Daily Archives: March 1, 2018

Trump’s America: weaker, divided & losing international prestige – Chomsky to RT

While its military and economic clout still knows no competition, the world is no longer America’s playground; and with Trump’s isolationist and aggressive stance, the US surrenders positions internationally, Noam Chomsky told RT. In an interview with RT Spanish’s “Conversation with Correa” host and Ecuador’s former President Rafael Correa, renowned American philosopher and political scientist Noam Chomsky argued that US ...

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No, you can’t bring cocaine & heroin to the stadium during the World Cup in Russia

Less fake news and more of a non-story, the numerous reports that claim fans will be allowed to bring otherwise illegal drugs to the World Cup matches this summer, which have been reprinted a myriad times, are due for a debunking. “Russian stadiums to allow cocaine, cannabis and heroin at 2018 FIFA World Cup,” claimed Newsweek; “Loophole Will Allow Cocaine, Heroin ...

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Google’s new YouTube Stories feature lets you swap out your background (no green screen required)

Google researchers know how much people like to trick others into thinking they’re on the moon, or that it’s night instead of day, and other fun shenanigans only possible if you happen to be in a movie studio in front of a green screen. So they did what any good 2018 coder would do: build a neural network that lets ...

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‘Oh, you're from Russian media? Next question!’ US State Dept snubs journalists during briefing

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert’s refusal to take questions from Russian TV raised eyebrows, even among US journalists, who took to their Russian colleagues’ defense after Nauert implied they are Kremlin agents. Nauert went on an ill-mannered tirade against the Russian media when she responded to a question from Rossya 1 TV journalist Aleksandr Khristenko during a policy briefing ...

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13yo boy who shot himself in school bathroom planned massacre, but changed his mind

A 13-year-old student from Massillon, Ohio who shot himself in the head last week was initially planning a school shooting. Police have revealed evidence from the boy’s cellphone. Jackson Middle School student Keith Simons, 13, was found dead in one of the school bathrooms with a semi-automatic rifle. The seventh-grader first left the bathroom with the .22 caliber weapon intending ...

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Facebook ends its experiment with the alternative ‘explore’ news feed

Facebook is ending its short-lived (and misguided) experiment with the alternative news feed feature called “Explore.” In a blog post today, Facebook head of news feed Adam Mosseri wrote: We constantly try out new features, design changes and ranking updates to understand how we can make Facebook better for everyone. Some of these changes—like Reactions, Live Video, and GIFs— work ...

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Man stoned to death for adultery by thriving ISIS cell in Afghanistan

Brutal images emerged online showing a crowd stoning a man to death for alleged adultery in eastern Afghanistan. It comes as Islamic State appears to be reemerging, while the US and allies have shifted their focus to the Taliban. The Khorasan Province faction of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Afghanistan reportedly released pictures of a public slaying that took ...

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Sanders feels FEC burn over illegal Australian donations

The US Federal Election Commission has fined Senator Bernie Sanders for accepting illegal contributions from the Australian Labour Party during his 2016 campaign. Seven ALP volunteers worked on Sanders’ presidential campaign. Seven Australians volunteered for Sanders during his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Their flights and living costs, which totaled $ 24,422, were paid for by the Australian ...

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Stocks tumble after US imposes severe tariffs on metal from competitor nations

The Dow Jones closed at 24,608.98 on March 1, plunging 420 points after US President Donald Trump announced that he would impose a flat 25 percent tariff on all steel imports, as well as a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. Trump’s announcement disrupted stock trading on Wall Street, as fears of a trade war with China began to surface. ...

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US Ambassador to Mexico resigns amid strained relations

The US Ambassador to Mexico has announced her resignation. Roberta Jacobson will step down from her diplomatic post in May, amid tense bilateral relations between the two nations. Jacobson confirmed her resignation with a statement in Spanish on her Twitter account. “After 31 years of serving the US government, I will leave at the beginning of May in search of ...

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