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Protesters shut down I-35 freeway in Minneapolis

30 mai[ —]

Protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue in Minneapolis tonight, in defiance of a curfew imposed by the mayor. Protesters have now overtaken the westbound interstate 35 freeway in Minneapolis.

Donald Trump campaign resumes in-person fundraisers in June. What COVID-19?

30 mai[ —]

• One Trump fundraising event in Dallas next month has a price tag of $580,600 per couple.

Impeached president Donald Trump is scheduled to headline in-person fundraisers as early as June, which would be his first since the coronavirus outbreak stopped campaign events in March.

Alex Isenstadt at Politico was first to break the news late on Friday.

“Trump plans to headline a gathering at a private home in Dallas on June 11, and an outdoor event at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on June 13,” reports Michelle Ye Hee Lee at the Washington Post:

Both events will be geared toward wealthy donors, charging $580,600 per couple for the Dallas event and $250,000 per person for the New Jersey event. The money will go to Trump Victory, a committee that raises money for the Trump campaign, the Republican Party and 22 state parties.

Party officials said they plan to take safety measures to ensure the health of the president and attendees. About 25 people are expected to attend each event, which is a smaller gathering than many other Trump Victory fundraisers. The events were first reported Friday by Politico.

The White House Medical Unit and U.S. Secret Service will evaluate all attendees to decide whether they can attend the event, according to a party official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss security measures. Each site will be professionally cleaned and sanitized, the official said.

Attendees will be tested for the coronavirus the day of the event, with testing costs covered by Trump Victory, the official said. All attendees must test negative to attend, complete a “wellness questionnaire” and pass a temperature screening, the official said.

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Trump to headline in-person fundraisers in June, his first since coronavirus outbreak

Why is Customs and Border Protection flying a Predator drone over Minneapolis?

30 mai[ —]

Buzzfeed News reporters obtained the explanation offered by United States Department of Homeland Security's CBP to congressional staffers who asked why it decided to fly a Predator Drone over Minneapolis during the protests over the killing of George Floyd.

The drone flown over Minneapolis today is reported to be an unarmed version of the unmanned Predator aircraft.


Minneapolis could also be subject to surveillance at the federal level as the protests unfold. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew a Predator drone over the city on Friday, according to Jason Paladino, an investigative reporter at the Project on Government Oversight.

In a statement given to congressional staffers on Friday that was obtained by BuzzFeed News, CBP officials said the agency's Air and Marine Operations was "preparing to provide live video to aid in situational awareness at the request of our federal law enforcement partners in Minneapolis." The agency said drones are often deployed around the country to "augment law enforcement and humanitarian relief efforts."

"After arriving into the Minneapolis airspace, the requesting agency determined that the aircraft was no longer needed for operational awareness and departed back to Grand Forks," the statement read.

Scary times. Read more:

Here Are The Minneapolis Police's Tools To Identify Protesters

[ Caroline Haskins, Ryan Mac, Hamed Aleaziz, May 29, 2020, at 6:02 p.m. ET, IMAGE: US Air Force, public domain ]

More from observers and reporters on Twitter, below.

Trump claims he didn't know racist origin of his 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' tweet (and WH retweet)

30 mai[ —]

Donald Trump on Friday afternoon claimed to be completely ignorant of the racist history of the phrase 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' which he tweeted, and the White House retweeted, and which was also posted on the Presidential Facebook account.

The phrase was made famous by a Miami police chief in 1967.

Trump on Friday told reporters he believed the phrase means "when there's looting, people get shot and they die."

He says that's very accurate and "we don't want that to happen."

"That's the way that was meant, and that's the way I think it was supposed to be meant, but I don't know where it came from."

Earlier on Friday, Twitter placed a warning on a tweet from Trump in which the noted racist blamed protests in Minneapolis on "THUGS" and said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Facebook employees are upset that their company refuses to take action against Trump's threat.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot has 2 words for Donald Trump: 'It starts with F and ends with U'

29 mai[ —]

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has had it with Donald Trump's bullshit threats of violence against Americans.

"Being black in America should not be a death sentence," she said at a press conference today, regarding the police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd.

“I will encode what I really want to say to Donald Trump,” Lightfoot said.

“It's two words: It begins with F and it ends with U."

The mayor was addressing Trump's "When the looting starts, the shooting starts" social media posts.

"I pray for the day we can eradicate two plagues in our face; COVID19 and racism," the Mayor continued.

This tiny model of a big IBM 1401 computer from 1959 is so great

29 mai[ —]

• You'll never guess how much the computer originally cost.

“Scratch build, no 3D printing allowed here!”

Amazing work by IMGURian 6502b, a painstakingly accurate scale model of an IBM 1401 computer, in teeny-tiny size.

