb threats. The teenager arranged to have illegal drugs delivered to the senator's house in an attempt to run him afoul of the law.
The Israeli Justice Ministry claimed that the teen intended to sow widespread discord and panic by continuously causing emergency teams to respond to the false threats, as well as by causing evacuations, searches and other disruptions, according to the Jerusalem Post. As a result many flights were canceled or subjected to emergency landings.
The teenager is also accused of using the internet to sell access to proprietary or sensitive data, and offered his services to place threats against locations (including police stations, schools, and airports) chosen by anonymous buyers, who paid him in cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin.
Comment: We wonder who those "anonymous buyers" might have been... Who benefits from the fake narrative that "anti-Semitism" is on the rise?
RT has more info:
Michael Ron David Kadar ... has been held in Israel since his March 23 arrest following an investigation by the FBI and Israeli police. His crimes were committed over the Internet from Israel, according to reports, at times using computers in other countries.
He's accused of using a powerful antenna to harness nearby Wi-Fi routers and employed voice-masking techniques to make the threats.
On April 21, Kadar was charged in US federal court in Florida with 28 counts of threatening calls and false information. He was also charged with three counts of cyberstalking in an indictment out of federal court in Georgia.
Kadar was not named in the Israeli indictment based on his age when the offenses occurred, but he was named in the US indictment.
Kadar attempted to extort money from Delaware state Senator Ernesto Lopez and threatened to kidnap and kill the children of George Little, a former Pentagon and CIA spokesman, according to prosecutors.
Kadar also is accused of targeting several British Jewish schools from February 2016 to March 2017. The Jewish Museum in London was evacuated in February after a bomb threat that officials said was connected to Kadar.
Kadar is accused of calling 48 police stations with fake emergencies, claiming people were being held hostage at certain addresses. He also threatened the Israel consulate in Miami, Florida, and a hospital in New Jersey.
Kadar's lawyer says he "suffers from a brain tumor that may have had an effect on his cognitive functions."
"This is a young person that because of his very, very serious medical condition didn't serve in the army, didn't go to high school, didn't go to elementary school," said Galit Bash, according to CBS News.
His lawyer has also said Kadar has a high IQ but very low emotional intelligence. His American-born mother told Israel's Channel 2 that Kadar has autism.
"He can't control it," she said, according to BBC News. "He can't think straight."