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Trump to Ukraine: No Aid Unless You Smear Joe Biden

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So the whole reason Mueller supposedly couldn’t say for sure that he colluded with Russia is because there was no smoking gun, no hard evidence of quid pro quo, etc…so he got away with it, even though there was more than enough evidence to charge him.

And now, it appears so far (as the situation and facts are fluid at this time), that we DO have that kind of evidence of not only asking another country to interfere with our elections, but offering up payment for it. Using OUR country and OUR resources to help HIM cheat and compromise OUR elections.

FUCK trump. FUCK ALL his supporters. FUCK the GOP. They are traitors. They need to be dragged into the streets if this is true and they still stand by him. Toss ALL of them in jail and take back our country from these greedy amoral power-hungry parasites.

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Medical student with rare disease finds possible cure from studying his own blood samples

An otherwise healthy medical student wasn’t going to let a rare disease stop him from living life to the fullest.

Dr. David Fajgenbaum was in his third year of medical school when he got so sick he had to be hospitalized for five months. Doctors told him his liver, kidney and other organs were shutting down.

At 25 years old, Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with Castleman disease, a condition that acts like a cross between cancer and an autoimmune disorder. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) there are about 5,000 people diagnosed with Castleman disease in the U.S. each year, making it roughly as common as Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS.

People who have Castleman disease can experience such things as flu-like symptoms and abdominal pain to the complete failure of multiple organ systems.

“The diagnosis took about 11 weeks, and most of that time I was in the intensive care unit,” Fajgenbaum told Fox News. “I had a retinal hemorrhage and went blind in my left eye. I gained about 70 pounds of fluid and I was so sick that I had my last rites read to me right around the time the diagnosis was made.”

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Having a rare disease often means limited information and few if any treatment options.

When Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with Castleman disease there was only one drug currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but that he relapsed on, leaving him with no other therapy choices.

I promised my dad, my sisters, and my now wife that I would dedicate the rest of my life, however long that may be, to trying to cure this disease

— Dr. David Fajgenbaum

“When I relapsed on the only drug in development and my doctor told me that there was nothing coming down the pipeline and there were no promising leads, that’s when I promised my dad, my sisters, and my now wife that I would dedicate the rest of my life, however long that may be, to trying to cure this disease,” Fajgenbaum said.

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In a little more than three years, Fajgenbaum relapsed four times, nearly missing death each time.

Yet with the help of chemotherapy keeping his disease at bay, Fajgenbaum was able to finish medical school and propose to his college sweetheart. But instead of starting a residency, he founded the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN), to “drive forward research internationally but also to begin conducting laboratory work.”

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the last seven years since I started the CDCN and we’ve invested about $1 million into research, which has led to an additional $7 million in external funding from the government and from non-profits,” Fajgenbaum said.

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With experts collaborating together from around the globe and a “relatively limited amount of funding” Fajgenbaum and his organization identified the first novel drug target in 25 years.

“That drug target that we identified, I actually identified it in my lab using my own samples,” said Fajgenbaum, who is also an assistant professor of medicine in the division of Translational Medicine & Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. “I started myself on this drug Sirolimus about five and a half years ago and I’ve been in remission ever since.”

Fajgenbaum was the first patient to try Sirolimus as a treatment for Castleman disease, but he and his team will test the treatment in a clinical trial scheduled to begin at the University of Pennsylvania later this year.

Fajgenbaum, now 34 years old, with a wife and 1-year-old daughter, chronicled his journey to a cure in a new book, “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action.”

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“I wrote this book because there’s lessons that I’ve learned about life, lessons about living from nearly dying five times, lessons that hopefully will inspire people to turn their hopes into action and create silver linings in the midst of tough times,” Fajgenbaum said.

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Kiribati cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan, second Pacific island nation in a week

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing’s hand.

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Kiribati had officially notified his government of the decision.

Kiribati is expected to recognize China, which has pledged billions of dollars in aid to help lure it and 6 other countries into switching allegiance since 2016, when Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office.

