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(ANTIMEDIA) Since Wednesday, Twitter has been sending out emails and notifications to its over 300 million monthly users to inform them of changes to their privacy policy.

The new policy, which goes into effect on June 18, includes changes to data collection, data sharing, and digital advertising. The policy is being run on an ‘opt-out’ basis, meaning that if users do not actively change their settings, these policies will automatically be applied to their accounts.

 While Twitter hailed the new policy in their mass email sent out Sunday as one that “dovetails with our heartbeat as a company — a commitment to protecting and defending your privacy,” groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation are not so enthusiastic.

Contrary to the inviting ‘Sounds good’ button to accept the new policy and get to tweeting, the changes Twitter has made around user tracking and data personalization do not sound good for user privacy,” EFF researcher Gennie Gebhart writes.

EFF, along with Life Hacker and CNET, are encouraging users to customize their privacy settings now before the new changes are automatically enabled in June.

With the new policy, Twitter will be keeping logs for users’ web histories for 30 days instead of 10, a move that Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, says expands the pool of people it can track and allows Twitter to make more comprehensive profiles of users.

Interestingly, this change will not apply to E.U. member countries because Europe’s restrictive privacy laws prohibit it.

Twitter also discontinued support for the Do Not Track browser option, which previously allowed users to protect against targeted advertising.

The reason for the change, says TopTechNews.com writer Barbara Ortutay, is therefore clearly not about privacy, but money.

Targeted ads that are tailored to your whims and tastes are more lucrative than generic ones,” Ortutay writes.

Whether for privacy or profit, the changes are coming. Fortunately, it’s up to users to change their settings and decide how much they want to share.

CNET offers this simple how-to: “Open Settings and go to Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety > Personalization and data. At the top of this page is an option to disable all personalization and data settings; on the Twitter website, click the Disable all.

EFF notes that users can also review, edit, and/or remove data collected on them in the past by accessing the “Your Twitter data” option also located in settings.

Courtesy post via theAntiMedia and Sarah Cronin

When is this madness going to stop?

As reported by the media outlet Campus Reform, the student organization known as ‘UChicago United’ has just released a list of nearly 50 ‘demands’ for the University of Chicago in an effort to promote diversity and inclusion… By effectively segregating the campus.

No joke…

Calling for the creation of multiple racially-themed academic departments which would all operate independently as well as housing specific to race, UChicago United is additionally demanding a ‘transparent disciplinary processes against faculty and staff’ accused of committing racially bias acts.

Yup…

Here is a brief overview of the group’s demands:

The creation of following race-based academic departments.

  • Race and Ethnic Studies Department
  • Black Studies Academic Department
  • African Studies Department
  • Caribbean Studies Department
  • Asian American Studies Program
  • Center for African and Caribbean Studies
  • Latinx Affairs Office

The creation and funding of the following ‘university-funded and run cultural houses.

  • Black House
  • Latinx House
  • Asian House

Oh, there’s more…

  • The creation of “a new ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ graduation requirement” which will primarily focus on “any US-centric structural oppression, such as race, gender, and sexuality.”
  • The creation of “a pre-orientation program specifically for incoming students of color” so that students of color can “familiarize” themselves “with campus resources and multicultural registered student organizations.”
  • The “revitalization of the Bias Response Team,” so that there is a “transparent” infrastructure for the “disciplinary processes against faculty and staff” accused of racial or gender bias.

Via CampusReform

In contrast to its own appeals for money to fund the new initiatives, UChicago United also requests that “limits and/or restrictions” should be placed “on the funding allotted to student organizations that are accused and/or found guilty of discriminatory behavior.”

Finally, the set of demands concludes with specific requests for illegal immigrant students, asking for an increase in the “recruitment and admission” of “undocumented Latinx students,” as well as “full financial, legal, and mental health resources” for such students.

The demands were presented to the university’s administration Friday, according to a Facebook event page, at an on-campus rally that served “as the launch of a long-term campaign fighting for marginalized students.”

Campus Reform reached out to the university for comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

I am sure accommodations pertaining to white students being left of this list of demands was a mere oversight and that the UChicago would never intentionally leave anyone out based on the color of their skin… Right?

