TikTok explains its ban on political advertising

Already under fire for advancing Chinese foreign policy by censoring topics like Hong Kong’s protests and pro-LGBT content, the Beijing-based video app TikTok is now further distancing itself from U.S. social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with a ban on political ads on its app. The company today says it will not allow political ads on TikTok, noting they don’t fit in with the experience the short-form video app aims to offer. “Any paid ads that come into the community need to fit the standards for our platform, and the nature of paid political ads is not something we believe fits the TikTok platform experience,” says Blake Chandlee, TikTok’s VP of Global Business Solutions, who recently joined the …

China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app

Apple’s decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, is attracting the ire of the Chinese government. An article in Chinese state mouthpiece, China Daily, attacks the iPhone maker for reversing an earlier decision not to allow the app to be listed on the iOS App Store — claiming the app is “allowing the rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts” (via The Guardian). HKmaps uses emoji to denote live police and protest activity around Hong Kong, as reported by users. The former British colony is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China that’s been able to …

Swing-Seat Democrats Avoid Impeachment Backlash So Far

Democrats in moderate districts are going to face a ferocious impeachment investigation into President At swing-seat town halls here and in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, two first-term Democrats, Reps. Max Rose of New York and Susan Wild of Pennsylvania, saw their newfound support for an impeachment inquiry met mostly with applause. Both are the type of Democrats in “purple” areas that Republicans have sworn would pay a steep political price for backing impeachment.  For instance, Priorities USA ― the largest Democratic super-PAC and a longtime advocate of the idea Democrats should remain focused on economic issues ― released polling this week aimed at showing “major warning signs for the GOP” on impeachment. The poll, conducted by Civis Analytics, found 45% …

Thai Judge Shoots Himself In Court After Criticizing Judicial System

Khanakorn Pianchana, a lower court judge in the southern province of Yala, shot himself in the chest with a pistol in his courtroom Friday. He acted just after acquitting five defendants of murder and firearms charges that could have condemned three to death. He was reported Saturday to be in stable condition. Khanakorn’s statement was reported to have been posted on his Facebook page, along with a short video of him with similar accusations. They could not be found there, however, after copies began circulating elsewhere. Two phrases employed by Khanakorn struck a chord Saturday with social media users: “Return the verdict to the judge. Return justice to the people.” In cases since 2006, supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin …

Whistleblower lawyer acknowledges client had ‘contact’ with presidential candidates

Activists rally for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington last month. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., committed Tuesday to launching a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) But Republicans have challenged that claim, noting that various statements in the whistleblower claim have seemingly proved inaccurate. For example, the whistleblower complaint stated that President Trump made a “specific request that the Ukrainian leader locate and turn over servers used by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and examined by the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike” — a request that does not appear in the declassified transcript of the call released by the Trump administration. Trump mentioned CrowdStrike, but did not demand the server. TRUMP SUGGESTS …

Michelle Obama Has A New Becoming Book That Will Get You In Your Feelings

Bennett Raglin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images By Lara Walsh Oct 7, 2019 Whether you were one of the millions who immediately bought a copy of Michelle Obama’s bestseller, back in 2018 or you’re still waiting for an excuse to finally read it, a new journal accompaniment to the memoir promises to make the experience all the more personal. Michelle Obama’s follow-up book, which will be titled , basically encourages you to get in your feelings and reflect on your future with a journaling companion to the OG memoir. On Monday, Oct. 7, Penguin revealed that it will be releasing a special-edition version of Obama’s bestseller on Nov. 19. switches the narrative from Obama to her readers by encouraging them to write …

UK could ‘clarify’ its Brexit offer to EU

This was despite the government stating, in papers submitted to a Scottish court, that the PM would comply with legislation passed by Parliament, known as the Benn Act. This requires him to send a letter to the EU asking for a further three-month Brexit extension if no deal is agreed by 19 October – a day after a crucial summit of European leaders. PM will send Brexit extension letter, court told UK Brexit offer ‘a step forward’ says Coveney What is ‘no-deal Brexit’? The UK has said its new proposals, presented on Wednesday, represent a “significant” shift and the basis for a “fair and reasonable compromise” after months of deadlock. The BBC’s Adam Fleming said, after five hours of talks …