Taiwan “deeply regrets and strongly condemns the Kiribati government’s decision, which disregards the multifaceted assistance and sincere friendship extended by Taiwan to Kiribati over the years,” Wu said at a news conference.

TAIWAN PRESIDENT ACCUSES CHINA OF ‘DOLLAR DIPLOMACY’ AFTER COUNTRY LOSES RECOGNITION FROM LARGEST PACIFIC ALLY

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang commended Kiribati’s switch, which comes 4 days after the Solomon Islands, once Taiwan’s largest ally in the South Pacific, severed ties in favor of China.

“This fully testifies to the fact that the one-China principle meets the shared aspiration of the people and constitutes an irresistible trend of the times,” he said.

China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and wants the island to reunite with the mainland. The two split in 1949 during a civil war. Beijing resents Tsai for rejecting its precondition for dialogue that both belong to a single China. It has flown military aircraft near the island and pared back Taiwan-bound tourism to add pressure on her government.

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu explains that Kiribati has officially notified his government that they were severing diplomatic ties with the island, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan. Kiribati’s severing of ties with Taiwan is the second such loss for the diplomatically isolated island in less than a week.  (AP)

Taiwan has 15 allies left, compared to about 180 countries that recognize China.

“China has made the point that it can snatch as many diplomatic allies of Taiwan as it wishes,” said Fabrizio Bozzato, a Taiwan Strategy Research Association fellow who specializes in the Pacific.

Taiwan looks to its allies, mostly small, poor countries, for international legitimacy and a voice in the United Nations. Taiwan left the United Nations in 1971 as the international body recognized China.

A total loss of allies would cut all formal outside recognition of Taiwan’s government, formally called the Republic of China, and make it easier for Beijing to claim it, said Chao Chien-min, dean of social sciences at the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei.

“Other countries will call you a non-state and then what happens?” he said. “Let’s say the People’s Liberation Army uses non-peaceful means for an activity in the Taiwan Strait. The United Nations can’t do anything. If other countries get involved, what legitimacy do they have to help Taiwan?”

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The Chinese pressure is scaring ordinary Taiwanese, he said.

In the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said in a statement Friday that his country had recognized China to ensure stability and avoid uncertainty over what might happen if Taiwanese decide to unite with China.

Wu remained defiant, saying that Taiwan is not a province of the People’s Republic of China, the Communist government that took power in 1949.

“China’s international pressure will only consolidate the Taiwanese people’s determination never to capitulate to the Chinese government,” he said.

Some analysts believe Taiwan has built legitimacy by strengthening an informal alliance with the United States, its chief arms supplier, and joining the World Trade Organization and the inter-governmental Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

“Taiwan is globally relevant economically, geopolitically and geo-strategically,” Bozzato said. “It is indisputable that the Republic of China would continue to be independent, effectively exerting civil and military jurisdiction over a territory and a population.”

Wu said China had used investments in fisheries and other industries to build up a presence in Kiribati, penetrating political circles and extending its influence.”

Kiribati President Taneti Mamau requested “massive financial assistance” from Taiwan to buy commercial aircraft, he said, a request inconsistent with Taiwan’s international aid law.

China’s Geng said that “those used to dollar-diplomacy may not understand that certain principles cannot be bought with money, neither can trust.”

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China and Taiwan competed for South Pacific allies before 2008, often using aid to motivate switches in recognition. The two sides observed an informal diplomatic truce from 2008 to 2016, during China-friendly Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou’s term.

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The week in pictures, Sept. 14 – Sept. 20

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a statement on his campaign plane in regards to a photo coming to light of himself from 2001, wearing “brownface,” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sept. 18, 2019. 

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Saudi Arabia oil attack requires prepping for drone war, report says

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The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields will drive a massive increase in the need for perimeter security gear, according to a new report.

The report, released by IHS Markit earlier this week, says that knowing where drones are at all times is a new reality. While benign drones must be tracked, it is the malicious ones that must be stopped.

