Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats

It’s so funny how the Dems have flip-flopped. They used to be the party of liberty, free speech, and personal rights. They are 180° opposite now.

The House of Representatives’ investigation into Russia’s election interference may have ended, but Democrats are still discussing what they’d like to do if and when they regain a House majority — and it could have significant repercussions for the tech industry. Their recently published memo in the aftermath of the investigation calls on the House Intelligence Committee to subpoena Apple, Twitter and WhatsApp for info regarding encrypted chat apps and private messages. The Democrats want to know which apps key actors in the 2016 US election used, and what they said.

Democrats aim to subpoena Apple, Twitter over private chats

In Apple’s case, the Democrats want records for downloaded secure chat apps from “key individuals,” including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. The politicians would also subpoena WhatsApp for messages between “key witnesses of interest.” Twitter, meanwhile, would be pressed to hand over direct messages from Trump staff as well as WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and suspected Russian hacking front Guccifer 2.0.

He sat in class — and got suspended

Jacob Shoemaker holds his suspension notice.
Jacob Shoemaker holds his suspension notice.

It was his job to be in class at school.

Except when the state says that he’s supposed to be protesting with the other good little sheep.

While other students walked out of school to protest gun violence, Jacob Shoemaker sat in class alone. The Hilliard Davidson High senior was suspended for one day for refusing to follow instructions to join the other non-protesters at his Ohio school. Students who walked out were not suspended.

He was trying to stay neutral, Shoemaker told ABC6. “If you walked out you were with the protest, you were for gun control and anti-gun violence. And if you sat in this pit with all these other people you were pro gun-violence.”

Staying in class was his way to protest “politics in the classroom,” he said. “I feel that it has no place. In a school, in a district, anywhere.”

School officials say Shoemaker was ordered to move because it’s unsafe for students to be unsupervised. Where was the teacher? Were the students who walked out supervised by teachers? If so, was there nobody left to supervise Shoemaker’s anti-protest protest?

Via Joanne Jacobs

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot extending upward as it shrinks

NewImageNow for something completely different: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is extending upward as it shrinks in size. 

I’ve been fascinated by Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. It has been continually observed since 1878, and there are some references to it as far back as 1665 and 1713. 

Once big enough to swallow three earths, it’s been shrinking for 150 years. 






Jupiter’s Great Red Spot extending upward as it shrinks

Though once big enough to swallow three Earths with room to spare, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been shrinking for a century and a half. Nobody is sure how long the storm will continue to contract or whether it will disappear altogether. A new study suggests that it hasn’t all been downhill, though.

Science Daily: Northern Hemisphere Snow Exceptionally Huge This Year

NewImageAnother thing that’s being oppositely reported in the news. Follow the money! 

From Science Daily: Exceptionally large amount of winter snow in Northern Hemisphere this year (March 14, 2018):

The new Arctic Now product shows with one picture the extent of the area in the Northern Hemisphere currently covered by ice and snow. This kind of information, which shows the accurate state of the Arctic, becomes increasingly important due to climate change.

In the Northern Hemisphere the maximum seasonal snow cover occurs in March. “This year has been a year with an exceptionally large amount of snow, when examining the entire Northern Hemisphere. The variation from one year to another has been somewhat great, and especially…

As an historic solar minimum approaches, space radiation becoming more hazardous

I was reading about this over at a NASA site. They were discussing the amount of genetic mutations occurring in ISS astronauts. 

Fireworks in Space: NASA’s Twins Study Explores Gene Expression

Fireworks in Space: NASA’s Twins Study Explores Gene Expression

CNN turned this into a fake news report.

Astronaut’s gene expression changed by year in space

Preliminary results from NASA’s Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genetic expression — how his genes function within cells — did not return to baseline after his return to Earth two years ago.

Coldest March 17 – EVER – in the Netherlands

This breaks previous record set more than 100 years ago.

Again, this is not reported since it goes against the metanarrative. 

17 Mar 2018 – In De Bilt it was even the coldest March 17 ever. Weeronline reported a high of 0.0 degrees. The previous record for the date in De Bilt was 1.2 degrees C set in 1909.