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'Racist'? UPenn Prof. Amy Wax says U.S. better with more white than non-white immigrants

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 15:19

Amy Wax said more immigration leads to dirtier cities. Penn Law's dean said comments were bigoted and possibly racist, but didn't address her tenure.


A priest, a car crash and bags full of stolen parish money

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 15:15

Emergency workers responding to a car crash in a California town last month found a priest with a fractured hip and, much to their surprise, bags of cash he allegedly stole from the local parish. The Diocese of Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, said in a statement on Monday that $18,000 in church collections were found in Father Oscar Diaz's car at the time of the accident on June 17. It added that further investigation revealed "a prolonged history of theft," with more than $95,000 stolen from parishes where the 56-year-old Diaz had served over the past 15 years.


Prince Harry warns that buying vegetables wrapped in plastic is a 'dirty habit'

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 14:59

The Duke of Sussex has warned that the purchase of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic is a “dirty habit” that has “become normalised.” He questioned how it had become so common to buy peeled, pre-packaged vegetables, noting “it doesn’t make any sense”. The Duke was speaking to a small group of young activists at a conservation event at Windsor Castle, spearheaded by leading primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. He urged them to question supermarket staff about their packaging policies and the alternatives to plastic. “I know Waitrose has spent a huge amount of money trying to find different ways to package stuff,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to find everything in plastic.  The Duke of Sussex hugs Dr Jane Goodall Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA “Plastic within plastic. Gone are the days when you can just grab ten carrots, take them home and give them a shave.  “Now people are actually buying ten shaved carrots in a plastic bag. Why? “We’ve slipped into this dirty habit and it’s become normalised.” The Duke, echoing his father’s concerns about plastic pollution, said those companies that had created the problem should take some responsibility and “spend the money they have made selling all this stuff” to clean it up. “Even better stop making it and finding alternatives,” he added. The Duke had earlier greeted Dr Goodall, 85, famed for her life-long study of chimpanzees, with a “chimp greeting” having been taught it when the pair first met last year. He delivered a speech at the global leadership meeting of her Roots & Shoots initiative, for which students from 26 countries had gathered for a week to work together on various projects. Dr Goodall revealed that the Duke had asked to meet her last year and said she had met the Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie at Frogmore Cottage last month. “She told me she’s followed me all her life,” she said of the Duchess. “She told me ‘You’ve been my idol since I was a child. I’ve hero worshipped you all my life.’” “She came in at the end with Archie and I got to cuddle him. He’s very cute and very gentle.” The Duke was also asked what peace meant to him and responded: “To be connected to the things that matter the most, rather than being disconnected.” He said a lack of human connection created “a lack of compassion and empathy for each other” which in turn prompted a lack of understanding about the importance of the ecosystem. The Prince of Wales has has long campaigned on the subject, warning last year that the younger generation deserved a better future than the “insanity” of a “damaged and destroyed world”.


FBI Director: White-Supremacist Violence Accounts for Majority of Domestic-Terrorism Arrests Since Last October

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 14:47

FBI director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that the majority of domestic-terrorism arrests since last October have been linked to white supremacy."I will say that a majority of the domestic-terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white-supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well," the FBI chief said in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.Wray explained that since October, the FBI has arrested about 100 people on international-terrorism charges and about the same number of individuals on charges related to domestic extremism.The FBI director emphasized that his investigators' "focus is on the violence.""We the FBI don’t investigate the ideology, no matter how repugnant. We investigate violence. And any extremist ideology, when it turns to violence, we’re all over it," Wray said. "We take domestic terrorism or hate crime – regardless of ideology – extremely seriously, I can assure you, and we are aggressively pursuing it using both counterterrorism resources and criminal investigative resources and partnering closely with our state and local partners."President Trump has repeatedly come under fire for using rhetoric that his opponents say encourages violent, racist tendencies. Critics have warned that violence resulting from white-supremacist ideologies has been on the rise since Trump took office.“I don’t, really,” Trump said in March when asked if he thinks white nationalism is a growing threat. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”The highest-profile act of violence perpetrated by a white supremacist over the last few years occurred at a 2017 white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where one of the male rally-goers murdered one counter-protesters and injured dozens of others by mowing them down with his car. The man has received several life sentences for his crimes.


