UK mass shooter was a virgin ‘incel’ who warned he was ‘a Terminator’


The crazed killer who gunned down five people, including a young girl, in the U.K.’s deadliest mass shooting in more than a decade said he was an American-born, virgin “incel” — compared himself to “The Terminator,” according to reports.

Jake Davison, a 22-year-old apparent fan of the New York Giants football team, was identified Friday as the gun-obsessed man behind Thursday’s bloodbath in Plymouth that a local MP decried as “unspeakably awful.”

He is believed to have first shot dead his mother at their family home, before running out killing a 5-year-old girl, her dad two others before turning the gun on himself, according to officials.

Forensic officers walk in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth, Englon Friday, where six people were killed in a shooting incident.
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Police said they were examining his hard drives online activity, which included YouTube channel in which he regularly whined about being a “fat as f—” virgin who has never kissed a girl, according to numerous U.K. reports.

Saying he was “getting uglier” “defeated by life,” he related to Incels, the “involuntary celibates” behind a series of devastating mass murders in the U.S. Canada.

His social media — since taken down — showed he was obsessed with American gun culture, even claimed to have been born in Arizona, The Sun noted, although that has yet to be verified.

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Davison wore a Giants shirt in his last YouTube rant late last month in which he compared himself to the killing machine played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Terminator.”

“The whole premise of the Terminator movies is that you know everything is rigged against you, there’s no hope for humanity, you know, we’re on the brink of extinction, these machines are unstoppable killing machines that can’t be beaten, can’t be outsmarted, but yet humanity still tries to fight to the end,” he said, according to The Times of London.

“I’m a Terminator.”

Using the name Professor Waffle, Davidson’s YouTube also showed him bodybuilding admitting to taking steroids dreamed of “cocaine fuelled sex,” the U.K. paper noted.

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His slaughter was the worst mass shooting in the U.K. since 2010, when taxi driver Derrick Bird shot dead 12 people injured 11 others before committing suicide in Copeland, Cumbria.

Davidson, meanwhile, is believed to have used a pump-action shotgun that he was licensed to own, police said.

Plymouth Sutton Devonport MP Luke Pollard called it “unspeakably awful” said he was “utterly devastated” to learn one of those killed was a child.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his “thoughts are with the friends family of those who lost their lives with all those affected by the tragic incident in Plymouth last night.”

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Incels first became prominent in 2014 after Elliott Rodger, 22, killed himself after gunning down six people, including two women, outside a sorority house near Santa Barbara, California.

Rodger left behind a manifesto that has been a rallying point for online “incels” — short for “involuntarily celibate” — who justify violence against women as revenge for being rejected as sexual partners.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.



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NASA’s Perseverance rover took its first Mars sample – but it’s empty


The first borehole drilled by NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars 

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After six months driving on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover attempted to drill into the Martian surface to take its first sample on 6 August. Everything seemed to go smoothly, but when the rover’s operators checked the sample tube after it had been sealed stored inside the rover, they found that it was empty.

“It went really well, other than that the rock behaved in a way that didn’t allow us to get any sample in the tube,” says Jennifer Trosper, the Perseverance project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After combing through the data, the mission’s operators suspect that when the rover drilled into the rock to take a sample, it fell apart into a fine powder sprinkled out of the tube.

“We need a more cooperative type of rock,” says Trosper. “This one was crumbly – it may have had a surface that was hard, but once we got in there all the grains just sort of came apart.” This did not happen during tests of the sampling system on Earth, nor has it been a problem with the other Mars rovers.

While it is not possible to unseal reuse the sampling tube, researchers had requested a sample of the Martian air, the sealed tube does contain that. “We weren’t trying to collect the atmospheric sample, but it’s not a waste of a tube,” says Trosper. Perseverance has 43 sample tubes, so there are still plenty of opportunities to collect Mars rocks.

Trosper says this disappointing attempt is not a cause for concern when it comes to future sampling attempts with Perseverance. During the next attempt, planned for early September, the team plans to use the scientific instruments onboard the rover to confirm that a sample was taken before they seal the tube stash it inside the rover.

Eventually, the plan is that Perseverance will cache these samples on the surface of Mars to be picked up brought back to Earth by a later NASA mission. Returning the samples to Earth will allow scientists to study them in much more detail than we can on Mars, especially when it comes to searching for possible signs of past life there.

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Do you phub? Ignoring friends for your phone is linked to personality


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Though not the most elegant expression, phubbing has become so common that it has made its way into the dictionary alongside other newly relevant social terms like selfie, photobombing, FOMO (fear of missing out). A combination of phone snubbing, phubbing describes the act of ignoring a companion in favour of engaging with a phone.

Now, research shows that whether or not we regularly participate in phubbing depends on our personalities.

