All posts by Alec Baldwin

Beirut Explosion Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis

The massive explossion which devastated the city of Beirut could trigger a humanitarian crisis the UN has warned.

Lebanon was already struggling under the weight of an economic crisis and the health care system was overwhelmed by Covid. It is feared the crisis will play into the hand of Hezbollah. The blast has left 154 people dead, 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless.

Beirut Blast Map

The Blast was caused when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate detonated. The exact trigger is unknown. However, the explosives had been stored in a warehouse unsafely for six years.

Read More: BBC

Movie The Matrix a “Trans Metaphor”

Sibling directors, Lily and Lana Wachowski, of The Matrix trilogy have said the movies were a “trans metaphor”.  Speaking about the films Lily Wachowski has said that this was always the original intention of the films, but that the corporate world was not ready.

She said the movies deal with the desire of transformation. Wachowski said that in dealing with their own issues of sexuality they were drawn to science fiction as “we were existing in a space where the words didn’t exist, so we were always living in a world of imagination”.

Lana was the first to transition in 2012 and Lily later in 2016.

Read More: BBC

Trump Seeks to Ban TikTok

President Trump has announced he plans to ban TikTok in the US. The social media app is highly popular with young people. However, there are concerns that the Chinese owned app is gaining access to US teens personal data, and is a security risk.

TikTok has also seen calls for its ban in other countries over safe guarding issues. Children have been targeted by paedophiles on the app. TikTok have been criticized for not doing enough to protect children from being groomed.

Read More: Fox News

Twitter Take No Action Over Khamenei’s “Eliminate Israel” Post

Twitter has come under fire for not taking any action over Iran’s Khamenei’s post calling for the elimination of Israel. However, Twitter has seen his Twitter account restricted over tweets about law and order in response to the violent protests sweeping America. Twitter has said Trump’s posts “incite violence”. The social media giant has been accused of double standards.

Twitter’s response has been to argue that Iran’s posts concerning the mass genocide of Israel is “foreign policy sabre-rattling”.

“We have an approach toward leaders that says that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy sabre-rattling on military-economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules,” Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter’s head policy for the Nordic countries and Israel, told the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, via video-conference.

If a world leader violates our rules but there is a clear interest in keeping that up on the service we may place it behind a notice that provides some more context about the violation and allows people to click through if they wish to see that type of content,” Pettersson replied.

“That’s what happened for the Trump tweet: that tweet was violating our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line of that tweet and the risk that it could possibly inspire harm and similar actions.”

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Elon Musk Claims Brain Implant Neuralink Will be Able to Stream Music Directly to Brain

Elon Musk has claimed his Neuralink implant will be able to steam music directly to your brain, making headphones obsolete. The Neuralink is an implant that will be placed into a persons brain, which will be able to directly interface with a person neurologically.

Musk has in the past claimed the Neuralink, which he is funding the development of, will also be able to cure depression and addiction.

Read More: The Daily Mail

Chinese Government Orders Low Income Christian Families to Abandon Their Faith or Lose Welfare Payments

The Chinese Government is continuing to target faith groups in China. Now ordering low income Christian households to abandon their faith or lose welfare payments.

The Chinese economy has been severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, particularly low income families.

A local pastor said: “All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images… The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”

In April a disabled Christian had their welfare payments, which amounted to $14, because the believer continued to attend a worship service.

Read More: CBN News

Emergency Rooms Swaped with New Covid 19 Cases

Emergency Rooms are being overwhelmed in parts of the nation by new Covid- 19 cases. In Texas hospitals are struggling to cope with the numbers of people coming through their doors.

Seattle is also seeing a new wave of Covid patients, after it was the first Covid- 19 hotspot in the country.  However, medics have warned that people are also turning up for testing who have no symptoms, which is putting undue pressure on the system.

The Sunbelt States are being particularly hard hit at this time with many hospitals struggling to cope.

Read More: France 24

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cancer Diagnosis

Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has announced she is undergoing chemotherapy for the recurrance of cancer. She has told the press she has no plans to retire. The 87 year old judge is the most senior liberal judge to sit on the Supreme Court.

President Trump has appointed two judges to the court making a 5 to 4 conservative leaning.

“On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of cancer,” Ms Ginsburg said in her statement.

“The chemotherapy course… is yielding positive results,” she added. “My most recent scan on 7 July indicated [a] significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease.

“I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” she said. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay.”

Read More: BBC

Twitter Investigating High Profile Security Breach

Twitter is investigating a security breach which has seen many high profile celebrities have their profiles hacked. Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates were amongst the individuals who’s accounts were breached.

Posts trying to trick people into sending hackers the cryptocurrency Bitcoin were tweeted by the official accounts of Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and many others on Wednesday.

“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” Twitter said.

“They used this access to take control of many highly-visible… accounts,” the company said, adding that it was investigating “what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed.”

Read More: France 24