As more details about the Manchester suicide bombing emerge, it appears that the attack, as we noted in initial reports last night, was coordinated by radical Islamic extremists.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, saying that a solider of their Kaliphate was directly involved:

“With Allah’s grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the Crusaders in the British city of Manchester, in revenge for Allah’s religion, in an endeavor to terrorize the mushrikin, and in response to their transgressions against the land of the Muslims.  The explosive devices were detonated in the shameless concert arena, resulting in 30 Crusaders being killed and 70 others being wounded.  And what comes next will be more severe on the worshipers of the Cross and their allies, by Allah’s permission.  And all praises due to Allah, Lord of the creation.”

Now, just hours after the incident, it has been revealed by numerous mainstream reports that a member of the Islamic State made a threat approximately four hours before the explosion that killed at least 22 people.

According to Express UK and Huffington Post, a user by the name of ‘owys663’ (now suspended) posted a Tweet in which he specifically identified Manchester as a terror target utilizing hashtags.

An unverified Twitter account posted two messages and an image of an ISIS flag.

The messages appeared to predict the atrocity at the arena filled with 21,000 fans.

One message said: “Are you forget our threat?”

Followed by: “This is just the beginning.”

The tweets, which are not verified, are time-stamped at 6.24pm, four hours before the bomb went off.

The retweet above came from a German-speaking Twitter account and reads:

“Twitter locked the account @ owys663. He had announced the attack in #Manchester indirectly”

Speculation abounds as to whether the tweet was legitimate or not, with some users claiming that the time stamp on the original tweets from the Islamic State supporter were posted outside of the UK, and perhaps stamped with a local time in the United States, making it appear that it was posted four hours ahead of the incident.

That the Islamic State has claimed responisibility and that it is possible that the now suspended Islamic State twitter account posted this tweet ahead of time indicates significant coordination and planning.

With 3,500 Islamic terrorists reportedly living in the United Kingdom, and with Islamic State actively working to develop chemical weapons of mass destruction, it appears that this is, indeed, just the beginning.

Courtesy post via SHTFPlan and Mac Slavo

Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the province of Mindanao after ISIS-linked gunman stormed Marawi City, engaging both police and the nation’s military in firefights on public streets.

According to reports, the state of emergency was declared after a group of militants from the ISIS sympathizing terror organization known as the ‘Maute’ (aka Islamic State of Lanao) stormed Marawi City sending residents fleeing for their lives.

As reported by the media outlet the PhilStar Global, Islamic militants engaged in firefights with “personnel of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade in Marawi City started at about 3:00 p.m.” 

Following news of gunfire within the city, Lanao del Sur Vice Gov. Mamintal Adiong, Jr. pled with residents of Marawi City “to stay home, drop on the ground if they hear gunshots. They have to lock their doors and gates too.”  

The UK Independent is currently reporting that military chief of staff General Eduardo Ano has confirmed that “one police officer was killed and eight soldiers were wounded in the fighting.”

Additionally, Reuters is reporting that the firefights broke out as President Duterte accompanied by Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana were set to conduct an official visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Currently, there are conflicting reports on if the planned meeting will be cancelled all together or rescheduled.

Via Independent

Residents of Marawi City, in the south of the country, were urged to remain indoors as at least 15 gunmen from a Muslim rebel group called Maute stormed the streets brandishing assault rifles.

Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.

Local reports suggested that the militants had entered a local hospital and raised a black Isis flag above the roof, although this information was officially verified by the army.

Witnesses reported seeing men in attire similar to that worn by Isis militants walking the streets before firing at houses and government buildings.

The Maute is a radical Islamist group composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters.

More from Reuters

Three members of the security forces were killed and 12 wounded, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a news conference, as clashes erupted in the wake of what the military said was a raid on a flat where about 15 rebels were hiding.

The government urged civilians on Mindanao to stay in their homes or flee if it was safe, and the military said reinforcements of an initial 500 soldiers were on the way, but were being hamstrung by rebels blocking roads.

“There are Maute snipers all around, so the troops are still holding and elements have already joined,” Lorenzana.

Fires raged in Marawi but the military and the city’s mayor said the situation was now under control.

Witnesses told local television that gunfire was clattering sporadically around the city. Several buildings were on fire, including a church, officials said.

“(Duterte) has already declared martial law for the entire island of Mindanao,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in Moscow.

Presidential spokesman Abella further explained to media in Moscow that President Duterte’s martial law order will extend for 60 days as stipulated in the country’s constitution.

