Florida Police Use Krispy Kreme To Lure Black Bear Off City Streets

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a Florida city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap.

The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the juvenile 250-pound (113- kilogram) bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the Gulf coast city. Wildlife officials say bears tend to move more in the spring in search of mates and, as always, food.

In such a congested area, tranquilizing the bear wasn’t an option, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Adam Brown. He said the drugs don’t always work immediately on large animals such as bears.

“When we use a tranquilizer the bear sometimes will run away, and we didn’t want to take any chance of it running into traffic or the residential area,” he said.

So instead, officers turned to doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and some blueberry pie-scented spray in a trap. That did the trick.

Brown said the bear was relocated to a state-managed wildlife area. Authorities estimate there are about 4,000 black bears in Florida.

Wildlife officials say people should be sure to secure their garbage cans and should not put them out the night before pickup because it gives bears more opportunity to get into them.

Mark Zuckerberg says ‘Black lives matter’ after defending Trump’s posts

In a lengthy open letter Friday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defended his decision to not touch a Donald Trump post with racist overtones — before ending with the statement “Black lives matter.” 

Zuckerberg didn’t mention Trump by name. But at the weekend, the president posted the words “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” on both Facebook and Twitter. This phrase, first used by a notoriously racist police chief in Miami in 1967, was popularized by racist presidential candidate George Wallace. Twitter flagged Trump’s tweet as one that “violated Twitter’s rules about glorifying violence.” Facebook leadership did nothing — leading to widespread criticism and a virtual walkout by employees.

Now Zuckerberg says the company will review its existing policies regarding the use of police force. “Given the sensitive history in the U.S., this deserves special consideration,” he wrote. He added that the company would also would review its policies on content from countries with civil unrest or violent conflicts, and around voter suppression. 

“And while we continue to stand for giving everyone a voice and erring on the side of free expression in these difficult decisions — even when it’s speech we strongly and viscerally disagree with — I’m committed to making sure we also fight for voter engagement and racial justice too,” he wrote. “To members of our Black community: I stand with you. Your lives matter. Black lives matter.”

It isn’t the first time Zuckerberg mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2016, he publicly chastised employees who had erased Black Lives Matter slogans on Facebook’s campus, replacing them with “all lives matter.” That was “deeply hurtful” and “malicious,” he wrote at the time. 

Whether he’ll ever use those words to describe Trump’s rhetoric remains to be seen.  

Learn to code with this beginner-friendly certification bundle

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TL;DR: The 2020 Learn to Code Certification Bundle is on sale for £30.72, saving you 98% on list price.


It doesn’t take a genius to know that coding is one of the most valuable skills you can have in this day and age. And luckily, it also doesn’t take a genius to jumpstart a coding career. You don’t even need to spend years back in school. 

Even if you’ve never looked at a line of code in your life, it’s easier than ever to get started. Whether you’re hoping to climb the ladder at work, build your own website from scratch, or become a full-time programmer in 2020, this Learn to Code Certification Bundle is a good first step.

The complete bundle features 12 courses covering an array of languages and frameworks to get started in the programming world — and then some. With nearly 150 hours of training, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Python, Java, HTML5, CSS3, and more. Plus, since it’s beginner-friendly, you’ll start from scratch and work your way up to more intricate topics and specialty languages.

Beginner-friendly coding languages

Of course, starting from scratch means starting with HTML and CSS, the building blocks of any website. You’ll get your hands dirty out of the gate and create a fully-optimised website from scratch in seven steps. From there, you’ll have the option of exploring a few different core programming tracks. You can take a course on the fundamentals of JavaScript, a client and server-side scripting language which is responsible for many of the interactions we experience while using any and all websites we visit. There’s also an included JavaScript bootcamp, where you can continue to hone your skills in a language that will have widespread appeal during your job search.

You could also choose to dive into two of the other most popular programming languages, Java and Python. Java is one of the oldest programming languages but is still one of the most commonly used. It’s also a great language for easily learning more complex ones later on — which could come in handy. Similarly, Python is a tried-and-true language that is used for both frontend and backend development, as well as database management. You can’t go wrong by starting off with any of these popular choices.

