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Boeing to replace ‘costly’ physical jet certification tests with simulations?

Boeing reportedly mulls phasing out some of the old-school physical tests and relying more on digital simulation analysis in order to “streamline” the flight safety certification of its latest long-range 777X and future jets. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Boeing to replace ‘costly’ physical jet certification tests with simulations?

Boeing reportedly mulls phasing out some of the old-school physical tests and relying more on digital simulation analysis in order to “streamline” the flight safety certification of its latest long-range 777X and future jets. Read Full Article at RT.com

Open thread for night owls. Nichols: First Democratic debates 'unfair and unfocused spectacles'

John Nichols at The Nation writes—The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles:  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is moving up in the polls, but she won’t get to debate the candidates for the 2020 Democratic president
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Open thread for night owls. Nichols: First Democratic debates 'unfair and unfocused spectacles'

John Nichols at The Nation writes—The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles:  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is moving up in the polls, but she won’t get to debate the candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination whom she hopes to displace: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden. Nor will Warren be on the same stage for the Democratic debates with the candidates who poll just behind her at this point: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Senator Kamala Harris. The Democratic National Committee on Friday announced the matchups for the two nights of scheduled debates—on Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27—that could define the rest of the 2020 competition. Unfortunately, the format and approach chosen by the DNC for these first debates creates a chaotic and unequal circumstance that could make the formatting of debates more meaningful than what the candidates actually say. Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, and Harris are all on the Thursday-night debate stage, along with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper, California Congressman Eric Swalwell, author Marianne Williamson, and former tech exec Andrew Yang. What of Warren? She’ll be on the Wednesday stage with former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan—as well as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former housing secretary Julián Castro, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Here’s one way of looking at things, using the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls: The first debate will feature 10 candidates with combined support of roughly 20 percent of likely primary voters and caucus goers. Warren, who is at 11.8 percent in the Real Clear Politics average, provides the star power. The next-closest Wednesday night contender is O’Rourke, at 3.5 percent. The second debate will feature 10 candidates with combined support of roughly 65 percent. [...] OK, how about we take the four hours allotted over two nights and just do a series of 10-minute conversations where individual candidates make their cases in a Q&A setting with Bill Moyers? Or Hasan Minhaj? Or Stacey Abrams? The DNC is planning for a dozen debates. They’ll eventually get around to predictably awful, standard-format forums. But it would have been so much better if they started with fair and functional discussions where good ideas might matter more than bad formatting. And it is still possible that, going forward, a better approach could be found. TOP COMMENTS  HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK'S HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION The right to a useful and remunerative job  in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation; The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living; The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad; The  right of every family to a decent home; The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; The right to adequate protection the economic fears of  old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment; The  right to a good education.              ~~Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The Second Bill of Rights” (January 11, 1944) TWEET OF THE DAY xWag the Dog. With such low approval ratings, Trump will do anything to distract the American people. Including putting our military is harm's way for another needless Middle East conflict. https://t.co/YMgxMYD2PF— Andrew Goss ✊USAF✊ (@Goss30Goss) June 16, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—Okay. Now we know what the Republicans will run on in 2006: The White House accused Democratic leaders on Wednesday of obstructing President Bush's agenda in a second straight day of combative attacks against the minority party on Capitol Hill. «I think the American people reject those who simply say no and stand in the way of getting things done,» White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters. Nevermind that Republicans have the trifecta, with dominant majorities in both chambers of the legislature. What is this obstructionism that we keep hearing about? So far [Bush] has been unable to gain traction in Congress over his proposals to overhaul Social Security and has had ongoing struggles over energy legislation and the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement, among other items. On Social Security in particular, Bush has called on Democrats to offer their own proposals instead of simply attacking his, but the tactic has largely not worked. Listen, Mr. President, you have the numbers to pass your legislation in the House, but I haven't seen any of it introduced. Heck, I haven't even seen a social security bill from the White House, so I'm not sure what «plan» you're referring to. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Humanoid robot gets tired of merciless bullying & pulls GUN on meatbags in (prophetic?) parody VIDEO

A disturbingly realistic video of a humanoid robot finally standing up to its abusers has gone viral, with thousands falling for it, horrified that such mistreatment of our future metal overlords might be not a very good idea. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Humanoid robot gets tired of merciless bullying & pulls GUN on meatbags in (prophetic?) parody VIDEO