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Remember, when seconds count the police are only minutes away…

According to new concealed carry permit data collected by the Crime Prevention Research Center, American citizens are arming themselves in record numbers and according to CPRC founder John Lott, a notable portion of those individuals are women and minorities.

As the Crime Prevention Research Center data shows, the number of CCW permits previous capped at 15 million last year, however, as of May 2017 that number has already skyrocketed to 15.7 million with months to go.

The marked increased in the demand for CCW permits is being directly attributed to individuals obtaining firearms and firearms safety training for the purpose of self-defensive, as well as many states making it easier for lawful citizens to carry.

“I think you’re continuing to see a change in the composition of people who go and get permits,” Lott said stated to Fox News regarding the data, adding that the number of women seeking to obtain permits is “growing at a much faster rate than men.”

Speaking on the notable rise in women obtaining CCW permits, NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen told Fox News on May 10th that “The NRA is a natural home for women firearms owners,” adding “Increasingly, women today don’t want to rely on a spouse or neighbor for protection. They want to be able to protect themselves and their families.”

Via FoxNews

Between 2012 and 2016, Lott said, the growth rate for women was twice as much as it was for men. He also said minorities are purchasing handguns at a higher rate compared to previous years.

Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women learning how to use guns around the country, as noted in an earlier Fox News report. Gun instructors who teach self-defense courses say more women are looking toward guns to protect themselves against crime.

The Crime Prevention Research Center – a nonprofit, gun advocacy research group – releases an annual report each July documenting firearm statistics by citing numbers provided by state agencies.

The center’s official report for 2017 is due in July but Lott said data already collected shows a significant increase in permits in a number of states.

Thoughts on the skyrocketing demand for CCW permits? Let us know in the comment section below.

This is not the message the mainstream media should be sending…

Following the horrific suicide bombing Monday evening which claimed the lives of 22 individuals while injuring at least 59, BBC host Katty Kay appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the Manchester attack and what it means for the people of Europe.

Instead of taking the opportunity to show strength and leadership in a time of crisis, the words of this host gave an ominous glimpse into a European Union caving in the face of Islamic terror.

No joke…

During a time in which the people of Europe need reassurance and steadfast resolve, Kay instead took the opportunity to normalize the senseless act of violence, promoting the idea of people ‘getting used’ to attacks like Manchester.

Stating that ‘Europe is getting used to attacks like this,’ Kay told Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski that ‘we have to,’ because the Islamic State will never be wiped out.

Watch below: 

H/T Gateway Pundit

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Update 1: Britain is now on its second highest alert level, meaning that an “attack by militants is considered highly likely.” (Reuters)

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Multiple explosions have rocked an Ariana Grande concert in Britain this evening with eye witnesses reporting that the blasts were “massive” :

‘There was a bang in the left tunnel and everyone went to the middle tunnel. Then about two minutes later, there was another bang. The bang was so loud and crowds of people were running. There were lots of children and families there.’

Another witness Jenny Brewster told MailOnline: ‘We were exiting the building when it happened. We’d headed towards the main doors as Ariana was performing the last song because we wanted to beat the crowds, but – as we made our way there – a wall of security men blocked it and told us to go the other way.

‘Seconds later they shouted ‘RUN!’ and the explosion happened right behind them. Hundreds of people were running and screaming. Those men saved our lives.’

Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters: ‘We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming.

‘It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out of the area.’

With multiple bombs going off at the concert, one can only conclude that this was no accident.

The explosions appear to have been coordinated to push crowds into specific directions where more devices were subsequently detonated.

Eye witness report: “Explosion Threw Me 30 Feet”

The first massive explosion can be heard in the following video:

Panic:

Though police have offered no information as to possible suspects or motives, this appears to be a coordinated terrorist attack.

Originally published at SHTFPlan.

A Michigan elementary school has found themselves at the center of controversy following their decision to cancel a ‘completely optional‘ off-campus bible class after receiving a complaint about the program from a local civil rights organization.

To the outrage of parents and caregivers that had already signed their children up for the optional class at the Fremont Wesleyan Church, the administration of Daisy Brook Elementary School in Fremont made the decision to cancel the class to appease the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists.