Advance into specialised coding tracks

Once you’re ready to really drill down into a more advanced or narrowed skill set, you’ll find courses on everything from Deep Learning and Python for Data Structures to MySQL, a popular database management language. At the end of the day, you’ll have a great primer in development and potentially even an idea of where you want to grow in the future.

This premium bundle is worth £1811.85, but right now it’s on sale for just £30.72, saving you 98% on list price.

Save 95% on a lifetime subscription to this language learning app

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A lifetime subscription to the language-learning app Mondly is on sale for £79.
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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the language-learning app Mondly is on sale for £79, saving you 95% on list price.


Learning used to be fun when we were kids, right? What changed?

Just because we’re adults now doesn’t mean we can’t learn new things, and it certainly doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing it. Enter: Mondly

It’s definitely not too late to master a new language, and there are some pretty fun ways to do it as a fully-fledged adult. Mondly is a top-rated language learning app that uses state-of-the-art speech recognition software to listen to your words and give positive feedback only when you speak clearly and correctly. You’ll learn pronunciation by listening to conversations between native speakers, matching core words and phrases, and even immerse yourself in virtual lessons with Mondly’s new AR feature. In short, it gamifies your lessons so you can learn without feeling like you’re learning. The dream.

Plus, with 33 languages to choose from, you can get started in more languages than you’ll know what to do with. 

All that good stuff aside, this app’s accolades speak for themselves. Mondly was rated a Best New App in the Apple App store, an Editor’s Choice app on Google Play, and was awarded Facebook FbStart’s 2017 App of the Year. Not too shabby, and a significantly more exciting way to dive into a new language than opening a textbook. 

You can grab a lifetime subscription to Mondly and access all 33 languages, forever, for just £79 (that’s 95% off its normal price of £1733.81). If that feels overly ambitious to you, you can always try a single language subscription for £31.52, three languages for £47.28, or five languages for £55.16. Play on.

Fearless Bird Stands Up To A Herd Of Elephants To Protect Its Nest

This big bird’s no chicken. 

Footage from Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve shows a solitary crowned crane standing up to a herd of elephants that were getting just a little too close to its nest. 

“The elephant seemed rather bemused by the situation and remained curious as to why the bird was flapping its wings,” Tayla McCurdy, who shot the footage, told Latest Sightings, which posted the 2018 video on its YouTube channel earlier this month. 

McCurdy said the elephant first tried to brush off the bird with its trunk, then walked away to graze elsewhere. The elephant got a little more annoyed, however, when the bird attempted to menace one of the calves. 

“The crowned crane moved off, realizing that there was no longer any danger, leaving the elephant to graze peacefully but keeping a close eye,” she wrote. 

Check out the encounter below:  

Singer performs ‘Bunker Boy,’ a catchy tune about Trump’s time in the bunker

There’s a new song inspired by Donald Trump’s recent and somewhat confusing trip to the White House bunker, and honestly? It’s catchy as hell.

On Monday, days after it was reported that Secret Service rushed the president to the White House bunker amidst D.C. protests, singer Courtney Jaye (@TropicalJaye) penned and performed the tune, titled, “Bunker Boy.”

Jaye shared a video of herself performing the song to social media, and on top of her gorgeous guitar playing and sweet-sounding vocals, the lyrics are truly something.

“Bunker Boy, don’t lie. You got scared and hid in the basement in the middle of the night,” Jaye sings. “You’re not so tough, no. It’s a sorry sight. So take your bible, shove it up your ass, and turn on the fucking lights.” 

Jaye ends the song with the lyrics, “Bunker Boy, Bunker Boy, November’s coming and we hope you’re terrified, Bunker boy,” before taking a big exhale and letting out an exhausted eye roll. A real mood.

For those who haven’t been closely following Trump’s bunker saga, let’s recap.

On Friday night, hundreds of people gathered outside the White House gates to protest racism, police brutality, and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25, after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes

Reports stated that when protests escalated Friday night, Secret Service ushered Trump — along with Melania and their son Barron — to the underground presidential bunker, where they allegedly remained for nearly an hour.

After Trump received some backlash for retreating to the bunker amidst a national state of unrest, he said that he didn’t go to the bunker to get away from the protests, rather he was merely inspecting the bunker.

