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Prince Harry Was Trying To Get Meghan Markle A New Job For Ages

Harry's gone rogue.

Last week, the world was rocked by the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family.

Since their shock announcement there’s been an endless stream of rumours and speculation as to how the rest of the Royal family are dealing with the situation and what caused the decision in the first place.

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Fast-forward to today and it looks like Prince Harry’s Royal escape plan has been in the works for some time.

According to TMZ, video has resurfaced from the Lion King premiere in London back in July 2019 that shows Harry chatting to Disney’s Bob Iger and pitching Meghan’s voice-over talents to the CEO.

“You know she does voice-overs?” Harry is seen asking Iger. “Oh really? Ah…” he responds. Later, Harry says Meghan is “really interested” and someone says “we’d really love to try.”

While there’s no confirmation that Harry was hooking Meghan up with a job at the Lion King premiere, it came out today that the Duchess has reportedly signed a deal with Disney to do voice-over in return for a donation to Elephants Without Borders.

Will Meghan’s upcoming charity gig for Disney eventually turn into a new job? 

Either way, Prince Harry has gone completely rogue and is clearly on a mission to establish a life for him and his family outside of the walls of Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Royal family are in crisis mode and the Queen has even called a summit to decide the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Even Harry’s brother Prince William has weighed in on the saga, reportedly telling a friend “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore; we’re separate entities.”

It could very well be the beginning of the end for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s involvement in the Royal family – but at least there’s some potentially lucrative job opportunities on the horizon. 

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Here’s Why The Bogus Bushfire News Hitting Social Media Is So Harmful

There's so much misinformation out there right now.

Devastating fires have been ravaging major parts of Australia for months now, and whilst the crisis has highlighted how generous and supportive our community can be, it has also shone a light on the more heinous side of society and how harmful it is to spread misinformation.

Over the past week, bot and troll accounts have blamed Australia’s bushfire crisis on “fire bugs” and have repeatedly labelled it an “arson epidemic,” or “arson emergency,” according to The Guardian.

Dr Timothy Graham, a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, has analysed the claims on Twitter and using a bot detection tool found that there is likely a “current disinformation campaign” on the #arsonemergency hashtag. 

Whilst arson is an issue in Australia, there’s no denying the facts when it comes to our current crisis. The Bureau of Meteorology has stated that climate change is “influencing the frequency and severity of dangerous bushfire conditions” and it is expected to worsen in years to come.

“We are suffering the consequences in terms of hyped up polarisation and an increased difficulty in inability for citizens to discern truth,” Dr Graham told The Guardian. “The conspiracy theories going around (including arson as the main cause of the fires) reflect an increased distrust in scientific expertise, scepticism of the media, and rejection of liberal democratic authority.”

Even Donald Trump Jr jumped on fake bushfire news after The Australian published an article claiming that “more than 180 alleged arsonists” had been arrested since the start of the bushfire season. 

Sadly, claims of an “arson epidemic” isn’t the only bogus bushfire news making the rounds on social media right now. According to BBC, a map which went viral after being shared by Rihanna, is actually artist Anthony Hearsey’s “visualisation of one month of data of locations where fire was detected” collected by NASA. 

Another map, showing “all the fires burning in Australia” was taken from the government website MyFireWatch, but also includes “any heat source that is hotter than its surroundings” so isn’t completely accurate. 

Even social media users who are “overlaying” maps of Australia on to other countries to show the size and scale of the fires aren’t totally correct because they fail to take into account “how curved the earth is distorted when flat map projections are made,” according to the BBC.

But, there’s even more. News.com.au has reported that many of the viral images and videos floating around social media are from past events. For example, a video of fire trucks colliding colliding – which was shared by sports presenter Erin Molan and former rugby player Wendell Sailor – is actually footage from a 2015 event in South Australia. 

It’s incredible to see how far and wide the news of Australia’s bushfire crisis has spread. However, it becomes problematic when fake bushfire news or misinformation begins to spread – and even worse when it is reposted by a celebrity or social media user with a substantial following who take it as gospel. 

The consequence here is that when fake bushfire news spreads, it could influence behaviours and attitudes – possibly detracting from bigger issues like climate change, and even putting people in harm’s way. 

We’re living in a digital age where information – whether right or wrong – can spread at an alarming rate. This makes it more important than ever to keep asking questions, check multiple sources and don’t take anything at face value.

Michael Moore Seems To Think He’s The Man To Stop WW3 With Trump And Iran

"Leave this up to me."

There’s chiming in to a serious conversation you’re definitely not a part of, and then there’s Michael Moore thinking he’s going to stop World War III between Trump and Iran with an Instagram DM.

The filmmaker took to Instagram yesterday to let his followers know he had sent Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a personal appeal “asking him not to respond to our assassination of his top General with violence of any kind.”

“I recorded and DM’d him a message on my podcast, ‘RUMBLE,’” Moore captioned this post. “When the Ayatollah responds, I’ll post his reply.”

In his message, Moore asked Iran’s leader to “leave this up me, give me all of 10 months and I and millions of Americans will remove Trump from the White House.” 

As much as Moore’s efforts are undoubtedly appreciated, I’m not entirely sure an American filmmaker is going to be the catalyst for change here – and the same sentiment is shared on social media. 

Last week, Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful commander, was killed in a drone strike authorised by Donald Trump. According to the president, Soleimani “was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations.” In another tweet, he said the U.S. has “targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago).”

A spokesperson for Iran’s armed forces has since responded to the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, claiming that Iran “will set up a plan, patiently, to respond to this terrorist act in a crushing and powerful manner,” leading many to believe they are on the cusp on World War III.

Various Iranian and American politicians have condemned Trump’s decision to wage war on Iran, and some have even labelled him “a terrorist in a suit.”

The whole thing is one huge mess, and it sounds like it’s going to take far more than an Instagram DM from Michael Moore to make it all go away. 

Watch this space.

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