Kyoto Animation arson killings didn't get much attention because we couldn't demonize guns

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 14:39

The Kyoto Animation killing left 34 dead, but it didn't have much impact because we don't pay attention to mass killings without guns. We should.


US officials say USS Boxer may have downed 2 Iranian drones last week in the Strait of Hormuz

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 13:23

Defense official says sailors and Marines onboard the USS Boxer saw one of the drones go down, the other disappeared from radar and was believe destroyed; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.


U.S. to pay $15 minimum per acre to farmers hurt by China trade war

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 13:00

The U.S. government will pay a minimum of $15 per acre to farmers hurt by President Donald Trump's trade war with China under an aid package to be unveiled before the end of the week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Tuesday. "We'll have information for you before the week ends," Perdue told reporters when asked about the aid, which is planned to total about $16 billion. U.S. farmers, a key Trump constituency, have been among the hardest hit in the trade war between the world's two largest economies.


Israel condemns attacks on Saudi guest

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:53

Israeli government officials on Tuesday condemned Palestinians who hurled abuse and chairs at a Saudi blogger visiting Jerusalem as a guest of the Jewish state. The Saudi visitor, named by Israeli public radio as Mohammed Saud, was one of six invitees from Arab states brought to Israel by its foreign ministry to give them fresh viewpoints on the country. Hassan Kabia, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, called it "barbaric" behaviour.


Beto O’Rourke Battles Meghan McCain Over Trump-Nazi Analogy

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:43

The ViewBeto O’Rourke tried to ingratiate himself to Meghan McCain at the top of his latest appearance on The View. It didn’t work. “Congressman, not too long ago you were a huge rising star,” McCain told O’Rourke on Tuesday morning before painting a dire picture of his fledgling presidential campaign. “You’re polling at zero percent. [He’s actually averaging about 3 percent in recent polls.] You’re trailing Marianne Williamson in the important state of New Hampshire. Your fundraising numbers have gone down by a third. This isn’t great for momentum. Why do you think it’s cooled?” “You know what? That’s not what I feel when on the ground,” O’Rourke replied before McCain cut him off to say, “Facts are stubborn things.” Kamala Harris Shuts Down Meghan McCain for Siding With Joe Biden“But I think you know that at this time in many presidential races you have folks who are down in the polls, counted out, left for dead, who, through their persistence and courage and tenacity and the amazing people who comprise their campaign, rose to help lead their party and ultimately the country,” he said, citing the co-host’s late father Senator John McCain, who he referred to as one of his “heroes.” Unimpressed, McCain replied, “Yeah, his campaign full-on imploded, it’s true.” Things became even more tense later in the segment when McCain brought up recent comments O’Rourke made to ABC News comparing President Trump’s recent North Carolina event—where supporters chanted “Send her back!” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)—to an “impromptu Nuremberg rally.” In response to O’Rourke’s denunciation of right-wing “extremism,” McCain said, “You’re talking about Trump supporters, comparing them to Nazis in Nuremberg, that sounds extreme to me as well. When Democrats come on here and wax poetic about extremism—I’m not saying Trump isn’t doing it, but you’re calling everybody who was in that North Carolina rally a Nazi. From my standpoint, it seems like the left is pretty extreme as well.” Insisting that he was not calling “everyone” who was at that rally a Nazi, O’Rourke said, “We all have accountability for our actions and everyone who shouted to send them back is responsible as well.” Trump May Not Be Coming for the Jews, but the Next Trump WillAs The View’s audience cheered forcefully in response to that line, McCain glared at them and said, “I agree, but there were people in that rally that didn’t and you’re going to have to win over some of these people that voted for Obama and voted for Trump again.” “You have to understand how it looks for people in the middle,” she added, “thinking that maybe I don’t agree with everything that the left is saying so automatically you’re Nazis?” “I do’'t care who you voted for last time,” O’Rourke told her in response. “I don’t care if you’re a Trump supporter or a Republican. You’re an American first before you are anything else and I call you to this country’s greatness.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Michigan principal says she was forced out for being white, files $5M lawsuit

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:37

Shannon Blick said she was forced out of her job in Ann Arbor so she could be replaced by an African American principal.


iPhone 2019 rumors: Apple to introduce a next-generation Taptic Engine

Macworld - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:35

What’s in store for the new iPhone in 2019? We won’t officially know until the fall (most likely in September), but until then, you can bet that the rumor mill will be fully operational. This page will keep track of what’s being rumored as new features of the 2019 iPhones, and we’ll provide some analysis and whether or not a rumor seems feasible.

