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  • From Barcelona to Charlottesville: How Trump's responses differed

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    In the aftermath of the attacks in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday and Charlottesville, Va., five days earlier, President Trump offered very different reactions.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:24:30 -0400
  • Girl found 'brutally murdered' at home after texting mother about someone knocking at door

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    Yhoana Arteaga was found bludgeoned to death in her family's mobile home with her clothing "in disarray", police said. There was no evidence of forced entry to the trailer in Nashville, Tennessee. The girl had suffered blunt force trauma to her body, police spokesman Don Aaron told a press conference.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:40:00 -0400
  • Staff Change on Mueller Team Raises Questions

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    Rachel Maddow pursues reporting on the departure of former FBI counter-espionage chief Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation team, questioning the reason and what it might mean for Mueller's effort.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:36:57 -0400
  • Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku

    Several people were stabbed in an knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday but it was not immediately clear if this was a militant action or had some other motive. The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that at least one person was killed in the attack. Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat said eight people had been taken to hospital following the stabbings, some of them are in critical condition.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:48:43 -0400
  • Pakistan holds state funeral for German nun who fought leprosy

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    Pakistani soldiers on Saturday carried the flag-draped coffin of German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau to a state funeral where she was honored after devoting her life to eradicating leprosy in the country. Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau died last week in the southern city of Karachi at age 87. Mourners paid their last respects as Pfau's coffin was carried to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre that she founded before being taken on to St. Patrick's Cathedral for the official service.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:22:05 -0400
  • Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

    CHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:42:40 -0400
  • No Human Remains Found In Search For Natalee Holloway: Prosecutor

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    Dave Holloway, father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, said on national television this week that he found human bones in Aruba, where his daughter vanished a dozen years ago, and submitted them for DNA testing.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:58:10 -0400
  • Children in conflict zones vulnerable to killing, rape: UN draft

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    Children are particularly vulnerable in the conflicts raging around the globe, according to a draft UN report that specifically pointed the finger of blame in Yemen at the Saudi-led coalition. The draft of an annual UN report on the impact of armed conflict on children lists the countries and entities accused of recruiting child soldiers and using children as weapons of war. "I am highly concerned by the scale and severity of the grave violations that were committed against children in 2016, which included alarming levels of killing and maiming, recruitment and use and denial of humanitarian access," Secretary General Antonio Guterres says in the draft seen by AFP.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:56:07 -0400
  • 911 Call Reveals Harrowing Escape of Woman Cops Call 'James Bond' After She Jumped Out of Car

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    Jordan Dinsmore's suspected attackers have been arrested.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:49:00 -0400
  • White supremacists cheer Trump's evolving response to Charlottesville

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    President Trump’s comments about violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend have been condemned by Democrats, Republicans, business leaders and even athletes. “I think he’s speaking to the fact that a nation should respect its heritage, its identity, its heroes, and we shouldn’t engage in antiwhite multicultural political correctness,” Matthew Heimbach told Yahoo News on Thursday. Heimbach was scheduled to speak at the event, which attracted supporters from white supremacist, “alt-right” and neo-Nazi groups.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:22:43 -0400
  • Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deported

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    An activist known for helping Arab women in the Chicago area lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday and will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:01:09 -0400
  • Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family

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    A father drove his car over an opening drawbridge in a death-defying stunt to avoid plunging into the water below. Terence Naphys was crossing New Jersey's Middle Thorofare Bridge with his family when its steel ramp began to lift beneath them. Mr Naphys was reportedly already near the centre of the bridge and was forced to accelerate his Toyota RAV 4 to jump the 6ft gap out of fear the car would fall 65ft into the deep bay below.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:19:50 -0400
  • Neo-Nazis love media attention. But ignoring them isn't an option | Bob Garfield

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    There is a genuine conflict of two public interests: the collateral damage of publicity versus the right to know. First there was the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where crowds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists and assorted alt-right mouthbreathers were televised chanting racist and antisemitic slogans and roughing up counter-protesters, culminating in the death of one woman. Yep, some of the finest neo-Nazis this great country has to offer.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:08:09 -0400
  • California man on delayed honeymoon among Barcelona victims

