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'Ratf***er and spy': British academic sues FBI informant & MSM for calling her Russian 'honeypot'

A Russian-born British historian is suing FBI informant Stefan Halper and several news outlets for defaming her as a «honeypot» working for the Kremlin to seduce Trump aide Michael Flynn. She says the scandal ruined her life. Read Full Article at
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'Ratf***er and spy': British academic sues FBI informant & MSM for calling her Russian 'honeypot'

A Russian-born British historian is suing FBI informant Stefan Halper and several news outlets for defaming her as a «honeypot» working for the Kremlin to seduce Trump aide Michael Flynn. She says the scandal ruined her life. Read Full Article at RT.com

Trump administration finalizes rollback of healthcare protections for transgender patients, women

As threatened last month, the Trump administration is rolling back healthcare protections for transgendered people and for women seeking reproductive health care. It is scrapping rules from the Obama administration that extended these protections, in the nam
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Trump administration finalizes rollback of healthcare protections for transgender patients, women

As threatened last month, the Trump administration is rolling back healthcare protections for transgendered people and for women seeking reproductive health care. It is scrapping rules from the Obama administration that extended these protections, in the name of religion. It finalized rules earlier this month making it easier for healthcare workers to refuse to provide contraception, vaccinations, and abortions based on their religious or moral beliefs. Now that exemption will extend to health care for transgender patients. This latest proposed rule is being done, the administration says, to make its regulations «more consistent» with other agencies. One of those agencies is the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is also issuing a new rule to allow HUD-funded homeless shelters to refuse to assist homeless people based on their sex and/or gender identity. All in the name of «Christianity» and religious freedom. «This is not about free health care or special treatment,» said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. «It’s about the right of every American to be treated with dignity when they walk into an emergency room, meet a new doctor or find the right insurance plan.» It's not about religion. It's about erasing millions of people. It's about subjugating women. It's about punishing LGBTQ people. It started with undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers and it's spreading. How long until the administration starts requiring people it views as undesirable wear patches designating their «crime» against Trump's society?

ACLU files $100 million legal claim against U.S. over shooting death of unarmed indigenous woman

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP have filed a $100 million legal claim against the federal government over the shooting death of Claudia Patricia Gómez González, an unarmed indigenous woman, at th
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ACLU files $100 million legal claim against U.S. over shooting death of unarmed indigenous woman

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP have filed a $100 million legal claim against the federal government over the shooting death of Claudia Patricia Gómez González, an unarmed indigenous woman, at the hands of a Border Patrol agent. The claim, which the ACLU said in a statement “is a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit,” was filed on the first anniversary of her killing. “We are demanding justice for the senseless killing of Claudia Patricia Gómez González,” said Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas. “It’s been more than a year and the U.S. government still has not held the agency or the agent who shot and killed her responsible. It is crucial to hold our government accountable and we will pursue every avenue to make sure action is taken to obtain justice for Claudia and prevent further needless loss of life.” Border officials lied about Gómez González’s murder from the start, falsely claiming that she and a group of migrants had ambushed an agent with “blunt objects” after crossing the border into Texas in May 2018. In fact, “the migrants interviewed by the Guardian denied having sticks or rocks, and said Claudia was unarmed, timid and scared.” They were backed up by an eyewitness who said Gómez González was frightened and hiding, not attacking anyone. But even as authorities continue their investigation, the killing remains shrouded in secrecy, and even the questions of whether the agent who killed her is still on the job or is facing criminal investigation have remained unanswered. “Claudia’s parents claim that the U.S. government, through its Border Patrol agent, is liable for Gomez’s wrongful death under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA),” the ACLU continued. “If the administrative claim is not resolved within six months, Claudia’s parents can sue in federal court, where they can also pursue individual claims against the agent.” The U.S. has already paid out tens of millions of dollars to settle claims against border agents, with the Southern Border Communities Coalition saying that “since January 2010, at least 83 people have died as the result of an encounter with U.S. border agents. Many more have been brutalized, in some cases causing life-altering injuries.” In one horrific example, agent Matthew Bowen called migrants “disgusting subhuman shit unworthy of being kindling for a fire” just weeks before trying to run over a man with his truck. Bowen is facing trial in August. But far too many have evaded justice, and Claudia’s parents hope for something better, not just to honor their daughter’s memory, but to ensure that there are no more deaths at the hands of these agents. “We still don’t know the name of the person who killed my daughter. We don’t know if he’s in jail or still working. We don’t know why he killed her,” said her mom Lidia. “We pray to god that the guilty man is sent to jail and pays for what he did,” said her dad Gilberto. “And we hope that the Americans stop killing migrants.”

