David Hogg Reddit Post Celebrated Mosquito Killing “Billions”

In a 2017 Reddit post, ‘March For Our Lives’ gun control activist David Hogg celebrates the fact that mosquitoes kill “billions” of people as being “great for the environment”.

Another user on the site asked the question, “What is a positive reason for mosquitoes to exist?” to which Hogg responded, “They kill humans, billions of them, which is great for the environment.” The post was made eight months ago.
Although the entry was posted under the pseudonym ‘davisgreen111’, the account almost certainly belongs to Hogg. The poster refers to himself as “David Hogg” in one post and another post links to a video from Hogg’s personal YouTube channel. Another post confirms that he lives in Parkland, Florida.


Tesla Recalls Almost Half of Cars Ever Built


Tesla is recalling almost half of all the vehicles the company has so far produced, after corroding bolts that could lead to the loss of power steering has forced the company to fix 123,000 of its Model S sedans.

The service action comes at a particularly inopportune time for the California carmaker.

Tesla’s stock fell by one-third of its value in recent weeks as a result of a series of problems including continued production problems with the Model 3 sedan, financial trouble, and a fatal crash now being probed by federal regulators.


Amazon Cut Ties With Top Lobbying Firms a Week Before Trump Attacks


Online retailing behemoth Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has cut ties with Washington lobbying firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The changes took place about a week before U.S. President Donald Trump accused Amazon in a tweet on Thursday of not paying enough tax, taking advantage of the U.S. postal system and putting small retailers out of business.

Amazon had cut ties from the lobbying firms last Friday and in their place hired Paul Brathwaite of Federal Street Strategies LLC and Josh Holly of Holly Strategies Inc, both of whom have previously worked as outside lobbyists for Airbnb Inc and Oracle Corp (ORCL.N), the report said, citing a source.


Over 60,000 iPhone Users in South Korea Sue Apple For Slowing Down Older Phones


Authorities in South Korea announced that 63,767 iPhone users in the country have lodged a mass lawsuit against US tech giant Apple for slowing down older models.

It is South Korea’s biggest-ever class action lawsuit, and demands that Apple pay millions of dollars in damages.

According to Xinhua news agency, the users are represented by local law firm Hannuri. It has filed the class action lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court against Apple and Apple Korea, the local unit of the iPhone manufacturer.


US, British Service Members Killed by Improvised Bomb in Syria


A U.S. and a British service member in the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State were killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria, U.S and British officials said on Friday.

They are the first coalition service members to be killed or wounded in an attack this year.

Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity and citing initial information, said one of the people killed in the blast on Thursday blast was an American. They said the incident took place near the city of Manbij in northern Syria.


FOIA Documents Reveal CDC’s Preferential Treatment to Grantees


Documents obtained by the Freedom of Information Act indicate that Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials gave preferential treatment to the Danish grantees (including Dr. Poul Thorsen) at Aarhus University, and took no apparent action to evaluate the veracity of any of the study data when theft of over $1 million of grant money by Thorsen was made known.

Furthermore, in 2009, when CDC officials including Dr. Coleen Boyle (Director of the National Center for Birth Defects and Development Disabilities [NCBDDD]), Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp (Chief of the Developmental Disabilities Branch), Joanne Wojcik (Public Health Analyst, Developmental Disabilities Branch), and Diana Schendel (former CDC NCBDDD senior epidemiologist) became aware that Thorsen failed to obtain legally required ethics permissions for the autism bio and genetic data projects, these CDC employees worked with the Danish grantees to hide this fact.

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Eating Out Can Increase Phthalates, Lead to Disease


Eating out at restaurants and fast food chains may be convenient but a new study suggests it comes with risks, including increased exposure to a potentially harmful chemical called phthalates.

Researchers looked at data collected between 2005 and 2014 as part of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and discovered that subjects who had recently eaten food from a fast food restaurant had levels of phthalates 35 percent higher than those who ate at home.

In total, the scientists examined the results of 10,253 participants. Sixty-one percent of the group replied in the survey that they had eaten out within the previous 24 hours, and the majority of those respondents showed an increased level of phthalate biomarkers when their urine was tested.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Bill Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide


Hawaii’s state Senate on Thursday passed a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to seek the help of their doctors in obtaining life-ending medicine. 

The bill, which was sent to the governor’s desk for signing, would make Hawaii the seventh state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, Reuters reported.

The measure would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication at the request of patients, so long as two doctors deem the patient mentally competent and determine that the individual has no longer than six months to live.

Under the law, doctors would not be allowed to administer the medication themselves, meaning patients would have to take it on their own, Reuters reported.

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UK May Reverse Brexit After Russian Spy Poisoning


The UK might reconsider its decision to leave the European Union following the poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter, the President of the German Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, has said.

The senior politician said in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, and the unprecedented show of actual unity from the Brussels bloc, Brits saw “how good it is to not be alone in the world” and he hoped the country would now realize that “Europe works.”

He added: “I still have hope that the British stay in the EU.”


Swedish Student Suspended For Exposing Migrant Sex Crimes


A Swedish student of Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, is suspended from his class, Friatider reports.

The male student, called Felix, published a fact sheet about the overrepresentation of migrants concerning sex crimes in the country.

It all started with a discussion between Felix and two female classmates. When he said migrants are overrepresented as perpetrators of sex crimes the women did not believe him and wanted to see sources of his claim.

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