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  • Michelle Malkin Smears Cokie Roberts on the Day of Her Death: ?One of the Fir...
    September 17, 2019, 5:52 pm

    Charley Gallay/Getty for International Innovators of Justice/American Justice AllianceHours after the world learned that journalist Cokie Roberts had passed away following complications from breast cancer, right-wing provocateur Michelle Malkin took a swipe at the reporter?s legacy by calling her ?one of the first guilty culprits of fake news.?Taking part in a panel at the Paley Center on Tuesday, Malkin joined an array of liberal and conservative commentators and media figures to discuss whether the media is biased.At one point in the discussion, Malkin?who has recently been making the media rounds hawking her latest anti-immigrant book?took aim at Roberts.?Cokie Roberts, of course, passed away today and God bless her for an incredible career that she had but I distinctly remember that she was one of the first guilty culprits of fake news,? she declared.?We?re doing this today?? CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who was also on the panel, interjected.?Yes, yes we are,? Malkin confirmed.?You?re attacking her today,? Stelter continued. ?I just want to be clear: The body isn?t even cold yet.?Malkin, meanwhile, said her remark was ?pertinent? to the issue of ?fake news,? bringing up an instance in 1994 when Roberts stood in front of a projection of the Capitol to do an ABC News report from the State of the Union address.?This was a deliberate attempt to deceive the viewing public into thinking she was actually there live covering it,? Malkin added. ?Fake news has existed far longer than before President Trump even had the idea of running for office.?Malkin?s remarks, predictably, were not well received by the attendees, with many in the audience shouting at her to leave and go home.Tuesday was far from the first time that Malkin has kicked dirt on a prominent figure after he or she has passed away. During this year?s Conservative Political Action Conference, Malkin slammed the ?ghost of John McCain? for what she described as his weak immigration policies.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80
    September 18, 2019, 2:48 am

    Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn't tie his comments to any of his fellow Democrats running for president in 2020, but two leading candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, would turn 80 during their terms if elected. Biden is 76.



  • A Florida couple was arrested on DUI charges. Then they had sex in the back o...
    September 17, 2019, 3:53 pm

    Aaron Thomas, 31, and Megan Mondanaro, 35, were arrested in Florida after they had sex in the back of a patrol car, according to police.



  • California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medica...
    September 16, 2019, 12:25 pm

    California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.



  • Houthis Have an Arsenal of Ballistic and Cruise Missiles (Some from North Korea)
    September 17, 2019, 12:01 am

    Know this: The Houthis inherited from the defunct Yemeni military a large number of Soviet-exported Scuds as well as North Korean-made Scuds called ?Hwasong-6s.



  • A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit ...
    September 17, 2019, 2:54 am

    Firefighters were eventually brought in to get the plane, with 135 passengers and Bangladesh's information minister on board, to take off.



  • French boy, 10, dies 8 years after supermarket burger poisoning
    September 16, 2019, 7:57 am

    A French boy aged 10, who fell gravely ill in 2011 after consuming a beef burger from supermarket discounter Lidl that was infected with E.coli bacteria, has died of complications stemming from his poisoning, the family's lawyer said. The boy, Nolan, died on Saturday "as a consequence of his poisoning", the family's lawyer Florence Rault told AFP on Sunday. Rault said that Nolan had not "ceased to suffer" after consuming the burger in June 2011.



  • Why you should join the global climate strike this Friday
    September 17, 2019, 11:00 pm

