Confidential “perversion files” held by the Boy Scouts of America contain the names of 7,819 suspected pedophiles, a lawyer for abused former scouts has discovered - and the names of 12,254 of their victims. Read Full Article at RT.com
The US Navy is setting new guidelines for reporting «unidentified aircraft» entering the US aerospace so no encounter a UFO can be dismissed as irrelevant, a Navy spokesman told Politico. Read Full Article at RT.com
Hillary Clinton has blamed Justice Department rules for the Mueller report's failure to indict President Donald Trump, declaring the «roadmap» to an obstruction charge is there in plain sight, should Congress choose to pursue it. Read Full Article at RT.com
A 15-year-old has died by suicide in Huntsville, Alabama. Nigel Shelby was a student at Huntsville High School, where he had been bullied for being gay. But you wouldn’t know about it, especially that last part, if you were relying on local mainstream media in the city of Huntsville or in the state: As of this writing, almost no stories about the bullying were to be found among those outlets. Reports had started to circulate about the bullying Shelby had endured and about his death over the weekend on social media. The news was picked up by Tennessee Valley Rocket City Pride, which paid tribute to Shelby at its Easter Drag Brunch this past Sunday and discussed bullying and the resources available to kids who are marginalized and bullied because of who they are. The state of Alabama has no laws protecting LGBTQ people of any age against discrimination. It has no laws protecting LGBTQ children from the kind of treatment Nigel Shelby suffered. In fact, in reaction to Shelby’s death, the principal of Huntsville High School posted a note on the school’s PTSA Facebook page that made no mention at all of either the bullying the child had endured or the fact that he identified as gay. “We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th grade students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” principal Aaron King wrote. As of now, there has been no response from the school or the PTSA to the many comments on the Facebook post demanding recognition of the bullying that children such as Shelby endure because of their identities. This comes as no surprise in a state in which the laws on education mandate, with regard to sex education, that the curriculum for such a program must include “An emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.” (Alabama codes have not been updated, apparently, to reflect that “homosexual conduct,” as of the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, is no longer considered a crime.) Nigel Shelby was bullied for who he was. His identity and what he suffered should not be erased. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255
On Friday, the U.S. government filed sentencing guidelines for Russian agent Maria Butina. Despite speculation that Butina’s connections with the NRA and Republican politicians might net her no more than a suspended sentence and a deportation back to Russia—where she could expect something of a hero’s welcome—the government instead asked for an 18-month sentence on a single count of conspiracy. They describe her as “not a spy in the traditional sense of trying to gain access to classified information to send back to her home country,” but insist that Butina’s actions were “for the benefit of the Russian Federation, and those actions had the potential to damage the national security of the United States.” The sentencing document details Butina’s actions, how they compare to those of others sentenced for the same crime, and why the government is seeking a sentence solidly in the middle of the potential range. But appended to the sentencing guidelines is an addendum authored by the former head of the FBI Counterintelligence Division. And that addendum doesn’t just explain why Butina’s actions are significant; it provides a window into something that has so far gone almost without mention in the post-Mueller report period: the counterintelligence investigation of Russian actions. Andrew Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, picked up on the addendum to Butina’s sentencing and has done an evaluation of how these pages reveal the significance of what’s still lurking out there when it comes to Russia, the Trump campaign, 2016, and beyond. The counterintelligence aspect of the Russia investigation is the one area that has been so far fully “redacted.” Because it’s not in the report. Other than a few black bars in the Mueller report that may be related to that investigation, the counterintelligence work has continued in silence, offering few insights into its discoveries. But what’s revealed in this document is Butina’s role not in gathering intelligence, but in acting as an “access agent.” Her purpose wasn’t to rifle the files of the NRA for damaging information. It was to find those people in the Republican Party so desperate for power that they would eagerly reach out to Moscow as a means of keeping or extending that power. And she found many.