Proposed cuts to Michigan AG’s budget seek to ‘tie her hands’ on hate crimes unit, other protections

In November, the FBI reported that more than 450 hate crimes were committed in Michigan in 2017, a 30% increase over 2016. The Anti-Defamation League has continued to report a surge in white supremacist bias and propaganda, with 60 confirmed cases in Michiga
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Proposed cuts to Michigan AG’s budget seek to ‘tie her hands’ on hate crimes unit, other protections

In November, the FBI reported that more than 450 hate crimes were committed in Michigan in 2017, a 30% increase over 2016. The Anti-Defamation League has continued to report a surge in white supremacist bias and propaganda, with 60 confirmed cases in Michigan in 2018-2019 alone. Nationally, the United States has seen a marked increase in hate crimes. In just the past two months, Passover worshippers were gunned down in San Diego, an occupied mosque in Escondido, California, was attacked by an arsonist, and three black churches were torched in Louisiana. Given today’s dangerous environment, it would seem to be common sense to approve of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s new hate crimes unit, and to support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call to increase Nessel’s overall budget by $2 million. So why has Michigan’s Republican-led legislature ignored the governor's request, and instead proposed cutting Nessel’s budget by more than $5 million? One answer might be found in the grilling that Nessel, a Democrat, received in April from Republicans on the state Senate’s Oversight Committee. Nessel was called before the committee to justify her creation of the hate crimes unit. According to a Detroit Free Press report of the April 23 hearing, Republican state Sen. Ed McBroom asked whether the rise in hate crime numbers was due to “much more robust” reporting, and added that “we should also be looking at if there's also been an increase in false allegations." McBroom also questioned whether or not a suspect’s past hate speech might be used to determine whether or not a violent act that that person committed would be charged as a hate crime. And after the hearing, according to the Free Press, he told reporters that the hearing would be “potentially helpful in helping people” decide whether or not to cut Nessel’s budget. Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley, who serves as the vice chair of the state House Appropriations subcommittee, called the proposed budget cut “overtly political.” Hoadley added that he believes Nessel’s hate crimes unit is just one reason that the state’s Republican legislators are “looking to tie her hands” through the budget process.

Trump campaign says it can win on health care. No. Really

Donald Trump believes that if he keeps saying «socialism» enough, he can win the 2020 election on the issue of health care. Seriously. Tim Murtaugh, Trump's campaign communications director told Reuters that «The president has taken the iss
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Trump campaign says it can win on health care. No. Really

Donald Trump believes that if he keeps saying «socialism» enough, he can win the 2020 election on the issue of health care. Seriously. Tim Murtaugh, Trump's campaign communications director told Reuters that «The president has taken the issue back. […] ]Democrats are] taking the Blue Cross card out of your wallet and making it worthless.» Yes, because we are all so emotionally attached to our private health insurance, which for the average worker can change multiple times during their employment and which is costing them more out of pocket every year. But back to all the Trump winning on health care. Experts are skeptical, Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan healthcare advocacy group says that «The polls show very clearly that the Democrats have a very substantial advantage on health and all the health issues,» but a staunch Medicare for All candidate could make it «play a little differently.» The issues of abortion and protections with pre-existing conditions, however, will always bolster Democrats. That's not going to stop Trump, who is still touting his promise to keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions at rallies. While he is suing his own government to have those protections in the Affordable Care Act declared unconstitutional. You really couldn't make 2019 up if you tried. Never fear, though. «Trump said in a local media interview in Pennsylvania this week he would roll out a new healthcare plan soon. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the timing.» Probably because the White House is not working on a new healthcare plan, and has no intention of doing so. But hope for a plan never dies. Case in point, Michael Steel, a former top aide to former Republican House Speaker John Boehner. He says «we’ll need our own conservative cost-containment plan to truly go on offense.» Uh-huh. «And we don't have that yet.» No, no you don't. Still. Since when your former boss was promising it eight years ago.