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    A 43-year-old California man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed when a van plowed through a popular pedestrian area in the Spanish city of Barcelona, his family said on Friday. Jared Tucker and his wife had gone to Barcelona to celebrate their first anniversary in the form of a belated honeymoon. Walking in the area of the famous Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday, he had gone to find a restroom when he was struck down by the van, his wife Heidi Nunes Tucker told KGO television in San Francisco.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:09:43 -0400
  • Wildfire leads to more evacuations in Montana

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A month-old wildfire flared up in western Montana, forcing the evacuation of hundreds more homes and devouring another large chunk of forest as the drought-stricken state struggles with one of its worst wildfire seasons in years.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:14:44 -0400
  • The Clever Way High School Boys Protested Their School's Sexist Dress Code

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    Students from San Benito High School in Hollister, California, are protesting their school’s sexist dress code in a pretty awesome way.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:34:02 -0400
  • Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

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    A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office Friday, authorities said. The presidential office in the centre of the capital Taipei is the headquarters of Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen. Relations with Chinese authorities have deteriorated since she took office last year as she has refused to agree to Beijing's stance that Taiwan is part of "one China".

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:50:10 -0400
  • Underwater devices look for Army helicopter crew off Hawaii

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    HONOLULU (AP) — Army officials have spent days sifting through chunks of Black Hawk helicopter debris in turbulent Pacific waters off Hawaii but have yet to see any signs of life in their search for five soldiers missing since the aircraft crashed during nighttime training on Tuesday.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:52:09 -0400
  • Boston free speech rally organisers say they fear far-Right groups could repeat violence of Charlottesville

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    Organisers of a free speech rally in Boston on Saturday are warning far-Right groups to stay away amid growing fears of a repeat of the violent clashes that led to the death of a protester in Virginia last weekend. The national director of the Ku Klux Klan has said members are expected to turn out for the event, due to start on Boston common at midday. And police, already preparing for the presence of thousands of counter-protesters, said they were stepping up their vigilance in the wake of Thursday’s terrorist attack in Barcelona. The result is a city preparing for the worst. John Medlar, of Boston Free Speech which is organising the rally, said he was as shocked and horrified as anyone else at the violence in Charlottesville when white supremacist groups protested the removal of Confederate statutes commemorating the Civil War. White supremacists stand behind their shields at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017 Credit: Reuters “We are afraid some of the groups that caused trouble might come up here and cause more trouble,” he said. The Boston group held a similar rally in May but this weekend’s event has come under intense scrutiny after neo-Nazi groups and counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville. A 32-year-old woman died when a car drove into a crowd sparking a week of debate about race relations, freedom of speech and America’s tempestuous political climate under Donald Trump. Mr Medlar said the roster of speakers included libertarians from both Left and Right but insisted there was no place for groups such as the KKK. “We don’t think the KKK is the type of group that will defend the first amendment rights of black people, so we don’t want them at our rally,” he said, referring to the part of the US constitution that guarantees free expression. Several of the most inflammatory speakers have already dropped out. Gavin McInnes, who describes himself as a “Western Chauvinist” and heads a group called the Proud Boys, said this week would no longer be attending. Trump says 'both sides' to blame in Charlottesville 01:19 Among the confirmed guests are Joe Biggs, who used to work for the conspiracy-mongering website Infowars, as well as Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist who claims to have invented email and is now running for the Senate. Mr Medlar said he had been working with city authorities to ensure the day would go off peacefully. A planned march has been cancelled and police are setting up physical barriers and a neutral zone to separate counter-protesters from the rally. Several thousand people are expected at the rival “Fight Supremacy” rally. It was planned as a response to the Charlottesville unrest but, coming at the same time as the free speech rally, now raises the prospect of fresh clashes between the two sides. Mr Medlar said he had considered cancelling but realised people might still show up anyway. The responsible course, he added, was to work with city authorities on ensuring an orderly event. “No-one will be able to bring anything that can be used as a weapon,” he said. Charlottesville far-right protest In Charlottesville, armed militias linked to both Left and Right made use of Virginia’s open carry laws to patrol the area carrying assault rifles. About 500 police officers will be on the streets to maintain order. They are planning to close some roads to vehicle after of the car attacks that killed Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and 13 in Barcelona. "We all know the tragedy that happened in Barcelona. That only makes us more vigilant," said William Evans, Boston Police Commissioner. At the same time, Thomas Robb, of the KKK, told the Boston Herald that he expected members to attend. "I don't think they're going to cause a disturbance," he said. "Our members don't stand out, they don't walk around giving Nazi salutes, they might be your next door neighbour or Cub Scout leader."