“I was there for a tiny, short little period of time,” Trump told Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio. He then stated his bunker visit was “more for an inspection,” and that he’d been been to the bunker previously. He said he’s gone “two and a half times,” whatever that means.

Trump’s bunker comments sounded a bit absurd to many people, including Jaye, which is why she decided to use the gift of song to hilariously call the president out on his suspicious story.

Jaye tweeted her video and made sure to tag Trump’s Twitter handle — and the song has been quite a hit since. At the time of writing this piece, Jaye’s tweet had more than 60,000 likes, and celebrities like Sophia Bush have even praised the blunt and catchy tune.

Jaye is no stranger to writing songs about President Trump. On June 1, she also shared another potential hit, called “fuck this fucking president,” which has been viewed 174,000 times.

In it, Jaye shares her true feelings about the president, and urges people to get out and vote for the November election.

I only wish Jaye had been cranking out these political hits back in 2018, when former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was hiding in (or among) bushes. I bet “Bushes Boy” would have been a real banger.

Elon Musk tweets ‘time to break up Amazon’ in defense of coronavirus skeptic

Elon Musk is tweeting again. 

The eccentric billionaire ended his short Twitter sabbatical to post about how ecommerce giant Amazon is a monopoly that needs to be broken up.

Usually, this is a call that would be echoed by progressives such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. However, the reason Musk jumped back on Twitter and called for Amazon’s breakup was to defend a former New York Times writer who has become a bit of a right wing celebrity due to his coronavirus skepticism.

“This is insane @JeffBezos,” posted Musk referring to the company’s decision to remove a coronavirus book authored by the former Times writer, Alex Berenson, from its platform. As you can see, he even tagged Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in the tweet.

“Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!” he continued.

The Tesla CEO has previously shared tweets from Berenson, who’s claimed that the number of coronavirus infections and deaths have been inflated. Musk has tweeted his skepticism about COVID-19 himself over the past few months, criticizing lockdowns and often sharing misinformation about the virus that has now killed more than 100,000 people in the U.S.

Musk had announced he’d be “off Twitter for a while” on June 1, following the successful launch of his SpaceX rocket last Saturday. It was the first time NASA had launched astronauts into space since 2011 and the very first time a private company’s spacecraft was used to do so. Musk is the founder and CEO of SpaceX.

It should be noted that Bezos has founded a competing private space company, Blue Origin.

Amazon has since reinstated Berenson’s book. A spokesperson for the company said its removal was a mistake.

“Thanks to @ElonMusk and everyone who helped,” tweeted the author in his announcement about the book going back on sale.

Google says China and Iran tried to hack Biden and Trump’s campaigns

Google has announced it has identified state-sponsored hacking attempts upon both Biden and Trump’s campaign staff, originating from China and Iran respectively. Fortunately, both attacks appear to have failed.

“Recently [Google’s Threat Analysis Group] saw China APT group targeting Biden campaign staff & Iran APT targeting Trump campaign staff with phishing,” Google’s threat analysis director Shane Huntley tweeted on Thursday. “No sign of compromise. We sent users our govt attack warning and we referred to fed law enforcement.”

APT stands for “advanced persistent threat,” meaning a lengthy and targeted cyberattack campaign intending to covertly gain access to a computer network. These campaigns can take place over months or years, and typically remain focused on an individual target.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the phishing attacks from Chinese and Iranian groups, and reiterated that they found no evidence the attempts were successful. The matter has now been referred to U.S. law enforcement. “We encourage campaign staff to use extra protection for their work and personal emails,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Huntley concurred. “If you are working on a campaign this election cycle, your personal accounts may be targeted,” he tweeted, linking to a Google blog from February on election security. “Use the best protection you can. Two factor authentication or Advanced Protection really can make a difference.”

Enabling two-factor authentication is good security advice for anyone, even if you aren’t working on a U.S. presidential election campaign.

In phishing attempts such as the ones used in these attacks, hackers falsely present themselves as trustworthy entities to lure their victims into clicking malicious links or downloading dangerous software. Doing so will typically give the hacker access to sensitive information. These attacks are most commonly carried out via email, however instant messaging can also be used.

