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One sign that Britain is terminally fucked. Beyond belief. You can't make this shit up.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/british-court-in-transgender-case-bible-belief-is-incompatible-with-human-dignity?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=100319-news&utm_campaign=position7


British Court In Transgender Case: Bible Belief Is ‘Incompatible With Human Dignity’
By Hank Berrien
The Holy Bible.
Photo by krisanapong detraphiphat/GettyImages

On Tuesday, a British court ruled that belief in the Bible was “incompatible with human dignity.”
That statement came in a case involving Dr. David Mackereth, a devout Christian who had worked as an emergency doctor for the National Health Service for 26 years. He said he was fired from his job because he refused to call a biological man a woman. The court’s ruling stated: “Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.” The court added. “… in so far as those beliefs form part of his wider faith, his wider faith also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others.”

The Telegraph reported that Mackereth said he was removed from his job with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in late June 2018 after his boss “interrogated” him about his personal religious convictions. Mackereth told the court in July that his line manager had asked him, “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’ would you do that?” Mackereth said that because of his religious beliefs, he could not, and his job was subsequently terminated.

CBN reported that Mackereth’s attorney, Michael Phillips, told the court, “His belief in the truth of the Bible, and in particular, the truth of Genesis 1:27: ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.’ It follows that every person is created by God as either male or female. A person cannot change their sex/gender at will. Any attempt at, or pretense of, doing so, is pointless, self-destructive, and sinful.”

Mackereth had told the court that the idea of transgenderism is a “rebellion against God, which is both pointless and sinful … I am, of course, aware that there are men or women who believe they have been trapped in a wrong body, and I do not question the sincerity of their convictions. A small number of such people have always existed. Up until recently, such a belief was considered by medics to be delusional and a symptom of a medical disorder. It is only recently that transgenderism has been recognized as normal and such delusional beliefs accepted at face value. What is responsible for that change is political pressure, not scientific evidence.”

Mackereth responded to the ruling, asserting, “I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome. Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges’ ruling. No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex. Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.”

Andrea Williams from Christian Concern told Premier the ruling was a “crushing of Christian beliefs… Dr. David Mackereth for almost 30 years has been working in A and E, loves his patients, and treats all patients. Dr. Mackereth was gentle. He would have called a person by their chosen name. What he couldn’t do was put on a form that a biological man was a biological woman, or a biological woman was a man.”

Mackereth said he will appeal the ruling, stating, “I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians – and any other NHS member of staff – to speak the truth. If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK.”




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Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Cautions Users - Including Governments - Not To Rely On It.

Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators,” especially for complex tasks.
BY YEGANEH TORBATI, PROPUBLICA | OCTOBER 2, 2019 AT 3:01 PM


It’s a common internet experience: throw a foreign phrase into Google Translate or any other online translation tool and out comes a farcical approximation of the real thing.

That’s why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators.”

Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States.

An internal manual produced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency charged with admitting immigrants, instructs officers who sift through non-English social media posts of refugees that “the most efficient approach to translate foreign language contents is to utilize one of the many free online language translation services provided by Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines.” The manual includes step-by-step instructions for Google Translate.

The manual was obtained by the International Refugee Assistance Project through a public records request and shared with ProPublica.

Language experts said the government’s reliance on automatic translation to dig into refugee social media posts was troubling and likely to be error-filled since the services are not designed to parse nuance or recognize slang. The government may misconstrue harmless comments or miss an actually threatening one.
“It’s naive on the part of government officials to do that,” said Douglas Hofstadter, a professor of cognitive science and comparative literature at Indiana University at Bloomington, who has studied language and analogies. “I find it deeply disheartening and stupid and shortsighted, personally.”

Asked about the agency’s use of machine translation tools, USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins said in an emailed statement that review of publicly available social media information “is a common sense measure to strengthen our vetting procedures.”

USCIS has stated that “information collected from social media, by itself, will not be a basis to deny refugee resettlement.”

In 2017, Facebook apologized after its machine-translation service translated a post by a Palestinian man that said “good morning” as “hurt them” in English or “attack them” in Hebrew.

As a test, ProPublica asked language professors to copy and paste tweets written in casual language into Google Translate and compare the results with how they would interpret the tweets.

One recent Urdu-language post on Twitter included a sentence that Mustafa Menai, who teaches Urdu at the University of Pennsylvania, translated as “I have been spanked a lot and have also gathered a lot of love (from my parents).”

Google translated the sentence as “The beating is too big and the love is too windy.”
The Trump administration has vastly expanded the role of social media in deciding whether people can move or travel to the United States. Refugee advocates say the government’s reliance on machine-translation tools raises further concerns about how immigration officers make important decisions affecting applicants’ lives and U.S. national security.

USCIS has itself found that automated translation falls short in understanding social media posts. An undated draft internal review of a USCIS pilot social media vetting program concluded that “automatic foreign language translation was not sufficient.”

A separate pilot review conducted in June 2016 stated that “native Arabic language and subject matter expertise in regional culture, religion, and terrorism was needed to fully vet” two cases in which potentially derogatory social media information was found. The documents were published by the Daily Beast in January 2018.

The manual, much of which is redacted, only addresses procedures for a narrow subset of refugees: people whose spouses or parents have already been granted refugee status in the U.S., or so-called follow-to-join cases. In 2017, 1,679 follow-to-join refugees were admitted to the U.S., about 3% of total refugee admissions, according to government data.

“It defies logic that we would use unreliable tools to decide whether refugees can reunite with their families,” said Betsy Fisher, strategy director at IRAP. “We wouldn’t use Google Translate for our homework, but we are using it to keep refugee families separated.”

In a federal lawsuit in Washington state that is now in the discovery phase, IRAP is challenging the Trump administration’s suspension of the follow-to-join refugee program.