A disturbingly realistic video of a humanoid robot finally standing up to its abusers has gone viral, with thousands falling for it, horrified that such mistreatment of our future metal overlords might be not a very good idea. Read Full Article at RT.com

The more things change, the more they stay the same

When the United States entered World War I, there was an immediate need for American armed forces to expand quickly. Men were drafted, and volunteered to serve in the military. During this time in history women, for the most part, did not serve in any capaci
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The more things change, the more they stay the same

When the United States entered World War I, there was an immediate need for American armed forces to expand quickly. Men were drafted, and volunteered to serve in the military. During this time in history women, for the most part, did not serve in any capacity in the armed forces. Men between the ages of 18 and 31 made up the bulk of the fighting force. In 1917, federal officials were horrified to learn that one-third of U.S. troops were infected with syphilis or gonorrhea. Of course those numbers were horribly wrong. While venereal disease was a problem for the armies of the day, different nations handled these diseases differently. Germany provided brothels for their soldiers, higher end for the officers, lower end for the enlisted soldiers. France legalized prostitution and, like the British, gave their troops condoms. For the United States: American soldiers were ordered to be chaste and were punished if they weren't. All encampments were enclosed in barbwire and had a single guarded entrance. Guards were empowered to screen all men entering a camp for possible sexual encounters with French women. The least suspicion got a soldier an immediate irrigation of his penis and bladder with a solution of potassium permanganate. Men who had any evidence of gonorrhea or syphilis were hospitalized and/or confined to the stockade, pay and allowances suspended. Condoms were never  -  never  -  given by the U.S. Army to American soldiers. Of course, that was only for the soldiers in the war zone. In the United States morality laws were enacted. 

US cops who threatened to kill family over ‘stolen doll’ placed on desk duty, triggering more uproar

Phoenix Police Department has drawn even more criticism after the officers, whose “unprofessional” threats to kill parents in front of their children recently went viral, were merely reassigned to “desk duty.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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US cops who threatened to kill family over ‘stolen doll’ placed on desk duty, triggering more uproar

Phoenix Police Department has drawn even more criticism after the officers, whose “unprofessional” threats to kill parents in front of their children recently went viral, were merely reassigned to “desk duty.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Social justice, political correctness, human decency, bigotry, and total jerks

This past week there was a bewildering little discussion on Bill Maher’s Real Time where—yet, again—Maher railed mightily at the horrors of political correctness and social justice warriors, while columnist Charles M. Blow sat bewildered at what his pro
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Social justice, political correctness, human decency, bigotry, and total jerks

This past week there was a bewildering little discussion on Bill Maher’s Real Time where—yet, again—Maher railed mightily at the horrors of political correctness and social justice warriors, while columnist Charles M. Blow sat bewildered at what his problem was. [Transcript below from Breitbart, available on its website.] Friday on HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher lamented so-called social justice warriors, who he argued were not motivated by actual social change, but out of a need to increase an audience on social media. “Here’s what’s wrong with social justice warriors: They’re not interested in justice. They’re interested in clicks,” he said. “They’re interested in getting clicks. Oh please, you don’t think so?” Maher’s remarks were met with pushback from New York Times columnist Charles Blow, who said there were “social justice warriors” with genuine interests in improving society. Maher insisted he was speaking about a totally separate thing, and he and his guest author Bret Easton Ellis pointed to the way some reacted to criticism of blockbuster movie “Black Panther.” For his part Blow was clearly confused as he happens to know people who are seriously interested in implementing positive social change, who aren’t just making noise and being obnoxious or opportunist for its own sake but really are trying to address real social inequities by raising their voices, and sometimes putting their own bodies on the line, to implement that change. That’s a significantly different view from Maher who as an absolute free-speechist believes anyone should be able to say just about any ridiculous obnoxious thing you want without facing the backlash of those people responding by telling you you’re a total fracking jerk. Here’s another example of Maher’s attitude from his “New Rules” segment from that same show where he basically dumps on Generation Z for being fragile little snowflakes who don’t know how to take any responsibility for themselves or deal with any bad news or direct criticism. Hilarious, kinda.

