Is a Twitter Purge of the Alt-Right Underway?

The site just banned a prominent white supremacist, who could be the first of many.

Finally bowing to public pressure, Twitter is enforcing a series of rules Monday that will potentially suspend accounts affiliated with hate groups, and lead to a long overdue crackdown on the so-called alt right, Recode reported on Sunday. 

The rules were initially announced in November but are only now going into effect. According to Recode, “Twitter will also start penalizing accounts that include ‘hateful imagery and display names,’ presumably including Nazi insignia, or those who ‘use [a] username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior.'”

Hate groups have exploited Twitter’s incredibly lax oversight to harrass Jewish journalists; organize the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi rally, which killed Heather Heyer and injuried countless others; and help propagate Pizzagate, which led to a shooting in a DC pizza place, among other offenses.

Users have complained for nearly two years that the company has squandered its considerable resouces on cosmetic changes and expanded character limits, all the while providing a platform for racism and violence online and off. Most critically, Twitter said that in addition to banning accounts, it “would be monitoring groups’ behavior outside of the website, as it makes its decision as to which users have run afoul of its new guidelines.”

Twitter’s new policy also states that, “You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.” 

Not ones to go quietly, many of the hate groups are already shifting to another social media platform, Gab, which has proven friendlier to white nationalists.

The purge began Monday morning. As Will Somner, Campaign Editor at the Hill and alt-right expert is documenting on his Twitter feed, so far Jared Taylor and his American Renaissance site were off as of 10am EST. 

Follow Sommer for more updates on Twitter’s progress.

 

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Intelligence Analyst Malcolm Nance Compares Fox News Rhetoric to ‘Psychological Warfare’

The network is using dangerous language to destabilize its audience’s understanding of the country’s institutions.

Intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance told MSNBC host Ari Melber that Fox News’ coverage of the Mueller investigation is approaching the level of “psychological warfare.”

Melber and Nance discussed Fox News’ inaccurate use of the word “coup” to describe what amounts to the “nonpartisan rule of law in America.”

“They want to make you lose faith that we can get through this as a Republic,” Melber said.

“This is almost psychological warfare—preparation of the battlefield,” Nance explained. “This is not a coup, and this language is dangerous.”

Watch the exchange below.

 

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The Right-Wing Backlash Against #MeToo Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Conservatives are angry and scared. This can only end badly.

At first blush, the story about Texas associate deputy attorney general Andrew Leonie, who resigned hastily after making ugly comments about the #MeToo movement on Facebook, seems like another sign of a sea change happening in the United States when it comes to sexism. But for me, it only adds to the growing sense of dread that another shoe is lifting and that the big drop is coming soon, and it’s going to be a bad one.

Sexists are getting angry. They’re getting scared. They’re starting to lash out. I worry that it’s just a matter of time before some of their punches start landing.

Leonie, who identified as a man of “Christian faith” and father to “great kids” on his Facebook page, also took to Facebook at 2:40 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and wrote, “Aren’t you also tired of all the pathetic ‘me too’ victim claims? If every woman is a ‘victim,’ so is every man. If everyone is a victim, no one is. Victim means nothing anymore.”

It’s tempting to believe that a man who was making more than $150,000 a year representing the great state of Texas in court is merely another casualty who failed to follow the rule that there’s nothing worth saying on social media between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. But, as Noor Al-Sibai of Raw Story noted, Leonie had a habit of saying gross things on social media, including posting a cartoon calling the Women’s March protesters “cunts.”

Leonie was shown the door with haste, even though he’s in Texas and works for Attorney General Ken Paxton, a profoundly misogynistic politician who whined that Texas would become a “sanctuary state for abortions” if undocumented immigrants were legally allowed to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Despite many fears to the contrary, it does seem that the #MeToo movement is affecting Republican careers. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., was pushed out after it was discovered that he tried to pay female aides to have babies for him. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, has agreed not to run again, and is getting increasing coverage for his alleged harassment of employees. Alabama Republican Roy Moore lost his Senate bid after multiple allegations that he chased high school girls in his 30s came out. Now this Texas lawyer has been pushed out simply for saying gross things about sexual harassment victims.

