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  • Transgender killer smirks at relative of Portland cab driver she stabbed in unprovoked attack, after progressive DA gave her plea deal - then declares she WON'T apologize because her gender identity makes her 'vulnerable'

    02/22/2024 10:03:32 AM PST · by algore · 24 replies
    A transgender killer smirked at her victim's relatives and refused to apologize because her gender identity made her 'vulnerable', as she was sentenced to 22 years behind bars. Moses Jacob Lopez, 30, brutally stabbed cab driver Reese McDowell Lawhon to death in his car in April 2023 with bladed brass knuckles after suffering a mental health episode while on a night out partying in Portland. Lawhon had picked her up after a 911 operator suggested she call a cab home. Lopez senselessly stabbed him in the chest without provocation. At her sentencing on Wednesday, Lopez callously justified the murder by...
  • Report: Woman Put Severed Chicken Heads in Boyfriend's Bed

    02/18/2024 12:18:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    A 34-year-old Billings woman accused of leaving chicken heads on her then-boyfriend’s bed, trashing his apartment, and vandalizing his car, faces potential jail time over allegations she failed to control her alcoholism. The woman, Michelle Suzanne Niedge, was put on two years of probation in March 2022 after she pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor assault before Sixth District Judge Brenda Gilbert. Gilbert sentenced the woman to 31 days in the county jail and two years of probation. Niedge also was fined $700 and ordered to pay $2,666.95 restitution to her victim. About five months of a county...
  • Scientists Propose AI Apocalypse Kill Switches

    02/16/2024 7:04:44 PM PST · by algore · 38 replies
    A paper (PDF) from researchers at the University of Cambridge, supported by voices from numerous academic institutions including OpenAI, proposes remote kill switches and lockouts as methods to mitigate risks associated with advanced AI technologies. It also recommends tracking AI chip sales globally. The Register reports: The paper highlights numerous ways policymakers might approach AI hardware regulation. Many of the suggestions -- including those designed to improve visibility and limit the sale of AI accelerators -- are already playing out at a national level. Last year US president Joe Biden put forward an executive order aimed at identifying companies developing...
  • Kansas City parade shooting suspects are charged as MINORS

    02/16/2024 1:24:11 PM PST · by algore · 37 replies
    Two teenagers have been charged as juveniles in the Kansas City Chiefs parade shooting, despite a prosecutor previously saying they would be accused as adults. The suspects, who remain unidentified by authorities, are charged with gun-related offenses and resisting arrest, said The Jackson County Family Court division. 'It is anticipated that additional charges are expected in the future as the investigation by the Kansas City Police Department continues,' the Office of the Juvenile Officer said in a statement. Missouri law dictates that juvenile hearings are not open to the public. It's possible the suspects could be charged as adults if...
  • Antidepressants taken by 400,000 US pregnant women each year can damage a baby's brain in the womb and increase their risk of mental health problems in the future

    02/16/2024 8:28:35 AM PST · by algore · 19 replies
    Using antidepressants during pregnancy or while breastfeeding can damage a baby’s brain and increase their risk of suffering mental health problems in the future, a study found. Prozac, also known as fluoxetine, increases levels of mood-boosting serotonin in the brain - but scientists discovered this can affect a child’s developing prefrontal cortex. They also found the drug can pass into the breast milk of new mothers who take it and end up being fed to newborns. Research suggest that between 300,000 and 400,000 kids are being exposed to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) drugs each year in the US during...
  • Ireland to give €20m to UNRWA, says Martin [deputy PM]

    02/15/2024 10:01:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Thursday, 15 Feb 2024 16:14
    Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin has announced €20 million in support for the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA). Mr. Martin made the announcement at a news conference following a meeting in Dublin with UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini. He also urged countries that have suspended funding to resume and expand support to the agency. UNRWA, which provides healthcare, education and other services, has been pitched into crisis since Israel alleged that 12 of its 13,000 staff in Gaza were involved in the 7 October Hamas-led attack on Israel that precipitated the war in Gaza. The allegations prompted a...
  • Saucy business cards guide customers to The Brothel Next Door

    02/14/2024 11:48:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The CBS12 News I-Team has been looking into a prostitution ring that works like a fast-food franchise, with locations all over Palm Beach County. After our first story about a neighborhood brothel back in August, a whistleblower contacted CBS12 News En Español Anchor Carlos Mahecha and told him even though the location we exposed shut its doors, business is still booming in other homes nearby. The source says he works for the owners. And he says in an operation like this, you don’t just have the women who are having sex for money; you need security guards, on site managers,...
  • Your AI Girlfriend Is a Data-Harvesting Horror Show

