August, 19 2022

⚖️ Mitch McConnell's Midterm Predictions

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered his take on the upcoming midterm elections, saying that the most likely outcome is that Republicans will gain a majority in the House but will lose Senate seats.

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🍿 Calling Dan Levy to the Set

Dan Levy will return to TV screens to play Thomas Molloy, a famous author and an elite United States course tutor on Netflix's hit show, \"Sex Education.\" This is Levy's first TV role since the show he wrote and produced with his dad Eugene Levy, \"Schitt's Creek,\" ended.

🍿 Sesame Street Episodes Disappear

HBO has removed 200 older episodes of the children's classic \"Sesame Street,\" from the streaming service. The removal of the episodes is the latest from Warner Bros. Discovery's belt-tightening measures as they prepare to merge Discovery+ and HBO Max.

🍿 Marcel Ozuma Arrested for DUI

Atlanta Braves player Marcel Ozuma was arrested in Norcross, Georgia, for driving under the influence. Ozuma missed the 2021 season with the Braves after he was suspended for a domestic violence incident where he attacked his wife. During his suspension, he was ordered to complete a violence intervention program, an anger management course, and 100 hours of community service.

💻 DoorDash's Break-up

DoorDash is ending its delivery partnership with Walmart after several years of partnership, where drivers with DoorDash delivered Walmart's goods to at-home shoppers.

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💻 Is Tik Tok Watching You Type?

According to a report by a security researcher, Tik Tok's in-App browser has a code embedded that allows the app to track users' typing and messaging so long as the app browser is open.

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💻 Tesla Themed Drive Through

Elon Musk is opening a Tesla-branded drive-in theater and diner in 2022. The theater will feature 34 charging stations and barstools and booths for diners to enjoy classic movies projected onto a giant screen. Musk is using the drive-in to show how Tesla cars can be used in the future to power homes and charge electric vehicles.

💻 Wayfair Employees No Longer Sitting Comfortably

The company announced it would be laying off close to 5% of its workforce, about 900 employees, to reprioritize investment needs. The company is trying to navigate profitability but has struggled to do so in the face of the pandemic.

⚖️ ISIS Militant Sentenced

El Shafee Elsheikh, a member of an Islamic State cell known as the Beatles, was found guilty of taking part in the abduction and deaths of four Americans in Syria. He was sentenced to eight life terms without the possibility of parole.

💻 Rivian Says No More Exploring

Rivian is discontinuing the cheapest trim level of its electric truck and SUV after low demand. It launched the Explore and Adventure packages with the R1T truck and R1S SUV. The Explore package was intended as the company's entry-level option, which the company has now canceled.

💻 Lucid Dreaming of EVs

Lucid unveiled a new sedan, the Air Sapphire Edition, that impressively goes from zero to sixty in just two seconds, making it a contender for the most powerful electric vehicle on the market. The new sedan will go for $249,000.

⚖️ Graham's Gotta Testify

Senator Lindsey Graham is facing a subpoena to testify before a Georgia grand jury investigating former President Trump's attempts to disrupt the state of Georgia's electoral process during the 2020 presidential election. Graham filed a motion to delay his testimony, arguing that he was likely to succeed in quashing the subpoena. A federal judge rejected the motion, ruling that it was not justified to delay his testimony.

⚖️ Supreme Court's Ruling in Georgia

The Supreme Court ruled to temporarily halt a Georgia election law that allows voters from all over Georgia to vote for local officials in counties they do not reside in. The Court blocked the election law on the grounds that it is racially discriminatory.

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🍿 Andrew Tate Banned

Andrew Tate rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from the reality show Big Brother over a video that appeared to show him hitting a woman. The former kickboxer has since gained notoriety for his misogynistic and violent rhetoric on social media and podcast appearances. Today, he was finally banned from Facebook and Instagram for his disturbing content.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Power outages

  • Most of the power outages were in Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties.
  • About 1.8 million customers are still without power in Florida, and about 277,000 are without power in South and North Carolina.
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Impact on Florida

  • The flooding in central Florida is expected to get worse as the record downpours reach main waterways.
  • More than 700 rescues have been confirmed in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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South Carolina

  • Hurricane Ian caused flooding and power outages in South Carolina.
  • Part of three famous piers in Myrtle Beach washed away.
  • Early reporting suggests the impact on South Carolina is less severe than the devastation it caused in Florida.
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Ex-NSA Employee Charged

September 30, 2022
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The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
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FBI catches on

  • Jareh Sebastian Dalke worked for the NSA from June 6th to July 1st, 2022.
  • During his employment with NSA, he used an encrypted email account to send photos to an undercover FBI agent he believed was working for a foreign government.
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Charged with espionage

  • Dalke was charged with violating the Espionage Act; if convicted, he could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.
  • He worked as an information systems security designer with top-secret clearance at the NSA.
  • He offered up documents in exchange for cryptocurrency and sent three classified documents to the undercover agent investigating him.
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Molly Russell Ruling

September 30, 2022
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The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Negative impact of social media

  • 14-year-old Molly Russell committed suicide in November 2017.
  • Russell viewed large amounts of content about suicide and self-harm on social media.
  • The coroner said that the content she viewed greatly impacted her mental health. He said he would make recommendations to Meta, Pinterest, and the British government to help prevent future cases like Molly's.
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The inquest

  • Executives from Meta and Pinterest both testified at the inquest into Russell's death.
  • In the inquest, the coroner testified that content on Instagram and Pinterest impacted Russell's mental health and contributed to her death.
  • Meta's representative pushed back on the inquest, saying that the posts Russell had seen on Instagram had been deemed safe by the platform.
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