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Twitter explains why it will not ban Donald Trump from tweeting

Twitter Inc. cleared the air regarding controversial world leaders and how they use Twitter about a week ago. Not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, the social media company posted a fairly short blog post titled World Leaders on Twitter, explaining how its service “is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation. Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society.”

If we were to take a wild guess, Twitter may have been referring to tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump, as he may have put his citizens in danger of a perceivable nuclear attack.

Even alleged derogatory remarks are fair game for the U.S. President’s Twitter.

“We are working to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters,” continued Twitter. “We believe that’s the best way to help our society make progress.”

Obviously, these outrageous tweets will likely continue, and Twitter simply cannot infringe on any user’s freedom of speech on the platform.

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New law in California seeks to ban gas-powered car production by 2040

An ambitious act to drastically reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions is set to be in place due to the efforts of Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), as he proposed the AB 1745 CLEAN CARS 2040 ACT last week. The new law will help combat human reliance in fossil fuels and other nonrenewable resources for automotive vehicles.

The Clean Cars 2040 Act 1745 essentially says that any new car you purchase in the Golden State after 2040 must be a zero-emissions vehicle, otherwise you will not be able to have it legally registered. Although this may look like it will lead to consumers being forced to purchase a more expensive car they will have to finance, government officials believe this is the next progressive step California must take.

“If we want to seriously combat climate change, protect our clean air and water, and ensure a just transition to clean energy, we need to invest in clean, zero emission transportation,” NextGen America President Tom Steyer commented. “Dirty vehicles are the largest source of carbon emissions in California –polluting the air and water for millions across the state– so we must take action to accelerate the transition to 100 percent clean vehicles.”

Fossil fuel emissions have been a convenient source of energy for humans, but the nonrenewable means of fuel poses dangers to our climate, as many scientists have identified as climate change.

“Over-reliance on fossil fuels in transportation damages the air, our health, the environment, our society and our economy,” Phil Ting mentioned. “The transition to zero emission vehicles is underway, promising myriad health, environmental and economic benefits. Clean Cars 2040 is a powerful policy initiative that’ll set us on the correct course for achieving clean air and climate targets that prioritize public health.”

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39 year old Mumbaikar quits HR job to make Mumbai greener by planting saplings

Pollution is a global problem that effects people’s livelihood, and some people unfortunately deal with physical pain as a result. For 39 year old Shubhajit Mukherjee of Mumbai, it was the bad quality of the country’s air that caused him to have frequent headaches and sore eyes, at least according to his doctor.

Determined to tackle the issue head on, Mukherjee decided to leave his position as a human resource personnel to plant over 29,000 trees across Mumbai, aiming to reduce harmful environmental conditions.

“We have successfully planted thousands of trees in societies, with a 95 per cent survival ratio. More than 5,000 societies have come forward to give us space for planting trees. This is the true spirit of a Mumbaikar,” Mukherjee told the Bombay Times.

Making the most populous city in India a greener place is no easy task, but Mukherjee found the right incentive when realizing his illnesses would never go away unless he took action.

Hopefully this spirit of climate action can reach others who have the means to help above and beyond against pollution.

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Litterati app makes strides in ending global litter problem with NSF grant

 

It’s endearing to see mobile apps make strides to make the world better. Jeff Kirschner, founder of Litterati, made it his goal to create an app that helped end the global litter problem, and so far he’s seen success.

After a successful round of funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the National Science Foundation happily announced it would be making a substantial contribution of its own, promising this will be the next big step in making the earth a cleaner place to live.

“[Litter] is a massive problem,” Kirschner told Business Insider. “It impacts the economy, the environment, it degrades community pride, it decreases property value, it kills wildlife, and now with the plastic pollution in the ocean situation, it is literally poisoning our food system.”

The $225,000 grant will go towards developing an improved app allowing for more communities to come together in the fight against litter. Rather than tracking progress on a solo level, Litterati will allow users to keep track of how their own communities, schools, and other larger organizations are impacting global sustainability.

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U.K. politician Ben Wallace imposes taxes on Facebook, Google for data on terrorism

British Conservative Party politician Ben Wallace recently accused tech companies Facebook and Google for not taking effective action toward removing speech aiming to radicalize people, terrorizing the innocent community. In order to combat online extremism, Wallace believes certain taxes should be imposed if companies like Facebook and Google refuse to give up this harmful information, especially considering they are happy to sell data to advertisers for profit.

“We should stop pretending that because they sit on beanbags in T-shirts they are not ruthless profiteers,” Wallace said. “They will ruthlessly sell our details to loans and soft-porn companies but not give it to our democratically elected government.”

