NNN – No New News? – ‘No Need to Tell the World!’: Keyshia Cole Shares She Plans to Become Celibate, Fans’ Reactions to the Post are Mixed

Diamond Jeune

December 21, 2021·3 min read

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Keyshia Cole‘s recent tweet about celibacy received mixed reactions from fans after the singer disclosed that she plans to abstain from having sex in 2022.

According to WebMD, many people choose to be celibate abstain from sexual intercourse for personal, religious or other reasons. The list includes lowering stress, increased focus and healing from trauma or grief.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 17: Keyshia Cole attends the 2019 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 17: Keyshia Cole attends the 2019 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Cole’s announcement comes at a time that she has experienced a series of tragic events, such as the passing of her biological mother, Frankie Lyons, and her adoptive father, Leon Cole. In the Dec. 19 post, the “Let It Go” songstress wrote, “I’m tackling celibacy this entire next year.”- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-10-0/html/r-sf-flx.html

Although Cole didn’t provide the primary reason she decided to become celibate, the singer gave a slight clue that one of the factors could be based on a possible failed relationship.

In another tweet shared moments later, Cole clapped back at a fan who commended her for choosing to realign herself mentally and not solely focus on men. The “Heaven Sent” vocalist stated that despite the heartbreak she’s faced over the years in relationships, they were the inspirations behind her music.

The original comment responding to Cole’s celibacy tweet read, “Great thing to do to [realign] yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. I remember when you first came into the industry, you were focused. Men were not in your view like that at all.”

Keyshia Cole claps back at a fan who claimed the singer didn’t have a past focus on men, after the 40-year-old announced she plans on becoming celibate. Photo:@keyshiacole/Twitter
Keyshia Cole claps back at a fan who claimed the singer didn’t have a past focus on men, after the 40-year-old announced she plans on becoming celibate. Photo:@keyshiacole/Twitter

The mother of two replied, “How u think I wrote all them songs boo? Them ninjas were there. Just a–holes and full of s–t, like they are now.”

As Cole’s celibacy post and response went viral, many people’s opinions regarding the topic were split. While some agreed with the previous remark about the singer realigning herself, others claimed that Cole didn’t have to publicly announce her new goal.

“Nothing better than cleansing your body of all other energies. Good for her.”

“Celibacy is a good thing to do…I mean it’s very enlightening, helps control your temptations, know your worth, it’s all around a good thing even for your mental health. FREE YOURSELF!! MIND BODY SOUL.”

“Nothing wrong with taking a pause to love yourself first.”

“Y’all announce EVERYTHING just DO IT, no need to tell the world!!!”

“Why do women feel the need to make these public announcements. Chile that is between you and you.”

A social media user stated that Cole announcing her planned celibacy makes the plans seem unauthentic. They said, “NOT OUR BUSINESS! True Celibacy journeys are PRIVATE and between you and GOD/ Universe if you’re really trying to move to a higher height. Announcing it is merely thirst trapping.”

This isn’t the first time Cole reportedly has practiced celibacy. In 2017, she revealed she was unintentionally celibate for 10 months because she was waiting for the right partner. Additional details surrounding Cole’s recent choice to become celibate have not been released, and the singer has since placed her Twitter page on private.

NNN – No New News? – 12/21/21 -Elijah Wood Says ‘LOTR’ Couldn’t Be Made the Same in 2021: ‘There Was Less Scrutiny on Films’

Ryan Lattanzio

December 21, 2021·2 min read

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” celebrates its 20th anniversary this season, and the milestone has brought a bevy of oral histories and look-backs with key cast members and filmmakers. What’s clear is that a trilogy of such scale — filming in New Zealand on a combined production budget of $281 million across the three films — couldn’t be made the same way in 2021, when nothing cinematic is sacred on the internet.

In a recent sitdown with the New York Times, “Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood echoed that sentiment while reflecting on his time playing Frodo in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film series.

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“There was a great sense of a lack of oversight. Peter and the larger team were allowed to make the movies the way that they wanted to make them without much outside perspective,” said Wood.

Jackson pitched the film to Miramax as early as 1995, but when the studio and chief Harvey Weinstein demanded two-hour cuts and exhaustive story changes, Jackson found an audience at New Line, which afforded more creative freedom.