The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Abortion Case Is Already Troubling

Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images What’s In June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee? The Supreme Court’s New Abortion Case Is Troubling By Madhuri Sathish Oct 4, 2019 On the heels of numerous new abortion restrictions around the country, there’s a new case up for consideration by the Supreme Court — its first abortion case since Justice Anthony Kennedy retired, which also means the first abortion rights case under the court’s new conservative majority. So what’s in ? It might be troublingly familiar. On Oct. 4, the court announced that it would hear a case called , which centers on restrictions and regulations of abortion providers in Louisiana. The law in question, which was passed in 2014, required any physicians performing …

Trumps decision to make way for Turkey in Syria seen by critics as a Kurds betrayal

In December, Trump announced he was withdrawing American troops from Syria but was met with widespread condemnation for abandoning Kurdish allies to the Turkish assault. The announcement prompted the resignation in protest of then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and a coordinated campaign by then-national security adviser John Bolton to try to protect the Kurds. As recently as January, Trump warned Ankara not to target the group, saying the U.S. would “devastate” Turkey economically if “they hurt the Kurds.” Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Review: ‘Joker’ isn’t as smart as it thinks it is

This review includes some spoilers. Jokeradopts a paint-by-numbers approach to making a serious comic book movie, drawing directly from Martin ScorsesesTaxi Driver andThe King of Comedy.Instead of portraying the Joker as a sadistic prankster with a perverse sense of humor, director/co-writer Todd Phillips reimagines him as a tragic figure who struggles with mental illness, plagued by relatable socio-economic problems in a harsh, unforgiving city. Phillips was keen to find realistic explanations for the Jokers appearance and behavior, abandoning the old origin story of a man falling into a vat of chemicals like Jack Nicholson in Tim BurtonsBatman. Differing from Heath Ledgers chaotic terrorist or Mark Hamills rascally megalomaniac,Jokers Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a professional clown who becomes a garden-variety …

Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan in 2020, But So Does Everyone Else

This is the rallying cry that has fueled Sen. Warrens (D-Mass.) surge in the polls. You can find Warren Has A Plan For That for sale in her store. Journalists eagerly in their headlines. But, are there actually any issues that Warren has a plan for and other candidates dont? So are there really issues that justify the perception that Elizabeth Warren has plans and the other candidates dont? Healthcare is the big one this election cycle, and all the candidates have a plan for that. Even Beto ORourke and Joe Biden, who tried their best not to, have a plan for this one. The Democratic field runs the gamut from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) single-payer plan to Bidens proposal …

What has Boris Johnson said about Brexit checks?

RTÉ said would effectively create new customs posts on both sides of the border, but “five to 10 miles back from the actual land frontier”. In essence, the information appears to have come from confidential discussion documents, referred to as “non-papers”, which were shared between London and Brussels last month. These are ideas which the British government is floating ahead of its departure from the EU, but is not saying: “These are our final plans.” At least one of these papers seems to have mentioned some sort of customs clearance centres, which would be required on either side of the border. Will customs clearance zones form part of the UK’s final Brexit proposal to the EU? The answer from the …

I Am Just Trying To Be A Person

Kim Quindlen Updated October 1, 2019 By Kim Quindlen I am trying to understand that all pain is relative. I am trying to understand that even though there are people in this world who are suffering far more than me, that it’s okay sometimes that I feel a little broken, too. I am trying to come to terms with the fact that my parents are people. That they experience fear and pain and uncertainty because they are mortals, and that I am finally at an age where they no longer have to hide this from me. I am starting to see them experience death on a regular basis – of parents and friends and friends’ parents – and I’m feeling their pain …