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US broadband industry paid for 18m fake comments pushing net neutrality repeal

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The Attorney General for New York, Letitia James, is claiming that the US broadband industry may have had a major hand in pushing for the repeal of net neutrality, paying various research companies to bombard the FCC with fake emails.

Net neutrality, the concept that broadband should treat all content equally, without blocking, slowing down, or charging to boost certain content, was repealed in 2017 under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai following fierce debate.

Now it is being suggested that a telecoms organisation called Broadband for America (BFA) – ostensibly an industry-funded non-profit organisation comprised of senior industry executives – paid $4.2 million to a number of survey companies as part of a campaign to influence the net neutrality debate.

During the net neutrality debate, the FCC received around 22 million comments, but around 18 million of these have been found to be fake, with 40% coming as a result of the BFA-funded campaign, according to James’s report.

Around 8.5 million of the fake comments were also found to use the names and personal information of real people without their consent.

“The broadband group believed this support — in conjunction with press outreach, social media campaigns, and coordinated filings from the broadband industry and free-market economists — would ‘give [FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai volume and intellectual cover’ for repeal,” read the report. “Indeed, one broadband industry executive — himself a former chairman of the FCC — advised members of BFA’s executive committee, in an email, that ‘we want to make sure Pai can get those comments in so he can talk about the large number of comments supporting his position.'”
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Chinese military scientists discussed weaponising SARS coronaviruses

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Chinese military scientists discussed the weaponisation of SARS coronaviruses five years before the COVID-19 pandemic, outlining their ideas in a document that predicted a third world war would be fought with biological weapons.

The document, written by People’s Liberation Army scientists and senior Chinese public health officials in 2015, was obtained by the US State Department as it conducted an investigation into the origins of COVID-19, The Weekend Australian has confirmed.

The paper describes SARS coronaviruses as heralding a “new era of genetic weapons” and says they can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed in a way never seen before”.

The revelation features in an upcoming investigative book on the origins of COVID-19, titled What Really Happened In Wuhan, to be published by HarperCollins.

The chairmen of the British and Australian foreign affairs and intelligence committees, Tom Tugendhat and James Paterson, say the document raises major concerns about China’s lack of transparency over the origins of COVID-19.

The Chinese-language paper, titled The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons, outlines China’s progress in the research field of biowarfare.
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“Following developments in other scientific fields, there have been major advances in the delivery of biological agents,” it states.

“For example, the new-found ability to freeze-dry micro-organisms has made it possible to store biological agents and aerosolise them during attacks.”
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evictions in Jerusalem

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Eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.
so if the judicial system is Israeli and is giving houses built by Palestinians to israeli people claiming that they are the owners ,How can you be sure that the land owners was israeli.

The party of racism does it again: Support Asian Hate!

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Senate Dems block amendment defunding universities that discriminate against Asian Americans
Cruz, Kennedy said Democrats are 'only paying lip service to fighting discrimination'

Senate Democrats blocked an amendment to the new COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that would have barred universities that discriminate against Asian Americans from accessing federal funding.

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and John Kennedy, R-La., co-sponsored the unsuccessful amendment, which would have banned federal funding from going to colleges and universities that discriminate against Asian American applicants when being recruited by schools or applying.

The senators released a joint statement after their amendment was shot down, blasting the Democrats’ votes against the measure as "an unbelievably cynical move."
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Australia's India ban criticised as 'racist' rights breach

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Australia's threat to jail citizens returning home from India has sparked condemnation, with critics labelling the Covid measure as "racist" and a breach of human rights.

From Monday, any Australian arriving in the country from India faces fines and up to five years in prison.

It comes after Canberra banned all flights from the virus hotspot until 15 May.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed accusations of racism.

"The same accusations were made against the government over a year ago when we closed the borders to mainland China," he told Sydney radio station 2GB.

"There's no politics or ideology in a pandemic... It's got nothing to do with politics, this is a virus."

The policy marks the first time Australians have been criminalised for returning to their country, local media reported.

There are an estimated 9,000 Australians in India, 600 of whom are classed as vulnerable.

The government said the measures, which were announced on Saturday, are based on medical advice aimed at protecting the community. The virus is surging in India, with daily cases in the country topping 300,000 for 10 consecutive days.

Officials said an increase in infection rates seen in Indian arrivals over the past fortnight has raised concerns. Australia has pursued a Covid elimination strategy - partly through strict border controls and mandatory quarantine - which has seen it record 910 deaths, far fewer than many other countries.

