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Facebook blocks tens of thousands of apps hoarding your data, admits 'won't catch everything'

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Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps for improperly using users' personal information - orders of magnitude larger than the 400 they'd previously acknowledged - but they've promised to do better next time. Again.

Some 69,000 apps were suspended by Facebook for potentially slurping up users' personal info without their knowledge or consent, according to a court filing unsealed in Boston on Friday. While 59,000 of those ended up on the chopping block merely because their developers refused to comply with Facebook's investigation, 10,000 set off alarm bells for the likelihood they misappropriated data, according to the documents, whose release triggered a damage-control blog post from the company.

The apps were suspended "for a variety of reasons," Facebook pleaded - they weren't necessarily "posing a threat to people." Wherever the company found wrongdoing - such as a pair of apps that infected users' phones with malware in a lucrative fraud scheme - they insist they've put a stop to it, bragging they've even hauled the app developers into court. Facebook has even hired more people to sniff out bad actors, so they can "review every active app with access to more than basic user information."

Pocket Knife

'I just wanted the day off': School children admit they used climate change protests as an excuse to skip class

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A young girl sits on a man's shoulders during the Sydney protest on Friday. She held a sign which read: 'There is no planet B'
More than 300,000 people have flocked to climate change rallies in 110 towns and cities across Australia, calling for governments and businesses to act immediately.

The Global Strike 4 Climate, held across the world on Friday, was the biggest climate mobilisation in Australia's history, with more than double the turnout of the March protest.

A whopping 100,000 protesters flooded the streets in Melbourne, while Sydney saw 80,000 people march through the CBD to the Domain.

Comment: A sea of indoctrinated children protesting something that doesn't exist. Welcome to planet Earth.


Jordan Peterson enters rehab after wife's cancer diagnosis

Jordan Peterson
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Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist and anti-political-correctness crusader, has checked himself in to rehab in New York, his daughter has revealed.

The "12 Rules for Life" author has sought help trying to get off the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam, his daughter Mikhaila Peterson said in a video posted to her YouTube account Thursday.

"I've never seen my dad like this," the 27-year-old diet blogger said in the eight-and-a-half-minute video. "He's having a miserable time of it. It breaks my heart."

The elder Peterson, 57, began taking the addictive medication to deal with stress from his wife's battle with cancer and other health problems earlier this year, his daughter said.

He tried to quit cold-turkey over the summer after his wife, Tammy Roberts, "miraculously" recovered from complications with a kidney surgery, Mikhaila said.


Driving without breaking any laws is 'suspicious' assertion in the US shot down by court!

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Must be tough out there for cops. Literally everything is suspicious. And there are only so many hours in the day. Since no court is willing to end the tradition of pretextual stops, anything that can be described as suspicious has been used to initiate fishing expeditions.

A few courts have called out this tendency to view almost everything humans do as indicative of criminal behavior. This is one of the better call-outs, as it gives some indication of just how many "training and experience" assertions the court has had to wade through while dealing with law enforcement assertions about reasonable suspicion.
A logical reasoning sequence based upon some "training and experience" — because drug traffickers have been seen breathing, then breathing is an indicia of drug trafficking. Because they normally have two hands, then having two hands is an indicia of drug smuggling. Silly — maybe, but one can wonder if that is the direction we are heading. Whether it be driving a clean vehicle, or looking at a peace officer, or looking away from a peace officer, or a young person driving a newer vehicle, or someone driving in a car with meal wrappers, or someone driving carefully, or driving on an interstate, most anything can be considered as indicia of drug trafficking to law enforcement personnel.

Maybe this is because drug smugglers just happen to be human beings and being such, they tend to engage in the same innocuous acts in which law abiding citizens engage. See Gonzalez-Galindo v. State, 306 S.W.3d at 896 (observing that "[c]riminals come in all makes and colors. Some have hair, some do not. Some are men, some are not. Some drive cars, some do not. Some wear suits, some do not. Some have baseball caps, some do not. Some want attention, some do not. Some have nice cars, some do not. Some eat spaghetti, some do not. And, sometimes, some even engage in innocent activity.")
This is in addition to these data points, all presumed to be "suspicious" behavior by law enforcement officers: That's the standard law enforcement holds itself to. Fortunately, some courts refuse to accept this lower standard of suspicion. The Arizona Court of Appeals is one of those courts. This recent decision [see below] overturns a lower court's inexplicable support of a cop's extremely dubious "reasonable suspicion" claims. (via The Newspaper)


UK rapper blasted for brandishing fake severed head of BoJo at awards ceremony

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A British rapper's 'tasteless' publicity stunt has been lambasted on social media, after he waved a fake severed head of Prime Minister Boris Johnson during an award show.

The 24-year-old rapper slowthai, whose real name is Tyron Frampton, ended his performance at the Mercury Prize ceremony in London on Thursday night by pulling out a mock-up decapitated head of PM Johnson.

