China will build string of military bases around world, says Pentagon

Locations could include Middle East, Pakistan, and western Pacific to protect Belt and Road Initiative, report says The US Defense Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect its investments in it ambitious One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, according to an official report released on Thursday. Beijing currently has just one overseas military base, in Djibouti, but is believed planning others, including possibly Pakistan, as it seeks to project itself as a global superpower. Chinas advancement of projects such as the One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects, the Pentagon said in its annual report to Congress on Chinese …

Hacktivists Are on the Risebut Less Effective Than Ever

In the United States, the public discourse has lately centered around nation-state disinformation campaigns much more than hacktivism. But internationally, dramatic or destructive digital acts that call attention to particular issues continue to simmer—and boiled over in the lead-up to the ouster of longtime Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir. The #OpSudan effort did not directly lead to al-Bashir's arrest. But it's one of several recent campaigns that show how hacktivists can ride the waves of burgeoning geopolitical movements and garner legitimacy within their communities. "There has been an increase in hacktivism in general in the first quarter of 2019," says Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at the security firm Crowdstrike. "We did see quite a bit of geopolitically motivated hacktivism—Venezuela, …

Key Takeaways From William Barr’s Senate Hearing On Mueller Report

Attorney General Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Barr faced questioning from lawmakers, especially Democrats, who took issue with his handling of the Mueller report and accused him of spinning the special counsel investigation’s findings in Trump’s favor. The attorney general spent his testimony defending his actions and criticizing the media’s portrayal of the findings. Here are eight key takeaways from the Senate hearing:  sent a March 27 letter Barr repeatedly claimed Mueller was more concerned about media reports  2. The committee’s GOP members threw softball questions. Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee chose lines of questioning that had Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said he had not read the full Mueller report, falsely …

The NFL Draft Is Ruining Bachelorette Parties In Nashville This Weekend Betches

I don’t know when Nashville became the unofficial bachelorette party capital of the United States, but it seems like every single person on this Earth who is getting married is having their bachelorette there. Don’t get me wrong, $2 PBRs and Hattie B’s hot chicken are great and all, but who was the bridezilla who decided that every single bride in America was going to have their bachelorette party in the same city? And why did we all just follow blindly while simultaneously acting like it is an original idea? (And don’t even get me started on the concept of destination bachelorette parties. I’m convinced these were just invented for Instagram. Oh, wait, you got me started.) But the internet …

Swarthmore Students Stage Sit-In At Fraternity Known For Alleged ‘Rape Attic’

Leaked documents written by former Swarthmore College fraternity members showcasing a culture of sexual violence and Daria Mateescu, a member of the Swarthmore Coalition to End Fraternity Violence, which organized the sit-in, told HuffPost that dozens of students have taken part in the demonstration inside the Phi Psi fraternity house. The group is calling on the Swarthmore administration to issue a major crackdown on the school’s two fraternities, Phi Psi (not related to the national Phi Kappa Psi fraternity) and Delta Upsilon, following an outpouring of anonymous allegations against current and former fraternity members. That all changed on April 3, she said, when a Tumblr page titled “ The page has since received over 100 submissions describing allegations of sexual assault, …

This UNC Charlotte student knocked the shooter off his feet and saved lives

(CNN)When a gunman opened fire in a University of North Carolina at Charlotte classroom, sending people diving for cover and rushing toward a door, student Riley Howell charged and knocked into the shooter, police say. An officer ran into the classroom, disarmed the suspect and arrested him, police said. The shooter entered a classroom Tuesday evening and opened fire just as Howell and about 30 other students were listening to final presentations in their liberal studies class. Howell was shot “point blank” while rushing the gunman down, his aunt Morgan Howell Moylan said, relaying what police had told her family. Another student, 19-year-old Reed Parlier of Midland, North Carolina, also was killed, the school said. Four other students were wounded …

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremistsbut Not as Planned

On Thursday at around 2 pm ET, multiple news outlets simultaneously “broke” a story that six particularly toxic extremists and one conspiracy theorist organization had been banned from Facebook and Instagram. Only, they hadn’t. Stories by CNN, the Verge, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post lauded Facebook for scrubbing the accounts of inflammatory far-right online figureheads like Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Infowars’ Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson from both platforms. Yet those four still had control of their Instagram accounts for nearly an hour after the bans were announced. And Jones’ Facebook page, “Infowars Is Back,” was still online and live-streaming for nearly two hours after the ban was disclosed. Facebook Loomer and Yiannopolous took advantage of the …

