web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Corporation (Page 76)

‘Sprawling’ winter storm slams upper Midwest and Plains, canceling hundreds of flights as it heads East

A “sprawling” winter snowstorm that slammed the West Coast earlier this week is producing blizzard conditions through much of the Plains as it travels East this weekend, having already canceled nearly 690 flights at one of the nation’s busiest airports, stranding drivers alongside major highways and even triggering an avalanche at a California ski resort, killing one.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for much of the Midwest and upper Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes ON Saturday morning as a “sprawling winter storm” is expected to bring heavy snow and wind gusts of over 50 mph to the region, creating “life-threatening travel conditions” throughout the weekend.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK SEES 170 PEOPLE FALL ILL WITH GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES ‘CONSISTENT WITH NOROVIRUS,’ 2 CASES CONFIRMED 

Just to the south, portions of the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic have already seen a mix of freezing rain and several inches of snow.

O’Hare International Airport in Chicago saw nearly 690 flights get canceled by Friday evening after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) halted all flights in and out. An additional 169 flights were canceled at Midway Airport before the ban was lifted at around 9:45 p.m.

Westlake Legal Group ohare 'Sprawling' winter storm slams upper Midwest and Plains, canceling hundreds of flights as it heads East Paulina Dedaj fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest fox news fnc/us fnc article 0c3d5ca9-e89b-5be1-bff4-a576aa31f7c1

Heavy traffic is seen on Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Hundreds of flights were canceled as a winter storm hits the city during evening commute Friday, creating a sloppy rush hour. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Early Friday morning, a Delta Air Lines flight carrying 123 passengers and 6 crew members slid off an icy taxiway at Kansas City International Airport as it was getting de-iced before its flight to Detroit.

There were no reported injuries.

Not far away, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a fire truck overturned on an icy road after returning from a call. There were no injuries reported.

UTAH-BASED SKI TECH COMPANY FOUNDER, 64, DIES IN FIREY PLANE CRASH, OFFICIALS SAY 

The worst of the blizzard conditions are forecasted to hit across the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa, the National Weather Service said.

A 231-mile stretch of I-29 between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota was shut down Saturday morning as the State Highway Patrol warned drivers to stay off the roads.

“Do not travel on these roadways AND don’t try to get around the closures on our secondary roads. You will get stranded and put your life and others in danger,” a tweet from police read.

A similar closure was ordered for parts of I-84 in Idaho where slick roads reduced visibility led to multiple crashes along the interstate.

Further out west, a man was killed in an avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort Friday after the Sierra Avalanche Center had warned of dangerous conditions for all elevations following the storm.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

Sierra Avalanche Center had warned of dangerous avalanche conditions for all elevations following the storm. The cause of the avalanche is still under investigation.

Westlake Legal Group avalanche 'Sprawling' winter storm slams upper Midwest and Plains, canceling hundreds of flights as it heads East Paulina Dedaj fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest fox news fnc/us fnc article 0c3d5ca9-e89b-5be1-bff4-a576aa31f7c1

Snow drifts pile up at Alpine Meadows ski resort in Alpine Meadows, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. An avalanche Friday at a Lake Tahoe ski resort killed one skier and seriously injured another a day after a storm dumped large amounts of snow throughout the picturesque area. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Another skier was seriously injured with a lower-body injury and was airlifted to a Lake Tahoe hospital for emergency surgery.

The storm is expected to move through the Great lakes on Saturday, eventually making its way into northern New York and New England on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group snow 'Sprawling' winter storm slams upper Midwest and Plains, canceling hundreds of flights as it heads East Paulina Dedaj fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest fox news fnc/us fnc article 0c3d5ca9-e89b-5be1-bff4-a576aa31f7c1   Westlake Legal Group snow 'Sprawling' winter storm slams upper Midwest and Plains, canceling hundreds of flights as it heads East Paulina Dedaj fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest fox news fnc/us fnc article 0c3d5ca9-e89b-5be1-bff4-a576aa31f7c1

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Australian Zoo Staff Save Koalas, Beat Back Alligators In Dramatic Flash Floods Video

Westlake Legal Group 5e22fddc2200003200473086 Australian Zoo Staff Save Koalas, Beat Back Alligators In Dramatic Flash Floods Video

Zookeepers carried drenched koalas to safety and used a broom to stop alligators from escaping their lagoon in dramatic footage filmed as flash floods hit New South Wales in Australia on Friday.