Actually, we do know what Trumpcare is. And it's not good

“Spectacular.” For me, that word always evokes a particular moment in American television history. In the present, it’s the word The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote used to describe Trumpcare, i.e., the alternative healthcare plan his party was supposedl
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Actually, we do know what Trumpcare is. And it's not good

“Spectacular.” For me, that word always evokes a particular moment in American television history. In the present, it’s the word The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote used to describe Trumpcare, i.e., the alternative healthcare plan his party was supposedly developing to replace Obamacare: “We've put together a group of four or five … they are going to work together to come up with something that's really spectacular … it's going to be far better than ObamaCare.” This spring Trump has also said that the Trumpcare plan would be “really great” and “wonderful.” Shortly thereafter, the “four or five” men (what, you thought he’d let women work on something as important as health care?) indicated that they were not exactly anxious to get started. More recently, a week ago the Daily Beast interviewed the three senators Trump actually named: John Barrasso of Wyoming, Rick Scott of Florida, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Afterward, its reporters divined a new description of the would-be Trumpcare plan: It has been “totally abandoned.” Mitt Romney is apparently developing his own alternative plan to replace Obamacare (which was, as you may know, modeled on the Romneycare plan passed in Massachusetts, but, hey, that was back when Mitt was pretending he was a moderate). Maybe this is how Romney thinks he’s going stand up to Trump. On health care, the Trump campaign has no specific plan. Instead, it’s sent out its national press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, to spout right-wing pablum about Individual 1’s “free market policies” and support for “healthcare choice.” Nevertheless, Mr. 46% of the Popular Vote and his Republican buddies have changed our healthcare system in profoundly negative ways. For example, they got rid of the individual mandate as part of their Rich Man’s Tax Cut scheme. That’s the one that the Republican who pushed it through the House in 2017 now admits is not paying for itself as his party promised it would—however, he says it still might someday. Might? On that prospect I’ll refer you to the noted “economist” Wayne Campbell. But back to Trumpcare. On its “Sabotage Watch” page, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has put together a terrific, comprehensive list of the harmful changes to Obamacare that Trump has wrought. And beyond those, the Trump administration is now on record calling for the Supreme Court to find the whole of Obamacare unconstitutional, following a ruling from a Texas federal court that the law should be tossed out. Of the actions that have already taken effect, there’s one element of Trumpcare in particular that has been in the news recently. The details of how it has hurt Americans are really going to piss you off.

Brits won’t buy used car from Boris Johnson – but think he’ll be the one to steer them into Brexit

Used car salesman is not a career option for Boris Johnson, since the majority of UK citizens won’t buy one from him, a poll suggests. At the same time, they believe he has the best chance among Tories to win the general election. Read Full Article at RT.co
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Brits won’t buy used car from Boris Johnson – but think he’ll be the one to steer them into Brexit

Used car salesman is not a career option for Boris Johnson, since the majority of UK citizens won’t buy one from him, a poll suggests. At the same time, they believe he has the best chance among Tories to win the general election. Read Full Article at RT.com

A community read: the Mueller report

I was in my early 20s when five men were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. (So you’d think it would have beefed up its security by 2016, no?)  Of course, when th
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A community read: the Mueller report

I was in my early 20s when five men were caught breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. (So you’d think it would have beefed up its security by 2016, no?)  Of course, when the break-in occurred, most of America was totally unaware of what had happened and what the political ramifications would be. It took time and the hard work of a healthy media to bring to light the criminal activities of the Nixon administration. Before the internet and C-SPAN, we relied on the news media to keep us informed, via daily newspapers, weekly news magazines, broadcast evening news, and, most notably, PBS, which broadcast most of the Watergate hearings. Some in the media, like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, did a yeoman’s job; the rest at least reported fact as fact and fiction as fiction. In addition, there was the plethora of books written about Watergate, beginning with All The President’s Men, The Imperial Presidency, The Final Days, and Blind Ambition. I often thought that the best of the books was written not by a journalist or a historian, but by Nixon himself. Or, rather, the publication of his words as transcribed and rushed into print by The Washington Post, with commentary by Post reporters, including Woodward and Bernstein. Reading the conversations that Nixon surreptitiously recorded was fascinating. Much of it was boring, and some was confusing, the transcripts peppered with the words “inaudible” and “unintelligible,” as the reel-to-reel tape system was incapable of clearly recording the voices of those who were distant from the microphones hidden in the Oval Office, the Cabinet room, and even Nixon’s office in the EEOB. And of course, much of it was redacted with the notorious phrase “expletive deleted.” (I got a kick out of the Republicans who found President Obama in shirtsleeves to be disrespectful of the Oval Office, when Nixon’s speech was littered with expletives that needed to be deleted.)