“That doesn’t mean the studio wasn’t afraid or invested. They knew the risk of making these films back to back,” Wood continued. “I don’t know if he would be able to make them in the same way now.”

He added that the ubiquity of fan rumors and leaks and fascination would probably prevent the film from being made as it was today, in a relatively tight “bubble.”

“Look, the internet’s different too. There was less scrutiny on the films. There was less known about them. We were able to make the movies in a bubble. We had quaint problems, like there would be some photographers up on a hill, but it was pretty minor. [Laughs.] I don’t know if that would be possible now. Now the world is online and there’s a great deal of access afforded to pretty much anybody about anything,” Wood said.

In any case, the legacy of the “Lord of the Rings” has lived well beyond the original films. Jackson eventually released his own follow-up trilogy of “Hobbit” films, Amazon has a massive TV series expected to release late next year, and “Fellowship of the Ring” was recently added to the National Film Registry.

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NNN – No New News? – 12/21/21 – Is it safe to use facial recognition and fingerprint scanning?

You have private information that you want to keep, well, private, and that’s definitely true when it comes to things that are on your phone. Your photos, logins, contacts and credit card information could all be up for grabs if your phone happens to land in the wrong hands. That’s why privacy features like facial recognition and fingerprint ID have become so popular for smartphone users.

Of course, it’s only natural to wonder just how safe it is to use features like fingerprint and facial recognition to unlock your phone. Biometric data is data designed as a security-authentication technology that’s unique to you. That’s precisely why it can feel like so much is at stake.

Just a heads up: You can guard the physical part of your phone with McAfee Multi Access. This industry-leading software provides privacy protection for your smartphone or tablet (your PC and Mac, too). It generates warnings about risky websites and dangerous downloads; blocks viruses, malware, spyware and ransomware attacks; and will locate, lock and wipe your data if your device is lost or stolen.

Try McAfee Multi Access for 30 days free. After that, it’s $4.99 per month.

McAfee Multi Access (Photo: McAfee)
McAfee Multi Access works with smartphones, tablets and more. (Photo: McAfee)

With McAfee Multi Access in your corner, Touch ID and Face ID become an extra level of protection. Here’s how biometric data works — and how protected you actually are.

How do facial recognition and fingerprint ID work?

Facial recognition technology uses a sensor that allows you to get into your iPhone or iPad without needing to enter in a password. The device scans your face initially and then matches it each time you want to unlock your phone and/or make purchases on it.

Fingerprint identification is a similar concept, but it scans your fingerprint instead of your face to allow for access.

How can biometric data enhance security on your phone?

Touch ID, biometric data
Your fingerprint is stored in your device so only you can unlock it and make online payments. (Photo: Getty)

Both facial recognition and fingerprint ID make it harder for other people to access your phone. “I am a big fan of additional identity authentication by smartphone users and Touch ID and Face ID are, for the most part, secure,” tech and cybersecurity expert Chuck Brooks, president of Brooks Consulting International, tells Yahoo Life.

This specialized tech is “stored within an encrypted section of the phone and open when matched with your fingerprint and or face biometrics,” he explains.

“While not fully impenetrable to breach by hackers, the bad guys would need to have access to expensive equipment and/or perhaps sophisticated algorithmic capabilities to be able to breach,” Brooks says. “Those requirements remove many of the threat actors from the cyber-attack ecosystem. Using Touch ID and/or Face ID certainly fortifies cyber-defenses.”

Biometric data can also help protect your phone if you happen to lose it and whoever finds it wants to access your information, Tom Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the consumer privacy platform IDX, tells Yahoo Life.

What are the drawbacks in using facial recognition and fingerprint ID?

Biometric data, McAfee Multi-Access
Protect all your devices with McAfee Multi Access (Photo: McAfee)

While this software is good, it’s not perfect. Researchers at the Black Hat USA 2019 conference demonstrated how they were able to bypass a victim’s Face ID and log into their phone by putting a pair of glasses on their face and placing tape over the lenses. While this would be difficult to pull off, given that you’d need to be unconscious and someone would have to figure out how to get the glasses on you without waking you up, Kelly points out that it’s a concern.