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:15:26 -0400
  • Grace Mugabe absent from S.Africa summit as assault claim lingers

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    Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since being accused of attacking a 20-year-old model with a electrical extension cord last weekend in a Johannesburg hotel where the couple's two sons were staying. The alleged assault is a political headache for South Africa and Zimbabwe, close neighbours with deep economic and historical ties.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:14:48 -0400
  • KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview

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    An Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:10:00 -0400
  • 'One of the Most Difficult Scenes.' 3 Kids Found Killed Inside Suburban Home

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    'One of the most difficult scenes'

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:12:05 -0400
  • German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain

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    By Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention. Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:47:05 -0400
  • Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:03:39 -0400
  • Five suspected terrorists shot dead by police in Cambrils, Spain

    Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in Cambrils, south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:52:41 -0400
  • Twitter Blasts Ex-Google Employee Who Says Being Conservative Is Like Being Gay In The '50s

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    Ex-Google employee James Damore made quite a disturbing false equivalency when he compared being a conservative at the tech company to being gay in the 1950s.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:36:20 -0400
  • Glitch Or Promo? Amazon Echo Dot Is Free Right Now

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    The Amazon Echo Dot is free on Amazon at checkout thanks to an apparently unlisted "Audible Promo" offer.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:50:25 -0400
  • 'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after Charlottesville

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    Mitt Romney said Trump’s comments after violence in Charlottesville had caused ‘the vast heart of America to mourn’. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an “unraveling of our national fabric” on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally. Nearly a week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:48:31 -0400
  • Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens

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    Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem. Altamirano is one of just 20 or so fishermen who remain in the floating gardens of Xochimilco, an idyllic network of lakes, canals and artificial islands improbably tucked into the urban sprawl of Mexico City.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:43:11 -0400
  • Boston free speech protests: Far-right demonstrators 'outnumbered 10 to 1 by anti-fascists'

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    Far-right demonstrators in Boston appeared to be greatly outnumbered by their opponents - perhaps as much as ten to one - as the city braced for two competing rallies. The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, issued an appeal to the many thousands of people taking part in the two events to be peaceful and show respect. The events were taking place a week after clashes at a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in more than 20 people being injured and one young woman, Heather Heyer, being killed.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400
  • Violence erupts between white nationalists, counterprotestors in Charlottesville: Part 5

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    White nationalists had gathered in the Virginia city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:21:19 -0400
  • U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash

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    By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday, A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened when the freighter hit the USS Fitzgerald, killing seven Navy sailors. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters that the USS Fitzgerald's commander, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are still under way into how the Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:54:20 -0400
  • Once homeless, Iraq War veteran moves into unique new home

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    MIDWAY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Vernon Poling was 44 years old when he finally got a home of his own.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:02:39 -0400
  • Border agents track drone from sky to drugs on the ground

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:38:36 -0400
  • Over 129,000 Kids Attend Schools That Honor Confederate Leaders

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    When over 129,000 kids go back to school this year, they will learn American history in a building that glorifies a Confederate leader.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:50:15 -0400
  • The Manual Car Is About More Than Shifting Gears

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    Why you should care about turn signals.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:43:03 -0400
  • 'My life is over': Man who attended Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally forced to move away after being identified

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    A man who attended the white supremacist march in Charlottesville has told how his “life is over” after being publicly identified. Jarrod Kuhn was identified as a “nazi” after an anti-fascist group posted 250 fliers around the Honeoye Falls area of New York in the aftermath of the Virginia bloodshed that left three people dead. The flier claimed Mr Kuhn is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities,” according to the Livingston County news.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:17:41 -0400
  • Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floods

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    Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after fresh heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. "We have sought army's help to reach out to the affected people," T P Gupta, a senior official from the state's disaster management authority, told AFP.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:52:07 -0400
  • Lebanese army finds surface-to-air missile in Nusra Front arms cache - security source

