Rookie Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez targeted with fake news
As freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez adjusts to the limelight of Capitol Hill, the New York Democrat’s affinity for sharing the experience on social media has generated overwhelming interest, not just from her fans but her critics as well. Interested in Democratic Party? Add Democratic Party as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Democratic Party news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Democratic Party Add Interest Her interview Sunday on the highly-rated CBS program “60 Minutes” apparently didn’t provide enough content for an internet troll who generated a false narrative featuring a purported nude photo of the self-described “radical,” progressive superstar.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, poses with all House Democratic women members of the 116th Congress on the East Front Capitol Plaza on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 4, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins.
Since bursting onto the political scene with a major primary upset of a veteran Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress has become a prime target for her detractors, mainly conservatives, on the internet.
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Her latest high-profile moment came Wednesday evening, as Ocasio-Cortez slammed the conservative media website The Daily Caller for spreading a story in a tweet that stated: “Here’s The Photo Some Described As A Nude Selfie Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
The photo is not of Ocasio-Cortez.
For those out of the loop, Republicans began to circulate a fake nude photo of me. The @DailyCaller reposted it (!) and refused to indicate it was fake in the title as well.
Completely disgusting behavior from Conservative outlets.
No wonder they defended Kavanaugh so fiercely.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
The Daily Caller responded by not only deleting the tweet, but also removing the full story from its website — excusing itself as the third media outlet to publish stories about a post on Reddit and 4chan, where the photo first appeared and falsely charged that in 2016 Ocasio-Cortez shared the photo to her Instagram account, where a woman’s breasts reflected off a bathtub faucet.
As soon as editors noticed the twitter headline, we rapidly had it deleted and fixed. The story itself is otherwise no different than what HuffPo and Vice published.
We regret the error, as the intent was to inform our audience that a fake image was circulating online. https://t.co/aClyRLnjQZ
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 10, 2019
a) this is not an apology
b) you’ve been posting hysteric, misrepresentative articles about me nonstop – many within 24h.
The @DailyCaller , funded by @TuckerCarlson (at @FoxNews ), has a well-documented relationship with white supremacy.
Unsurprising they’re targeting me. https://t.co/LcQuQYWdqk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
The photo is not of Ocasio-Cortez, but rather another woman who was once caught in political controversy – Sydney Leathers, who suffered 30 minutes of inside-the-beltway fame as a sexting partner of disgraced New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Leathers blogged an apology to Ocasio-Cortez, writing she was “deeply sorry,” admitting the photo was “an old picture of mine where I’m soaking in the tub, feet up, candle lit, weed vape in hand.”
“This is a photo I took several years ago and have since deleted from my Instagram, because I now have a no feet for free rule, too many foot fetishists out there and I don’t want to give them free content,” Leathers explained. “The reason the photo is scandalous is because if you zoom in, you can see my boobs in the reflection of the bath tub faucet.”
One conservative lawmaker, who has recently demonstrated he pays close attention to Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter account, defended her against online trolls.
Very disgusted at how @aoc is treated here. And just a little disappointed that nobody even bothered to fake a nude selfie of me ?? https://t.co/kp7c8mNHhV
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 10, 2019
A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez declined to add to the congresswoman’s reaction on Twitter.
After taking office, Ocasio-Cortez welcomed a blitz of media coverage, landing her interview on “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper, in which she unabashedly accepted the charge that she’s a “radical” — comparing herself to two highly regarded U.S. presidents.
“It only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security. If that’s what radical means, call me a radical,” she said.
And on MSNBC’s “Maddow,” she responded to President Donald Trump’s prime-time address from the Oval Office on the border wall.
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Ocasio-Cortez’s has come in for more standard criticism for her policy proposals, such as restoring a 70 percent marginal tax rate on the super wealthy that once existed from the late 1910s into the early 1980s.
On “60 Minutes,” Ocasio-Cortez shrugged off the high-level of scrutiny , contending that her critics are ignoring the bigger picture she is working to reveal.
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” she told Cooper. “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
As Ocasio-Cortez demonstrates her growing national clout, she has exhibited a fresh media strategy that not only has quieted detractors but elevated her fame.
Perhaps most impressive of all was a 10-second, self-deprecating video she actually did personally share on Instagram, in which she destroyed faux outrage from critics about her amateur dance moves on a rooftop as a student at Boston College.
View this post on Instagram If Republicans thought women dancing in college is scandalous, wait till they find out women dance in Congress, too! ??
A post shared by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@ocasio2018) on Jan 4, 2019 at 10:36am PST
That clip was created last week in response to criticism Ocasio-Cortez faced after a video clip resurfaced of her dancing out a scene from the “Breakfast Club” as a senior at Boston College in 2010.