It is unclear how widely the manual’s procedures are used throughout USCIS, or if its procedures are identical to those used for vetting all refugees or other types of immigrants.

The manual is undated, but it was released to IRAP in response to a request for records created on or after Oct. 23, 2017.

USCIS did not respond to questions on whether the manual’s procedures are used to vet other refugees, when it was put into use or if it is still in use.

“The mission of USCIS first and foremost is to safeguard our homeland and the people in it,” Collins said. “Our first line of defense in these efforts is thorough, systematic vetting.”

In the 2018 fiscal year, USCIS conducted 11,740 social media screenings, according to an agency presentation.
The USCIS manual acknowledges that “occasionally,” online translation services may not be adequate for understanding “foreign text written in a dialect or colloquial usage,” but it leaves it up to individual officers to decide whether to request expert translation services.

Without foreign language fluency, an officer is unlikely to know whether a post needs additional review, said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Google and Verizon, which owns Yahoo, did not respond to questions about the use of their services when vetting refugees. Emily Chounlamany, a Microsoft spokeswoman, said “the company has nothing to share on the matter.”
Language experts say satire is another problematic area. A recent satirical Persian-language tweet showed a picture of Iranian elites raising their hands, with text stating, “Whose child lives in America?” (The tweet is commentary on a recent controversy in Iran regarding high-ranking officials’ close relatives living in the West.) The text was translated by Google as “When will you taste America?” Microsoft’s result was: “Who is the American?”

“The thing about Persian and the Iranian culture is that people love to make jokes about anything,” said Sheida Dayani, who teaches Persian at Harvard University and instructs her students to avoid using Google Translate or similar tools for their assignments. “How are you going to translate it via Google Translate?”
Automated translation services are the “absolute wrong technology” for immigration officers making important decisions, Dayani said.

The use of translation tools has come up in other contexts. After a highway patrol trooper in Kansas conducted a warrantless search of a Mexican man’s car in 2017 by asking the man for consent to do so in Spanish via Google Translate, a U.S. district judge threw out the search evidence, finding that the defendant did not fully understand the officer’s commands and questions.

Google has touted improvements in its translation tool in recent years, most notably its use of “neural machine translation,” which it has gradually rolled out for more languages. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that while the neural machine translation method improves quality, it still struggles to accurately translate idioms.
One major problem with machine translation is that such tools do not understand text in the same way that a person would, Hofstadter said. Rather, they are engaged in “decoding” or “text substitution,” he said.
“When it involves anything that is subtle, you can never rely on it because you can never know if it’s going to make grotesque errors,” Hofstadter said.

Machine-translation services are typically trained by using texts that have already been translated, which tend to use more formal speech, for instance official United Nations documents, said David Guy Brizan, a professor at the University of San Francisco who researches natural language processing and machine learning.

Language iterates too quickly, especially among young people, for even sophisticated machine-translation services to keep up, Brizan said. He pointed to examples of English-language phrases currently popular on social media such as “low-key” or “being canceled” as ones that automated services could struggle to convey.

He added that nontextual context like videos and pictures, the parties involved in a conversation and their relationship, and cultural references would be completely lost on machine translation.

“It requires a cultural literacy across languages, across generations, that is sort of impossible to keep up with,” he said. “You can think of these translation programs acting as your parents or grandparents.”

Rachel Thomas, director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics at the University of San Francisco, said that while machine-translation capabilities are improving, anyone depending on algorithms or computers should think carefully about the recourse for people wronged by those systems’ mistakes.

Refugees rejected for admission can request a decision review, but advocates say they are typically given little detail as to why they were rejected.

Efforts to scrutinize social media posts of some people trying to enter the United States began under the Obama administration, and they were encouraged by Democrats and Republicans in Congress. USCIS launched a social media division within its Fraud Detection and National Security division in July 2016, building on pilot programs operating since 2015.

The Trump administration has dramatically increased social media collection as part of a push for “extreme vetting” of people entering the country. In May, the State Department updated its visa forms to request social media identifiers from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide.

In September, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice stating it intended to request social media information from a broad swath of applicants, including people seeking U.S. citizenship or permanent residence, refugees and asylees.
 
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A former employee at Robert De Niro’s production company slammed "The Irishman" actor with a federal lawsuit on Thursday claiming he harassed her and discriminated against her for being a woman – then retaliated against her when she told him of her plans to take legal action, according to bombshell court papers.

"Ms. Robinson has no choice but ... to send him a message: the Harvey Weinsteins of this world should realize their approach is extinct. You can no longer intimidate women. You can no longer threaten them," Robinson's attorney, Jeremy Heisler, told FOX Business.

In one example, De Niro allegedly went ballistic on the woman, calling her a “spoiled brat” in an explicit voicemail when she did not answer his phone call, according to the suit.

“How dare you f------ disrespect me?,” he said in the voicemail, in which he also told her: “You’re f------ history.”

Graham Chase Robinson worked for De Niro’s Canal Productions, Inc., from 2008 to April 2019.

"She joined as an idealistic young woman who hoped to advance in the film industry have her own production company, but instead of giving their challenging assignments and giving her duties that match her titles, he demeaned her, treated her as... [an] ob -- as a woman and therefore his possession."

Instead, De Niro allegedly gave her "unwanted physical contact," and made unwanted "sexually charged" comments, court papers show.

“He treated Ms. Robinson as his ‘office wife,’ assigned her stereotypically female duties like housework, and insisted that she be available to him around the clock.”

The claim also accuses De Niro of filing a lawsuit of his own in August – after he was allegedly advised by Robinson’s attorney that she would be taking legal action against him.

The August court papers, which name Canal Productions, rather than De Niro, as a plaintiff, accused Robinson of stealing hundreds of thousands of company dollars and credit card benefits before suddenly resigning.

