Devastated by Dorian: Photos From the Bahamas

Two weeks have passed since Hurricane Dorian finally moved away from the Bahamas, after pummeling the island nation for days with sustained winds reaching 185 mph (295 kph). The official death toll has reached 50, but hundreds remain listed as missing, and search-and-rescue teams continue to comb through widespread wreckage. Thousands of residents evacuated in the days following the storm, but many remain on the hard-hit islands of the Abacos and Grand Bahama. Bahamian agencies are working with ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 17:18pm to the The World forum.

Antarctica scientists find bizarre creature 3,500m under ice: ‘Like nothing seen before'

ANTARCTICA scientists made a stunning discovery 3,500 metres below the ice, leading one to state they had "never seen anything like this before," a documentary revealed.

While the mission is still ongoing, “The Secrets of Antarctica” documentary was released on YouTube in July revealing the amazing finds to date.

The narrator explained: “Having braved ice storms, broken equipment and rough seas for almost two months, the team braces itself for the most high-pressured assignment of ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-09-18 17:02pm to the Science forum.

"Alexa, tell me about the election"

Customers rely on Alexa to answer all sorts of questions throughout the day —from sports scores and state capitals to nutrition facts and the latest current events. During the midterm elections last fall, customers asked Alexa a multitude of questions, including "Alexa, when are the polls open?", "Alexa, who is winning in New York?", "Alexa, what happened in the midterm election?", and more.

As the 2020 U.S. Presidential election nears, we'll be building on last year's election experience ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 17:01pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Facebook Launches Three New Portal Devices No One Asked For

Last year, Facebook launched Portal, its first hardware device, to tepid reviews. Today, Facebook is proving it can’t take a hint and is announcing three new Portal products: the Portal Mini, Portal TV, and a redesigned Portal.

It’s not that the Portal was a bad product, per se. But following a year of privacy scandals, many reviewers questioned the wisdom of inviting Facebook into your home via a giant screen with a microphone and camera attached to it. While the device worked as ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 16:56pm to the The Economy forum.

Tomi Lahren apologizes for 'way remarks came out' on border, Second Amendment

Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren apologized Friday after Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro blasted the conservative commentator for her comments suggesting that Americans would have to shoot immigrants coming across the border to "protect" themselves.

“Not what I meant & I apologize for the way it came out. I simply mean without a secure border we don’t know who is coming into our nation & those who wish to do us harm ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:52pm to the Television forum.

IoT security: Now dark web hackers are targeting internet-connected gas pumps | ZDNet

yber criminals are increasingly turning their attention to hacking Internet of Things devices as connected products proliferate – and there's one smart device in particular that is catching hackers' attention.

While routers remain the top target for IoT-based cyberattacks, there's a lot of discussion in underground forums about compromising internet-connected gas pumps.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:46pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Former Welsh rugby captain reveals he is HIV postive

Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive - and hopes coming forward with his diagnosis can help break the stigma for others living with the virus.

Thomas is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the condition, and has revealed that he was driven to suicidal thoughts after being told he had the illness by a doctor during a routine sexual health check up.

The former British Lions captain, 45, who will be a TV pundit in the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:46pm to the Sports forum.

About 48,000 UAW members strike against General Motors

About 48,000 members of the United Auto Workers union went on strike early Monday as contract talks with General Motors broke down.

Union members walked out of factories and set up picket lines at 33 plants across the nation as well as 22 parts warehouses.

The strike, depending on its length, could easily cost GM hundreds of millions of dollars. The last time the union declared a strike at GM was in 2007. The two-day work stoppage was estimated to have cost the Detroit automaker more than ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:45pm to the The Economy forum.

House panel investigating Elaine Chao for possible conflicts

The House Oversight Committee says it is investigating whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao acted improperly to benefit herself or her family’s shipping company.

Two Democratic leaders sent a letter Monday asking Chao to turn over documents related to the New York-based company, Foremost Group. Chao’s father and sisters own the company, which transports material to and from China.

The New York Times reported that Chao may have used her Cabinet position to benefit the company ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:44pm to the Politics forum.

Economists calculate monetary value of 'thoughts and prayers'

All things have a price – and if not, economists will find one. Researchers have calculated the going rate for thoughts and prayers offered in hard times.

