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Palantir Knows Everything About You

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:32:18 -0400

Founded by Peter Thiel and some fellow PayPal alumni, Palantir cut its teeth working for the Pentagon and the CIA in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company's engineers and products don't do any spying themselves; they're more like a spy's brain, collecting and analyzing information that's fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears. The software combs through disparate data sources -- financial documents, airline reservations, cellphone records, social media postings -- and searches for connections that human analysts might miss. It then presents the linkages in colorful, easy-to-interpret graphics that look like spider webs. U.S. spies and special forces loved it immediately; they deployed Palantir to synthesize and sort the blizzard of battlefield intelligence. It helped planners avoid roadside bombs, track insurgents for assassination, even hunt down Osama bin Laden.(image)



Celebrating Hitler's B-Day Saturday in Georgia

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:31:03 -0400

A neo-Nazi group has held a swastika burning after a rally in Georgia, with black-clad members of the racist hate group raising their arms in a massed Hitler salute as flames lit up the night air. The town, which is about 40 miles west of the state's capital, permitted the National Socialist Movement to host a rally from 3 to 5pm on Saturday to celebrate Adolph Hitler's birthday. After a delay, few dozen members of the neo-Nazi group rallied briefly in Greenville Street Park with fences and armed police separating them from protesters before disbanding at 5pm.(image)



Hannity Shell Companies Use HUD; Buy 90M in Properties

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:32:05 -0400

Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire Fox News host who said Trump's fixer 'knows real estate' has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year. Hannity's chosen investment strategy is confirmed by thousands of pages of public records reviewed by the Guardian, which detail a real estate portfolio of remarkable scale that has not previously been reported.(image)



Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International's Highest Honor

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:32:48 -0400

The human rights organisation said Kaepernick "chooses to speak out and inspire others despite the professional and personal risks". Kaepernick first protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead. Kaepernick received Amnesty's Ambassador of Conscience Award, which recognises "individuals who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their lives and by example".(image)



Mitt Romney Forced Into Primary for Utah Senate Seat

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:31:27 -0400

Mitt Romney did not win the Utah Republican Party's nomination on Saturday, meaning he must compete in a June primary election as he seeks to replace retiring US Sen. Orrin Hatch. After a wild and raucous day of voting at the Utah GOP convention, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee was unable to win the 60% that he needed to head to the November ballot unopposed. When none of the 12 candidates were able to cross that threshold, the party continued with successive rounds of caucus voting until one candidate reached 40%.(image)



4 Killed at TN Waffle House, Customer Wrestles Gun From Suspect

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:31:48 -0400

Nashville police are asking residents to lock their doors and stay alert after a seminude gunman killed four people at an area Waffle House. "Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual -- if you see a nude guy walking around this morning -- call the police department immediately," Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.(image)



Trump May Pardon Boxer Jack Johnson, Jailed During Jim Crow

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:32:02 -0400

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is considering granting a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson on the advice of actor Sylvester Stallone ... Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes ... Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury in less than two hours and was imprisoned for a year. The sentence and imprisonment destroyed the boxing career of the "Galveston Giant." He died in 1946.(image)



Trucker in Human Smuggling Case Sentenced to Life

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:33:58 -0400

A U.S. district judge handed a sentence of life in prison today to a driver who was transporting undocumented immigrants in a tractor-trailer so hot that ten people died. "I am so sorry it happened," said James Matthew Bradley Jr. in a video statement played in court which The San Antonio Express-News reported. "There's not a day or night that goes by that I don't relive this scene." The vehicle was parked behind a Walmart in San Antonio on a hot night in July 2017. Following a call from a Walmart employee, law enforcement found 39 undocumented immigrants -- eight that had already died and dozens more who were so sick that they required hospitalization. Two more immigrants died after the discovery was made.(image)



Counting the Cost of Legalized Corruption

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:30:57 -0400

Ralph Nader: Curry, a former Connecticut state Senator, elected state Comptroller, and counsellor to President Bill Clinton, argues that the people hate corruption but are not given its true costs. Curry says, "As Connecticut Comptroller I learned how to count it. An example: a single corrupt bargain struck with health insurers cost the state $1.5 billion, an amount equal to the record deficit our current governor faced on taking office in 2011. There was never a prosecution." Bill Curry wonders why corruption is the center of debate or upheaval in every country but ours? One reason is that corruption has been institutionalized. Our elected politicians gain campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers pending retirement.(image)



Russia: We Dictated Where U.S. Could Bomb in Syria

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:32:24 -0400

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend's air strikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported. Coalition forces destroyed three storage and production sites in response to an alleged April 7 chemical attack on civilians that killed at least 40 people in the rebel-held city of Douma, near Damascus. Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denied that a chemical attack took place. Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were trying to reach Douma to establish what happened but were struggling to gain access.(image)



India Introduces Death Penalty for Child Rapists

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:30:50 -0400

India's Cabinet has approved the introduction of the death penalty for child rapists, amid uproar over a series of high-profile cases. The change to the country's penal code applies to those convicted of raping a child under the age of 12. There have been nationwide protests in recent weeks over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. The government has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent sexual-assault cases, many involving children.(image)



N. Korea Halts Nuclear, ICBM Tests

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:33:05 -0400

North Korea announced that it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its hard-won nuclear arsenal. The announcement, which sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin, was made by leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of the North Korean ruling party's Central Committee on Friday. It was reported by the North's state-run media early Saturday.(image)



German Army, Police Infiltrated by neo-Nazis

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:33:29 -0400

German security services have identified dozens of public servants, including in the police and army, as belonging to a far-right movement that denies the existence of the very republic they serve, the weekly Der Spiegel magazine said. A report drawn up by the security services estimates there is a "high double-digit number" of public servants who belong to the "Reichsbuerger", or Citizens of the Reich, a mystical nationalist movement which maintains that the Reich continued after Germany's defeat in World War Two, Spiegel reported. Investigations are underway against 11 members of Bavaria's state police, five of whom have been suspended from duty. There have also been 11 cases in Germany's Federal Police and four of them have had their service weapons confiscated, Spiegel said.(image)



Air Pollution Contributed to Over 6 Mil Deaths in 2016

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:33:55 -0400

The annual State of Global Air Report was published on Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and it found that over 95 percent of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air. Long-term exposure to air pollution contributed to the deaths of 6.1 million people in 2016 with strokes, heart attacks, lung disease and lung cancer causing many of them. Air pollution is now the fourth-highest cause of death worldwide, trailing smoking, high blood pressure and diet, with the majority of deaths recorded in poorer nations.(image)