Month: March 2017

Undercover Journalists Now Face Felony Charges for Exposing Planned Parenthood

The two pro-life activists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling baby body parts are now being charged with 15 felonies for violating the privacy of health care providers. Journalist David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face a felony count for each of the 14 people they secretly recorded and an additional felony charge for criminal conspiracy. The charges come eight months after similar charges were dropped in Texas, but a California attorney general told The Washington Post that the pair violated privacy laws. “The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in...

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Quadriplegic man’s arm and hand brought back to life by thought-control tech

A quadriplegic man has had his right arm and hand brought back to life with the help of thought-control technology. Bill Kochevar, 56, was paralysed below his shoulders in a cycling accident eight years ago but can now grasp and lift objects after having two pill-sized electrodes implanted in his brain. The electrodes record the activity of brain neurons to generate signals that tell another device to stimulate muscles in the paralysed limb. During trials held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr Kochevar raised a mug of water to his lips and drank from a straw....

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Twitter Now Censoring Search Terms, Offers No Transparency and Mixed Results

Twitter has upped its censorship game and is now blocking certain terms from showing up on the platform’s built-in search engine. The added filters are part of the company’s plans to reduce harassment on the service. Some of these filters were deployed earlier this month when users were given the option to mute certain types of accounts. As with previous efforts to convert Twitter into a “safe space,” free from wrongthink and uncomfortable opinions, the company that once branded itself as the “free speech wing of the free speech party” has offered little transparency on the terms it filters...

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#BrexitDay: World reacts as Britain invokes Article 50 to leave EU

As Prime Minister Theresa May formally invokes Article 50, making Brexit irreversible, it’s fair to say not everyone is happy that Britain is leaving the EU. May will trigger the start of Britain’s official departure from the EU on Wednesday. She has already signed a letter addressed to European Council President Donald Tusk that gives the EU formal notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc under Article 50. It will be hand-delivered by Britain’s permanent representative to the EU, Tim Barrow.   Today the Government will trigger Article 50. Find out more about the Government’s Plan for...

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Shots fired, driver arrested in incident at US Capitol

US Capitol Police have arrested a female motorist who hit a police cruiser and tried to run over several officers at a checkpoint on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, local media reported. Several shots were fired but no one was injured. Multiple police cars have been spotted outside the US Botanic Garden, on the south side of the Capitol reflecting pool. A notice sent to area offices tells of unspecified Capitol Police activity at the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, but the Capitol complex itself has not been locked down, according to one reporter from The Hill.  ...

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