Rather than settling on one price for all, the study found the value of a compassionate gesture depended overwhelmingly on a person’s beliefs. While Christian participants were willing to part with money to receive thoughts and prayers from others, the idea made nonbelievers baulk. Instead of shelling out to receive the gestures, on ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:41pm to the Science forum.

Man says Blackwell church members held him down because he is gay

A church’s actions are under investigation after a man said he was held down by congregants as they tried to pray away his homosexuality.

Sean Cormie, 23, came out as gay in the spring. Since then, he said his family has asked him to go to church and bring his partner, Gary Gardner.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the two joined family and friends for a service at a church Cormie had already attended many times.

“I wanted to go to church to make my mom proud and make her happy,” Cormie ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:40pm to the Crime forum.

Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80

Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn’t believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old.

Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn’t tie his comments to any of his fellow Democrats running for president in 2020, but two leading candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, would turn 80 during their terms if elected.

Biden is 76. Sanders is 78.

“I hope ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:39pm to the Politics forum.

Trump names State Dept official Robert O'Brien as national security advisor, replacing John Bolton

President Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien as his national security advisor on Wednesday, eight days after the abrupt departure of John Bolton.

O’Brien, the State Department’s top hostage affairs official, will become Trump’s fourth national security advisor, following the departures of Bolton and retired Army Gens. Michael Flynn and H.R. McMaster.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:38pm to the Politics forum.

Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal fight plays out in the courts.

The Supreme Court, in a brief, unsigned order, said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from migrants who have traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being denied asylum in that country.

The court’s order was a major ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:58pm to the The World forum.

Administration finalizes repeal of 2015 water rule Trump called ‘destructive and horrible’

For years, the fight over how much power the federal government should have to regulate the wetlands and tributaries that feed into the nation’s largest rivers has played out across the country.

In the halls of Washington and on sprawling farms and ranches, in courtrooms and corporate boardrooms, a legal tug of war has unfolded over a 2015 rule that gave the Environmental Protection Agency much broader authority over the nation’s waterways. Critics say the Obama-era rule gave the federal ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:57pm to the The World forum.

The FBI is investigating a venture capital fund started by Peter Thiel for financial misconduct

Federal investigators are probing the conduct and practices of Mithril Capital, a venture capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, Recode has learned.

US officials — including the FBI — have in recent months questioned some people close to Mithril regarding concerns of possible financial misconduct at the firm, according to people familiar with the matter who insisted on anonymity given its sensitivity. Mithril confirmed in a statement that its lawyers are in touch with government ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:56pm to the The Economy forum.

Exclusive: Falwell blasted Liberty student as 'retarded,' police chief as 'half-wit' in emails

In emails to his colleagues over the years, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr has denigrated students and staff at the Christian university he runs, referring to one student as “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded” and calling the school’s police chief a “half-wit.”
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:55pm to the Education forum.

Former candidate for Idaho governor investigated in 1984 Colorado cold case killing

A former candidate for Idaho governor says he is under investigation in the killing of a 12-year-old girl in Colorado 35 years ago.

Authorities last week searched the Twin Falls home of 68-year-old Steve Pankey, serving him a warrant that said investigators had probable cause to believe he kidnapped and killed Jonelle Matthews in 1984.

Jonelle was reported missing from her home in Greeley, north of Denver, on Dec. 20, 1984, after returning from performing a Christmas concert with her ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:53pm to the Crime forum.

Edmonton police investigating blog posts targeting LGBTQ gym | CBC News

An Edmonton LGBTQ gym has temporarily closed after it was the target of a series of blog posts, prompting an investigation from the Edmonton Police Hate Crimes Unit.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday, Queerflex board members said their team had been maliciously identified in posts by Patriot Pride Canada Wide, a far right organization which has been described as a hate group. 

The blog published two posts targeting Queerflex to its site on Tuesday. The posts ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:53pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Judge forced off bench after online posting of noose, ‘Make America Great Again’ message

A judge in Upstate New York was forced off the bench after posting online the image of a noose and a Trump campaign slogan, which a state commission concluded showed political or racial bias, officials said Tuesday.

Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge in Altona, N.Y., near the Canadian border, posted an image to his Facebook account of a noose, with the words: “IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN.”

The New York State Commission ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-18 15:42pm to the Politics forum.