A torrential downpour brought a temporary reprieve from the searing heat that has been exacerbated by the wildfires burning across the state and country since September.

But the rain turned pathways into rivers at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, some 44 miles north of Sydney, forcing the park’s closure for the day as staff rescued animals and cleaned up the damage.

Check out the footage here:

In a Facebook post, the park said the “incredibly heavy” yet “much needed” rainfall had resulted in floods like “we haven’t seen for over 15 years!”

The facility had been “overwhelmed” with offers of help, it wrote in another post. “The team and I have been working in fire affected areas these last months and now flood……. What’s next?!!!” it said, noting that all animals are safe and accounted for.

Park director Tim Faulkner revealed how “just last week, we were having daily meetings to discuss the imminent threat of bushfires” only five miles away.

“The contrast between the current bushfire crisis and this sudden flooding is striking,” he told SBS. “But we are well-aware that a huge part of Australia is still burning, and millions of animals are still under threat. The rain doesn’t replace the millions of hectares of habitat that has been lost over the last few months.”

The park re-opened Saturday with a message of thanks to its “hard working and passionate staff who have not stopped until our park looked as good as new.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Denver misleading public by ignoring subpoenas on detained illegal immigrants: ICE official

Westlake Legal Group HENRY-LUC Denver misleading public by ignoring subpoenas on detained illegal immigrants: ICE official Julia Musto fox-news/us/us-regions/west/colorado fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/politics/executive/law fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 3e89f52f-88f5-5cea-99e6-60b62930589a

The city of Denver is misleading the public in its strategy to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from obtaining information on illegal immigrants, ICE Deputy Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations Henry Lucero claimed Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Jason Chaffetz, Pete Hegseth, and Rachel Campos-Duffy, Lucero said his agency issued four immigration subpoenas on Monday demanding information about three individuals that have been released and one that remains in custody. He said Friday’s deadline to respond to their subpoenas flew by.

“The city of Denver failed to respond to ICE and provide that information. So, we’re going to take it to the next level and seek a district court order from a district judge,” said Lucero.

ICE SHAMES OHIO COUNTY FOR RELEASING CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER, DOZENS OF OTHER CRIMINAL ALIENS

In a statement following the subpoenas, Ryan S. Luby, the public information officer for Denver’s attorney’s office responded to ICE’s allegations, saying that the requests were honored.

“ICE officials contacted Denver to request jail release notifications involving four inmates. Contrary to what ICE is saying, we honored three of those requests for the three inmates released at that time. We will honor the request for the fourth inmate when he is released,” said Luby. “Denver subsequently received administrative subpoenas from ICE…Denver does not comply with subpoenas unless they are Court-ordered or unless they are primarily related to a criminal investigation. Our immigration ordinance fully complies with federal law.”

Lucero said that while the city of Denver may notify ICE the majority of the time, it’s by fax machine about five minutes prior to the individual’s release.

“They’re not allowing us to assume custody in their jails,” he added. They’re releasing them to the streets and ICE officers are presented — trying to make arrests outside that jail in sometimes chaotic situations,” he said.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

“I say it’s another kind of strategy for the city of Denver to mislead the public,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts. “That, if they would honor our immigration detainers, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

“We want to protect the public — not only in Denver but around the nation — from dangerous criminals being released every single day from jails and prisons around this country,” he stated.

Westlake Legal Group HENRY-LUC Denver misleading public by ignoring subpoenas on detained illegal immigrants: ICE official Julia Musto fox-news/us/us-regions/west/colorado fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/politics/executive/law fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 3e89f52f-88f5-5cea-99e6-60b62930589a   Westlake Legal Group HENRY-LUC Denver misleading public by ignoring subpoenas on detained illegal immigrants: ICE official Julia Musto fox-news/us/us-regions/west/colorado fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/politics/executive/law fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 3e89f52f-88f5-5cea-99e6-60b62930589a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Joe Biden is out of step with the rest of the country on marijuana

Westlake Legal Group JpV86gN7WPHOO0L5b6YEuKdBNb_wwlpjpuAWUVmyto0 Joe Biden is out of step with the rest of the country on marijuana r/politics

He is one of the creators of Civil Asset Forfeiture

He thinks Video games cause violence

He doesn’t understand the difference between Section 230 and the First Amendment with regard to facebook (and a lack of understanding of the internet and it’s importance in society in general).