“Drone attacks are relatively cheap and easy to initiate but can inflict major damage,” IHS Markit analyst Oliver Philippou wrote in the note.

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“An effective perimeter security system that ignores the potential threat of nefarious drones is missing more than half of the equation,” Philippou added.

The recent attack on the world’s largest oil-processing plant in Saudi Arabia shows how vulnerable any large facility is to malicious drones.

The Saudi Arabian oil facilities are in an area that was not adequately protected by Saudi air defense systems, Fox News has previously reported. And the U.S. Patriot missile defense system does not have 360-degree coverage, the report added.

Iranian cruise missiles and drones were both used in the attack, according to IHS’ report.

High-profile attacks like the one in Saudi Arabia will drive an increase of more than $700 million in global demand for counter-drone perimeter security equipment such as counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), IHS Markit said.

Modern security systems require a layered approach that keeps up with the evolution of drone technology, according to Dedrone, which builds systems to defend against malicious drones.

Dedrone, for example, provides systems that collect sensor information for classifying drones. A web-based interface shows live threats, real-time drone flight paths, and records forensic details such as video evidence.

Other high-profile defense companies have been announcing anti-drone systems. Raytheon and Black Sage have partnered to provide an integrated drone detection and mitigation system for both civil and military organizations.

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Though Raytheon has developed counter-drone systems including missiles, lasers, and high-powered microwaves, “authorities also need a system that can safely stop and land a drone where it may not be safe to shoot them down,” Raytheon said in a statement, adding that they are working with Black Sage on a solution.

Perimeter systems should have a variety of technologies including thermal, sensors, ground-based radar, and drone detection technology, according to IHS Markit.

One of the challenges is that legislation and regulations are currently hindering the growth of the market for unmanned security systems, IHS Markit said.

“However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the security industry is an event-driven market — and incidents like this can have an enormous impact,” IHS’ Philippou said.

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Rebecca Friedrichs: Global climate strike protests – Just part of hysterical climate alarmism in our schools

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“Have one or no children.”

Sounds like state policy in Communist China, right?

Nope! A California sixth-grader recorded these words while taking notes during the teacher’s lesson. Along with foregoing any plans of having a family, the class was told to “eat less or no meat” and “avoid air travel” because — as this teacher is so certain — climate change has caused the extinction of animals, contamination of our food and water, exacerbated wildfires and many other harrowing things.

NYC SAYS 1.1M STUDENTS CAN ATTEND CLIMATE STRIKE PROTEST WITHOUT PUNISHMENT

If Democrat presidential candidates have their way, lessons like this teacher’s will be standard in every classroom in America. The teachers’ unions spend billions electing Democrats and have schemed for decades to implement climate change talking points into curriculums and pressure school boards and administrations on the issue too.

And it’s working.

In San Diego Unified School District, the school board voted to cancel school on September 20 so students can participate in a national climate change protest. The board’s resolution says the Trump administration “undermines the validity of climate change” and points to “emerging legislation like the Green New Deal” as a ray of hope.

San Diego’s school board should be more concerned with educating its students than canceling classes to send little kids to fill a picket line in support of a partisan agenda.

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Parents in San Diego say school “leaders” never bothered to consult them about their kids being leveraged for politics. One of those parents, Amy, points out that a 2018 assessment of California student performance shows 43.65% of San Diego Unified School District’s students don’t meet standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and 52.84% don’t meet standards in math.

Sounds to me like San Diego’s kids should be in class! That’s what we pay for as taxpayers, not political activism.

But school district officials controlled by powerful state and national teachers’ unions couldn’t care less about taxpayers, facts, the actual jurisdiction of schools, or parental rights. Instead, greedy for the wealth and power gained by doing the bidding of unions (or too cowardly to stand up to unions), they brazenly merge politics into our schools while destroying the very foundation of America’s educational system.

San Diego Unified wrote it, “encourages all professional educators to support student Global Climate Walkout events provided that educational outcomes are demonstrated (e.g., preparing an essay or video on the experience, documenting planning time).”

