The Daily Populous

Thursday October 11st, 2018 day edition

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When a video of a Russian woman pouring bleach on male commuters came across video producer and reporter Nikolay Nikolov's desk, he was immediately suspicious and advised his colleagues not to publish it.

The video — which shows activist Anna Dovgalyuk squirting what she claims is diluted bleach onto the crotches of men who spread their legs on public transit — appears to be Russian anti-feminist propaganda.

One of the men who appeared in the video also told St. Petersburg-based online magazine Bumaga that it was staged, and the victims were paid actors.

As It Happens host Carol Off spoke to the London-based Nikolov about the apparent hoax and how Russia harnesses viral videos to promote disinformation.

Before people figured out it was a fake video, it received quite substantial coverage in terms of Western media.

Search results for 'Russian manspreading video' still bring up several videos from individuals and media outlets treating the story as if it were accurate.

As reporters, particularly as video producers, I think we need to do more in terms of our due diligence. »

Morning Consult poll: Bernie Sanders is most popular senator, Mitch McConnell is least popular

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WASHINGTON – Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the most popular member of the U.S. Senate, while Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is the least popular, according to the latest Morning Consult poll.

Vermont voters were especially happy with their senators, with 63 percent approving of Sanders and 61 percent approving of Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Morning Consult surveyed 359,057 registered votes from July 1 through Sept. 25 to determine the senators' approval ratings for the third quarter. »

Advice around firing a Nanny (California) : legaladvice

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Can someone advise me on whether lying and going against our directions are considered cause for firing a nanny?

We aren't religious ourselves (atheists) and agreed with her that any religion talk would come from the parents only.

You have to be nice to girls and protect them because girls are weak" which angered me greatly because I don't want him to think girls are weak. »

FBI says man planned to bomb National Mall on Election Day

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NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a New York man with building a 200-pound (90-kilogram) bomb they say he planned to detonate on Election Day on the National Mall in Washington.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive.

The FBI raided Rosenfeld’s home Tuesday and found a functional bomb in his basement that consisted of black powder inside a plywood box, according to a criminal complaint. »

Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc’s (AMZN.O) machine-learning specialists uncovered a big problem: their new recruiting engine did not like women.

Amazon declined to comment on the technology’s challenges, but said the tool “was never used by Amazon recruiters to evaluate candidates.”

As for Amazon, the company managed to salvage some of what it learned from its failed AI experiment. »