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 Elon Musk’s Mother Criticizes NYT Article On Son’s ‘White Privilege’ Growing Up In South Africa

(Epoch Times) — Maye Musk, the mother of Elon Musk, criticized a recent New York Times article targeting her son after it claimed that Musk grew up detached from apartheid-era atrocities in South Africa.

Published Thursday, the NY Times alleged that Musk had “white privilege,” grew up in South Africa’s white communities, and was sheltered from the segregation and propaganda that was pushed by South Africa’s government at that time. It came about a week after Musk, who has described himself as a “free speech absolutist,” and Twitter announced that he would purchase the social media company for $44 billion.

The article included interviews with Musk’s old classmates, including one named Melanie Cheary who claimed that “we were really clueless as white South African teenagers. Really clueless.”

His mother, a former model, criticized the paper for suggesting Musk, who left South Africa when he was 17, could have done something about the apartheid-era government’s policies. The apartheid government lasted between 1948 and 1990.
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Russians Stole $5M Worth Of John Deere Equipment
Which The Dealership Remotely Locked Up


(Business Insider) — Russian troops occupying the Ukrainian city of Melitopol stole nearly $5 million of farm vehicles from a John Deere dealership and shipped some of them more than 700 miles to Chechnya, CNN reported, only to find they had been rendered useless by a remote-locking system that prevented the thieves from turning the equipment on.

Two compound harvesters, valued at $300,000 each, as well as 27 other tractors, seeders, and additional pieces of equipment were stolen from the dealership.

But the remote access technology of the equipment, which allows for GPS tracking and some of the vehicles to be remotely operated, prevented them from being used.

"When the invaders drove the stolen harvesters to Chechnya, they realized that they could not even turn them on, because the harvesters were locked remotely," a source familiar with the incident told CNN.

While the equipment could still be scrapped and sold for parts by Russian troops, the source said it is currently lying idle on a farm near Grozny.
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 U.S. Capitol Officer Fires Gun In Break Room,
Gets Suspended


WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer fired a gun inside a break room in a House office building on Tuesday and was promptly suspended – the latest stain for a police department struggling to regain the public's trust following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection and a recent communications failure that triggered an evacuation.

The agency said the officer discharged the firearm at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Cannon House Office Building and its Office of Professional Responsibility launched an investigation. The officer was suspended as the investigation continues, police said.

The circumstances surrounding the gun discharge were unclear, but no injuries were immediately reported.
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‘MAGA Is Saving America’:
Trump In Response To Biden’s Criticism


(Epoch Times) — Former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden for being “very divisive” when he referred to the “MAGA crowd” as the “the most extreme political organization that’s existed” in recent American history.

“MAGA is saving America,” Trump told Fox News Digital on May 5. “Our country is going to hell. MAGA is saving America.”

“Inflation, incompetent withdrawals from Afghanistan, leaving hostages horribly wounded, soldiers, $85 billion of military equipment – MAGA is saving America,” Trump added, before adding that the United States is “no longer respected throughout the world.”
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 Hong Kong Protesters Knock Down
Alleged 'Facial Recognition Tower'

(Daily Dot) — Protesters in Hong Kong destroyed a "smart" lamppost on Saturday over fears that the device is equipped with facial recognition software and was being used for surveillance.

Video of the incident shows the base of the lamppost being cut with an electric saw before protesters use ropes to topple the device. Once the lamppost is on the ground, one protester proceeds to pour liquid into the device, presumably to ensure it no longer works.

Local authorities have claimed that the lampposts, which are outfitted with cameras and sensors, are only collecting data on air quality, weather, and traffic. Yet, protesters at the scene, who carried umbrellas in order to hide their faces, have raised concerns that the new lampposts were really intended to monitor the public.

"This isn't a street light. This is a 'smart' lamppost equipped with cameras and facial recognition technology," one Twitter user alleges. "They enable monitoring of Hong Kong, and therefore monitoring of protests. So the protesters are bringing them down."
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 Florida Ford GT Owner Crashes Because
He's "Unfamiliar" With Manual Transmission


(Road & Track) — A Ford GT owner in Boca Raton, Florida crashed his recently purchased supercar into a tree Friday evening because he was "unfamiliar with how to drive stick shift," police say.

Ford GTThe driver, 50-year-old Robert J. Guarini, told cops he lost control after downshifting while leaving his housing development at around 6 p.m, a police report says. This led to a head-on collision with a palm tree. Guarini then told a nearby security worker that he did not have his phone and needed a ride back to his house, where he spoke to authorities via landline after leaving the vehicle unattended, the report says.

Though the police report says Guarini told officers the crash was caused by inexperience with a manual transmission, the Ford GT owner told Road & Track over the phone that there was more to the event. Guarini claims old tires, muddy pavement, and a fresh detailing were all factors causing the 550-horsepower supercar to swing out and hit a tree. The driver also told R&T the crash occurred as he shifted up into second gear from first, not while downshifting, as the official report says.
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Body Found In Barrel In Lake Mead May Date Back To 1980s, More Likely To Appear As Water Recedes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The body found in a barrel at Lake Mead on Sunday may have been underwater for as long as four decades and more bodies are likely to appear as the lake recedes due to severe drought, Las Vegas Metro police homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told the 8 News Now I-Team.

Police suspect the person was killed in the 1980s based on personal items in the barrel, Spencer said. He would not elaborate on the person's cause of death or the items found, citing the ongoing investigation.

A photo shared with the I-Team showed what looked like skeletal remains in the barrel. The barrel looked to have been stuck in the mud.

Boaters discovered the body around 3 p.m. Sunday. The I-Team first reported the discovery on Sunday afternoon and the new details Monday.
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 Florida Deputy Drives Over Sunbathing Woman
On Beach Responding To Hang-Up 911 Call

(Fox News) — A Florida sheriff's deputy ran over a woman who was sunbathing on St. Pete Beach in Florida, according to officials.

Authorities responded to the incident on Wednesday at 1:08 p.m. when Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy Todd Brien drove over Robin Diffenderfer, 23, with a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, the sheriff's office states.

Deputy Brien was responding to a 911 hang-up call at a different location when he hit Diffenderfer, who was "lying on her back in the sand."

According to investigators, the front side tire "drove over Diffenderfer's right side and mid to upper back area," according to investigators. The 23-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.
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Curtis Sliwa, Guardian Angels Patrol Posh Forest Hills Following Murder Of Deliveryman

(NY Post) — The Guardian Angels are patrolling well-to-do Forest Hills following the shooting murder of a food deliveryman working for a local Chinese restaurant.

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate for mayor last year, said it's the first time in the civilian patrol's 43-year history that it's been asked to patrol the upper-middle-class Queens neighborhood.

Residents are rattled after Zhiwen Yan, 45, a deliveryman for Great Wall restaurant, was shot dead while making a delivery near 108th Street and 67th Drive on Saturday in what is believed to be a dispute with an angry customer.

"The killing of the deliveryman has people on edge. It's a sign of the times," Sliwa said.
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MIT Study Finds COVID Vaccines 'Significantly Associated' With Jump In Emergency Heart Problems

(Just the News) — COVID-19 vaccination was "significantly associated" with a 25% jump in emergency medical services (EMS) for heart problems in 16-39 year-olds in Israel, whose vaccination rate is among the world's highest, according to a peer-reviewed study by MIT researchers.

Published last week in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the study found no association with COVID infections, however.

"While not establishing causal relationships, the findings raise concerns regarding vaccine-induced undetected severe cardiovascular side-effects and underscore the already established causal relationship between vaccines and myocarditis, a frequent cause of unexpected cardiac arrest in young individuals," the study says.
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