    02/14/2024 8:11:56 PM PST · by algore · 18 replies
    Lonely on Valentine’s Day? AI can help. At least, that’s what a number of companies hawking “romantic” chatbots will tell you. But as your robot love story unfolds, there’s a tradeoff you may not realize you’re making. According to a new study from Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included project, AI girlfriends and boyfriends harvest shockingly personal information, and almost all of them sell or share the data they collect. “To be perfectly blunt, AI girlfriends and boyfriends are not your friends,” said Misha Rykov, a Mozilla Researcher, in a press statement. “Although they are marketed as something that will enhance your...
  • First-of-its-kind study reveals Covid wreaks havoc on women's sex lives for months after infection First-of-its-kind study reveals Covid wreaks havoc on women's sex lives for months after infection

    02/13/2024 9:06:21 PM PST · by algore · 44 replies
    Women who've had a Covid-19 infection have less desire, arousal, satisfaction, and fewer orgasms compared to those who've never been infected, a first-of-its-kind study suggests. Researchers in three states compared the sexual function of more than 1,300 women who either never had Covid, had been infected with the virus, or suffered from long Covid - those who contracted the infection at least three months before the study. They also measured the participants' levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. The team found that women who had never had Covid had 'significantly higher' levels of desire, arousal, lubrication, and satisfaction than the...
  • Israel has become 'blinded by rage', Taoiseach tells Dáil [Ireland PM Varadkar to parliament]

    02/13/2024 1:09:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Tuesday, 13 Feb 2024 15:54 | Tommy Meskill
    Taoiseach Leo Vardakar has said he believes Israel has become “blinded by rage” and that he is not sure if the country is listening to anyone in the world, including the US. Speaking during Leaders Questions, Mr. Varadkar told the Dáil that there was a serious risk of a massacre in Rafah in southern Gaza, if a ground assault was to occur, which would be a “gross violation of international law on top of all of the other violations of international law which Israel is responsible for”. Mr. Varadkar said he believed a ceasefire proposal, negotiated by Egypt, Qatar and...
  • Israel 'behaving like a rogue state', says Coveney [Ireland Minister for Enterprise]

    02/13/2024 6:04:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Tuesday, 13 Feb 2024 12:52
    Minister for Enterprise Simon Coveney has accused Israel of “behaving like a rogue state” after its latest military action in Rafah. […] Mr. Coveney said that it is not acceptable to “behave like a monster to defeat a monster,” which is what, he said, Israel is now doing. “We are witnessing Israel behaving like a like a rogue state, quite frankly,” he said. “They’re ignoring the International Court of Justice. They seem now to even be ignoring their closest allies in countries like the United States and the UK, who are clearly calling for restraint, looking for the basis of...
  • PROTECT Act Could Require Removal of All Existing Porn Online

    02/12/2024 2:16:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Reason ^ | 2.12.2024 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Sen. Mike Lee's "technological exploitation" bill also redefines consent.Is Congress really trying to outlaw all sex work? That's what some people fear the Preventing Rampant Online Technological Exploitation and Criminal Trafficking (PROTECT) Act would mean. The bill defines "coerced consent" to include consent obtained by leveraging "economic circumstances"—which sure sounds like a good starting point for declaring all sex work "coercive" and all consent to it invalid. (Under that definition, in fact, most jobs could be considered nonconsensual.) Looking at the bill as a whole, I don't think this is its intent, nor is it likely be enforced that way....
  • The Loss of Things I Took for Granted Ten years into my college teaching career, students stopped being able to read effectively

    02/11/2024 3:32:01 PM PST · by algore · 51 replies
    Recent years have seen successive waves of book bans in Republican-controlled states, aimed at pulling any text with “woke” themes from classrooms and library shelves. But at the same time, the appropriate response is, in principle, simple... and we can replace those individuals with people who want to reverse those policies. Defeating the open conspiracy to deprive students of physical access to books will do little to counteract the more diffuse confluence of forces that are depriving students of the skills needed to meaningfully engage with those books in the first place. As a college educator, I am confronted daily...
  • Husband, 63, dies beside his wife when 'litres of blood' shoot out of his nose and mouth all over the interior of the plane in front of screaming passengers flying from Bangkok to Germany