A spokesperson for De Niro did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.
 
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DOCUMENTS: Seattle Schools Say Math is Racist
Numbers are racist tools of oppression, according to Washington State.
Washington State’s Superintendent’s website contains a curriculum, couched in Critical and Race Theory language, called the “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework.
We’ve heard it all before; math is racist, data and per capita promotes white supremacist narratives.

Several other pieces and statements from professors have suggested that racism lies in the most seemingly innocuous things.

But the numbers don’t add up.

According to Washington State, math has deep ties to Ethnic Studies if only one removes the wool pulled over their eyes from decades of pro-Western propaganda.

Some of the themes from the curriculum include: ‘Origins, Identity, and Agency’; ‘Power and Oppression’; ‘History of Resistance and Liberation’; and ‘Reflection and Action’–adding a whole new dimension as to how we view numbers.

My Northwest uncovered some of the planned alterations to the public school curriculum.

The first theme- “Origins, Identity, and Agency” – promises to interrogate the following:

Origins, Identity and Agency, as defined by ethnic studies, is the ways [sic] in which we view ourselves as mathematicians and members of broader mathematical communities. Mathematical theory and application is rooted in the ancient histories of people and empires of color. All human endeavors include mathematical thinking; from humanities to the arts to the sciences.
While learning about algebra, the student will be treated to a hefty dose of post-colonial studies.

Or, alternatively, a link could be made between the origins of algebra and the Arab Slave Trade–but, alas!, it probably won’t fit their narrative.

The second theme – “Power and Oppression” – goes onto say:

Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.
According to the third theme, the use of mathematics is an “act of liberation”:

The history of resistance and liberation, as defined by ethnic studies, is the stories, places, and people who helped liberate people and communities of color using math, engineering, and technology. Access to
mathematical knowledge itself is an act of liberation.
The fourth and final theme, brimming with activist connotations as to how math can be implemented to further political goals, states:

Student action, as defined by ethnic studies, is fostering a sense of advocacy, empowerment, and action in the students that creates internal motivation to engage in and contribute to their identities as mathematicians. Students will be confident in their ability to construct & decode mathematical knowledge, truth, and beauty so they can contribute to their experiences and the experiences of people in their community.
Progressive states are almost unchallenged when inserting politically-loaded forms of education into their curricula.

The use of racially-inflammatory language (“This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.”) in a curriculum to teach something as secular and value-free, such as mathematics, demonstrates a pernicious level of bad faith from those who draft these teaching materials.
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From early last month, but intensely horrifying.

A man who defended himself against an armed gang invading his home in May 2014 is to receive his 'speedy trail' in March 2020. He has been in jail for more than five years already.
KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A new trial date has been set for a local man accused of killing a Killeen police officer in 2014.

Judge John Gauntt’s office confirms Marvin Guy’s trial has been set for March 23, 2020. This is the third time a trial date has been set.

Jury selection is set to begin with a group session on Jan. 14 and a second session on Jan. 16. An individual voir dire will take place on Feb. 3.

Guy, 52, is charged with capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder in connection with the May 9, 2014 shooting death of Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie and other SWAT officers were attempting to serve a “no-knock” search warrant when Guy allegedly shot Dinwiddie.

Earlier this year, Guy told a local pastor he didn’t know who was entering his home and he fired in self-defense.

He also called on police to end no-knock raids.

"Any citizen should be concerned about these no-knock raids, even the people in Killeen should come together and say these raids do not work, they don't have a good outcome,” he said.

No drugs were found in the home.

Guy has remained in custody in the Bell County Jail.
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From early last month, but intensely horrifying.

A man who defended himself against an armed gang invading his home in May 2014 is to receive his 'speedy trail' in March 2020. He has been in jail for more than five years already.

https://archive.li/evSmr
On what basis do they think he had any idea he was doing anything other than defending himself? He didn't even have any drugs. Why would he think armed men bursting into his home were anything other than criminals?
 
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On what basis do they think he had any idea he was doing anything other than defending himself? He didn't even have any drugs. Why would he think armed men bursting into his home were anything other than criminals?
Well technically officers found as much of a gram of 'suspected cocaine'. Also, he wasn't technically allowed to defend himself with firearms, because he had some felonies from twenty years ago. Clearly he should be jailed for life if not executed.
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/a-no-knock-raid-in-houston-led-to-deaths-and-police-injuries-should-police-rethink-the-practice/
 

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Well technically officers found as much of a gram of 'suspected cocaine'. Also, he wasn't technically allowed to defend himself with firearms, because he had some felonies from twenty years ago. Clearly he should be jailed for life if not executed.
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/a-no-knock-raid-in-houston-led-to-deaths-and-police-injuries-should-police-rethink-the-practice/
Mere possession of drugs or weapons by itself would never (or at least should never) justify a no-knock and even if possession of a weapon is illegal that doesn't make use of it not self-defense.
 

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One sign that Britain is terminally fucked. Beyond belief. You can't make this shit up.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/british-court-in-transgender-case-bible-belief-is-incompatible-with-human-dignity?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=100319-news&utm_campaign=position7


British Court In Transgender Case: Bible Belief Is ‘Incompatible With Human Dignity’
By Hank Berrien
The Holy Bible.
Photo by krisanapong detraphiphat/GettyImages

On Tuesday, a British court ruled that belief in the Bible was “incompatible with human dignity.”
That statement came in a case involving Dr. David Mackereth, a devout Christian who had worked as an emergency doctor for the National Health Service for 26 years. He said he was fired from his job because he refused to call a biological man a woman. The court’s ruling stated: “Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.” The court added. “… in so far as those beliefs form part of his wider faith, his wider faith also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others.”

