Category Archives: Fail!

Immigration activist in ICE detention after Sundance film debut | Miami Herald

Weeks after a documentary exposing injustices at a South Florida for-profit immigration detention center debuted at a national film festival, Claudio Rojas— the film’s inside source— was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miramar during his annual visa check-in, records show. The film, “The Infiltrators,” also will premiere at the Miami Film Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Silverspot Cinema. Rojas was planning to attend. Records show Rojas remained detained at Krome detention center in South Miami-Dade as of Sunday. His attorneys say he was apprehended Wednesday without cause and is now facing immediate deportation.

Source: Immigration activist in ICE detention after Sundance film debut | Miami Herald

Photographer Mustafa al-Kharouf detained, sentenced to deportation by Israeli authorities – IFEX

“Even as his lawyer, I am not allowed access to the information on which the Interior Ministry has based its refusal to grant him family reunification, because that is the way the legal system works with regard to security cases,” Lustigman told CPJ. “However, our impression from the questioning at his hearing is that the Israelis are basing their decision on his work as a photographer.”

Source: Photographer Mustafa al-Kharouf detained, sentenced to deportation by Israeli authorities – IFEX

Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts | Books | The Guardian

Today’s threat to the truth also comes from a social media whose algorithms prefer virality to veracity, where lies spread faster than facts. It comes from ideologues happy to dismiss overwhelming scientific evidence, whether on climate change or the safety of vaccination, as breezily as those who once insisted that the Earth was flat. It comes from a technology now so advanced that it can create false evidence, in the form of deepfake video, audio and text.

Source: Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts | Books | The Guardian

Inoreader – An Unvaccinated Child in Oregon Recently Had Tetanus

“The boy required 57 days of inpatient acute care, including 47 days in the intensive care unit. The inpatient charges totaled $811,929 (excluding air transportation, inpatient rehabilitation, and ambulatory follow-up costs). One month after inpatient rehabilitation, he returned to all normal activities, including running and bicycling. Despite extensive review of the risks and benefits of tetanus vaccination by physicians, the family declined the second dose of DTaP and any other recommended immunizations.”

Source: Inoreader – An Unvaccinated Child in Oregon Recently Had Tetanus

Thursday Open Thread | This is what a Domestic Terrorist in the making looks like | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Once again, Janet Napolitano is owed AN APOLOGY. She was absolutely correct about the danger to this country by right-wing racist groups. They are, and have always been, DOMESTIC TERRORISTS, and should be treated as such. •Last year every terrorist that killed an American was a Far Right Nazi terrorist •Last month 54 white supremacists & Nazis were arrested in Arkansas •Last 24hrs dozens of high school kids in 2 states praised Nazism & genocide Congress & WH: ZERO resolutions to stop any of it

Source: Thursday Open Thread | This is what a Domestic Terrorist in the making looks like | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Trump tweet about Scottish golf course an ‘invitation to graft’ | US news | The Guardian

The president sent the tweet in the early hours of Saturday. He later went on to deliver a rambling, controversial and sometimes obscene speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, near Washington. “Very proud of perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world,” Trump wrote, embedding a Trump Organization tweet in praise of Trump International Scotland, the Aberdeenshire course he opened in 2012. “Also, furthers UK relationship!” In response Walter Shaub, a former head of the independent US Office of Government Ethics, wrote: “This is Trump’s most explicit commingling of personal interests and public office to date. This is the tone from the top that leads his appointees to violate ethics rules. This is shameless, corrupt and repugnant presidential profiteering. This is an invitation to graft.”

Source: Trump tweet about Scottish golf course an ‘invitation to graft’ | US news | The Guardian

Canadian Hockey Player Leaves Match Early In Tears After He and His Family Are Pelted with Racist Taunts, Abuse from Fans

According to CBC, the racial abuse became so severe that Diaby and his family left the arena before the match was over. Referees, Diaby said, did nothing to protect his family from the offensive taunts, and security declined to kick fans out because “nobody threw any punches.” The incident drew an apology from Diaby’s league, Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey (LNAH). Commissioner Jean-Francois Laplante issued a statement in French, telling the CBC that racist, sexist, and homophobic comments are unacceptable. The owner of the opposing team said they are now taking steps to identify the fans involved to ban them from attending future games. “This is not hockey. Nobody should feel threatened to go watch his son play a hockey game,” Diaby told the station.

Source: Canadian Hockey Player Leaves Match Early In Tears After He and His Family Are Pelted with Racist Taunts, Abuse from Fans

Republican who denied he was racist suggested Obama was born in Africa | US news | The Guardian

“What we’re going to do is take back our country,” Meadows said. “2012 is the time that we’re going to send Mr Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is. We’re gonna do it.” In an interview with Roll Call in 2012, Meadows said he had used a “poor choice of words” and acknowledged that Obama was an American citizen.

Source: Republican who denied he was racist suggested Obama was born in Africa | US news | The Guardian

Opinion | Netanyahu Stoops to Survive – The New York Times

In Israel, Rabbi Benny Lau of Jerusalem, a leading voice of religious Zionism, repeatedly assailed the merger, likening Kahanism to Nazism, and nearly 90 modern Orthodox rabbis and educators, including prominent names in the religious Zionist community, denounced the deal as giving “a black eye to Israel and its standing in the world as a moral and democratic state.” Potentially more damaging to Israel, the pact between Mr. Netanyahu and the Kahanists was criticized in the United States not only but also by liberal Jewish organizations, but by some whose strong support of Israel rarely includes any public intervention in its boisterous politics. The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee — Aipac — which almost never publicly criticizes Israel, endorsed a statement by the American Jewish Committee that called Otzma Yehudit’s views “reprehensible,” and added that “they do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the state of Israel.”

Avian Flu Diary: Nature: Bat Influenza Receptors In Other Mammals (Including Humans) Bats flourish and overpopulate when humans overproduce fruits that bats feed on! Game on! and who knows when we strike out!

#13,894 Exactly 7 years ago today ( Feb 27, 2012 ) we looked at an announcement from scientists from the U.S. CDC and the Universid…

Source: Avian Flu Diary: Nature: Bat Influenza Receptors In Other Mammals (Including Humans)