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Disney Gives Back To Celebrate 'Black Panther' Box Office Success

Newsy - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:04

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Marvel's "Black Panther" just keeps raking in money at the box office. So to celebrate, Disney is giving back. 

The company announced plans to donate $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to expand its STEM programs. 

The science, technology, engineering and math fields actually tie into the film. 

"Black Panther" is set in the fictional country of Wakanda, which is supposed to be one of the most technologically advanced places in the world. 

And reviewers are raving about T'Challa's tech-genius sister Shuri, with one even calling her "Marvel's most promising character in ages."

"It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it's fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want," Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use part of Disney's donation to build new STEM centers in 12 communities, including Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

Broward County deputies ordered to defend their Sheriff? (Video)

Hot Air - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:01

In simple terms of common sense, this sounds mostly like a dog bites man story. The Sheriff of Broward County is taking some heavy metaphorical fire in the news, on social media and from the community over the failure of his former deputy to enter the school during this month’s tragic mass shooting. Even more to the point, revelations that there were so many red flags about the shooter which resulted in no action which might have prevented the attack have people up in arms. Under conditions such as these, you would expect any agency to begin circling the wagons if the members were of a mind to protect their boss.

But it’s not the sort of thing one discusses in public, right? That’s generally the case. But yesterday, Laura Ingraham revealed an internal memo allegedly leaked by someone associated with the Sheriff’s office indicating that this wasn’t exactly a simple case of esprit de corps. The deputies were being instructed to go out and defend the Sheriff against the media onslaught. Here’s the video report followed by the Fox News Insider coverage. (Fox News)

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In an “Ingraham Angle” exclusive, Laura Ingraham aired a purported internal email from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office that directed employees to defend Sheriff Scott Israel.

Ingraham said the email was given to her by a source and that their veracity was “confirmed” by a second source.

It urges all staff members to vigorously support Israel as he “find[s himself] up against a flurry of media allegations.”

“He stood with us, and now we must stand with him,” the email reads.

The source is anonymous, so take that as you will, but would we really be suspicious of such a leak? The deputies working under the Sheriff comprise one of the largest sheriff’s offices not just in Florida, but in the entire country. Right now the attention of the nation is focused on them and not because of their outstanding work. (And just to be clear, I’m sure the vast majority of the men and women are dedicated professionals, even if they have trouble at the top of the chain of command.)

That’s not a comfortable position to be in, so do you go out and put your reputation on the line defending the boss in the face of these sorts of allegations or do you decide to button your lip and possibly slip a copy of that memo you received to Fox News? Again, we can’t say with certainty, but with that many deputies and civilian personnel on staff, it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if somebody decided to blow the whistle on this effort to build a defensive wall around Sheriff Israel.

Also, as the scrutiny increases, more details about the Sheriff’s activities in office have emerged. Keep in mind that the position of Sheriff is an elected office, as is the case in most places. Israel has to campaign for election periodically. And allegedly he’s been using some county resources for political purposes.

In 2015, Israel wrapped decals of his face on five taxpayer-financed sheriff’s office cars, Ingraham reported.

She said they were dubbed “Israelmobiles,” and were often driven by members of a “community outreach team” allegedly staffed by his campaign supporters.

Most all sheriffs do a bit of politicking when they’re on the clock during an election year. I’ve attended a few events with our local sheriff where I live and it’s nothing unusual. But when you’re plastering your face on taxpayer-funded departmental vehicles and letting your campaign staff drive them around you’ve probably crossed some sort of line.

Here’s one closing thought regarding that last item: this is a reminder of why the contraction or death of local newspapers and investigative journalists in favor of national news organizations is a bad thing. A well funded local news team can dedicate themselves to something like this. But the national news would never have developed an interest in this sheriff’s campaign vehicle usage were it not for the shooting.

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Fully Autonomous Vehicles Could Be On The Road Soon In California

Newsy - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:42

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Autonomous cars can now be tested on roads in California — without backup drivers — thanks to new rules approved by state regulators.

Previously, companies could only test vehicles if they had a driver ready to take the wheel if anything went wrong. 

Critics said autonomous vehicles haven't been proven safe enough to be on the roads without backup drivers. The new rules do say that there has to be remote monitoring at all times, so if anything does go wrong, someone can virtually take over the wheel. 

The new regulations go into effect April 2.

Crisis Actor Conspiracies: Insidious Weeds Of The Digital Ecosystem

Newsy - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:00

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False flag propaganda and crisis actor conspiracies spread like an insidious digital weed. They grow stronger and longer, developing viral shoots that strangle the truth. 

Just ask Emma MacDonald. She recently told her story to USA Today. Conspiracy theorists took a photo of McDonald crying at a vigil after the 2013 Boston marathon bombing. They pasted it beside other crying women after mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, and Parkland, Florida. Their conclusion, however improbable or implausible: All the women in the collage are white, thin and brunette and therefore must be the same person. A staged actress. A crisis actor.

McDonald, 25, said she knew it was coming — again — as soon as she heard about Parkland. "Enough is enough," she said. "This needs to go away." But it hasn't. And probably won't.

Just like a weed, even when these stories are chopped back with deletions and fact checks, they never really die. Each time, these self-perpetuating smears are the same — and you can blame the internet, in large part. It's almost impossible to control.

SEE MORE: Truthers: When Conspiracy Meets Reality

NBC News boils it down this way: "Unfounded information shows up on dubious sites, churns through the news aggregation site Reddit, and works its way into Facebook feeds — and to the mainstream media."

