12 Aug 2017

James Damore: “This Is Why I Was Fired By Google”
Fired Google engineer Jame Damore has penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal explaining how his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn’t be tolerated in the company’s “ideological echo chamber,” adding that self-segregation with similar-minded people has grown in recent decades as we spend more time in digital worlds “personalized to fit our views.”

People Back Editing Genes to Treat Disease, but Are Wary of Inheritable Changes
People generally think that editing human genes might be OK, but most think that there’s a clear line that shouldn’t be crossed when it comes to changing traits that would be passed down to new generations, according to a survey reported Thursday. It’s not an abstract question.

Trump to send envoys to Middle East to discuss peace between Israel and Palestinians
US Pres. Trump is to send son-in-law Kushner and negotiator Greenblatt to the ME in near future to meet with regional leaders and discuss a ‘path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks’; WH official relays Trump ‘reaffirms peace between Israeli and Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties.’

Trump on North Korea: I meant what I said
U.S. President Donald Trump made clear on Friday that he meant what he said about the U.S. military being “locked and loaded” in response to threats from North Korea. “We are looking at that very carefully, and I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean,”

Nigeria army raid at UN camp in Maiduguri ‘unauthorised’
Nigeria’s security forces have raided a UN camp in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri and carried out an unauthorised search, a UN official has told the BBC. Samantha Newport, of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says the search lasted nearly three hours. The UN is urgently seeking answers from the authorities. The base provides aid to those affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong
Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says. The commission will hold a meeting with ministers and regulators on 26 September. Its food safety chief has called countries to stop “blaming and shaming” each other.

Trump does not rule out military response to Venezuela crisis
US President Donald Trump has said he is not ruling out a military option in dealing with the crisis in Venezuela. “The people are suffering and they are dying,” he said. Venezuela’s Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said President Trump’s suggestion was “an act of craziness”.

North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation
China’s President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid “words and actions” that worsen tensions, state media say. Mr Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain “fire and fury” on the North. But China, North Korea’s only major ally, has been urging restraint.

Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend
The Perseid meteor shower will peak over the weekend, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. Astronomers say hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a display that may be visible around the world. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every July and August as the Earth passes debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

New Orleans braces for new flooding as it copes with power outages, failed pumping system
Heather Wright…knows that flooding is a part of life in the city…“I’ve lived in New Orleans all my life, so water is in my DNA,”…“I survived Hurricane Katrina and lived through that, but this was the highest I’ve ever seen the water get since that time.” By “this” she referred to flooding unleashed last Saturday after a heavy rainstorm overwhelmed the city’s compromised pumping system…as a new round of heavy rain is expected this weekend.

US Marines ground aircraft for 24 hours following crashes
The commandant of the US Marine Corps announced a 24-hour operational pause for all of the branch’s aircraft Friday, a move that comes after the Marines suffered two deadly crashes in recent weeks. Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the US Marine Corps, directed US Marine Corps…to conduct an operational reset for a 24 hour-period where no flight operations will take place but no operational commitments will be impacted,”…

Ultrafast wi-fi on horizon as scientists send data at 100 times current speeds
Ultrafast wi-fi, which is 100 times quicker than today’s mobile networks is on the horizon, after scientists proved they could send complex data using high-frequency radiation. The researchers sent video signals using terahertz, rather than traditional microwaves, at speeds of 50 gigabytes per second. Most wireless networks only operate at top speeds of 500 megabytes a second.

Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains
Al Qaeda is about to take on a new target — America’s trains — in an upcoming edition of its terror magazine, Inspire. Issue No. 17 is headlined, “Train Derail Operations,” and will spell out ways to create rail disasters in a transportation system that lacks the stiff security procedures of airline travel. It’s competing Sunni extremists group, the Islamic State, for more than a year has advocated using vehicles to mow down innocents.

Protesters clash in Virginia city on eve of white nationalist rally
Hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches clashed briefly with counterprotesters on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia on Friday, the eve of a rally planned by thousands of white nationalists, media said. The events highlight a persistent debate in the U.S. South over the display of the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the rebel side in the Civil War, fought over the issue of slavery.

North Korea Issues “Emergency Standby Orders” To Civil Defense Units: Report
Radio Free Asia(RFA) says North Korean authorities have dispatched emergency standby orders to the leaders of the ruling Workers’ Party committees and civil defense units.

“We Can Barely Keep Up” – Prepper Panic-Buying Begins As WWIII Fears Grip America
“We’re barely keeping up with the inflow of orders… People are concerned with North Korea, World War III and what President Trump might do… I’ve never seen it at these levels…”

Canada’s single-payer healthcare system is imploding due to skyrocketing costs
…Two countries that are upheld as examples of free healthcare being made available to every citizen are Canada and the United Kingdom. These countries promise easy access to necessary treatment at no charge. A shocking new report from the conservative think-tank The Fraser Institute, has just revealed, however, that the healthcare system in Canada is imploding, and treatment is anything but “free.” The situation is almost exactly the same in the U.K.  j

HORROR: Baby ‘Less Than An Hour Old’ Found On Sidewalk Covered in Ants
A baby ‘less than an hour old’ was found on a sidewalk near a Houston apartment complex. The baby girl was covered in ants says Albert Peterson, the man who discovered the newborn.

Girls BANNED From Playing School Sports After Perverted Muslims Were Offended
…Park View Academy in Birmingham, England, was discovered in recent months by the government to be the target of a complete Islamist take-over plot, where the school was recently taken over by a Muslim principal and Muslim board of governors. The Muslims quickly began making changes to the school, banning girls from playing tennis and other sports because the girls’ “jiggling breasts” offended the Muslim staff.

India Deploys More Troops Along China Border, Raises “Caution” Level
In a strategic move, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Dokalam standoff, senior government officials said today. The “caution level” among the troops has also been raised.