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Olivia Culpo shows off body in skintight jumpsuit at ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’ open casting call

Olivia Culpo wasn’t shy to show off her body in a skintight jumpsuit this week.

The former Miss Universe attended the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit” open casting call in Miami Beach, Fla., on Friday, where she donned a black and white jumpsuit made by luxury fashion brand Chanel, per the Daily Mail. Culpo, 27, paired the look with a round Chanel crossbody bag, gold hoops, and metallic heels to match.

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The model later took to Instagram with a video that showed her presenting one lucky model at the event with a “golden ticket” — moving her to the front of the line.

Later, the brunette bombshell stunned in a sheer mini-dress at the Swim Week Kick-Off Party hosted by W South Beach x Sports Illustrated in Miami, according to the Daily Mail.

SI SWIMSUIT MODEL ANNE DE PAULA ISN’T RULING OUT THE IDEA OF BECOMING A DOCTOR

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Olivia Culpo attends Legends Spirits Celebrates The Swim Week Kick-Off Party Hosted by W South Beach x Sports Illustrated at W Hotel on July 12, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Legends Spirits)

Earlier this week, Culpo made headlines when she got candid in a lengthy and vulnerable post about her personal struggles with depression. She took to Instagram Thursday and poured her heart out over a series of two photos. The first being a recent snap of herself and the second from a time she claims she was in a low place in her life.

“Looking at the difference between these two photos today, and thought it was important to share something with all of you,” Culpo began her post. “2nd photo, a few months ago: I was depressed. I had no appetite, was drinking way too much, smoking, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t eat. But I was still taking photos on social media and pretending everything was great.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Estimate: Illegal immigrants made up 23 percent of U.S. foreign-born population

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An analysis by the Pew Research Center estimates that roughly 10.5 million immigrants in the United States were unauthorized in 2017.

That number represented 23 percent of the total U.S. foreign-born population of 45.6 million. Lawful immigrants comprised the vast majority with 35.2 million, or 77 percent. The remainder included lawful permanent residents (12.3 million) and temporary lawful residents (2.2 million), according to the analysis.

The report, posted Friday, came as presidential candidates offered ideas for tackling a growing immigration crisis.

Pew reached those numbers by estimating how many immigrants in the country were legal and subtracting that figure from the total number of migrants — found through a census or national survey.

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The number of illegal immigrants has become the subject of debate in recent years as differing estimates have emerged.

Many organizations have used Census data to estimate migration levels but a joint study between Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found much higher numbers through a different methodology.

Noting that illegal immigrants had an incentive to stay undetected, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor looked at the issue but bypassed population surveys and looked at data including border apprehensions and visa overstays. The researchers reached a figure of about 22.1 million.

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According to another Pew study, the majority of illegal immigrants came from visa overstays and Mexicans dropped, in 2017, from their position as having the majority of illegal immigrants in the United States.

According to Pew, 4.9 million of the reported 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants were Mexican in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia increased by 130,000 and those from Central America rose by 400,000 from 2007.

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Pennsylvania police in hours-long standoff with man standing on top of old blast furnace

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A man has been perched atop an old blast furnace in Pennsylvania, hundreds of feet in the air for more than 17 hours as a police crisis team continues to talk him down on Saturday morning.

The unidentified man reportedly decided to climb up the large furnace in the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday night as people were getting ready to enjoy a free concert. Authorities canceled the show as well as another concert in the nearby ArtsQuest building.

The man has been seen shouting and raising his arms throughout the ongoing negotiations, according to The Morning Call.

The SteelStacks campus where the furnace is located has remained closed and Bethlehem police have asked the public to stay away from the area as emergency personnel works to resolve the situation.

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Bethlehem police Chief, Mark DiLuzio, said officers were called to the area at 6:52 on Friday where they saw the man taking up position on a single steel beam, according to The Morning Call. They asked the public for help in identifying the man on Friday night, but as of now remained unsuccessful.

DiLuzio said officers tried to climb up the large furnace on Friday, eventually reaching a platform below where they attempted to converse with him.

Concertgoers had assembled on the nearby Levitt Pavilion lawn on Friday, as police walked through the crowd asking them to raise their hand if they knew who the man was.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said concert attendee Nahum Molina.

It’s not clear why he decided to climb the furnace, but the Morning Call reported the man first appeared to be taking photos until he gained more attention from the crowds around him.

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“The more people looked at him, the more animated he became,” bystander Dave Gilfoil told the newspaper.

Photos were taken of the man on Saturday morning attempting to wave off a drone and his movements were reported as being lethargic and slow.