    The Lebanese army found a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in a weapons cache left by Nusra Front militants after it took over some of the jihadists' positions in northeast Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Friday. Photographs of the cache sent by the security source showed large numbers of shells and rockets. There have been sporadic reports throughout Syria's six-year-old civil war of rebel groups gaining access to SAMs.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:51:45 -0400
  • Betting Odds Predict Trump Might Be Impeached Or Resign Soon

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    At least one betting site said Trump had a greater chance than ever of leaving office.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:13:56 -0400
  • Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports

    BEIJING (AP) — Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:06:49 -0400
  • Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had originally described.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:00:20 -0400
  • Lost Art: Babbitt Bearings

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    The lost art of babbitt bearings.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:30:06 -0400
  • Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

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    Many areas of the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21, 2017, but there are some important safety concerns when it comes to experiencing an eclipse. A total solar eclipse will start in Oregon and stretch across the country all the way to South Carolina -- find out if you are in the eclipse's path of totality HERE -- with most people getting to see a partial eclipse. According to NASA, the only safe way to look at the sun during this event with special-purpose solar filters, commonly called “eclipse glasses” or a hand-held solar viewer.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:40:18 -0400
  • Did outing Charlottesville's white supremacists just make them more committed?

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    The “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the first time 27-year-old Nigel Krofta attended a white nationalist event. He’s been active in the movement online, but last weekend he stepped out from behind his keyboard and stood clutching a billy club alongside the neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other so-called alt-right marchers.  That day, Krofta met James Alex Fields Jr., who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters just a few hours later, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. After the bloodshed, a photo of the two men, published by the New York Times, found its way to Twitter, where Krofta was identified by name—along with his hometown and the contact information for his employer. He was labeled an “area Nazi” by a journalist in Charleston, South Carolina, not far from Krofta’s home in Ridgeville. SEE ALSO: How you can take action against white supremacy after Charlottesville On Monday, Krofta said he started to receive threats. He was also promptly fired from his job as a welder. “My employer was being called with threats on their business and persons and they responded by discharging me,” the now-former metalworker told Mashable. “My actions and beliefs are mine and I do not want anyone to be hurt or harmed for being associated with me.” I talked to the Ridgeville man, also a white supremacist, shown next to accused murderer James Fields at rally. https://t.co/YKv5zUWscY — Michael Majchrowicz (@mjmajchrowicz) August 14, 2017 For online activists seeking to identify the marchers at Saturday’s rally, this seems like mission accomplished: A participant faced real-world consequences, outside the confines of the white nationalist movement, where having Nazi sympathies makes you a pariah. But, while activists hope the threat of shame (and unemployment) will deter racists from joining future marches, their actions could have unintended consequences: pushing neo-Nazis out of the shadows could just force them to double down.Krofta is one of multiple marchers outed by online activists: In California, Cole White reportedly resigned from his job at a hotdog restaurant after his bosses caught wind of his involvement in Charlottesville over the weekend. In Nevada, 20-year-old University of Nevada at Reno student Peter Cvjetanovic got so much publicity he went on a local news program to explain that he is “not the angry racist they see in that photo.” The photo to which he’s referring shows Cvjetanovic—and his Hitler-esque hairstyle—carrying a torch and screeching alongside other white nationalists the night before Saturday’s deadly rally. In Fargo, North Dakota, the shame of seeing his son marching with known bigots prompted a father to pen a lengthy op-ed for a local newspaper essentially disowning his racist son. “I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions,” he wrote. UPDATE: Cole White, the first person I exposed, no longer has a job ‍♂️ #GoodNightColeWhite #ExposeTheAltRight #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/sqxSXboKw6 — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 13, 2017 The outing of racists has been met with fanfare. The Twitter page @YesYoureARacist, dedicated to shining a light on bigoted behavior, had 60,000 followers on Saturday morning—now, it has 400,000. Identifying racists has been the goal of civil rights organizations for years, with the idea that it will create problems for them in their personal and professional lives. As Southern Poverty Law Center researcher Ryan Lenz says in the documentary Welcome to Leith about the attempted neo-Nazi takeover of a small North Dakota town, “If you wanna be a Nazi, you can be a Nazi. But I’m gonna make sure the world knows you’re a Nazi.”Logan Smith, who founded the YesYoureARacist feed, put it similarly: "Ever since the days of the KKK burning crosses in people's yards, they depend on people remaining silent," Smith told NPR.  "And no matter the risk, I'm not going away." White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march toward Emancipation Park in CharlottesvilleImage: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesYet, there’s a problem. In a world where the President of the United States says there were “very fine people” on “both sides” of Saturday’s rally, people might not care whether people know they’re aligned with white supremacists, according to several demonstrators at the rally who railed against Jews, “faggots," and other groups. In fact, according to some, being exposed is only emboldening a movement they feel has essentially been endorsed by the president of the United States. “All we're doing is massively, massively growing,” David Duke, the infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader who was at the rally in Charlottesville, told Mashable. Donald Trump mentioned Duke by name during a press conference on Tuesday where he defended the “good people” on the right who demonstrated in Charlottesville. Duke made headlines during last year’s presidential election when he endorsed Trump. It took the president nearly a week to disavow the endorsement of a notorious white supremacist—who is perhaps the most well-known white supremacist of the last 30 years and whom Trump initially claimed to know nothing about. “I’ve gotten 15 million Twitter impressions [since the rally in Charlottesville] and 90 percent have been positive,” Duke continued, adding that, “the Antifa [anti-fascist activists] might think they’re making some gains on us [by outing white nationalists] but they're not...people see through it now. They see what’s going on. They have the Internet. They saw what happened [in Charlottesville]. We weren't there for violence. We were there to make our point.”For white nationalists, Duke's mission was accomplished. Those I spoke with expressed few regrets about what happened in Charlottesville, though many claimed to not support violence. (This claim is belied by the events, which left one woman dead and dozens wounded. The governor of Virginia described the white nationalists as more heavily armed than the police.)  Outing a guy like Duke, or Richard Spencer—the de-facto leader of the “alt-right” movement—is pointless; their names are synonymous with white supremacy and a simple Google search will reveal who they are. But for people like Nigel Krofta, who stepped into the world of white nationalism and ended up unemployed and publicly dubbed a Nazi, the consequences could be more severe.Krofta, at least, doesn’t care. In fact, he says, it’s only strengthened his resolve. Asked if he considered the potential consequences of demonstrating with a group of white nationalists before Saturday, Krofta said, “Of course I did. However, it was a risk I was willing to take and I have no regrets.”Krofta said his experience in Charlottesville—and the fallout from his activities—has only encouraged him to do more. He said he plans on joining a formal white nationalist group and to continue attending rallies. For the next one, he said, he and his “alt-right” cronies will be “better prepared.”“I feel vindicated,” he said. “[Getting exposed] strengthened my resolve.” He added, “I have my own plans...I hope I do inspire more to be more active.” White nationalist demonstrators surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockThe gloating and positive spin on what happened in Charlottesville is not unexpected, says Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, who tracks white nationalist groups like the “alt-right” and the National Socialist Movement, the country’s primary neo-Nazi organization.“Duke, Spencer and others will surely try to leverage this moment to double-down on their fantasies of creating a white civil rights movement,” Segal said. He added, “Generally, the people who show up to rallies have already taken the leap [into unabashed white nationalism]...there are some unintended consequences to [publicly name them] that can backfire. White supremacists generally don’t miss an opportunity to portray themselves as the victims.”That’s exactly what happened. People like Duke and Spencer have spent the last few days playing the victim on social media and beyond. President Trump appears to be paying attention to the plight of the poor white nationalists, as evidenced by that insane press conference on Tuesday, in which Trump repeatedly emphasized that both sides had done wrong.Krofta also doesn’t have much faith in the identification tactics of the “alt-right’s” opposition in terms of keeping people from upcoming rallies. While he concedes that people may be “afraid to show [once they] realize that all it takes is one photo to ruin their life,” he’s quick to add that he doesn’t fall into that camp. “My life has not been ruined,” he said.Efforts to identify participants could still deter some. On Aug. 19, a group of “free speech activists” with tentacles in the “alt-right” sphere are planning a rally in Boston. After the chaos in Virginia, speakers began to pull out of the event in fear of being publicly linked to the “alt-right.” The group has publicly disavowed the rally in Charlottesville and insists that their organization is in no way affiliated with people like Duke or Spencer. But the rally is still a target for Antifa activists, who believe it’s an extension of what happened in Charlottesville. "Yes, there is concern of doxxing and spreading of false information about people to cost them their careers," an unidentified administrator of the group’s Facebook page said. “In fact, one of our members lost his job due to this defamation already.” The rally in Boston is scheduled to go forth as of this writing, despite rumors that it had been canceled.For Krofta, his new-found infamy has only pushed him further into the world of white nationalism. As for his new buddy, alleged killer James Fields Jr., Krofta said he doesn’t think his actions were premeditated. But he declined to condemn the alleged murder. Rather, Krofta excused it.“I think people have to understand that the protesters had every street blocked and we were surrounded,” he said. “They also had the parking garage blocked and surrounded. [He] was most likely looking for a way out of there.”He added, “[Fields] did not have any plans to [slam his car through a crowd of people] to my knowledge...that is a very expensive car.” If you’re looking for direct ways to take action after the Charlottesville violence, we’ve identified five things you can do right now .

