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  • Facebook Disabled 1 Billion Fake Accounts in the Last Year

    05/16/2018 10:31:09 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Wrap ^ | May 15, 2018 | Sean Burch
    Facebook continued to give the public a peek behind the curtain, releasing a major report on Tuesday that announced the Silicon Valley company removed more than one billion fake accounts. Facebook also said it purged millions of posts that violate its rules in the last year. The first-ever “Community Standards Enforcement Report,” a robust 81 pages, details the company’s efforts to weed out unsavory content, including violence and terrorist propaganda. The report accounted for the fourth quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018. Etc...
  • Here Are The Five Senators Who Voted Against Haspel

    05/16/2018 10:28:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 5/16/2018 | Robert Donachie
    A handful of senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee voted against President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the CIA Wednesday. The committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in favor of Gina Haspel, who must now be confirmed before the entire Senate body before she can become the next CIA director. Dianne Feinstein of California Ron Wyden of Oregon Kamala Harris of California Martin Heinrich of New Mexico Angus King of Maine, who is an independent
  • Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, (Tr)

    05/16/2018 10:27:54 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, Called Steele ‘Credible Source’ (Full Title) A new report alleges that former CIA Director John Brennan included claims from the dubious Steele dossier into President Barack Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief — without disclosing the source of the allegations. “Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,” a source close to the House probe told Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry. “But they never corroborated his sources,” the source...
  • Judiciary transcripts offer detailed account of Trump Tower meeting

    05/16/2018 10:25:22 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/18 | Katie Bo Williams
    Thousands of pages of interview transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday offer the most detailed account to date of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump, Jr., and a Russian lawyer who has since admitted to being an “informant” to Moscow. The documents show a constellation of efforts over several years by two powerful Russian real estate developers, Aras and Emin Agalarov, to arrange meetings and provide assistance to Trump. The Agalarovs’ outreach efforts culminated in setting up the 2016 meeting with Trump Jr. on the promise to the president’s eldest son that it...
  • Israeli Made UAV Dumps Skunk-Water on Gaza Protesters

    05/16/2018 10:22:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    C Tech ^ | May 16, 2018 | Hezi Sternlicht
    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by Israeli drone maker Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd. is being used by the Israeli military to dump skunk-water on protesters in Gaza, according to a video posted to Twitter by the Israeli Defense Ministry Wednesday. Tens of thousands of Palestinians had been protesting near Gaza’s perimeter fence since March as part of a campaign dubbed the “Great March of Return” which calls for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their lands in Israel. The protests escalated earlier this week ahead of the inauguration of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli defense forces have...
  • Senate panel backs 2017 intel report on Russian meddling

    05/16/2018 10:21:18 AM PDT · by gattaca · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/16/2018 | Brooke Singman
    Senate Intelligence Committee leaders on Wednesday backed the 2017 intelligence community report that formally accused Russia of trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to boost then-candidate Donald Trump.
  • Are these Neanderthal etchings a long-lost message?

    05/16/2018 10:21:01 AM PDT · by ETL · 79 replies ^ | May 8, 2018 | Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | LiveScience
    A Neanderthal seems to have left a message etched in stone about 35,000 years ago, a new study finds. An analysis of the slanted, zigzag lines — engraved on a piece of flint discovered at a Neanderthal site in Crimea — reveals that they likely weren't made willy-nilly. Rather, the Neanderthal artist would have needed excellent fine motor skills and attention to detail to etch the lines, which may carry symbolic meaning, the researchers said. If this new interpretation is correct, the engraved piece of flint will join a growing list of artifacts showing that Neanderthals were likely complex beings...
  • Plummeting enrollment prompts $6M budget cut at Evergreen State

    05/16/2018 10:19:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | May 16, 2018 | Adam Sabes
    Evergreen State College has announced that it is planning to cut $5.9 million from its budget in an effort to offset a rapidly declining enrollment rate. The cuts were outlined by President George Bridges in a May 8 memo to the Board of Trustees, and are accompanied by plans to raise various student fees by hundreds of dollars, The Olympian reported last week.
  • Royal Media: Kensington Palace Has 'Completely Lost Control' of Wedding, It's a TMZ Show Now

    05/16/2018 10:19:19 AM PDT · by ethom · 65 replies
    Bt ^ | 44 minutes ago
    A CNN reporter holds UK newspapers with the latest Thomas Markle headlines in front of Windsor castle. As the British press scrambles to follow scoop after scoop from US website TMZ about Meghan Markle's father's attendance at the royal wedding, a consensus has set in among those in the Royal media: The Palace has lost control. "The palace press aides are like ostriches sticking their heads in the sand and they keep getting shafted up the bottom," said royal pundit and ex-Sun royal correspondent Charles Rae. Over the last few days, TMZ has been in near constant contact with Thomas...
  • Trump expected to cut Planned Parenthood funding through regs

    05/16/2018 10:16:44 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/18 06:00 AM EDT | By Jessie Hellmann
    The Trump administration may take action to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood as a result of pressure from congressional Republicans and anti-abortion lobbyists. Opponents of abortion have launched an all-out campaign urging the administration to bring back Reagan-era abortion restrictions on federal family planning dollars that would target Planned Parenthood. The regulations would ban organizations that receive family planning dollars under the Title X Family Planning Program, which funds organizations providing services like birth control to low-income women and men, from promoting abortion or referring patients for abortions. Former President Reagan first issued the regulations, which Democrats describe as...
  • Obama officials set for Senate grilling on Russia, as Comey stands up committee