Another man climbed the same furnaces back in 2012, where he told police he did it to get a photo.

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Florida woman says dad died of flesh-eating bacteria less than 48 hours after entering water

A Tennessee man died just 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria from waters in Florida after his daughter says the hospital he was treated at ignored her warnings that he had contracted necrotizing fasciitis.

Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, a resident of Okaloosa County, said her parents had come down from Memphis to spend several days with her last week.

During their stay, the family spent several days in the water, including at a beach in Destin, a creek and a swamp in Boggy Bayou. Wiygul said she had heard the recent reports of people in Florida contracting a flesh-eating bacteria and as a result, she took extra precautions with her father, who was previously diagnosed with cancer.

FLORIDA WOMAN RECOVERING FROM FLESH-EATING BACTERIA INFECTION AS DOCTOR WARNS CASES LIKELY TO RISE

“When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid bandaid,” she said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”

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Cheryl Bennett Wiygul said her father (pictured) noticed a black spot on his back less than a day after being in Florida waters.  (Cheryl Bennett Wiygul/ Facebook)

Wiygul said that at around 4:00 a.m. Saturday – some 12 hours after being in the water – her father began to complain of fever, chills and some cramping. The family decided that it would be best if he was treated back in Tennessee where the doctors were already familiar with his previous health issues.

They left later that morning where the symptoms worsened. He was taken to a hospital in Memphis at around 8 p.m.

Wiygul said that while her father was changing into his hospital gown, staff noticed a “terrible swollen black spot on his back” that had not previously been there. Her mother sent her a picture and Wiygul instantly recognized what was wrong with her father.

FLORIDA MAN SAYS HE CONTRACTED FLESH-EATING INFECTION DESPITE NOT ENTERING WATER 

“I told her to tell them he was in the water in Florida and it was necrotizing fasciitis. She told everyone that came in the room. One person told her the media had blown that out of proportion. Others said it was staph. They would not biopsy it,” her lengthy Facebook post read.

The man’s conditioned worsened despite being treated with antibiotics, and at around 1 a.m. he became septic and coded a short time after. He was brought back by medical staff but his health continued to decline.

“Less than 48 hours after getting out of the water feeling great, the bacteria had destroyed him,”

— Cheryl Bennett Wiygul

“My dad had a lot of medical issues but heart was not one of them. They had to intubate him. He coded again. They said his organs were too damaged and his blood was too acidic to sustain life,” Wiygul said. “He was gone by Sunday afternoon.”

Wiygul said that the hospital conducted tests which confirmed that her father had in fact contracted vibrio vulnificus which manifested into necrotizing fasciitis.

She blamed the beaches for not posting advisories about any bacteria in the water, adding that her father may have been alive today had she known the dangers.

“Less than 48 hours after getting out of the water feeling great, the bacteria had destroyed him,” she wrote. “I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”

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Wiygul shared her dad’s story hoping it would shed more light on a crucial issue that she feels the general public lacks the most basic information on.

“I do believe if there was a simple sign posted about the risk of swimming with an open wound or an immune disorder, we wouldn’t have let him get in … here is information out there but I didn’t find it all until it was too late. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

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Chinese influence surges at UN, as US warns of ‘concerted push’ to advance agenda

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The recent election of a Chinese official to a top U.N. organization is the latest sign of a steadily growing influence of China at the world body — something the U.S. is viewing as a “concerted push” by China to advance its interests and authoritarian agenda abroad.

Qu Dongyu, a Chinese government official, was elected as the next director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization last month, meaning that Chinese officials now run four out of 15 specialized U.N. agencies. The U.S. does not head any of the 15 agencies, although it does lead related funds, such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP).

STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS SENIOR UN OFFICIAL’S VISIT TO CHINA ‘HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE’

“I’m very grateful to my motherland, without 40 years of successful reform and an open door policy I would not have been who I am,” Qu Dongyu said after his election.

Dongyu’s victory at the FAO now sees Chinese officials heading the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO,) the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that deals with information and communication technologies, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which is responsible for development goals.

“China is definitely being more assertive at the U.N., in line with its status as the second biggest payer,” one U.N. diplomat told Fox News. “They use their partnership with developing countries to try to knock down what they don’t like, especially on human rights.

“Along with Russia, they challenge the rules-based international order which most of the world believes has made us safe and prosperous. So most of the world needs to be ready to push back. “

Brett Schaefer, a leading expert on the U.N. at The Heritage Foundation told Fox News that the Chinese have been trying to expand their influence at the U.N. and other international organizations for a while, noting that the first Chinese national to head a specialized U.N. agency was at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2007.