Despite quickly overshadowing some veteran colleagues in her caucus, Democratic leaders believe Ocasio-Cortez’s star power also has the potential to help generate attention for the agenda of the new House majority.
“I think the fact that a lot of people are following both Speaker Pelosi and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a good thing, and I would hope people would continue to keep listening to their thoughts, and we’re going to blend those thoughts together,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said. “I think we’re pretty unified as a party. I think that’s a good thing. That fact that we communicate to people is also a good thing.”
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Report: US 2018 CO2 emissions saw biggest spike in years – BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Climate change: How 1.5C could change the world A new report has found that US carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018 after three years of decline.
The spike is the largest in eight years, according to Rhodium Group, an independent economic research firm.
The data shows the US is unlikely to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by 2025 under the Paris climate agreement.
Under President Donald Trump, the US is set to leave the Paris accord in 2020 while his administration has ended many existing environmental protections.
While the Rhodium report notes these figures – pulled from US Energy Information Administration data and other sources – are estimates, The Global Carbon Project, another research group, also reported a similar increase in US emissions for 2018 .
The US is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Exhaust rises from the stacks of the Harrison Power Station in Haywood, West Virginia
And last year’s spike comes despite a decline in coal-fired power plants; a record number were retired last year, according to the report.
The researchers note that 2019 will probably not repeat such an increase, but the findings underscore the country’s challenges in reducing greenhouse gas output.
In the 2015 climate accord, then President Barack Obama committed to reducing US emissions to at least 26% under 2005 levels by 2025.
Now, that means the US will need to drop “energy-related carbon missions by 2.6% on average over the next seven years” – and possibly even faster – to meet that goal.
“That’s more than twice the pace the US achieved between 2005 and 2017 and significantly faster than any seven-year average in US history,” the report states.
“It is certainly feasible, but will likely require a fairly significant change in policy in the very near future and/or extremely favourable market and technological conditions. ” What’s behind the rise?
Analysis by Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC News
There are a number of factors behind the rise in US emissions in 2018, some natural, mostly economic.
Prolonged cold spells in a number of regions drove up demand for energy in the winter, while a hot summer in many parts led to more air conditioning, again pushing up electricity use.
However economic activity is the key reason for the overall rise in CO2 emissions. Industries are moving more goods by trucks powered by diesel, while consumers are travelling more by air.
In the US this led to a 3% increase in diesel and jet fuel use last year, a similar rate of growth to that seen in the EU in the same period.
All this presents something of a problem for the Trump administration which has been happy to point to declining US emissions as a reason to roll back many of the environmental protection regulations put in place by his predecessor.
The figures also show that the President’s efforts to boost demand for coal have not succeeded yet, with electricity generated from this fossil fuel continuing to decline.
Despite this, there is little to cheer in the US data for those concerned with climate change on a global scale.
Many had hoped that carbon cutting actions at state or city level could in some way keep the US on track to meet its commitments made under the Paris climate agreement.
The latest emissions data indicate that this is unlikely to happen. Image copyright Getty Images What has changed in the US?
The last time the US saw such an increase in emissions was in 2010, as the country recovered from its longest recession in decades.
Part of last year’s spike is also the result of economic growth, but new policies have exacerbated the effects of increased industry production.
Mr Trump has rolled back a number of his predecessor’s environmental regulations since taking office, appointing climate change sceptics and industry leaders to head US environmental agencies. Clean power can kicked down the road
As a part of undoing what he called a “war on coal”, in 2017, Mr Trump rescinded the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions to meet US commitments under the Paris accord.
In December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pressed ahead with plans to lift restrictions for carbon emissions from new coal plants and asked for public comment on redefining the phrase “causes or contributes significantly to” air pollution. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption No more beef? Five things you can do to help stop rising global temperatures
Under Mr Trump’s administration, the federal government has also opened up once-protected lands for oil and gas drilling across the US and has proposed ending regulations on fuel standards for cars and trucks after 2021.
“The big takeaway for me is that we haven’t yet successfully decoupled US emissions growth from economic growth,” Rhodium climate and energy analyst Trevor Houser told the New York Times .
The US jump also marks a worldwide trend: 2018 saw an all-time high for global CO2 emissions and was the fourth warmest year on record . Image copyright Reuters Image caption Transportation remains the top contributor to US CO2 emissions What contributed the most?
Transportation remains the nation’s number one source of CO2 emissions for the third year in a row.
But the largest emissions growth came from two sectors “often ignored in clean energy and climate policymaking: buildings and industry”.
