An 8 year old shot and killed in Atlanta while in a car with her mother when parking in an area that has had protests

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1232945

An 8 year old shot and killed in Atlanta while in a car with her mother when parking in an area that has had protests after another police officer killed an african american man and now faces charges. I feel for the mother and family. I am sure she regrets going anywhere near where there had been violent protests especially with her child.

These protests and related violence in the US is causing more people to puchase guns to protect themselves and their families. Would one have helped in this case? My guess it not likely and many stats say more guns leads to more gun related deaths.

I feel for our neighbors to the south that are struggling with so many things right now and hope they can find a way through this before many more innocent people die.

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Police seizure of Chinese scholar and critic raises new fear of academic repression in Hong Kong

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-police-seizure-of-chinese-scholar-and-critic-raises-new-fear-of/

Can the international community do anything more than condemn this?
They can start by reducing their dependency on imports from and exports to China. Build new and better trading relationships with countries that follow and support international law and norms. Support and encourage local and trusted trading partner producers for goods that can currently only be sourced from China or other untrustworthy countries.

Consumers can help by looking for alternatives when a product they considering is made in China.

I hope this reminds those in Canada and similar countries of how much better things are for freedoms and they work to improve things rather than just complain.

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New Hong Kong security law allows Beijing to go after critics well beyond China’s borders

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-new-hong-kong-security-law-allows-beijing-to-go-after-critics-well/

Related
Canada halts extraditions, military exports with Hong Kong over China’s national security law
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-canada-takes-action-over-chinas-national-security-law-for-hong-kong/

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Photo or Image Resize, Reduce, Batch

Here is and easy way to batch resize photos and share on at least android.

Some people prefer to avoid social misledia which is probably a good idea or want to reduce bandwidth or online storage use. Some mobile photo sharing apps or storage services will resize automatically but the gmail app does not.

I had several photos on my phone that I needed to email but they totaled about 21 MB even after I had cropped them so it got rejected by gmail. They didn’t need the full resolution so I was able to easily batch reduce by 75% and share. This resolution still allowed zooming in with decent clarity.

The app has other features as well. If you don’t need it to take photos you can deny permission to use camera and it will still allow resizing existing photos etc…

The first one I tried had been downloaded more times but didn’t support resizing more than one at a time.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplemobilephotoresizer

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As electric vehicles gain popularity, questions arise over how to recycle growing number of used batteries

As electric vehicles gain popularity, questions arise over how to recycle growing number of used batteries
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/technology/article-as-electric-vehicles-gain-popularity-questions-arise-over-how-to/

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AI Bot Experiments

Here is some stories about AI bot experiments. The first three are from 2016 or 2017 but you may still find them interesting.

I like many fell for misinformation about the first one that spread by word of mouth or online.

Did Facebook Shut Down an AI Experiment Because Chatbots Developed Their Own Language?

Here is an earlier story but in this case what I heard was mostly accurate.

The Saga of Twitter Bot Tay

This one demonstrated aggressive behavior from competing bots when they had not intentionally programmed them to act this way.
https://www.sciencealert.com/google-deep-mind-has-learned-to-become-highly-aggressive-in-stressful-situations

More recent news about AI.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/computers_math/artificial_intelligence/

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Which side of the political fence?

Here is another example of some of the antics on social misleadia.

This is like stats, where some people spin them how ever they want to suit their needs even if it is misleading and divisive.

It is followerd by other versions and there is many other examples out there that are divisive. How about instead someones creates a list of what the public agree on and build from there.

If you ever wondered which sideĺ of the fence you sit on, here is a test!

