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    • The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk was attempting to hurt the company's short-sellers when he tweeted about taking the company private, The Wall Street Journal reports.
    • The agency is reportedly asking Tesla's board of directors what Musk told them before he tweeted that he had secured the funding to convert Tesla into a private company, were the proposal to pass a shareholder vote.
    • Tesla and the SEC declined Business Insider's requests for comment. 


    The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk was attempting to hurt the company's short-sellers when he tweeted about taking the company private, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    The agency is reportedly asking Tesla's board of directors what Musk told them before he tweeted that he had secured the funding to convert Tesla into a private company, were the proposal to pass a shareholder vote.

    Fox Business and The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the SEC had sent subpoenas to Tesla concerning the company's plans to explore going private and Musk's statements about the process.

    The Fox Business reporter Charles Gasparino said on Twitter that sources suggested the agency was moving into a formal investigation of Tesla. Gasparino also said SEC officials had concerns about how the agency's investigation could affect Tesla's ability to go private.

    Tesla and the SEC declined Business Insider's requests for comment. 

    On August 7, Musk expressed his desire to take Tesla private in a now-controversial tweet.

    "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said via Twitter.

    Some were confused in the hours and days following the tweet, since Musk did not initially disclose who might provide the funding he mentioned.

    Musk said in a statement on Monday that he used the phrase "funding secured" because he believed there was "no question" Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund would provide funding for a deal to convert Tesla into a private company. He made the announcement via Twitter, he said, because he wanted all Tesla investors to know about the possibility of Tesla going private at the same time.

    But Musk didn't mention any legally binding agreements that were in place at the time he sent the "funding secured" tweet, and he also said he was in discussions with other investors, which suggested some sources of funding may not have been settled before the tweet was sent.

    Musk said all relevant parties would be able to review a proposal before a decision was made about going private. He said a proposal would not be presented, however, until discussions with potential investors were finished.

    The Saudi sovereign wealth fund first met with Musk early last year about taking Tesla private, Musk said, adding that they'd met multiple times. After the fund purchased about 5% of Tesla's shares, it requested another meeting with Musk, which Musk said took place July 31. Musk said that during this meeting the fund's managing director "strongly expressed his support" to contribute funding to take Tesla private.

    Musk notified Tesla's board of directors of his desire to take Tesla private on August 2, he said. But The New York Times reported on Monday that Musk's "funding secured" tweet surprised the board, which it said had not approved the tweet. According to The Times, Musk told an informal adviser he sent the tweet because he had difficulty keeping information to himself and was frustrated with the company's critics.

    The Times later reported that some board members had hired lawyers to protect themselves from the potential legal fallout of Musk's statements and urged Musk to stop using Twitter. Three lawsuits have been filed against Tesla and Musk alleging securities fraud.

    On Tuesday, Tesla said its board of directors had formed a special committee to consider any forthcoming go-private proposals.

    Tesla has been public since 2010, but Musk has previously said he would like to take Tesla private.

    "I wish we could be private with Tesla," Musk said in an interview with Rolling Stone published in November. "It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company."

    Last week, Musk said taking the company private was "the best path forward." He said the pressures of being a public company created distractions and promoted short-term thinking that may not produce the best decisions in the long term.

    Musk has also said on multiple occasions that Tesla would become profitable by the end of this year and would not need to raise additional funds, despite its increased cash-burn rate in recent quarters.

    At the end of June, Tesla said it achieved its goal of making 5,000 Model 3 sedans in one week. Musk previously said that the company would hit that number by the end of 2017 and that sustaining such a production rate was critical for Tesla to become profitable.

    Read The Wall Street Journal's full story here.

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    • The royal family tree of Britain's monarchy is enormous and complicated.
    • The more famous royals, like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, and Prince Harry— who married American actress Meghan Markle — are easily recognizable to most people.
    • But there's a whole host of distant cousins that are part of the British royal family tree chart.
    • Here's a look at some of the other families that are descended from King George V — the UK's first Windsor king.

    The royal family tree of Britain's monarchy is quite a thing to behold.

    King George V, the first monarch from Britain's House of Windsor, and his wife Mary of Teck had six children. Four of those offspring proceeded to have kids of their own.

    As a result, well-known royals like 4-year-old Prince George of Cambridge and his younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have tons and tons of less-famous cousins.

    The House of Windsor is a relatively young dynasty — it will turn 101 years old on July 17. King George V, a grandson of Queen Victoria, inherited the throne in 1910. Like his father King Edward VII, he was a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The German dynasty was injected into the British monarchy by Albert, Prince Consort, the husband of Queen Victoria.

    But by 1917, English attitudes towards Germany had soured considerably, thanks to the First World War.

    In response to rising anti-German sentiments, George V decided to make a considerable PR move. He swapped out Saxe-Coburg and Gotha for the far more English-sounding name of Windsor. The royal family's website said the new name was inspired by Windsor Castle — where George V's granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II still resides on weekends.

    Here's an in-depth look at the British royal family tree, beginning with the family that started it all:

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    King George V was the first monarch of the House of Windsor

    King George V and his wife Mary of Teck had six children together between 1894 and 1905. One of their children didn't survive into adulthood. Prince John, the baby of the family, had severe epilepsy and a learning disability. He died in 1919 at the age of 13.

    Their eldest son, King Edward VIII, inherited the throne upon his father's death in 1936. Had he remained king, Edward VIII's hypothetical descendants would have inherited the British Crown.

    But Edward VIII abdicated in 1937 in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The controversial couple — who were rumored to harbor Nazi sympathies— never had children.

    King George VI's descendants dominate the current line of succession

    After his older brother's abdication, King George VI took to the throne for a reign of nearly 15 years. He and his wife Queen Elizabeth had two daughters, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.

    George VI's descendants are set to continue to inherit the throne in the foreseeable future. His eldest daughter Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch in history. Her son Charles, Prince of Wales, is reportedly set to succeed her when she turns 95 in 2021.

    The Lascelles family is descended from King George V's only daughter

    Mary, Princess Royal, was George V's only daughter.