Updated 07/23/19: A new report from 9to5Mac claims this year’s iPhones will have a new Taptic Engine and improved front camera video recording.

Improved Haptics

A report from 9to5Mac primarily reiterates the rumors we’ve heard before, with one significant new wrinkle: This year’s new iPhones will feature “a new type of Taptic Engine, known by the codename leap haptics.” It’s not known what the new features of this improved Taptic Engine would be. Apple is already one of the very few to use a linear resonant actuator for its haptics, which provide much greater fidelity than the eccentric rotating mass vibration motors used in so many other phones.

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Budget deal on track despite grumbling on the left and right

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:24

Steven Mnuchin said that Trump 'absolutely' supports the $1.37 trillion budget deal.


MAGA Bomber’s Lawyers Blame Trump, Sean Hannity for His Radicalization

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:55

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe “MAGA Bomber” who mailed explosives to President Donald Trump’s critics turned violent on a steady diet of Fox News, Trump tweets, and Facebook, his lawyers claim.Cesar Sayoc, 57, previously pleaded guilty to sending 16 pipe bombs to news outlets and public figures in October. On social media, Sayoc promoted far-right conspiracy theories and threatened people who were critical of Trump. He faces life in prison for the mail bombings. But Sayoc’s lawyers argue he was just a man struggling with “cognitive limitations and mental illness” who was manipulated by conservative media and the president’s Twitter feed.Cesar Sayoc Jr., Alleged Mail Bomber, Threatened Democrats on TwitterIsolated and abusing steroids, Sayoc lived a lonely life, his attorneys claimed in a Monday filing.“By 2018, he was living alone in a decrepit and cramped van that had been his home for more than a decade,” the lawyers wrote. “A typical day saw Mr. Sayoc waking up in his van, showering at the gym, and cooking crockpot meals while inside the DJ booth of a strip club before heading off to his second job delivering pizza. As he grew older and more isolated, excessive steroid use increased his feelings of anxiety and paranoia.“In this darkness, Mr. Sayoc found light in Donald J. Trump.”Sayoc watched Fox News “religiously at the gym,” the filing continued. He typically ended his evenings watching Sean Hannity’s show. He also began to feel victimized as a Trump supporter, his lawyers wrote. On Facebook, he shared posts about supposed attacks on Trump supporters. When his van was vandalized, he believed it was the work of “anti-Trump forces [that] were trying to hurt him.”Sayoc’s lawyers pinned some of the blame on Trump. “He began to consider Democrats as not just dangerous in theory, but imminently and seriously dangerous to his personal safety,” they wrote. “President Trump did nothing to dissuade this message.”They pointed to multiple instances in which Trump told his followers that Democrats were out to hurt them, including an October 2018 rally when Trump said Democrats “destroy people. They want to destroy people. These are really evil people.” Sayoc sent the bombs that same month.Of Course Donald Trump Inspired Cesar Sayoc’s Alleged TerrorismSayoc, who worked as a Papa John’s pizza delivery man, was also convinced that the left was trying to murder Papa John’s employees over racist remarks by the company’s founder, the filing says. He believed anti-fascists were personally targeting him for pizza-motivated murder, his lawyers wrote.The culmination of steroid use and political paranoia was a “slow boil” that culminated in Fall 2018, his lawyers claim. As Sayoc told a doctor after his arrest, his obsession with Democrats became “increasingly severe, to the point that he could think of little else.”Sayoc “resolved that he needed to do something to scare and deter the prominent figures in the media and on the left.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Georgia woman gets cold fries at McDonald's, barges into kitchen and fires gun

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:50

A Georgia woman who reportedly fired a gun into the floor of a McDonald'skitchen Monday afternoon had a pretty wild motivation for her crime: coldfrench fries


