Trump-Haters Prepare For Inauguration Day, While Clinton Blames Comey
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes New Zealand’s South Island, causing a tsunami. The earthquake occurred about 30 miles north of Christchurch on Monday night, local time. Residents were instructed to move inland and to higher ground immediately. Two hours after the initial tremors, the first tsunami hit the East Coast. Thousands have been evacuated, as the city remembers the most recent devastating earthquake, which killed 185 in 2011, and destroyed key parts of the city. So far, minimal casualties have been confirmed and as many as 45 aftershocks have been reported.
Nearby in Australia, the United States is agreeing to resettle refugees currently living in Pacific Island camps. A worry is arising that this agreement may cause even more refugees to attempt to reach Australia via boat. The deal was created by the Obama administration and it’s unknown whether Trump discussed the issue with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a phone conversation the two shared on Thursday. Currently, Australia refuses to resettle refuges arriving via boat, a policy existing since 2013. Instead, the country pays Nauru and Papua New Guinea to house any arriving refugees, while Australian officials look for other countries to take them in. The United States has pledged to help nearly 1,300 refugees, as well as more than 350 who are seeking medical treatment. Some of the asylum seekers are settling in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, and those who do not wish to relocate to the United States will receive a 20-year visa for Nauru.
In the United States, it’s reported that calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have increased dramatically since Election Day. The lifeline director, John Draper, said the increase has been double and triple what was expected. He reports the last similar surge of calls occurred in 2014, when Robin Williams was discovered to have committed suicide. The similar Crisis Text Line saw eight times its normal volume after Election Day. It compared the increase in volume to those it experienced after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris in 2015.
Hillary Clinton is somewhat blaming James Comey for her presidential loss. A private source told NBC News that Clinton said over the weekend that the FBI director’s decision to revisit her private email server directly before Election Day could have cost her the win. Clinton admitted that she was “devastated” and “heartbroken.”
Mark Zuckerburg has several times addressed fake news stories on Facebook leading up to the election, and whether or not they affected voter decisions. Now, Zuckerburg is saying that Facebook will do more to prevent fake news stories, while simultaneously reassuring users that the social media platform in no way aided the Donald Trump victory. He says 99 percent of news content on Facebook is real, and “only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics.” He also said the initiative to combat the fake stories “often takes longer than we’d like in order to confirm changes we make won’t introduce unintended side effects or bias.”
“That said, we don’t want any hoaxes on Facebook. Our goal is to show people the content they will find most meaningful, and people want accurate news,” he said. “We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here. We have made progress, and we will continue to work on this to improve further.”
Various protest groups are planning large demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day. Police are currently expecting tens of thousands of protestors to arrive in January, swelling crowds to much more than their normal size. Officers have been warned to prepare for 30,000 protesters at the very least. The groups planning demonstrations have very successful histories of drawing huge crowds, with ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) drawing 200,000 protestors to D.C. for an event in 2013, as well as another event that’s considered the largest anti-war protest in all history. While many of the demonstrations currently taking place are peaceful, random occurrences of violence and destruction of private property are overshadowing news coverage.
“It’s not that we’re sore losers,” one demonstrator told Fox News. “It’s that we are genuinely upset, angry, terrified that a platform based off of racism, xenophobia and homophobia has become so powerful and now has complete control of our representation.”