The Telegraph reported that Mackereth said he was removed from his job with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in late June 2018 after his boss “interrogated” him about his personal religious convictions. Mackereth told the court in July that his line manager had asked him, “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’ would you do that?” Mackereth said that because of his religious beliefs, he could not, and his job was subsequently terminated.

CBN reported that Mackereth’s attorney, Michael Phillips, told the court, “His belief in the truth of the Bible, and in particular, the truth of Genesis 1:27: ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.’ It follows that every person is created by God as either male or female. A person cannot change their sex/gender at will. Any attempt at, or pretense of, doing so, is pointless, self-destructive, and sinful.”

Mackereth had told the court that the idea of transgenderism is a “rebellion against God, which is both pointless and sinful … I am, of course, aware that there are men or women who believe they have been trapped in a wrong body, and I do not question the sincerity of their convictions. A small number of such people have always existed. Up until recently, such a belief was considered by medics to be delusional and a symptom of a medical disorder. It is only recently that transgenderism has been recognized as normal and such delusional beliefs accepted at face value. What is responsible for that change is political pressure, not scientific evidence.”

Mackereth responded to the ruling, asserting, “I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome. Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges’ ruling. No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex. Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.”

Andrea Williams from Christian Concern told Premier the ruling was a “crushing of Christian beliefs… Dr. David Mackereth for almost 30 years has been working in A and E, loves his patients, and treats all patients. Dr. Mackereth was gentle. He would have called a person by their chosen name. What he couldn’t do was put on a form that a biological man was a biological woman, or a biological woman was a man.”

Mackereth said he will appeal the ruling, stating, “I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians – and any other NHS member of staff – to speak the truth. If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK.”




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Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Cautions Users - Including Governments - Not To Rely On It.

Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators,” especially for complex tasks.
BY YEGANEH TORBATI, PROPUBLICA | OCTOBER 2, 2019 AT 3:01 PM


It’s a common internet experience: throw a foreign phrase into Google Translate or any other online translation tool and out comes a farcical approximation of the real thing.

That’s why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators.”

Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States.

An internal manual produced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency charged with admitting immigrants, instructs officers who sift through non-English social media posts of refugees that “the most efficient approach to translate foreign language contents is to utilize one of the many free online language translation services provided by Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines.” The manual includes step-by-step instructions for Google Translate.

The manual was obtained by the International Refugee Assistance Project through a public records request and shared with ProPublica.

Language experts said the government’s reliance on automatic translation to dig into refugee social media posts was troubling and likely to be error-filled since the services are not designed to parse nuance or recognize slang. The government may misconstrue harmless comments or miss an actually threatening one.
“It’s naive on the part of government officials to do that,” said Douglas Hofstadter, a professor of cognitive science and comparative literature at Indiana University at Bloomington, who has studied language and analogies. “I find it deeply disheartening and stupid and shortsighted, personally.”

Asked about the agency’s use of machine translation tools, USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins said in an emailed statement that review of publicly available social media information “is a common sense measure to strengthen our vetting procedures.”

USCIS has stated that “information collected from social media, by itself, will not be a basis to deny refugee resettlement.”

In 2017, Facebook apologized after its machine-translation service translated a post by a Palestinian man that said “good morning” as “hurt them” in English or “attack them” in Hebrew.

As a test, ProPublica asked language professors to copy and paste tweets written in casual language into Google Translate and compare the results with how they would interpret the tweets.

One recent Urdu-language post on Twitter included a sentence that Mustafa Menai, who teaches Urdu at the University of Pennsylvania, translated as “I have been spanked a lot and have also gathered a lot of love (from my parents).”

Google translated the sentence as “The beating is too big and the love is too windy.”
The Trump administration has vastly expanded the role of social media in deciding whether people can move or travel to the United States. Refugee advocates say the government’s reliance on machine-translation tools raises further concerns about how immigration officers make important decisions affecting applicants’ lives and U.S. national security.

USCIS has itself found that automated translation falls short in understanding social media posts. An undated draft internal review of a USCIS pilot social media vetting program concluded that “automatic foreign language translation was not sufficient.”

A separate pilot review conducted in June 2016 stated that “native Arabic language and subject matter expertise in regional culture, religion, and terrorism was needed to fully vet” two cases in which potentially derogatory social media information was found. The documents were published by the Daily Beast in January 2018.

The manual, much of which is redacted, only addresses procedures for a narrow subset of refugees: people whose spouses or parents have already been granted refugee status in the U.S., or so-called follow-to-join cases. In 2017, 1,679 follow-to-join refugees were admitted to the U.S., about 3% of total refugee admissions, according to government data.

“It defies logic that we would use unreliable tools to decide whether refugees can reunite with their families,” said Betsy Fisher, strategy director at IRAP. “We wouldn’t use Google Translate for our homework, but we are using it to keep refugee families separated.”

In a federal lawsuit in Washington state that is now in the discovery phase, IRAP is challenging the Trump administration’s suspension of the follow-to-join refugee program.

It is unclear how widely the manual’s procedures are used throughout USCIS, or if its procedures are identical to those used for vetting all refugees or other types of immigrants.

The manual is undated, but it was released to IRAP in response to a request for records created on or after Oct. 23, 2017.

USCIS did not respond to questions on whether the manual’s procedures are used to vet other refugees, when it was put into use or if it is still in use.

“The mission of USCIS first and foremost is to safeguard our homeland and the people in it,” Collins said. “Our first line of defense in these efforts is thorough, systematic vetting.”

In the 2018 fiscal year, USCIS conducted 11,740 social media screenings, according to an agency presentation.
The USCIS manual acknowledges that “occasionally,” online translation services may not be adequate for understanding “foreign text written in a dialect or colloquial usage,” but it leaves it up to individual officers to decide whether to request expert translation services.

