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  Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th
Posted by: ShineCero - 12-06-2018, 10:04 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (5)

Quote:Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used. The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions, the company tells The Verge. The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly stated in a blog post published on Monday.

Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay — so long as sex acts aren’t depicted — and so are breastfeeding and after-birth photos.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view. Posts with porn content will be set to private, which will prevent them from being reblogged or shared elsewhere in the Tumblr community.

Users have a chance to appeal Tumblr’s decision in situations where they think there’s been a mistake, and the platform admits there’s a chance that the automated tools it’s using could make errors. It’s a process that could take a while, as a bulk of Tumblr posts feature explicit content. Users who run adult blogs can also export their content before the change takes place in order to save what they have.

Explicit blogs will be allowed to remain on the service, but they’ll be heavily censored for all visitors. Here’s Tumblr’s FAQ:

Tumblr Wrote:What if my blog (not to be confused with posts) was marked as “explicit” before December 17, 2018?

Blogs that have been either self-flagged or flagged by us as “explicit” per our old policy and before December 17, 2018 will still be overlaid with a content filter when viewing these blogs directly. While some of the content on these blogs may now be in violation of our policies and will be actioned accordingly, the blog owners may choose to post content that is within our policies in the future, so we’d like to provide that option. Users under 18 will still not be allowed to click through to see the content of these blogs. The avatars and headers for these blogs will also be reverted to the default settings. Additionally, posts from these blogs are kept out of search results.

Since Tumblr was founded in 2007, it has largely turned a blind eye to adult content. The company has tried to shield it from public view through Safe Mode and more stringent search filters. But in recent months — and under the ownership of Verizon’s Oath unit — it began to consider removing content more aggressively. “We’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward,” CEO Jeff D’Onofrio says in a blog post. “We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change.” D’Onofrio says Tumblr weighed the pros and cons thoroughly before making its decision. It also decided not to remove explicit accounts because it wanted to give these accounts a chance to post appropriate content instead.

Under Oath, Tumblr has been cleaning up its platform more rapidly than it had done in previous years. In August, Tumblr announced new community guidelines that banned revenge porn, hate speech, and posts that glorified school shootings.

If users mourn the loss of adult content on Tumblr, D’Onofrio claims they have many other solutions. “There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community,” he said. That argument will do little to curtail anger over this decision from people who have used Tumblr as a safe place to enjoy, share, and discuss their preferred flavor of porn and adult content.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/3/18123...-safe-mode

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  Chinese mum fakes son’s kidnapping to test husband’s love
Posted by: ShineCero - 12-06-2018, 09:59 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (1)

Quote:Police have accused the mother of an 11-year-old boy who went missing in eastern China for more than five days of staging a hoax after the child was found at a relative’s house.

The boy, surnamed Huang, was found safe and well late on Tuesday evening, but his disappearance was a deliberately created false alarm, according to a statement on Wednesday from police in Yueqing, Zhejiang province.

The boy's mother, a 33-year-old woman surnamed Chen, has been detained on suspicion of “creating and deliberately spreading false information”, according to police.

The woman, who had been in an argument with her husband, had “deliberately planned and created this false alarm” as a way of testing whether her husband really cared about her and her son, police said.

The police investigation found Chen met her son after school and told him to wait in another car while she filed a fake report to the police on Friday evening.

The case captured the nation’s attention due to a 500,000 yuan (US$72,000) reward offered by the family for any information on the child’s whereabouts.

A poster released by the family, which included a photo of the boy and a description of his clothing, said he was last seen near his school, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Wednesday.

The police statement said the case had been declared a top priority, with officers in Yueqing and the nearby city of Wenzhou dedicating huge resources and manpower to searching for the boy.

At the same time, an online topic, “Wenzhou 11-year-old boy missing for five days”, was read more than 230 million times on Weibo, China’s Twitter.

Throughout the search, the boy was hiding in a nearby village while Chen was faking her cooperation with police and her efforts to find her son, the police statement said.

Police said her behaviour had seriously disrupted social order, wasted a large amount of public resources and damaged public trust.

On Tuesday, while the boy was still believed to be missing, Zhejiang News quoted his father saying: “We have searched all over Yueqing, but still no news of my son, it’s like he’s disappeared into thin air.”