Facial recognition software will also unlock in some situations when people share similar enough features. “I know people that have close family relatives that are able to unlock their Face ID,” Kelly says. “The niece of the CPO at my company is able to pick up her mother’s phone and unlock the Face ID.”

Apple’s Touch ID seems to have a greater level of protection than its Face ID, though, provided you’re “in control of your device,” Kelly says. For what it’s worth, Apple says online that the odds of someone getting past your Touch ID is about one in 50,000. “It’s very secure,” Kelly says.

How can you make facial recognition and fingerprint ID even more private?

Facial recognition software, McAfee Multi Access
Facial recognition software scans your face once, then remembers it. (Photo: Getty)

There are a few steps you can take. Brooks suggests adding a “strong password” on top of your biometric data “to make it a really secure multi-factor authentication.” Strong cybersecurity software like McAfee Multi-Access also helps keep your passwords impenetrable.

If you’re not into the idea of having to enter your password, along with your fingerprint or face scan every time you want to access your phone, you can change the settings to only require it in some instances, Joseph Steinberg, cybersecurity expert witness and advisor, tells Yahoo Life. “From a practical perspective, if you have to use fingerprints, consider setting your devices to require better authentication if they are not used for some period of time, rebooted, or go out of a specific area.”

NNN – No New News? – 4/30/20 – Britney Spears burned down her home gym with candles

Christina Capatides

April 30, 2020·2 min read

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This is a story about a girl named unlucky. Anyone who follows Britney Spears‘ prolific, yet often cringeworthy, Instagram account knows that the pop star frequently graces her fans with at-home workout videos. From dances on her balcony to meditation on the floor of her bedroom, she is regularly candid about the routines through which she gets “stronger” in both body and spirit. 

Through these videos, she also offers her more than 24 million followers a tour through the rooms of her house. Oddly enough, however, none of these workout videos have been filmed in Spears’ home gym for nearly half a year — and she just revealed the reason why.

On Wednesday, the Grammy Award winner truly put the “Oops!” in “I did it again,” taking to Instagram with a bizarre IGTV video in which she cops to the fact that she inadvertently burned down part of her home gym six months ago with candles she had been using for decor.

“It was an accident,” Spears wrote in the accompanying emoji-laden caption. “But yes …. I burnt it down. I walked past the door to the gym and flames BOOM !!!!!!” 

“By the Grace of God the alarm went off after that and yippy hoorah nobody got hurt,” the post continues, with an emoji of praying hands. “Unfortunately now I have only two pieces of equipment left lol and a one-sided mirror gym !!!!! But it could be much worse so I’m grateful. Pssss I like working out better outside anyways.”

She then seizes the opportunity to show fans how she works out “during this time,” using only body weight techniques on the floor and a set of barbells for arms and squats. It’s unclear whether the “time” she is referencing is a nod to the absence of her burned gym equipment or the current coronavirus quarantine, but the workout she demonstrates in the video could certainly be easily replicated by fans under stay-at-home orders.

How a person decorates their home gym is certainly “their prerogative,” but most would probably agree that it’s not advisable to have open flames near a fast-moving workout routine. And unfortunately, Britney Spears just learned that lesson the hard way. Now, once again, all eyes are on Britney “in the center of the ring, just like a circus.”

NNN – No New News? – 4/30/20 – The World Is Awaking to the Ugly Realities of the Chinese Regime

Therese Shaheen

April 30, 2020·6 min read

Earlier this month, a McDonald’s restaurant in Guangzhou, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, was forced to remove a sign warning that “black people are not allowed to enter.” Upon removing it, McDonald’s told NBC News in a statement that the sign was “not representative of our inclusive values.”

That sounds like what it almost certainly is: a product of the company’s communications department, called in to do damage control. And while we can accept that the McDonald’s corporation itself is not, on the whole, racist, the sign does unfortunately represent China’s values.

As NR’s Jim Geraghty has noted, the incident is an example of the “xenophobia and racism” on display just now in China. This phenomenon is not new to the PRC, but the government has an extra incentive to lean into it now, because it helps the government’s concerted campaign to deflect blame for the global coronavirus pandemic.

