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Barack Obama dines with Steph Curry, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:14
The former President had dinner on Monday night at International Smoke - a high-end barbecue restaurant run by Ayesha Curry and celebrity chef Michael Minna.

How Facebook's Fake News Fight Helped Circulate Vaccine Misinformation

Newsy - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:14

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Social media giants have struggled lately to stop misinformation campaigns on their platforms, and now they're coming under fire again for their possible role in outbreaks of measles around the world. According to a recent investigation, Facebook and Youtube's recommendation tools routinely promote unscientific vaccine misinformation instead of verified, factual sources. This has drawn the attention of lawmakers who want to how these companies plan to solve the problem. 

The big social media companies do take extra steps to knock down misinformation that can cause real-world harm — but those policies are meant to combat politically-charged or viral misinformation. Facebook recently told the Washington Post that anti-vaccination content doesn't fit into this frame. In early February, YouTube echoed Facebook, saying vaccination videos weren't a primary target of its policies.

Now, unregulated misinformation is easy to find. A Guardian report found when users with no friends or likes entered neutral terms like “vaccine” into Facebook or YouTube’s search engines, the top results skewed toward anti-vaccination information. 

SEE MORE: US Lawmakers Want To Question Facebook About Closed Group Privacy

Media researchers say Facebook seems to be responsible for most of the misinformation, in part because of the steps it took to fight fake news after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Facebook said it would refocus its Groups feature to direct people to join more groups tailored to their interests, and to make the content from those groups appear on their timeline more often. In just two years, Facebook group membership jumped 40% to 1.4 billion monthly users.

Now, experts say these groups are harder to regulate or monitor than before — and because Facebook's business model is built on getting people to join more groups, misinformation can spread to hundreds of thousands of people at a time. According to a Credibility Coalition and Health Feedback study, Facebook accounted for 96% of shares of the 100-most engaged health stories on social media — and less than half of those 100 stories were considered "highly credible."

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff has sent letters to Facebook and Google to ask how they currently address this problem, and what additional steps they plan to take. Specifically, Schiff asked how these companies planned to "distinguish quality information from misinformation or misleading information" in its algorithms.

So far, the companies have responded with basic steps. YouTube said it would stop recommending what it calls "borderline content" in its autoplay algorithm. Facebook said it would explore "additional measures to best combat the problem" like reducing the amount of antivaccine content that shows up in its searches. 

Delaware father-of-two, 43, is shot dead in his car in Jamaica

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:13
Timothy Harper, 43, was murdered in Port Lucea while allegedly picking up his wife, Tressan, from her job at a 5 star hotel. He was shot dead multiple times in his car, according to reports.

University of Florida sophomore, 19, is accused of raping female student

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:09
Ian Fitzgerald Deal, 19, has been charged with sexual battery after being accused by an acquaintance of forcing himself on her, although he insists the encounter was consensual.

Nasty, Hard-Left Oliver as Churchill: ‘We Haven’t Begun to F**k Ourselves’

CNS News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:07
[See NewsBusters for more.] Hard-left HBO host John Oliver went on an anti-Brexit rant, Sunday, seething about stupid voters who allowed the country to vote against the European Union. He also featured a profanity-laced tirade from a Winston Churchill impersonator, mocking his home country: “We haven’t begun to f**k ourselves!” What is the solution provided by the Last Week Tonight host?

Lagerfeld's glamorous, feminine style was copied across the high street

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:05
BRUCE OLDFIELD: Karl held the tenets of Coco Chanel’s original ideas for feminine, relaxed, simple, soft fashion, while at the same time going off-piste with his exciting, modern designs.

Two Female Students Were Suspended For Alleged False Accusations Of Sexual Assault. Now They’re Suing.

Daily Wire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:59
Two former Purdue University students are suing their university after they were initially expelled for allegedly fabricating accusations of sexual assault. The university claimed, according to the women’s lawsuit, that one of the accusers fabricated her claim and the other was malicious in her reporting. Each was expelled from the university, but had her sentence lowered to a two-year suspension after an appeal.

Mother of woman who was murdered in 2013 told her daughter's killer to 'rot in hell'

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:57
The mother of Lindsay Greene (right) who was murdered in 2013 told her daughter's killer, Charles Martinez (left), 29, to 'rot in hell' after he admitted in a Florida courtroom to killing three people on Friday.

Far-Left Activist Films Herself Harassing Elderly Man in a MAGA Hat While Shopping at the Thrift Store

GatewayPundit - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:56

A far-left anti-ICE activist has protected her Twitter account after she filmed herself harassing an elderly man in a Make America Great Again hat at a thrift store.

