Mark Zuckerberg has officially weighed in and —surprise! — after much deliberation has decided that doing nothing is the right and just thing.
On Friday afternoon, the Facebook CEO posted a lengthy note explaining his company’s labored response to Donald Trump’s threats against Minneapolis protesters responding to the police killing of George Floyd. Despite Trump’s post on Facebook, which clearly reads as threatening to have the protestors shot, Zuckerberg wrote that the proper thing to do was leave the post up.
Thankfully, Zuckerberg had the courage to do, well, nothing.
“I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies,” wrote Zuckerberg.
In contrast, Twitter stuck a warning label over a tweet by the president with the same content. But even such a step, apparently, is too far for Zuckerberg who wrote, “that if a post incites violence, it should be removed regardless of whether it is newsworthy[.]” Zuck, it should be noted, knows a thing or two about his platform being used to incite violence.
In October, Zuckerberg sang a wildly different tune in his testimony to the House.
“If anyone, including a politician, is saying things that can cause, that is calling for violence or could risk imminent physical harm […] we will take that content down,” he told Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In today’s post, Zuckerberg wrote that: “People can agree or disagree on where we should draw the line, but I hope they understand our overall philosophy is that it is better to have this discussion out in the open, especially when the stakes are so high.”
And indeed, the stakes are high — both for the protesters in Minneapolis and for those around the country seeking justice for George Floyd.
They’re also high for Zuckerberg, but in a much different way. Instead of risking life, limb, or liberty, Zuckerberg is risking pissing off Trump. Heaven forbid.
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Jamie Foxx has thrown his support behind Jimmy Fallon amid heavy backlash over a resurfaced video of him appearing in blackface on SNL 20 years ago.
The Tonight Show host responded to the controversy himself after a sketch from 2000 in which he appeared in blackface to perform an impression of Chris Rock resurfaced on Twitter. Things got so bad that the hashtag“#JimmyFallonIsOverParty” was briefly trending on the social media platform.
Foxx, however, disagreed with the host’s decision to apologise for the sketch. He responded in the comments of an E! News Instagram post on the matter to defend Fallon and comedians at large for pushing racial boundaries.
“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock. It wasn’t black face. We comedians I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch,” he wrote. “On a show called in living colour we played every race Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry … #changecourse.”
The star was referencing the 1990 sketch show, In Living Colour , which ran for five seasons and often contained controversial sketches about race.
Fallon, meanwhile, seemed to welcome the negative attention as a learning opportunity.
In his response on Tuesday, the late-night host seemed to thank the public for holding him accountable for his past actions. “In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this,” Fallon tweeted. “I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this.
I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020
Fallon isn’t the only comedian to land in hot water over the past use of blackface. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel wore blackface several times while impersonating former NBA player Karl Malone and daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey during his tenure on The Man Show.
Comedian Sarah Silverman also wore blackface in a 2007 satirical episode of The Sarah Silverman Program, where her character accepted the challenge of “being black” for a day while unwittingly offending others for wearing blackface.
This article originally appeared in Fox News and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Star defends Fallon amid blackface scandal
The brain remains a baffling subject, with scientists having more knowledge of the universe than they do the human brain. Consciousness, the ability to perceive and be aware of our surroundings, in particular, has confounded scientists for centuries, with there so far being an inability to define what exactly in our brain gives us this power.
With a lack of scientific explanation, one theologian believes a logical explanation for consciousness could be the existence of God.
Robert Nelson, who has written several books querying the existence of God such as the 2015 book ‘God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God’, said that there is no physical evidence of the consciousness.
In this regard, it is almost supernatural, in the sense that experts know it is there, but there is nothing to physically define.
Writing in an article for The Conversation, Mr Nelson said: “How can physical atoms and molecules, for example, create something that exists in a separate domain that has no physical existence: human consciousness?
“It is a mystery that lies beyond science.
“This mystery is the same one that existed in the Greek worldview of Plato, who believed that abstract ideas (above all mathematical) first existed outside any physical reality.
“The material world that we experience as part of our human existence is an imperfect reflection of these prior formal ideals.
“As the scholar of ancient Greek philosophy, Ian Mueller, writes in ‘Mathematics And The Divine’, the realm of such ideals is that of God.
“Like the laws of mathematics, consciousness has no physical presence in the world; the images and thoughts in our consciousness have no measurable dimensions.
In the last few weeks, India has seen one of the worst locust attacks in history, with cities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh all invaded by billions of pests ravaging crops. It is the first time in almost three decades that the country has witnessed such widespread invasion by the insects, which have been flying from Iran and crossing in from the province of Sindh, in Pakistan. This week, the locusts entered Jaipur’s residential areas, destroying enough food in a day to provide for 35,000 people and there is grave concern over the autumn crop of rice, lentils, vegetables, sugarcane and fruits, due to be sown early next month and it is feared that the upcoming monsoon season will create favourable breeding grounds for the pests and they will multiply exponentially.
