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Trump Asks Judge To Force Facebook To
Reinstate His Account

(Wash Times) — Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked a federal judge to force Facebook to reinstate his account.

Mr. Trump‘s lawyers filed for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where the former president is suing Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations that the company’s ban of Mr. Trump violated the First Amendment.

The motion contends that Facebook “is censoring … a former President of the United States.” It says the social media platform has been “coerced by members of the United States Congress, operating under an unconstitutional immunity granted by a permissive federal statute, and acting directly with federal officials.”

“On January 7, 2021, Defendant indefinitely banned Plaintiff from its platform, a major avenue of public discourse,” Mr. Trump‘s lawyers stated. They said Facebook‘s action also “violates Florida’s newly enacted Stop Social Media Censorship Act.”
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 Why Arabs Are Annoyed With The Europeans

(Gatestone Inst.) — The European Parliament, one of three legislative branches of the European Union, has enraged many Arabs by calling for a boycott of Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between October 2021 and March 2022.

The theme of this year's Expo 2020 Dubai, one of the world's biggest events, is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." The sub-themes are "Sustainability, Opportunity and Mobility" with a focus on industries, financial capital, governance, employment, education, and technology.

The European Parliament resolution calling on the EU member states not to participate in the Dubai event, and for international companies to withdraw their sponsorship, is based on the Gulf state's alleged human rights violations.

The timing of the resolution is problematic and implies that the European Parliament is seeking to punish the UAE for signing a peace treaty with Israel. The resolution coincided with the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords, the term used to refer to peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain.
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Tesla's Elon Musk Suggests Texas HQ Move Inspired By Tweet From California Democrat

(Fox Business) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday suggested that his decision to move the automaker's headquarters from Fremont, California, to Austin, Texas, was inspired by a Democratic assemblywoman who tweeted, "F--k Elon Musk," in 2020.

Musk made the announcement Thursday during a shareholder meeting, citing affordability, space and convenience as some of the reasons behind the move, adding that Tesla will also continue to expand in California.

On Friday, the billionaire engineer responded to an article from Tesla news website Tesmanian.com titled, "Tesla Moved its HQ to Texas Following Explicit Offer from California Assemblywoman," saying, "Exactly."

Musk has been hinting at the move since May of 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions temporarily shut down Tesla's operations in Fremont. He called the restrictions "fascist," prompting harsh words from a Democratic state assemblywoman.
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 NJ Nurse Dies From Injuries After Being
Shoved To Ground By Alleged Mugger In Times Square


(Fox News) — A New Jersey nurse has died after cracking her head when an alleged mugger shoved her to the ground in New York City's Times Square on Friday, according to local reports.

Maria Ambrocio, 58, was taken off life support on Saturday after suffering a head injury that left her brain dead, the oncology nurse’s brother Carlito Spa Maria told the New York Post. Ambrocio died surrounded by her family and friends. ...

On Friday, Ambrocio had accompanied a friend to the Philippine Consulate in Manhattan and was walking through Times Square at around 1:30 p.m. when "she was knocked down by someone who was described as a mentally disturbed homeless man," the consulate posted on Facebook.

The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old homeless man Jermaine Foster, had stolen another woman’s cell phone and was being chased when he ran into Ambrocio, local news outlets reported, citing police.
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 NASA Spacecraft Will Crash Into An Asteroid
At 15,000 Mph. Will It Make A Dent?


(Space.com) — The mission, called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is scheduled to launch at 10:20 p.m. PST (7:20 p.m. EST) on Nov. 23, and it could help the world's space agencies figure out how to divert potentially lethal asteroids from impacting Earth, according to a NASA statement.

DART will test an asteroid defense plan called the kinetic impactor technique – essentially, shooting one or more large spacecraft into the path of an oncoming asteroid in order to change the space rock's motion.

The target is a binary asteroid (two space rocks moving in tandem) called Didymos, which consists of one larger asteroid measuring about 2,600 feet (780 meters) in diameter and a smaller "moonlet" measuring about 525 feet (160 m) across.

NASA will aim for the moonlet, hoping that a direct impact will slow the rock's orbit just enough that Earth-based telescopes can study the effects in detail.
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Perseverance Rover's Images Confirm
Flood Episodes On Mars, Researchers Say

(UPI) — NASA's Mars rover Perseverance has confirmed that Jezero Crater on the Red Planet was the site of a lake and periods of violent floods that carried boulders into the crater, according to a scientific paper published Thursday.