'Ratf***er and spy': British academic sues FBI spy & MSM for calling her Russian 'honeypot'

A Russian-born British historian is suing FBI informant Stefan Halper and several news outlets for defaming her as a «honeypot» working for the Kremlin to seduce Trump aide Michael Flynn. She says the scandal ruined her life. Read Full Article at
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'Ratf***er and spy': British academic sues FBI spy & MSM for calling her Russian 'honeypot'

A Russian-born British historian is suing FBI informant Stefan Halper and several news outlets for defaming her as a «honeypot» working for the Kremlin to seduce Trump aide Michael Flynn. She says the scandal ruined her life. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Tesla is limiting Supercharging to 80% of battery capacity in some locales, report says - Roadshow

If you make a habit of camping out at busy Superchargers until you hit 100% charge, you're a jerk and you're in for a change.
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Tesla is limiting Supercharging to 80% of battery capacity in some locales, report says - Roadshow

If you make a habit of camping out at busy Superchargers until you hit 100% charge, you're a jerk and you're in for a change.

Disney's Jafar would spend 164 years behind bars today - CNET

Treason, attempted murder and theft would have earned the Aladdin villain 164.5 years in prison if he'd committed his crimes in the US now.
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Disney's Jafar would spend 164 years behind bars today - CNET

Treason, attempted murder and theft would have earned the Aladdin villain 164.5 years in prison if he'd committed his crimes in the US now.

Yet another reason why the 2020 iPhone may be worth the wait - CNET

Apple’s most recent patent filing reveals plans to beef up Touch ID and bring it back to the iPhone in 2020, plus the most important updated to Apple’s new MacBooks.
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Yet another reason why the 2020 iPhone may be worth the wait - CNET

Apple’s most recent patent filing reveals plans to beef up Touch ID and bring it back to the iPhone in 2020, plus the most important updated to Apple’s new MacBooks.

Millions of financial records exposed on First American website, report says - CNET

The title insurance company didn't require a password to view the pages, according to security expert Brian Krebs.
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Millions of financial records exposed on First American website, report says - CNET

The title insurance company didn't require a password to view the pages, according to security expert Brian Krebs.

IndyCar to mandate Aeroscreen cockpit protection for 2020 season - Roadshow

IndyCar has finally approved a new cockpit protection system that it feels won't negatively impact the look of the racecars.
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IndyCar to mandate Aeroscreen cockpit protection for 2020 season - Roadshow

IndyCar has finally approved a new cockpit protection system that it feels won't negatively impact the look of the racecars.

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Business author Julian Guthrie on the biggest difference between ‘alpha’ men and women

If you’ve been out and about in Silicon Valley in the last month or so, chances are you’ve heard of “Alpha Girls,” a new book written by longtime journalist Julian Guthrie about four investors who’ve made a big impact on the worl
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Business author Julian Guthrie on the biggest difference between ‘alpha’ men and women

If you’ve been out and about in Silicon Valley in the last month or so, chances are you’ve heard of “Alpha Girls,” a new book written by longtime journalist Julian Guthrie about four investors who’ve made a big impact on the world of startup investing. The book recognizes them — Theresia Gouw, MJ Elmore, Sonja […]

‘Observation’ is a tense, atmospheric puzzler where you play a modern HAL 9000

When you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, do you find yourself criticizing HAL 9000's machinations and thinking, «I could do better than that!» If so, Observation may be right up your alley. In it you play a space station AI called SAM that is called
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‘Observation’ is a tense, atmospheric puzzler where you play a modern HAL 9000

When you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, do you find yourself criticizing HAL 9000's machinations and thinking, «I could do better than that!» If so, Observation may be right up your alley. In it you play a space station AI called SAM that is called upon by the humans on board to help resolve a deadly mystery — though you may be a part of it yourself.

How to see another company’s growth tactics and try them yourself

Every company’s online acquisition strategy is out in the open. If you know where to look. This post shows you exactly where to look, and how to reverse engineer their growth tactics...
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How to see another company’s growth tactics and try them yourself

Every company’s online acquisition strategy is out in the open. If you know where to look. This post shows you exactly where to look, and how to reverse engineer their growth tactics...

First American site bug exposed 885 million sensitive title insurance records

News just in from security reporter Brian Krebs: Fortune 500 real estate insurance giant First American exposed approximately 885 million sensitive records because of a bug in its website. Krebs reported that the company’s website was storing and leakin
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First American site bug exposed 885 million sensitive title insurance records

News just in from security reporter Brian Krebs: Fortune 500 real estate insurance giant First American exposed approximately 885 million sensitive records because of a bug in its website. Krebs reported that the company’s website was storing and leaking bank account numbers, statements, mortgage and tax records, and Social Security numbers and driving license images […]

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The Latest: US attorneys challenge grizzly bear ruling

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on court case that will decide if Yellowstone-area grizzly bears should retain federal protections (all times local): 5:15 p.m. U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge's ruling that block
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The Latest: US attorneys challenge grizzly bear ruling

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on court case that will decide if Yellowstone-area grizzly bears should retain federal protections (all times local): 5:15 p.m. U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower ...