Without foreign language fluency, an officer is unlikely to know whether a post needs additional review, said Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Google and Verizon, which owns Yahoo, did not respond to questions about the use of their services when vetting refugees. Emily Chounlamany, a Microsoft spokeswoman, said “the company has nothing to share on the matter.”
Language experts say satire is another problematic area. A recent satirical Persian-language tweet showed a picture of Iranian elites raising their hands, with text stating, “Whose child lives in America?” (The tweet is commentary on a recent controversy in Iran regarding high-ranking officials’ close relatives living in the West.) The text was translated by Google as “When will you taste America?” Microsoft’s result was: “Who is the American?”

“The thing about Persian and the Iranian culture is that people love to make jokes about anything,” said Sheida Dayani, who teaches Persian at Harvard University and instructs her students to avoid using Google Translate or similar tools for their assignments. “How are you going to translate it via Google Translate?”
Automated translation services are the “absolute wrong technology” for immigration officers making important decisions, Dayani said.

The use of translation tools has come up in other contexts. After a highway patrol trooper in Kansas conducted a warrantless search of a Mexican man’s car in 2017 by asking the man for consent to do so in Spanish via Google Translate, a U.S. district judge threw out the search evidence, finding that the defendant did not fully understand the officer’s commands and questions.

Google has touted improvements in its translation tool in recent years, most notably its use of “neural machine translation,” which it has gradually rolled out for more languages. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that while the neural machine translation method improves quality, it still struggles to accurately translate idioms.
One major problem with machine translation is that such tools do not understand text in the same way that a person would, Hofstadter said. Rather, they are engaged in “decoding” or “text substitution,” he said.
“When it involves anything that is subtle, you can never rely on it because you can never know if it’s going to make grotesque errors,” Hofstadter said.

Machine-translation services are typically trained by using texts that have already been translated, which tend to use more formal speech, for instance official United Nations documents, said David Guy Brizan, a professor at the University of San Francisco who researches natural language processing and machine learning.

Language iterates too quickly, especially among young people, for even sophisticated machine-translation services to keep up, Brizan said. He pointed to examples of English-language phrases currently popular on social media such as “low-key” or “being canceled” as ones that automated services could struggle to convey.

He added that nontextual context like videos and pictures, the parties involved in a conversation and their relationship, and cultural references would be completely lost on machine translation.

“It requires a cultural literacy across languages, across generations, that is sort of impossible to keep up with,” he said. “You can think of these translation programs acting as your parents or grandparents.”

Rachel Thomas, director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics at the University of San Francisco, said that while machine-translation capabilities are improving, anyone depending on algorithms or computers should think carefully about the recourse for people wronged by those systems’ mistakes.

Refugees rejected for admission can request a decision review, but advocates say they are typically given little detail as to why they were rejected.

Efforts to scrutinize social media posts of some people trying to enter the United States began under the Obama administration, and they were encouraged by Democrats and Republicans in Congress. USCIS launched a social media division within its Fraud Detection and National Security division in July 2016, building on pilot programs operating since 2015.

The Trump administration has dramatically increased social media collection as part of a push for “extreme vetting” of people entering the country. In May, the State Department updated its visa forms to request social media identifiers from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide.

In September, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice stating it intended to request social media information from a broad swath of applicants, including people seeking U.S. citizenship or permanent residence, refugees and asylees.
Okay seriously, how the fuck does such a minuscule part of the population have so much power these days?

Also how much longer is biology going to be ignored to protect feefees?
 

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Okay seriously, how the fuck does such a minuscule part of the population have so much power these days?

Also how much longer is biology going to be ignored to protect feefees?

An excellent question. Important to keep in mind that Britain has no written Constitution and no Bill of Rights. Lets Parliament, police, and the courts fuck the people over whenever they feel like it.



To avoid a double post, here's some facts that have already unraveled the Ukraine hoax.




Nolte: 11 Facts that Have Already Unraveled the Ukraine Hoax
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 03: U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist while departing the White House on October 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to travel to Florida today before returning to Washington later this evening. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Am I terrible for enjoying this? And I mean enjoying this from the beginning, from day one, when one of our fine editors asked me to look at the brewing Ukraine scandal and my response was to LOL at how stupid it all is/was/will be forever.
I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.
— Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on MSNBC
Come on, this whole thing is super-lame, and the anticipation of awaiting its unraveling was almost as delicious as watching the unraveling.

And I’m no genius. I’m no sage. My skills are no different than anyone else’s. One of the things that makes humans human is our ability to recognize patterns. This unique skill of ours created the wheel, put a man on the moon, gave us the iPhone and Hogan’s Heroes.
So, after all of this…
  • Hispanic George Zimmerman: The White Racist Killer
  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!
  • Trump Can’t Win
  • Brett Kavanaugh: Serial Rapist
  • The KKKids from KKKovington High School
  • Trump Colluded with Russia
  • Brett Kavanugh: Serial Rapist Part Deux
…only a chimp with a learning disability could fail to recognize another yet-another *yawn* pattern pointing to a desperate conspiracy orchestrated by the Deep State, Democrats, and the media to take out the Bad Orange Man.
And this one was truly desperate: poorly planned from the beginning, and so poorly executed that every one of the conspirators, especially Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, sound like used car salesman with one day left to hit their monthly quota.
Rush-rush-rush you gotta impeach now-now-now or you don’t get the free undercoating!
Anyway, the whole thing is now unraveling, and here’s why:
  1. Schiff Busted Lying, Conspiring, Being Even More Pencil Neckier Than Usual
Schiff getting caught lying about his contacts with this phony Deep State “whistleblower” is the least surprising thing about any of this. Of course he was working with the fake whistleblower to fabricate this non-scandal. Of course he lied about it. Of course other Democrats were involved. Of course the establishment media were in on it.
We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to. But I’m sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the Inspector General or the Director of National Intelligence just as to how he is to communicate with Congress.
– – Rep. Adam Schiff to MSNBC’s Sam Stein
Schiff did appear to lie here in previously saying that his office had not spoken directly with the whistleblower. But if you care more about this stuff than the actual substance of the whistleblower complaint than you’re being a hack.
— Real Journalist Sam Stein’s tweet after it was revealed Schiff did indeed work with the “whistleblower,” which is a clear violation of the whistleblower statute.
For reasons no one should have to explain, the whistleblower rules make it painfully clear you keep the politicians out of this process. But Schiff was brought in early so the complaint would be a bulletproof roadmap for an impeachment hearing.
  1. Hearsay, Hearsay, Hearsay
Everyone is arguing the whistleblower’s complaint is weak because it is all based on second and third-hand information. No, this is exactly wrong.
That was The Plan.
That was always The Plan.

