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2020-02-17: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-17). 'Blame it on Hamas': IDF posts bathroom selfie of young woman, Twitter laughs at claims it's part of cyber warfare. rt.com The IDF posted what appeared to be a bathroom selfie of a young woman on its social media accounts and, while it claimed…

sputniknews (2020-02-17). Funny or Insulting? German Café's Blackface Pastries Spark Racism Debate on Twitter. sputniknews.com The confectionary shop in Cologne, which opened in 1893, said the pastries in question are specifically made for the annual carnival in the city and their design is a tradition that dates back to the 1960s.

sputniknews (2020-02-17). NASA Publishes Astonishing 'Postcard From the Edge of Space' – Photo. sputniknews.com There are many natural wonders we can see from anywhere in the world — thanks to the Internet. However, some miraculous things are still so rare that they require much effort and the best technology available to spot them.

sputniknews (2020-02-17). 'Desire to Increase India's Military Capabilities': Ad Seeking 'Patriotic' Bride Creates Uproar. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Matches are made in heaven, they say but in India most matches are arranged through 4 cm X 4 cm matrimonial ads in newspapers. The potential candidates are listed separately in different sections of castes, but many appear to focus on age, as well as a prospective bride or groom's physical appearance, rather than caste.

yenisafak (2020-02-17). Admire my artwork, not my face, says Pakistani Muslim artist after Islamophobic attacks. yenisafak.com Today the internet and social media have become a prominent tool for many artists to reach a wider audience. This new technology that offers a two-way communication makes it easier for artists to interact and engage with their followers. On the other hand, they are forced to learn how to deal with cyber bullying and hate speech.Mia Malik, a U.K.-based Pakistani artist, is only one of many who has been subjected to Islamophobic attacks in the digital world.The 20-year-old niqab-clad Muslim painter, who only wants to be recognized by her art, expressed her feelings and ideas about how she deals with the social medi…

Kurt Nimmo (2020-02-17). Britain's OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech. globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson, like Trump, is a phony populist. His political stepping stone to the position of PM was Brexit. He is a British blue blood raised au pair in the bucolic English countryside. Johnson identifies as a "conservative" but …

The Canary (2020-02-16). Labour leadership candidates call for action to 'diversify' the press. thecanary.co Labour leadership candidates have spoken out to condemn mainstream media behaviour.Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer has signalled he would take action to "diversify" the press if he won the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.Following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life, Sir Keir said the wider media had been responsible for "amplifying" the messages coming from social media.Speaking at the latest leadership hustings in London, he condemned the constant "vilification" of Labour politicians in the press.He said that both the traditional media and social media companies needed to…

Linda McQuaig (2020-02-16). Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles. commondreams.org Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-09_at_3.18.02_pm_0.jpg

RT (2020-02-15). Hillary for VP is 'speculation'? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton 'running mate' claim. rt.com A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he's considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. | Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg's campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a "formidable force." Citing sources "close to" the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from…

RT (2020-02-14). Triggered liberal laments 'damage' done by 'South Park,' completely misses why it's the show this culture needs. rt.com A string of tweets from writer Dana Schwartz slamming the "cultural damage" done by 'South Park' have gone viral, and now fans are defending the controversial show, saying it's exactly what today's bubble-wrapped culture needs. | Don't count 'She-Hulk' writer Dana Schwartz as a 'South Park' fan anytime soon. | "It seems impossible to overstate the cultural damage done by 'South Park,'" Schwartz tweeted this week. She continued by saying the show, which has aired 23 seasons since 1997, "portrayed earnestness as the only sin and taught that mockery is the ultimate inoculation against all criticism." | In retrosp…

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…

Staff (2020-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers Authority, Attorney General William Barr Criticizes Trump's Tweets, Bloomberg Criticized for Falsely Blaming 2008 Crisis on End of Redlining, Top Wall Street Executives on Biden Guest List for Manhattan Fundraiser, Ex-Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Begged Him to Cover Up Sexual Abuse, Last Month Was Hottest January on Record, Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada's Rail Transportation, Intercept: Canadian Fossil Fuel Company "Bought" Oregon Sheriff Department Unit, Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft-Pentagon Contract After Amazon Lawsuit,…