Just one day later, with the boy found safe and well, Zhejiang News reported a neighbour had said the whole family had moved out at around 3am on Wednesday and their whereabouts were unknown.

The family’s property agent claimed they owed 7,000 yuan in annual rent on their house since they “had a tight budget”, the newspaper also reported.

China’s online community reacted furiously to the news on Weibo, with many commenters criticising the family for wasting police resources and duping concerned members of the public.

“Everyone is happy that the child is safe, but this kind of family member must be seriously dealt with! This not only wastes everyone’s time and energy, it is emotionally exhausting and wastes national resources. This is over the top!” read one comment which was liked more than 7,000 times.

Children regularly go missing in China, where an estimated 70,000 are kidnapped and sold on the black market every year. Very few ever make it back to their parents.

The crime re-emerged with the introduction of the one-child policy in the 1980s, with many families preferring a male heir due to traditional beliefs. Some families were also driven to sell their children because of extreme poverty and an inability to pay fines for giving birth to additional children.

Police said they were carrying out the next stages of an investigation, and that the case would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional...ands-love/

That's one way to test the strength of love maybe

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  High school teacher arrested after video shows him brawling with student in class
Posted by: ShineCero - 11-06-2018, 06:04 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (7)

Quote:A high school music teacher was arrested after he was caught on video launching a vicious attack on a student in front of his band class.  

Marston Riley, 64, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of child abuse and causing great bodily injury on a child in Maywood, California. 

The violent altercation took place at 1.30pm during fifth period at Maywood Academy High School and was filmed on a student's cellphone.

Riley allegedly told a student to exit the classroom because he wasn't wearing a proper uniform, however in the video the students seem to have a relaxed dress code. 

The student allegedly refused and in turn challenged the black teacher to fight, calling him the n-word and throwing a basketball at him.

The students quickly stop playing their instruments and whip out their phones to film the fight.

'You got me f***ed up n****, you got me f***ed up bro,' the young student wearing a black T-shirt says throwing the basketball he was holding at his teacher. 

'Why you say you're gonna beat my a**? Wassup?' the student says, leaving his peers in awe and yelling 'Sheesh!' 

He continues to berate the teacher as he shakes his head and speaks softly in response, trying to keep his cool. 

'I won't, I won't,' the teacher repeats. 

'Why your voice cracking, my n****? Yeah walk the f*** back...why you shaking bro?' the student says, continually taunting the teacher. 

After over a minute of taunting, the teacher finally breaks and upper cuts the student right in the face, causing the boy to buckle backwards.

The student tries to throw up his hands but the teacher slams him again and an audible wham is heard in the video. 

He hits him so hard the student falls to the ground, but the teacher doesn't stop there. He continues to charge, walking around the entire classroom throwing punches and pummeling the boy with a cellphone in his hand.

Students begin to scream and jump out of their chairs as an adult who appears to be the school resource officer runs into the room and holds back the teacher. 

But Riley wiggles out of her grasp and continues to go after the student. 

The officer holds back the boy and the teacher finally stops. Then multiple teachers run into the room to surround the child - who continues to scream expletives - as the teacher looks around the room repeating 'Who hit him? Who hit him'. 

The entire fight lasted about 30 seconds and the boy was only able to land one punch on the teacher. 

Riley was arrested at 2.30pm and was held on $50,000 bail. According to online records he was bonded out of custody. 

The student is believed to be unharmed and was taken to a hospital after the incident.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will turn over the case to the special victims' bureau.  

But this isn't the first time Riley has run into trouble with his temper. Last year he was caught on video allegedly punching another student.

According to his social media he's a Christian musical artist and father-of-two.  

One student told KTLA that the fight was an alleged set up to provoke Riley. 

'Everything was planned out. There were students there who were already taking out their phones to record the incident. I don't think it's completely fair that they're just putting the blame all on (Riley), when I personally know that he's a good guy,' one student said. 

Another said the teacher was always kind and had a good relationship with pupils. 

'I had this teacher before and I had no problem with him. He was a really nice teacher, I always respected him. He always had a really good relationship with every student,' one student said. 