Despite the fact the school had previously boasted the class as ‘permitted by Michigan law’ on a flyer for the program and required parental permission for students to attend, the class which was held once a month at noon is being called an “unconstitutional endorsement of religion” by MACRA.

While MACRA seems to view the class as endorsement of religion which violates the ‘Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,’ parents like Britney TerVeer strongly disagree.

“I don’t agree with it because I don’t believe it is a violation of the First Amendment… It’s not on school property. Parents have to sign their kids. It’s completely optional.” TerVeer stated to Fox 17.

Via LZ

“The Bible class “is clearly designed to promote and support one particular religion, pastor and church, and is thus an unconstitutional endorsement of religion,” the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) wrote in a Facebook post on May 17. “Such programs are discriminatory and violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

Around 100 of the 400 students at Daisy Brook attend the Bible class, reported WZZM 13 News, a local ABC affiliate TV station. In Michigan, public school students are allowed two hours per week to attend religious instruction outside of school.

Ken Haggart, the school district superintendent, hopes to continue the program in the future.

“It was recommended by school attorneys to discontinue the program for the remainder of [the] year, allowing us to take time to make sure things are done correctly,” Haggart stated.

Yet the advocacy organization that originally filed the complaint won’t back down.

“Superintendent Ken Haggart just doesn’t get it,” MACRA wrote on its Facebook page on May 18. “White Christian privilege is ingrained in his DNA. The ‘Bible Release’ program is canceled for now, but in the fall, MACRA will place Daisy Brook on its list of schools for special monitoring to assure continued compliance with the law and Constitution.”

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Infamous internet entrepreneur and hacker Kim DotCom raised a lot of eyebrows over the weekend after he tweeted saying he knew DNC employee Seth Rich and he knew Rich was the Wikileaks contact. He’s not only saying he knew it, he’s saying he’ll go as far as testifying that Rich was the Wikileaks contact.

Kim DotCom says that if Congress will include the Seth Rich case in their Russia probe he will supply written testimony and evidence linking Rich to the DNC email dump via Wikileaks.

This is an explosive revelation, one that Fox News host Sean Hannity immediately jumped on.

As if this wasn’t enough to thicken the plot, an anonymous source who claims to work in Washington D.C. is out on social media explaining how DNC contacts are extremely panicked about the Seth Rich case. The individual wrote the following:

“Anons, I work in D.C.

I know for certain that the Seth Rich case has scared the shit out of certain high ranking current and former Democratic Party officials.

This is the reason why they have backed away from impeachment talk. They know the smoking gun is out there, and they’re terrified you will find it, because when you do it will bring the entire DNC, along with a couple of very big name politicians.

It appears that certain DNC thugs were not thorough enough when it came time to cover their tracks. Podesta saying he wanted to “make an example of the leaker” is a huge smoking gun.”

And followed it up with:

“The behavior is near open panic. To even mention this name in D.C. Circles [sic] will bring you under automatic scrutiny. To even admit that you have knowledge of this story puts you in immediate danger.

If there was no smoke there would be no fire. I have never, in my 20 years of working in D.C. Seen [sic] such a panicked reaction from anyone.

I have strong reason to believe that the smoking gun in this case is out o [sic] the hands of the conspirators, and will be discovered by anon. I know for certain that Podesta is deeply concerned. He’s been receiving anonymous calls and emails from people saying they know the truth. Same with Hillary.”

As a reminder, Seth Rich was a tech guru at the DNC when he was shot in the back. None of his belongings were stolen, yet law enforcement ruled his murder was a botched robbery.

It’s clear Rich was murdered in cold blood. What isn’t clear is why. But we know Rich had the capability and access levels required to hack and steal tens of thousands of DNC emails.

Monday, Fox News confirmed that the Trump Administration’s embattled former national security adviser Michael Flynn is planning to decline a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena to testify and invoke his Fifth Amendment right regarding an investigation into alleged Russian interference of the 2016 election.

As noted by The Hill, Flynn had previously offered to testify in front of both the Senate and House Intelligence committees under the condition of immunity, however neither committee agreed to his terms.

Explaining a possible motive for the move, Fox News additionally noted the following:

Legal experts have said Flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of his constitutional protections by doing so. Flynn has previously sought immunity from “unfair prosecution” to cooperate with the committee.

Thoughts on this? Adding more fuel to the fire or smart move? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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