Daily Archives: March 5, 2018

PBS launching new conservative political talk show

Columnist Michael Gerson and commentator Amy Holmes are teaming to start a conservative-oriented talk show on PBS that takes its cue from William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” which aired from 1966 to 1999.The new show, “In Principle,” will air Friday nights starting April 13. PBS will decide after an eight-week run whether to continue.The hosts plan to interview two guests each show, hoping for an in-depth discussion on issues and their formative political experiences. No guests have been announced yet, but Gerson said he’d like to discuss issues like race, gun control and whether conservatism is the right message for the working class.“I find when I go around the country that there is actually a hunger for serious, civil dialogue as an alternative to the bitterness of our civic discourse,” Gerson said.

Source: PBS launching new conservative political talk show | The Seattle Times

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Coinbase Exchange Will Hand Over Data of Thousands of Clients to IRS 

Coinbase Inc., one of the most popular online exchanges for digital currencies, has warned thousands of its customers that it will be reporting their financial data to the U.S. tax officials.The request was part of a probe by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into alleged tax evasion.The IRS considers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin as property for federal tax purposes, meaning any profits or losses from the sale or exchange of the virtual coins should generally be reported as capital gains or losses, Reuters reported.Trading of cryptocurrencies, digital tokens whose value is not backed by central banks and hard assets, surged in 2017 amid a rally in their price. A single bitcoin is worth more than $8000, compared with $1000 a year ago.Despite the surge it remains unclear how many Americans hold cryptocurrencies as these are bought and sold on online platforms, sometimes anonymously or using pseudonyms. US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase says it has 10 million users, although it is unclear how many of these are in the U.S.

Source: Coinbase Exchange Will Hand Over Data of Thousands of Clients to IRS | Newsmax.com

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How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

Your digital footprint — how often you post on social media, how quickly you scroll through your contacts, how frequently you check your phone late at night — could hold clues to your physical and mental health.That at least is the theory behind an emerging field, digital phenotyping, that is trying to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices. Researchers and technology companies are tracking users’ social media posts, calls, scrolls and clicks in search of behavior changes that could correlate with disease symptoms. Some of these services are opt-in. At least one is not.People typically touch their phones 2,617 per day, according to one study — leaving a particularly enticing trail of data to mine.“Our interactions with the digital world could actually unlock secrets of disease,” said Dr. Sachin H. Jain, chief executive of CareMore Health, a health system, who has helped study Twitter posts for signs of sleep problems. Similar approaches, he said, might someday help gauge whether patients’ medicines are working.

continue https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/25/technology/smartphones-mental-health.html

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Labour’s New LGBT+ Adviser: ‘All White People Are Racist’ 

The Labour Party has appointed an LGBT adviser who’s previously accused all white people of being racist and all straight men of being homophobes…a kinder, gentler politics indeed.In a Facebook post, Munroe Bergdorf makes sweeping generalisations about heterosexual people being homophobic and all gay people being ashamed of their sexuality…hardly an open-minded, in-depth analysis.The post reads: “We also live in a society where men are SOCIALISED to be sexist. Women are SOCIALISED to be submissive. Gay people are SOCIALISED to be ashamed of their sexuality due to heterosexual people’s homophobia.

”She was sacked by L’Oreal for an alleged post in which she reportedly wrote: “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.“Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour.“Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggression to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***.”

Source: Labour’s New LGBT+ Adviser: ‘All White People Are Racist’ – American Renaissance

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“Convicting a Murderer” will look at the “Making a Murderer” case from a new angle 

Three years afters the release of hit documentary series Making a Murderer, filmmaker Shawn Rech has announced a follow up series called Convicting a Murderer.

Making a Murderer was created by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos and followed the story of Steven Avery, a man who was charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach. While the documentary brought a lot of attention to the case and was watched by millions of people all over the world, it was also criticised for offering a one-sided view that benefitted Steven Avery.

Convicting a Murderer will approach the case from a new angle, examining “the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective.” It will also “share with viewers the traumatic effects of being found guilty and vilified in the court of public opinion.”

“We fight for the truth. We’ll present all of the evidence in the Avery case from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defense and see if viewers feel the same way they did two years ago following the first season of ‘Making A Murderer’,” said Rech.

Source: “Convicting a Murderer” will look at the “Making a Murderer” case from a new angle – HUH.

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CIA DEFENDS SELECTIVE DISCLOSURE TO REPORTERS

The Central Intelligence Agency said yesterday that it has the right to disclose classified information to selected journalists and then to withhold the same information from others under the Freedom of Information Act.FOIA requester Adam Johnson had obtained CIA emails sent to various members of the press including some that were redacted as classified. How, he wondered, could the CIA give information to uncleared reporters — in this case Siobhan Gorman (then) of the Wall Street Journal, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, and Scott Shane of the New York Times — and yet refuse to give it to him? In an effort to discover the secret messages, he filed a FOIA lawsuit.His question is a good one, said Chief Judge Colleen MacMahon of the Southern District of New York in a court order last month. “The issue is whether the CIA waived its right to rely on otherwise applicable exemptions to FOIA disclosure by admittedly disclosing information selectively to one particular reporter [or three].”

Source: Secrecy News — 02/15/18

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Italian Archdiocese Rocked by Scandal: Drugs, Gay Prostitution, Blackmail

Father Luca Morini, known to his flock as “Don Euro” for his extravagant lifestyle, has recently been scheduled for a hearing in the Court of Massa, the medieval town in Tuscany where he used to run two parishes. The preliminary hearing is set to take place on March 8, where the judge will examine the evidence for accusations of fraud, drug distribution, embezzlement, extortion and self-laundering.  The case began when male escort, Francesco Mangiacapra, decided to go public about services he had been rendering to Fr. Morini, who falsely presented himself as a judge. When the escort found out that his prodigal client was a simple parish priest, he decided to inquire about the financial source for all the lavish dinners and expensive gifts. Mangiacapra suspected the money came from the faithful and decided to report Fr. Morini to the diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli.

Source: Italian Archdiocese Rocked by Scandal: Drugs, Gay Prostitution, Blackmail

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