Far-right troll Ian Miles Cheong gets flamed for mocking a ‘Star Wars’ fan

Popular right-wing figure Ian Miles Cheongthis week made fun of a YouTuber who got emotional while watching the new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The post backfired on Cheong, as many were quick to rally around theStar Wars fan. “I’m going to cringe to death,” Cheong tweeted along with a snippet of Eric Butts’ video. Im going to cringe to death. pic.twitter.com/PkShVqHgUR — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 14, 2019 Cheong told the Daily Dot that he stands by his post and would do it again, despite the backlash. “I wouldn’t be a commentator if I kept my opinions to myself,” he said. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the film series, came to Butts’ defense …

Northern Irish police call for peace in name of killed journalist

Lyra McKee, 29, shot during riots in which petrol bombs were thrown and cars set alight Police in Northern Ireland have issued a call for peace in memory of the journalist Lyra McKee, who died after being shot during rioting in Derry on Thursday night. Evoking the 29-year-olds own words about the power of conversation, police encouraged relatives of dissident republicans, who have been blamed for shooting McKee, to urge their family members to step away from violence and pursue peace. The heartfelt appeal followed a rare joint statement from leaders across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland condemning the murder as an attack on the peace and democratic processes on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday agreement. At …

NuvoAir raises $3M to help patients monitor respiratory diseases with AI

With air quality not improving any time soon (hello pollution!), respiratory conditions are on the rise. This has created an opportunity for startups to employ smartphones to monitor respiratory diseases with apps and smart devices. ResApp’s smartphone app, called ResAppDx, diagnoses a wide range of respiratory illnesses accurately by using cough sounds. Healthymize listens for signals of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) when you make calls. NuvoAir is a new digital therapeutics startup that is also tackling this problem. It has now closed a financing round of $3 million led by venture capital firm Industrifonden, one of the largest life science and tech investors in the Nordics. The round also saw participation from existing investor Investment AB Spiltan. Aria, NuvoAir’s …

Prosper is the latest Silicon Valley company to get dinged by, and settle charges with, the SEC

Another Silicon Valley company is settling with the SEC: the online lending company Prosper, which the SEC had accused of “miscalculating and materially overstating annualized net returns to retail and other investors.” Prosper has agreed to pay $3 million as part of the settlement, in which it has neither admitted nor denied the agency’s allegations. According to a new release from the SEC: “For almost two years, Prosper told tens of thousands of investors that their returns were higher than they actually were despite warning signs that should have alerted Prosper that it was miscalculating those returns.” The 14-year-old, San Francisco-based company “excluded certain non-performing charged off loans from its calculation of annualized net returns” that it communicated to investors …

Jason Momoa shaved his beard and people are losing their minds.

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images When Jason Momoa shaves, people take notice. The Aquaman actor recently shaved his beard to raise awareness on the importance of recycling aluminum. And spoiler: his chin is just as chiseled as we all thought it would be. Normally, changing facial hair would be the very least someone could do to raise awareness for a cause. (Wasn’t No-shave November supposed to help out cancer research in some way?) But people are freaking out about finally being able to see Momoa’s chin, so shaving is the best way he could have raised awareness for recycling. Everyone noticed. We’re all listening now. 75% of aluminum is still in circulation even though 100% of it is recyclable, as …

A Scottish guy got wasted and passed out in the wrong house. The residents were awesome about it.

Comedian Jim Jefferies put it best when he said, “If you don’t drink then all of your stories suck and end with, ‘and then i got home…’” A hungover Scotsman is going viral for telling a story about how he didn’t make it home after a night of drinking and it’s hilarious. Obviously, getting so wasted that you break into a stranger’s house, cook a meal, and then pass out on their couch means you should reevaluate your life. But it’s cool to see there’s some people in this world who are cool enough not to call the cops on you for having a hard night out. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

Sudan: former president Omar al-Bashir moved to prison

Ousted leader is being held in solitary confinement in the notorious Kobar prison Deposed ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoums grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said on Wednesday, as military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption. Bashir, 75, had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the defence ministry, before being transferred to Kobar prison late on Tuesday, the sources said. He was being held in solitary confinement at Kobar, a prison source said. Kobar, just north of central Khartoum adjacent to the Blue Nile river, housed thousands of political prisoners under Bashirs nearly 30-year rule and is Sudans most notorious jail. …

Enough playing nice. Its time to pack the courts | Moira Donegan

Republicans have rigged the judiciary in favor of their agenda. But Democrats can take it back Anyone who still clung to the fiction that the federal judiciary is not a political entity should have been disillusioned watching Brett Kavanaughs performance at his confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh, who has been multiply and credibly accused of sexual assault, threw Dr Christine Blasey Ford. Unwilling to engage with the substance of her accusations, Kavanaugh gave a red-faced and spitting partisan rant, whining that his ascent to power had been delayed and smearing the Democrats whose agenda he is all but openly eager to defeat from the bench. Kavanaugh lashed out at his political enemies, decrying Democrats and saying that his appointment was being delayed …