Why the NY Times is breaking this devastating story about an asylum-seeking family on TV

Salon talks to executive producer Sam Dolnick and writer Caitlin Dickerson about the Gray Lady's FX TV series
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Why the NY Times is breaking this devastating story about an asylum-seeking family on TV

Salon talks to executive producer Sam Dolnick and writer Caitlin Dickerson about the Gray Lady's FX TV series

Officials hiding details of anti-Russia espionage from Trump for fear he'd nix it—or alert Russia

There's a lot to unpack in this New York Times story describing newly aggressive United States infiltrations of the electronic systems that make up Russia's electric power grid. The surreptitious placement of software that could potentially disable or damage
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Officials hiding details of anti-Russia espionage from Trump for fear he'd nix it—or alert Russia

There's a lot to unpack in this New York Times story describing newly aggressive United States infiltrations of the electronic systems that make up Russia's electric power grid. The surreptitious placement of software that could potentially disable or damage a nation's power grid—whether as inconvenience, or catastrophically—has been for years a tool in the arsenal of Russia, China, the United States and other technologically advanced nations; United States' own infrastructure has been relentlessly targeted. That the Times was able to publish the story at all, sourced to «current and former government officials,» suggests that advertising the expanded program may be much of the point. In the words of a particularly famous presidential adviser, «The whole point of the Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret.» Whether the United States has or has not truly infiltrated the grid at all is beside the point; the main outcome of the Times' story will be a frantic scramble by Russian security efforts to attempt to identify and thwart the new threat. That national security officials pointedly did not object to the publication of the Times' story in advance (despite Trump's less than coherent blasting of the paper) may be taken as evidence that the leaking of the program is an intentional, and tactical, act. But then there is this humdinger: A note that Trump's own government officials are attempting to withhold from Trump the details of their actions because of an institution-wide perception that Donald Trump would immediately either forbid their operations towards Russia or turn around and reveal those details to the Russians themselves: Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister. That is, as the kids say, a hell of a thing. Top actors in the U.S. military and Trump's own government are attempting to evade filling Trump in on the details of an anti-Russian espionage effort because of an informed suspicion that Donald Trump might well sabotage their efforts on behalf of their Russian targets. They are acting with at least some consideration that Trump, as president, may either be acting as foreign agent or is simply so incapable of restraint that he could expose intelligence details he has been given in order to ingratiate himself with, or merely make smalltalk with, foreign visitors. «Pentagon and intelligence officials» consider the possibility of Trump intentionally or inadvertently taking action to protect Russia significant enough to dodge briefing Trump on the operation's details, concerned enough for multiple of them to express it to New York Times reporters, and that's buried many paragraphs down?

Netanyahu opens Trump Heights – a non-existent settlement in illegally-occupied Golan

Standing under an oversized sign for a village his temporary government has no authority to build, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu took his friendship with Donald Trump to a new level by inaugurating Trump Heights in the Golan. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Netanyahu opens Trump Heights – a non-existent settlement in illegally-occupied Golan

Standing under an oversized sign for a village his temporary government has no authority to build, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu took his friendship with Donald Trump to a new level by inaugurating Trump Heights in the Golan. Read Full Article at RT.com

Media's complicity with Trump continues: Acts of resistance are ignored

It was no secret that the Rev. Dr. William Barber and other religious leaders were going to stage an interfaith march on the White House this Wednesday. Barber had announced it on Politics Done Right and Democracy Now! and through a few other media outle
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Media's complicity with Trump continues: Acts of resistance are ignored

It was no secret that the Rev. Dr. William Barber and other religious leaders were going to stage an interfaith march on the White House this Wednesday. Barber had announced it on Politics Done Right and Democracy Now! and through a few other media outlets. In his interview and announcement on Politics Done Right, Dr. Barber said that march leaders and attendees intended to «stand up to what we see as immoral activity breaking with both covenants, our constitutional covenant and the covenant with our deepest religious values.» He went on to call out Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, and others «who have decided to hijack religion and try to use it in the way that endorses President Trump and his administration.» Barber pointed out that Trump's policies violate the core values of Jesus, which include taking care of the poor, the least among us, and the immigrant. He said that that was the reason the organizations involved in the march had concluded that they must issue what he called a “prophetic indictment” and a “moral impeachment” of the president. The march occurred and it was very well-reported by Common Dreams.