There is ample evidence of this. A recent Reuters report noted that ambassadors from several African nations recently engaged the Chinese foreign ministry to raise concerns about how their citizens are being mistreated in China. Passport holders from African countries are subject to extreme stop-and-search practices. Many who are coronavirus-negative are being forced into 30-day quarantines anyway. Foreigners from a range of countries who can document clean bills of health are being denied entry to places of business and other facilities simply because they are foreigners.

Much of this is taking place in Guangzhou, known to some as “Little Africa” because it has the largest African-immigrant population in China. To some extent, African immigration to China is a by-product of Xi Jinping’s effort to build a global network of trade and infrastructure investment that gives the regime a perceived geopolitical advantage over the West in the developing world. Ghanaians, Nigerians, and other immigrants to China are all too happy to take advantage of the work and educational opportunities China offers. But many of them have learned the hard way just how limited the country’s kindness is.

In fact, China’s ill-treatment of foreign-minority populations reflects how the Chinese government treats its own citizens. Muslim minority Uighurs are being held in so-called re-education camps intended to strip them of their religious and ethnic identity, and in many cases subjected to forced labor. In Tibet, which China has oppressed since the very beginning of Communist rule in 1949, things have gotten worse under Xi: Last year, Freedom House named Tibet the second-least-free territory on Earth, behind only war-torn Syria.

It would be natural to presume that such discrimination is a regrettable result of the dominance of the Han Chinese, who are more than 90 percent of China’s population and dominate its society. (By comparison, ethnic Uighurs, for example, make up less than 1 percent of the population.) The Han Chinese, with 1.3 billion members, are the largest ethnic group not just in the PRC but in the world. Antipathy, oppression, and discrimination toward minority ethnic groups in a country with such a dominant majority is regrettable but not surprising, and not unique to the PRC.

Beijing’s response to critics who note all of this is to try to drown them out by highlighting America’s own well-documented history of racial discrimination. But that’s the point: Our historical sins are well-documented, and they inform just about every aspect of our public policy. A free press and other institutions hold up our actions for the world to see. There is no mystery about how our country continues to deal with the effects of the institutionalized discrimination that persisted for nearly two centuries after our own founding, and for a century after we fought a war to end it.

That said, there is a quality to the pattern of behavior in the PRC that transcends ethnicity. Chinese racial discrimination is horrifying in its own right, of course. But it also suggests a farther-reaching chauvinism that is emerging as the defining characteristic of the Xi era.

Han Chinese make up the same percentage of the population in Hong Kong as on the mainland, and are 97 percent of the population in Taiwan. Neither Hong Kongers nor Taiwanese have suffered any less at Xi’s hands for that. Nor, for that matter, have the 400 million mostly Han Chinese living on less than $5 a day in the country outside China’s megacities, who face vicious discrimination from urban elites.

In some ways, the gulf between the rich in China’s cities and the poor in its rural areas has been institutionalized through the longstanding “hukou” system of internal registration, which hampers movement between regions and creates what amounts to an economic caste system. While Xi has made hukou reform a priority in order to create greater opportunity for urban migration and prosperity, the system continues to reinforce the divide between urban haves and rural have-nots. As the former become wealthier and more global in their perspective, the disdain they frequently show for those who are different — whether from Africa or rural China — is becoming more pronounced.

Xi-era chauvinism is beginning to create a backlash around the world. One example is the cooling ardor toward the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi’s aforementioned effort to gain footholds in foreign markets. Many projects have caused host countries to take on excessive debt. In one instance, a strategic port in Sri Lanka was ceded to China when the debt burden became too high. Politicians in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and other countries have reversed earlier positions of support because of what they see as China’s discriminatory debt diplomacy.

This backlash is appearing even in European countries that once saw China as a potential counterbalance to the Trump administration. In Sweden, for instance, some cities have ended sister-city relationships with Chinese counterparts, and the country has closed its Confucius Institute schools, dealing a blow to one of Beijing’s other soft-power propaganda operations. European leaders, including NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenburg and French president Emmanuel Macron, have also called for better understanding of how Beijing handled the coronavirus pandemic and pushed back against China’s campaign to deflect blame for it.