'I was scared for the kid, and partly for the teacher too. It was just back and forth, back and forth, and then the teacher just decided to throw a punch and that’s when everything happened,' one student said to CBS Los Angeles.   

The district is yet to release a comment on the incident.   

'I’m shocked. Why did it have to escalate to this point? I think something needs to be done. That’s way out of hand,' one concern parent said. 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...udent.html

A gofund me page was started in support of the man: https://www.gofundme.com/for-mr-riley

Mr. Riley was also jumped by 3 students (those kids were on drugs) 2 years ago. The student in question was also involved with fighting with the teacher.

So, what do you guys think?

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  BGC Newsletter Issue #2 - November 2018
Posted by: ShineCero - 11-05-2018, 08:17 PM - Forum: News & Information - Replies (6)

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Hi all,

We have another newsletter to discuss the latest news, changes, etc., on Boogaloo Crews (BGC). The purpose of releasing newsletters is getting the community, both old and new, involved in the process of pushing the site even further. We welcome any feedback and/or suggestions to better our forums and newsletters in the future.

Major General Website Changes/Works in Progress

Daily Reminder: Site URL Changes: There were multiple reports of several users of not being able to log on, then able to get on just fine when they try again. This issue relates to the change of “http” to “https” after installing the auto-SSL certificate. An easy fix is to ensure that when you enter the site, you are using the https one: https://boogaloocrews.com/index.php

Themes: Brand New Cores

If you can recall from last month newsletter, except for the core themes, all the themes is gone in order to have a general and more focused on a singular template with one theme (with a dark variation). However, I hastily made the core themes in reaction to the recent upgrade and thus have a few significant problems.

Pointed out by Grey Star, in the black core, there was an issue textarea (where you are going to make a post) being completely white in a dark-centered theme (among other things). Another issue is that the scrolling bar vanished when you minimized the browser. Certain plugins is either useable or a problem with the edit button (whereas when clicking the edit function, it takes an extremely long time to load). For the time being, The Stats Plugin, Audio Media Plugin and Favorite Threads Plugin is retired for the moment; they will returned once I'm able to edit them, with comfort, to bring the best of their abilities to enhanced the forum.

Therefore, throughout October, I rebuilt the cores from the ground up to make it more pleasing to the users, replaced the eye-straining white textarea with a darker variations that fits within the theme and moves some links around to make it more convenience for the users.

  • Introducing Dark Core: An full on replacement of the Black Core; I have removed nearly all instances of white-textarea in newreply and quickreply, replacing it with a darker color; of course, to compensate, all your text will be white rather than black. The general colors of the Dark Core are purple, green, white, gray and black.
  • Spot the Differences: There are small, key differences from the Core and Dark Core, aesthetically aside from the obvious; can you find those small little details that differ between the two cores?
  • Powerful Buttons: The Alerts and User Control Panel are now at the top-right of the navigation bar, while the other links slide to the left side. Post control buttons, where the edit button, like button and reaction button rests, are now responsive; minimized your browsers to see the small, but neat changes!
  • New Banner Slider: A new banner slider, to replace the old one, added onto the forum. This allows bringing new, interesting banners, along with a clickable links to take users to the respective threads and/or section. 
  • Font Awesome 5 Icons: Font Awesome 5 uploaded another patch of icons, which is wonderful; so certain forums have a new icon that reflects the purpose of the section.
  • Imgur Button: A brand new plugin added onto the forum, which allows users to upload images from their devices, directly onto the forum in their posting without any issues. It is located below smilies in newthread/newreply and below closed thread under quickreply.
  • The Contact and Help Page: New links added onto the forum to enhanced better efficient communication with the members and the Boogaloo Crews Staff.
  • Member Profile Banner: I have increased the maximum size of profile banner from 1125x250 to 1125x350 (which again, supports .jpg, .gif, .png formats). I also added a new field such as "Social Media Accounts", which you can add if people want to contact you in other social media forms, such as Discord.
The New Cores will continue, in smaller doses, in operation for new things to make sure everyone has a unique, but good time looking at the forum. Please report any bugs and/or issues you have so it can be resolved in an efficient manner. Please remember to clear your cache so the new forum changes can take place!