Mueller Report Fallout Pressures Democrats to Impeach Trump

Democrats in Washington found themselves Friday confronting an unwelcome surprise conclusion following the release of the final report by special counsel Robert Mueller: Maybe we should impeach President Trump after all. Ever since taking back the House of Representatives in January, Democratic leaders have carefully modulated the demands for impeachment from their activist base. First, they stressed the need to wait for the outcome of Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Last month, House speaker Nancy Pelosi splashed cold water on the idea of impeachment, telling The Washington Post’s Joe Heim, “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, …

Doctors racing to find out why baby was born without most of his skin

“We want to find an answer right now, but everything is in the air,” said mother Priscilla Maldonado. “They’re just really focused on keeping him comfortable right now.” The 3-month-old is missing his skin on his torso and arms but has some on his head and legs. Doctors first believed he may have a rare condition called Aplasia Cutis. BABY BORN WITHOUT ANUS COMES HOME AFTER MONTHS IN HOSPITAL But on Monday, specialists said he may be actually be suffering from Epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects only 20 newborns out of 1 million in the US. There is no cure but the disease can be managed with pain pills and other measures. Original Article : …

Let’s join the Tories and sabotage them, like they sabotaged Britain | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Maybe if we hold our noses tight, we can help choose the next Conservative leader, argues Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson The thought of another unelected Tory prime minister and this time in all likelihood a rightwing fanatic is almost too much to bear. If a general election isnt called before 2022 (the date set by the a serial liar, out only for himself; piss off almost the entirety of our definitely, unmistakably, a mother; and Michael Gove, Revel, but only the coffee ones are left. It is no wonder that much national opinion oscillates between disbelieving despair and incredulous laughter at our current political class. Perhaps then, we the sensible on the left, or centre, or centre left should …

Hidden Cam Shows Its Nearly Impossible To File A Complaint Against A Police Officer In Florida And Its Terrifying

Receiving a complaint about your service is always awkward, people rarely like to admit when they’ve done wrong. However, it seems that for some South Florida police departments filing a complaint is next to impossible. As this series of undercover videos show, you better have a damn good reason for your complaint because entering a police station without one can be scary, risky and even downright dangerous. Several investigators, over a period of some years, went to visit several police departments around the state with the simple task of obtaining a complaint form. Nothing more than that. They were met with intimidation, threats and even arrest by these insecure cops, who abused their positions in quite a shocking way. All …

30 Hilarious Memes From The Game Of Thrones Season 8 Premiere (Spoilers)

From the Lannister’s being de-throned as the messiest family in the 7 kingdoms (ok Jon Snow didn’t know it was his aunt), to Bran sitting around sipping tea at all the drama waiting for his nemesis to arrive, to Cersei plotting on Euron Greyjoy (or is it the other way around?) and Sam finding out his best friends girl/aunt killed his family. So as we wait for the next episode, writing up conspiracy theories, enjoy these memes and don’t forget to upvote your favs! #1 #2 Cersei may not have gotten her elephants but some serious dough was put into this final season.To be precise £11.2 million was spent per episode compared to the series average of £5 million per episode. …

Former WH photographer just revealed how Obama dealt with an anti-immigration heckler.

via Gamaliel / Wikimedia Commons Former White House photographer Pete Souza has earned over 2.1 million Instagram followers for sharing his beautiful and revealing photos of the Obama family during his two terms in office. In the Trump era, he’s often used his social media platform to compare and contrast the two presidents. After Melania Trump refused to hold the president’s hand, he shared photos of Michelle and Barack in a loving embrace. View this post on Instagram Holding hands. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on May 23, 2017 at 7:53am PDT After Trump’s disrespectful bullying of “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, Souza shared a series of photos highlighting Obama’s respect for women. View this post on Instagram …

Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi & More Pay Tribute To Mac Miller & Nipsey Hussle During Coachella Sets – Perez Hilton

On Friday and Saturday, Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) reflected on the tragic deaths of Nipsey Hussle, who “This next one, I wanna dedicate this to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle… [Sing this song] as loud as y’all can.” Pursuit Of Happiness 🙏🏁💙🕊 A post shared by Our Generation Music 🔰 (@ourgenerationmusictv) on Apr 14, 2019 at 7:10am PDT He told the crowd: Powerful words. Wiz Khalifa was another artist who dedicated his performance to Nipsey and Mac. He told the audience during his set: See (below): .@wizkhalifa pays tribute to @nipseyhussle + @macmiller 🙏 : “The Marathon will always continue my brother.. make some noise again for Nipsey Hussle — make some noise for a Pittsburg legend …

Parisians Pay Homage To Notre Dame With Catholic Hymns, Wine In The Streets

massive fire engulfs Notre Dame, taking down the iconic cathedral’s spire. Firefighters have been tackling the blaze since Monday evening, and authorities still haven’t determined the cause of the fire or the full extent of the damage. In spite of the chaos, locals have gathered around Paris to pay homage to the famed church with hymns, prayers, and, of course, wine. Notre Dame translates to “our lady” in French, and the church is named for Mary and has the phrase “Je vous salue Marie,” which means “Hail Mary” in French, engraved on it.  journalist told NBC News that some Parisians “have opened bottles of wine to share while watching the remaining moments of Notre Dame” in the streets. Reports of people …