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Taliban’s blitz of Afghanistan claims four more provincial capitals


The resurgent Taliban reportedly have taken control of four more provincial capitals Friday as the militant group’s offensive continues to close in on Kabul, where the U.S. is now racing to evacuate “thousands” of American citizens Afghan interpreters, officials say. 

The latest significant blow was the loss of the capital of Helmprovince, where American, British allied NATO forces fought some of the bloodiest battles in the past 20 years. Taliban forces in recent days have seized half of the country’s 34 provincial capitals, including its second third-largest cities, Herat Kandahar. 

“This is all melting down in a short period of time,” one U.S. military officer told Fox News on Thursday. 

Maps show areas controlled by Taliban at selected dates each month.
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Officials separately told Fox News that the U.S. military will help evacuate “thousands” of American citizens Afghan interpreters from Kabul. 

While the capital of Kabul isn’t directly under threat yet, the losses advances elsewhere further tighten the grip of the Taliban.  

The latest U.S. military intelligence assessment suggests Kabul could come under insurgent pressure within 30 days and, if current trends hold, the Taliban could gain full control of the country within a few months, according to the Associated Press. 

In the county’s south on Friday, the insurgents swept through the capitals of Zabul Uruzgan provinces, in addition to Helmand’s. 

Attaullah Afghan, the head of the provincial council in Helmand, said that the Taliban captured Lashkar Gah following weeks of heavy fighting raised their white flag over governmental buildings. He said that three national army bases outside of Lashkar Gah remain under the control of the government. 

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Atta Jan Haqbayan, the provincial council chief in Zabul province, said the local capital of Qalat fell that officials were in a nearby army camp preparing to leave. 

Bismillah Jan Mohammad Qudratullah Rahimi, lawmakers from Afghanistan’s southern Uruzgan province, said local officials surrendered Tirin Kot to the Taliban. Mohammad said the governor was heading to the airport to depart for Kabul. 

In the country’s west, meanwhile, Fazil Haq Ehsan, head of the provincial council in Ghor province, said its capital, Feroz Koh, also fell to the insurgents. 

Thousands have fled their homes amid fears the Taliban will return Afghanistan to the sort of brutal, repressive rule it imposed when it was last in power at the turn of the millennium. At that time, the group all but eliminated women’s rights conducted public executions as it imposed an unsparing version of Islamic law.  

An early sign of such tactics came in Herat, where insurgents paraded two alleged looters through the streets on Friday with black makeup smeared on their faces. 

A Taliban fighter holds a rocket-propelled grenade along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan's third biggest city, on Friday. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

A Taliban fighter holds a rocket-propelled grenade along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan’s third biggest city, on Friday. (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)
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Peace talks in Qatar remain stalled, though diplomats are still meeting, as the U.S., European Asian nations warned that any government established by force would be rejected. 

But the Taliban advance is continuing Friday as they push into the capital of Logar province, just 50 miles south of Kabul. 

Hasibullah Stanikzai, the head of the Logar provincial council, said fighting was still underway inside Puli-e Alim, with government forces holding the police headquarters other security facilities. He spoke to the AP by phone from his office, gunfire could be heard in the background. The Taliban said they had captured the police headquarters a nearby prison. 

The onslaught represents a stunning collapse of Afghan forces after the United States spent nearly two decades $830 billion trying to establish a functioning state. U.S. forces toppled the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, which Al Qaeda planned executed while being sheltered by the Taliban government.  

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The Taliban fighters now advancing across the country ride on American-made Humvees carry M-16s pilfered from Afghan forces. 

Biden decided in April to end U.S. military involvement in the war, the withdrawal is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 31. 

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson the Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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Carnival cruise COVID outbreak: 27 people aboard ship test positive


Twenty-seven people aboard a Carnival cruise tested positive for COVID-19 just before the ship made a stop in Belize City this week, according to the Belize Tourism Board.

The positive cases were among 26 crew members one passenger on the Carnival Vista, which is carrying over 1,400 crew nearly 3,000 passengers, the board said in a statement. The ship arrived Wednesday in Belize City.

All 27 were vaccinated, had mild or no symptoms, were in isolation, according to the statement. The tourism board said 99.98% of the ship’s crew was vaccinated, as well as 96.5% of its passengers.

The Washington Post reported Carnival said it announced last week that there were positive cases on board, but the cruise line did not not give specific numbers. The ship left from Galveston, Texas, according to the Post.

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Carnival is requiring passengers to be vaccinated, though there are exceptions for children people with medical issues. The cruise line said in a statement Aug. 4 that passengers must wear a mask in certain indoor areas provide a negative COVID test within three days of embarkment for cruises beginning Aug. 14.

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention said on its website that it had investigated the Carnival Vista the ship remains under observation.



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