The wannabe photographer tweeted that if he was “brave enough to wear it out, I’m brave enough to call you out.”

In the hard-to-watch video, Abib L. Ascencio films herself harassing the man as he is trying to shop.

Ascencio set her Twitter account to private after receiving backlash for her harassment, but the Gateway Pundit was able to record the tweet in a screen grab.

“Look at what this man is wearing at the thrift store,” the activist remarks as she sticks the camera in his face. “You should be ashamed of yourself, you poor human.”

The man repeatedly attempts to block the camera and ignore her as she continues to berate him.

Ascencio followed up by tweeting that he “was Cuban by the way,” for whatever reason.

How this will go:
Step 1 – Tweets video harassing an innocent elderly man in MAGA Hat to try to get attention
Step 2 – Gets ratio'ed
Step 3 – Claims to be a victim because of "Twitter harassment" to try to get attention.

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 19, 2019

Comedian and political commentator Tim Young put the woman on blast — with a check list of what was going to happen in response to her vile tweet.

Young wrote:

“How this will go:

Step 1 – Tweets video harassing an innocent elderly man in MAGA Hat to try to get attention

Step 2 – Gets ratio’ed

Step 3 – Claims to be a victim because of “Twitter harassment” to try to get attention.”

At the time of her setting her account to private, Ascencio’s tweet was already in the process of being ratio’d with just over 700 retweets and 2,500 (mostly angry) responses. She was also already claiming that someone is attempting to “hack” her and that she is getting hate emails.

Looks like Young’s prediction was correct.

Earlier this week, a man and his wife had a gun pulled on them for wearing MAGA hats while shopping at Sam’s Club in Kentucky. The mainstream media was silent on the incident.

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Ex-convict, 51, jumps in front of train to his death after killing his girlfriend and her son

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:54
Hector Cruz, 51 (left), suspected of murdering his girlfriend, Marisol Ortiz, and her 14-year-old son, Alanche Delorbe, in The Bronx on Sunday, took his own life by jumping in front of a Metro-North train.

Flashback: Bernie Sanders Calls Food Lines a “Good Thing”

Info Wars - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:54
Socialist candidate praises food rationing

'Suicide is not fashion': Model hits out at Burberry

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:53
Liz Kennedy criticised the fashion giant for exhibiting a hoodie with a noose around its neck at London Fashion Week. Pictured: A model wearing the garment, which has since been removed.

'Drunken' driver smashes into six parked cars at 100mph

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:53
Wilfredo Vaquiz Escobar, 30, has been arrested on a charge of felony DUI causing injuries after police say he drunkenly careened into a half-dozen vehicles while speeding in LA Sunday.

Donald Trump orders Space Force to be established as part of Air Force

UPI - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:53
President Donald Trump signed a directive Tuesday ordering the Department of Defense to create the Space Force initially as part of the Air Force.

Bernie 'missed his time' but I wish him well says Trump as ex-Clinton aides flame the senator

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:51
President Trump said that Bernie Sanders 'missed his time' but declined to filet the democratic socialist Tuesday who announced his candidacy for president earlier in the day.

Danish Populists Propose Hardening Border With Crime-Ridden Sweden

Info Wars - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:50
Denmark, Sweden moving in different directions on border security, migration

WATCH: Shocking Antisemitism in France, Yellow Vests accost philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in Paris, “Dirty Zionist sh*t” “break you” “Go back to Tel Aviv” “**** your mother” “dirty sh*t”

Geller Report - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:41

“Prompts soul searching.” That soul should have been searched during the Dreyfus affair, Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, and of course the Vichy government. Note the religious beards on the savages.

Anti-Semitic Taunts by Yellow Vests Prompt French Soul-Searching

By Adam Nossiter, The NY Times, February 18, 2019:

PARIS — He was one of France’s few public intellectuals to express support for the Yellow Vest movement at the beginning, but last week he said the protesters “devastate without regard for anything or anybody.”

Over the weekend, they turned their ire on him.

As Alain Finkielkraut, one of France’s leading essayists and critics from the right, walked by a Yellow Vest demonstration, protesters at its edge shouted insults widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

“Fascist!” they yelled.“Palestine!” “Go home to Israel!” “Tel Aviv, back to Tel Aviv!”

By Monday, the affair had snowballed into another episode of anguished national soul-searching over the problem of persistent anti-Semitism in France, and the evolution of the Yellow Vest movement from gas-tax protest to violent street revolt with hints of menace and hooliganism.