He is against any sort of reform or relief for student loan debt, not recognizing it for the economic crisis that it is.

He doesn’t understand how employers controlling your healthcare means you don’t have a choice in health care.

He has openly stated he does not anticipate things changing much at all if he were president.

He’s been on the wrong side of history for quite a while now and most of his political beliefs make him a centrist democrat for the 1980s. He’s 40 years behind the times.

In the “Me too” era, he’s a creepy man who makes women uncomfortable (borderline sexual assault/sexual harassment with inappropriate touching/rubbing) and doesn’t seem to understand why. Instead he does non-apologies about being sorry their feelings were hurt by his actions rather than sorry he was being a creepy mf-er.

Forgot to include: He’s also not all that concerned with climate change while as a society we’re on the edge of no return careening towards literal collapse if we don’t do something.

If Biden gets the nomination for the democrats Trump will win.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Ronald Reagan’s son says his father would be ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ of ‘traitorous’ Trump. Ron Reagan describes Republican Party as ‘entirely illegitimate’ and made up of ‘sycophants spouting Kremlin propaganda’.

Westlake Legal Group cjYMYViHAFl2lxU5bbz0kwJoHcRrThIV-eZCM5Bp8uA Ronald Reagan’s son says his father would be ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ of ‘traitorous’ Trump. Ron Reagan describes Republican Party as ‘entirely illegitimate’ and made up of ‘sycophants spouting Kremlin propaganda'. r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.

For those who have questions regarding any media outlets being posted on this subreddit, please click here to review our details as to whitelist and outlet criteria.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

We Found Major Trump Tax Inconsistencies. New York’s Mayor Wants a Criminal Investigation. — ProPublica

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.

For those who have questions regarding any media outlets being posted on this subreddit, please click here to review our details as to whitelist and outlet criteria.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Austria’s New Anti-Immigrant Green Government Stokes Fears Of Climate ‘Nightmare’

Austria made history earlier this month when it swore in its first female-majority Cabinet. But the formation of the new government marked another, more consequential milestone: It’s the first national coalition made up of the conservative People’s Party and the progressive Greens. 

The 300-page contract binding the two parties in a unity government lays out an agenda that includes expanding a ban on Muslim headscarves and opening new deportation centers as well as an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2040. 

“We deliberately combined the best of both worlds,” Sebastian Kurz, the conservative chancellor who returned to power last week, told the newspaper Bild. “It is now possible for the Greens to implement central election promises, such as … the massive fight against climate change. But we, too, can keep our key election promises … [with] a consistent line in the fight against illegal migration or a clear line in integration.”

The Greens say compromising with the center-right conservatives helped keep the country’s far-right Freedom Party from returning to power. But analysts say the party extracted few concessions from their new conservative bedfellows. And some experts fear the coalition could signal a shift in Europe’s resurgent political right ― away from climate skepticism and toward something that looks increasingly like eco-fascism, the once-fringe ideology scientists consider a “nightmare scenario” in which me-first nationalists exploit the chaos of a hotter world. 

“It’s extremely worrying,” said Betsy Hartmann, a researcher who studies the intersection of white nationalism and environmentalism. “There’s a very fine line between political feasibility and pragmatism on the part of the Green party and appeasement of right-wing, anti-immigrant interests.” 

Europe’s 13th largest economy began a rightward lurch in the mid-2010s as rising income inequality and waves of migrants fleeing war, poverty and drought in the Middle East and North Africa stoked a new nationalist fervor across the continent. In 2017, the country elected a conservative government for only the second time since World War II. Kurz, a conservative firebrand who campaigned on restricting Austria’s small but growing Muslim community, became chancellor and invited the hard-line Freedom Party to form a government. 

