Daily Archives: July 7, 2018

Kayaker spotted in flooded Iowa cornfields

Central Iowa gets 5-10 inches of rain in 3 hours

Paula Tabor grew up in “small town Iowa” where this type of thing does not tend to happen.

Parts of central Iowa received 5-10 inches of rain in only about three hours over the weekend – enough for a man to paddle his kayak around cornfields.

Tabor snapped a remarkable photo of the spectacle Sunday afternoon just outside the city limits of Alleman.

“Where I live currently, with no body of water close by, I was caught by surprise,” Tabor told KWQC.

“I don’t know who the person is, just a random guy in a kayak.”

Source: Kayaker spotted in flooded Iowa cornfields

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Facebook Flags Declaration of Independence As Hate Speech

To celebrate this week’s holiday, The Vindicator, a small newspaper in Texas, posted sections of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” Yadda, yadda. You get the idea. But a section of the text containing the phrase “Indian Savages” set off Facebook’s hate-speech flags. The post was then temporarily taken down by Facebook, Business Insider reports.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

After The Vindicator ran a story on the censorship, Facebook corrected the mistake. “The post was removed by mistake and restored as soon as we looked into it. We process millions of reports each week, and sometimes we get things wrong,” a Facebook spokesperson said. And honestly, as far as Facebook getting things wrong, this is an ideal “mistake.” I’d far prefer a world where some racist on Facebook isn’t able to post slurs. Even if that means the Declaration of Independence gets caught in the crosshairs. (It was written by a bunch of old white dudes, after all.)

Source: Facebook Flags Declaration of Independence As Hate Speech

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