Boston arts museum bans 2 visitors for offensive language

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has banned two visitors and vowed to change protocols for guards after minority middle school students said they were subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last week. Principal Arturo Forrest t
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Boston arts museum bans 2 visitors for offensive language

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has banned two visitors and vowed to change protocols for guards after minority middle school students said they were subjected to racism by staff and patrons during a field trip last week. Principal Arturo Forrest told The Boston Globe one museum staff ...

Memorial Day Deal: Save an Extra 60% Off e-Learning Packages

Classroom training isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Lectures are boring, tuition is expensive, and schedules are unforgiving — which is what makes web-based courses so attractive. They offer students the flexibility they need […] The post Memorial Da
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Memorial Day Deal: Save an Extra 60% Off e-Learning Packages

Classroom training isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Lectures are boring, tuition is expensive, and schedules are unforgiving — which is what makes web-based courses so attractive. They offer students the flexibility they need […] The post Memorial Day Deal: Save an Extra 60% Off e-Learning Packages appeared first on Geek.com.

Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium

An 8-year-old, 10-foot anaconda named Anna has given birth to two babies, despite not having any contact with a male, according to staff of a Boston, Massachusetts aquarium. DNA testing conducted by the […] The post Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male
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Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium

An 8-year-old, 10-foot anaconda named Anna has given birth to two babies, despite not having any contact with a male, according to staff of a Boston, Massachusetts aquarium. DNA testing conducted by the […] The post Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium appeared first on Geek.com.

Cracks appearing in World War II Memorial in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service is assessing a series of cracks that have begun to appear in the World War II Memorial as Washington, D.C., prepares for an increase in visitors over Memorial Day weekend. The Park Service says in a statement Frida
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Cracks appearing in World War II Memorial in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service is assessing a series of cracks that have begun to appear in the World War II Memorial as Washington, D.C., prepares for an increase in visitors over Memorial Day weekend. The Park Service says in a statement Friday that a large crack is ...

California's Mammoth Mountain will extend skiing into August

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - The Mammoth Mountain resort in California's Eastern Sierra says it has had its snowiest May on record and skiing and boarding will continue into August. The resort said Friday the 29 inches (73.6 centimeters) that has fallen so fa
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California's Mammoth Mountain will extend skiing into August

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - The Mammoth Mountain resort in California's Eastern Sierra says it has had its snowiest May on record and skiing and boarding will continue into August. The resort said Friday the 29 inches (73.6 centimeters) that has fallen so far this month bests the old mark ...

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Winton Supercars: Mostert fastest in crucial practice

Damp conditions meant times were back in the mid-1m30s for much of the first 10 minutes, Tickford pair Mostert and Cam Waters setting the pace on wet weather rubber.Fifteen minutes in the switch to slicks started, Richie Stanaway and Simona de Silvestro amon
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Winton Supercars: Mostert fastest in crucial practice

Damp conditions meant times were back in the mid-1m30s for much of the first 10 minutes, Tickford pair Mostert and Cam Waters setting the pace on wet weather rubber.Fifteen minutes in the switch to slicks started, Richie Stanaway and Simona de Silvestro among the first to brave the conditions on a dry tyre.Stanaway proved the crossover point had well and truly been reached on 17 minutes ...Keep reading

Rullo, Fiore complete Kelly Racing Supercars enduro line-up

The West Aussie pair were expected to return to the Nissan squad this season, their spots alongside Simona de Silvestro (Rullo) and Garry Jacobson (Fiore) having now been made official.Both drivers have already sampled their 2019 rides too, thanks to this mor
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Rullo, Fiore complete Kelly Racing Supercars enduro line-up

The West Aussie pair were expected to return to the Nissan squad this season, their spots alongside Simona de Silvestro (Rullo) and Garry Jacobson (Fiore) having now been made official.Both drivers have already sampled their 2019 rides too, thanks to this morning's 30-minute additional drivers session at Winton.For Fiore it's a sixth consecutive enduro campaign with the team, although a ...Keep reading

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