The periodic flooding occurred while Mars was changing from a wetter planet to a dry one about 3.7 billion years ago, according to the paper authored by dozens of scientists at NASA and universities around the world.

The findings provide an unprecedented datapoint to understand Martian geology and history, and will guide decisions NASA makes about where to drill for rock samples that could show signs of ancient life on Mars, said Benjamin Weiss, one of the authors.

"The rover landed in this incredibly desolate landscape ... and without driving anywhere, just taking pictures in the distance, we saw rocks that confirm Jezero was the bottom of the lake millions of years ago," said Weiss, a professor of planetary sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology..
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How 'Let's Go Brandon!' Became
A National Social Media Sensation

(Fox News) — Supporters of former President Trump and Americans dissatisfied with Joe Biden have turned the chant "Let’s Go Brandon!" into a massive social media viral trend that has shown up at sporting events, airports, memes, all the way to the former president’s Saturday rally in Iowa.

It started as a profane anti-Biden chant at college football games but went to a new level last Saturday when NBC reporter Kelli Stavast interviewed NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Brown after he captured his first race victory at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway.

During the interview, Trump supporters and Biden critics took a page out of the book of other sports fans across the country by chanting "F*** Joe Biden" which could clearly be heard by NBC’s cameras.

Stavast, in an apparent attempt to steer the interview away from politics, reported that the crowd was really chanting, "Let’s Go Brandon!"
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William Shatner Says He's 'terrified' Days Ahead Of
 Flight With Blue Origin


(Space.com) — Days after news broke that William Shatner would reach space with Blue Origin on Oct. 12, the "Star Trek" actor admitted that he's experiencing some pre-flight jitters.

During a panel on Thursday evening (Oct. 7) at New York Comic Con, Shatner shared his feelings ahead of the Blue Origin mission and talked about the importance of civilian space initiatives like these suborbital flights. Shatner is due to blast off from Blue Origin's west Texas launch site aboard a New Shepard vehicle in just four days; you can follow the mission live with Space.com.

But his excitement doesn't mean the nerves aren't setting in. "I'm terrified," Shatner said. "I know!...I'm Captain bloody Kirk and I'm terrified!"

Last week, Shatner broke the news of his scheduled flight to space, writing in a tweet, "Yes, it's true; I'm going to be a 'rocket man!'" Instantly, the sci-fi community was enchanted by the idea that a figure from such a renowned sci-fi franchise as "Star Trek" would actually journey to the final frontier.
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Afghanistan: Taliban Desecrate Sikh Temple Pn Kabul,
Arrest Worshipers


(Legal Insurrection) — On Tuesday, the Taliban desecrated Kabul's main Sikh temple and arrested several worshipers, the Indian newspapers reported. Several armed Taliban fighters forced their way into the shrine, broke open doors and destroyed security cameras.

The temple offered refuge to a couple of hundred Hindus and Sikhs who abandoned their homes since the Taliban took over the country. "Soon after the Taliban marched into Kabul on August 15, hundreds of members of the Sikh and Hindu minorities had taken refuge" in the temple, Indian newspaper the Hindustan Times reported.

The Taliban are preventing Afghanistan's remaining Hindus and Sikhs from leaving for India. The Hindu-majority country has offered asylum to Afghanistan's religious monitories, including Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians. "Nearly 240 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were, however, barred from entering Kabul airport to board the last military evacuation flight from the Afghan capital," the daily confirmed...

Afghanistan’s tiny Sikh community has long been in the cross hairs of the Taliban. In March 2020, a group of Taliban gunmen attacked another Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 worshipers.
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University of Richmond Uses Herd Of Goats To Clear Invasive Plant Species On Campus

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — If you were near the University of Richmond on Wednesday, you probably noticed goats enjoying lunch on the campus. It wasn't because a farmer lost their herd – they were there as part of an environmentally friendly landscape management initiative.

Rob Andrejewski, director of sustainability, said goats have been clearing out vegetation on the campus since 2018.

While the method was novel at first, Andrejewski said the four-legged lawnmowers do a great job of removing invasive species like porcelain berry, English ivy and Japanese stilt grass.

"The goats have a voracious appetite and they just eat about everything," he said.

This year, UR rented between 40 to 60 goats from RVA Goats and Honey. Andrejewski said the company provides goats and fencing while the university just keeps an eye on them while they work.

The herd can stay for up to two weeks depending on how big the job is.
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