The Trump administration has succeeded in its efforts to derail a U.N. resolution on rape as a weapon of war. The U.S. was threatening to veto any resolution that hinted at the necessity of abortion being available to the victims of this ongoing atrocity, and it won. The Security Council passed a watered-down version of the resolution, one that doesn't allow for enforcement. The resolution that passed has eliminated language about providing «sexual and reproductive health care» to survivors of rape and abuse. Compared to an earlier draft obtained by CNN, the final draft has also eliminated, at the behest of the Trump administration, language referring to sexual health and «the training of journalists on the issue of sexual violence.» China and Russia abstained from voting, having won by getting the Trump administration to do the dirty work of getting the language removed, and the resolution passed 13-0. Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for their efforts to combat sexual violence, said in a statement that «there is simply no excuse for continuing to fail those who have already been victimized—as well as those who continue to be at risk of—devastating levels of sexual violence in conflict.» The watering-down of the U.N.'s response to the use of rape as a weapon of war will certainly not reduce the occurrence of it. The Trump administration's efforts to eliminate abortion in conflict zones will possibly only exacerbate it, making it an even more effective weapon by forcing women to bear the offspring of violence.
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Investors are likely to take cues from crude oil prices, March quarter earnings and movement of rupee against the US dollar on Wednesday
After closing lower for the fourth week in a row, the gold price is nearly six per cent below its February peak and at its lowest level since late December.
There's a technical foul on the Hawks fan shop, says a security analyst. The team says it's investigating.
Tesla's aging Model S sedan and Model X SUV just got a bit of an upgrade, now offering up to 370 miles of range on a charge.
MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini says AI must do better at gender and skin color.
With just a few days until the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel fans everywhere are probably wondering A) Who dies?? and B) Will this actually resolve the cliffhanger ending of “Infinity War” in a satisfying way? So, just to get it out of the way: A) I’m not telling, and B) Kind of? Mostly? It […]
It’s been an exciting couple of months for startup employees and public market shareholders alike, as a growing number of brands that have talked about going public for some time are finally marching out the door and, on the whole, receiving enthusiastic receptions. Lyft, Zoom, PagerDuty, and Pinterest all priced above their marketed ranges in […]
Twitter’s co-founder and CEO historically doesn’t have the most discerning tastes when it comes to who he decides to engage with. Fresh off the podcast circuit, today a thoroughly beardy Jack Dorsey sat down with President Trump for his most high profile tête-à-tête yet. Unlike his recent amble onto the Joe Rogan show, Dorsey’s 30 […]
Better late than never, Tumblr has rolled out HTTPS across its entire site. In a brief post on Tumblr’s engineering page, the company said all Tumblr sites will now have the web encryption setting enabled by default, though it admitted the move was “long-overdue.” Tumblr, which like TechCrunch is owned by Verizon, has 464 million […]
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say another visitor has died after falling from the edge of the Grand Canyon. Park rangers found the body of a 70-year-old woman about 200 feet (61 meters) below the canyon's South Rim on Tuesday. Rangers responded to a call about a ...
JENSEN, Utah (AP) - A national monument known for dinosaur fossils has also been named one of the world's best places to view the stars. Officials at Dinosaur National Monument say the landmark has been designated an International Dark Sky Park for its «exceptional quality of natural darkness.» The monument ...
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Asteroid Bennu recently received a technicolor makeover, thanks to a 3D view recently shared by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and NASA. The 3D space rock view features more than 11 million measurements […] The post Asteroid Bennu Is a Technicolor Wonder in Trippy 3D View appeared first on Geek.com.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is coming to theaters on May 31 and the eerie flick’s final trailer confirms fans’ greatest fears: The titans, also known as monstrous mega-creatures, are back to make […] The post ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Final Trailer: The Titans Are Back appeared first on Geek.com.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - For the third straight year, a North Carolina museum is announcing the birth of red wolf pups. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham says on its webpage that a litter of six red wolf pups was born on Monday. It's the fifth time in ...
Zack Wheeler became the first pitcher this season to accomplish a pretty impressive feat. During the New York Mets' 9-0 win over Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Wheeler did it all. The Mets’ starting pitcher earned the victory after throwing seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler hit a solo home run to left center field. The home run was the first of Wheeler’s career. It allowed him to become the first pitcher this year to throw a pitch 100 or more miles per hour as well as hit a ball over 100 miles per hour. Wheeler joined Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom on the list of Mets pitchers who have hit home runs so far this season. Not only do the Mets have quality starting pitchers, they can swing the bat as well.
The Orlando Magic fell to the Toronto Raptors in Game 5, losing the in 1st round of Eastern Conference playoffs in Steve Clifford's first year as coach.
LEADING OFF: Sabathia nearing 3,000 Ks, Snell's toe a go, Russell reports to Triple-A, Harper's rant under review
The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive lineman Ben Garland to a one-year deal
Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask had 32 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7
Wheeler homers, strikes out 11 as Mets rout Phillies 9-0