Ahmad Rahimi Bombing

NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Rahimi sourced explosive components from eBay

By on September 21, 2016 at 2:37 PM.

NYC bombing suspect Ahmad Rahimi sourced explosive components from eBay

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the terror suspect accused of planting bombs across New York and New Jersey this past weekend, reportedly used eBay to source a number of components used in his explosive devices.

According to a complaint filed yesterday in New York City, Rahami didn’t even take serious measures to hide his identity during the planning stages of the attack. Using the user ID “ahmad rahimi,” Rahimi perused the popular online auction site to purchase items such as hundreds of ball bearings, electric igniters and other materials commonly associated with homemade explosive devices. On top of it all, all of the above items were delivered directly to Rahami’s former place of employ.

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SpaceX Rocket Explosion

A SpaceX rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral [UPDATE: No injuries]

By on September 1, 2016 at 9:46 AM.

A SpaceX rocket just exploded at Cape Canaveral [UPDATE: No injuries]

Photos and videos have begun to flood social media sites like Facebook and Twitter following reports that a SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket exploded on a SpaceX launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. The news has not yet been confirmed by SpaceX, and it is unclear if there were any injuries as a result of the blast. There was no rocket launch planned to take place today, though it’s likely that the company was making preparations for its next scheduled launch in just two days on Saturday, September 3rd. More →

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Trump Russia Hack

Trump finally said something so stupid and illegal, he had to pretend he was joking

By on July 29, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Trump finally said something so stupid and illegal, he had to pretend he was joking

It seemed as though this day would never come, but it has: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said something so remarkably stupid that he actually had to pretend he wasn’t being serious at the time.

The run up to the 2016 presidential election in November will go down as one of the most bizarre and, quite frankly, sad times in the recent history of American politics. No matter who wins come November, we all lose. Of course, there’s losing and then there’s losing. And speaking of losing, an interesting series of events unfolded this week that forced Trump to finally walk back one of his ridiculous comments — something we really never thought we would see. More →

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Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

By on July 8, 2016 at 7:59 PM.

Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

Facebook Live, which lets users broadcast live video across the social network, has been thrust further into the spotlight following Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.

The shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista. His post, which was widely cited in the media, had been viewed more than 5.2 million times and racked up more than 141,000 shares Friday. More →

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Inmates Escape Cell Save Guard

Inmates broke out of a cell to save the life of a dying prison guard

By on July 8, 2016 at 3:26 PM.

Inmates broke out of a cell to save the life of a dying prison guard

Officers were probably preparing for the worst when hearing an increasing amount of noise coming from one of the floors of the Parker County jail on June 23rd. And at first it appeared as though their worst nightmares were coming true — camera footage showed inmates breaking out of a cell, with a security guard lying unconscious on the floor. Of course, things aren’t always as they appear. More →

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Police Shooting Man Car Facebook Live Video

Castile shooting: Facebook did not censor aftermath video, police reportedly did it

By on July 8, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Castile shooting: Facebook did not censor aftermath video, police reportedly did it

Facebook Live is supposed to be a quick way to share fun memorable experiences with friends and family as they happen. But Lavish Reynolds used to stream an event nobody wants to live stream, the aftermath of a brutal police shooting that left her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, dead. The video gained plenty of traction online, but it was removed early on Thursday from the social network. Initially, it was believed that Facebook might have censored it due to its graphic content, but that was not the case. The video was reinstated, but numerous media outlets picked it up before it disappeared.

Facebook has since denied reports said that it deleted the video, with Reynolds claiming that it was police who accessed her phone and Facebook account to remove the incriminating evidence. More →

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Philando Castile Police Shooting Video

Woman used Facebook Live to stream video as police killed her boyfriend

By on July 7, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

Woman used Facebook Live to stream video as police killed her boyfriend

The following video, as heartbreaking as it may be, shows the power of the modern smartphones and social media. Lavish Reynolds recorded a disturbing video after a police officer shot and killed her unarmed boyfriend as he was pulling out his wallet from his back pocket, even after telling the officer that he was carrying a licensed weapon.

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ISIS Sex Slaves Traffic

ISIS is using encrypted apps for sex slave trade

By on July 6, 2016 at 6:02 PM.

ISIS is using encrypted apps for sex slave trade

Much has been written about ISIS using encrypted devices to plan and coordinate highly sophisticated terror attacks in the western world as well as in other countries, many close to what ISIS calls home. The organization may indeed use encrypted programs for communications, though reports detailing the recent incidents in Paris proved that’s not the main way attackers communicated. As it turns out though, they do use these apps for at least one horrific purpose: To communicate about selling sex slaves.

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Trump Assassination Attempt

Someone tried to assassinate Donald Trump

By on June 21, 2016 at 9:02 AM.

Someone tried to assassinate Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign has been nothing if not controversial. The republican presidential hopeful knows exactly how to push everyone’s buttons. Among his supporters he can do no wrong and among his critics he can do no right. But whichever side of the fence on which you stand, you have to appreciate the fact that Trump has an uncanny ability to steal the spotlight and evoke strong responses from his supporters and from the opposition.

This past weekend, things came to a head when a 19-year-old British man made an attempt on Trump’s life. More →

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Orlando Shooting 2016

John Oliver’s moving response to the Orlando mass shooting was perfect

By on June 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM.

John Oliver’s moving response to the Orlando mass shooting was perfect

Tragedy struck Orlando early Sunday morning as a lone gunman with ties to ISIS entered a gay nightclub and opened fire on those in attendance. When the smoke finally cleared at Pulse nightclub and a hostage situation ended with SWAT personnel shooting the 29-year-old attacker dead, Omar Mateen had taken 50 lives and wounded 53 more.

The nation and the world is now in mourning following the most horrific mass shooting in United States history. The attack was also deadliest such event in the US since 9/11. While some took to social media to express their outrage — and others shamelessly used the massacre as an opportunity to shift focus to them — many banded together offline and selflessly attempted to help those affected by the shooting. They were the focus of John Oliver’s moving response to the Orlando shooting on Sunday night. More →

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