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US President, Donald Trump thinks violent games makes kids violent

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President Donald Trump raised concerns about the graphic depiction of violence in video games at a White House meeting Thursday with members of the industry and some of their most vocal critics.

Searching for ways to respond to last month’s Florida school shooting, Trump has questioned the impact of video games, although decades of research have failed to find a link between gun violence and graphic depictions of violence in games. Meeting attendees said he sought to hear from all sides.

“He asked a lot of questions and he raised concerns with the violent nature of these games and asked the question: Is this causing the kids to have (this) violent behavior?” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.

Those attending the meeting from the video game industry included representatives of the Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board and two CEOs of video game publishers.

Also attending were a representative of the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group, as well as conservative activist Brent Bozell — a longtime critic of video game violence who founded the council — and the author of a book linking mass killings to violent video games.

PTC program director Melissa Henson said she sought to convey the challenges of keeping violent games away from kids “even for the most diligent parent.”

She described the meeting as a listening session, saying there were no decisions about next steps.

“I don’t think there are easy answers and I don’t think that we’re going to be able to figure out the solution in the course of a one-hour conversation,” Henson said.

Industry representatives argued in advance of the meeting that there was no correlation between video games and gun violence.

The Entertainment Software Association released a statement saying studies “have found no connection between games and real-life violence” and noting that games are played in other countries that don’t have the same level of gun violence. They expressed hope that the meeting will “provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings … and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices.”

Trump has focused on video games as he seeks solutions to deal with the scourge of guns in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. After weeks of public deliberation — including expressing support for some gun control measures — Trump has not yet outlined what he would like to see in legislation.

Trump has invoked his son Barron as he speaks about video games. At a recent meeting on school violence, he said: “The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It’s so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you wouldn’t be, you’d be amazed at. I have a young, very young son, who, I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, how is that possible?”

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump congratulated Florida on school safety legislation approved by state lawmakers, saying the state “passed a lot of very good legislation last night.”

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period on weapons sales. It also would create a so-called guardian program, enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has not said if he will sign the bill.

Trump also said the White House is working to ban “bump stocks” and said efforts to enhance background checks are “moving along well” in Congress. No votes have been scheduled yet in the Senate on a pending background checks bill, but the House has said it will consider school safety legislation next week.

This is not the first time Washington has focused on video game violence.

In 2013, after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden held three days of wide-ranging talks on gun violence prevention, including a meeting with video game industry executives. After the 2013 meetings wrapped up, the White House called for research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence, but nothing substantial came out of that.

While Trump has suggested rating both games and movies for violence, ratings already exist.

Following an outcry over violent games such as 1992’s “Mortal Kombat,” the Entertainment Software Ratings Board was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association to give each game a rating based on five categories ranging from “E” for “Everyone” to “Adults Only” for those 18 and older.

In 2011, the Supreme Court rejected a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children. The decision claimed that video games, like other media, are protected by the First Amendment.

Dear Whitehouse, in all you do, don’t let Trump ban video games, Please.

 

Culled from Associated press

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Buhari’s WAEC Cert – US Army War College said they don’t have it

The Buhari WAEC certificate scandal is getting curiouser and curiouser. The US War College just said, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, that Buhari didn’t submit any credentials to it to qualify for its training.

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari educational qualification has created waves across the nation. Leaving many Nigerians in disbelief, if the incumbent president is qualified to run for presidential seat again.

Before emergence of Buhari as Nigerian President in 2015, through APC. PDP the opposition party crossed all length to ensure the disqualification of Buhari from elections. Claiming he does not posses the minimum educational requirement and therefore he is not qualified to run for the presidential post. But the electoral body, INEC the  a “go-ahead” to Buhari prior to the presentation of a debatable affidavit.

According to Nigerian Constitution, one is qualied to run for presidency if:

  • he is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
  • he has attained the age of thirty five years;
  • he is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party;
  • he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

The last requirement is what has given room to all angles of debate over Buhari’s emergence as President.

News following the case of educational qualification of Nigeria’s current president, President Buhari is a confirmation from US War College which says Muhammadu Buhari was enrolled but not prior to any credentials.

President Buhari attended the college in the 90s and it is believed that he submitted a cert which qualified him for a professional course at US war college.

Unfortunately, the college didn’t require any form of qualification for enrollment, not until year 2000 when Master of Strategic Studies was introduced.

Farooq Kperogi

Farooq Kperogi

Farooq Kperogi, associate Professor of Journalism & Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University made this known in a tweet. He posted an image of a letter from US Army war college in response to a request for document used to meet Muhammadu Buhari for enrollment into the training.

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President Buhari currently has not made any response to this as of the time of this post. He already presented an attestation from the West Africa Examination Council, Nigeria to INEC. But that didn’t settle the dust surrounding the authenticity of the certificate.

Nigerians are still looking forward to a tide turning election in 2019.

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Reno Omokri dares El-rufai to deny sending him an email calling Southern women ‘whores’

Reno Omokri made a tweet where he dares current Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-rufai to deny forwarding him, Reno, an email calling southern women a foul name.

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Drama and melo-drama is usually the order of the day in times like this in Nigeria. Scandals such as a video of Kano state governor collecting bribes and it’s likes are the arsenals used during pre-elections. The major opposition, PDPBreleasing scandals against APC on a rerun for the presidential seat.

Reno Omokri, a pastor, a staunch PDP supporter and one time media aide to immediate former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has made set room for supposedly another scandal.

Reno Omokri made a tweet where he dares current Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-rufai to deny forwarding him, Reno, an email calling southern women a foul name.

 

Governor Nasir El-rufai

Governor Nasir El-rufai

As of the time of this report, the Kaduna State governor has not made any statement regarding this matter. Most people expect him to keep silent, to make vague the accusation.

However, Reno promises to feed the media the email if Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-rufai denies the claim.

The state governor has been on the news ever since the throwback of what Mr. Peter Obi did to him resurfaced.

Nasir El-Rufai in a tweet claimed that Peter Obi supported his arrest by the Department of State Services, DSS in 2014 by saying that “El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State.”

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2019 Election – Atiku Abubakar asks the most important question and it’s a must answer for every Nigerian

The most important question in this election is ‘Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?’ Are we richer or poorer?
This is why our primary focus is on getting Nigeria working again.

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In the light of the vigorous campaign and solidarity against 2019 general election in Nigeria. Nigerians and their votes decides who will lead them for the next four years.

Contest for the presidential seat is being run by 70 candidates, in which two have the higher hand.

They’re current president, Muhammadu Buhari from APC and former Nigerian vice president, Atiku Abubakar from PDP.

A female contestant who campaigns in hope for Nigeria, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili also proves a worthy opposition too. Equal right for women and girl-child rights has been the chant of her parade.

President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar are equally yoked as well as the other unrelenting 68 presidential candidates.

Atiku Abubakar in a tweet made known the question which every Nigerian should bear in mind as the choose who leads them. The final decision determines if Nigeria gets out of her current debilitating state or not.

Atiku Abubakar, one time VP said.

The most important question in this election is ‘Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?’ Are we richer or poorer?

This is why our primary focus is on getting Nigeria working again.

The current President, President Buhari promises to make Nigeria great again even while on seat. His fight for corruption is debatable despite his claims to be a man of intergrity.

Whether he gets another chance or not, depends on the Nigerians. But the decision on whom to vote for will be based on if,

You are better off today than you were 4 years ago?’ We are richer or poorer?

Tweet by Atiku Abubakar.

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