    There are countless reasons to strike this week. Here are just a fewGreta Thunberg, center, joins activist outside the United Nations during a protest against climate change on 6 September in New York. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty ImagesA year ago, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, young people around the world began ?climate-striking? ? walking out of school for a few hours to demand action against the global warming that darkens their future. In May, when 1.4 million kids around the world walked out of school, they asked for adults to join them next time. That next time is 20 September (in a few countries 27 September), and it is shaping up to be the biggest day of climate action in the planet?s history: every one from big trade unions to a thousand workers at the Amazon headquarters, and from college kids to senior citizens, are setting the day aside to rally in their cities and towns for faster action from our governments and industries. You can find out what?s happening in your community at globalclimatestrike.net.boxBut it will only be a success on the scale we need if lots of people who aren?t the regular suspects join in. Many people, of course, can?t do without a day?s pay, or work for bosses who who would fire them if they missed work. So it really matters that those of us with the freedom to rally do so. Since I published the first book for a general audience on climate change 30 years ago this month, I?ve had lots of time to think about the various ways to move people to action. Let me offer a few:Strike because the people who did the least to cause this crisis suffer first and worst ? the people losing their farms to desert and watching their islands sink beneath the waves aren?t the ones who burned the coal and gas and oil.Strike because coral reefs are so gloriously beautiful and complex ? and so vulnerable.Strike because sun and wind are now the cheapest way to generate power around the world ? if we could match the political power of the fossil fuel industry we could make fast progress.Strike because we?ve already lost half the animals on the planet since 1970 ? the earth is a lonelier place.Strike because our governments move with such painful slowness, treating climate change as, at worst, one problem on a long list.Strike because this could be the great opportunity ? and maybe the last opportunity ? to transform our society towards justice and towards joy. Green New Deals have been proposed around the world; they are a way forward.Strike because forests now seem like fires waiting to happen.Strike because young people have asked us to. In a well-ordered society, when kids make a reasonable request their elders should say yes ? in this case with real pride and hope that the next generations are standing up for what matters.Strike because every generation faces some great crisis, and this is ours.Strike because half the children in New Delhi have irreversible lung damage simply from breathing the air.Strike because Exxon and the rest knew all about global warming in the 1980s, and then lied so they could keep cashing in.Strike because what we do this decade will matter for hundreds of thousands a year.Strike because the temperature has hit 129F (54C) in big cities in recent summers. The human body can survive that, but only for a few hours.Strike because do we want to be the first generations to leave the planet in worse shape?Strike because batteries are ever cheaper ? we can now store sunshine at night, and wind for a calm day.Strike because the UN estimates unchecked climate change could create a billion refugees this century.Strike because the big banks continue to lend hundreds of billions to the fossil fuel industry ? people are literally trying to get rich off the destruction of the planet.Strike because what animal fouls its own nest?Strike because indigenous people around the world are trying to protect their rightful land from the coal and oil companies ? and in the process protect all of us.Strike because every time they cut down a patch of rainforest to grow some more cows, the climate math gets harder.Strike because science is real, because physics exists, because chemistry matters.Strike so you can look your grandkid ? or anyone else?s ? in the eye.Strike because the world we were given is still so sweet.>



  • Israeli troopers shoot Palestinian woman, say she tried to stab them
    September 17, 2019, 11:58 pm

    Israeli security personnel shot a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli police said, and Palestinian officials said she died of her injury. The West Bank, among territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has seen simmering street violence since U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Israel brok down in 2014. An Israeli police spokesman said on Twitter that a "female terrorist attempted to carry out (a) stabbing attack" at Qalandia checkpoint.



  • Couple reveal they are raising child 'gender neutral' and haven't even told c...
    September 17, 2019, 9:34 am

    A couple have decided to keep their baby?s sex a secret from close relatives in a bid to avoid gender bias. Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, refer to their 17-month-old child, Anoush, with the pronoun, "they", and dress them in both girls' and boys' clothing. The married couple, who are members of the climate action group, Extinction Rebellion, have been accused of ?virtue signalling?. However, they are keen to let their child, Anoush, choose their own gender identity when they are old enough, because they wish for them to ?grow into their own person?. Close family members have not been told the child?s sex and grandmother, Camille, only found out when she changed a nappy. The couple, who live on a houseboat in Keynsham, Somerset, discussed the ways in which they could challenge gender bias after discovering Ms Humphrey was pregnant. Mr England-Johns told the BBC?s Inside Out: ?The neutral in gender neutral refers to us trying to behave neutrally towards our child rather than trying to make them neutral.? ?Eventually, we decided that we wouldn?t tell people whether they were a boy or a girl ? in order to create this little bubble for our baby to be who they are,? Ms Humphrey said. However their decision has sparked some controversy. Rosa Freedman, Professor of law conflict and global development at the University of Reading, said: ?While this is an individual case the worry would be that in the unlikely event many parents took up this way of parenting, that the NHS, government, and service providers would not know what to plan for in the future as they would not know how many boys or girls exist.? ?Parents concerned about gendered social construct would do better to fight patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia rather and try to virtue signal to their friends and communities so they can get praise.? The couple have said that the reaction to their decision has been mixed. However Mr England-Johns said: ?But over a year in, it?s clear that we are serious and gradually people have got used to it. ?Although, that still doesn?t stop some pretty confused looks from old ladies in the park when they come up to us and ask if they?re a boy or a girl. It can take a bit of explaining. ?We are quite good now at holding space for people?s discomfort in us going, ?Oh well, actually we don?t tell anyone, we?re not telling anyone for now.?



  • Drone delivers shark warning to surfer
    September 17, 2019, 4:29 pm

    A surfer enjoying the pristine waters off Australia's east coast Sunday didn't see the large shark beneath the surface, but a nearby drone operator did.

    UPSOUND:

    SHARK, SHARK, SHARK...

    Using a search and rescue drone equipped with infra-red thermal imaging and a warning speaker system, amateur drone pilot Christopher Joye captured the moment the shark approached.

    Joye says he blasted the alert, causing the surfer to quickly turn toward shore.

    That's when the shark headed to deeper waters.

    Joye, who is also a fund manager, has previously run shark patrols on Australian beaches as part of a campaign to keep swimmers safe using drones, which he believes work better than shark nets.