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:28:13 -0400
  • See what happens when you ask Siri 'what's zero divided by zero?'

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    Zero divided by zero sounds like a simple maths problem, but when you ask Siri you might not get the answer you were expecting. Many people who use Apple’s built in personal assistant are used to receiving sassy answers from him. But this time, it seems Siri has gone too far and many Twitter users can't believe the response. EVERYBODY GO ASK SIRI WHAT ZERO DEVIDED BY ZERO IS BC IVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT SOMETHING SIRI HAS SAID— ️ (@5THOFFEB) June 30, 2015 Siri replies: “Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.” Read more: The best of Siri: 11 funny responses from the iPhone's virtual assistant It’s quite harsh. just asked siri what zero devided by zero and she said i have no friends pic.twitter.com/pFYmBJVz9b— Farhan (@FefKun) June 30, 2015 Many Twitter users are tweeted about Siri, including Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. Ask Siri "what is zero divided by zero?" RIGHT. NOW.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 30, 2015 Some people loved the response. Ask Siri what is zero divided by zero and get sass in return— Nicola Heaney (@nics265) June 30, 2015 Ask Siri, "what is 0 divided by 0" The answer is hilarious.— Bailey Seal (@bailey_seal) June 30, 2015 Read more: The voice behind Siri breaks his silence ​ Others, not so much. When you ask Siri what's 0 divided by 0 and she violates your whole life pic.twitter.com/SvYfi0q8wP— Emmanuel Matos (@emmvnuelmvtos) June 30, 2015 Ask Siri what 0 divided by 0 is and listen to her roast your life in 15 seconds— Garrett Cox (@GarrettJCox) June 30, 2015 When you ask Siri what 0 divided by 0 is pic.twitter.com/AW5in1HGsO— Just Bait Posts (@JustBaitPosts) June 30, 2015 For a round-up of technology news and analysis, sign up to our weekly Tech Briefing  here.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:04:00 -0400
  • Canada struggles with refugee surge from US

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    Soldiers busily assemble tents with wooden floors, lighting and heating in Canada's Quebec province near the US border to temporarily house a surge in asylum seekers from the United States. Children run between rows and rows of the military green tents as their parents line up to speak with immigration officials and file refugee claims. Most of the new arrivals are Haitians who face expulsion from the United States at the end of the year.

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:49:15 -0400
  • 'Fatbergs' Are the Scourge of City Sewers

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    Please stop pouring grease down the drain.

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:34:02 -0400
  • The interview that got Steve Bannon fired

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    Steve Bannon was forced out of the White House after he labelled members of the white supremacist movement "clowns". Mr Bannon downplayed the danger posed by Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi sympathisers and revealed his ambition to dominate anti-Trump groups focused on "race and identity" in an interview with left-wing magazine The American Prospect on Tuesday. The Breitbart News boss's combative remarks came as Republicans and Democrats called for him to be removed from his post following Donald Trump's controversial response to the Charlottesville attacks which left one dead and dozens injured on 12 August.

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:35:00 -0400
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