Graphics Project: As the New Core are revamp and adjusted for viewing pleasure, I’m announcing a Graphics Project to replace the logos, the banners, awards and more with new, pleasing ones. It is a dedicated project, but I am urging graphic designers to lend their hand and bring the out of the world experience of Boogaloo Crews! As of now, the logo is being replace with something simpler, but reflects the purpose of the site. If you are a graphic designer and wants to contribute, feel free to contact any of the Administrators and/or Moderators and Elio of your designs.


The Official Discord Group: Several months of discussion with few members, I have decided to relaunch the Discord group as a supplementary to the forum, rather than a full-on replacement. In order to boost the activity of the forum—BGC Discord server is now an invite-only group with specific requirements.
  • In order to stay in the group, you must have some formal activity on the forum: meaning, you have to post at least once a week, regardless of thread, in order to stay in. Failure to do so is an automatic dismissal from the group; you will get multiple warnings prior to the dismissal.
  • There are other ways to contribute to the website: you can make graphics, participate in competitions, post your stories (Modern Inkers), bringing brand new members, etc. Essentially, you cannot go a month without some form of activity on the forum. If you can instantly get on the discord, you can get on Boogaloo with no issue. 
  • You can return to the group after dismissal once you boost your activity up, which is the easiest thing in the world.
  • In the new Discord chat, there is a new plugin which ties BGC and Discord together, anytime a new post or thread gets posted, Discord will alert you.
Of course, if these requirements are a tad bit difficult to maintain, then do not join the official BGC server (and make one of your own if you want to keep up with friends, in case sudden galaxy brain posters come out of the woodwork and say, “this isn’t fair”. If you are into fast responses because it serves an instant gratification, that is fine as well. Just to restate it again, if you do not want to do this—that is fine—trust me, I harbor no feelings if you are not that interested forums, requirements are too much or any other reasons). 

Furthermore, to avoid misunderstanding, this does not translate as “posting every single second of the day”. Everyone has lives, and you are not and should not be obligated to spend your time on it); but if you are going to use the chat, you have to maintain some formal activity, including some posting, and once you do that, you’re good to go.


New Members Ranks: Introducing a brand new group promotion system, whereas Members get promoted to a new rank if they complete a certain requirement. Details of the requirements will be revealed sometimes later this month, but here are the names of the new ranks.
  • Member: 1 Star
  • Super Member: 2 Stars
  • Master Member: 3 Stars 
  • Ultra Member: 4 Stars
  • Instinct Member: 5 Stars [Obtaining this rank grants you the ability to have user-rank banners under your name].

Competition Winners and Upcoming Events

Winners of Pokémon Cup Series: Spooky Cup

Congratulations to @LoopyPanda and @~ Z ~ for winning stage 1 and 2, respectively, of the Spooky Cup Series!


Winners of Sylvester Stallone Series:  Night of 100 Frights

Congratulations to @Ploep, @LoopyPanda, @~ Z ~, @Elio and @ShineCero for winning the Night of 100 Frights!

LoopyPanda Wrote:All of the submissions were great, and I really loved the turnout for this competition! So, everyone will be getting the spiffy spooky badge for our first Sylvester Competition because y'all gave me some great Halloween Spirit! Everyone gets +5 rep for their entry with a quick line of feedback in the comment section of their rep overview. Halloween week was pretty busy for everyone I think especially with the other comps going on, so next time I'll be sure to have actual judges and pick a winner since this one was for the holiday.

Competition News: Announcing a upcoming Pokémon Cup Series, Christmas Bash! This is an competition where you can only use Ice- and Grass-type Pokémon! There are three stages (each one with different formats), that gives you different awards! More information will be coming soon at the end of November.  We are also announcing a upcoming Art Competition for December as well! Details will come soon.

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  Malaysia's PM rejects same-sex marriage
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-27-2018, 11:17 AM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (9)

Quote:Malaysia’s prime minister has said his country will not be forced to accept “western values” such as same-sex marriage.

His blunt comments were made at a forum during a state visit to Thailand on Thursday, against a backdrop of what activists say is a growing intolerance towards Malaysia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

"At this moment, we do not accept LGBT but if they (the West) want to accept, that is their business. Don't force it on us," Mr Mahathir, 93, told a packed audience at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, according to AFP.

