Category Archives: World News

FB Scans Posts to Determine Suicidal Users


Facebook is using artificial intelligence to identify users who are at risk of suicide by ‘reading’ their posts – and the tool is sparking privacy fears.

Once Facebook’s AI has identified an ‘at risk’ user based on warning signs in their posts, trained employees examine the posts, and call emergency services if necessary.

But some experts describe the new tool, currently under test in America, as akin to signing up users to medical research programmes without their consent.

A new Harvard study questions whether a private company such as Facebook should be dealing with such data.

Lead author Dr John Torous of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre at Harvard Medical School in the US, said: ‘Facebook is now monitoring how you use Facebook and somehow they’re running an algorithm to determine your risk of committing suicide.’



Two Overnight Explosions in Sweden


Malmö, Sweden, was the scene of multiple overnight explosions, according to local media.

Sweden’s multicultural epicenter served as ground zero for two detonations in the hours between Thursday night and early Friday morning, one of which has been described as “very powerful.”

Police and bomb technicians were called to an explosion at a cafe in a multi-family housing unit at Dag Hammarskjöld’s Square in the late hours of Thursday night, although it is reportedly still unclear what caused the blast.


China, US Race For AI Superiority


The United States and China are currently in a heated competition for artificial intelligence superiority which would impact cutting-edge tech on the battlefield and the private sector.

President Trump’s Monday executive order commanding the U.S. government to lead the world in AI has sparked China’s state-run media to warn of an imminent “high-technology Cold War.”

“In its latest move to maintain leadership in the high-tech sector, the US on Monday rolled out a plan to give artificial intelligence (AI) more priority and resources, a move that Chinese observers warned may represent the formal launch of a new high-technology Cold War,” said Global Times.


Ex-London Gangbanger: “I Don’t Know How Many People I’ve Stabbed”


A former London gangbanger offered his own confirmation that England’s capital city is rife with violent crime during an interview with the BBC.

Robert Bragg, 26, told Radio 1 Newsbeat that stabbing people was an integral part of his way of life in London prior to serving a six-year prison sentence.

“I started carrying a knife when I was 12 because everyone was doing it at the time,” Bragg said. “To fit in more you had to do certain things so I started to stab people. I didn’t do it because I wanted to be bad.”

“To be honest with you, I’ve stabbed quite a lot of people.”


Confidence in Judges in the Gutter, Public Wants Term Limits


Lifetime appointments are a bad idea.

I was tempted to end this there when I first started writing. It was an entertaining idea to have an article comprised only of such a simple and obvious truth, one where the actual text was shorter than the headline.

However, as an engineer, I’ve never liked complaining about something without offering a solution, and as a journalist, it’s my job to provide historical context while also anchoring my writing to contemporary issues. So, here we go.

Free Marty G

The Universe is Hiding Missing Mass


Astronomers have spent decades looking for something that sounds like it would be hard to miss: about a third of the “normal” matter in the Universe.

New results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped them locate this elusive expanse of missing matter.

From independent, well-established observations, scientists have confidently calculated how much normal matter — meaning hydrogen, helium and other elements — existed just after the Big Bang. In the time between the first few minutes and the first billion years or so, much of the normal matter made its way into cosmic dust, gas and objects such as stars and planets that telescopes can see in the present-day Universe.


95% of Pickpockets on Brussels Public Transit Are Foreigners


Some 95 percent of pickpockets operating on or near public transportation in Brussels are foreigners, according to figures obtained by a member of parliament.

Belgian MP Brecht Vermeulen reportedly requested information regarding the nationalities of petty thieves from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and shared his findings with local outlet Sceptr.

Between 2008 and the first quarter of 2018, only five percent of pickpockets caught by authorities held Belgian nationality.


BBC Producer Says Footage of Alleged Gas Attack Victims in Syria’s Douma Staged


LONDON (Sputnik) – Riam Dalati, a BBC Syria producer, has said that the footage of people being treated after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma was staged.

Dalati wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the issue had been investigated for six months.


Syrian Boy in Chemical Attack Video, His Father, Admit Entire Thing Was Fake

Elderly German Couple Forced From Home to Accommodate Migrants


A German couple has been been notified they must vacate their apartment to make room for refugees who will soon be placed there, according to local media.

Klaus Roth, 74, who has lived in his apartment in the town of Neckartailfingen for 24 years, is stunned by the decision, which was reached by the municipal council and mayor, Nürtinger Zeitung reports.

“I put a lot of money and work into the apartment,” said Roth, who raised his three children in the home. “I completely renovated it on my own.”


International War Criminal Soros Confirms He is Losing in Europe


Last month at Davos, George Soros turned around completely on China, echoing the Trump administration (of all things) in warning the world against the rise of China versus his previous stance.

The main reason for this shift in Soros’ attitude on China stems from his fear that the European Union will not achieve its goals of becoming the next great world power and subjugate the Chinese, but rather dissolve like the Soviet Union on which it is based.

He finally aired those fears in another of his infamous op-eds over at Project Syndicate (link through RT here). In sum, they are simply that Europeans must chuck off that which makes them individuals for the sake of Mother Europe.

Tom Luongo