It’s heartening, but let’s be clear: The only reason this is happening is that conservatives haven’t yet figured out a narrative they can use to derail the #MeToo movement. Part of the problem is that for decades, conservatives have argued against feminism by embracing the “chivalry” narrative, framing women as inherently weaker and in need of male protection. So while they won’t accept feminist arguments about sexual harassment being a matter of sex discrimination, they can’t help but admit that there’s no part of “protecting women like delicate flowers” that involves groping, making lewd and bullying comments, or forcing yourself on women.

That also suggests that if conservatives do find some way to derail the #MeToo movement — which, unlike women themselves, is indeed a delicate flower that could easily be destroyed — they are going to take it.

Leonie’s Facebook post — which, in what I’m sure was a great coincidence, was posted about 40 minutes after the bars close in Austin, Texas — captures that grasping desire to come up with some reason, any reason, to tell all those women to sit down and shut up already about how they don’t like being sexually harassed and abused. It’s a Federalist piece by D.C. McAllister, who dumps a few thousand words attacking a straw man, by arguing, without a shred of evidence, that feminists are opposed to consensual flirting.

“Here’s a little secret we have to say out loud,” she writes. “Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty.”

(I’m convinced every Federalist writer is out to personally dial down the amount of sex people are having, by the power of their overwrought prose alone. Those two sentences are like a pair of twin beds, but in writing.)

There’s a desperation here, both from McAllister in trying to air out this tedious “feminists are prudes” argument and from Leonie, posting it at the 2:40 a.m. Absolutely no one believes that women who encounter powerful men masturbating at them, groping them, or locking them in rooms are flattered by the attention.

These old arguments and strategies aren’t working, which shows the power that stories have to disrupt false stereotypes and narratives. But if there’s one thing the past couple years have shown, it’s that reactionaries are surprisingly flexible about their strategies. And they’re experimenting, tossing out new ideas about how to end #MeToo.

The first shot, of course, was outing Sen. Al Franken as a serial groper, in an effort to create the narrative that everyone does it so no one should be held accountable. That failed, because Democrats finally saw through it and pushed Franken out. The second attempt was to deliberately make false accusations, with James O’Keefe trying to sell a false accusation against Roy Moore and someone, likely Mike Cernovich, falsifying a document accusing Sen. Chuck Schumer of harassment. The obvious idea there is that by getting some fake accusations into the bloodstream, they can “prove” that fake accusations are all around us and cast doubt on the real ones. Luckily, that failed.

But all this shows that conservatives aren’t going to concede this without a massive fight. Conservatives grasp, even if many liberals don’t, that we’re on the verge of a true social breakthrough. People are beginning to realize it’s not enough to kick a few gross men out, but that this is a systemic problem, that women really are disempowered, that men really do have unfair advantages, and that something really needs to happen to change that.

All of these incidents demonstrate, in other words, that the widespread opinion on the right is that #MeToo is a menace, that it needs to be ended and that the only question right now is how to do it. Their first efforts have failed, but mark my words: They’re going to keep trying. They have money and numbers to keep coming up with random ideas and testing them on the public. It’s just a matter of time until they find a strategy that sticks.

 

 

 

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13 years old coding n0w !!

13 years old coding n0w !!

As the demand for fresh, new programmers is increasing in this techno competitive world, I being a 14 year old enthusiastic  kid thought of touching the field of programming for the first time. And I even got the thought at the right time (In my summer vacations!!).

Now, the first question was , from where to start?
  1. I had a laptop.✔
  2. I had net connection.✔
  3. I had a tool to code.✖

So, first thing I had to do was to download a tool to code which after doing from some research on the net was NOTEPAD++.