RT (2020-02-13). 'Worst idea ever!' Plans for Greta mural on North Dakota bakery scrapped after community outcry & boycott threats on social media. rt.com A planned mural featuring teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in North Dakota has been tossed to the wind after news of the project stoked outrage among locals, who flooded social media with protests and threats to boycott. | The 7-foot mural was slated to be posted on an exterior wall of the Brick Oven Bakery in the city of Bismarck, however when local media outlet KFYR-TV brought the story to its Facebook page on Tuesday night, residents were immediately up in arms, with the

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

RT (2020-02-13). 'Actually dangerous': Samantha Bee's denunciation of PragerU shows liberals still don't get the allure of the forbidden. rt.com Liberal comedian Samantha Bee has said she fears YouTube powerhouse PragerU is brainwashing kids by disguising right-wing propaganda as educational content — but her fear is the best endorsement the outlet could hope for. | Calling the popular conservative channel "actually dangerous," Bee warned it was "trick[ing] kids into thinking their videos are educational" in a tweet posted on Wednesday night.

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

RT (2020-02-12). 'Dirty streets and human waste?' Twitter not buying survey claiming San Francisco is 'healthiest' US city. rt.com A new report names San Francisco, California the healthiest city in the United States, but the public seems skeptical, considering the endless coverage of the city's homeless crisis and unsanitary streets. | Though WalletHub is typically used to check credit scores, it turned its attention recently to grading cities in the United States based on how 'healthy' they are. According to their experts and number crunching, San Francisco This has come a…

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

Staff (2020-02-07). Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak. democracynow.org The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…

2020-02-17: Social Media Postees

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'Blame it on Hamas': IDF posts bathroom selfie of young woman, Twitter laughs at claims it's part of cyber warfare
rt.com | 2020-02-17
The IDF posted what appeared to be a bathroom selfie of a young woman on its social media accounts and, while it claimed…
rt.com/news/481002-idf-catfish-blame-hamas/

Funny or Insulting? German Café's Blackface Pastries Spark Racism Debate on Twitter
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-17
The confectionary shop in Cologne, which opened in 1893, said the pastries in question are specifically made for the annual carnival in the city and their design is a tradition that dates back to the 1960s.
sputniknews.com/society/202002171078335953-funny-or-insulting-german-cafs-blackface-pastries-spark-racism-debate-on-twitter-/

NASA Publishes Astonishing 'Postcard From the Edge of Space' – Photo
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-17
There are many natural wonders we can see from anywhere in the world

'Desire to Increase India's Military Capabilities': Ad Seeking 'Patriotic' Bride Creates Uproar
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-17
New Delhi (Sputnik): Matches are made in heaven, they say but in India most matches are arranged through 4 cm X 4 cm matrimonial ads in newspapers. The potential candidates are listed separately in different sections of castes, but many appear to focus on age, as well as a prospective bride or groom's physical appearance, rather than caste.
sputniknews.com/viral/202002171078333072-desire-to-increase-indias-military-capabilities-ad-seeking-patriotic-bride-creates-uproar/

Admire my artwork, not my face, says Pakistani Muslim artist after Islamophobic attacks
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-17
Today the internet and social media have become a prominent tool for many artists to reach a wider audience. This new technology that offers a two-way communication makes it easier for artists to interact and engage with their followers. On the other hand, they are forced to learn how to deal with cyber bullying and hate speech.Mia Malik, a U.K.-based Pakistani artist, is only one of many who has been subjected to Islamophobic attacks in the digital world.The 20-year-old niqab-clad Muslim painter, who only wants to be recognized by her art, expressed her feelings and ideas about how she deals with the social medi…
yenisafak.com/en/life/admire-my-artwork-not-my-face-says-pakistani-muslim-artist-after-islamophobic-attacks-3512191

Britain's OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-17
Boris Johnson, like Trump, is a phony populist. His political stepping stone to the position of PM was Brexit. He is a British blue blood raised au pair in the bucolic English countryside. Johnson identifies as a "conservative" but …
globalresearch.ca/ofcom-social-media-beginning-end-free-speech/5703764

Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles
Linda McQuaig | commondreams.org | 2020-02-16
Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-09_at_3.18.02_pm_0.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/02/16/jason-kenney-treated-kid-gloves-indigenous-protestors-assault-rifles?cd-origin=rss

