Revealed: new evidence of China’s mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang

Guardian and Bellingcat investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites partly or completely demolished since 2016 Around this time of the year, the edge of the Taklamakan desert in far western China should be overflowing with people. For decades, every spring thousands of Uighur Muslims would converge on the Imam Asim shrine, a group of buildings and fences surrounding a small mud tomb believed to contain the remains of a holy warrior from the eighth century. Pilgrims from across the Hotan oasis would come seeking healing, fertility, and absolution, trekking through the sand in the footsteps of those ahead of them. It was one of the largest shrine festivals in the region. People left offerings and tied pieces …

Sources Say Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner WILL Wed A Second Time In France Next Month! – Perez Hilton

Can’t accuse Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner of not doing things their way! The JoBros star and his beautiful, longtime Game of Thrones partner are now husband and wife after officially The 29-year-old singer and his 23-year-old new bride shocked the world this week when they got married in front of an Elvis Presley impersonator on the Strip after the BBMAs, with Diplo posting video the whole time on Instagram. While some people thought it might have been a stunt, or something, the ceremony was VERY real — and VERY binding! According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, though, the couple will STILL have their second wedding in France later next month — you know, for friends and family! For the French ceremony set to …

A Tinder troll called her out on an ‘ugly dress.’ The tables turned so quickly you’ll get whiplash.

The internet dating scene is a minefield. On one hand, you could meet someone who’s awesome and kind and exactly who you’re looking to spend the next two hours to twenty five years with. On the other, sometimes you get scammers and liars. And worse yet, sometimes you just get a jerk who’s out to ruin your day for reasons that are neither apparent or important. In other words, a troll. That’s exactly what happened to Thea Lauryn Chippendale, a 20-year-old looking for friendship (and more?) on the stormy seas of Tinder. Instead of saying “hello” or trying to open with a corny pick-up line, one guy she matched with tried a different tack: Insulting her photos. “Not gonna lie, …

Was ‘The Act’ Fair To Gypsy Rose Blanchard? Betches

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Hulu’s The Act.  As the finale nears, I’ve been reflecting on Hulu’s The Act—a masterpiece of true crime television, in my opinion, with one nagging issue. As a fictionalized version of events, The Act can and does take liberties with the truth. Some portrayals are adjusted in a flattering way; others are not. We also know that The Act chose not to consult Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who is currently in prison, or her family. As The Act season continues, and the show seems to increasingly turn on its lead character, I have to wonder: how much should a fictionalized show be able to editorialize before it becomes unethical? Was The Act fair to Gypsy Rose? According to Gypsy’s family, the answer is a …

Boeing Knew 737 Max Warning Light Was Shut Off On Some Planes For Months, Company Says

The aerospace giant said in a statement a warning light related to two sensors meant to determine a plane’s position in the sky was turned off in most 737 Max planes. Boeing meant to have the feature installed as a standard component of every 737 Max cockpit, but instead the light was linked to a premium upgrade that only some airlines chose to pay for. The FAA was only told about the mistake near the end of last year, 13 months after Boeing first discovered the flaw. “Neither the angle of attack indicator nor the AOA Disagree alert are necessary for the safe operation of the airplane,” Boeing said in the statement. “They provide supplemental information only, and have never …

We Might Have Seen The First Gravitational Waves From A Neutron Star Colliding With A Black Hole

The third run of gravitational wave observations by the LIGO-Virgo network, which started on April 1, has already produced some stellar results. The observatories not only spotted a candidate neutron star collision on April 25, but they might also have observed a neutron star colliding with a black hole. This could be the first discovery of gravitational waves from such an event. Along with these two candidate detections the collaboration has detected three more black hole mergers. This brings the total of confirmed and potential detections of gravitational waves to 16 since the first detection in 2015. “The universe is keeping us on our toes,” Patrick Brady, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and a professor of physics at the …

Chilling video shows a clever teen eluding a creepy guy following her in a car.

As a parent, it’s tough teaching kids about dealing with people they don’t know. On one hand, you don’t want them to live their lives afraid of strangers, but on the other, they need to know how to identify dangerous people and protect themselves. Police in the northern California city of Vacaville are praising a teen for eluding a suspicious male motorist. In security camera footage, the girl can be seen walking down a sidewalk when a car slowly drives up beside her. As the person in the car tries to talk to her, she keeps a large pickup truck between them. When the car turned around and pulled up in the opposite direction, she ran away. Suspicious Circumstance *Update …

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 …