"The institution of marriage, the institution of the family has now been disregarded in the West. Why should we follow that? Our value system is as good," he added. 

"If they (the West) one day decided to walk around naked, do we have to follow?"

Malaysia operates on a dual track legal system that gives Islamic courts the right to handle religious and family matters for Muslim citizens, who make up more than 60 per cent of the population.

Islamic laws are also overseen by individual states in Malaysia.

Mr Mahathir rose to power in May on the back of public anger over allegations of a government financial scam, ousting his former protégé, Najib Razak, in a shock election defeat. 

But despite his anti-corruption drive and pledge to clean up Malaysian politics, activists have been alarmed at the potential erosion of civil rights under his administration. 

In August, Human Rights Watch accused the new government of putting out a “series of mixed messages” on LGBT rights. 

The group said that while Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Islamic affairs minister, had condemned bullying and discrimination against LGBT people, he had also asserted before parliament that the government was concerned about the “worrying” “spread of the LGBT lifestyle.”

Activists flagged up press reports in July in which the minister said “camps” and “seminars” would be organised for LGBT people, reportedly adding that “parents need to be aware that this can be stopped from the beginning. We are ready to guide and help because we have the expertise.”

In September the prime minister said same-sex unions were not suitable for Malaysia. He reinforced that message in his speech in Bangkok, criticising the practice of same-sex couples adopting children. 

However, despite his stance, Mr Mahathir recently denounced the caning of two women accused of having lesbian sex in Malaysia. The unprecedented case had spread fear among the country's LGBT community.


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  Does Social Media has an negative impact on people?
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-26-2018, 09:35 AM - Forum: Discussion Table - Replies (3)

Social Media, over the past few years, have exploded into becoming part of the daily lives of everyday people; but it seemingly became an toxic environment in certain aspects. Do you think social media has negatively skewed people's views, perspective and launched them into toxicity?

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  Explosive Bombs sent to George Soros, Clintons and Barack Obama
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-25-2018, 07:26 AM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (14)

Quote:A major criminal investigation has been launched after suspected bombs were sent to the homes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN's headquarters. 

The apparent explosive device targeting Mrs Clinton was discovered when screening post on Tuesday evening and the suspect packages targeting Mr Obama and the Time Warner Centre, which houses the CNN newsroom, were found on Wednesday.

It comes just days after George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and prominent Democrat donor, was also targeted with a suspected pipe bomb.

The White House has condemned the attempted attacks, saying "these terrorising acts are despicable'".

Investigators were reportedly looking into whether the attacks were linked in any if there are similarities between the devices.

A full-scale manhunt is now underway to find the individuals responsible.

Where were the devices?
One explosive device was found in a package sent to the home of Bill and in Chappaqua, New York late on Tuesday and was addressed to the former First Lady. The device was detected during a routine search of the post at the Clintons' home. 

An anonymous police source said investigators believe the device is similar to one sent to Mr Soros, who regularly donates to liberal causes across the world.

A second suspicious package addressed to the home of Mr Obama, the former US president, was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington DC early on Wednesday morning.

"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such," the Secret Service said. 

Officials said the devices were rudimentary but "functional explosive devices". Both packages were pro-actively detonated by officials. 

An official said one of the packages had the return address of Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz, an ironic reference to the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

A third suspected bomb sent to CNN's New York newsroom was addressed to John Brennan, the former CIA director, the network said.

Was anyone harmed?
Neither Mrs Clinton nor Mr Obama were at risk of receiving the packages, the agency said. It not yet known whether there are any injuries resulting from the suspicious device delivered to the CNN building.

Secret Service agents have increased security around both Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton. As a precaution, the New York Police Department's Intelligence, Counterterrorism and Bomb Squad teams are increasing patrols at high-profile locations in New York City, including media locations, an official said.

The attempted attacks on left-leaning figures come just two weeks before the US midterm elections.

Mrs Clinton was in Florida at the time campaigning for the Democratic party but Mr Clinton is thought to have been home at the time.

Police have cleared the street in front of CNN. A dozen police vehicles right now. Pushing us now to clear the block 

— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) 
Mr Obama's whereabouts at the time are unknown. The former president lives in Washington DC, where his youngest daughter is still at school.