Let’s F*cking Calm Down About Kylie’s Instagram Caption Betches

I guess I will just assume my role as the Betches resident Kylie Jenner response team (of one), because today everyone on the damn internet was in a frenzy about Kylie Jenner’s Instagram tribute to Travis Scott. First of all, now that I used the phrase “everyone on the damn internet” in earnest, please change my name to Gertrude and my age to 80, effective immediately. *Shakes fist at the sky* Great, now that you all have gotten off my lawn, let’s take a moment to dissect the caption that Kylie Jenner posted in honor of Travis Scott’s birthday. Travis turned 28 years old today, and Kylie is only 21, a fact that slightly shocks me, even though I definitely …

Mike Pompeo: a bully boy calls at No 10

The visit of the hawkish US secretary of state poses problems for Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt American secretaries of state can be earnestly dull, like George Marshall; they can be Machiavellian, like Hillary Clinton. pressure tactics in Venezuela showed, the former army officer, Christian evangelical and ex-CIA director favours a muscular approach to diplomacy. His messianic drive to force regime change in Iran is another example. He recently suggested Donald Trump had been Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Saudis war in Yemen. Next month, he will help unveil peace plan that could destroy any lingering Palestinian hopes of an independent state. But he makes no apologies. Ill put it bluntly, he declared. America is a force for good in …

Offset Enjoys Emotional Reunion With His Father After 23 Years Apart – Watch! – Perez Hilton

What an emotional weekend it’s been so far for Offset! The rapper is starting a new relationship with his previously-estranged father, now they pair have been reuinted again after 23 years apart — and judging by the rapper’s reaction on social media, it sounds like he couldn’t be happier to have his dad back in his life! On Friday evening, Cardi B‘s man shared an emotional Instagram video showing the moment his dad walked back into his life — the entire thing is very emotional, from the tears streaming down both mens’ faces, to the big hug they give each other, and even to the all-caps caption Offset shares about what the moment and moving forward means to him. Ch-ch-check it all out …

Boeing relied on single sensor for 737 Max that had been flagged 216 times to FAA

Washington (CNN)The device linked to the Boeing 737 Max software that has been scrutinized after two deadly crashes was previously flagged in more than 200 incident reports submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration, but Boeing did not flight test a scenario in which it malfunctioned, CNN has learned. FAA data analyzed by CNN supports that assessment. The FAA has received at least 216 reports of AOA sensors failing or having to be repaired, replaced or adjusted since 2004, according to data from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reporting website. Those reports, about one-fifth of which involve Boeing planes, include incidents in which AOA sensors were frozen, improperly installed, struck by lightning or even hit by flying birds. In some cases, faulty …

Scientists Create Breathtaking Wide-View Image Of The Universe’s Most Distant Galaxies

Astronomers have released an incredible image from the Hubble Space Telescope containing over 265,000 galaxies. The mosaic image has been 16 years in the making and the light of some of the galaxies it includes was emitted just 500 million years after the Big Bang. The new set of images was put together using 7,500 individual exposures incorporating wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the near-infrared. It’s the collective work of 31 individual Hubble programs over a total of more than 250 days of continuous observations. The faintest objects in the image are one ten-billionth the brightness of what our eyes can see. “Now that we have gone wider than in previous surveys, we are harvesting many more distant galaxies in the …

Should school nurses be able to send unvaccinated kids home? Many parents say ‘yes.’

In Philadelphia, PA, nurses used to have the right to keep an unvaccinated child out of school — until now. Lincoln High School nurse Peg Devine explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer that, in her experience, exclusion — preventing a child from attending school until they are up to date on required vaccinations — “proved powerful.” In her 26 years on the job she kept only 15 students out of school and none of them ended up missing more than two days before proving immunization. However, now her right to intervene has been taken away by the school district, which she finds especially concerning due to the local outbreak of mumps (so far, over 100 Temple University students have contracted the …

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Hungry? Thinking about dinner? But yet, when you get home and open the fridge, there’s nothing Keto to eat. If you’re like me, you might open and reopen your fridge a few times in the vague hopes that you missed something! And all of a sudden, all of your hard work sticking to Keto, cutting out carbs and sugars go out of the window. You break down and boil some pasta or order a pizza for delivery. I know how easy it is when you’re tired and hungry to give in and go for the easy high-carb options. After all, that’s what our food industry wants you to do. But the fact is, there is a really simple solution… Meal …

Kim Kardashian Reveals At Her CBD Baby Shower That ‘The Baby Is Coming In Two Weeks’ – Perez Hilton

It’s getting so close!!! Kim Kardashian West and her family are very busy right now preparing for their fourth child — and after Kim’s CBD baby shower than went down this weekend in Calabasas (more on that below), we can confirm that Kim is on camera saying she expects the surrogate to give birth in two weeks. Well here we go then, y’all!!! Outside in a circle with all her friends and loved ones at her laid-back baby shower yesterday, Kim revealed the big news to the audience — and it was caught on camera, as you can see and hear her describe the timeline for the surrogate’s giving birth (below): Speaking of all that baby shower hubbub, it wasn’t …