Since when are educators who allow students to walk out of classrooms during learning hours considered “professional?” And since when are essays and videos reflecting student protests considered “educational outcomes?” Professional educators seek outcomes (hopefully student mastery) based on the goals and objectives of their subject matter not the passions of kids indoctrinated by activists.

New York City public schools has also announced students will receive excused absences if they attend global youth climate strikes. Actions like these in NYC and San Diego are also used to promote the left’s gun control agenda through March for Our Lives student protests.

Have you noticed these protests only support the leftist agenda, and we’re always told they’re started by kids, but they’re bankrolled by millions?

Simple deductive reasoning reveals that union-controlled school districts are exploiting our kids for their political agenda. What kid wouldn’t skip school to hang out with friends at a big well-funded event that causes worldwide controversy and receives massive media coverage?

It’s easy to see how our educational system has been turned on its head once you understand that labor unions — not professional educators — now run our schools.

Connect the dots with me.

First, the National Education Association changed the definition of the scientific method, swapping facts with theory. NEA removed “empirical evidence derived from valid scientific experimentation…” and replaced it with “scientific theory…methodology…processes…” that “leads towards scientific consensus.”

Second, with judgmental arrogance, they only accept the “consensus” of scientists who advance their hysterical climate change narrative.

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Third, the NEA passed Business Item 29 (2019), which empowers them to implement their climate change curriculum into schools across the country while providing online resources for teachers including “union-friendly teaching resources.”

Fourth, they label anyone who dares challenge their hysteria as “climate change deniers.”

Their rationale? “We must embrace the imminent crisis of climate change. Every student must be exposed to the threat their generation faces. They must also be told of the real solutions and how they can make a difference.”

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This is how union activist “teachers” get away with using our kids on picket lines and presenting lessons you’d expect to see in Communist China like “have one or no children.”

All of these reasons and more are why thousands of America’s real teachers are pushing back against labor unions. But we need your help. Unions have used our union dues to lavish billions on unscrupulous Democrat politicians for decades. Tragically, most teachers have no idea we’re being exploited, nor do they realize we just won them the right to stop funding unions.

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Young Voters Still ‘Feel the Bern,’ but Not Just for Bernie Sanders Anymore

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — College students are back on campus. Bernie Sanders is, too.

Earlier this month at Iowa State University, he lectured to young voters as they played “Green New Deal Pong” (the Solo cups were filled with green-colored water) and “Bern Bag Toss.” At the University of Nevada, Reno, he croaked through a hoarse voice to address a crowd that stretched from the college lawn to the open-air floors of a parking garage beside it.

And at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday evening, he implored students to get themselves to the primary polls come February — and vote for him.

“You have friends out there, and I know you do, who think that the political system” is absurd, he said, using a colorful expletive. “Tell them that instead of just complaining, they must get involved into the political process.”

It was a sentiment he has repeated often this month as he crisscrossed the country on what has amounted to a whirlwind back-to-school tour. In Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina and South Carolina, he has by turns used flattery (“Your generation is the most progressive younger generation in the history of this country”) and subtle warnings (“The future of this country and in fact the world rests with your generation”) to bolster his appeals.

Everywhere, his goal was the same: muster a version of the army of young voters who propelled his campaign in 2016.

His message was one that has resonated with Brianna Williams, 19, who arrived with a group of friends to hear him in Chapel Hill. “I’ve seen a lot of his policies, and I’m just excited for what he has to offer as a candidate,” she said.

But she was just as excited by Senator Elizabeth Warren. “I would love to see a woman running the country,” she said. “That would be really cool.”

Last time around, Mr. Sanders’s rants against the elite and promises of free college tuition endeared him to legions of young fans. It also helped that Mr. Sanders — 74 at the time, with unruly white hair and an old-school Brooklyn accent — was both decidedly uncool and new to presidential politics, affording his campaign a paradoxical edge that inspired millions of young supporters to “feel the bern” and vote for him over Hillary Clinton.