This is an IBM 1401 scaled model I am working on, part of a diorama. It is a scratch build made of polystyrene mostly. I make everything by hand, no 3D printing involved.

The IBM 1401 is a computer from 1959, considered to be the first successful mass produced computer. I have been working on this miniature diorama since December last year, to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Here is a close-up of the mini CPU unit SMS transistor card.

The IBM 1401, build in 1959, didn't have a dedicated processor like in modern computers, it was made up of thousands of single transistors build on what they called SMS card that were all wire wrapped by hand. The whole unit was what consist of the processor.

About the original upon which this miniature is based, from Wikipedia:

The IBM 1401 is a variable-wordlength decimal computer that was announced by IBM on October 5, 1959. The first member of the highly successful IBM 1400 series, it was aimed at replacing unit record equipment for processing data stored on punched cards and at providing peripheral services for larger computers.

Here's the full gallery!

I am making a miniature IBM 1401 scale model. Scratch build, no 3D printing allowed here! OC

Here's what Facebook employees are saying about Zuckerberg's decision not to remove Trump's threats of violence

29 mai[ —]

“If we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly.”

Leaked internal Facebook posts reveal that Facebook employees are horrified that Mark Zuckerberg and C-suite executives refuse to remove impeached president Donald Trump’s threats of violence.

Casey Newton at The Verge:

“I have to say I am finding the contortions we have to go through incredibly hard to stomach,” one employee wrote in a comment about the shooting post. “All this points to a very high risk of a violent escalation and civil unrest in November and if we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly.”

On Tuesday Twitter labeled two tweets about mail-in voting as “potentially misleading” for suggesting the practice would lead to a rigged election. Early Friday morning, Twitter placed another tweet behind an interstitial warning for “glorifying violence” because it included the sentence “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” In all cases, the tweets were cross-posted to Facebook.

But then Trump cross-posted to Facebook a tweet that seemed to suggest that violent action be taken against people protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police. “Would it be possible to explain in more detail the interpretation of our community standards?” one employee asked. “Does this post violate them but get an exemption, or is it not violating?”

But by mid-afternoon Pacific time on Friday, employees had not received a response — and they were beginning to grow frustrated. “It’s egregious that nobody from policy has chimed in or provided any sort of context here,” one employee said. When another employee defended Facebook’s silence by suggesting that top executives were likely debating their next steps, the original poster replied: “They’ve already made an official decision by keeping the post up after it’s been reported. They should communicate their justification for the decision.”

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Leaked posts show Facebook employees asking the company to remove Trump’s threat of violence

Minneapolis Mayor declares curfew after protests over impunity in George Floyd killing

29 mai[ —]

The Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, has declared a curfew for the city following protests over impunity in the killing of George Floyd.

An 8 p.m. curfew imposed by the mayor late Friday will extend through the weekend.


Cop who killed George Floyd arrested

Minneapolis ablaze after prosecutor suggests no crime was committed by cops who killed George Floyd

• The cop who killed George Floyd has a long record of police brutality

Trump says he's ending U.S. relationship with WHO, president is promptly trashed by AMA

29 mai[ —]

Impeached President Donald Trump announced on a Friday afternoon in the middle of a pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 that he is terminating the relationship between the United States and the World Health Organization.

In responding to Trump's reckless attacks on public health, the American Medical Association did not mince words.

Nor did medical professionals on Twitter, like Jeremy Konyndyk of the Center for Global Development and Georgetown University.

Investigation into TikTok as risk to U.S. children's privacy urged by 4 U.S. senators

29 mai[ —]

Four U.S. senators today urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate claims that the very popular video app TikTok, which is owned by a company tied to China's military and government, violated a consent decree to protect children's privacy.

From Reuters:

In their letter, lawmakers noted a report by the Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and others saying that Chinese-owned TikTok had failed to take down videos made by children under age 13 as it agreed under a 2019 consent agreement with the FTC.

In addition, the report said, TikTok failed to provide parents with “direct notice” of data practices before collecting information on children and did not put a link to its privacy policy on its home page, as required under the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

“Faced with compelling evidence that this wildly popular social media platform is blatantly flouting binding U.S. privacy rules, the FTC should move swiftly to launch an investigation and forcefully hold violators accountable,” said the letter, which was signed by Democratic Senators Ed Markey, an author of COPPA, and Richard Blumenthal.

It was also signed by Republican Senators Josh Hawley, a critic of big social media and China, and Marsha Blackburn.

A TikTok spokeswoman said in an email that the company “takes the issue of safety seriously for all our users, and we continue to further strengthen our safeguards and introduce new measures to protect young people on the app.”

U.S. senators urge probe of TikTok on children's privacy

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