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Monday, August 2, 2021
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Tech CEO Michael Lofthouse steps down after being filmed hurling racist insults at an Asian family | Forbes

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The CEO of a big tech company was caught harassing a family inside a restaurant with racial slurs. Michael Lofthouse stepped down from his role of CEO of the IT company Solid8, confirmed on Saturday. He said in a statement that this decision was a result of his racist actions and that he does not want his actions to affect others in the company. Some of the comments made towards the family included “Trump’s gonna f*ck you” and “You need to f*cking leave you Asian piece of shit”. This was all caught on video and since then Lofthouse has tried to apologize for his actions. There has been a rise of racism towards Asian people since COVID-19 started in Wuhan.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/07/12/tech-ceo-michael-lofthouse-steps-down-after-being-filmed-hurling-racist-insults-at-an-asian-family/#136f374d1f5e

World Cup hosts Qatar hired former CIA hackers to carry out criminal activities, lawsuit alleges | Ahram Online

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A legal complaint by former Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Elliott Broidy was filed in Federal Court against the government of Qatar and US-based security firm, Global Risk Advisors (GRA), in cybercriminal activities to win the bid in hosting the 2022 World Cup. The complaint alleges that GRA recruited the most highly trained former counterintelligence personnel in favor of the oil-rich country’s winning bid that was led by GRA CEO Kevin Chalker. This tactic was called Project Deviant or “Shep” where it includes hacking non-public personal information and manipulating it for promotional materials and public relations campaigns. GRA requested from Qatar more than $500 million for this work but ultimately received about $100 million, primarily for illegal activity. The lawsuit was triggered by an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice against Qatar’s alleged bribery to FIFA officials to secure World Cup hosting and Qatar’s targeting of U.S. institutions of higher learning by the U.S. Department of Education.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/6/55/373702/Sports/World/World-Cup-hosts-Qatar-hired-former-CIA-hackers-to-.aspx

This Ranger fought in Mogadishu before becoming a country music star | We Are The Mighty

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Sgt. Keni Thomas knows the price of sacrifice and bravery. When the leader of an operation he was on shot, Thomas had to step up and lead his team through the mission. This has been the inspiration for movies like We Were Soldiers and Black Hawk Down, where he served as a consultant and even got his own character. Now, years later, he has his own country music band called Cornbread. Part of the joy he has while creating music is being able to share it as he performs overseas on USO tours and talks to fellow servicemen.

Source: https://www.wearethemighty.com/history/mogadishu-ranger-country-music-star?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

This Royal Navy Submarine Might Be the ‘Most Capable Ever Built’ | National Interest

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The new Royal Navy submarine HMS Audacious is being described as the most capable ship ever built. The 320-feet long submarine is the fourth Astute-class sub completed and it will set sail this month to her homeport at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde. HMS Audacious was built for SUBFLOT to assist in protecting waters near the British Isles from the increasing threat of Russian incursions. The £1.6 billion submarine has noise-cancelling capability and its sonar system can detect objects from 3,000 nautical miles away. It has a built-in 25-year life nuclear reactor that can be used to recycle air and water and allows the boat to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing. To protect itself from enemy subs and warships, it can deploy Special Boat Service teams while submerged, and it is armed with Spearfish torpedoes as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles that can target land-based threats up to 1,000 miles away.

Source: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/royal-navy-submarine-might-be-most-capable-ever-built-164038

Ex-Nazi death camp guard faces German court reckoning | DW News

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A former Nazi camp guard, Bruno D, claimed not guilty on while on trial relating to the murder of more than 5,000 people at the Stutthof camp during World War II. The 93-year-old defendant admitted knowing about the gas chambers in the Stutthof death camp but was only assigned as a standing guard and that he never believed in the Nazi ideology. Prosecutor Lars Mahske said that the defendant provided the very definition of accessory to murder. Germany is recently focusing on concentration camp cases but is having difficulty to execute due to the advancing age and health condition of the suspects. A verdict is expected later this month and if Bruno D. will be convicted, he will face a sentence of a minimum of six months and a maximum of 10 years.

Source: https://www.dw.com/en/ex-nazi-death-camp-guard-faces-german-court-reckoning/a-54062958

Survey: 3% of Americans moved due to the pandemic | NPR News

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According to a Pew Research Center survey, 3% of U.S. adults permanently or temporarily moved back home and 6% had someone move into their household because of the pandemic. Many students and young adults have also had to move back in with their parents as their school announced temporary closures and young couples started moving in together. 28% of the respondents said that they want to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, 8% percent moved due to job loss and another 10% of respondents cited other financial reasons. The results of this survey cannot yet confirm the number of permanent moves in the next coming months but has provided insight into the housing situations people are seeing amid the virus.

Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/06/887976563/survey-3-of-americans-moved-due-to-the-pandemic?sc=18&f=1001

Esper and Milley face grilling over military role in clearing protesters from Lafayette Square ahead of Trump’s June 1 photo op | Washington Examiner

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When protests sparked across the nation after the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black Americans by the police, President Donald Trump called for the military to help control the protests. Some waited for an answer about why the military was present with heavy armory and guns. This brought up the debate about if the military should ever be used to intervene during political debates.

Source:  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/esper-and-milley-face-grilling-over-military-role-in-clearing-protesters-from-lafayette-square-ahead-of-trumps-june-1-photo-op

Horse Soldier Bourbon assembles award-winning team to design distillery | The Lane Report

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Horse Soldier Bourbon is expected to create a world-class distillery experience in Somerset and Pulaski county. This project is collaborated with award-winning teams to design and build this significant milestone for the company. The founders, who are retired members of the US Special Forces, announced in December 2019 that they purchased more than 200 acres of land as they envision their 2020 expansion as a way to pay it forward to a place they once called home. “We adhere to tradition, but we understand the importance of innovation. This requires working with the right people, in the right place, at the right time. We don’t believe in settling,” said co-founder John Koko.

Source: https://www.lanereport.com/128053/2020/07/horse-soldier-bourbon-assembles-award-winning-team-to-design-distillery/

Job postings are still far below February’s level despite a recent uptick, which shows why unemployment benefits have to be extended past July | Business Insider

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Nearly 49 million Americans filed unemployment claims due to the economic effects of the ongoing pandemic. According to the Federal Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, there was a significant drop in job postings of about 23% compared to February, and down by 24.7% relative to this time last year. The retail and driving industry have seen the most significant improvement in job opportunities as businesses slowly reopen while taking precautionary measures for their customers and employees. However, highly paid workers are having a difficult time rebounding due to the additional time and compensation required to hire them during this unprecedented time. The $600 federal bonus to state-level unemployment is expected to expire by the end of July.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-pandemic-impacts-number-of-job-openings-2020-7

Could the United Kingdom become an emerging market? | CNN Business

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Not only was the nation dealing with Brexit but now they are also dealing with the implications of COVID-19. Some predict that its market and finances are going to start looking more like countries such as Turkey and Mexico and less like the United States. The pound is now being looked at by large banks as it is shrinking, and many are concerned about possible negative implications. However, UK financial advisors disagree and believe that the nation’s currency will never be looked at as an emerging market as the pound is commonly traded.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/business/uk-emerging-market/index.html