A spokesman for Barack Obama, the former president, declined to say where he or Michelle Obama were at home at the time the suspicious package was discovered. 

The spokesman told The Telegraph that Mr Obama’s office would not be “providing info about their private schedules” and directed questions to the security services. 

We are aware of a suspicious package found in the vicinity of the Clinton residence in Chappaqua, NY, and our JTTF has engaged with our federal, state and local partners to investigate. As this is an on-going investigation, we will have no further comment at this time

— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) 
In a statement, the US Secret Service said: "The US Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.

"Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York.

"Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC.

Pushing us back further 

— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) 
"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.

"The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible."

Trump's Respsone

Quote:President Donald Trump pointed the finger Wednesday night at his opponents and the news media for the turbulent national political environment, on the same day it was revealed explosive devices were mailed to the Obamas, the Clintons, CNN and other public officials.

Trump took no responsibility for the tone of the political discourse. His comments capped off a chaotic day of an attempted large-scale attack on prominent Democratic figures, including Obama's former CIA director John Brennan and attorney general Eric Holder, as well as California Rep. Maxine Waters, who Trump has attempted to elevate as the face of the Democratic Party. A day earlier, an explosive device was found at the home of George Soros, the liberal donor who is a subject of right-wing conspiracy theories.

During a rally in Wisconsin, the President promised to bring those responsible for mailing the explosive devices to justice and broadly condemned violence, without specifically naming the targets of Wednesday's bombs.

"Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, corrosion or control, we all know that. Such conduct much be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted," he said.

"We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony. We can do it. We can do it. We can do it. It'll happen."

Then he pivoted, saying those in the political arena "must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective."

"The language of moral condemnation and destructive, routine -- these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop," said Trump, who has routinely labeled Waters "crazy," referred to the news media as the "enemy of the people," called those who held up his Supreme Court nominee "people that are evil" and blamed "both sides" when a neo-Nazi ran over and killed a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump took no responsibility for his own rhetoric -- which has included attacks on news outlets and Democratic opponents, as well as moments like a recent rally in Montana where he praised a Republican congressman who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his body-slamming a reporter.

He complained of "mobs" -- a reference to protesters, who opposed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination and confronted Republican senators on Capitol Hill, and who have challenged GOP lawmakers and Trump Cabinet officials at restaurants and in public.
"No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often and all the time. It's got to stop. We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property. There is one way to settle our disagreements -- it's called peacefully, at the ballot box. That's what we want," Trump said.

He then said it's the news media's responsibility to set the national political tone.

"The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories. Have to do it," he said.

He resumed his usual attacks on Democrats, falsely claiming that "the Democrat Party is openly encouraging caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to violate our laws and break into our country." He complained the treatment Kavanaugh, saying that "they made him suffer." He claimed a 10% tax cut for the middle class is coming "soon" -- a pledge that comes less than two weeks from the midterm elections, but has never been proposed as a bill in Congress.

Two additional bombs found

Quote:Two additional pipe bombs, one addressed to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the other to actor Robert De Niro have been found, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, the latest in a wave of similar devices sent to several prominent Democrats who have been have been the rhetorical targets of President Trump and several right-wing figures.

A law enforcement official said the envelope and printed address labels on the package sent to Mr. De Niro were similar to those on explosives sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others, and an X-ray showed it contained a similar device resembling a pipe bomb.

“This appears to be from the same sender,” the official said.

The United States Postal Service records images of mail that comes into its system. Officials searched those images overnight and found several other suspicious packages, a law enforcement official said. It was not immediately clear how many they discovered.

The device sent to Mr. Biden was found at a U.S. postal service facility in Delaware, a law enforcement official said. Similar to the one sent to former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the envelope was misaddressed and was being redirected to the return sender written on the mailing label, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman.

Security personnel at Mr. De Niro’s company, TriBeCa Productions, discovered the package about 5 a.m. and called the New York Police Department, whose bomb squad responded, officials briefed on the matter said. It was removed about 6:30 a.m. and taken to the Police Department’s range in the Bronx for disposal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said Thursday that an “eagle-eyed security employee” at TriBeCa Productions noticed similarities between the package and photos of envelopes that were discovered on Wednesday.


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