In short, the world finally seems to be recovering from its decades-long love affair with the PRC, which peaked with the rise of Xi, who was initially viewed as a reformer who would bring China onto the world’s stage as an equal, responsible actor. The true nature of the regime is becoming more apparent, and the world doesn’t like what it sees: the dreadful treatment of ethnic minorities and the rural poor; the obvious interference in Taiwan’s recent presidential election; the belligerence toward Hong Kong as the “one country, two systems” agreement is systematically dismantled and pro-democracy leaders are arrested or just disappear; the bullying of emerging economies through debt diplomacy; and now what is very likely a global pandemic caused by Chinese negligence.

For the first time since the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago, the world has awakened to these ugly realities, and if anything good has emerged from this chaotic geopolitical era, that might be it. Here’s hoping that more aggressive action to counter Beijing comes next.

NNN – No New News? – 6/9/20 – New Jersey Attorney General releases recordings of officer-involved shooting after scuffle with black man

By Alta Spells, Ganesh Setty, and Julian Cummings, CNN

Updated 4:06 AM ET, Tue June 9, 2020

(CNN)A New Jersey State trooper fatally shot a black man during a struggle after the man was pulled over for allegedly driving 110 miles per hour, the state attorney general’s office says.The May shooting remains under investigation by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office, which on Monday released multiple videos, a 911 call and details of several incidents allegedly involving the driver, along with his identity and that of the trooper.Maurice Gordon, 28, was shot and killed on May 23 along a highway in New Jersey after authorities say a struggle occurred between Gordon and Sgt. Randall Wetzel. Investigators have also released details of four other incidents they say involved Gordon and police within 30 hours preceding the shooting.

Wetzel fired his weapon six times and then put handcuffs on Gordon during the fatal altercation, according to the AG’s release. Another state trooper attempted to provide aid to Gordon but did not detect a pulse. An additional state trooper subsequently also tried to render aid before EMS arrived and pronounced Gordon dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not completed its report, according to Dawn Thomas, communications deputy director for the NJ Department of Health.

The struggle between Gordon and Wetzel

Before the struggle between the two men begins, video released by the AG’s office shows Wetzel pulling over Gordon’s car and accusing him of speeding. He asks Gordon to move his car closer to the median but is told that the car would no longer start. Wetzel called a tow truck for Gordon.Gordon is then seen exiting his vehicle and Wetzel stops him and offers for Gordon to sit in the back of his police vehicle, which he agrees to do.The conflict between the two began after Wetzel offered Gordon a mask to wear. Video shows Gordon get out of the car quickly and a scuffle begins.During the struggle, which is seen partially on video through windows from the inside of Wetzel’s vehicle, Gordon tries to enter the front seat of the police car two times.Wetzel is seen chasing Gordon and pulling him away from the vehicle, according to the N.J. AG , the officer sprayed him with pepper spray. After Gordon attempted to gain access to Wetzel’s vehicle a second time the two men are seen fighting and then shots are heard.Prior to Monday’s release by the AG, William Wagstaff, a family attorney for Gordon, who had seen a portion of the video of the fatal incident said that after Gordon tried to exit the vehicle that Wetzel started roughing him up resulting in shots being fired.”After separating himself from the officer twice, it appears that he was trying to separate himself from the officer, with no warning fired multiple shots into his body,” Wagstaff told CNN Sunday.Wetzel is heard on the video after the altercation saying that Gordon went for his gun during the scuffle.Wagstaff said that for nine days, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office withheld any information regarding Gordon’s death, including the name of the officer involved in the incident from his family.In response, Sharon Lauchaire, spokeswoman for the NJ AG’s Office, said they provided Wagstaff with a link to the video footage so that he and the Gordon family would have the opportunity to watch the footage privately before its public release.In a phone call with CNN on Monday, Wagstaff said the NJ AG’s office released the video and audio to the public before Gordon’s family ever got a chance to view it. Gordon’s family said they found out that the videos were released through text messages from other friends and family, according to Wagstaff.”The fact that the video was released to the public before the family got an opportunity view it…it was insensitive,” Wagstaff said. “I requested specifically for the family to see video before the public. Despite the request, I had to hold the mother and his sister in my arms, crying in agony…to think that millions of people had access to the video before they got an opportunity to see it.”Wagstaff said Monday he had not yet gotten a chance to review the footage in depth, nor read the timeline that the NJ AG’s Office released, as he was assisting the family with planning Gordon’s funeral. He is calling for more transparency from the NJ AG’s office and for an independent prosecutor “to make sure there is impartiality.”

