U.S. carrier strike group starts patrols in South China Sea

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration. China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday (February 15) warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos Fact Check: Are Trans People ‘Disproportionately Involved’ In Sex Crimes?

During a contentious “Overtime” segment of Bill Maher’s “Real Time” on Friday, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos contended that transgender people are “vastly disproportionately involved in sex crime.”

He’s right, they are: Because transgender are disproportionately the victims of those types of crimes.

For details on this, you can click here or here or here . (And bear in mind that whatever numbers you hear about attacks on trans people might be too low: There are widespread complaints that crimes against transgender people are undercounted.)

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The point Yiannopoulos was trying to make — that we should be worried that trans women will commit sexual assaults if they’re allowed to use women’s bathrooms — has been shot down here and here and here.

Yiannopoulos’s own publication, Breitbart, recently listed cases it cites as proof that there’s a danger of men assaulting women in women’s bathrooms. We agree, that’s a real concern.

But nearly every example cited by Breitbart involves men, not transgender women — women who were identified as male at birth, but who now identify themselves as female.

In fact, of the more than 20 cases cited by Breitbart – you can read the article here — there is only one case in which one of the suspects purportedly claimed to be transgender.

Also Read: Larry Wilmore to Milo on Bill Maher’s ‘Overtime’: ‘Go F– Yourself’ (Video)

As Larry Wilmore noted in the “Overtime” segment, it’s easy to pull one person from a large group to stereotype the larger group.

“You can always find an extreme person that becomes the object of your attack to assign that to everybody,” he said. “So if you say, well that person is weird, or they want to commit sexual assault, then everybody thinks all transgender people want to do is commit sexual assault.”

That’s when Yiannopoulos said transgender people are disproportionately involved in sexual assault, and that that was “not a controversial statistic.”

He’s right — it’s not controversial at all to say trans people are “disproportionately involved” in sex crimes.

Except that they’re only “involved” in the same way people who are robbed are “involved” in robberies.

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Foreign Film Race Heats Up; ‘Moana’ Set To Soar At The Oscars; Denzel And Viola Get Grilled By Mrs. August Wilson

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
And now we are really at crunch time, and though I have talked to a few Oscar voters who already have cast their ballots since final voting opened on Monday, many still are waiting closer to next Tuesday’s 5 PM PT deadline to make their decisions. Those planning on voting in the Foreign, Documentary and Shorts races probably will need this rainy holiday weekend just to catch up with that viewing…

Sponsor A Subscription Program Raises Enough Contributions For 209,000 Student Subscriptions in First Week

Since its official launch on Thursday, Feb. 9, The New York Times’s sponsor a subscription program has collected enough contributions to grant 209,000 students across the country with free and unlimited access to NYTimes.com. Individual contributions have ranged from $4 to $20,000. While the program currently provides student subscriptions in U.S. public schools only, more […]

CNN Mocks Trump Press Conference With Epic Tweet (Video)

CNN got back at Donald Trump on Thursday after the cable news network was the target of repeated attacks during a bizarre press conference by creatively trolling the president on Twitter.

Turn your sound up and watch President Trump conduct an amazing symphony — er, press conference https://t.co/NvBabma6MO pic.twitter.com/zsCztWPPtK

— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2017

The bold move by CNN’s social media team includes various hand gestures from the wild, 77-minute press conference during which Trump dubbed the network “very fake news.”

Also Read: President Trump Bashes ‘Out of Control’ Media: ‘I Inherited a Mess’

“The press has become so dishonest, that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” Trump said on Thursday. “The press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

After a 24-minute opening statement that included statements such as, “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars,” Trump took questions from reporters, who he accused to their faces of pushing “fake news.”

Trump then said he doesn’t watch CNN anymore and took credit for a recent spike in cable news ratings, but then said he watches CNN and doesn’t like the tone.

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“I don’t mind bad stories. I can handle a bad story better than anybody, as long as it’s true,” Trump said. “I’m not OK when it is fake. I watch CNN and it’s so much anger and hatred.”

On Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta said “the fix is in” after Trump only called on conservative news organizations during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

During Thursday’s press conference, Trump repeatedly pointed at Acosta and promised to eventually call on him. Once he did, the CNN reporter said, “Just for the record, we don’t hate you.”