    She had two sons with her husband, Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood. The princess's sons went on to produce six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and nine great great grandchildren. The Earldom of Harewood is still held within the Lascelles family.

    The eldest two children of David Lascelles, the current 8th Earl of Harewood, were born before Lascelles married his first wife. They were therefore unable to inherit his title.

    Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles, the only son of Alexander Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles, is also not eligible to inherit his family's royal title, as his parents were not married at the time of his birth.

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    • Donald Trump's old Trump Tower office is a far cry from the Oval Office he now occupies.
    • Most of Trump's decor didn't make the trip to D.C. with him.
    • Business Insider looked into the differences between Trump's two signature workspaces.

    Trump Tower and the Oval Office used to seem worlds apart.

    But now that Donald Trump is president, they both count as his two signature workspaces.

    His Trump Tower office was messy and littered with papers and random collectibles. Unsurprisingly, things tend to look a bit neater in the Oval Office.

    Here's a comparison of the two offices:

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    Trump's old desk in Trump Tower was big and constantly cluttered with various files...

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    ... not to mention stacks of magazines emblazoned with Trump's own image.

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    In the Oval Office, Trump has opted to use the famed Resolute desk. Queen Victoria gifted the piece of furniture — which was carved from timbers of the H.M.S. Resolute — to Rutherford B. Hayes.

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    UK snacks

    Those who travel to the UK will be intrigued by a number of things — the variety of accents, the music scene, and the dreary weather, for starters. Beyond those things, however, the most intense culture shock visitors will experience will likely come when they are exposed to the world of British snacks.

    While supermarkets in the UK don’t carry popular bites like Goldfish or Cheetos, they do have quite a number of treats and flavors that manage to keep things interesting. Although they may seem odd to the rest of the world, below are just a few of the snacks that Brits love to chow down on at home.

    Shrimps and Bananas are not what they sound like.

    Perhaps the world's oddest combination, Barratt Shrimps and Bananas gummy candy actually taste like raspberries and bananas.

    Walkers crisps come in many flavors.

    Essentially the British version of Lays chips, Walkers offers more unique flavors than their American relative, including Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Beef and Onion, Roast Chicken, Pickled Onion, and everyone's favorite: Marmite.

    Chocolate Digestives aren't as healthy as they sound.

    Although the name suggests the snack would be high in fiber and good for getting your system moving, Chocolate Digestives are simply crumbly, chocolate-covered cookies.

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    • The Vatican called the sex abuse detailed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report "criminal and morally reprehensible."
    • The Vatican's statement comes days after its press office said that it had "no comment" on the report. 
    • The pope has yet to personally respond to the report, which was released on Tuesday. 

    The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania"criminal and morally reprehensible."

    A grand jury on Tuesday released a report that accused 300 priests of sexually abusing 1,000 children over the past 70 years as Catholic Church leaders covered up the allegations.

    The Vatican's statement comes days after its press office said that it had "no comment"on the report

    In a statement released late Thursday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said "those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and faith."

    He said the words "shame and sorrow" expressed the Vatican's feelings when "faced with these horrible crimes."

    "The acts described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible," Burke said. "Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur."

    Burke noted that most of the report concerns abuses dating before the early 2000s, which is consistent with studies showing Catholic Church reform in the US had "drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse" in recent years.

    He added: "Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent."

    Pope Francis has not personally responded to the Pennsylvania grand jury report. 

    Hours after the report was released, the Pope tweeted: "Still today there are so many martyrs, so many who are persecuted for the love of Christ. They are the real strength of the church!"

    And at his general audience at St Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis did not comment on the sex abuse scandal.

    Read the full report here:

    If you have suffered abuse at the hands of Pennsylvania Catholic priest and would like to talk it, email

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

    SEE ALSO: Pope Francis is remaining silent on the shocking Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing 300 priests of child sex abuse

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    So you’ve already made your way drinking around World Showcase in EPCOT and had a blast. Are you ready for another magical bar crawl in Walt Disney World?

    Similar to drinking around the world in EPCOT, the monorail bar crawl isn’t an official bar crawl, however, it’s a great activity for those looking to get their drink on in the happiest place on Earth.

    So how does it work? The monorail bar crawl is very simple. Guests travel around the resort monorail loop, which makes stops at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort,  Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).  

    Guests get out at each resort on the line and grab a drink at one of the several bars inside. Keep in mind that no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the monorail, so make sure to finish your drinks before boarding.

    There is no wrong way to start or end. Personally, I like to end wherever I can have a great view of the Magic Kingdom firework show, Happily Ever After. I think it’s a great way to wrap up your bar crawl.

    disney resortMy friends and I started at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is home to two pool bars and Mizner’s Lounge.

    Unless you’re staying at the resort and can access the pool, I recommend just making a visit to Mizner’s Lounge. The bar is located on the second floor of the main building, right behind the bandstand where you can take in some music by the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

    Mizner's LoungeAfter we finished enjoying the Grand Floridian Resort, we boarded the monorail to head on over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There are several bar options at the Contemporary Resort. Guests can grab a quick cocktail at the Outer Rim or travel to the top floor and visit the California Grill Lounge. The California Grill is extremely popular and has some of the best views of the Magic Kingdom.

    Monorail bar crawl

    The Wave is not only a great stop to try some organic beer or world-class wine, but it is home to the brand new Seven Seas Lagoon Fishbowl.


    It’s a whole lot of flavor for just $22 making it the perfect drink to share with your friends and definitely a must-have drink while completing the monorail bar crawl.

    Disney bar crawl monorailI always think the Polynesian Village Resort is the best place to finish not only because it is one of my favorite places to watch the fireworks, but I think that their two bars, the Tambu Lounge and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto offer the most delicious cocktails.disney kona pineapple cocktail Nothing will scream "paradise" more than this blend of Myer’s Original Dark Rum, Bacardi 151 Rum, fruit juices all in a huge pineapple shell topped off with a tiny umbrella. The drink is also offered at the Kona Cafe, which is a great dining option for anyone who wants to sit down for dinner during your bar crawl.

    Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a great place to finish your bar crawl because it is one of the most unique experiences in Disney World. Many of their signature cocktails bring this tiki bar to life including an indoor erupting volcano, an angry goddess and some hilarious shenanigans from the bartenders. Additionally, the bar has an outdoor section, which is ideal for taking in the fireworks on those cool nights.

    Whatever order you decide to go in or bars you decide to visit during your monorail bar crawl, remember to have fun and drink responsibly.

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    • Retired US Navy admiral William McRaven, a former US Navy SEAL who oversaw the raid that took out al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, delivered a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump.
    • McRaven said he would "consider it an honor" if Trump revoked his security clearance, following his decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.

    The man who oversaw the raid that took out al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden delivered a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump amid the White House's decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.

    In an opinion column published by The Washington Post on Thursday, retired US Navy admiral William McRaven, a former US Navy SEAL and commander of the US Joint Special Operations Command, described Brennan as "one of the finest public servants."

    "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him."

    On Wednesday, the White House announced it would revoke Brennan's security clearance, citing his "erratic conduct and behavior," and questioning his "objectivity and credibility."

    "Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the Nation's most closely held secrets and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos," the White House's statement said.

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    Brennan, who had been critical of the Trump administration prior to the White House's decision, said that the move was "part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics."

    "It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out," Brennan said on Twitter. "My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent."

    McRaven appeared to concur with Brennan in his brief, but critical, column.

    "Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency," McRaven wrote.

    McRaven continued by describing the qualities of a good leader; characteristics he said he "hoped" that Trump would embody after becoming president.

    "A good leader sets the example for others to follow," McRaven said. "A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself."

    "Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities," McRaven said. "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."

    McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014 after 36 years of service as a Navy SEAL. He was hired as chancellor of the University of Texas' school system in 2015. In 2017, McRaven announced he would leave the school, citing health concerns.

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    • I recently tried Chick-fil-A for the first time and I get what all the fuss is about. 
    • The Chick-fil-A original sauce and the Polynesian sauce made the meal memorable. 
    • I was pleasantly surprised with how much the chain offered, aside from its classic fried chicken sandwich. 
    • I think my favorite part, surprisingly, was breakfast. 

    Desperately sprinting through the Atlanta airport, I scouted out the chain with a cult following of loyal chicken eaters.

    Initially, I wondered, what is the big deal with Chick-fil-A? It seems like you can't go very far without finding people who will sing its praises.

    Well, after dunking my sandwich into their famous sauce and devouring it, I finally understand what the fuss is about.

    Luckily, I was with other people so we were able to taste a few things. The first choice was a no-brainer. The original chicken sandwich with a side of the Chick-fil-A sauce and the Polynesian sauce. Available in plain and spicy, the chicken sandwich is made with a crispy, breaded boneless chicken breast with salty pickles on a warm toasted bun. The chicken was super juicy and flavorful, and the sauces made it that much better.

    ChickFilA ChickenSandwich

    They have a variety to choose from like the garlic and herb ranch, honey mustard sauce, zesty buffalo sauce, smokehouse barbecue sauce, and sweet and spicy Sriracha sauce, but the front-runners seem to be the signature Chick-fil-A sauce and the Polynesian sauce. The signature sauce blends flavors of sweet barbecue sauce, acidic vinegar, smoky paprika, lemon, turmeric, garlic, and so much more to create something so awesome, it could make cardboard taste good. I mean, I seriously contemplated ditching some of my clothes to fit more packs of it in my luggage and had to order a side of their waffle fries just to keep scooping it up.

    The Polynesian sauce combines vinegar, tomato, onion, garlic, beet juice, and more to create a tangy alternative to their signature sauce.

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    We had to try something off the breakfast menu because people are obsessed with these biscuits. They have bite-sized chicken biscuits of the large version, a popular choice for frequent visitors.Chick-Fil-A

    Their boneless, crispy chicken breast tastes even better on their freshly baked buttermilk biscuits. Pro tip, put some jam on it if you love those savory, salty, sweet combinations.

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    I also recommend that you wash your breakfast down with a cold brewed coffee shake. There are plenty of treats for later in the day, too, like their peach, strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla milkshakes just to name a few.

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    The breaded, pressure cooked tenders are generously seasoned and great for dunking. I know I’ve mentioned plenty of fried choices, but I have to say, I was blown away by the number of healthy options they had to offer that actually taste delicious like the grilled nuggets are tender, with a nice little char on the outside.

    Chick fil A grilled chicken nuggets

    They have a variety of salads to choose from, healthy sides packed full of fruits, a kale and broccoli side salad with sour cherries, grilled chicken sandwiches and plenty of super healthy protein packed breakfast items.

    Their breakfast sandwich on a multi-grain English muffin is served with a generous serving of grilled chicken, melted gooey cheese, and egg whites. Seriously, I couldn't get over how much I liked their breakfast choices. 

    Chick fil A

    After giving this place a try for myself, I was extremely surprised. The juicy, flavorful chicken, the warm fluffy biscuits, the variety of side dishes, and the wide range of healthy options to choose from made me reconsider my harsh judgment of chain restaurants. It was definitely worth almost missing my flight to try it.

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    • A letter is circulating among Google employees that calls for the creation of an "ethics review structure" that includes representatives from rank-and-file workers.
    • Over 1,400 Google employees have signed the letter, and counting.
    • This comes after news leaked that Google planned to build a search engine that censored information in an effort to comply with China's communist government and begin once again operating there.
    • Sources who spoke to Business Insider say that part of the problem is that Google's managers have yet to address the plan to re-enter China, and the associated ethical quandaries, with employees.   

    Google faces yet another showdown with employees following news reports earlier this month that the company wants to offer a search engine in China — one that would censor information in accordance with governmental requirements.

    A letter is circulating among Google's staff that calls for the creation of an "ethics review structure," which would make ethical assessments of  the company's projects. Representatives chosen by the staff and "ombudspeople" would take part in those assessments, according to the letter.

    A source close to the situation said more than 1,400 employees have so far signed the letter, the existence of which was first reported by The New York Times. Google did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

    You can read the full letter below.