As he fights anew for the Democratic nomination, it is not lost on him or his allies that his success hinges, in no small part, on his ability to capture that enthusiasm again — for both the optics of his race and the actual votes.

But this time he is no longer an insurgent, nor is he the only anti-establishment candidate in the race — factors that helped boost his standing among young voters. With the race entering the crucial fall period, other candidates, including Ms. Warren and Andrew Yang, have begun siphoning off some of his support.

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Even Mr. Sanders’s closest advisers acknowledge that he cannot take for granted a voting cohort they view as critical, even if it is traditionally unreliable in actually making it to the ballot box.

“Last time it was much more organic,” Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, said. “And this time it’s far more intentional.”

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In interviews, many young voters still praised Mr. Sanders, sometimes breathlessly — citing his authenticity and conviction but also his calls for free college and universal health care and his proposal to cancel student debt. But many also expressed curiosity, if not exuberance, about other candidates

“I love everything he stands for,” said Asha Loutsch, 18, as she sat with a circle of friends who were waiting for his event at the University of Iowa. “I think he really cares about what he’s trying to say. Like, he’s always getting up in there, you know?”

But she also said she was interested in Ms. Warren and wanted to hear her speak.

Jiego Lim, an 18-year-old student at the University of Nevada, Reno, who was volunteering at Mr. Sanders’s event there, said he supported Mr. Sanders but was also intrigued by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Kamala Harris. “I feel like we need a fresh new face in politics,” he said. “Bernie comes off aggressive to me sometimes.”

Others were less equivocal.

“He’s America’s dad,” offered Gabriel Olier, 19, a student in Reno. “I love Bernie.”

That affection for Mr. Sanders is reflected in some more tangible metrics. His campaign said it had so far raised over $1 million from people under the age of 25, a relatively small figure compared to his overall haul but one that nevertheless points to his continued strength with young voters.

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And in most polls, Mr. Sanders still maintains a strong lead among young voters: A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal survey showed that a third of voters under 35 supported him.

Yet at the same time, a quarter of these respondents said they supported Ms. Warren, suggesting Mr. Sanders no longer has the same hold on the group he had in 2016.

Any candidate relying on the support of younger voters faces an undeniable challenge: Younger voters tend not to vote in high numbers compared with other groups. In the 2016 election, for instance, only 11 percent of voters under 30 participated in the Iowa caucuses, representing just 15 percent of the total, according to an estimate from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

But the high turnout among young voters during the 2018 midterm elections has given some experts hope that the 2020 election will be different. That strong showing has provided organizers with a larger pool to identify and target potential presidential voters. Issues, including climate change, criminal justice, health care and gun control, are also motivating young voters to act.

“The truth is that if younger people in this country voted at the same level as people 65 and over, we could transform this country,” Mr. Sanders said this month at the University of Iowa. “Please do it!”

John Della Volpe, the director of polling at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, said that Mr. Sanders was still “doing really well” but that the field was more complex and his pool of support was smaller.

“At this stage, he’s essentially sharing support of young people in most polls with Elizabeth Warren,” Mr. Della Volpe said. “The idea of going after structural reforms is really, I think, what is resonating so clearly with young people.”

Indeed, of all the other candidates, it is Ms. Warren who appears to be generating the most powerful wave of energy among young voters in Democratic presidential politics — particularly among those who once supported Mr. Sanders.

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Olivia Stecklein, 19, a student at the University of Iowa, said she had been a fan of Mr. Sanders since 2015 but was now choosing between him and Ms. Warren.

“I feel like they’re pretty similar, but I just kind of like how Elizabeth Warren has a set-out plan for everything,” she said. “She just seems very prepared.”

Eliza Link, 18, a University of Iowa student, said she was also deciding between Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren.

A young crowd cheered as Mr. Sanders took the stage during a rally on climate change in Las Vegas.CreditBridget Bennett for The New York Times

“I think they’re both the cool aunt and uncle of the political race right now,” she said.