“China uses ICAO – as it did with WHO – to block Taiwanese participation and priorities,” Schaefer said. “China has used the ITU to legitimize its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and advance its Internet goals….It is very clear China has a plan and they are targeting individual organizations to realize it.”

Schaefer went on to say that China has not used its relationship with developing countries to great effect, and has not been shy in using financial and political pressure to get support from reluctant states.

“Unlike Western nationals, whose governments largely respect the independence of UN officials, China expects and receives overt support for Chinese policies from their nationals,” he said, pointing to the arrest of former Interpol President Meng Hongwei as an example of what happens to those who defy Beijing.

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A State Department official dismissed criticism that the Trump administration had retreated from the U.N. and other international organizations, leaving a vacuum for Chinese influence to fill.

“Our desire to reform and strengthen the U.N, into a more efficient and effective organization does not diminish our leadership on the global stage – it is part and parcel of our determination to lead,” the official said.

The official went on to say that the U.S. is well aware of China’s ambitions at the U.N.

“There is no question that China is using any means possible to increase its influence in international organizations and across the greater international system,” the official said. “China’s concerted push has more to do with advancing its self-serving interests and authoritarian model than demonstrating genuine leadership consistent with the principles and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the U.N Charter.”

When asked about the criticisms of the Chinese policy at the U.N., a spokesperson for the Chinese mission to the U.N. told Fox News: “China firmly upholds multilateralism,  the UN-centered international system and the international order based on international law, and is committed to maintaining world peace and promoting common development.”

One nation that has felt the brunt of China’s actions at the UN is neighboring Taiwan. A spokesperson from its Taipei Economic and Cultural office in New York told Fox News that China blocks Taiwan from taking part in the UN and its specialized agencies it controls by pushing member states not to endorse proposals calling for Taiwanese participation.

“What’s even more absurd is that Republic of China (Taiwan) passport holders are not allowed to enter the U.N. grounds as tourists, and that Taiwan journalists are denied accreditation to cover U.N. meetings such as the General Assembly,” the spokesperson said.

Gordon Chang, an expert on China and East Asia, urged a more forceful response in facing China’s ambition, and warned that the U.S. is now in “an existential contest with the [Chinese Communist] Party.”

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“That means we must, among other things, oppose at every turn China’s participation in U.N. bodies,” he said. “As a part of this effort, we need to publicly make the case that the Chinese regime is illegitimate and that a ruling group committing atrocities at home against racial and religious minorities, such as the Uighurs and Tibetans, can have no role in international institutions. “

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What is the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale?

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Hurricanes are categorized using what’s known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) explains online that it “is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.”

Different types of damage may occur depending on each storm category. Read on to see what they signify.

Category 1, sustained winds of 74 – 95 mph

For storms in this category, there’s going to be “some damage” from winds, the NHC advises.

Large tree branches and shallow trees could be knocked down, according to the agency. Gutters, roofs, shingles and vinyl siding for what it calls “well-constructed frame homes” could be affected, too.

Category 2, sustained winds of 96 – 110 mph

“Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage,” the NHC warns for such storms.

There may be power outages “that could last from several days to weeks.”

Category 3, sustained winds of 111 – 129 mph

Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5 storms are all labeled “major” hurricanes.

With Category 3, there will be “devastating” damage, according to the NHC.

“Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends,” the agency warns. There also may be no water or electricity for days to weeks after the storm moves along.

Category 4, sustained winds of 130 – 156 mph

“Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls,” the NHC explains.

For both Category 4 and Category 5 storms, “catastrophic” damage is forecast: they involve residential areas being cut off by trees and power poles that have come down, the agency says, and there may be months-long power outages.

Category 5, sustained winds of 157 mph or higher

This is the highest rating for hurricanes on the scale.

“A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse,” according to the NHC. 

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Hurricane Barry’s health risks: 3 things to watch out for

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As Hurricane Barry continues to hurtle toward the Lousiana coast, residents prepare for the destruction the storm could bring. But aside from wreaking havoc with its potentially harmful storm surges, flooding and winds, tropical storms and hurricanes, specifically, are also known to pose health risks to those affected by them.

Read on for a look at three health concerns that could affect residents after Hurricane Barry makes landfall.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY COULD BRING CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGES: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?

Contaminated water

Hurricanes put water supplies at risk for contamination, according to the Florida Department of Health. Heavy flooding typically increases the risk, as do storm surges.