I knew that as the word ‘NOTEPAD’ appeared I had to type something on the screen. But what to write?
So, sadly I had to join a computer course in the busy city of Mumbai where everything is charged on the amount of time and not on quality.(But I was proved wrong!!)
FIRST DAY OF MY COURSE : I was introduced to languages like H.T.M.L , C.S.S ,Java script. The names were so complex even though I had selected the institute’s easiest course. I was sitting with college students(feeling very proud of myself!!).
H.T.M.L: The written matter in every website is coded with the help of this language.
C.S.S: The colors and some standard effects are given by this language.
Java script: Dynamic and moving effects are given to the matter with Java script.
I got these definations clear on the first day. The explanation was quite good but unexpected for me.
DAYS PASSED ON……
and I started coding these languages . It became clear to me that languages can not only be spoken but also coded.I learnt H.T.M.L and C.S.S quite easily but got some problems in learning Java script. Probably, it was more difficult than the other two.
But finally, I got it clear that kids can code but only some basic languages.Kids can even code the harder languages but then you would have to skip PHYSICS,MATHS,BIOLOGY etc. I couldn’t do that but surely my learning experience with SCTPL was very good.
WHAT IS THIS SCTPL: SCTPL is a software training  company in Mumbai. They teach QUALITY programming without making your pocket light.This institute changed my thinking towards the institutes in Mumbai. 
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Xiaomi’s Mi A1 Special Edition in Red is coming to India (updated)

Update (12/19/17): The gorgeous Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition is officially coming to India. Beginning December 20, customers will have the chance to order the Red version of the Mi A1 from Mi.com and Flipkart’s online store. Additionally, the device will be available from Mi Home stores, Mi preferred partner stores, and other retail partners. The device will run customers Rs. 13,999.

December 20 is also the start of Xiaomi’s “No. 1 Fan Sale” in the country. Xiaomi is celebrating its fans with sales on phones like the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Mi Max 2, Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4, and Redmi Y1 Lite. The Mi MIX 2 will see a price drop from Rs. 35,999 to Rs. 32,999, while the Mi Max 2 will drop from Rs. 14,999 to Rs. 12,999. The Redmi 4 gets a Rs. 1,000 discount, while pricing details for the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Y1 Lite have yet to be released yet.

You can get check out all of the deals on Mi.com starting December 20.


Original article (12/14/17): It seems like red has caught on as a color of choice for smartphones, since OnePlus and Samsung have red versions of their flagship smartphones. Whether it’s because of that, or whether it’s because it’s the season for such a color, Xiaomi has joined the fray with the Mi A1 Special Edition.

Don’t let the name fool you; the only thing special about the Mi A1 Special Edition is the red color it comes in. That being said, the shade of red looks much less like Samsung’s Burgundy Red and more like OnePlus’ Lava Red, with the color choice meant to stand out than be more subtle.

Either way, it comes across as vibrant and stunning, with the added red color meaning that the Mi A1 is now available in four colors.

Elsewhere, the Mi A1 Special Edition remains identical to the normal Mi A1. In other words, you’ll find a 5.5-inch Full HD display, with a 5 MP camera up front and dual 12 MP cameras around back. Under the hood, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4 GB of RAM power the phone, and while the processor might be a bit long in the tooth at this point, it allows for greater battery efficiency.

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That efficiency is what helps give the Mi A1 very good battery life in our testing, regardless of the modest 3,080 mAh battery. If the 64 GB of internal storage is not enough for your needs, the microSD card slot allows for up to 128 GB of additional storage.

Finally, the Mi A1’s story revolves around its status as one of the handful of Android One devices out there, which means that the phone runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat. That makes the phone the only Xiaomi smartphone that runs stock Android out of the box, something that slightly disoriented us at first but that we eventually got used to.

According to GizmoChina, which spotted the phone, the Mi A1 Special Edition is currently available in Indonesia for 3.099.000 rupiahs, which translate to roughly $228. There is no word if the phone will be available in other markets, though we’ll keep an eye out if it does.