Pakistan fans mock yawning captain Sarfaraz as team suffers World Cup defeat to India (VIDEO)

It’s one of the biggest rivalries in sport but the excitement appeared lost on Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed when he was caught yawning during the blockbuster World Cup clash against fierce rivals India in England. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Pakistan fans mock yawning captain Sarfaraz as team suffers World Cup defeat to India (VIDEO)

It’s one of the biggest rivalries in sport but the excitement appeared lost on Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed when he was caught yawning during the blockbuster World Cup clash against fierce rivals India in England. Read Full Article at RT.com

As Trump allies try to sell the public on a new war, Mike Pompeo dodges and blusters

Today was Sell The New War day on the Sunday shows. Explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were immediately met by charges from the United States that Iran was behind the attacks—and by the usual insistence by the most aggressive Republican voice
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As Trump allies try to sell the public on a new war, Mike Pompeo dodges and blusters

Today was Sell The New War day on the Sunday shows. Explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were immediately met by charges from the United States that Iran was behind the attacks—and by the usual insistence by the most aggressive Republican voices that the United States respond via military force. Selling the public on new military actions has long been one of the defining functions of the Sunday news shows; the urge to use the most powerful military on the planet on a regular, cathartic basis is almost uncontrollably titillating for press and power brokers alike. So here we go again. In a Sunday morning interview on CBS News’ Face the Nation, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., argued for retaliatory strikes on Iran. “These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike,” he told host Margaret Brennan. «President Trump has said very clearly, he doesn't want to go to war,» Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on the same program, even as he solemnly described a «right» to defend against attacks on «American interests.» (Both men asserted that the White House has the authority to take military action without consulting Congress.) House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, was not particularly combative on the point. Instead he told the program that «There's no question that Iran's behind the attacks» and that the evidence «very strong and compelling.» «But nonetheless, the problem is we are struggling, even in the midst of this strong evidence, to persuade our allies to join us in any kind of response.» Yes, a habitual and possibly delusional liar in the White House does tend to dull international trust in the United States. As does the recent history of a U.S. administration making repeated false statements to the American and international public in order to justify a mind-bogglingly expensive and bloody war that gave birth a new regional terrorist movement.

Drug addicts will get free heroin under new UK police-led scheme

Addicts will be given access to free heroin up to three times a day under a new scheme to licence the UK’s first “shooting galleries” where users can safely inject the drug. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Drug addicts will get free heroin under new UK police-led scheme

Addicts will be given access to free heroin up to three times a day under a new scheme to licence the UK’s first “shooting galleries” where users can safely inject the drug. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Is it diplomacy, Mr Pompeo?’ Iran recalls US history of false-flag ops, questions tanker attacks

The incidents involving two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week may have been carried out at the direction of the US, a top Iranian official implied, citing its record of using “false-flag” operations to justify wars. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Is it diplomacy, Mr Pompeo?’ Iran recalls US history of false-flag ops, questions tanker attacks

The incidents involving two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week may have been carried out at the direction of the US, a top Iranian official implied, citing its record of using “false-flag” operations to justify wars. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Would people demand I stay longer?’ Trump accused of ‘testing the waters’ for 3rd term

The US president sent opponents into frenzy by casually suggesting that he would be popular enough for the Americans to change the constitution and allow him to stay beyond 2024. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Would people demand I stay longer?’ Trump accused of ‘testing the waters’ for 3rd term

The US president sent opponents into frenzy by casually suggesting that he would be popular enough for the Americans to change the constitution and allow him to stay beyond 2024. Read Full Article at RT.com

WATCH: Khabib refuses photo with young Barcelona fan unless he says ‘Hala Madrid’

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is well known for his loyalty among his family and teammates, but it appears that it extends to the world of football too as he jokingly refused a photograph with a young Barcelona supporter. Read Full Article at RT.com
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WATCH: Khabib refuses photo with young Barcelona fan unless he says ‘Hala Madrid’

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is well known for his loyalty among his family and teammates, but it appears that it extends to the world of football too as he jokingly refused a photograph with a young Barcelona supporter. Read Full Article at RT.com

Trump again attacks press as 'Enemy of the People', suggests public may 'demand' he not leave office