Labour leadership candidates call for action to 'diversify' the press
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Labour leadership candidates have spoken out to condemn mainstream media behaviour.Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer has signalled he would take action to "diversify" the press if he won the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.Following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life, Sir Keir said the wider media had been responsible for "amplifying" the messages coming from social media.Speaking at the latest leadership hustings in London, he condemned the constant "vilification" of Labour politicians in the press.He said that both the traditional media and social media companies needed to…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/labour-leadership-candidate-calls-for-action-to-diversify-the-press/

A video has exposed Johnson's 'cabinet of horrors' brilliantly
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-02-15
Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle has dominated the headlines this week. But to save you having to read page after page of information, one video has exposed this collection of 'horrors' brilliantly. | The cabinet: straight outta Hammer Horror: | Rachael Swindon is an activist, well known for her prolific tweeting, video shorts, and taking down unscrupulous politicians. Now, she's just released an…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/02/15/a-video-has-exposed-johnsons-cabinet-of-horrors-brilliantly/

Hillary for VP is 'speculation'? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton 'running mate' claim
rt.com | 2020-02-15
A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he's considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. | Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg's campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a "formidable force." Citing sources "close to" the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from…
rt.com/usa/480941-bloomberg-hillary-running-mate-report/

Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/major-anti-war-groups-join-coalition-march-dnc

Triggered liberal laments 'damage' done by 'South Park,' completely misses why it's the show this culture needs
rt.com | 2020-02-14
A string of tweets from writer Dana Schwartz slamming the "cultural damage" done by 'South Park' have gone viral, and now fans are defending the controversial show, saying it's exactly what today's bubble-wrapped culture needs. | Don't count 'She-Hulk' writer Dana Schwartz as a 'South Park' fan anytime soon. | "It seems impossible to overstate the cultural damage done by 'South Park,'" Schwartz tweeted this week. She continued by saying the show, which has aired 23 seasons since 1997, "portrayed earnestness as the only sin and taught that mockery is the ultimate inoculation against all criticism." | In retrosp…
rt.com/usa/480884-south-park-cultural-damage-twitter/

'Worst idea ever!' Plans for Greta mural on North Dakota bakery scrapped after community outcry & boycott threats on social media
rt.com | 2020-02-13
A planned mural featuring teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in North Dakota has been tossed to the wind after news of the project stoked outrage among locals, who flooded social media with protests and threats to boycott. | The 7-foot mural was slated to be posted on an exterior wall of the Brick Oven Bakery in the city of Bismarck, however when local media outlet KFYR-TV brought the story to its Facebook page on Tuesday night, residents were immediately up in arms, with the post racking up over 1,000 comments…
rt.com/usa/480716-greta-mural-scrapped-outcry/

'Actually dangerous': Samantha Bee's denunciation of PragerU shows liberals still don't get the allure of the forbidden
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Liberal comedian Samantha Bee has said she fears YouTube powerhouse PragerU is brainwashing kids by disguising right-wing propaganda as educational content

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-02-12
US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. | ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…
rt.com/usa/480702-trump-iran-war-senate/

'Dirty streets and human waste?' Twitter not buying survey claiming San Francisco is 'healthiest' US city
rt.com | 2020-02-12
A new report names San Francisco, California the healthiest city in the United States, but the public seems skeptical, considering the endless coverage of the city's homeless crisis and unsanitary streets. | Though WalletHub is typically used to check credit scores, it turned its attention recently to grading cities in the United States based on how 'healthy' they are. According to their experts and number crunching, San Francisco came out on top. | This has come a…
rt.com/usa/480705-san-francisco-healthiest-city-survey/

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/michael_bloomberg_aspen_2015_unearthed_audio

Making gaming open to everyone
Stuart Munckton | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-09
games Yaji SpencerIssue 1253 gamersFebruary 9, 2020As our media continues to go further down the neoliberal alley, with the likes of US President Donald Trump's Twitter feed haunting our social lives, you'd be surprised to find a bastion of progressive values beginning to embed itself within an unlikely sector of the economy, the gaming industry…
greenleft.org.au/content/making-gaming-open-everyone

Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/laurie_garrett_china_coronavirus_response