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Sexbot creators now offer robots for women

Male sexbot
© Realbotix / Facebook
Sexbot creators, RealBotix, are hoping to stimulate the female market with its latest offering - a 5'11" male sexbot called Henry, who promises not only 'superhuman' sexual performance but also loving companionship.

The hunky robot is being developed to apparently give women what they want - and not just in the bedroom. Henry will be programmed to listen to you talk about your day, remember your hopes and fears, and cuddle you.

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Climate skeptic professor Peter Ridd was fired for his views by James Cook University

Peter Ridd fund
WUWT readers may recall that WUWT spearheaded an effort to help Ridd's legal fund, earning nearly $100,000 in donations in two days. According to Ridd, in an email to me:
They gave me a set of new allegations a few days after the successful gofundme campaign in February and we have been fighting them ever since. They really hated that gofundme campaign as one would expect.
Ridd wrote then:
I am astonished, very relieved and most importantly incredibly grateful for the support. I would also particularly like to thank Anthony, Jennifer Marohasy, Jo Nova, Willie Soon, Benny Peiser and many others for getting the issue up on blogs and spreading the word.

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Personal data from millions of Facebook users was available on open web for years

Mark Zuckerberg cardboard cutouts
© Kevin Wolf/AP images for AVAAZ
While Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the Senate, 100 cardboard cutouts of the Facebook founder and CEO stand outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
We've all heard by now about the massive leak of the personal data of three million Facebook users and friends when a personality app, myPersonality, was used to extract personal information. The data was then used by Cambridge Analytica as part of their election targeting efforts.

Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, apologized for the breach, and blamed it on the app company that shared the data. His solution was to more carefully screen the thousands of other apps; Facebook recently banned 200 of them.

But, like many times before, this was just the tip of the iceberg. We've just learned that intimate details about these three million users were freely available on the web for anyone to access for years, according to a New Scientist investigation.

Sun

Dr. Peterson isn't criticizing women when he discusses "agreeableness"

And there's nothing inherently good or bad about it.
happy woman
I have a general observation about critics of Jordan Peterson that's been growing for a few months. It seems to me that the most common objections to things that he says (yes, usually taken way out of context and cut into soundbite form) are a product of a fundamental misunderstanding of the difference between positive and normative claims, and also often from deep ignorance of psychology and related fields.

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700+ get poisoned by wild mushrooms in Iran

mushrooms
© Regis Duvignau
More than 700 people have been poisoned after eating wild mushrooms in Iran, the country's emergency services said. At least nine people have died, while dozens more remain in critical condition, local media report.

"The latest emergency statistics show that 721 people have been poisoned by poisonous mushrooms, of which 190 were hospitalized, 523 were cleared, and nine died," Mojtaba Khalidi, an emergency services spokesman, told Iran's ISNA news agency.

Red Flag

The amazing similarities of the causes and tactics of radical Leftists and Islamists used to create social chaos

jerusalem embassy protests
© Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images
Left-wing demonstrators protest outside the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. The opening of the U.S. Embassy sparked numerous protests, some violent and resulting in deaths, in Israel this week
Maybe it's simply fortuitous convenience or maybe it's a Tarantino-esque black comedy, but it's amazing how much radical leftists and radical Islamists have in common with each other. It's not a suggestion that the two movements secretly communicate with each other via cipher messages from underground command bunkers, but it's impossible to miss how much their ideology often calls for the same things.

Let's take a cruise through some of these similarities. Leftists want socialism to reign supreme via an all powerful controlling government. Islamists want the exact same thing. Just replace the words "Democratic Socialist president" with "Caliph." Exchange "Socialist Republic" with the word "Caliphate." One uses a distorted and modified Constitution while the other just calls it Sharia Law. Add it all together and you get the same result. A socialist fantasy world under the direction of an oppressive government.

To achieve all this, both Islamists and leftists are willing to weaponize a laundry list of like-minded causes and tactics.

Bad Guys

US and Australia oppose UN human rights probe into Israeli attacks on Palestinians at Gaza border

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© REUTERS / Denis Balibouse
A resolution of the council prescribing a probe into the latest deadly clashes between Israel and Palestinian protestors along the Gaza border has been adopted after six weeks of violent demonstrations, led by Hamas.

29 members of the UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday for a proposal to set up an "independent, international commission of inquiry" to investigate the ongoing conflict in Gaza, while 14 countries abstained and Australia and the US opposed the move.

The Australian representative stated that Israel had the right to "protect its population," adding that the draft resolution appeared to be one-sided.

Chess

US DoJ asks court to dismiss climate change lawsuits by states against energy companies

stop climate crime
© REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last Thursday filed an amicus brief in the cases filed by San Francisco and Oakland against energy producers, slamming the lawsuits and asking the court for dismissal. The lawsuits seek financial "damages" from energy companies for the risks posed by climate change.

The Northern District Court of California invited the DOJ to provide its expert opinion on the cities' claims and advise on relevant information the court should consider for the case, in which the cities allege that combustion of the companies' products create a public nuisance.

Propaganda

'The New York Times' runs a comprehensive and maliciously dishonest hit piece on Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson
© Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images
On Friday, The New York Times released a 3,400-word, spectacularly brutal and dishonest hit piece on Jordan Peterson. Its none-too-subtle title: "Jordan Peterson: Custodian Of The Patriarchy."

The author, Nellie Bowles, can't hold back her obvious antipathy for her subject; instead, she lets her sneering condescension drop from every comma. She never lets Peterson spell out an argument; she satisfies her id with every snide aside. It's an extraordinary performance by a person deliberately attempting to misunderstand her subject.

The piece is tailored to Bowles' message: Peterson is a horrifying misogynist. Her evidence of this is that lots of young men listen to Peterson, and that Peterson believes in innate differences between men and women. She then proceeds to snip his comments, surround them with her suggestive perspective, and roll the whole ball of wax into an anti-Peterson grenade.

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Almost 51 million households in the US 'can't afford basics like rent and food'

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If the U.S. economy is performing well, then why can't 51 million households in the United States "afford basics like rent and food". A stunning new report that was just put out by the United Way ALICE Project shows that the gap between the wealthy and the poor in this country is perhaps the biggest that it has been in any of our lifetimes. In some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, homes are now selling for up to 100 million dollars, but meanwhile tens of millions of families are barely scraping by from month to month. Many believe that this growing "inequality gap" is setting the stage for major societal problems.

In general, the U.S. economy seems to be performing better than expected so far in 2018, but the ranks of the poor and the working poor just continue to grow. The following comes from CNN...
Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That's 43% of households in the United States.

The figure includes the 16.1 million households living in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This group makes less than what's needed "to survive in the modern economy."