The report estimates emissions from residential and commercial buildings increased by 10% last year, reaching “their highest level since 2004”.
And without significant changes, industrial emissions will become bigger contributors to US CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.
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‘Largest in the world’ armored car & combat ‘EXOSKELETON’ unveiled in Ghana (VIDEO) — RT World News
‘Largest in the world’ armored car & combat ‘EXOSKELETON’ unveiled in Ghana (VIDEO) Published time: 9 Jan, 2019 15:55 36 Get short URL Screenshot from Youtube video A gigantic personnel carrier – supposedly armored – and military exoskeleton suits have been unveiled in Ghana during a technological fair, highlighting the homegrown high-tech achievements of the country.
The cutting edge weaponry was shown in the capital city of Accra at the 38th annual Technology Exhibition of the Kantanka Group, according to local media.
Footage from the scene shows an enormously large armored personnel carrier (APC) as well as several ‘exoskeleton-clad’ men slowly getting into a square, as the onlookers cheer. The weaponry is then inspected by a delegation of – presumably – high-ranking military officials.
The armored car appears to be some four meters tall (13ft) and thrice as long, featuring a gun of sorts on its roof, as well as a number of tubes, vaguely resembling smokescreen launchers. Apart from that, it has several hatches and numerous embrasures, allowing the troopers to use personal weaponry. According to the APC’s designer, it is also packed with a sort of “laser rangefinder.”
The APC also features a large hatch in its back – closely resembling a hydro lift of a truck, several cameras to observe the surroundings and a comfy-looking interior with air conditioning and a flat screen.
Unfortunately, no technical details of the unveiled weapon systems have been revealed to the general public. Quite modest road clearance of the APC, as well its very impressive dimensions, are signaling that it likely has very limited – if any – off-road capability. The extent of protection it provides is unknown as well.
The ‘exoskeletons’, on their part appear to be quite reliable, as one of them has apparently had one of its tubes – presumably hydraulic cords – snapped during a demonstration, the video shows. The malfunction however, has not affected the performance of the man inside the fancy suit, who continued to walk slowly yet steadily. It remains unclear, if the exoskeleton boosts carry weight, strength or speed of a trooper – as it’s supposed to.
Miss Algeria beauty queen Khadija Ben Hamou hits back at racist abuse – BBC News
Image copyright Miss Algerie Image caption Khadija Ben Hamou, from the south of Algeria, said she was proud of her identity The newly crowned winner of Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her because of her skin colour.
“I will not back down because of the people who criticised me,” Khadija Ben Hamou told Algerian news site TSA.
Slurs about her dark skin colour, nose and lips have been made on Facebook and Twitter.
Darker-skinned Algerians face discrimination in the North African state.
Ms Ben Hamou, who comes from the southern Adrar region, said that she was proud of her identity and winning the competition.
“I am honoured that I have achieved my dream, and I am honoured by the state of Adrar where I come from,” she said.
“I also encourage the girls of my region to participate in the competition if they wish to do so,” she added.
According to the fashion magazine Vogue, she is the second black woman – after Nassima Mokadem in 2005 – to win the annual beauty pageant.
Africa Live: More on this and other stories from the continent Colourism and black love Algeria country profile Ms Ben Hamou took part in 20 rounds of the competition before being crowned Miss Algeria 2019 on Saturday.
Her critics said she did not represent the beauty of Algeria, but she has received support from others on social media.
Image Copyright @jenanmoussa @jenanmoussa Report Image Copyright @jenanmoussa @jenanmoussa Report Image Copyright @hugoseal @hugoseal Report Image Copyright @hugoseal @hugoseal Report Ms Ben Hamou told TSA, “Do not judge people without their knowledge, there is no difference between black and white.”
Miss Algerie, the pageant organiser, said it deplored “the racist behaviour and comments of several people as a result of publications and retouched photos”.
Why black women are taunted in North Africa By Mouna Ba, BBC Arabic
Beauty in Algeria and other North African countries is related to the colour of your skin – the whiter you are, in the view of many people in the region, the more beautiful you are.
So when some Algerians realised that Miss Algeria – who is going to represent them internationally – was black it was a shock for them. The abuse Ms Ben Hamou received on social media referenced her skin colour and mocked the shape of her nose and lips. Some said she looked like a man.
Black women also are taunted in my country, Morocco, about their skin colour, especially when they are younger. Some people use the N-word for example. It happened to me a lot in my school.
The problem in North Africa is that you get the feeling that people do not even realise that they are being racist when they talk in this manner. Ms Ben Hamou’s experience may open people’s eyes about the problem of racism, but I doubt it will change attitudes.