Both Biden and Trump’s campaigns confirmed that they had been made aware of the recent phishing attacks. 

A spokesperson for Biden’s campaign stated it was prepared for such hacking attempts, having known they were likely to occur. “Biden for President takes cybersecurity seriously, we will remain vigilant against these threats, and will ensure that the campaign’s assets are secured.” 

A Trump campaign spokesperson also stated they are “vigilant about cybersecurity.”

Huntley tweeted that the groups involved in the attacks on the Biden and Trump campaigns were China’s APT31, also known as Zirconium, and Iran’s APT35, also known as Newscaster Team. Both have previously been accused of targeting U.S. organisations or government agencies.

This is far from the first time state-sponsored hackers have allegedly attempted to breach foreign governments’ computer networks, and it won’t be the last. Of course, governments routinely deny any involvement in such attacks.

A lifetime subscription to this popular VPN is seriously cheap

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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Hola VPN Plus is on sale for £27.76, saving you 94% on list price.


You might not know this, but there are absolutely loads of Oscar-worthy foreign films waiting to be consumed. They’re just not typically offered on local streaming sites and terrestrial channels, let alone showing at your local cinema.

Unfortunately, there’s still a barrier to enjoying these movies, and no, we’re not talking about subtitles. Many of these films are available on sites like Netflix but are blocked from many users based on location. This leaves you stuck ordering dodgy DVDs, enduring expensive shipping costs, or just giving up altogether. Not ideal.

But if there’s a will, there’s a way. And by will, we mean using a VPN. 

Using a VPN grants you unfettered access to virtually any website, application, or media platform while keeping your browsing activity secure and private. A good option is Hola VPN Plus, which happens to be one of the most popular VPN services in the world, with over 200 million users and counting. It’s so widely used that its Chrome extension alone has garnered more than 7 million users and some 300,000 reviews.

For a limited time, a lifetime subscription to Hola VPN Plus is available for only £27.76. That nets you unlimited access to a service that overcomes geo-restrictions and allows you to browse the Internet without worrying about speed and security (even at an airport or coffee shop). Hola uses split-tunneling technology that works to unlock your favorite applications, websites, and streaming services like Netflix, BBC, Hulu, ESPN+, Disney+, HBO, ITV, Channel4, Amazon, ABC, and RTE with the click of a button.

It also hides your IP address from potential trackers or hackers and uses state-of-the-art encryption, delivering full privacy and anonymity. With the lifetime subscription, you can access the service on up to five devices per account, perfect for your entire toolkit of gadgets.

Usually retailing for £568.42, this lifetime subscription to Hola VPN Plus is available for only £27.76, so you don’t need to miss out on watching the next classic from your sofa.

Kickstart your career with these discounted Photoshop courses

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The Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Certification Bundle is on sale for £26.95.

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TL;DR: The Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Certification Bundle is on sale for £26.95, saving you 97% on list price. 


Even if you have zero intention of becoming a graphic designer or photographer, it’s always useful to have some grounding in Adobe Photoshop. 

Marketers use Photoshop to create compelling graphics for everything from emails to flyers, and photographers use it to take their photos to the next level. Put simply, it’s at the core of most professional photography and design projects today.

Instead than going back to school, consider getting started with Photoshop by taking online training like the Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Certification Bundle. Totalling 368 lessons, the Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Certification Bundle will teach you about layers, blending, and masks — the holy trinity of Photoshop functions — as well as retouching portrait and lifestyle photos. Got some food stuck in your teeth in all of the shots from your wedding anniversary? That’s an easy fix.

Along with these Photoshop tricks, the later courses will teach you much more complex techniques, involving intricate adjustments to light and contrast, along with the more impressive, in-your-face stuff, like seamlessly putting a horse’s head on a rabbit’s body, or filling the Grand Canyon with beans. Basically, you’ll be able to manipulate reality to however you desire.

Or, as mentioned earlier, you can simply manage a few of your tasks at the office or create some engaging marketing assets.

The training provides you with a shade over 40 hours of teaching. It usually costs £1268.45, but it’s now available at a sizeable 97% discount, meaning you’ll pay just £26.95.