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5 #Buzzworthy Stories Tonight: International Cat Day And Diplomacy, North Korea, Game Of Thrones, Wikileakes, And Climate Change

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1. 🙀 🌍 😻 🌎 🤔 Cats, politics, and digital diplomacy

Via reddit.com

"Cats have become a permanent fixture of the Internet. BuzzFeed made them viral — and made cat ladies cool. Think about Grumpy Cat or Lil Bub, they are celebrities in their own right, like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber. Grumpy Cat alone counts more than 12 million followers between Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Believe it or not, cats have also been part of politics and diplomacy."

* by Andreas Sandre on Medium

2. 📡 🚥 North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons

"North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller."

* by Joby Warrick, Ellen Nakashima, and Anna Fifield on The Washington Post

3. 🐉 🐉 🐉 Hackers demand millions for stolen HBO data

Game of Thrones

"Hackers using the name "Mr. Smith" posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded that HBO pay a ransom of several million dollars in bitcoin to prevent further such releases. The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one upcoming episode, and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming. There were also internal documents, including a report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives."

4. 📝 📬 Julian Assange wants to hire the Google engineer who got fired for writing the anti-diversity manifesto

1/ Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore. https://t.co/tmrflE72p3

"On Monday Google fired an engineer who wrote a now infamous memo against diversity that went viral within the company, was published by the press and has been the cause of non-stop talk ever since. But the engineer, James Damore, needn't worry about a job if he needs one. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has publicly offered to bring him on board."

* by Julie Bort on Business Insider

5. 🌈 🌊 🌪 Revenge of the Climate Scientists

"On Monday, The New York Times published a leaked climate report by scientists from 13 federal agencies that shows, unequivocally, that the earth is warming, the consequences will be severe, if not apocalyptic, and humans are the cause of it. None of this is news to anyone who pays attention to what's happening on Planet Earth. What's new is that scientists from virtually every relevant federal agency are broadcasting this right now, at a time when the Trump administration has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, pushed policies to increase coal mining on federal lands, rolled back air pollution standards and taken direct aim at President Obama's signature climate change achievement, the Clean Power Plan. This report argues that climate change is not only real and happening now, but that by denying science, lying to the American people and pushing fossil fuels, President Trump is putting the health and stability of the operating system of the entire planet at risk. To put it bluntly, this report is a huge throw-down by federal scientists that challenges the most basic fundamentals of Trump's climate denial charade."

* by Jeff Goodell on Rolling Stone

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