Along the way, Facebook and Twitter's algorithms fuel the spread. Recode explains that the algorithms are built to reward posts that receive lots of shares or comments, meaning "engagement." That leads to showing videos and other content to even more people — propagation. 

Some people say there's an underlying human factor that keeps conspiracies alive. The author of "The United States of Paranoia" told The New York Times that conspiracies, no matter how crazy, can give meaning to a world that makes no sense.

Even cold, hard facts fail to derail conspiracies. Conspiracy theorists often say that attempts to debunk a conspiracy is actually proof of its existence.

Nothing seems to stop the spread once it takes root in the digital ecosystem. It spreads. It grows. From Sandy Hook to Parkland. Then it lies dormant, just waiting for the next mass shooting and friendly algorithm to start the life cycle again.

Hope Hicks To Finally Testify Before House Intel Committee

Newsy - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:53

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Another White House official is reportedly scheduled to meet with the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors. 

That person is said to be White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. 

It's unclear how her testimony will turn out, especially since several other people who used to work for President Donald Trump have refused to answer the committee's questions. 

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly gave very few answers during his January testimony even after the committee issued him a subpoena on the spot to compel him to talk. That's because the White House reportedly ordered Bannon not to talk about his time working on the Trump transition team and in the West Wing.

Hicks was scheduled to testify before the House committee earlier this year. But the interview was delayed to give members a chance to work with the White House in hopes of achieving a more transparent testimony from Hicks.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of multiple congressional panels investigating Russian meddling and potential links to the Trump team.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Larwyn's Linx: The Russians Colluded Massively — with Democrats

DougRoss - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:24
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Nation

The Russians Colluded Massively — with Democrats: Deroy Murdock
Nunes: 'Chasing...Russian Ghosts,' But There's Only One 'Obvious Felony': CNS
Sheriff Scott Israel Exemplifies The Failures Of Our Institutions: Ben Domenech

Jack Cashill: “Incompetence Wasn’t The Problem in Broward County”: CTH
Obama-Era Education Policy Questioned After Parkland Shooting: Kerry Picket
Sheriff Israel Pushes Gun Control While His CAIR-Deputy Arms Muslims: S. Noble

Book timing suggests Michelle Obama running for president in 2020: Thomas Lifson
Walter Williams on Mark Levin’s Show: 'We Have Betrayed the Founding Fathers’: CNS
Supreme Court refuses to hear Trump challenge on DACA: The Hill

California

Kamala Harris Aide Arrested for Running Fake Police Force in Santa Clarita: KTLA
'Angel Dad': Oakland Mayor Should Be Charged for Warning About ICE Raids: FNI
Some Stockton students become violent during anti-gun protest: KCRA

Economy

Delta Airlines Loses Tax Break After Politicizing School Shooting In Florida: Bre Bayton
Goldilocks is Dead: Jim Quinn
20 states sue to kill Obamacare, citing Trump’s mandate repeal: Times

Scandal Central

Soros Buying a Texas DA Seat to Undermine Immigration Enforcement: Matthew Vadum
Fla. Governor orders investigation of terror-tied CAIR Sheriff Scott Israel: Geller
Dimwit Florida Sheriff Was 'Once a Proud Member of Team Obama': Jack Dunphy

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Report: NOAA Caught Lying About Arctic Sea Ice: Climate Depot

Media

Important free speech case filed against Twitter: Ann Corcoran
CPAC Recap: John Hinderaker
Exposing Parkland Crisis Actor David Hogg gets you 3 Day Suspension From Facebook: Jack Mullen

World

China’s terrifying and deadly arsenal of weapons: Matthew Dunn
Police 'Don't Know' Why Rape Is up 20 Per Cent in Sadiq Khan's London: Breitbart
UK grooming gangs were allowed to abuse 700 girls because police blamed the victims: Telegraph

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Doomsday Inention: Raffi Khatchadourian
AI apocalypse where robots take over and ‘treat humans like guinea pigs’ could become reality: Sun
Google Word Coach, a fun word game in the search results: Barry Schwartz

Cornucopia

Counterattack Hard Against Liberal Attacks on Our Gun Rights and Other Civil Liberties: Kurt Schlichter
Good Monday Moanin’: MOTUS
Questions Emerge Over Florida Shooter's "Full Metal Garb": ZH

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QOTD:

Remember the time Donald Trump saw a bat wielding mugger and ran after him and stopped him: pic.twitter.com/MLqZlwpvti

— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) February 26, 2018

Trump Effect: Down Goes Feinstein

Black Sphere - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 01:02
Trump Effect: Down Goes Feinstein Howard Cosell would have been just as shocked at this latest political development, as he was in the Frazier-Ali fight. In a political shocker, the California Democrat Party has turned their backs on longtime establishment stalwart current US Senator Dianne Feinstein. The San Jose Mercury News breaks the story: State […]

Did Clinton’s SET UP Russians at the Olympics

Black Sphere - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 20:15
Did Clinton’s SET UP Russians at the Olympics In what may make the fake Russian collusion narrative against President Trump look like child’s play, we have a developing scandal. First, the Russians have been accused of doping for some time. And let’s be honest; they have doped their athletes, generally with steroids. Apparently they new […]

Feminist Nonsense: Banning the Word “Man”

Black Sphere - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:43
Feminist Nonsense: Banning the Word “Man” Purdue University wants to ban the word “man”. I suggest they begin with manipulate. Womanipulate works for me. Because that’s what feminists do…womanipulate. How do you change the culture? You change the way in which people interact with one another, you change the language. The left has been on […]

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