If a Liberal is opposed to abortion, she doesn’t have one.
If a Conservative is opposed to abortion, he tries to ban them for everyone except his mistress.
If a Liberal is a vegetarian, it’s because they want better treatment for animals.
If a Conservative is a vegetarian, it’s because they work for Monsanto.
If a Liberal is homosexual, they support equality for other homosexuals.
If a Conservative is homosexual, they lead a gay life in secret while hypocritically condemning that lifestyle in public.
If a Liberal is down-and-out, they think about how to better their situation.
If a Conservative is down-and-out, they blame their situation on Liberals.
If a Liberal doesn’t like a television show, they switche channels.
If a Conservative doesn’t like a television show, they launche a boycott to get the program cancelled so that no one else can watch it.
If a Liberal is religious, they quietly pray in private, as Jesus said one should.
If a Conservative is religious, they demand that everyone be forced to pray along with them.
If a Liberal needs health care, they seeks to ensure that health care is accessible to all.
A Conservative buys stock in an HMO and then campaigns against affordable health care.
If a Liberal reads this, they’ll forward it so their friends can have a good laugh.
A Conservative will attempt to have the sender arrested.

Here is a Right leaning version

If a Conservative doesn’t like guns, they don’t buy one.
If a Liberal doesn’t like guns, they want all guns outlawed.
If a Conservative is a vegetarian, they don’t eat meat.
If a Liberal is a vegetarian, they want all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Conservative is homosexual, they quietly lead their life.
If a Liberal is homosexual, they demand legislated respect.
If a Conservative is down-and-out, they think about how to better their situation.
A Liberal wonders who is going to take care of them.
If a Conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, they switch channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a Conservative is a non-believer, they don’t go to church.
A Liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
If a Conservative decides they need health care, they go about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Liberal demands that the rest of us pay for theirs.
If a Conservative reads this, they’ll forward it so their friends can have a good laugh.
A Liberal will delete it because their “offended”.
Well, I forwarded it.

This has the tired old Liberal stereotypes — we’ve seen those all before – there is a number of falsehoods that have been concocted about the Conservatives as well.

“We should not stand for subjecting our friends on the Right to such blatant lies and distortions. In the interest of fairness and bipartisanship, let’s set the record straight.”

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If a Conservative doesn’t like guns, they are not a Conservative. They are a wuss.

If a Conservative is a vegetarian, they will never tell anyone for fear of having their Conservative friends laugh at them, especially if they don’t like guns either.

If a Conservative is homosexual, they will remain in the closet, and loudly and piously condemn all other homosexuals to make absolutely sure no one suspects.
If a Conservative is down-and-out, they will lay off employees until their balance sheet temporarily improves. Then when their business fails, they will write the loss off on their taxes.

If a Conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, they send the host vicious, obscenity-laden, misspelled, hate-ridden e-mail messages. Anonymously.

If a Conservative is a non-believer, they go to church anyway, because people will talk.

If a Conservative decides he needs health care, they gets an insurance plan that provides all the Cialis he wants for free, while uninsured people go bankrupt trying to pay for their heart medication.

If a Conservative reads this, they will share it with their friends, who will all enjoy a good laugh. Then they will try to find out who wrote this and get them fired.

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New study suggests drinking guidelines be reduced to maximum one a day

New study suggests drinking guidelines for alcohol be reduced to maximum one a day
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-new-study-suggests-drinking-guidelines-be-reduced-to-maximum-one-a-day/

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Your Brain is a Super Computer and your self talk is it’s programming

This is great advice for teens and older. Other than being critical, which is not a negative trait when used to look at how we can do things better.

How one behaves when listening and speaking to others is equally important. Being present when listening to others instead of listening to ones inner thoughts. Speaking with positive language, having integrity and leading by example can help achieve more success and attract like minded friends.

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Why was the arrest of a sitting MP not disclosed to media?

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-why-was-the-arrest-of-a-sitting-mp-not-disclosed-to-media/

https://nationalpost.com/news/liberal-mp-allegedly-watched-home-for-three-months-before-arrest-there-for-assault-break-and-enter-harassment

Thepolice did not notify the public or media andgovernment claims they were not notified but still delayed once they were,

This has happened to other MP’s with other governments and the question is why is this still allowed. We can blame any government in power but they often follow the same pattern of previous governments, the bureaucracy and even the police are not disclosing it.

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