Preceding incidents

In the 30 hours prior to the shooting, there was a 9-1-1 call and other interactions with law enforcement including another a traffic stop for speeding in which Gordon received a ticket from a different state trooper for allegedly driving 101 miles per hour 13 minutes before being stopped by Wetzel, according to the N.J. Attorney General.

The release contains an initial 911 call on May 22 from a friend of Gordon’s to the Poughkeepsie (NY) Police Department expressing concern about his wellbeing.Additional video released shows Gordon arriving at a Wawa convenience store, where the AG’s release said he had been driven by a passerby to get gasoline.

CNN’s Anna Sturla and Laura Ly contributed to this report

NNN – No New News? – 6/8/20 – This Creepy Cosmic Radio Burst Repeats Every 157 Days. Where Is It Coming From?

Jennifer Leman

June 8, 2020·2 min read

Photo credit: Jingchuan Yu, Beijing Planetarium
Photo credit: Jingchuan Yu, Beijing Planetarium

From Popular Mechanics

  • Astronomers have discovered a new type of fast radio burst (FRB).
  • FBR 121102 has a staggering 157-day cycle, according to researchers, who studied the cosmic event during a four-year observation period.
  • The team used the the Lovell Telescope at England’s Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Fast radio bursts (FRB) are one of the most mysterious events in the cosmos.

These powerful bursts of energy have stumped astronomers since they first discovered them in 2007. Since then, researchers have spotted evidence of more than 100 FRBs. And now, an international study team team believes it’s uncovered new information about a well-known FRB that could shed light on how they form.

Over the course of four years, the scientists used the 250-foot-wide Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in England to study FRB 121102, a previously discovered repeating radio burst. They found that FRB 121102—one of two known repeating FRBs—seemed to have a peculiar cycle, flaring up after 90 days and then vanishing for 67 days.

The other repeating fast radio burst, FRB 180916.J10158+56, has a much shorter cycle at just 16 days. The scientists posted their observations June 7 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

“The discovery that at least some Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) repeat has ruled out cataclysmic events as the progenitors of these particular bursts,” the authors wrote in their paper, which can read on arXiv.

While some astronomers have suspected a type of spinning neutron star called a magnetar could cause cause FRBs, Others have suggested they may be the work of extraterrestrial civilizations trying to reach out. This latest research may have ruled out the magnetar theory.

“Detecting a periodicity provides an important constraint on the origin of the bursts and the activity cycles could argue against a precessing neutron star,” lead researcher Kaustubh Rajwade, of The University of Manchester, said in a press statement. The cyclical nature of these events suggests maybe they’re linked to a binary system, where one object circles another, but more research is needed.

Sounds like aliens are still on the table.

NNN – No New News? – 6/8/20 -American police shoot, kill and imprison more people than other developed countries. Here’s the data