“Ask Jeff Zucker how he got his job,” Trump said, referring to the CNN Worldwide president who used to oversee Trump’s “Apprentice” reality show.

It will be interesting to see what Trump thinks of CNN’s video.

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Alex Thomson confirms 2020 Vendée Globe bid

After getting permission from his wife, British skipper Alex Thomson has announced that he will challenge for the 2020 Vendée Globe

Alex Thomson on board Hugo Boss

Alex Thomson waves to his fans

After getting permission from his wife, British skipper Alex Thomson has announced that he will challenge for the 2020 Vendée Globe

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Pictures: Aston Martin AM37 makes US debut

The prototype Aston Martin AM37 powerboat will be shown for the first time in the United States at the Yachts Miami Beach Show which begins today

Aston Martin AM37

The prototype Aston Martin AM37 powerboat will be shown for the first time in the United States at the Yachts Miami Beach Show which begins today

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Peru: Scuffles following developments of Odebrecht’s international bribery scandal

to achieve a real process to sentence them and those who have to go to jail will go, wherever they come from.” Scuffles ensued at an anti-corruption rally in Lima on Thursday following an ombudsman’s call to investigate Peruvian company Grana y Montero in relation to the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht bribery scandal. Protesters carried anti-corruption banners and paraded a doll of a rat as a symbol of corruption through the streets. An ombudsman called for prosecutors to investigate partners of Brazil’s construction conglomerate Odebrecht on Thursday, which is at the centre of one of Latin America’s biggest ever bribery scandals. The list of partners includes Peruvian builder Grana y Montero, which has already lost shares. Grana is Peru’s largest engineering conglomerate and so far denies any knowledge of bribes Odebrecht said it distributed in Peru.

Donald Trump’s Presser for the Ages – 77 Minutes of Unvarnished Nutty

Remember the date — February 16, 2017. It’s one for the history books, the day that an American president gave a public performance so nutty, so bizarre, so full of malignant narcissism and wild invention that it boggles the mind and rattles the teeth.

In a 77-minute rant, Donald Trump defended his madcap administration as entirely sane, as if the firing of Mike Flynn, the collapse of Andrew Puzder’s cabinet candidacy, the ethics violation of Kellyanne Conway, the sinister stylings of Steve Bannon’s executive orders, the fight with the intelligence community, the battle with the judiciary, the posturing againt the media, the ongoing questions about Russia’s connection to his campaign, were not happening.

Remember people: His administration is not yet four weeks old.

Also Read: President Trump Bashes ‘Out of Control’ Media: ‘I Inherited a Mess’

Every question Trump took from a journalist was accompanied by a dig at the said journalist. He couldn’t take a question without insulting the person asking it. The CNN reporter had bad ratings. He called an orthodox Jewish journalist — the kind with the sidecurls and the black suit — a liar. He called on an African-American journalist and then asked her to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. He dodged every question on Russia. And he said that Mike Flynn — who HE fired — didn’t do anything wrong, really.

The press conference, it has been reported, was a surprise to Trump’s own staff. So here’s how this went: The president tossed and turned all night, raging internally at the unfairness of it all. And he got up determined to set the world straight. To make sure everyone understood that he’s a good guy getting a bad rap.

But really, it was like upside down day. Like opposite day. Trump as the Mad Hatter, spinning an alternative reality without the goggles.

He denied that his White House was in chaos, as if he felt compelled to counter, verbatim, the New York Times whose headline said exactly that.

“There’s zero chaos,” he protested. The administration is a “fine-tuned machine.”

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It got nuttier from there.

On Flynn: “The leaks are real. The news is fake.” (As others have pointed out, this is not possible. If the leaks are real, then the news they are leaking can’t be fake.”)

“I’m not a bad person.”

“I’m actually having a very good time. “

“I inherited a mess.”

“You’re dishonest people.”

“I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”

On Russia:  “A nuclear holocaust would be like no other.”

Every day in Trump Administration time is like a month for any other presidency I’ve witnessed.

But today, our obstreperous and unhinged commander in chief must surely be giving some sleepless nights not to his enemies, but to his Republican friends.

You can watch the whole thing here, but remember you don’t get those minutes back:

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