With his characteristic verve that can exhaust even young reporters, Mr. Sanders has been in an all-out sprint to earn the vote of the youths, months before any of them can even cast their vote.

His team set up a Bernie Summer School program to train campus leaders in the art of campaigning. He urged his campaign to get him back on college campuses in the first weeks of the new school year. He constantly asks his team to share data on young voters.

To win over the group, however, Mr. Sanders will have to convince people like Tim Watts, 19.

Before Mr. Sanders’s event in Reno, Mr. Watts wore a “MATH” hat, the universal accessory of Yang supporters.

But despite his overt support for Mr. Yang — who in some ways is benefiting from the outsider status among young voters that Mr. Sanders enjoyed in 2016 — Mr. Watts said he had not yet closed the door on Mr. Sanders.

“I’m part of the Yang gang, I guess,” he said. “I will probably feel the bern later.”

Rachel Shorey contributed reporting from Washington.

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Geena Davis Tech Tool Totes Up Female Parity On Children’s Programming

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Actor Geena Davis has been working for years to settle debates about fair representation of women and girls on screen — particularly in children’s programming — using simple math.

Early this summer it paid off. An analysis of the numbers collected by computer software using the “GD-IQ” — Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient — revealed that women last year reached on-screen parity in the 50 most popular children’s programs.

According to an analysis of characters in those television programs, women accounted for 52% of lead or co-lead roles, The Washington Post reported. Women also accounted for just over half (50.3%) of speaking time, and 55.3% of on-screen time, according to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

“I was ecstatic,” Davis told the Post. “The goal from the very beginning was gender balance in what kids see on screen … it’s exactly what I hoped for.”

Davis said she was “stunned” to discover how poorly females were represented when she started watching preschool TV with her 2-year-old daughter 15 years ago. “The Teletubbies are actually gender-balanced,” she quipped, “but I don’t know if you can tell.”

With the help of a Google grant in 2012, University of Southern California engineers and a member of the Geena Davis Institute developed software to tote up the number of women in programs based on facial and voice recognition. The software can determine the number of women relative to men, as well as their amount of screen and speaking time in film, TV programs and ads.

The GD-IQ tool can also recognize race, but gender nonconforming roles have to be measured manually. 

Davis said there’s still work to be done boosting the number of supporting female characters. And girls and women still tend to be hyper-sexualized on screen — and are consistently less funny.

Davis doesn’t believe there are enough “real-life women role models to inspire change in our culture, so we need them in fiction,” she told the Post.  The good news is, as much as media images “can cause problems … they can [also] be the cure for the problems they’re creating,” she added.

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Rogue ice moon could be spilling its guts all over ‘alien megastructure’ star

Back in 2016, headlines all over the world blared with news of a possible “alien megastructure” detected orbiting a distant Milky Way star. Now, a team of Columbia University astrophysicists has offered up an explanation for the star’s strange behavior that doesn’t involve any little green men.

The “alien” point of light in the sky is known as Tabby’s star, which was named after Tabetha Boyajian, the Louisiana State University astrophysicist who in 2015 first noticed the unusual patterns in its starlight that others initially attributed to alien construction projects. Boyajian noticed that the star tended to dip in brightness at odd intervals, sometimes slightly and sometimes by significant fractions of its total light. It was also slowly losing brightness over time. She later called it in a TED Talk the “most mysterious star in the universe” because no straightforward astrophysical theory could explain the dimming pattern —  though she also expressed skepticism about suggestions that the dimming was the result of a “megastructure” constructed around the star by an advanced civilization.

Astronomers have since offered a number of alternative explanations for the weird light from the star, which is about 1,500 light-years away in space and known formally as KIC 8462852. They range from swarms of comets to “avalanche-like magnetic activity” within the star. Boyajian conducted follow-up research that showed that the dimming is specific to certain light frequencies, which could be explained if a cloud of dust were responsible, scientists have suggested. This new research explains how that dust might have gotten there.