Some politicians and intellectuals accused others of not condemning the insults to Mr. Finkielkraut firmly enough. President Emmanuel Macron telephoned him to express his anger, but said he would not be attending a march in Paris scheduled for Tuesday to condemn anti-Semitism.

The march, the accusations and counteraccusations, and the insults themselves are a recurring feature of public life in France, where the Interior Ministry last week reported a 74-percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationally.

The extreme sensitivity of the issue was evident again Monday in the recriminations that poured down on those whose condemnation was judged not severe enough. A lawyer with connections to Mr. Macron was forced to apologize for seeming to take the epithets too lightly in a television interview.

The affair crystallizes a number of dark elements bubbling to the surface in a climate of public tension in France, even beyond the Yellow Vest protests, now in their 14th week, whose economic resentments sometimes elide with anti-Semitism

Mr. Finkielkraut, the son of an Auschwitz survivor and a member of the Académie Française, one of the country’s oldest cultural institutions, is a polarizing figure. His views on politics and France’s immigrants put him well to the right in the country’s political spectrum.

Apart from displaying his erudition as a critic deeply knowledgeable about French literature and philosophy, Mr. Finkielkraut regularly inveighs, on a popular weekly radio program, against what he considers the lack of respect for traditional French culture in France’s immigrant communities. He has lamented the incursion of these communities into hitherto all-French zones, and often speaks out about the anti-Semitism in France’s Muslim suburbs.

Some of the virulence directed at him Saturday could perhaps be explained by these positions, though analysts said there was no doubt that anti-Semitism also played a role. The Yellow Vest movement has been criticized for its lack of diversity and for not raising the problems of longstanding poverty in France’s heavily immigrant suburbs, or banlieues.

The movement has been fueled by economic and class resentments, particularly over elitism and inequality, and mostly among white working-class French in small towns and rural areas.

Muttering about the “Rothschild bank” can frequently be heard at the edges of the demonstrations, mixed in with expressions of hatred toward the president.

Mr. Macron was a banker at Rothschild and Company. But the invocation of Rothschild has also become a kind of anti-Semitic code for the supposed influence of Jews over the economy.

Mr. Finkielkraut was in the cross hairs of several of these currents on Saturday, as he stepped out to take his mother-in-law home from lunch and crossed the now-weekly Yellow Vest demonstration near his home on the Left Bank.

Citizen videos, which have run continually on French television, make clear what happened next: Several in the crowd, recognizing Mr. Finkielkraut from his frequent television appearances, began yelling insults.

Melania Trump pays tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:39
Melania, 48, took to social media to pay homage to the late designer, who died from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday at the age of 85.

California Governor Gavin Newsom sells his San Francisco home

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:38
California Governor Gavin Newsom has put his sprawling family home near San Francisco on the market for nearly $6 million following his gubernatorial election win.

NEW: FBI Investigating Whether Jussie Smollett Played a Role in Sending ‘Threatening Letter’ to ‘Empire’ Studio Addressed to Him

GatewayPundit - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:35

The FBI and US Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening and racist letter crafted from magazine clippings to the ‘Empire’ studio in Chicago prior to the fake MAGA attack.

According to ABC News, the letter, which was sent Jan. 22, is currently in the FBI crime lab for analysis, one of the sources said.

According to CBS Chicago, Jussie Smollett was so upset after the racist threatening letter sent to Empire’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” that he decided to concoct the fake MAGA attack.

“When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.

On January 22nd, Jussie Smollett received a threatening racist letter crafted with letters from magazines. (screenshot below)

The letter, which contained a white substance was mailed to Empire’s Chicago studio. The white powder turned out to be aspirin.

As previously reported, investigators took magazines and a book of stamps as evidence from the Nigerian brothers’ apartment.

Jussie Smollett even spoke about this racist letter in an interview last week.

“On the letter, it had a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing toward it.” It also had “MAGA” Jussie said.

On January 29th, Jussie Smollett told Chicago Police that two white Trump supporters ambushed him on the streets of Chicago at 2 AM while he was walking back to his apartment following a midnight run to Subway to grab a sandwich.

Smollett alleged the two white males recognized him as the actor from ‘Empire,’ hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.

Last Thursday, the hate hoax began to unravel after it was revealed two Nigerian brothers, who were also extras on ‘Empire’ were paid $4,000 to stage the attack, prompting Smollett to hire criminal defense lawyers and a crisis management firm.

Jussie Smollett could face up to three years in prison for filing a false police report in the state of Illinois, a class 4 four felony.

It also appears Jussie Smollett may have lied to FBI agents about this threatening letter. It is a federal crime to lie to the FBI.

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