The way you can tell the media is going to move on from the shooting at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart that claimed the lives of six people is that there’s absolutely no handle for them.
Race? Not a factor — accused shooter Andre Bing, who later killed himself, was black. The gun? Not an AR-15 or an associated long rifle — the handgun he used was legally purchased. His victims weren’t chosen for any other reason than that they were his coworkers at the store.
And there are four words you definitely won’t hear them talk about from the alleged shooter’s suicide note: “led by the Satan.”
2. Interview with Ryan Cole
(I always have a lot of time for Ryan Cole)
(OK that would be fantastic. But what would also be fantastic, is a 3rd choice for a computer. Something not a Mac and not a PC. Maybe something with the OS masked onto a chip that can be replaced when new versions come out so it can’t really get a virus etc.)
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said he might create an “alternative phone” if the Apple App Store and Google Play remove Twitter from their platforms.
“If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone,” conservative commentator Liz Wheeler tweeted. “Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”
“I certainly hope it does not come to that,” Musk responded, “but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”
The Russian parliament passed a bill on Thursday that effectively outlaws any public demonstration of an LGBTQ lifestyle and behavior, as it expands a ban on “LGBT propaganda.”
According to the Guardian, the law criminalizes any attempt to promote “non-traditional sexual relations” in movies, online, advertisements, or in public.
It’s an amendment to a legislation passed in 2013 that was used to detain LGBT rights activists and barred the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations” among minors.
“Today, such a ban (propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations) applies exclusively to children. Of course, this is clearly not enough,” said Alexander Khinshtein, chairman of the State Duma’s information committee.
Meanwhile, in another part of Russia…
“Fidel Castro dedicated his whole life to an unconditional struggle for the triumph of the ideas of good, peace, and justice,” President Putin said.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel unvailed a monument in honor of Fidel Castro, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.
“Fidel Castro dedicated his whole life to an unconditional struggle for the triumph of the ideas of good, peace, and justice,” Putin said, adding that the Cuban revolutionary “is rightly considered one of the 20th century’s most brilliant and charismatics leaders. He is a truly legendary person.”
The three-meter-tall bronze statue lies in Fidel Castro Square, located in Moscow’s Sokol district, where Putin and Diaz-Canel placed a large bouquet of red roses during a ceremony in which funeral music was played.
Later, at a meeting with Diaz-Canel in the Kremlin, Putin again described the leader of the Cuban Revolution as a brilliant person.
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