Amazon to Create Over 100,000 Permanent Jobs in U.S. Over 18 Months

Amazon are set to create over 100,000 full-time and permanent jobs in the United States over the next 18 months, ranging from “software developers and engineers to entry-level positions.”

“The new additions will take the U.S. full-time workforce from 180,000 in 2016 to more than 280,000 by mid-2018,” reported MarketWatch. “Most will be in fulfillment centers currently under construction in states including Texas, California and New Jersey. Amazon says it has created more than 150,000 jobs in the U.S. over the past five years.”

“In addition to job creation, the company said more than 9,000 employees have taken advantage of the Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for a variety of courses,” they continued. “Amazon shares were last trading up 1%, but are up 30% for the past 12 months.”

“Obviously it’s great for Trump,” said Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali to the Financial Times. “The question is, what does it come at the expense of? Because Amazon has certainly been a job killer for everything offline.”

In December, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was one of several leading technology entrepreneurs to attend a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

Just before the meeting, which also included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet co-founder Larry Page, and IBM’s Ginni Rometty, IBM announced that they would be hiring 25,000 more U.S. workers and investing an extra $1 billion into employee development.

YouTube Removes Popular Conservative ‘Legal Insurrection’ Channel

YouTube has removed the channel for popular conservative blog Legal Insurrection, taking down every video allegedly without prior warning.

YouTube claims that the channel was removed “based on excerpts of audio of pro- and anti-Israel speakers at the MLA Annual Meeting,” which Legal Insurrection covered. However, the site claims that they never received a warning or a copyright strike prior to the channel’s removal. Copyright infringements are usually sanctioned with a single strike, cautioning the channel against any further incidents. YouTube opts to remove a channel after three strikes.

“We have lost hundreds of videos, including a lot of original content on important news subjects. You now will see disabled videos in hundreds of our posts,” claimed Legal Insurrection in a post on their website. “I have no idea what the supposedly offending videos are. We are pretty careful when it comes to copyright, so I’m suspecting that someone about whom we posted a video made the claims.”

“We intend to fight this both at the YouTube and legal level,” they continued. “It is highly questionable that MLA owns the copyright for oral presentations at the Annual Meeting, and even if it did, the limited excerpts we used from the nearly 2-hour video posted by MLA on YouTube are well-within fair use.”

“What I think is really going on here is that anti-Israel activists at MLA complained to MLA that MLA had posted the audio on YouTube,” concluded the blog. “MLA took down its own 2-hour video and now seeks to silence our reporting.”

Attempting to view Legal Insurrection’s channel or videos on YouTube now returns users with a red banner notice declaring, “This channel has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted,” while every video has been deleted.

In October, Breitbart News reported that YouTube had placed some of conservative channel PragerU’s videos on “restricted mode,” a mode designed to stop children from viewing inappropriate adult content.

Videos covering topics such as whether George Bush lied about the Iraq War, the university “diversity scam,” and whether Sharia Law and freedom can coexist, were all placed on restricted mode– meaning the videos couldn’t be watched at schools, libraries, or on computers with parental blocks.

China’s ‘Internet Detox’ Camps to Cut Back on Beatings, Shock Therapy

China takes “Internet addiction” among the young very seriously. They have military-style “Internet detox” boot camps where children and adolescents are forced to wear uniforms, stay offline, get fresh air and exercise, and occasionally endure beatings, psychological abuse, and even shock therapy.

The New York Times relays announcements from China’s state-run media that a law has been drafted to “crack down on the camps’ worst excesses”:

“It’s a very important move for protecting young children,” said Tao Ran, the director of the Internet Addiction Clinic at Beijing Military General Hospital. He said he had seen several Chinese teenagers return from boot camps that treat internet addiction showing signs of psychological trauma.

Figures on the number or growth of internet detox camps in China are scarce, but the camps’ treatment methods have been generating controversy for years.

Among the more criticized camps is the Addiction Treatment Center in the eastern province of Shandong, which is said to have treated more than 6,000 internet addicts, mostly teenagers, with electroshock therapy since it opened in 2006. It made headlines in September after one of its teenage patients starved her mother to death in retribution for abuse she had purportedly suffered at the camp during a forced detox regime.

The draft law would ban abusive treatment like medical and electroshock therapy in the camps, as well as “physical punishments,” but it does not specify what those other punishments might include.

On the other hand, the law also limits how long minors can play games online, both at home and in public venues, and flatly prohibits them from gaming online between midnight and 8:00 AM. Game providers will also be required to “take technical measures to monitor and restrict use” and could be fined or even shut down by the government if they don’t enthusiastically comply.

The NYT notes that China’s health ministry issued “guidelines against using electroshock therapy for Internet addicts” in 2009, but evidently, it is still employed often enough to require further legislation. A report issued in the same year found there were over 24 million “digital addicts” in China, ranging in age from 13 to 29.

In June, Australia’s News.com quoted the director of China’s first digital detox camp, Tao Ran, claiming that Chinese youth does not have widespread problems with drug or alcohol additions because those substances are hard for them to obtain, but the Internet is “easily accessible and costs almost nothing.”

News.com reported there were “hundreds of special camps” across China to “help young people overcome their web dependence” at the time of their writing, offering programs that lasted for a minimum of six months, at a cost of about $1500 per month.

Ran said addicted youth “played computer games 24/7, and they can’t communicate with others. They are completely hopeless with household chores, and have just one meal each day.” And when that one meal was finished churning in their bellies, he said the kids were putting on diapers, so they wouldn’t have to leave their computers to use the restroom.

News.com’s report leaned heavily upon a documentary video prepared by Russian state outlet RT.com, which depicted the detox camps as stern detention centers where kids slept and ate in Spartan accommodations, marched around the yard, spent a lot of time standing at attention while drill instructors yelled at them, attended “relationship lectures and one-on-one psychologist sessions,” and occasionally made desperate attempts to escape.

In one incident, an inmate spent months dribbling salt water on the bars of his dormitory window until they were rusty enough to be wrenched loose, at which point everyone quartered in the room tried to escape down a rope made from knotted bed sheets.

The UK Daily Mail described a typical day at Internet detox camp beginning with a wake-up whistle blast at 6:30 AM, after which the “patients” dress in camouflage uniforms and line up for the first of five daily roll calls. This is followed by “rigorous military exercises which include running, marching and push-ups,” and then regular dosing with “antidepressants and sedatives before undergoing brain activity scans and some one-on-one time with a psychologist.”

According to The New York Times, South Korea is arguably the country with the worst per-capita Internet addiction problem, and it has also begun sending addicts to detox camps.

ABC10 Photographer Attacked With Hot Coffee Outside MILO UC Davis Event

A photographer for ABC was attacked with hot coffee while they were reporting on the cancelled event with MILO and Martin Shkreli at UC Davis.

MILO’s event was cancelled after left-wing activists began engaging in violence outside the venue, with reports and video footage of barricades being torn down and thrown at police. There were also photos of arrests being made.

Frances Wang wrote on Twitter that her “photographer was doing an interview when someone poured hot coffee on him & our equipment.”

Wang also got footage of fights breaking out between violent protestors, who smashed windows whilst screaming slogans such as “No Milo, no KKK, no fascist USA.”

The event was set to be the first event on the third and final leg of the MILO’s “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”