By Rob Picheta and Henrik Pettersson, CNN

Updated 7:13 AM ET, Mon June 8, 2020

(CNN)Enough.That’s the message from many of the protesters who have filled American cities for nearly two weeks, demanding justice for the death of George Floyd and seeking to end a litany of police killings of black Americans.The protests have rippled across the United States and throughout the world, with activists streaming through the streets of many capital cities in solidarity with the movement.Floyd was just one of the many Americans killed by police officers each year. But in other developed countries, such incidents are rare.Statistical comparisons show that police in the US typically shoot, arrest and imprison more people than similarly developed nations.Each nation listed below either accompanies the US in the G7 group of the world’s most advanced economies, or is ranked similarly on global wealth, freedom and democracy indexes. But when it comes to policing and criminal justice, the US is a noticeable outlier, and black Americans are disproportionately affected.Data on arrests, deaths and prison populations do not exist uniformly across developed countries, so it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how the US fares in comparison to every nation. For instance, it is impossible to know exactly how many people die at the hands of police officers in the US each year: no single, nationwide database that contains such information exists.”We can’t have an informed discussion, because we don’t have data,” former FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee in 2015. “People have data about who went to a movie last weekend … and I cannot tell you how many people were shot by police in the United States last month, last year, or anything about the demographics. And that’s a very bad place to be.”We are therefore forced to rely on estimates — but even they paint a stark picture.A media review by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found a total of 1,348 potential arrest-related deaths in the ten months from June 2015 through March 2016 — an average of 135 deaths per month, or just over 4 per day. (The review excludes deaths under the jurisdiction of federal and tribal law enforcement, and the BJS acknowledged it does not provide a complete picture.)By comparison, only 13 people in the UK died in or following police custody in the closest time period, according to the country’s police watchdog. In Australia, 21 deaths occurred in police custody or custody-related operations in 2015/16. Those measures are the most accurate comparison to the US’s figure of arrest-related deaths, according to the UK Home Office. The UK’s figure does not include every death that occurred following police contact.American police also shoot more people than forces in similarly developed countries.The FBI recorded that 407 people were shot in an act of “justifiable homicide” by a police officer in 2018, a decline on previous years. But homicides ruled justifiable do not capture every police killing, and the FBI’s numbers are derided by many human rights groups and news organizations which have collected far higher figures. The Washington Post counted 1,004 people fatally shot by police in 2019, for instance, while the group Mapping Police Violence tallied 1,099.Comey’s comments to the House Judiciary Committee illustrate the FBI’s own acceptance that their number does not tell the full story. Nonetheless, even the FBI’s figure dramatically dwarfs that of many other countries, where police shootings are highly isolated incidents. And police in New Zealand and the UK (except Northern Ireland) do not routinely carry firearms.Canada may most closely follow the US among G7 countries. Official data is only collected when an officer is charged, but an analysis by CNN affiliate CBC found 461 fatal police encounters between 2000 and 2017.Americans are also more likely to be arrested or jailed than their peers worldwide.A total of 10,310,960 arrests were made in the US in 2018 — that’s one arrest made per every 32 American citizens. Those figures give the US a far higher arrest rate than the UK or Australia, among others.Of those confronted or arrested by police, black Americans are more likely to be subjected to force — a key complaint of the protesters marching across the US.Police officers are more likely to use force on black Americans — and, according to a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Health, black men are nearly three times more likely than white men to be killed by police intervention. Comparable figures for other countries are not readily available.In general, more Americans are subjected to the cogs of the criminal justice system than in many other countries; and more end up in prison, too.The US has the largest prison population in the world, as well as the largest incarceration rate per capita, according to World Prison Brief — a London-based initiative that counts inmate populations around the world annually.Only four US cities have more inhabitants than the country’s prisons — and America’s prison population of 2.2 million is higher than the combined populations of Washington, DC, Boston and Miami.Rates are high across the country. If every US state were counted as a country, the 31 countries with the highest incarceration rates in the world would all be US states, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi all have incarceration rates of over 1,000, meaning more than one in a hundred people in those states were prisoners in 2018. By comparison, the highest incarceration rate outside the US is in El Salvador, where 614 people per 100,000 are prisoners, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.Black Americans make up a third of the US prison population, despite only making up around an eighth of the country’s total population.The UK and Canada suffer similar issues, but not on the scale that the United States does.

The available data paints a clear and concerning picture — and explains why policing and justice reform have been rallying cries of protesters for so long.

NNN – No New News? – 8/7/20 – These shipping containers unfold into $50,000 tiny homes that can be stacked into custom buildings — here’s how they work

mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com (Mary Meisenzahl)August 7, 2020·5 min read

Boxabl tiny home
Boxabl tiny home module.

Boxabl

  • Boxabl builds tiny homes that unfold out of shipping containers.
  • The company is working toward building a housing module factory on par with car factories.
  • They plan to mass produce modules that can be stacked to create custom buildings. 
  • Boxabl introduced its first product, the Casita, early this year.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Las Vegas-based Boxabl wants to mass-produce low-cost housing.

The company released its first product, a 375-square-foot prefab studio apartment early this year, called the Casita. Some videos showing the unit expanding from a shipping container went viral on Twitter, and Boxabl reports huge interest in its products ever since.

Boxabl was started in 2017 by Paolo Tiramani, Galiano Tiramani, and Kyle Denman. After several years of prototyping and testing materials, the Boxabl Casita was introduced in early 2020, with plans to ship by the end of the year. Since then, the company says it has experienced a huge surge in interest. Boxabl told Business Insider that it now receives hundreds of emails a day, with 8,000 requests to buy the Casita. So far, 1,300 people have put down deposits to join the waitlist for the $50,000 house.