Shinzo Abe's Underhanded Trade War Against South Korea

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:44

The trade restrictions carried out by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has further exacerbated the discord between Korea and Japan. This is an event that transcends economic friction or diplomatic conflict. It is a strategic war being played against the backdrop of the Northeast Asian regional order and the beginning of a war on history. Abe instigated this war, to be sure. It was a plot that was formulated from the early stages of his administration. The South Korean government of Moon Jae-in, having prioritized the progress of peace on the peninsula, managed to keep Japan from impeding the course toward peace. However, Abe’s plans are now in motion, under the guise of a protest against our Supreme Court decision to compensate forced labor conscripts. The root of the current trade dispute lies in a Korean Supreme Court decision made in 2018 that called for Japanese companies to make financial reparations to the Korean victims of conscripted labor, which occurred during Japan’s colonization of Korea.  To be clear, the decision did not hold the Japanese government accountable. Government-to-government compensation was achieved through “The Claims Settlement Agreement of 1965 between Korea and Japan,” and the Korean government has consistently acknowledged this fact. The irony is not lost on Korea, however, that Japan has never acknowledged the illegal nature of their forcible annexation of the peninsula in 1910. At any rate, individual reparations were always treated as a separate matter outside of the 1965 agreement. Issues regarding comfort women and Korean victims of atomic bombings amongst others were raised, and the two governments agreed to work out solutions. As a result, Korea-Japan relations slowly evolved from the 1965 framework.


Two men fined for eating raw squirrels to protest veganism as people begged them to stop

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:38

Deonisy Khlebnikov, 22 and Gatis Lagzdins, 29, ate the squirrels, with the skin and fur still intact, at the Soho Vegan Food Market in late March.


US-born teenager 'wrongfully detained' at border for weeks: 'He needs to be released now'

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:09

An 18-year-old US citizen has been held by US Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Custom Enforcement for over three weeks.Francisco Erwin Galicia was detained at a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas on June 27, said Claudia Galan, his attorney. He was travelling with his brother Marlon, a 17-year-old who was born in Mexico, who was also detained. After two days of detention, Marlon signed a voluntary deportation form and was released to his grandmother.“I signed because I wanted to talk with my mom,” Marlon told The Dallas Morning News over the phone from Reynosa, Mexico. “Now, we just have to wait and see and hope that they release my brother.”The brothers were on their way from their home in Edinburg, Texas to a soccer scouting event at Ranger College in North Texas. Travelling with friends, they came upon a CBP checkpoint at around 8pm.Marlon, who was carrying only his school ID, told News that he had only been through a border checkpoint on school trips. Unlike those times, at this checkpoint he was pressed for travel documents.His brother Francisco had a Texas ID, however, which can only be obtained with a Social Security Number - a proof of American citizenship. His mother, Sanjuana Galicia, says he was detained because he did not have his US passport.Ms Galicia says her son was not allowed phone use for the three weeks he was in CBP custody. On Saturday, he was transferred to ICE’s custody, where he’s been allowed to make collect calls. She told News that she’s presented CBP officers with her son’s birth certificate, along with other documents, including his high school ID, a health insurance, and a congratulatory certificate she was given by hospital staff when he was born. “They ignored them,” she said. She's now sent the same documents to the ICE agent handling her son's case. Her son was detained as news of dangerous overcrowding and inhumane treatment in ICE detention centres was met with widespread outrage. The release of photos of people crammed behind chain-link fences, as well as stories from visiting lawmakers, who reported being told by detainees that they were not allowed to wash, among other mistreatments, has sparked support for intervention on the left.The Trump administration maintains that the detention centres are appropriate for their detainees. Following a highly publicized visit to one centre by vice president Mike Pence, Republicans have stressed that those in custody are not US citizens, emphasising the right's attack on immigration at the southern border. Francisco's case points instead to an outright attack on all people with origins from these nations, regardless of citizen status."He’s going on a full month of being wrongfully detained," she said. "He’s a U.S. citizen and he needs to be released now.”


3 reasons why Apple would want to buy Intel's mobile modem chip business (other than the iPhone)

Macworld - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:03

The race to 5G might have just added a new lane. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Intel are engaged in serious talks over the latter company’s smartphone modem chip business, which went belly-up earlier this year.