Schiff, the media, and the Deep State deliberately went this route because it means witnesses hauled before an impeachment inquiry are immediately put on defense, have to prove a negative, have to prove they did not do or say something without meeting their accuser — the whistleblower.
This is already backfiring, though, because of the things the phony whistleblower got wrong — like who was on the call with Trump and what exactly was said. And this is all thanks to reporting from new media and Trump out-maneuvering his enemies by releasing the transcript of the call in question and the full whistleblower complaint.
  1. Deep State Changed Whistleblower Rules to Get Drumpf
Oddly enough, until recently, a whistleblower complaint required first-hand as opposed to second and third-hand knowledge.
Gee, wonder why those rules were suddenly changed…?
  1. Quid Pro Ah, No
The phony whistleblower told us Trump would threaten Ukraine with the withholding of crucial U.S. aid unless Ukraine agreed to help him politically — which, oddly enough, is exactly what Joe Biden did.
Instead, as the transcript of the phone call proves, it was Ukraine’s president who brought up the issue of corruption and all Trump did was ask him to look into Biden’s threat to withhold U.S. aid if Ukraine refused to fire a prosecutor who was digging into the energy company that hired Biden’s son Hunter for $50,000 a month — a month! — even though Hunter knows nothing about Ukraine or energy.
  1. Quid Pro Uh, Oh
It gets worse! When the call took place, Ukraine was still fully expecting the U.S. to keep sending aid. Even the far-left BuzzFeed has been forced to admit this.
How can there be a threat or quid pro quo when Ukraine thought it was still raining American dollars?
There can’t be, so the whistleblower lied.
  1. Australia, Australia, Australia
The media recycling an old nothingburger into a BOMBSHELL made it pretty obvious the Ukraine Hoax was already running on fumes just a few days after it launched.
  1. The Cover Up and the Secret Server!
Did you hear that Drumpf — whom the walls are closing in on — tried to hide his call with Ukraine on a secret server so that he could cover up all his threats and quid pro quodom?
Not to keep tooting my own horn, but *toot* I toldja we’d find out Obama used the same “secret server” and … lo and behold.
  1. Victim Says He Was Not Victimized
We’re told that the victim in all of this is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was threatened, strong-armed, and blackmailed by Drumpf.
Only the transcript of the phone call says that didn’t happen, and…
So does the victim.
  1. Biden Lies and Lies and Lies and then Lies Again
What the Deep State, the media, and Democrats saw in this whole debacle was a two-fer: 1) get Drumpf and 2) save Biden from the brewing Ukraine scandal involving his rent-seeking son Hunter.
Well, we already know part one has imploded, but somehow part two has imploded even more.
All this failed coup attempt has done is to put a glaring spotlight on Joe and Hunter and Hunter’s $50,000 a month — a month! — salary to sit on the board of a company he knows nothing about in a country he knows nothing about.
And then there is The Video of Dumb Daddy bragging about his successful quid pro quo, his threat to withhold aid from Ukraine if a prosecutor investigating his son’s company was not fired.
And then there’s this 2014 bombshell photograph of then-Vice President Joe golfing with Hunter and a board member of the Ukraine company that hired Hunter for $50,000 a month — a month! — even though Joe assured us just last month he had never-ever-ever-ever “spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
Talk about a backfire.
  1. Oh, My — Look at All the Fake News
Just like with the Russia Collusion Hoax, the fake media are using fake news to cover up the fact that this is all a lie, a con, a hoax, a grift…
On top of that hilariously desperate Australia, Australia, Australia thing, there was ABC News lying about an adviser to Ukraine’s president saying the “Biden Issue” was a “precondition” to any phone calls with Trump.
Well, except for the fact that there was no precondition and the source was not an adviser, great work ABC!
And then the far-left Washington Post reported that Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence threatened to resign over all of this.
Well, except for the fact he didn’t, great work Washington Post!
  1. Jake Tapper Revs Up His Hoax Machine
Watching Jake Tapper melt down and scream lies at Trump supporters is always a dead giveaway that the hoax is unraveling.
THE UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR WAS NOT INVESTIGATING HUNTER BIDEN’S COMPANY WHEN MY PRECIOUS JOE BIDEN GOT HIM FIRED!!!!
Well, except for the fact that this same prosecutor signed an affidavit under penalty of perjury saying he was investigating Hunter Biden’s company when your precious Joe got him fired, great work Jakester!
 

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Here's interesting little story albeit one not all that important in grand scheme.

