Ars Technica: “Hacker X”—the American who built a pro-Trump fake news empire—unmasks himself

Ars Technica: “Hacker X”—the American who built a pro-Trump fake news empire—unmasks himself. “For two years, he ran websites and Facebook groups that spread bogus stories, conspiracy theories, and propaganda. Under him was a dedicated team of writers and editors paid to produce deceptive content—from outright hoaxes to political propaganda—with the supreme goal of tipping the 2016 election to Donald Trump. Through extensive efforts, he built a secret network of self-reinforcing sites from the ground up. He devised a strategy that got prominent personalities—including Trump—to retweet misleading claims to their followers. And he fooled unwary American citizens, including the hacker’s own father, into regarding fake news sources more highly than the mainstream media.”

Axios: Unruly customers threaten economic recovery

Axios: Unruly customers threaten economic recovery. “The pace of the economic recovery hinges in part on workers returning to jobs that involve dealing with an unpredictable public. But many of those workers say increasingly combative customers — angry about everything from long wait times to mask mandates — have prompted them to quit.”

NBC News: Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting

NBC News: Tennessee teen talking about grandma who died of Covid heckled by adults at school board meeting. “Grady Knox, a junior at Central Magnet School, was mocked and shouted down while speaking at a Rutherford County School Board meeting Tuesday night. A clip of the moment made the rounds of social media, showing adults telling the teenage boy to ‘shut up’ as he gave a personal story to relay his views in favor of mask mandates.”

Texas Tribune: Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave

Texas Tribune: Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave. “The pandemic-related rise in tensions across the U.S. is not unique to the hospital industry. Airlines are reporting an increase in aggressive passengers as flight attendants take self-defense classes. Police are reporting an increase in violent crime and road rage incidents…. But unlike airlines, which can permanently ban passengers, hospitals are more limited in how they can respond or prevent those instances.”

NBC News: Don’t duct tape unruly passengers, United Airlines says in memo to employees

NBC News: Don’t duct tape unruly passengers, United Airlines says in memo to employees. “Unruly passengers may have been duct taped to their seats on other carriers, but United Airlines officials want to make clear that they do not endorse the practice. ‘Please remember that there are designated items onboard that may be used in difficult situations, and alternative measures such as tape should never be used,’ John Slater, senior vice president of inflight services, told employees in a Friday memo.”

Motherboard: People Buy Custom Baby Monkey Torture Videos on World’s Worst Forum

Warning: this is very disturbing. I’m not kidding. You may want to skip it. Motherboard: People Buy Custom Baby Monkey Torture Videos on World’s Worst Forum. “People are setting up private group chats and forums to purchase and share custom baby monkey torture videos, an investigation by animal advocacy groups Action for Primates and Lady Freethinker has found.”

Vice News: This Woman Secretly Runs One of the World’s Biggest Anti-Vax Websites From Her House

Vice News: This Woman Secretly Runs One of the World’s Biggest Anti-Vax Websites From Her House. “OpenVAERS, a site set up in early 2021 to spread vaccine misinformation by misusing federal data, is being operated by Liz Willner, 55, who lives in the wealthy enclave of Piedmont, a community completely surrounded by Oakland, California, according to new research conducted by AI-powered misinformation tracking group Logically, and shared exclusively with VICE News.”

‘Scumbags’: Influencers caught stealing rescue boat to fake saving people in Henan floods (SupChina)

SupChina: ‘Scumbags’: Influencers caught stealing rescue boat to fake saving people in Henan floods. “The boat-stealing influencers weren’t the only small-time social media personalities to use the deadly floods to grow followers, likes, and views. China Youth Daily reported (in Chinese) that in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, hundreds of influencers flocked to Henan, despite officials advising the concerned public to leave rescue work to professionals and not to go to affected areas to take up local resources.”

TMZ: Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles Maskless Customer Returns With Gun … ‘Put The Chicken In The Bag!!!’

TMZ: Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles Maskless Customer Returns With Gun … ‘Put The Chicken In The Bag!!!’. “We’re told he’d initially walked in without a mask, and got into an argument with staff when they asked him to put on one. Cops say he refused, and did leave when the staff asked him to do so. But, when he returned armed … he walked through the back kitchen and demanded the cook put the food in a bag. And, get this … on his way out the door, the suspect allegedly grabbed extra syrup for his meal.”

The Guardian: Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents

The Guardian: Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents. “The former head of a Canadian casino company and his actor wife have been fined after chartering a private plane to a remote community near the Alaska border and receiving coronavirus vaccines meant for vulnerable Indigenous residents. According to officials, Rodney and Ekaterina Baker travelled by chartered plane to Beaver Creek, a community of 100 in Canada’s Yukon territory, where a mobile team was administering the Moderna vaccine to residents. Among those slated for the vaccine were elderly members of the White River First Nation.”

Smithsonian Magazine: The Inside Story Of The $8 Million Heist From The Carnegie Library

Smithsonian Magazine: The Inside Story Of The $8 Million Heist From The Carnegie Library. “There are two types of people who frequent special collections that are open to the public: scholars who want to study something in particular, and others who just want to see something interesting. Both groups are often drawn to incunables. Books printed at the dawn of European movable type, between 1450 and 1500, incunables are old, rare and historically important. In short, an incunable is so valued and usually such a prominent holding that any thief who wanted to avoid detection would not steal one. The Oliver Room thief stole ten.”

AP: Georgia gov. explicitly voids mask orders in 15 localities

AP: Georgia gov. explicitly voids mask orders in 15 localities. “Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp is explicitly banning Georgia’s cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places. He voided orders on Wednesday that at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties had no power to order masks.”

BuzzFeed News: Three Teens Have Been Charged With Kicking An Asian Woman In The Face At A Metro Stop

BuzzFeed News: Three Teens Have Been Charged With Kicking An Asian Woman In The Face At A Metro Stop. “Officials in Minnesota have arrested three teens after a viral Instagram video showed them allegedly taunting an Asian woman who was alone at a metro stop before kicking her in the face, then running away, laughing. The assault occurred just after midnight on Monday, May 4, at the Green Line light-rail station in St. Paul, Metro Transit spokesperson Howie Padilla told BuzzFeed News Friday night.”