Water treatment plants, in particular, may cease to operate either during or after the storm — and flooding may taint water lines with harmful bacteria.

Drinking or wading in flood water can be dangerous, presenting the risk of parasitic or bacterial infections from E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, and rotavirus, Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez said after Hurricane Irma.

“In addition, some may get infected with Cryptosporidium, a parasite that can live in water for up to 10 days,” he warned at the time.

Mold

Mold is also a dangerous health hazard after a hurricane.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people should assume they have mold if their house floods and is unable to be completely dried within 24 to 48 hours.

Mold can cause eye and skin irritations, allergic reactions and asthma attacks. It can be especially dangerous to those who already have weakened immune systems, the CDC said. If you enter a potentially moldy home or site after a hurricane, be sure to wear protective gloves and goggles, and use a mask or N95 respirator.

‘Trench foot’

Feet drenched in unsanitary water for long periods of time are susceptible to a condition called “trench foot,” the CDC warns.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, numbness, tingling sensation, itching, blotchy skin, coldness or a heavy feeling in the foot, according to the CDC, which noted that pain, redness, and blisters are also common.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

To prevent trench foot, it’s important to clean and air-dry feet after wearing wet socks and shoes — though Healthline reported it’s important to air dry feet “even if you don’t think your feet got wet.”

Wet socks and shoes should also be exchanged for dry ones as soon as possible, the CDC recommends.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: July 13

On this day, July 13 …

2018: A grand jury indictment, as announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and sought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that the Russian government was behind a sweeping conspiracy to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The grand jury indicts 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges that they had hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party, releasing tens of thousands of stolen and politically damaging communications. 

Also on this day:

  • 1960: John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles, outdrawing rivals including Lyndon B. Johnson, Stuart Symington and Adlai Stevenson.
  • 1973: Former presidential aide Alexander P. Butterfield reveals to Senate Watergate Committee staff members the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret White House taping system.
  • 1977: A blackout hits New York City in the mid-evening as lightning strikes on electrical equipment causes power to fail; widespread looting breaks out. (The electricity would be restored about 25 hours later.)
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(Original Caption) Detroit, Michigan: Lee A. Iacocca, photographed under the Ford emblem at a news conference, was elected earlier as President of the Ford Motor Company by the board of directors. Iacocca joined the company 24 years ago. The announcement was made by Henry Ford II, board chairman.

  • 1978: Lee Iacocca is fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
  • 1985: “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, takes place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.
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  • 1990: “Ghost,” starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, is released by Paramount Pictures.
  • 1999: Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the “Railroad Killer,” surrenders in El Paso, Texas. 
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The federal probe of George Zimmerman was opened two years ago following Trayvon Martin’s high-profile shooting death in Sanford, Fla. (AP) (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • 2013: A jury in Sanford, Fla., clears neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing sparked a debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice that divided the nation.
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Jim Hanson: Reported $5B Facebook settlement is well-deserved punishment for abuses of user privacy

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a settlement under which Facebook will pay a record $5 billion fine for violating an FTC order regarding its privacy practices.

The settlement, which still needs Justice Department approval, shows that Facebook is finally getting a well-deserved punishment for abusing the privacy of those who use the service.

The Journal reported that the FTC hit Facebook with the $5 billion fine for violating a 2011 agreement that required the social media giant to notify users when Facebook was going to allow third parties to snoop through their personal information. The fine is a recognition that Facebook has not learned its lesson.

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This behavior is especially bad and goes beyond Facebook’s normal exploitation of information about all the facets of your life, which you share on Facebook and which the company profits from.

At President Trump’s social media summit at the White House Thursday, which I attended, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reminded us how the big tech companies work:  “You’re not buying a product, you are the product,” he said.

The FTC began investigating Facebook after the social media company admitted that the British data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica then used the information to build targeting databases and profit from them.

The cavalier treatment of user information by Facebook and other social media companies was a major concern at President Trump’s social media summit.

In one example of this anti-free speech hysteria that sounds like a joke – but is true – <a href=”https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/15/college-lists-god-bless-you-microaggression/”>Simmons University</a> in Boston warned that telling another student “God bless you” after a sneeze can be a a microaggression, and so can wishing someone “Merry Christmas.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., announced upcoming hearings and a Big Tech Task Force run by the Senate Judiciary Committee that will focus on privacy issues, data security, antitrust concerns, competition and censorship.

Blackburn joined the president in response to my question asking if he would use federal agencies to investigate abuses by the tech firms. The president said that was one of the things his administration is pursuing.