 
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Exhausted (but very happy) cat needs a glucose drip after mating with at least five females in single night after staff let him out of his cage at a pet hotel when they went home
  • Xiaopi the Russian Blue cat was left to freely roam the pet hotel in South China
  • Owner, Mr Zhao, said he specifically told the hotel that Xiaopi wasn't neutered
  • The pet hotel has since apologised and offered to pay for Xiaopi's liquid therapy
By ISABELLA NIKOLIC FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 11:22 EDT, 4 October 2019 | UPDATED: 20:57 EDT, 4 October 2019


A cat has been left needing a glucose drip after it mated with at least five females in one night when he was let out of his cage by pet hotel staff.
Xiaopi the Russian Blue was left at the hotel by his owners, Mr and Mrs Zhao, in Guangdong Province in South China.
Mr Zhao said that he had specifically told the business that Xiaopi had not been neutered.

Cheeky cat needs glucose drip after 'wild' night with five females


Xiaopi the Russian Blue was left at the hotel by his owners, Mr and Mrs Zhao, in Guangdong Province in South China


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Mr Zhao said that he had specifically told the business that Xiaopi had not been neutered


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Xiaopi the Russian Blue was left at the hotel by his owners, Mr and Mrs Zhao, in Guangdong Province in South China. Mr Zhao said that he had specifically told the business that Xiaopi had not been neutered
It wasn't until the following day that Mr Zhao realised Xiaopi had been left to freely roam the pet hotel after staff went home.
Mr Zhao wrote on social media to say: 'I thought they'd be professional, but the staff member didn't feed Xiaopi during the day and let him out to roam freely at night.
'That's right, all the cats were free to walk around the shop and then the employee went home.
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'Between around 10.40pm and 5am, my cat mated with five female cats. And those are only the ones I could see in the CCTV footage.'
Mr Zhao claims that the pet hotel staff then blamed him for the incident and complained that some of the cat owners weren't planning on having kittens.
It wasn't until the following day that Mr Zhao realised Xiaopi had been left to freely roam the pet hotel after staff went home


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It wasn't until the following day that Mr Zhao realised Xiaopi had been left to freely roam the pet hotel after staff went home
He said: 'They had the nerve to be upset with me. They wanted me to explain the situation to all the other owners.
'My f***ing cat is exhausted and on a glucose drip, and this is my fault?'
Mr Zhao later revealed that the pet hotel apologised and offered to pay for Xiaopi's fluid therapy.
Mr Zhao claims that the cats at the hotel were left to roam freely between 10.30pm and 5am while the employee went home


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He also said that the pet hotel have since apologised and offered to pay for Xiaopi's fluid therapy


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Mr Zhao claims that the cats at the hotel were left to roam freely between 10.30pm and 5am while the employee went home. He also said that the pet hotel have since apologised and offered to pay for Xiaopi's fluid therapy
He added: 'They're going to compensate each pregnant cat's owner 500 Renminbi (£56), and have promised to sell any kittens on their behalf.
'The other owners have also told me they'll either give me a kitten or 1,000 Renminbi (£113) if their cats turn out to be pregnant.
A pedigree Russian Blue can be worth anything between £350 to well over £1,000.
Mr Zhao said Xiaopi has since regained his strength and is in a stable condition.
 

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Here is an interesting article from the New York Times, stalwart defenders of American values, such as decrying the right to free speech which permits their existance and other unforgivable inexcusable treasonous musings. I urge you not to examine the author or his religious and ethnic origins, or else you might be tempted to commit a holocaust. That is naughty and will certainly put you on Santa's naughty list.

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Remember, these people love their country.
 

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British businessman and his Filipina wife are kidnapped by gunmen in the Philippines as police probe 'personal grudge' motive
  • Allan and his wife Wilma Hyron are thought to have been abducted by gunmen
  • The British man and his wife taken from their beach resort, it has been reported
  • A police corporal said the attack could have been fuelled by a 'personal grudge'
By ROD ARDEHALI and EMER SCULLY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 13:44 EDT, 4 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:56 EDT, 4 October 2019




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A British businessman in his 70s and his Filipina wife are thought to have been abducted by four gunmen with a 'personal grudge' in the Philippines earlier today.
Allan and his wife Wilma Hyron were targeted by kidnappers in Tukuran, the southern province of Zamboanga del Sur, Police Corporal Noriel Borromeo told CNN Philippines.
The couple were taken from a beach resort they own before their attackers fled in two directions, reports claim.
Allan and his wife Wilma Hyron were targeted by kidnappers in Tukuran (file image)


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The couple were taken from a beach resort they own in Tukuran, the southern province of Zamboanga del Sur, before their attackers fled in two directions, it has been reported
A friend posted on Twitter: 'Hello guys. I really don't know how to say this but my mom's friend and her husband were kidnapped on 6pm earlier at Tukuran and your prayers would be very much helpful.

'Thank you all so much. God bless and stay safe everyone.'
The couple also owns the Hyron College Philippines in the same town and police say the abduction could have been motivated be a 'personal grudge', according to CNN.
A police manhunt has been launched to locate the couple, OneTVPhilippines reports. It is ongoing.

Brit man in 70s and wife ‘kidnapped from Philippines beach resort by armed gang and bundled into boats’
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A HUNT has been launched to track down a British couple allegedly kidnapped from a beach resort in the Philippines.
A man in his 70s and his wife reportedly vanished after being confronted by four armed abductors in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, who then fled on boats in two directions.
 The couple were last seen being targeted in Zamboanga del Sur
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The couple were last seen being targeted in Zamboanga del Sur
Captain Clint Antipala, of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said the couple are believed to have been led to the two motorised outriggers before they split in different directions.
One allegedly headed towards the open seas of Yllana Bay and the other towards Sultan Naga Dimappro in Lanao del Norte.

SEPARATE DIRECTIONS
The incident happened around 6.50pm and officials are unsure which direction the couple were taken - or if they were separated.
A friend posted on Twitter: "Hello guys. I really don't know how to say this but my mom's friend and her husband were kidnapped on 6pm earlier at Tukuran and your prayers would be very much helpful.
"Thank you all so much. God bless and stay safe everyone."
According to OneTVPhilippines, police have launched a manhunt in a bid to find the couple.
 