For reasons that can only be guessed at, Donald Trump is in an especially foul mood this weekend. That has manifested itself primarily as ever-escalating attacks on the free press, repeating in multiple tweets charges that the «Corrupt News Media»
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Trump again attacks press as 'Enemy of the People', suggests public may 'demand' he not leave office

For reasons that can only be guessed at, Donald Trump is in an especially foul mood this weekend. That has manifested itself primarily as ever-escalating attacks on the free press, repeating in multiple tweets charges that the «Corrupt News Media» is «without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!» Among his attacks, Trump accused the New York Times of committing a «virtual act of Treason» in reporting that the United States is increasing «Cyber Attacks on Russia,» adding in a second tweet: «ALSO, NOT TRUE!» x.....news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019 It again needs to be said that this is not normal or acceptable behavior. Using the office of the presidency, Trump has maintained a steady campaign of rhetoric accusing the free press—specifically, whatever outlets have last published stories on him and his presidency that he doesn't like—of being the «enemy» of the nation, charges that continue to stoke violence against political journalists. At best, he does not appear to care that this targeting of the press is resulting in violence; at worst, that is his intent. This continues to be a betrayal of his office, and his apparent inability or unwillingness to restrain himself continues to be plain evidence that he is dangerously unfit. His idle musing that perhaps «the people» might «demand» that he remain president after two terms, however, is yet another manifestation of his narcissistic delusions. In Trump's own mind he is both wildly popular and transcendentally accomplished, able to make America «GREAT» again through sheer force of will; it then stands to reason, he presumes (or, at least, declares) that any reporting to the contrary, in any venue, is a conspiracy against him. He is not right in the head. He is stoking violence, seemingly on purpose. He is manipulating bigotries as means to power; he is using that power primarily for self-promotion and self-enrichment. It is not normal, it is not acceptable, and as the Republican Party rallies around his delusions and vigorously defends even his provably criminal acts it continues to metastasize into something very close to fascism. Using the office to declare journalists to be enemies of the state is right now, today, doing extraordinary harm to our democracy. Republicans, however, continue to be silent.

The movement against single-use plastic is growing. Try it for yourself in July

Canada is the latest country to join the still small but expanding movement to phase out or ban single-use plastic—plastic that gets carried from rivers into oceans, killing sea creatures, altering their habitats, and causing an overall blight to the enviro
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The movement against single-use plastic is growing. Try it for yourself in July

Canada is the latest country to join the still small but expanding movement to phase out or ban single-use plastic—plastic that gets carried from rivers into oceans, killing sea creatures, altering their habitats, and causing an overall blight to the environment. And plastic is not biodegradable, which means it will be with us for thousands of years. On June 10, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to phase out single-use plastic as early as 2021. Canadian government figures show that each year, Canadians throw away 3 million tons of plastic waste, and one-third of the plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-lived products and packaging. Besides the obvious negative effect that plastic waste has on the environment, Canada’s move also is born of necessity: Many developing nations that once accepted imports of recycled plastic waste are now closing borders to the garbage or sending it back to the country of origin if the waste is too contaminated. Of course, Canada is not alone in tossing plastic. “Globally, one garbage truckload of plastic waste enters the ocean every minute, and that amount is increasing steadily,” according to a statement on a Canadian government website, a statistic echoed by the World Economic Forum and Greenpeace. Countries around the world produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year, and only 10 percent to 13 percent of that gets recycled. The World Economic Forum describes the heavy price paid across the globe of a throwaway society: The worldwide total volume of plastic has reached 8.3 billion metric tons, the equivalent of more than 800,000 Eiffel Towers, according to a 2017 article in Science Advances. Of this enormous amount, 6.3 billion metric tons have been disposed as waste. … The biggest problem is that plastic does not biodegrade easily. It stays around for thousands of years. Slowly, it leaks chemical substances that are harmful for the environment, for animals and for people. In marine areas, many mammals, fish and birds suffer from ingesting plastic or becoming entangled in plastic materials. More than 90% of all birds and fish are reported to have plastic particles in their stomach. In this way, toxic chemicals accumulate and pass through the food chain.

Escaping the Hickenlooper paradox: Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

Eric Swalwell: Who are you again? Bill de Blasio: WTF? The overcrowded 2020 field isn't funny. It's a disaster
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Escaping the Hickenlooper paradox: Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

Eric Swalwell: Who are you again? Bill de Blasio: WTF? The overcrowded 2020 field isn't funny. It's a disaster

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