The leaders of the small group of technology companies that now control the majority of information and advertising in our country – and have an incredible view into our private lives – could not have expected to wield this much power.

Keep in mind that Google was not launched until 1998, Facebook did not begin operations until 2004, and Twitter didn’t begin until 2006.

These companies started as small ventures, leaving their founders unprepared for their rapid growth and financial success. They are now outmatched by the capabilities of their technology. But that is no excuse for their repeated and systematic use of this power for malign purposes.

Now we must find a way to rein in the social media giants that does not offend our free market capitalist system. That does not mean we can’t use government intervention, but it does mean that turning to government should be a last resort.

What is called for now are investigations by Congress and the requisite federal agencies into the practices of the tech companies that violate either existing laws and regulations or that simply do not conform to what Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, called “the spirit of the First Amendment” when he spoke at the social media summit.

These private firms are not bound by the First Amendment of our Constitution, which prohibits government restrictions on our freedom of speech.

But Crenshaw talked about the idea that all Americans should respect the spirit of free speech and work to ensure that they do not censor people without a very good reason.

Right now, the social media companies are rapidly moving in the direction of limiting many types of speech that simply offend some people. This is exactly the opposite of what the First Amendment does when it protects offensive speech. Inoffensive speech hardly needs protection.

The tech firms say they control and limit free speech to “protect the health of public conversation.” But how can you ever manage to account for all the potential ways that free speech will offend others – especially in light of the ongoing indoctrination on college campuses teaching Grievance Mongering 101?

It seems that virtually any comment can now be labeled a microaggression, a triggering event or hate speech by the snowflake generation.

In one example of this anti-free speech hysteria that sounds like a joke – but is true – Simmons University in Boston warned that telling another student “God bless you” after a sneeze can be a a microaggression, and so can wishing someone “Merry Christmas.” The university also warns of six other “anti-oppression” categories: “anti-racism,” “anti-transmisia,” “anti-ableism,” “anti-Islamomisia,” “anti-sanism” and “anti-queermisia.”

When social media companies adopt this kind of hypersensitivity – based on the left-wing sensibilities of Silicon Valley – conservatives tend to suffer by having their views labeled as unacceptable. 

This type of viewpoint discrimination infects the pathways of our public discourse right now.

Facebook apparently paid the price this time, but there will be other incidents of misconduct.  The tech firms either fail to grasp that their days of blithely mining their customers’ private lives for gold in the form of personal information are over. And their free run deciding what content and ideas are worthy and which will be suppressed has ended.

Unfortunately, the tech giants have not adapted to this new paradigm, and that means even more pressure must be applied.

Ideally, a consortium of citizens, academics, think tanks, advocacy organizations and government should play a major role in protecting free speech.

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Hopefully, an investigation will goad the social media companies into action. But if not, government action will be required.

Our ability to freely exchange ideas is the most precious commodity we have and we must fight with all available resources to regain control of our information space.

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton attend Wimbledon final for second year in a row

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton attended the women’s singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday, July 13 in London.

The sisters-in-law sat in the Royal Box at Centre Court and were joined by Middleton’s sister, Pippa Matthews, who sat next to Markle, to watch Serena Williams take on Simona Halep, who emerged the winner after 6-2, 6-2.

This is the second year in a row the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge attended the women’s final. Last year, they watched Serena Williams in the finals match against Angelique Kerber, who took home the title.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Pippa Matthews, from left, sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Markle, 37, donned a white collared shirt and a blue-and-black pleated skirt. Middleton, also 37, had on a green D&G dress and Matthews, 35, looked lovely and blue and white flower-printed dress.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, chat as they watch Serena Williams play Simona Halep.  (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Markle, who counts Williams as a close friend, also watched the tennis star last week and irked fellow patrons after she allegedly asked for privacy and no photos to be taken of her in the stands.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; and Pippa Matthews, from left, at the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Also in the crowd at the final were “Beauty and the Beast” co-stars Josh Gad and Luke Evans, “Doctor Who” star Jodie Whittaker, Pharrell, Aidan Turner, Lily James, and British Prime Minister Teresa May.

Middleton is also scheduled to attend the men’s singles final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

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On Wednesday, Middleton and Markle were spotted together at a charity polo match that their husband partook in.

Middleton brought her three kids: Prince George, 5; Princess Charlotte, 4; and Prince Louis, 1, and Markle was spotted carrying her 2-month-old son, Archie Harrison.

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Last Saturday, the family christened Archie in a private ceremony. They did not reveal who his godparents are.

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