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Tragedy stuck London today when a lone assailant attacked police outside of Westminster in a brutal act of terrorism that has left at least four dead and twenty wounded. The dead include a police officer and the individual who is believed to be the assailant. While the Metropolitan police have locked down the area around Westminster they say that they are confident that the suspect acted alone.

Details of exactly what happened are still hazy but a picture of events is beginning to take form. At approximately 14:40 GMT on Wednesday the assailant injured a number of people as he drove his car into at least five pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. He then crashed into a fence outside of Westminster. From there he attempted to gain entry to parliament where he was confronted by two policemen, one of whom he stabbed repeatedly. The other ran to get assistance. At this point the alleged-assailant attempted to use the MPs entrance, ignoring the shouted warnings of two plain-clothes police officers who were forced to fire upon him, killing the suspect.

During an interview with the BBC on Wednesday professor John Gearson stated that he believed the attacks bore similarities to recent acts of terrorism in France, Germany, Isreal and Canada. He implied that the attack may have been inspired by previous Daesh attacks although he did not go so far as to directly state that Daesh is responsible.

Parliament was put into lock-down shortly after the attack. Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair an emergency COBRA meeting on Wednesday night. Tributes have poured in from all over the globe. The USA, France and Germany have all expressed their solidarity with London and Great Britain. Tel Aviv has lit up and the lights on the Eiffel tower will be turned off midnight following the attack in a show of support and solidarity.

The British Government has expressed defiance in the face  of the violence. The Home Secretary Amber Rudd expressed that the British people were “united in working together to defeat those who would harm our shared values. Values of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.”. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has vowed that “Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.The British Prime Minister Theresa May stated that any attempt to erode British values through force will be unsuccessful and confirmed that parliament will be open as usual tomorrow. 

As of publication the London Met has not released any information as to the identity of the assailant and thus far no responsibility has been claimed.

In the wake of these horrific attacks it is important for us to remember that the only way these people can beat us is if we allow ourselves to be intimidated. If we change ourselves out of fear then they have won. The best way to fight them is to keep living our lives. There is little else that will infuriate them more.

Our thoughts tonight are with the people of London.

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Republican lawmakers and Apple CEO Tim Cook meet in Washington





Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with Republican lawmakers who will probably lead committees that regulate the tech sector.
Republican representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Darrel Issa of California, and Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington are among those with whom Cook has booked meetings.

The meetings were probably planned several weeks, if not months, beforehand. Top conservatives have criticized Apple since the beginning, and many of them have joined with Twitter CEO Elon Musk in their recent dispute with Apple.

Jordan has publicly expressed his support for Elon Musk, as Bloomberg notes.

When the GOP wins over the House in 2023, Jordan is also set to serve as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s chairman is most likely to be McMorris Rodgers.

They both will play a key role in developing the GOP’s technology policy agenda for 2023.

What is particularly on the agenda is unclear. Even when he is not called to testify about big tech, Cook travels to Washington, DC, on several occasions each year.

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EPA establishes a new office devoted to civil rights and environmental justice





The goal is to make sure marginalized people are considered in environmental decisions.

According to Reuters, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a new office to assist underserved communities in coping with the additional responsibilities of pollution and climate change. 200 EPA workers from the Washington headquarters and 10 regional bureaus will work in the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights.

“The establishment of a new office dedicated to advancing environmental justice and civil rights at EPA will ensure the lived experiences of underserved communities are central to our decision-making while supporting community-driven solutions,” remarked Kamala Harris, vice president of the US.

As part of a $60 billion investment in environmental justice, one of the main responsibilities of the new office will be to supervise the distribution of $3 billion in grants for environmental justice that were made possible by the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act. Additionally, it will ensure that other EPA initiatives adhere to President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to ensure that 40% of certain government spending go to underserved communities. Finally, it will assist localities in obtaining funds, upholding human rights legislation, and resolving environmental disputes.

The opening of the new office took place in Warren County, North Carolina, the scene of demonstrations against the disposal of toxic waste there in 1982. While the 22-acre dump was not stopped as a result of the civil disobedience actions and arrests that followed, the current environmental justice movement was born. Participants remembered the protests’ 40th anniversary last week.

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Pewdiepie has Gotten into Trouble Yet Again





The competition between Pewdiepie and T-Series has been going on for quite a while. I say this mostly because if Pewdiepie was in the middle of a smear campaign, I would certainly believe that it was all a ploy by T-Series in order to make him lose popularity. However, it seems like T-Series doesn’t have to do much as Pewdiepie is no stranger to getting himself into trouble.

So, what did Pewdiepie do this time? Well, in his most recent edition of “Pew News,” a semi-satirical series where Pewds offers his own take on news events or YouTube discussions, he dedicates the last portion of the video to shouting out smaller YouTube creators he enjoys watching. One of those creators is E;R (otherwise known as “EsemicolonR”), an essayist who often includes anti-Semitic, sexist, homophobic, and cruel language in his videos.

At least that’s what TheVerge and so many outlets/other YouTubers are saying. I took a look at E;R’s content and saw mostly meme videos about political stuff. The guy even made a tribute to Tay AI. You can see a whole documentary made about this by Internet Historian down below:

However, the subjects tackled in the videos can be a bit more problematic because of the current political climate with Pewdiepie. As such, we can assume that a lot of people don’t find this very funny and even reprehensible. Especially when the US is caught in the middle of tension thanks to laws like FOSTA, which are an indirect cause of Tumblr’s collapse right now.

Ever since Pewdiepie has made the shoutout, the channel has gained over 15,000 Subscribers. Of course, this also means that the ire of the people who are against him has risen even more. As such, we’re in this situation where Pewdiepie has gotten himself into trouble yet again despite knowing that the current situation is tense. I guess some people will never learn.

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