While many have pointed out the swarms invading northern parts of the country are of Biblical proportions, some have now even claimed it is a sign of the End Times.
They cite recent events in India, including Cyclone Amphan, which forced more than four million to flee their homes due to flooding, a heatwave which has devastated 51 hectares of forests in Uttarakhand, and their ongoing struggle against coronavirus which has infected 167,000 in the country.
Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: “First fires, then disease, then floods, and now locusts. The Bible called it.”
Another added: “Death, disease, floods and now locusts – all the biblical plagues from the Bible, it’s because headstrong rulers will not do right.”
Locusts, floods and fires have all hit India
India is facing a crisis with the recent locust invasion
A third claimed: “Goosebumps but it is written in the Bible.
“‘When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray.’”
In the final book of the New Testament, the Revelation of Jesus Christ is communicated by an angel to a man named John.
Revelation 6 tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with Seven Seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague.
Cyclones have also caused flooding in the country
Four Horsemen are sent as a punishment from God and “given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”
According to Revelation 8:1-2 the angels then sounded Seven Trumpets one at a time, to set off apocalyptic events seen by John in his vision.
Earth then suffers “Seven Plagues” which range from disease, to “intense heat,” and drought, before a final shower of deadly hailstones plummet against the planet.
While the events may be a series of unfortunate isolated incidents, scientists have linked the present crisis to a series of cyclones in the Indian Ocean that hit a sandy area in the Arabian Peninsula, providing the perfect breeding conditions for locusts.
Wildfires have been destroying forests
The Four Horsemen from the Bible text
According to the UN, heavy rains and scorching weather conditions sparked “unprecedented” breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year.
The situation is also still severe across the border in Pakistan, where locusts have destroyed large tracts of cotton and food crops.
The government in Pakistan has announced it will now set up a national body to combat the swarms across the country as the insects have invaded 60 out of total 135 districts.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared an emergency and India and Pakistan have temporarily set aside their recent differences over the Kashmir region to coordinate operations and recover together.
Waring took to his etdatabase.com blog to speculate about an unexpected addition to one of many photos shot en route to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
He said: “Here is an interesting UFO I found in the NASA photo archives.
“The UFO appears to be closer to the Apollo 11 module, while remaining in orbit around Earth.”
The apparently photographic anomaly is coloured white and its various ridges suggest it does not have a natural origin.
“Reading about it or watching it on video feels much less personal than being there when it happened.
“It is therefore understandable aliens wish to attend historical human event.”
The conspiracy theorist attempted to explain his firm belief that aliens are the only plausible explanation for the photograph.
He said: “Now, the image details – shot in July 1969 – tells us a lot.
“The photo was taken with a world-famous Hasselblad medium format camera.
NASA Apollo 11 timeline:
July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, with three astronauts on board – Commander Neil Armstrong , Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.
July 18, 1969: Armstrong and Aldrin donned their spacesuits, and climbed through the docking tunnel to check out the lunar module, Eagle.
July 19, 1969: The first lunar orbit insertion manoeuvre took place on July 19, after Apollo 11 had flown behind the moon.
July 20, 1969: On July 20, the Eagle undocked from the main spacecraft, before descending down and landing on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility site.
Around four hours after this landing, Neil Armstrong emerged from the Eagle and deployed a TV camera for the transmission of the event to Earth.
Finally, around 109 hours, 42 minutes after launch, Armstrong stepped onto the moon, uttering the famous phrase ‘one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Buzz Aldrin then followed behind him, around 20 minutes later.
May 13 (Reuters) – South Korean baseball fans may not be allowed to watch their favorite teams live at stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic but NC Dinos’ stands were not empty thanks to life-sized cardboard cut-outs of portraits sent in by the fans.
The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) League season kicked off this month after a five-week delay due to the coronavirus but all games will be played without fans in attendance.
“No fans were allowed in even though the league reopened,” Dinos’ marketing manager Park Joong-un said. “So, we’ve thought about a way of giving enjoyment to fans and motivation to the players.”
The club said more than 60 fans participated, sending their own pictures, along with their favorite players or even their pets.
“I can’t go into the stadium now, but my avatar is cheering the team instead of me. It feels like I’m in the stadium,” Han Dong-su, a 38-year-old baseball fan, said outside the stadium in Changwon.
The club also set up cardboard cut-outs with characters of U.S. baseball team Durham Bulls after the minor league team declared its support for Dinos on Twitter.
“Your attention please: We have decided which KBO team we will be supporting. This is now an NC Dinos fan account,” said the Bulls. The Bulls are based in North Carolina which shares the same NC initials with Dinos.
With Major League Baseball (MLB) on hold due to the pandemic, ESPN reached a deal to broadcast KBO games which kicked off on May 5.
But while audiences can follow games in the safety and comfort of their homes, Han feels a twinge of regret for not being able to take his son to a game.
“If the stadium reopens, I’ll come and watch games with my son whenever we can,” he said.
(Reporting by Daewoung Kim and Soohyun Mah, Writing by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
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