News Burst 7 August 2021 – Get The News! ~ August 7, 2021

  • The Mexican government sued United States gun manufacturers and distributors Wednesday in U.S. federal court in Boston, arguing that their negligent and illegal commercial practices have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in Mexico. Among those being sued are some of the biggest names in guns, including: Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, and Glock Inc. Another defendant is Interstate Arms, a Boston-area wholesaler. The Mexican government argues that the companies know that their practices contribute to the trafficking of guns to Mexico and facilitate it. Mexico wants compensation for the havoc the guns have wrought in its country. The government estimates that 70% of the weapons trafficked to Mexico come from the U.S., according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. And that in 2019 alone, at least 17,000 homicides were linked to trafficked weapons.
  • The software called “neuralMatch” will detect images falling under the category of child pornography and will subsequently send it to be reviewed by a human. Apple will allow a tool designed to detect known images of child sexual abuse to scan photos uploaded to the iCloud by US users. If a case of child sexual abuse imagery is confirmed, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will be notified of the user’s account. Apple will introduce the safety features in three areas, including when parents will be more informed about their children’s internet navigation. The Messages app will use on-device machine learning to warn about sensitive content, while keeping private communications unreadable by Apple, the tech giant explained.
  • US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan raised the issue of granting Brazil a NATO global partner status while discussing defence and security with Brazilian defence minister Walter Braga Neto on Thursday. The precondition necessary to fulfil before Brazil becomes a NATO partner is abandoning Chinese 5G technologies, supplied by Huawei. This supplier is labelled unreliable by the US, which hinders cooperation on security communications, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper said.
  • Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army Andika Perkasa has apparently announced that virginity will no longer be required as a qualification for females to join the nation’s army. In a teleconference with military commanders around Indonesia, General Perkasa said that moving forward, military recruits will be chosen on the basis of their forces-related knowledge, education, and abilities.
  • Up to 35 percent of Afghans who worked for the British military in the Central Asia state may be denied the right to relocate, according to the Daily Mail. The Taliban sees them largely as “traitors” and has vowed to take revenge once the UK and other NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan. An Afghan translator named Shaffy has found himself abandoned by the British Armed Forces following repeated attempts to get sanctuary in the UK, according to the Daily Mail. Several years ago the Afghan mujahideen branded him as an “infidel spy” and swore that he would “die like a dog”.
  • Tesla, which is the best-selling manufacturer of electric vehicles in the United States (numbers are provided by government data), has not been invited to the clean-car summit organised by the White House. Joe Biden only hosted the so-called “Big Three” – General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis (formerly known as Fiat Chrysler).
  • In an act of reprisal, hacktivist Martin Gottesfeld has been prevented from communicating with his attorneys after he penned an article, published by RT, about conditions ​at his federal penitentiary, his wife has claimed. The 37-year-old is serving 10 years behind bars after being arrested and prosecuted for cyberattacks in 2018. The former computer security expert broke into the systems of Boston Children’s Hospital in order to shine a light on the case of a learning-disabled 15-year-old girl named Justina Pelletier, who was being forcibly held by the medical center against the wishes of her parents. The hospital insisted that its unusual actions were justified because the girl had been subjected to abuse at home. But her parents claim misdiagnosis and a subsequent lack of correct treatment resulted in their daughter losing the use of her legs. Gottesfeld’s actions sparked public outcry over the “medical kidnapping” of Pelletier, who was eventually discharged by the hospital and reunited with her parents after more than a year. “Without hurting a soul, I defended her life in a way that few others could. For this, I was arrested and prosecuted in 2018,” he wrote in his article.
  • The US funded a project that collects body parts from aborted babies – some of them apparently alive moments before their organs are harvested – new documents show, prompting claims that conspiracy theorists have been vindicated. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded at least $2.7 million to a University of Pittsburgh program that sought to create a “tissue hub” sourced from aborted fetuses. Details about the program emerged after conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch and the Center for Medical Progress obtained 252 pages of documents as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought against the HHS. Jack Posobiec pointed to a 2019 Newsweek article castigating conspiracy guru Alex Jones for insisting that medical researchers are “keeping babies alive and taking their organs.” The outlet dismissed Jones’ allegation as “inaccurate information that has been circulating among conservatives.” Jones was permanently kicked off Twitter, as well as all other major social media platforms, in 2018, allegedly for “abusive behavior.” Although widely dismissed by mainstream media as a quack, Jones’ supporters insist that many of his zany theories have since been shown to be true.
  • A Russian woman who claims she broke her religious fast because of an advertisement for McDonald’s is taking the American fast-food chain to court, demanding compensation. The billboard enticed her to buy a cheeseburger, she says. According to the press service of Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky Court, the complainant, from the Siberian city of Omsk, was observing Lent, a seven-week-long Christian festival of sacrifice, during which believers abstain from certain foods, such as meat. In April 2019, mid-way through this religious period, Ksenia Ovchinnikova was walking down Omsk’s Karl Marx Street when she saw a McDonald’s advertisement for a cheeseburger and Chicken McNuggets. Ovchinnikova claims that the poster violated her religious feelings and forced her to buy a cheeseburger, causing her to fail in her observance of Lent for the first time in 16 years.
  • The British military was forced to suspend artillery drills at a Kent facility after people landed on a beach amid a record movement of migrants from mainland Europe to the UK. The UK Ministry of Defence confirmed that firing exercises were halted after a migrant boat landed on a beach near its estate in Hythe. The news comes as a record 482 migrants crossed the English Channel in 21 vessels on Wednesday.
  • Russian politicians could soon be packing their bags and piling onto trains eastwards, ditching the busy streets and glitzy nightlife of Moscow in favor of a new capital city located thousands of miles away in vast, snowy Siberia. That is the bold proposal from Sergey Shoigu, the country’s defense minister. Speaking at a meeting of scientists in the country’s third-largest conurbation, Novosibirsk, the military chief called for the centre of Russian industry, research and politics to shift away from its European borders. “We need to build at least three, but preferably five, large centers of scientific, industrial and economic activity in Siberia,” he said. “In other words, they should be cities with a population of 300-500,000 or, better – up to a million people. And we shouldn’t only build a city and move the capital here, but make each [new city] specifically aimed at one or another sphere of activity.”

News Burst 7 August 2021

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Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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