July, 20 2022

🍿 Anniversary of Apollo 11

On this day in 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first people to set foot on the moon.

💻 OpenAI Opens Up

OpenAI is expanding access to its image-generating platform, DALL-E 2, which uses AI to generate original images.

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💻 Twitter's Fast-Tracksuit

A Delaware court will hear Twitter's lawsuit against Elon Musk for breaching the agreed terms that Musk signed to buy the social media platform in October instead of early next year, which Musk's team requested. The Delaware court judge said Musk's team's reasons for delaying the trial were unfounded. \"The reality is that delay threatens irreparable harm [to Twitter] ... the longer the delay, the greater the risk.\"

💻 Get Ready to Chat on Xbox

Discord is being integrated onto Xbox, eventually allowing users to send voice chats and chat with other players through their console.

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🍿 Here Comes the House of Dragons

The new trailer for the prequel to Game of Thrones, The House of the Dragon, which follows the family history of the Targaryens, was released today.

⚖️ Two Contenders Enter the Prime Minister Arena

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the final contenders to succeed UK prime minister Boris Johnson when he leaves office. The two won a race within the Conservative Party, Sunak won 137 votes, and Truss got 113 votes.

⚖️ Bowers Faces the Arizona GOP

The Arizona GOP censured Rusty Bowers after he testified before the January 6th Committee about the pressure he faced and rebuffed to change Arizona's electoral results in favor of Trump.

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⚖️ David Hogg Takes a Stand

March for Our Lives co-founder and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg stood today during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on a potential assault weapons ban to berate GOP lawmakers for deflecting their responsibility for the deaths of mass shooting victims by using racist talking points. One lawmaker pushed the theory that Americans needed to be \"armed\" against an invasion from Mexico. Hoggs pointed out that the rhetoric used by the pro-gun lawmakers was the same of extremist mass shooters. Hoggs was removed from the hearing.

⚖️ Revising the Electoral Count Act

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation rewriting the Electoral Count Act to bolster protections for voters and protect the integrity of electoral votes.

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💻 Tesla Reports Q2 Earnings

Tesla met expectations for its Q2 earnings today, and its stock rose 2% in the wake of the news. One way they added cash flow to their balance sheet was to sell off 75% of its Bitcoin holdings, which added $963 million to their cash stores.

🍿 Batter Up for Beyoncé

Beyoncé has released the track list for her new album, Renaissance, which comes out July 29th.

🍿 Summer of John Boyega

The trailer for \"Breaking,\" starring John Boyega & Michael K. Williams, was released today. The drama follows Boyega as he robs a bank. The film will be released in theaters on August 26th.

🍿 Hardy Takes Venom to the Bank

Tom Hardy will reportedly be paid $20 million for reprising his role as Eddie in Venom 3.

⚖️ Mr. Giuliani, Please Report to Georgia

Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to testify before a special grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, that is investigating Trump team members' efforts to overturn election results in Georgia. He was ordered to testify by a New York judge after failing to appear at a hearing where he could have challenged the subpoena.

⚖️ Biden Announces Climate Emergency Plan

After senator Joe Manchin tanked the Democrat's ambitious spending plan that included climate change actions, Biden announced his plan to deal with the climate change emergency.

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💻 Lyft Layoffs

Lyft laid off about 60 employees on their operation team in the rental car side of the ridesharing business. The employees were let go as the company looked to let go of renting cars to riders amidst market uncertainty and efforts to consolidate their team.

⚡️ Biden Does Not Have Cancer

During a speech announcing funding for climate change action, President Biden referred to having cancer. The White House has since clarified that the president was referring to melanoma (skin cancer) in the past.

🍿 Go Home Dr. Oz

Meidas Touch Media, a pro-Democrat media organization, released an advertisement attacking Dr. Oz, who is running for a seat in the Senate in Pennsylvania against John Fetterman. The ad plays on the Wizard of Oz theme, contrasting footage from his show where he touts miracle cures with footage of a congressional hearing where he admits to lying to the American public about so-called miracle cures.

🍿 Five Years Without Bennington

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Linkin Park band member Chester Bennington's death. The band posted, \"On days like today - remember Chester Bennington and his incredibly positive impact on the world.\"

💻 Ford Upgrades EV Chargers

Ford is testing EV chargers designed to make charging more accessible for disabled drivers. The robot chargers plug themselves into the car at the prompt of a smartphone app.

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Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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