    According to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, such a structure would provide enough transparency to enable individual workers to determine whether projects they contribute to are in line with their ethical standards.  The letter also demands that rank-and-file workers be part of the review structure.

    "We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes," the workers wrote in the letter. "Google employees need to know what we're building."    

    The letter also calls for a "Code Yellow" at Google — internal lingo for a serious situation that bears immediate attention.

    A lot has happened to get Google to this point.

    Google's management hasn't addressed the censored search engine yet

    The news that Google was building a censored search engine, as part of an effort --codenamed Project Dragonfly-- to once again operate in China, first broke in The Intercept on August 1. Google pulled its search engine from China in 2010 after refusing to filter out web sites and information that the Chinese government found objectionable.

    This kind of censorship is widely regarded as a human rights violation. When Google cofounder Sergey Brin explained the reasoning for the move said management objected to the “forces of totalitarianism,” in China.  

    The unanswered question now is why Google believes that the time has come to return to the country.

    Some Google employees would like to hear Brin and cofounder Larry Page explain, but management has said nothing. It has not gone unnoticed by employees that Google's leaders have yet to address the censored search-engine reports internally, two weeks after the news first came out.  This contrasts with the much more immediate internal response when news leaked that Google was providing artificial intelligence tools to the military.

    Last year, word began to spread inside Google that the company had helped the Pentagon analyze drove video-footage using AI. In that case, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene took to the company's internal communications tools within 24 hours of the leak to inform staff what was going on and the company's position.

    In that case, more than 4,000 Google employees signed a letter addressed to CEO Sundar Pichai that demanded Google never make AI-enhanced weapons. Pichai responded by releasing a set of principles designed to govern the company's future decisions on AI. The principles included never creating AI weapons or using AI to harm.

    On Thursday, Google spokespeople suggested that the lack of response from Google's leaders was due to summer vacations, but that stance doesn't appear to have convinced the workers who signed the letter.

    "To make ethical choices, Googlers need to know what we're building," said the letter. "Right now we don't."

    Below is a transcription of the letter. Some of the names were removed and identifying information was removed.  

    To make ethical choices, Googlers need to know what we're building. Right now we don't. So we, the undersigned, are calling for a Code Yellow on Ethics & Transparency at Google.

    Our industry has entered a new era of ethical responsibility: the choices we make matter on a global scale. Yet most of us only learned about project Dragonfly through news reports early August. Dragonfly is reported to be an effort to provide Search and personalized mobile news to China, in compliance with Chinese government censorship and surveillance requirements. Eight years ago, as Google pulled censored web search out of China, Sergey Brin explained the decision, saying: "in some aspects of [government] policy, particularly with respect to censorship, with respect to surveillance of dissidents, I see some earmarks of totalitarianism." Dragonfly and Google's return to China raise urgent moral and ethical issues, the substance of which we are discussing elsewhere.

    Here, we address an underlying structural problem: currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment. That the decision to build Dragonfly was made in secret, and progressed even with the AI Principles in place makes clear that the Principles alone are not enough. We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building.

    In the face of these significant issues, we, the undersigned are calling for a Code Yellow addressing Ethics and Transparency, asking leadership to work with employees to implement concrete transparency and oversight processes, including the following: 

    1. An ethics review structure that included rank and file employee representatives; 

    2. The appointment of ombudspeople, with meaningful employee input into their selection:

    3. A clear plan for transparency sufficient to enable Googlers an individual ethical choice about what they work on; and

    4. the publication of "ethical test cases"; an ethical assessment of Dragonfly, Maven, and Airgap GCP with respect to the AI Principles; and regular, official internally visible communications and assessments regarding any new areas of substantial ethical concern.


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    • Some former members of a notorious security team at Uber are now allegedly employed by Tesla.
    • They include Nick Gicinto, who reportedly is the new head of security at Tesla.
    • At Uber, Gicinto allegedly led a team of former CIA case officers who hacked into rivals' computers and secretly recorded their conversations.
    • At Tesla, Gicinto and his team allegedly spied on employees and hushed up a drug-trafficking investigation.
    • The allegations about the Uber team working at Tesla were made by Karl Hansen, a former Tesla employee who has filed a whistleblower tip with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    "Several" employees in Tesla's security department — including the company's head of security — were previously a part of a similar team at Uber that allegedly stole data from rivals, hacked into their computer systems, and recorded their private conversations, according to a former employee of the electric-vehicle company who filed a whistleblower tip earlier this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    At Tesla, those employees were part of a group that spied on employees' personal cell-phone communications and hid from shareholders a theft of raw materials and a drug trafficking ring at the company's battery factory in Nevada, Karl Hansen, a former member of Tesla's security team, alleged in the tip, according to a statement put out Thursday by his lawyer.

    "The security personnel accused of engaging in these tactics at Uber were hired by Tesla this year despite the revelation of a purported investigation by the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco ... [into] the actions related to the Uber security team," Meissner Associates, the law firm representing Hansen, said in the statement.

    CNBC first reported Hansen's allegations about the former Uber team now working for Tesla.

    Hansen investigated links between Tesla employees and Mexican drug cartels

    While at Tesla, Hansen investigated the links between company employees at its so-called Gigafactory battery production facility and Mexican drug cartel, according to the statement from his attorney. He reported his findings in June to his three supervisors, which included two former Uber employees, one of whom was Nick Gicinto, Tesla's new head of security who reported directly to CEO Elon Musk, according to the statement.

    Hansen alleged that Tesla failed to inform the US Drug Enforcement Agency of his findings and didn't fire the employees linked to the cartel. He also alleged Musk and the security team didn't disclose to the company's board directors and shareholders how it handled the drug trafficking investigation. 

    At Uber, Gicinto was in charge of the app-based taxi company's Strategic Services Group, according to a letter submitted in December by a former Uber employee in the company's legal dispute with Waymo, Google's self-driving car spinoff. Gicinto staffed the Strategic Services Group with CIA-trained case officers and used them to spy on competitors, according to that letter.

    Hansen was fired by Tesla in July, according to the statement from his lawyer. He's the second whistleblower to come forward in the last two months, following Martin Tripp. Hansen alleged that the Tesla security team spied specifically on Tripp, including, potentially, after he left the company.

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    At just 24 years old, Pete Davidson has already made a name for himself in the sketch and stand-up comedy scenes. But he recently exploded into wider pop culture awareness with his highly publicized relationship with Ariana Grande— and their whirlwind engagement.

    Here's everything we know about the young comedian.

    He started doing stand-up comedy when he was 16 years old.

    Davidson was inspired to pursue comedy when he saw Bill Burr open for Dane Cook at Madison Square Garden, according to a 2015 interview with Interview magazine.

    At 16 years old, Davidson got a job as a busser and spent his wage on transportation and comedy club entry fees, snagging any open-mic opportunities he could in New York City.

    Davidson had reoccurring roles on comedic MTV reality shows.

    Nick Cannon takes credit for discovering Davidson, after the then-teenager called into Cannon's morning radio show.

    "This kid called in one day, 15 years old and said, 'I want to open up for you doing stand-up.' I was like, 'Yeah, all right, tell me a joke.' He told me a joke and I was like, 'This kid is pretty funny.' I took him on the road with me," Cannon recently told Entertainment Tonight.

    Opening for Cannon led Davidson to a semi-regular stint on Cannon's improv MTV show "Wild 'N Out." Davidson eventually landed a role on MTV2's comedic reality show "Guy Code" for the third and fourth seasons.

    He dated his MTV co-star and fellow comedian, Carly Aquilino.

    Aquilino is best known as a regular cast member of MTV2's "Girl Code," the sister show of "Guy Code." She also co-hosts a podcast called "Secret Keepers Club" with fellow comedian Emma Willmann.

    Aquilino and Davidson began dating in late 2014 when both were regulars on their respective MTV programs, but broke up after nearly one year together. Although Aquilino, unlike her ex-boyfriend, still runs an active Instagram account, she has deleted nearly her entire catalogue of couple photos with Davidson.

    Read more:Ariana Grande says she's following fiancé Pete Davidson off social media: 'It can be so toxic'

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    Kellyanne and George Conaway have been married for 17 years, have four kids together, and have rose to prominence on the national political stage.

    And according to a lengthy feature in the Washington Post, their relationship is under more stress than ever.

    Kellyanne, who ran President Donald Trump's campaign and now serves as his counselor, is one of Trump's fiercest and most vocal supporters. While George supported Trump at first, he now publicly trolls the president on Twitter. 

    Here is an inside look at one of the most interesting marriages in Washington.

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    After spotting the DC pollster Kellyanne Fitzpatrick on the cover of a magazine in the late 1990s, George called his friend Ann Coulter to introduce him to her.

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    After Coulter introduced the two, Kellyanne and George began spending time together in The Hamptons and at baseball games. Kellyanne once said, "I find that his near-constant presence doesn’t annoy me."

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    The two were married in 2001 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. It was reportedly a "decadent affair"— the cake was so big it had to be cut into pieces so it could fit in the door.

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    • New evidence from a long-term study suggests that neither high-carb nor low-carb diets are necessarily great for your health. 
    • Scientists studied more than 15,000 people in the US and another 400,000-plus around the world, and found that getting about 50-55% of a day's energy from carbohydrates might be ideal
    • People who ate significantly more or less carbs than that were more likely to die, according to the study.

    For years, dieters have had to deal with a lot of conflicting advice on how to eat.

    First, fat was the bad guy. Then it was considered ideal to avoid sugar and go low-carb.

    Lately, dieters trying the trendy ketogenic diet have discovered that if they replace carbs with fat, they can trick their bodies into a natural starvation mode and lose weight, while still enjoying bacon and slurping heavy cream. 

    But a new, long-term study published Thursday in The Lancet suggests there may be a winning formula for the amount of carbohydrates to eat every day. It relies on some very unsexy, old advice: everything in moderation. 

    Lead researcher Sara Seidelmann, a cardiologist and nutrition researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told Business Insider that her results suggested a diet "rich in plant based whole foods such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts is associated with healthy aging." 

    That usually means about half of the calories you eat in a day should come from carbohydrates.

    A Goldilocks rule for carbs

    For the study, Seidelmann looked at the diets of more than 15,400 adults in the US and another 432,000 people in more than 20 countries around the world. She and her team of researchers analyzed that information in relation to how long the study participants lived.

    They found that people who ate a moderate amount of carbohydrates — around half of their daily calories — tended to live the longest.

    Conversely, people who derived more than 70% of their energy from carbs or got less than 40% of their daily calories from carbohydrates were more likely to die than people who ate something in between.

    It's a kind of Goldilocks finding: we should eat not too many carbs, not too few, but just the right amount. 

    On one end of the spectrum are people who suffer health consequences from eating too many carbs, like in some lower-income countries where people tend to rely on white rice for sustenance without much else on their plate. 

    On the other end are people who consume to few carbs. Surprisingly, the group at highest risk of death in the US study were those who didn't eat carbs, since those people tended to replace carb-heavy foods with animal fats and proteins: "beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and cheese," as Seidelmann put it.

    "Clearly, filling your plate with those things increased mortality," she said. 

    In fact, the researchers concluded that a 50-year-old who eats within the 50-55% carbs margin could expect to live for another 33.1 years, while someone the same age who gets just 30% of their calories from carbs would be expected to live roughly 29.1 more years. 

    The important part is getting as many whole, healthful foods onto your plate as possible

    There is a way to do a low-carb diet and age well: people who ate small amounts of carbohydrates but more plant-based proteins like veggies, beans, and nuts were found to be less likely to die and tended to live to a ripe old age. 

    This might be because eating large amounts of animal fat and protein but few fresh plant-based foods can increase inflammation in the body.

    "Try to make choices that fill your plate with plants," Seidelmann said.

    She agrees there's a short-term link between low-carb diets and weight loss, but cautions that diets like keto and Atkins might not be great long-term strategies. 

    "There's absolutely nothing more important for our health than what we eat each and every day," she said. "I really would like individuals to realize the power that they have over their own health," she said. 

    SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley's favorite high-fat diet is beloved by everyone from venture capitalists to LeBron James — here's how it works

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    • Chinese bombers are increasingly active and flying farther from China's shores, according to a Department of Defense report released Thursday.
    • The Pentagon suspects that China might be training for strikes against US targets as well as sending a message to other regional actors that Chinese capabilities are improving.
    • The US is watching Chinese activities carefully as China's power grows in what the Pentagon argues is an era of renewed "great power competition."

    Chinese bombers are much more active and operating farther from Chinese shores at an increased frequency, and the Pentagon thinks they are likely training for strikes on US targets, according to the 2018 China Military Power Report.

    "The [People's Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets," the Department of Defense explained in its annual report to Congress. "The PLA may continue to extend its operations beyond the first island chain, demonstrating the capability to strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam."

    The report noted that these flights could be "used as a strategic signal to regional states," but the PLA hasn't been clear about "what messages such flights communicate beyond a demonstration of improved capabilities."

    Last year, PLA bombers flew a dozen operational flights through the Sea of Japan, into the Western Pacific, around Taiwan, and over the East and South China Sea — all potential flashpoints. There were only four flights respectively in 2015 and 2016, and only two between 2013 and 2014.

    The Pentagon report noted that in August 2017, the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) expanded its operating area by sending six H-6K bombers up past Okinawa for the first time. The bombers flew along the east coast of the island, home to approximately 50,000 American military personnel.

    Bomber flights into the Western Pacific are also disconcerting because "the extended-range [H-6K] aircraft has the capability to carry six land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs), giving the PLA a long-range standoff precision strike capability that can range Guam."

    Activities around Taiwan and in the East and South China Sea are also alarming given Beijing's contested interests in these areas.

    Overwater Bomber Capabilities

    China is in the process of modernizing its military in an attempt to fulfill Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision of a world-class military that can fight and win wars in any theater of combat by the middle of this century. Part of this process is the development of power projection tools, such as aircraft carriers and long-range strategic bombers capable of striking targets with both conventional and nuclear payloads.

    The US is watching these developments closely, as the Pentagon believes that "great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of US national security," as Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis explained earlier this year.

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    • The special master overseeing the document review in the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, issued her final report Thursday.
    • Just about 0.1% of the more than 4 million documents seized by the FBI in April raids on Cohen's properties were deemed privileged by the special master.
    • Prosecutors are able to use the remaining documents in a potential prosecution of Cohen.

    The special master overseeing the document review in the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, has ruled that roughly 0.1% of the more than 4 million documents seized by the FBI from the attorney are covered by attorney-client privilege.

    Barbara Jones, a retired federal judge appointed to oversee the review, wrote in her final report to US District Judge Kimba Wood on Thursday that nearly 7,500 documents were either privileged, highly personal, or partially privileged. Cohen claimed privilege over slightly more than 12,000 of the 4 million-plus documents, and is not challenging any of Jones's rulings with Wood.

    In a filing that was posted shortly after Jones's final report, Wood wrote that the parties must file any objections to Jones's determinations to the court by Friday evening.

    Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes. The FBI raided Cohen's home, hotel room, and office in April, seizing more than 4 million documents from Trump's longtime lawyer.

    At the center of Cohen's troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 presidential election to the porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her from talking about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump, which Trump has denied. The FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with other women.

    In April, Cohen and his lawyers successfully argued for the appointment of a special master, allowing them, Trump's attorneys, and the Trump Organization to identify documents protected by attorney-client privilege.

    Last month, the president's attorneys withdrew privilege claims over a dozen audio tapes the FBI seized from Cohen. As a result, those recordings have been turned over to prosecutors.

    On one of the tapes, which was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis, Cohen and Trump discuss buying the rights to the story of a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The tape was said to be recorded without Trump's knowledge. Its publication could complicate Cohen's efforts to seek a deal with the government.

    A person close to Trump's legal team who had heard the tapes told Business Insider last month that the remaining recordings featured conversations between Cohen and third parties about Trump, not direct discussions between Trump and Cohen.

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    • British voters are increasingly worried that Brexit will damage the NHS.

    • For the first time, the opinion that leaving the EU will leave the NHS worse off is most popular with the British public.
    • Theresa May has claimed that Brexit will create a "dividend" to spend on the NHS.;

    LONDON — The British public is increasingly worried that Brexit will damage the NHS, according to new polling.

    For the first time since polling company Kantar Public started quizzing Brits on Brexit, the opinion that leaving the European Union will damage the NHS is the most popular among the public.

    33% said Brexit would leave the NHS worse off, compared to 30% who think it will have no impact. Meanwhile, just 26% of people believe leaving the EU will improve the standards of NHS care.

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    Kantar Public also found that almost two in three Brits believe the UK government is handling Brexit negotiations badly. 63% said the government is doing a poor job of handling talks, while those who said the government is doing a good job fell to a new low of 19%.

    The missing 'Brexit dividend'

    The impact of the UK's EU exit upon NHS standards has long been a central issue in the Brexit debate.

    The official "Leave" campaign made an increase in NHS funding one of the central pledges of its Brexit campaign in the run-up to the referendum.

    Vote Leave promised that the leaving the EU would free up £350 million a week in funding which could be reallocated to healthcare, a claim that was later proved to be false. The figure is believed to be closer to £250 million but is likely to be offset by a dip in GDP once the UK leaves the EU.

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    Earlier this year, Theresa May claimed that an upcoming increase in NHS funding would come partly from a "Brexit dividend." Under the prime minister's plans, the NHS budget will increase by £20.5 billion by 2023, which the government says will be funded partly through money it no longer sends to Brussels.

    The Office for Budget Responsibility said, however, that while there would be some savings if Britain leaves the EU, such a calculation does not take into account the potential economic impact of leaving the EU.

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    • The Trump administration made the unprecedented move of revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance on Wednesday.
    • The White House has also threatened to revoke the clearances of nine other former intelligence officials — all of whom have publicly criticized President Donald Trump.
    • Here's a look at who they are and what they've said to criticize Trump.

    President Donald Trump stunned the nation on Wednesday with the announcement that he revoked the security clearance of the former CIA Director John Brennan over his criticism of Trump and the administration. The White House described Brennan's actions as "erratic conduct and behavior."

    Trump's move earned some sharp reactions in Congress and within the national-security community, with some saying they perceived it as an abuse of presidential power.

    As national security experts have explained, it's standard protocol for former high-level intelligence officials to keep their security clearances after their government service has ended, so they can be a resource to future administrations on matters of national security. 

    Despite the outrage over Trump's action on Brennan this week, the president might not stop there. The White House has publicly named nine other former national security and intelligence officials who have publicly criticized the Trump administration.

    Here is a snapshot of the nine officials and what they've said:

    Gen. James Clapper: Former Director of National Intelligence

    Gen. Clapper is a retired lieutenant general in the US Air Force and longtime veteran of the US intelligence community. He served as Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama from 2010 to 2016.

    Clapper quickly became one of Trump's most prominent critics as a regular guest on cable news programs and in his memoir, "Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence."

    “I will continue to speak out, regardless of whether I have a security clearance," Clapper told CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday.

    "If they are saying that the only way I can speak is to be in an adulation mode of this president, I’m sorry but I do not think I can sign on for that,” Clapper said.

    Gen. Michael Hayden: Former Director of the CIA and National Security Agency

    Gen. Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general in the US Air Force, served as the Director of the National Security Agency under Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush and the Director of the CIA from 2006 to 2009.

    He's worked in the private sector ever since, and is the author of the book "The Assault on Truth: American National Security in the Age of Lies."

    Hayden has been particularly critical of Trump's approach to foreign policy and national security, and has thrown some jabs at the Trump family. "Surprising views from such an accomplished scholar," he wrote sarcastically in a tweet mocking Donald Trump Jr., who attempted to compare the Democratic Party to Nazis. 

    In one post, Hayden used 87 laughing emojis in response to Trump's attempt to walk back comments he made during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, Finland.

    At a news conference following that July 16 summit, Trump indicated that he believed Putin over the American intelligence community on the matter of Russia's interference in the 2016 US election. Trump's attempt to reframe his remarks a day later was widely mocked.

    Hayden told CNN the potential revocation of his security clearance would have "no impact on what I think, say, or write."

    James Comey: Former FBI Director

    Comey hasn't had an active security clearance since his firing in May 2017, per department protocol, but that did not stop the White House from adding Comey to the list of individuals whose security clearances it said were being reviewed.

    The former FBI director hasn't held back from criticizing President Donald Trump on Twitter. 

    "In a democracy, security clearances should not be used as pawns in a petty political game," he wrote of the revocation of Brennan's clearance. "This president...lies to the American people every day, encourages racism, is a misogynist, and always puts his own interests above those of the United States of America." 

    Comey remains a frequent punching bag for Trump in his quest to discredit the FBI and the broader Russia investigation. In a barrage of tweets in April, Trump called Comey "slippery,""not a very smart man," and "a slimeball."

    "Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI," Trump claimed in July, adding that he believes he "did a great service to the people in firing him."


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    • A jury recently ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a plaintiff who alleged that his cancer was the result of using Roundup, the company's popular herbicide.
    • On the heels of the trial, an environmental nonprofit released a report that showed traces of the herbicide in popular cereals including Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and Lucky Charms.
    • One important thing the cereal report left out: The active ingredient in Roundup — a chemical called glyphosate — likely does not cause cancer in the very low levels at which it is present.

    Last week, a jury in San Francisco ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after years of using Roundup, the company's popular herbicide. On the heels of the trial outcome, The Environmental Working Group published a scary-sounding report that found traces of the chemical in dozens of everyday foods, from cereals like Cheerios and Quaker Oats to granola bars.

    One important thing the report left out: The active ingredient in Roundup — a chemical called glyphosate — likely does not cause cancer in the very low levels at which it is present.

    The science linking glyphosate to cancer is limited at best. In fact, the majority of published research on glyphosate and cancer reveals low or zero risk. Here's what you need to know about the chemical in cereal.

    The dose makes the poison

    Woman Drinking WaterBefore developing cancer, the plaintiff in the recent trial had used Roundup regularly in his job as a groundskeeper at a California public school. For neglecting to alert Johnson (and the rest of the public) about the potential links between glyphosate-containing Roundup and cancer, the jury ordered Monsanto to pay Johnson $289 million.

    But as for whether glyphosate could actually have been the sole or even primary cause of an individual's cancer, the research leans heavily toward "no."

    That's because the dose makes the poison.

    Eat or drink too much of nearly anything, and you can die. That applies to everything from apple seeds (which contain the deadly poison arsenic) to chocolate (which packs the toxic chemical theobromide) to water (if you drink roughly 6 litres of water at once, you can develop hyponatremia, a deadly condition in which an excess of water causes your cells to puff up like balloons).

    The scare over a potential link between glyphosate and cancer appears to have begun with a now widely-criticized statement put out by a World Health Organization group known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015.

    That year, the IARC put glyphosate — Roundup's active ingredient — in a cancer-risk category one level below widely-recognized harmful activities like smoking. But several researchers have said the IARC's determination was bogus because there is no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer. In fact, a lengthy review found that the IARC had edited out portions of the documents they used to review glyphosate to make the chemical look far more harmful than its own research had concluded.

    Several recent rigorous scientific studies have added to the notion that glyphosate — at least in the amounts we consume — poses little harm and is unlikely to cause cancer.

    Just last year, a review of studies looking at the ties between glyphosate and cancer concluded that in the low amounts of that people are actually exposed to, glyphosate "do[es] not represent a public concern."

    So, should you be worried about breakfast cereal?

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    The cereal report — which focused on children, not adults — found levels of glyphosate higher than what it determined to be safe for 43 of the 45 cereals it tested. Bu the math fails to line up with other published figures on glyphosate safety levels.

    In its report, any cereal with a glyphosate level of more than 160 ppb, or parts per billion, was marked as "unsafe." The Environmental Protection Agency's legal limit on glyphosate in food for adults is 5 parts per million, or 5,000 parts per billion — meaning that the cereal report's figures were 31 times more stringent than what the EPA considers safe.

    Given that children are smaller than adults, toxicologists generally develop slightly more strict figures for them.

    But instead of drawing from the EPA's glyphosate numbers, the cereal report authors looked to California standards — which are notoriously tough and recently led to the controversial decision of the state slapping cancer warning labels on coffee.

    In California, where glyphosate is still listed in a registry of "chemicals known to cause cancer," the levels of glyphosate considered "safe" to ingest are 60 times more stringent than EPA regulations. Using that figure as a baseline, the cereal report authors then added "an additional 10-fold margin of safety" to arrive at their glyphosate safety threshold, determining that ingesting 0.01 milligrams of glyphosate every day would give you a one-in-a-million risk of developing cancer over the course of your lifetime.

    Given all that, it's not surprising that so many cereals got flagged as in the red for having glyphosate levels higher than what the cereal report authors determined to be safe.

    "Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow," a spokesperson with General Mills, the company behind Cheerios and Lucky Charms, said in a statement supplied to Fast Company.

    "Glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any regulatory limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as safe for human consumption,"said a Quaker spokesperson.

    New research could change the controversial classification of glyphosate

    The IARC's 2015 statement on glyphosate and cancer is not final.

    Based on new studies (typically in mice), glyphosate could go from its current status — where some people see it as a potential cancer risk — to being recognized as having a low risk for harm.

    Several studies of glyphosate and cancer are ongoing, and more are coming out each year. Just last year, a review of studies looking at the ties between glyphosate and cancer concluded that in the low amounts that people are actually exposed to, glyphosate "do[es] not represent a public concern."

    It's also possible that new evidence could come out strongly against glyphosate and suggest that it's incredibly harmful. New evidence dramatically changed the public perception of another popular product which was initially labeled cancerous — a zero-calorie sweetener called saccharin, which is sold under the brand name Sweet' N Low.

    In the 1980s, any product containing the sweetener was required to carry a warning label saying that it was "determined to cause cancer." But the science was flawed: the rats that had been used in the studies were especially prone to bladder cancer, and the findings did not apply to people. So in 2016, the sweetener was removed from a list of cancer-causing ingredients.

    Glyphosate's status ultimately remains to be seen. 

    SEE ALSO: A common weed-killer chemical is at the heart of a $289 million cancer lawsuit against Monsanto. Here’s how worried you should be

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    • Employees assembling Model 3 vehicles at Tesla's Fremont factory on the GA3 line were sent home early from multiple shifts this week, three Tesla employees told Business Insider. 
    • One factory worker said the GA3 line, which is the main assembly line for Model 3 production, was sent home early on Wednesday without meeting goals.
    • The worker said roughly 211 Model 3 sedans were assembled before workers were sent home three and a half hours early from their typical 12-hour shift. The employee said the company aims to make 300 Model 3 vehicles per shift on the GA3 line. 
    • In early July, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out a company-wide email celebrating the Fremont plant hitting the 5,000-cars-per-week benchmark, and saying the factory was on track to raise that figure to 6,000 cars a week. 
    • The worker said the email "was laughed at," as the GA3 line has rarely hit its benchmarks. 
    • Tesla declined to comment on whether GA3 line workers were being sent home early and about internal targets for the Model 3. 


    On Wednesday, Tesla factory workers putting together the Model 3 on the GA3 line were allowed to go home early from the Fremont, California plant, leaving at 2:30 p.m. PT, instead of the usual 6 p.m., three Tesla employees told Business Insider. The employees spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. 

    Workers on GA3, which is Tesla's main assembly line for the Model 3, were also sent home early on the night shifts that started on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, an employee said. At the time of publishing on Thursday, normal operations had resumed. 

    Typically, a worker told Business Insider, a shift is only sent home early because it met its goals for a period of time or because there is a problem that is making it impossible to assemble more vehicles. For example, one of the two lines on GA3 might be sent home if there is a problem that has prevented the progression of assembling vehicles for hours. 

    In this case, both lines were sent home, with the entire GA3 line leaving early. According to a factory worker, the reason was not because the company had hit its production goals for the day. 

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    In fact, the worker said the company missed internal targets. The employee said the target is to produce 300 cars per shift (there are two 12-hour shifts per day), but on Wednesday the line produced 211 vehicles during the day shift.

    Tesla declined to comment on whether GA3 workers were sent home early and about internal targets. 

    The number of cars completed per shift is displayed on a screen for line workers at the factory. Not meeting the required numbers is a common problem in recent weeks, the factory worker, who has been at Tesla for a little under a year, said. 

    According to this worker, his 12-hour shift is supposed to push 300 cars through the line, as part of Tesla's aim to get 5,000 Model 3 cars assembled per week. However, his shift has only reached this goal roughly three or four times in the last three weeks, he said. 

    "The days we even hit 300, we celebrate it in the morning," he said, adding that there have been very few celebrations recently. 

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    According to the worker, each station at the plant (such as body wiring, pedal assembly, and airbag installation) is supposed to take roughly two minutes on average. However, internal information shared with Business Insider showed that on Wednesday, nearly every station was running over time, blocking the progression of cars down the line. 

    In early July, Elon Musk reportedly sent a company-wide email celebrating the Fremont factory hitting the 5,000-cars-per-week milestone. 

    "What's more, with the widespread productivity gains throughout Tesla and the new production lines spooling up, we are on track to reach 6K/week for Model 3 next month," Musk said in the email, viewed by Bloomberg. "I think we just became a real car company...."

    However, the factory worker said "that hype email saying 'let's reach 6k' was laughed at.'"

    "We barely could get to 5,000," he said. 

    Tesla, though, has managed to reach goals despite shifts coming up short of expectations in the past, with unconventional solutions such as creating new assembly lines. 

    In June, Musk revealed the company had built a new line for Model 3 production, dubbed GA4, in a giant tent outside the Fremont factory. 

    Reuters also reported in late June that shifts were failing to meet the 300-car-per-shift goal, making it unlikely the factory would meet the 5,000-per-week mark. Three days later, Reuters reported that the factory hit the 5,000 car milestone.

    Additional reporting by Linette Lopez and Mark Matousek. 

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