The company is looking for massive growth. Though the startup is small now, the goal is to create a large manufacturing facility akin to an automotive factory, constantly churning out standardized pieces that can be combined to create customizable buildings. A spokesperson told Business Insider that Boxabl is looking to raise $10 million to from investors.

The company also has plans to release more sizes, which will likely be 20 feet by 30 feet, 20 feet by 40 feet, and 20 feet by 60 feet. 

Take a look inside Boxabl’s first product, Casita, here. 

Boxabl homes are built in the factory to fold into a standard shipping container.

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Boxabl homes are made from steel, concrete, and EPS foam, the end result of years of prototyping to find materials that would not degrade.

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Walls, floors, and roof are all made from laminated panels.

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The modules are legal for travel on highways.

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Shipping will be free in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah, with additional costs the further away the destination is.

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Delivery and unboxing are included in the $50,000 price, though land, permits, or other needs will likely add costs. They will come with plumbing, electricity, and HVAC preinstalled and ready for hookup.

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Unfolded from the shipping container, the Casita looks like this.

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This floor plan shows the inside of the Casita, which could be combined with multiple modules to create additional configurations.

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Inside, the Casita comes fully furnished.

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It’s set up as a studio, with 375-square-feet of living space.

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The ceiling is just under ten feet tall, with large windows and doors.

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Despite it’s small size, the Casita has a full-sized kitchen with a refrigerator, double sink, and dishwasher.

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Dining space is built into the countertops, which continue along the walls.

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Cabinets also continue along the walls, providing storage.

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The kitchen might only accommodate one person at a time, but it has plenty of space to keep a full pantry.

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A sliding glass barn door to the bathroom saves space.

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Though compact, the bathroom has generous counter-space.

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The bathroom has a shower and bathtub, with a glass door.

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The vanity includes a backlit mirror.

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Right outside the bathroom is a combo washer and dryer, one of the many perks of the Casita over a typical apartment.

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As a studio, the main living space is all open.

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A built-in divider and TV stand provides some separation between the sleeping and living room areas.

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At only 375-square-feet, space could be a little tight, but the Casita seems like a good option for a single person or a couple.

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Because it comes fully furnished, there’s no need to find custom furniture that fits into small spaces.

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Hardwood floors and high-end finishes make the space feel polished.

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Another selling point for Boxabl is the potential for ultra low utility bills.

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Custom insulation technology and built-in LED lighting should lead to lower energy bills.

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Boxabl says that its structures are hurricane resistant, won’t be damaged by water or grow mold, and can withstand levels of snow in 90% of North America.

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Right now only the Casita is available for preorder, but they can be combined to created a custom home to fit the buyer’s needs.

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Boxabl tiny home module.

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NNN – No New News – 5/30/20 -George Floyd autopsy shows no signs of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, attributes death to ‘being restrained, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system’

insider@insider.com (Sophia Ankel

)May 30, 2020·2 min read

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George Floyd
A chain portrait of George Floyd is part of the memorial for him, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, near the site of the arrest of Floyd who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

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  • A criminal complaint against former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, shows that George Floyd was “non-responsive” for nearly three minutes before Chauvin took his knee off his neck.
  • The complaint also cited a preliminary autopsy report that showed there were “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
  • Instead, Floyd died from a “combined effect of being restrained, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system,” the autopsy revealed.
  • Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

George Floyd was ‘non-responsive’ for nearly three minutes before Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin took his knee off his neck, according to a criminal complaint released on Friday.

The complaint filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office also cited a preliminary autopsy report showing that there were “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

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This photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office shows former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.

Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office via AP

Instead, the report said that it was the “combined effect of Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”Floyd was 46 when he died. He had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, according to the report.

He died during an arrest on Monday after Chauvin pinned him down. Footage of the incident shows Floyd was not resisting and telling the officer: “I can’t breathe.”

The family plans a second, independent autopsy.

The complaint noted that police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a “prone position is inherently dangerous.”

The report was filed alongside the arrest of Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. The arrest came four days after the incident. The three other officers involved in the incident, which has sparked nationwide protests, were fired on Tuesday.