Intellectual property exchanging hands between industry giants isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, but this deal has significant ramifications. Just three months ago, Apple and Intel were partners on the development of the iPhone’s 5G modem, but that abruptly ended in one fell swoop when Apple and Qualcomm settled their longtime court case and Intel “announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices.”

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Iran’s Oil Tanker Gambit Has Nowhere to Go

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 10:30

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- To judge by the propaganda of the Iranian regime, the brave warriors of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had captured a Royal Navy guided-missile destroyer. Video footage shows the IRGC men rappelling down to a ship while other fearless comrades, looking on from speedboats racing alongside the vessel, cheer them on with shouts of “Allah Akbar!” Still images show the men advancing cautiously down the deck, automatic weapons pointed forward in preparation of a fierce gun battle.Stirring stuff for an Iranian audience raised on stories of Albion’s many historical perfidies against their nation! Except the captured ship was not the mighty HMS Duncan, bristling with missiles and men-at-arms, but the Stena Impero, a small oil tanker with a motley complement of 23 civilians—and not a single man jack among them holding a British passport.Since the crew was from India, Russia, the Philippines and Latvia, the IRGC was deprived of the ultimate photo-op: Royal Navy sailors on their knees, hands behind their heads in submission. So, there could be no reprise of the 2016 images of American sailors in that position, which the Iranians jubilantly recreated for their Revolution Day parade that year.No matter. The IRGC will undoubtedly find an ingenious way to celebrate its latest accomplishment. In the meantime, the generals can crow about “Iran’s defensive and offensive power” and warn of their “surprising and unpredictable aspects.” But the capture of the Stena Impero is no more surprising and unpredictable than it is awesome. (Somali pirates, armed with dhows and small arms, have taken vessels many times larger.) If anything, the Iranians are about to find out that their maritime adventurism has mostly irritated the world instead of intimidating it.Coming after the flurry of attacks on oil tankers in and around the Gulf of Oman, the taking of the Stena Impero represents the highest hand the Islamic Republic can play against Western powers, short of a direct confrontation with a naval vessel. Having played it, the IRGC has nowhere else to go.Taking another civilian craft would have diminishing propaganda returns. Attacking the HMS Duncan, or a U.S. Navy vessel, would invite kinetic retaliation, something the Iranians have carefully avoided.Nor, presumably, would they want the world to test their claim that they can shut off the Strait of Hormuz—when they make this threat, they are quick to add that they “don’t want to.” Closing the waterway through which a quarter of the world’s oil trade flows would not only harm the global economy and stick it to regional adversaries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, it would also deeply inconvenience Iran’s few friends and sympathizers.China and India would not be pleased to have their energy needs choked off. Iraq and Qatar would see their exports plummet. And, in the ultimate demonstration of nose-cutting and face-spiting, blocking the strait would advance the Trump administration’s aim of reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero.So what now for the heroic captors of the Stena Impero, and their brilliant generals? They face the prospect of more Western naval vessels plying the Gulf, the better to protect civilian shipping. Britain is calling for a European alliance to guard tankers against Iranian aggression. This is meant to be separate from an American alliance, but to the Iranians that is a distinction without a difference—and another attack on a tanker would remove even that fig leaf.Meanwhile, there’s the matter of the Iranian tanker seized by British authorities last week while trying to transport oil to a Syria under sanction. The legal wrangle over the Grace 1 will be long and arduous. If the Iranian regime is lucky, perhaps the ship might be released in time for next year’s Revolution Day parade, allowing for another display of empty triumphalism.To contact the author of this story: Bobby Ghosh at aghosh73@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Gibney at jgibney5@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Bobby Ghosh is a columnist and member of the Bloomberg Opinion editorial board. He writes on foreign affairs, with a special focus on the Middle East and the wider Islamic world.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


After 110 years, a North Dakota bridge yields to a load of beans

Top Stories - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 09:56

The 56-foot wooden bridge over the Goose River collapsed on Monday as the driver of a tractor trailer truck tried to haul a load of dried beans over it, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. While the cab of the 2005 Peterbilt truck made it to the other side, pictures posted online by the sheriff's office showed the trailer "hung up" on the west side of the now V-shaped bridge that had bottomed out in the shallow river about 30 miles southwest of Grand Forks.


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