    02/09/2024 8:50:34 AM PST · by algore · 91 replies
    Horrified air passengers screamed and were left 'traumatised' yesterday when a German husband started coughing up 'litres of blood' in front of his wife before collapsing and dying mid-flight. The man - who was travelling with his Filipina wife - had got on with 'cold sweats' and was 'breathing much too quickly' before passengers rushed to help him, offering chamomile tea and taking his pulse. But as the plane took off, his health went quickly downhill. The man was said to have been spitting into a bag when a 'gush of blood' came out of his mouth and nose, splattering...
  • Michigan transgender Muslim woman loses case against ex who she sued for throwing out jar of her former pair of testicles that she kept in the FRIDGE

    02/08/2024 6:51:51 PM PST · by algore · 88 replies
    A transgender Muslim woman is suing her ex-boyfriend for throwing out her surgically removed testicles, which she left rotting his fridge. On Wednesday, a district judge in Pontiac, Michigan, denied small claims petitions from a pair for former lovers who were battling each other in court. The claims centered around the testicles of Brianna Kingsley, also known as Zahrah Bri-Zee Muharib, who identifies as a Muslim woman. Kingsley, a transgender woman, has claimed that her ex-boyfriend, William Wojciechowski, 'retains possession of my surgically extracted testicles, preserved in (a) Mason jar, kept in (the) fridge next to the eggs' and demanded...
  • Millions of hacked toothbrushes could be used in cyber attack, researchers warn

    02/08/2024 1:37:45 PM PST · by algore · 59 replies
    <p>Security researchers have warned that millions of hacked toothbrushes could be used in a massive cyber attack.</p><p>Internet-connected toothbrushes could be linked together in something known as a botnet, which would allow them to perform a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that overloads websites and servers with huge amounts of web traffic.</p>
  • Kids Don’t Get Syphilis In a Healthy Society

    02/08/2024 1:12:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 7, 2024 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Polyamorous relationships are to blame.he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is blaming barriers to high-quality prenatal care and systemic racism for the alarming 30 percent increase in newborn syphilis cases in the past year, but the real cause is much more complex than it is willing to admit. The problem is bigger than anyone realizes. In some parts of the country — like Mississippi — congenital syphilis cases have risen 900 percent over the past five years. In just the past year, syphilis rates in the general population increased by 17 percent. There has been an especially alarming 80...
  • FCC votes to ban scam robocalls that use AI-generated voices

    02/08/2024 10:03:00 AM PST · by algore · 35 replies
    The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it is immediately outlawing scam robocalls featuring fake, artificial intelligence-created voices, cracking down on so-called “deepfake” technology that experts say could undermine election security or supercharge fraud. The unanimous FCC vote extends anti-robocall rules to cover unsolicited AI deepfake calls by recognizing those voices as “artificial” under a federal law governing telemarketing and robocalling. The FCC’s move gives state attorneys general more legal tools to pursue illegal robocallers that use AI-generated voices to fool Americans, the FCC said. “Bad actors are using AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort vulnerable family members, imitate celebrities,...
  • Is the Washington tire ban really dead? Not a chance (Washington State)

    02/08/2024 8:41:14 AM PST · by algore · 32 replies
    The Washington Democrats’ plan to ban the most popular tires won’t advance during this legislative session. But you shouldn’t think for a moment that the plan won’t eventually come to fruition. It’s not dead — it’s just in a different form. House Bill 2262 has emerged as the latest legislative head-scratcher. It aims to steer us toward a greener horizon by mandating low-rolling resistance tires on passenger vehicles. All other tires, which include the vast majority of the ones currently used by drivers, would be banned. Violate their tire ban, and you’d be subject to a fine of up to...
  • Squatters take over 1,200 homes in Atlanta, open illegal strip clubs and terrorize neighbors: ‘Is this even America?’

    02/07/2024 3:52:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 6, 2024 | Mary K. Jacob
    Squatters are ruining entire neighborhoods in Atlanta and police response to evict is so slow, some homeowners have resorted to paying nuisances to leave. Brazen squatters even opened an illegal strip club on a property they had taken over — one of the 1,200 homes which has been squatted in the city, according to the National Rental Home Council (NRHC) trade group. “I’d be terrified in Atlanta to lease out one of my properties,” Matt Urbanski, who manages a local home-cleaning company, told Bloomberg. Urbanski’s company cleans out homes for corporate landlords, and in some cases has to remove squatters’...