    05/16/2018 10:16:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-16-18 | Brooke Singman
    The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to question top Obama administration intelligence officials behind closed doors on Wednesday on their explosive assessment that officially accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential election to boost then-candidate Donald Trump.The committee, led by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., invited former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, former National Security Agenda Director Michael Rogers (who retired earlier this year) and former FBI Director James Comey. Comey, though, plans to skip the closed-door session Wednesday due to a “previously scheduled engagement,” his...
  • Ryan Reynolds Crashes Colbert As Deadpool To Crack Some X-Rated Trump Jokes (video)

    05/16/2018 10:10:41 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 5/16/2018 | Ed Mazza
    Making jokes about President Donald Trump is usually the core of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” monologue. But not on Tuesday night. Actor Ryan Reynolds turned up in costume ― and in character ― as the superhero Deadpool. Then Deadpool took over the monologue and delivered a few zingers aimed at Colbert, his audience and, of course, the president. Check it out above. “Deadpool 2” opens on Friday.
  • Eliz. Warren Questions Electoral College: Not A"HealthyDemocracy" If Person With Most Votes Loses

    05/16/2018 10:10:27 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 155 replies
    Realclearpolitics ^ | May 15, 2018
    .Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke Tuesday at the Center for American Progress 'Ideas Conference' with other 2020 Democratic presidential contenders and declared that democracy is "crumbling." Other speakers included Senators such as Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Amy Klobachur, Sherrod Brown, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Warren, relitigating the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said it is not a signal of a "healthy democracy" if a candidate with more 3 million more votes then the opponent is not declared the winner. She said democracy is about "whoever gets the most votes wins." "In 2016, nearly three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald...
  • 10 Children Living Amid Feces Were Tortured For 'Sadistic Purpose,' Police Say

    05/16/2018 10:08:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 15 May 18 | Sasha Ingber
    Jonathan Allen and his wife, Ina Rogers, allegedly kept their 10 children in a squalid California home. Police charged Allen with torture and Rogers with neglect. Behind closed doors, 10 children were living in a California home strewn with feces and rotten food. They were also physically abused for a "sadistic purpose," said Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry. That conclusion was drawn after police received a report that the oldest child had gone missing. Officers arrived at the house on March 31 and found nine children — ranging in age from 4 months to 11 years —...
  • Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves

    05/16/2018 10:03:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves Msgr. Charles Pope • May 15, 2018 • In the first reading for Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter, St. Paul warns of perhaps the most damaging and wrenching evil that the Church must face: dissension from within.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them. (Acts 20:30-31).St. Paul calls them savage wolves. Is this hyperbole? No, for their work is to...
  • Michigan State to Pay Out $500 Million In Settlements To Larry Nassar Abuse Victims

    05/16/2018 9:59:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    SI ^ | May 16, 2018 | Chris Chavez
    Michigan State will spend at least $500 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits with surviving victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, according to the Detroit Free Press. Nassar abused about 300 victims, according to court records observed by the Free Press. Nassar was sentenced up to 175 years on Michigan state charges of sexual assault, to go along with a sentence of 40 to 125 years in prison on three counts of sexual assault with another 60–year sentence on federal child-pornography charges.
  • Recent CNN Poll: Kanye West Is Officially More Popular With White People (than non-whites)

    05/16/2018 9:55:51 AM PDT · by ethom · 20 replies
    Hip Hop DX ^ | May 14 2018 ast | Kyle Eustice
    Kanye West may believe he’s out of the “sunken place” but judging by a recent tally, it looks like he’s still there. A new CNN Poll shows West is more popular among white people than non-white people. The poll states 23 percent of people who identified themselves as white said they had a favorable opinion of ‘Ye, while only 20 percent of those who said they’re non-white feel the same. Meanwhile, 53 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of West overall. Interviews were conducted from May 2 to May 5, 2018 among a sample of 1,015 respondents. The landline...
  • Trump Painting Takes a Shot At Social Justice Warriors – Take a Closer Look (new Jon McNaughton)

    05/16/2018 9:55:48 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 44 replies
    Political Insider ^ | April 27, 2018 10: | Rusty
    An incredible new portrait of President Trump contains a subtle message for social justice warriors and college snowflakes about leaving their liberal mindset behind and learning to succeed in the real world on their own. The painting, titled Teach a Man to Fish, shows a young man sitting on a bench alongside President Trump, accompanied by a tackle box. The President is holding a fishing pole, offering it to the young man. The message is from an old proverb which helps explain the mindset that divides Republicans who are pro-work and reward and Democrats who like handing out free...
  • The revolt against California's sanctuary status

    05/16/2018 9:52:12 AM PDT · by georgiegirl · 133 replies
    Fox News Business-Varney ^ | 5/16/18 | youtube
    California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte on Varney's show regarding the mounting opposition to California's sanctuary status.
  • With Friends Like Facebook, Who Needs Enemies?

    05/16/2018 9:50:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/16/18 | Judi McLeod
    The King, Queen and Joker of Social Media’s False Gods Overlooked in the aftermath of thousands of conservative casualties left behind by the brutal social media truck drive-through: Many who are (infuriatingly to social media giants) still standing; still being followed by those who will still go looking for their favorite sites on the now pothole-warped Information Highway. Long before Facebook be-knighted itself as the ‘Hate Speech Killer of All Time’, people saw through the phoney claims of prominent users like former President Barack Obama deceitfully claiming more than 45 million fawning fans. Social media has been in cahoots with...