The 33-year-old Kurz, the world’s youngest national leader, vowed to wage war on “political Islam” and clamped down on immigrants, cutting public benefits to noncitizens and seizing refugees’ cellphones

But that coalition collapsed last May after the release of a video showing Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache attempting to trade state contracts for political donations from a woman he believed to be the wealthy niece of a Russian oligarch. The revelation scandalized Austrians and forced Kurz ― who, without a coalition partner, lost his mandate to govern ― to call an election. 

Westlake Legal Group 5e19020925000097299906be Austria’s New Anti-Immigrant Green Government Stokes Fears Of Climate ‘Nightmare’

Leonhard Foeger / Reuters Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is the world’s youngest head of government.

Conservatives failed to win an outright majority, leading Kurz to seek a marriage of convenience with the Greens, who had never before served in a national government. 

“The Greens could have squeezed more out of Mr. Kurz,” The Economist magazine wrote this week, citing Austrian analyst Thomas Hofer. But “the coalition is less a meeting of minds than a division of fiefs.” 

A New Eco-Right

Unlike the Republican Party in the United States, which has long questioned  climate science and protected polluting industries from regulation, mainline conservatives in Europe have generally accepted the realities of global warming. Outright climate denialism was mostly limited to the far-right fringe. 

But even that fringe has started to shift on climate change. The surprising surge of Green parties in April’s European parliamentary elections prompted a degree of soul-searching among the right-wing populists. The far-right Alternative for Germany’s youth wing in Berlin urged its party leaders to abandon the “difficult-to-understand statement that mankind does not influence the climate.” 

Others sought to surf the wave of international concern over the climate crisis. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen found fresh fodder for her brand of Nazi-like blood-and-soil rhetoric, declaring that those “rooted in their home” are “ecological” while “nomadic” people “do not care about the environment because they have no homeland. In Italy, meanwhile, a gang of tree-planting Mussolini admirers linked to murders of African migrants started blitzing Facebook with posts declaring nature cleanups as new “battlefronts.”

Austria’s Kurz “is not right-wing in that traditional, nationalist sense,” said Reinhard Heinisch, a professor of political science at the University of Salzburg. However, he said, his stance on immigration certainly overlaps.  

“Kurz is an avid traditionalist, very right on cultural questions, very anti-Islamic and neoliberal economically,” Heinisch said by phone. “But fundamentally he’s interested in power, doing what is popular and maximizing what sells his party.” 

On some issues, reflecting public opinion has tempered Kurz. As opposed to much of Europe’s resurgent far-right, which is animated by nationalism, he supports the European Union, as do 40% of Austrians, according to a recent Eurobarometer poll. That’s up from 25% in 2013. The Freedom Party’s leadership lashed out at teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg for “climate hysteria” as recently as September. Kurz, meanwhile, has long appealed for international cooperation on climate change ― an issue 7 in 10 Austrian called “a very serious problem” in an April 2019 survey

Westlake Legal Group 5e1904d524000039345a58e2 Austria’s New Anti-Immigrant Green Government Stokes Fears Of Climate ‘Nightmare’

ALEX HALADA via Getty Images Supporters of the far-right Freedom Party hold campaign posters featuring their party leader Norbert Hofer during a September political event. The new government coalition has pushed back on the Freedom Party.

But on social issues, polling raises some concerns. A shocking 12% of young Austrians said they had never heard of the Holocaust in a 2018 CNN study. A 2017 Pew Research Center poll found that nearly half of Austrians said they would not accept a Muslim into their family, compared with just 15% of Americans. Those sentiments could worsen as temperatures rise, as study after study suggests that rising temperatures increase aggression and violence on both the geopolitical and individual levels.

Blossoms Of (Melting) Snow

Austria is feeling the heat on climate change. Receding snowfall in the Alps is hurting Austria’s snow-sporting industry, and higher temperatures are spreading invasive bark beetles in once lush alpine forests. But heatwaves are proving the most devastating. The hot spell that roasted Europe last June broke monthly records in mountainous Austria, where temperatures soared past 101 degrees Fahrenheit, shy of the all-time national record of 104.9 degrees. 

Marc Olefs, head of the climate research department at Vienna’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics, called heatwaves “the climate impact with the biggest consequences on health” and the most likely to cause increased mortality rates in Austria. 