“Because content is not being taken down as quickly as they could do, we’re having to de-radicalize people who have been radicalized. That’s costing millions,” continued Wallace. “They can’t get away with that and we should look at all the options, including tax.”

These tech-giants are doing everything they can to develop powerful technologies to combat online terrorism, including the initiation of algorithms to strategically remove violent speech before it is even flagged. But is relying on machine learning to end this issue enough action?

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Marijuana producers in Canada fined up to $1 million for using banned pesticides

An investigation by The Globe and Mail found compelling evidence of federally regulated marijuana companies in Canada using banned pesticides for weed production. According to Health Canada, illegal use of unapproved chemicals can be dangerous to people who consume marijuana, so federal legislation must crack down on growers, dispensaries, and companies.

In order to enforce compliance to the regulations, Health Canada regularly conducts inspections of licensed producers of cannabis, ensuring cooperative action to keep users safe. Producers caught using unauthorized could get fined up to $1 million per violation.

“I think it’s a positive step forward,” said Scott Wood, a former military policeman and user of medical marijuana for ailing injuries while serving. “You would think the companies are all going to think twice before they use anything they’re not supposed to.”

Perhaps cannabis producers in California should take heed to Canada’s federal legislation, as similar sanctions could potentially be put in place if the U.S. government deems it necessary.

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Nigerian army claims over 700 people have escaped Boko Haram captivity

According to the HQ Nigerian Army Facebook page, many farmers and fisherman were able to escape the captivity of terrorists from Boko Haram, a small Islamic State in West Africa.

As you can tell, Colonel Timothy Antigha was happy to share with the Nigerian community how there is still hope for a country that has been in danger from Boko Haram military violence. Many reports show the turmoil some of these innocent Africans go through, as you can see in the video below.

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Yoweri Museveni removes presidential age limit in Uganda, allowing him to run for a sixth term

For the last twenty years, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has maintained rule over the African country, and his latest law signed on December 27, 2017 will help him continue his reign.

Museveni removed the presidential age limit of 75, letting him (currently 73) to run for a sixth term in 2021. Over two decades of being in power must have him convinced that being the Ugandan president is his life calling.

Yoweri Museveni

According to Deutsche Welle, “Museveni’s long rule has faced public outcry in recent years in response to widespread corruption, human rights violations and inadequate public services.” There are plentiful opposition leaders who find Museveni’s reign to be absurd, so this new presidential age limit is of their utmost concern.

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Google machine learning helps predict voting patterns in U.S.

From the digital assistants like Siri in our phones to the algorithms that recommend us things to buy on Amazon, artificial intelligence is truly ingrained in the function of our technological society. Some of the most innovative forms of media exist because machine learning has exponentially become more prominent, and it is no surprise researchers at Stanford University use it to learn more about humans and their political patterns.

These researchers identified a unique association among U.S. voters and the type of cars they own. If a city has a higher percent of sedans than pickup trucks, then there is an 88% chance the city will vote Democrat in the 2020 presidential election. And vice versa, if a city has a higher percent of pickup trucks than sedans, then there is an 82% it will vote Republican.

Ultimately, the power of tracking data has proven to be of the utmost value for marketing, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to see machine learning applied in academic contexts. The researchers simply want to push the technology and explore the depths of what deep learning can be.

“For the first time in history, we have the technology to extract insights from very large amounts of visual data,” Harvard’s Nikhil Naik said on the New York Times. “But while the technology is exciting, computer scientists need to work closely with social scientists and others to make sure it’s useful.”

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Mike Mullen speaks out on U.S. chances of nuclear war with N. Korea

Adm. Mike Mullen, Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, voiced his concern about the dangers the Trump administration has imposed to the citizens of the U.S. The rhetoric involving nuclear war between the United States and North Korea was whimsically glossed over here and there in 2017, but Mullen believes the U.S. could be in a dangerous circumstance.

Despite efforts to instill a peaceful conversation around the topic, Mullen said in an ABC interview that “clearly, the president has chosen to try to disrupt and break those up as much as possible, creat[ing] a great uncertainty. And in my view, an incredibly dangerous climate exists out there in that uncertainty with how this all ends up in — and one in particular that is — top of the list is North Korea.”

Mullen makes a great point, as Kim Jong Un has wasted no time to announce exactly how his military will deal with any threat from the U.S. involving nuclear weapons.

“The US cannot wage a war against our country at all,” Kim said in an interview. “The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons, and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office. They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality.”

Of course, the U.S. president had a rebuttal to further prove Mullen’s worried sentiments to be accurate.

This meme fits accordingly: