February 22, 2016 Last Updated 9:43 am

Uber driver kills eight in random shooting, but media only calls it ‘terrifying’ not ‘terror’

Morning Brief: The British pound falls after the date is announced for Brexit vote; Apple responds to accusation that security position is merely a ‘marketing strategy’

The mass shooting this weekend in Kalamazoo which killed six is drawing attention to the hiring practices of Uber, the taxi competitor. The driver, Jason Brian Dalton, randomly shot his victims at different locations, then in between incidents picked up passengers as part of his Uber employment.

Dalton-shooter-200Though press reports have used the word “terrifying” to describe the random shootings, none that I have spotted want to call mass killing “terrorism”. The shooter is white, of course.

The Washington Post report, and others, on the other hand, are quick to point the finder at Uber. The paper’s point is that the rise share company is somehow to blame for the shooting. None of the shooter’s victims were passengers, and the driver had no criminal record before the shootings on Saturday. What a neighbor did tell the NYT, however, was that Dalton “periodically shot his gun out the back door. He would shoot randomly into the air.”

At Thanksgiving my family and I traveled to Paris for the holiday. The timing was perfect for an American as the value of the Euro had fallen to around $1.04 versus the dollar. If you plan on a trip to the UK you might want to consider going now, as the value of the pound today took a nose dive to around $1.40.

Boris Johnson BrexitThe reason for the fall is likely the announcement this weekend that Prime Minister David Cameron has set the date for the ‘Brexit’ vote – Thursday, June 23.

While most of Cameron’s cabinet will be campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union, a group of minsters have already lined up on the other side, and Sunday London mayor Boris Johnson surprised the government by coming out for exiting the EU.

“I would like to see a new relationship based more on trade, on co-operation but as I say with much less of this supra-national element, so that’s where I am coming from,” Johnson said in his statement for disunion.

“That’s why I have decided, after a huge amount of heartache because I did not want to do anything, I wanted – the last thing I wanted was to go against David Cameron or the government, but after a great deal of heartache I don’t think there is anything else I can do, I will be advocating Vote Leave, or whatever the team is called – I understand there are many of them – I think that is basically, because I want a better deal for the people of this country, to save them money, and to take back control. That’s really I think what this is all about.”

Locked iPhoneApple has responded to the Justice Department’s accusation that its position regarding unlocking the iPhone found in the possession of one of the San Bernardino shooters was merely a ‘marketing strategy’ but posting a new FAQ regarding the company’s stance.

In its statement Apple admits that it would be technical possible for the company to comply with the Court’s order, but “it’s something we believe is too dangerous to do. The only way to guarantee that such a powerful tool isn’t abused and doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is to never create it.”

Apple also said that it had never before complied with law enforcement’s request to have an iPhone unlocked.

“We regularly receive law enforcement requests for information about our customers and their Apple devices. In fact, we have a dedicated team that responds to these requests 24/7. We also provide guidelines on our website for law enforcement agencies so they know exactly what we are able to access and what legal authority we need to see before we can help them,” the company said.

Saturday was a good day for both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns.

Clinton edged out Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses when it appeared she might be in serious trouble of losing a second race in a row. Instead she won 19 delegates versus 15 for Sanders.

Donald Trump Daily News newspaper front pageIn South Carolina, Donald Trump received about 32 percent of the vote versus 22 percent for Marco Rubio and the same percentage for Ted Cruz.

But delegates are distributed differently in South Carolina, with a candidate winning all the delegates in each state county. Because of this, Trump won all 50 delegates available.

The victory for Trump ends up being far bigger than it would have otherwise, something actually baked into the system, designed this way to make sure the Republicans get a clear nominee early in the process so that candidate can begin campaigning in the general election. What the party did not anticipate was that the candidate might not be the party’s number one choice.

The Daily News, which has been blasting Trump and calling him a clown on its front page, continued with aother front page featuring The Donald.

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