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Here is an interesting article from the New York Times, stalwart defenders of American values, such as decrying the right to free speech which permits their existance and other unforgivable inexcusable treasonous musings. I urge you not to examine the author or his religious and ethnic origins, or else you might be tempted to commit a holocaust. That is naughty and will certainly put you on Santa's naughty list.

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Remember, these people love their country.
What a pack of traitors. [insert edgy Sam Hyde quote here]
 

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Dental Hygienist loses license for doing a dental cleaning on fiancee.

Apparently dentists in Ontario and dental hygienists in every other providence can perform their job on their loved ones, but in Ontario a dental hygienist can't have sex with a client. This is supposedly to avoid sexual harassment, and either he or she posted a pic showing her smiling after he treated her teeth and an anonymous complaint was filed.
 

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No more shit on the streets of India. The Prime Minister says so. (But some h8rs doubt him.) Interesting way to celebrate Ghandi's 150th birthday, I guess.


Modi declares India open defecation free, claim questioned
PM Narendra Modi declares India ODF on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary but experts remain sceptical.

New Delhi, India - Khatija, 40, a resident of JP Colony in New Delhi's Rama Krishna Puram area walks half a mile (about 1km) every day to Nehru Ekta Colony to use a community toilet.
"There is not a single toilet in our colony," she told Al Jazeera.
"Every day, there is a queue outside the toilet and people have to wait for their turns. Sometimes for more than half an hour," Khatija said. "Those who are in an emergency defecate in open. What choice do we have?" she asked.
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Wednesday marks 150 years of iconic Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's birth, a day dedicated by the Indian government to its sanitation goals.
Five years ago, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign, he had announced October 2, 2019, as the day India will be free of open defecation free (ODF) - a claim he made in a speech on Wednesday evening.
"In 60 months, 600 million people have been given access to toilets, more than 110 million toilets have been built. The whole world is amazed to hear this," Modi told a crowd in Ahmedabad city.
Meanwhile, in Khatija's neighbouring colony, things looked no different.
Dimple Peter, a local social worker, claimed that for a population of more than 800 people, there is just one community toilet with 10 latrines.
"The toilets are often stinky and dirty," she told Al Jazeera. "Sometimes people think it is better to defecate in open as stinky toilets may lead to diseases."
Residents said they are forced to defecate in the open as there are not enough community toilets to cater for a large number of people. They also said the toilets remain closed at night.
"The community toilets remain open from 5am till 9pm. Where will the people go during the night hours?" asked Ahsan-ud Din, 40, who runs a poultry shop.
ODF was the main objective of the Clean India campaign, which aimed to build 120 million toilets across the country by October 2, 2019.
Its other goals included cleaning up streets and other public infrastructure, achieving 100 percent door-to-door waste collection, building solid waste management plants in each town, and persuading Indians to adopt better sanitation practices.
"A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019," Modi had said while launching the campaign in 2014.
The next five years saw numerous politicians, sportspersons and Bollywood stars participating in a government-sponsored publicity blitz to promote the Clean India campaign, involving millions of dollars.
Before Modi's speech on Wednesday, the Indian government had already claimed constructing over 100 million of the 120 million toilets planned across the country.
Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) director VK Jindal told Al Jazeera that toilets had been built in all urban centres and the target had been 100 percent achieved.
So why were people still defecating in the open in the national capital? Jindal blamed "the migrant population which does not stay permanently at one place".
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Gates Foundation criticised over award to Indian PM Modi
Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Modi the "Global Goalkeeper" award for the Clean India campaign and for publicising the benefits of sanitation and hygiene.
The New York-based foundation was widely criticised for its decision and one of its employees quit in protest.

Experts said that while the construction of toilets has increased, lack of water, poor maintenance and slow changes in behaviour have stood in the way of ending the practice.
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The Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE) surveyed 3,235 households in four north Indian states in 2014 and 2018.
Their research, released in January this year, found that open defecation had reduced by 26 percent since Clean India was launched and access to household toilets increased from 37 percent in 2014 to 71 percent in 2018.
However, the study found that 23 percent of people who owned a toilet continued to defecate in the open, including in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states, which have been declared ODF.
"During our research, we saw people defecating in the open in villages that were otherwise declared ODF," said Nazar Khalid, a research fellow at RICE.
"We also found latrine construction was often accomplished through coercion. People were told that if they did not build toilets, they will not get benefits under various government schemes," he added.
Avani Kapur of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) said it was too soon to declare India ODF as challenges remained on sustainable toilet technology, and safe cleaning and disposal of waste.
"We may lose momentum by calling ourselves completely ODF," she said.
But the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims the goals of the Clean India campaign have been "almost reached".
"A huge behavioural change has been witnessed among people across India since the mission was launched," BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told Al Jazeera.
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"The mission has almost achieved its goal. We are close to the benchmark," he said. "The dream of Mahatma Gandhi of a clean India is being fulfilled by Prime Minister Modi."
Rejecting the BJP's claims as "bogus", Sanjay Nirupam of the opposition Congress party said people were defecating in the open even in cities such as Mumbai.
"This government is working only to create headlines," he told Al Jazeera by telephone.
"The government should provide the facility to every household and we support the government in that. But to claim that everybody has got a toilet and nobody is going in the open is completely a bogus statement."
 

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Here is an interesting article from the New York Times, stalwart defenders of American values, such as decrying the right to free speech which permits their existance and other unforgivable inexcusable treasonous musings. I urge you not to examine the author or his religious and ethnic origins, or else you might be tempted to commit a holocaust. That is naughty and will certainly put you on Santa's naughty list.

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