"F**k Boris Johnson! F**k everything!" he shouted on stage while waving the head. The rapper also screamed: "And there ain't nothing great about Britain," referring to the name of his debut album, 'Nothing Great About Britain.' He did all this while wearing a "F**k Boris" T-shirt - an item he sells through his online store.

Comment: See also:

Bizarro Earth

America's legacy: Bodies of dead Iraqi kids radioactive from US depleted uranium

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By examining bodies of dead Iraqi children who had congenital birth defects, researchers have proven their conditions were directly related to US bombardment of the country with depleted uranium rounds early in the Iraq War and stores at US bases during the subsequent occupation.

A new study has drawn direct links between the US military's use of depleted uranium in the Iraq War and congenital birth defects suffered by Iraqi children. Researchers examined the hair and baby teeth of dead Iraqi children near areas of heavy fighting as well as US military bases and found the radioactive element thorium - a telltale sign of uranium of the type used to make depleted uranium rounds.

Depleted uranium is a byproduct of the industrial process used to refine uranium-238 into U-235, which is more suitable for fuel in nuclear power plants. Composed of U-238 that cannot have further U-235 extracted from it, the matter is extremely dense - twice as dense as lead - and when fused with other metals, it makes for a very potent bullet. The US military loves to use "DU" for piercing armor, but also for extra-powerful armor.

Comment: See also: Leaked Docs Reveal US And Saudi Arabia Supplying Terrorists in Yemen - Serbia files (Part 3)

Star of David

Doesn't get more heartless: Israeli court approves use of Palestinian bodies as bargaining chips

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Families of Palestinians slain by Israel protest to demand the return of their bodies in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 27 August.
A Palestinian family in the Jerusalem-area village of al-Eizariya has been unable to bury their 14-year-old son, who was killed by Israeli police last month.

Nassim Abu Rumi's family has petitioned Israel's high court to order the release of his body, which will be reportedly transferred on Friday. Israel will also be transferring the remains of Omar Younis, who died in an Israeli hospital in April after being shot by occupation forces at a West Bank checkpoint.

Israel is holding the remains of more than a dozen Palestinians recently killed during alleged and actual attacks on occupation forces and civilians.

This month, following a petition by several families whose relatives' remains are being held by Israel, the country's highest court rubber-stamped its approval of the policy.

The court ruled that Israel's military has "the legal right to hold on to the bodies of slain terrorists for use as leverage in future negotiations with Palestinians," as The Times of Israel reported.


Yemen: Saudi-led coalition begins operation on 'military targets'

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Soldier patrols the port of Hodeidah, Yemen
The Saudi-led coalition announced that it has begun military operations north of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah against "legitimate military targets," according to Saudi state TV.

Arabic news channel Ekhbariya TV reports that civilians have been asked to avoid sites targeted by the coalition's military operation.

Prior to the early Friday morning announcement, Houthi militants allegedly "launched a fierce attack on the joint forces' positions east of Hodeidah," according to a statement obtained by Reuters. The translated statement says the group's strike "was accompanied by mortar shelling and targeted medium weapons caliber 12.7 and 14.5 mm, in addition to snipers."

The Sunni Muslim coalition first intervened in Yemeni affairs in March 2015, following the ousting of the country's government in 2014 by Houthi militants.

Comment: From Sputnik, 20/9/2019 Yemen: 5 dead, 20 injured in bus explosion
At least five people were killed and 20 were injured in a bus explosion in the province of Hadhramaut in eastern Yemen, the Houthi-controlled SABA news agency reported on Thursday, citing a local source.

According to the agency, an explosive device was laid on a highway in the northern part of the province, and the bus exploded after hitting it.

Some of those injured are in serious condition.

Star of David

Double standards: Bill Maher gets to make anti-Semitic jokes with Bari Weiss, but Ilhan Omar can't say a word about Israel?

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Bill Maher and Bari Weiss trade anti-semitic witticisms
New York Times staff editor Bari Weiss is on a hell of a roll these days, having just published a book called How to Fight anti-Semitism. Weiss's own paper, the New York Times, judges the book to be "a brave book", because Weiss is ostensibly walking into perilous intellectual territory:
Should she have to fear ostracism or damage to her journalistic reputation for pointing out that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, while theoretically distinguishable, have long merged into a single ugly phenomenon?
Presenting Zionist apologists like Weiss as being in danger is laughable. She is representing a privileged mainstream view, one that is applied by the conservative left as well as the right in attempt to moderate voices that are starting to challenge Zionism. That's the voice of those who try to silence Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, that's the voice of those who try to discredit Jeremy Corbyn in UK. The new voices who break through the orthodoxy are currently in the minority, but Weiss is now trying to portray herself as a representative of an oppressed and persecuted minority:

Eye 1

Walmart to stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores

Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam's Clubs following a string illnesses and deaths related to vaping.

The nation's largest retailer said Friday that it will complete its exit from e-cigarettes after selling through current inventory. It cited growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity regarding vaping products.