Test Your SQL Basics – Part_3

Manipulating Data Questions

1. What all operations can MERGE statement perform in SQL?

  1. INSERT
  2. DELETE
  3. GROUP BY
  4. None of the above

2.Which of following commands is a DDL (Data Definition Language) command but is often considered along with DML commands?
  1. DELETE
  2. INSERT
  3. TRUNCATE
  4. None of the above

3. What among the following is a TRUNCATE statement equivalent to? (Choose the most suitable answer)
  1. To a DELETE statement
  2. To an UPDATE statement
  3. A DELETE statement without a WHERE clause
  4. None of the above

4.Which of the following situations indicate that a DML operation has taken place?
  1. When new rows are added to a table
  2. When two queries are combined
  3. When a table is truncated
  4. None of the above

5.What is true about the keyword VALUES in INSERT statements?
  1. VALUES can add multiple rows at a time during the INSERT
  2. VALUES can add only 100 rows at a time during the INSERT
  3. VALUES is mandatory to be used if we use the keyword INSERT
  4. VALUES add only one row at a time

6. Which of the following commands is used to save the changed data in a table permanently?
  1. ROLLBACK
  2. COMMIT
  3. INSERT
  4. UPDATE

7. Which of the following commands / statements would end a transaction?
  1. COMMIT
  2. SELECT
  3. SAVEPOINT
  4. CREATE

8.What happens when a transaction is committed?
  1. The changes made during the transaction are saved for a particular user session
  2. The changes made during the transaction are discarded
  3. If the transaction is a DDL, the commit doesn’t work
  4. None of the above

9. Which of the following reasons will the best one on the usage of string?
  1. Using sub-queries
  2. Syntax errors
  3. Access permissions
  4. Constraint violations

Answer
1-(A,B),   2-C,   3-C,   4-A,  5-D,   6-D,   7-(A,D),   8-D,   9-(C,B,D)

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Using DDL Statements Questions

1.DDL statements are used for which of the following Oracle database objects?
  1. Tables
  2. Sub-queries
  3. Rows
  4. Columns

2.What is the basic unit of storage in Oracle Database that contains data?
  1. View
  2. Column
  3. Query
  4. Table

3.Which of the following database objects improves the performance of some queries?
  1. Table
  2. Synonym
  3. View
  4. Index

4. When a table can be created?
  1. When the database is not being used by any user
  2. When the database is newly created
  3. It can be created any time, even when a user is using the database
  4. None of the above

5. What is true about a table?
  1. It is not mandatory to specify the size of a table
  2. The size of each table is the same
  3. A table can be modified online
  4. None of the above

6. A table named 123_A is created for storing the number of employees in an organization. What is wrong in the name of the table?
  1. The name of a table cannot start with a digit
  2. Nothing is wrong in this name.
  3. You cannot use an underscore while naming a table
  4. None of the above

7. What among the following are the pre-requisites for creating a table?
  1. CREATE TABLE privilege
  2. Storage space
  3. Data in the table
  4. None of the above

8. What is the syntax for creating a table?
  1. CREATE TABLE [schema.] table (column datatype [DEFAULT expr] [,..] );
  2. CREATE TABLE INTO [schema.] table (column datatype [DEFAULT expr] [,..] );
  3. CREATE TABLE VALUES [schema.] table (column datatype [DEFAULT expr] [,..] );
  4. None of the above

9. What is true about a namespace?
  1. It is a group of object types
  2. Within a namespace, all the object names should be uniquely identified by schema and name
  3. The same type of objects in different namespaces can share the same name
  4. All of the above

10. Which of the following object types share the same namespace?
  1. Synonyms
  2. Table
  3. Views
  4. All of the above

11. Which of the following are the data types for date and time data?
  1. TIMESTAMP
  2. INTERVAL DAY TO SECOND
  3. TIMESTAMP WITH LOCAL TIMEZONE
  4. All of the above

12. Which of the following data types are for large objects?
  1. CLOB
  2. BLOB
  3. RAW
  4. All of the above

13. What will happen if the inserted value is of a smaller length as defined for a VARCHAR2 data type column?
  1. It will throw an ORA error
  2. It will get inserted successfully and the value will take up as much space as it needs.
  3. It will get inserted and the remaining space will be padded with spaces
  4. None of the above

14. What happens when a table which is marked Read Only is attempted for drop?
  1. It will throw an error
  2. It will no longer remain Read Only but cannot be dropped either
  3. It will be dropped without errors
  4. It will remain un-touched