Globally, the bigger concern is how climate change will affect the billions living in poorer, hotter countries. Catastrophic weather events, which are expected to grow more intense and frequent as average temperatures climb, already have displaced an average of 24 million people per year since 2008, according to the Swiss-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. That sort of mass movement within borders creates political instability that potentially breeds conflict, driving even more to seek asylum in stable, wealthy countries like Austria, which ranks among the World Bank’s richest per capita. 

There’s a very fine line between political feasibility and pragmatism on the part of the Green party and appeasement of right-wing, anti-immigrant interests. Betsy Hartmann, a researcher who studies eco-fascism

In 2018, Austria granted asylum to 20,326 applicants, nearly 6,000 of whom were initially rejected and successfully appealed the decision, according to data from the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. The country turned away 32,221, amounting to a 57% rejection rate. 

For comparison, Germany ― a far larger country, whose Christian Democratic Union government is considered an ideological bedfellow of Austria’s conservatives ― rejected just under 50% of its applicants in 2018. 

Austrians do seem to be struggling with demographic change and a desire for “only high-qualified migrants,” said Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle, a political scientist and professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Carinthia. “But Kurz is not a far-right politician. He’s a young, modern conservative leader. He has an ideological flexibility.” 

Political malleability in an increasingly chaotic world could bend a leader rightward. As it stands, climate researchers are modeling five Socioeconomic Shared Pathways (SSPs) policymakers could take as temperatures likely blow past the 1.5 degrees Celsius average beyond which the United Nations projects catastrophic changes. The bleakest of those scenarios, called SSP3, envisions “resurgent nationalism” and policies that “shift over time to become increasingly oriented toward national and regional security issues, including barriers to trade,” according to a 2015 paper in the journal Climatic Change. Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at the think tank Berkeley Earth, told Earther last week that the world is currently on an “SSP3-ish” trajectory. 

That may not yet entirely apply to Austria. But in a country whose Nazi past, including with Third Reich’s reverence for the purity of nature, remains a living memory, Hartmann warned that adding the urgency of dealing with ecological collapse to Kurz’s anti-immigrant agenda represents a “dangerous slipperiness.” 

“It’s not Marine Le Pen, exactly,” she said. “But it’s going in that direction.” 

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Rachel Bovard: Congress has a role to play in regulating Google

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6119496994001_6119498827001-vs Rachel Bovard: Congress has a role to play in regulating Google Rachel Bovard fox-news/tech/technologies fox-news/tech/companies/google fox-news/politics fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc article 63aeb6b8-a45b-59c9-9a6d-f4034d187dc1

The Silicon Valley libertarians at Google are spending a lot of money these days to keep the government out of the company’s business. But their sudden aversion to government regulation is a newfound religion for Google: the company has been profiting for years off of a sweetheart deal with the government struck in 1996 — a government subsidy which Google no longer deserves.

Blockbuster reporting from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Google is no longer the neutral search platform they have long led consumers to believe they were.

“It is not possible for an individual employee or a group of employees to manipulate our search results,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress. “We don’t manually intervene on any particular search result.”

GOOGLE PARENT COMPANY’S LEGAL CHIEF IS LEAVING FOLLOWING MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

Except, it turns out, they do. And on quite a large scale. In fact, subjectivity underpins Google’s entire search business.

Google uses tens of thousands of individual contractors to manually shape search results based on a set of internal company criteria, as well as subjective contractor opinion. The company also uses its engineers to tweak its algorithms on behalf of business interests. Chillingly, the company intentionally modifies results around inflammatory topics like abortion and immigration in an effort to steer political discourse. This is in addition to using blacklists to block sites or terms from appearing in search results.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTER

Google does all of this in blatant violation of what it tells users and lawmakers — and of the terms of protection it has from the federal government.

The tech industry’s arrangement with the federal government dates back to 1990s, in the infancy of the internet, when Congress passed the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 of the law was intended to spur online discourse by giving present and future internet companies immunity for content posted by their users in order to create “forum[s] for a true diversity of political discourse.”