The new theory from the Columbia team resembles the plot of a disaster film more than a science-fiction space opera. They built on earlier work showing that whatever’s causing the dimming is likely locked in an irregular, eccentric orbit around the star. They showed that a disintegrating, orphaned ice moon following such a path could explain the strange dimming.

“It’s likely outgassing water or some other volatile material,” said Brian Metzger, one of the authors of the new paper.

Over the course of millions of years, that material would form an irregular cloud around the star along the orphaned moon’s eccentric orbit, he told Live Science, adding that such a cloud would periodically block some of the star’s light from reaching Earth — just like the effect originally attributed to a Dyson sphere megastructure.

They suspect an orphaned moon, as opposed to a planet, is off-gassing the cloud, because it’s difficult to explain how an icy planet could end up in that irregular orbit in the first place. Based on our own solar system, he said, scientists know that solid, rocky bodies tend to make up the inner parts of a system, while bigger, gaseous planets dominate the outer system. And those planets are often orbited by icy moons.

Metzger and his colleagues described orbital calculations in which a planet like Jupiter, orbited by large moons and following an eccentric orbit, gets knocked (perhaps by another nearby star) into a collision course with its host star. As it falls to its doom, the star would rip those moons from their orbits. Most of the moons would fall into the star or fly out of the system, they showed, but in about 10% of all cases, a moon would end up in an eccentric orbit. And, critically, that orbit would likely place the moon within its star’s “ice line” — the point within which the star’s radiation would blast ice off the moon’s surface.

If the moon were made up of the right materials, they wrote, it would start to break apart due to the increased radiation of its new, closer orbit, spilling that material into interplanetary space like a gargantuan comet. And even though we’d never see the moon with our existing telescopes, that spilled material would form a cloud of dust and gas big enough to block Tabby’s star’s light in strange and unpredictable ways. Over time, the star would appear to get dimmer and dimmer, just like Tabby’s star, as the total amount of dust in its orbit increased.

Nothing’s certain, of course. Metzger said it’s still possible some other phenomenon is creating the effect. But this moon theory offers a compelling explanation for a distant flickering once chalked up (at least in the popular press) to aliens.

The paper, available as a draft online in the preprint journal arXiv, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Ohio child-sex and human-trafficking sting nabs more than 100, including church leader, ER doctor: report

More than 100 people, including a medical doctor and a church youth director, were arrested as part of a massive human-trafficking and child-sex sting operation based in central Ohio, according to a report.

Those arrested included 24 men caught when they showed up at an undisclosed location with the intention of meeting a child for sex, Maj. Steven Tucker of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.

“They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication,” Tucker said. “They show up with things that clearly somebody isn’t going to show up to a house with, unless they intended to engage in sexual activity.”

“They show up with sex toys, they show up with lubrication. They show up with things that clearly somebody isn’t going to show up to a house with, unless they intended to engage in sexual activity.”

— Maj. Steven Tucker, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

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The 24 suspects were charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning, Columbus’ WBNS-TV reported.

The total group of 104 suspects included Christian Gibson, 26, a former youth director at Redeemer’s at Courtright Church in Columbus, and Austin Kosier, 31, an emergency room doctor, authorities said, adding that the sting was focused on Franklin, Fairfield and Delaware counties.

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Christian Gibson, 26, left, a former church youth director, and Austin Kosier, 31, a medical doctor were both charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning, authorities say.

Tucker said he oversaw the investigation carried out by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Officers would pose as underage boys or girls online and communicated with the men in Internet chats.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the four-part simultaneous operation involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies. The probe also focused on nailing those who went beyond preying on children to have sex with them and also sought to sell vulnerable individuals into human trafficking.  

Of those arrested, 36 additional men were charged with trying to buy sex. One man was arrested for promoting prostitution. 43 women were arrested for selling sex. Those women were connected with social services aimed at rehabilitating human trafficking victims, WBNS-TV reported.

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