15. Which of the following data types cannot be used with a GROUP BY and an ORDER BY clause?
  1. CLOB
  2. VARCHAR2
  3. CHAR
  4. LONG

16. How many LONG columns can a table contain?
  1. None
  2. Maximum 2
  3. Minimum 2
  4. Only one

Answer
1-A,   2-D,   3-D,   4-C,  5-(A,C),   6-A,   7-(A,B),   8-A,   9-D,  10-D,   11-D,  12-(A,B),  13-B,  14-C,  15-D,  16-D

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Creating Other Schema Objects Questions

1. What among the following is true about synonyms?
  1. PUBLIC and PRIVATE synonyms can have the same name for the same table
  2. DROP SYNONYM will remove a synonym
  3. DROP PUBLIC SYNONYM can be executed only by a SYSDBA
  4. None of the above

2. What is true about creating a view? (Choose the most appropriate answer)
  1. A view can only be created from a table
  2. A view can only be created from one table
  3. A view can be created from one or many tables or views
  4. None of the above

3. Which of the following privileges are required to create views in one’s own schema?
  1. CREATE TABLE system privilege
  2. CREATE VIEW system privilege
  3. ALTER VIEW system privilege
  4. CREATE ANY VIEW system privilege

4.How is a view stored in the data dictionary?
  1. As a WHERE clause
  2. As a CREATE statement
  3. As an UPDATE statement
  4. As a SELECT statement

5.Which of the following can contain single-row functions?
  1. Inline Views
  2. Simple Views
  3. Complex Views
  4. Composite Views

6.When can the rows from a view be removed?
  1. Deletion of rows through a view is not possible
  2. It should be a simple view
  3. It should be a complex view
  4. None of the above

7.When can the data in a view not be modified?
  1. When there are group expressions
  2. When there is a GROUP BY clause
  3. When ROWNUM is used in the view query
  4. All of the above

8.What is true about the WITH CHECK CONSTRAINT?
  1. INSERTs or UPDATEs performed through the view cannot create rows that the view cannot select
  2. Only INSERTs performed through the view cannot create rows that the view cannot select
  3. Only UPDATEs performed through the view cannot create rows that the view cannot select
  4. None of the above

9.How can you prevent DML operations on a View?
  1. By defining a WITH CHECK OPTION constraint
  2. By defining a WITH READ ONLY option
  3. Neither of A nor B
  4. None of the above

10.What is true about the above statement?
  1. The view will not be created
  2. INSERT operation on this view an will throw an ORA error
  3. On UPDATING the rows for all the employees in department 100, an ORA error will be thrown
  4. None of the above

11.How many rows can be deleted from the view as shown above?
  1. All rows of the view
  2. All the rows of only the department 100
  3. No rows
  4. None of the above

12.What is true about sequences?
  1. It generates integers
  2. It is a shareable object
  3. Can be used to create a PRIMARY KEY value
  4. All of the above

13.What can be the last value generated by this sequence?
  1. 0
  2. 100
  3. 101
  4. 9999

14.What is true about NEXTVAL pseudo column?
  1. It re-generates the CURRVAL of a sequence
  2. It returns the next available sequence value
  3. It can return duplicate values
  4. It generates the same values for different users

15.What is true about CURRVAL pseudo column?
  1. CURRVAL can be used before NEXTVAL with respect to a sequence
  2. CURRVAL gives the current value of a sequence
  3. CURRVAL can give duplicate values
  4. None of the above

16.Which of the following is used by an index to locate the data quickly?
  1. ROWNUM
  2. ROWID
  3. Sequence
  4. None of the above

17.What happens when there is no index on a column of a table?
  1. The data is located quickly
  2. There is a full table scan
  3. The table cannot be created
  4. The table cannot be altered

Answer
1-(A,B),   2-C,   3-B,   4-D,  5-(A,B),   6-B,   7-D,   8-A,   9-B,  10-(B,C),   11-C,  12-D,  13-D,  14-B,  15-B, 16-B, 17-B

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