More from Opinion

In other words, lawmakers envisioned internet platforms as merely that — neutral platforms. Giant bulletin boards where people could post content without interference, except for, as the law described, content which companies in good faith deemed to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.” (Courts have held that “otherwise objectionable” content must be similar to obscenity, violence, or harassment.)

It’s a lucrative arrangement, unique to tech. No other outlet of ideas has the same protection. And it has contributed to turning outlets like Google from dorm room projects to the world’s most dominant billion-dollar company.

But it’s all contingent upon Google continuing to act as the neutral bulletin board. The “platform,” as it were, merely a host for ideas — not as a publisher, with editorial control and subjective determinations around content.

But based on the Journal’s reporting, as well as multiple whistleblower claims, Google is far from a neutral arbiter. Rather, they engage in significant search manipulation and editorial control, ranking results based on subjective criteria, individual bias, and non-transparent internal editorial guidelines.

Put simply, they are no longer the neutral platform the law envisioned. They are a publisher. And the law ought to treat them as such, stripping them of the Sec. 230 protection whose terms they no longer meet.

When presented with the possibility of losing their government protection, Google and their backers howl that Sec. 230 is vital to their survival; that without it, they would have to allow exploitive and abusive content to flourish, for fear or being sued.

It’s nonsense. Responsible moderation and outright search manipulation are two different and mutually exclusive behaviors, and in fact, a distinction which Sec. 230 requires.

As Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has pointed out, the ability to responsibly moderate content is not also a license to engage in political censorship. Tech companies can support or oppose whatever political causes that they want and engage in the good faith moderation the law allows. But the moment they begin to pick and choose what gets posted or amplified based on subjective determinations, the law demands they should be held accountable for the criteria with which they moderate their users. And this means losing the Sec. 230 protection.

Google is attempting to have it both ways — benefiting from government protections while claiming that any change to their sweetheart deal is unwarranted government meddling.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

It doesn’t work like that, and hopefully, lawmakers are smart enough to begin to catch on.

Sec. 230 may be a sweetheart deal for Google, but it’s turned sour for the rest of us. It’s time for Google to engage in radical transparency and real reform, or for Congress to take away the government subsidy they no longer deserve.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6119496994001_6119498827001-vs Rachel Bovard: Congress has a role to play in regulating Google Rachel Bovard fox-news/tech/technologies fox-news/tech/companies/google fox-news/politics fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc article 63aeb6b8-a45b-59c9-9a6d-f4034d187dc1   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6119496994001_6119498827001-vs Rachel Bovard: Congress has a role to play in regulating Google Rachel Bovard fox-news/tech/technologies fox-news/tech/companies/google fox-news/politics fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc article 63aeb6b8-a45b-59c9-9a6d-f4034d187dc1

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Lawrence Jones: Liberal government policies only hurting Austin homeless crisis

Westlake Legal Group LBJ-II Lawrence Jones: Liberal government policies only hurting Austin homeless crisis Julia Musto fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/texas fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/austin fox-news/topic/homeless-crisis fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 2aadb4d3-cbc7-5cc3-b0f4-7824b5546349

Liberal policies and mismanagement of funds are factors further contributing to the homelessness crisis in Austin, Texas, Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Jason Chaffetz, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Pete Hegseth, Jones said liberals who believe that the capital of the Lone Star State should be a welcoming community for all — even when it comes to the homeless population — don’t realize that “it’s a public safety crisis going on.”

“Not only do you have a health crisis with them leaving feces and needles everywhere, but [in] fact had a homeless person stab one of the citizens there,” he remarked. “And, you know, it’s been a rampage; there’s a lot of violence.”

REP. CHIP ROY: CALIFORNIA’S HOMELESS CRISIS COULD BE MIGRATING TO AUSTIN — HERE’S HOW TO TACKLE IT

In June 2019, city council members lifted a ban prohibiting camping, sitting, and lying in public spaces.

In response to the move, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted in frustration slamming the local government and threatening to override the new local ordinance.

“If Austin— or any other Texas city—permits camping on city streets it will be yet another local ordinance the State of Texas will override,” he tweeted. “At some point cities must start putting public safety & common sense first. There are far better solutions for the homeless & citizens.”

According to an Austin and Travis County Point In Time Survey from January 2019, there has been a five percent uptick in homelessness in Austin with 2,255 total homeless individuals currently residing there.