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne said India arrivals accounted for 57% of positive cases in quarantine, up from 10% in March.

She said this placed a "very, very significant burden on health and medical services".

However critics - among them medical experts and legal groups - argue the government's move to criminalise Indian arrivals was extreme and disproportionate to the health risks.
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Trump’s new blog to evade his bans could lead to even more social media takedowns

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Former President Donald Trump launched a new blog Tuesday to get his message out to users, a task that's been complicated by his bans from Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. But the move could actually also lead to more takedowns of his remarks online.

Most major platforms prohibit users from circumventing their suspensions by turning to alternative accounts to put up posts. Those rules prompted Twitter and Facebook to take action earlier this year against posts they said sought to skirt around Trump's January suspensions, including ones by his campaign account and his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump.

Now, Trump has launched a web page making it easier for users to post his remarks verbatim to both Facebook and Twitter, and it could lead to more run-ins with the social media companies policies.

A Twitter spokesperson told POLITICO in a statement Tuesday that sharing content from Trump's new site — "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" — generally "is permitted as long as the material does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules."

But, the spokesperson said, sharing posts from the site will break Twitter's rules against ban evasions if users try to imitate Trump's account and their "sole intent is to replace a suspended account." A Facebook spokesperson did not return a request for comment on how the platform will handle users sharing Trump's blog messages on its site. But both sides could soon have to make calls on posts originating from the blog that test its policies against circumventing suspensions.

After Trump’s personal account was permanently banned from Twitter on Jan. 8, the company later kicked off his campaign Twitter account for posting messages identical to those posted by Trump’s personal account. It also removed a series of tweets posted by the White House's official account that also mirrored Trump’s posts.
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weed addict throws rock at mom, after she took his weed

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Misogynistic, rape-culture supporting Patriarchy does it again! Rape victim gets 35 years in prison

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Chesterfield teen gets 35 years for enticing friend to kill man she falsely claimed raped her

A Chesterfield County teen was sentenced Wednesday to serve 35 years in prison for manipulating a close friend to kill a young Richmond man, two days after she claimed the man had raped her. The defendant, however, admitted after her conviction that she lied about a sexual assault.

At the end of a sentencing hearing in Chesterfield Circuit Court, Judge David E. Johnson sentenced Anayah Naree Daily to 60 years in prison with 25 years suspended for murder in the April 29, 2018, shooting of 19-year-old Breland Poole. Daily was 16 at the time of the killing; she turned 19 last week.

“The reckless disregard for human life displayed by the defendant in coaxing the victim to the scene, aiming the triggerman at him and bringing about his murder [occurred] just as surely as if she had stood by the car and pulled the trigger herself,” Johnson said from the bench.

The judge also spoke of Daily’s “chilling calculation” in planning and executing the murder, and her manipulation of a friend to carry it out with “repeated and false rape allegations.”

The judge imposed a sentence near the high end of state sentencing guidelines calculated for Daily, which called for an active term of 23 years and five months at the low end and 39 years at the high end.

Defense attorney Travis Williams urged the judge to sentence Daily as a juvenile, noting her age at the time of the offense and a tormented childhood without a father figure that included numerous sexual assaults beginning at age 6.
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Republicans reveal that the FBI declared the 2017 Baseball shooting as a Suicide by Cop

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The right wing can't even do a whataboutism with this now.

A congressman who was on the baseball field during the 2017 shooting that nearly killed GOP Whip Steve Scalise says the FBI privately informed lawmakers it ruled the attack a "suicide by cop," a designation he said downplayed the shooter's apparently political motivation.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) revealed the previously undisclosed determination during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, upbraiding FBI Director Christopher Wray and prompting several colleagues of both parties to pile on. He said FBI agents privately briefed the baseball team on Nov. 16, 2017 to deliver the controversial determination.

“Much to our shock that day, the FBI concluded that this was a case of the attacker seeking suicide by cop,” Wenstrup said. “Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn't take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet. Both the DHS and the (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) published products labeling this attack as a domestic violent extremism event, specifically targeting Republican members of Congress. The FBI did not.”

Wray did not directly address Wenstrup’s criticism, other than to confirm he was not the FBI director at the time — a role held in June 2017 by Andrew McCabe — but said he was grateful to Capitol Police and to Wenstrup, a doctor, who used his skills that day to triage injured lawmakers and others who joined them.
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India science ministry funds studies on the effects of Hindu prayer gayatri mantra on covid-19

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