Jones told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts that while covering the crisis downtown, he saw people shooting up drugs and fighting each other.

“And, the police have essentially been told by the local councils to step back,” he added. “And so, [Gov. Abbott] said, ‘Look I have authority, right? I want local control…I live in Austin. This is where the capital is and I’m sending the state troopers in to clean this mess up.'”

“Unfortunately,” said Jones, “when they clean it up, the homeless people bring the stuff right back.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Jones said the issues lies in the “poor management of funds” because it’s not the lack of funding.

“If anyone knows anything about Austin, they have a lot of money,” he said, noting that Texas is very business-friendly.

“But, the city council refuses to invest the right money to get this done. And, they prefer to take the easy way out,” he stated. ” It’s the same for San Francisco and L.A. as well,” he said. “They don’t have money problems. They just don’t know how to manage those funds to put those homeless people in the right place.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group LBJ-II Lawrence Jones: Liberal government policies only hurting Austin homeless crisis Julia Musto fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/texas fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/austin fox-news/topic/homeless-crisis fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 2aadb4d3-cbc7-5cc3-b0f4-7824b5546349   Westlake Legal Group LBJ-II Lawrence Jones: Liberal government policies only hurting Austin homeless crisis Julia Musto fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/texas fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/austin fox-news/topic/homeless-crisis fox-news/shows/fox-friends-weekend fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 2aadb4d3-cbc7-5cc3-b0f4-7824b5546349

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

UK man jailed for making hoax bomb scare to delay his flight

A man was sent to jail for 16 months Friday for calling in a bogus bomb threat at a London airport because he was running late and wanted to delay his flight.

Rashidul Islam, 32, was headed from his home in Cricklewood, north London, to Gatwick Airport on May 4 to catch an evening flight to Morocco to visit his fiance, authorities said.

According to authorities, Islam first ran into krush-hour traffic delays when his train to the airport unexpectedly ended earlier – at the St. Pancras stop. He jumped into a taxi in the center of London but hit further congestion.

Westlake Legal Group rashidul-islam-sentencing-pt_0 UK man jailed for making hoax bomb scare to delay his flight Lucia Suarez Sang fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/crime fox-news/travel/general/airports fox news fnc/world fnc e31625e5-1a69-5aac-b4ed-e9890eaa33bb article

Rashidul Islam, 32, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a bomb hoax at Gatwick Airport because he was running late for his flight. (Crown Prosecution Service)

PASSENGER WAITING FOR FLIGHT TAKES OVER AIRPORT SCREEN TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES

About 45 minutes before his easyJet flight was set to take off, Islam anonymously called police and said, “Someone may have a bomb on the plane. You need to delay the flight,” according to a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman.

Islam made two further phone threats minutes later, causing the crew of the 5:40 p.m. flight to Marrakesh to be evacuated and all 147 passengers to be re-checked by security.

The hoax resulted in a three-hour delay at Britain’s second-busiest airport on a holiday weekend.  It cost easyJet around $39,000, the airline said.

DELTA AIR LINES PLANE’S NOSE GEAR ‘EXITS TAXIWAY’ AT KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Islam was arrested after police traced his call.

He told authorities that he had panicked about missing his flight as he would not be able to afford another ticket.

Islam was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail after pleading guilty to communicating false information.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“This sentence should send a message that creating a bomb scare is no trivial matter. These threats have a major impact on everyone in the airport – diverting multiple agencies from core duties such as assisting passengers, providing security or carrying out counter-terrorism checks,” prosecutor Natalie Smith said in a statement.

Westlake Legal Group rashidul-islam-sentencing-pt_0 UK man jailed for making hoax bomb scare to delay his flight Lucia Suarez Sang fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/crime fox-news/travel/general/airports fox news fnc/world fnc e31625e5-1a69-5aac-b4ed-e9890eaa33bb article   Westlake Legal Group rashidul-islam-sentencing-pt_0 UK man jailed for making hoax bomb scare to delay his flight Lucia Suarez Sang fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/crime fox-news/travel/general/airports fox news fnc/world fnc e31625e5-1a69-5aac-b4ed-e9890eaa33bb article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com