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  • Jimmy Carter on running for president: 'I hope there's an age limit'
    September 18, 2019, 4:59 am

    "If I were just 80 years old, if I was 15 years younger, I don?t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president," Carter said



  • Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged
    September 16, 2019, 2:55 pm

    A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines on Sept. 5 after parents tipped off police when they saw their teenage son with one of the cartridges. Prosecutors say Huffhines employed 10 people to fill the cartridges with THC oil at a condo he rented with a stolen identity.



  • What Were the Mach 10 UFOs That Iran's Jets Encountered?
    September 17, 2019, 7:00 pm

    Does the U.S. have a super-secret spy plane?



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  • Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves ...
    September 16, 2019, 1:24 pm

    He may have the best explanation for how the Trump presidency happened: We 'automated away' 4 million manufacturing jobs in presidential swing states.



  • Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged
    September 16, 2019, 2:55 pm

    A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines on Sept. 5 after parents tipped off police when they saw their teenage son with one of the cartridges. Prosecutors say Huffhines employed 10 people to fill the cartridges with THC oil at a condo he rented with a stolen identity.



  • California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medica...
    September 16, 2019, 12:25 pm

    California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.



  • Drone delivers shark warning to surfer
    September 17, 2019, 4:29 pm

    A surfer enjoying the pristine waters off Australia's east coast Sunday didn't see the large shark beneath the surface, but a nearby drone operator did.

    UPSOUND:

    SHARK, SHARK, SHARK...

    Using a search and rescue drone equipped with infra-red thermal imaging and a warning speaker system, amateur drone pilot Christopher Joye captured the moment the shark approached.

    Joye says he blasted the alert, causing the surfer to quickly turn toward shore.

    That's when the shark headed to deeper waters.

    Joye, who is also a fund manager, has previously run shark patrols on Australian beaches as part of a campaign to keep swimmers safe using drones, which he believes work better than shark nets.



  • Michelle Malkin Smears Cokie Roberts on the Day of Her Death: ?One of the Fir...
    September 17, 2019, 5:52 pm

    Charley Gallay/Getty for International Innovators of Justice/American Justice AllianceHours after the world learned that journalist Cokie Roberts had passed away following complications from breast cancer, right-wing provocateur Michelle Malkin took a swipe at the reporter?s legacy by calling her ?one of the first guilty culprits of fake news.?Taking part in a panel at the Paley Center on Tuesday, Malkin joined an array of liberal and conservative commentators and media figures to discuss whether the media is biased.At one point in the discussion, Malkin?who has recently been making the media rounds hawking her latest anti-immigrant book?took aim at Roberts.?Cokie Roberts, of course, passed away today and God bless her for an incredible career that she had but I distinctly remember that she was one of the first guilty culprits of fake news,? she declared.?We?re doing this today?? CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who was also on the panel, interjected.?Yes, yes we are,? Malkin confirmed.?You?re attacking her today,? Stelter continued. ?I just want to be clear: The body isn?t even cold yet.?Malkin, meanwhile, said her remark was ?pertinent? to the issue of ?fake news,? bringing up an instance in 1994 when Roberts stood in front of a projection of the Capitol to do an ABC News report from the State of the Union address.?This was a deliberate attempt to deceive the viewing public into thinking she was actually there live covering it,? Malkin added. ?Fake news has existed far longer than before President Trump even had the idea of running for office.?Malkin?s remarks, predictably, were not well received by the attendees, with many in the audience shouting at her to leave and go home.Tuesday was far from the first time that Malkin has kicked dirt on a prominent figure after he or she has passed away. During this year?s Conservative Political Action Conference, Malkin slammed the ?ghost of John McCain? for what she described as his weak immigration policies.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • Houthis Have an Arsenal of Ballistic and Cruise Missiles (Some from North Korea)
    September 17, 2019, 12:01 am

    Know this: The Houthis inherited from the defunct Yemeni military a large number of Soviet-exported Scuds as well as North Korean-made Scuds called ?Hwasong-6s.



  • A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit ...
    September 17, 2019, 2:54 am

    Firefighters were eventually brought in to get the plane, with 135 passengers and Bangladesh's information minister on board, to take off.



  • French boy, 10, dies 8 years after supermarket burger poisoning
    September 16, 2019, 7:57 am

    A French boy aged 10, who fell gravely ill in 2011 after consuming a beef burger from supermarket discounter Lidl that was infected with E.coli bacteria, has died of complications stemming from his poisoning, the family's lawyer said. The boy, Nolan, died on Saturday "as a consequence of his poisoning", the family's lawyer Florence Rault told AFP on Sunday. Rault said that Nolan had not "ceased to suffer" after consuming the burger in June 2011.



  • Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks
    September 17, 2019, 6:33 pm

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war. What he read in the draft outlining the now collapsed deal left Ghani and his officials - who were shut out of the talks by the Taliban refusal to negotiate with what they considered an illegitimate "puppet" regime - badly shaken and resentful, said a senior Kabul official close to the Afghan leader. "Doesn't this look like surrender to the Taliban?" Ghani asked Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran Afghan-born diplomat who led negotiations for Washington, at a meeting the two held immediately afterwards, according to the source who was present.



  • Judge resigns after sharing noose image with 'Make America Great Again' sloga...
    September 18, 2019, 4:11 am

    A New York town judge was forced off the bench after a written complaint said his post appeared 'to convey racial and/or political bias.'



  • 20 dead as truck falls off cliff in southern Philippines
    September 17, 2019, 4:12 am

    Twenty villagers were killed and 14 others were injured when the truck they were riding in lost control and fell off a cliff Tuesday in a remote mountain village in the southern Philippines, police and the Red Cross said. Provincial police chief Joel Limson said the truck was negotiating a downhill road in Tboli town in South Cotabato province when its brakes apparently failed and plummeted down a ravine, pinning 15 people to death. Police, Red Cross volunteers and villagers retrieved the 15 bodies from the wreckage at the bottom of the ravine.



  • Couple reveal they are raising child 'gender neutral' and haven't even told c...
    September 17, 2019, 9:34 am

    A couple have decided to keep their baby?s sex a secret from close relatives in a bid to avoid gender bias. Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, refer to their 17-month-old child, Anoush, with the pronoun, "they", and dress them in both girls' and boys' clothing. The married couple, who are members of the climate action group, Extinction Rebellion, have been accused of ?virtue signalling?. However, they are keen to let their child, Anoush, choose their own gender identity when they are old enough, because they wish for them to ?grow into their own person?. Close family members have not been told the child?s sex and grandmother, Camille, only found out when she changed a nappy. The couple, who live on a houseboat in Keynsham, Somerset, discussed the ways in which they could challenge gender bias after discovering Ms Humphrey was pregnant. Mr England-Johns told the BBC?s Inside Out: ?The neutral in gender neutral refers to us trying to behave neutrally towards our child rather than trying to make them neutral.? ?Eventually, we decided that we wouldn?t tell people whether they were a boy or a girl ? in order to create this little bubble for our baby to be who they are,? Ms Humphrey said. However their decision has sparked some controversy. Rosa Freedman, Professor of law conflict and global development at the University of Reading, said: ?While this is an individual case the worry would be that in the unlikely event many parents took up this way of parenting, that the NHS, government, and service providers would not know what to plan for in the future as they would not know how many boys or girls exist.? ?Parents concerned about gendered social construct would do better to fight patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia rather and try to virtue signal to their friends and communities so they can get praise.? The couple have said that the reaction to their decision has been mixed. However Mr England-Johns said: ?But over a year in, it?s clear that we are serious and gradually people have got used to it. ?Although, that still doesn?t stop some pretty confused looks from old ladies in the park when they come up to us and ask if they?re a boy or a girl. It can take a bit of explaining. ?We are quite good now at holding space for people?s discomfort in us going, ?Oh well, actually we don?t tell anyone, we?re not telling anyone for now.?



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  • NYC to Allow 1.1 Million Students to Skip Class for Climate Protests
    September 17, 2019, 5:49 am

    New York City public schools will allow 1.1 million students to skip classes Friday in order to attend the planned "climate strike" ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit.The protests aim to press the Summit for immediate action to stop climate change, and are geared specifically for the participation of young people.Reactions to the decision have been ecstatic in some cases, as protest organizers contemplate what they hope will be the largest climate change protest in the history of the U.S.?This completely changes things, and it?s our doing,? Xiye Bastida, 17, a senior at Beacon High School in Manhattan, told theNew York Times. Some teachers at her school were planning to accompany students to the protests even before the school district granted permission to do so.?We?re not against the school system,? she said. ?We need the schools to work with us because our larger goal is to stop the fossil fuel industry.?



  • What Were the Mach 10 UFOs That Iran's Jets Encountered?
    September 17, 2019, 7:00 pm

    Does the U.S. have a super-secret spy plane?



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  • Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves ...
    September 16, 2019, 1:24 pm

    He may have the best explanation for how the Trump presidency happened: We 'automated away' 4 million manufacturing jobs in presidential swing states.



  • Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged
    September 16, 2019, 2:55 pm

    A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines on Sept. 5 after parents tipped off police when they saw their teenage son with one of the cartridges. Prosecutors say Huffhines employed 10 people to fill the cartridges with THC oil at a condo he rented with a stolen identity.



  • California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medica...
    September 16, 2019, 12:25 pm

    California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.



  • Why you should join the global climate strike this Friday
    September 17, 2019, 11:00 pm

    There are countless reasons to strike this week. Here are just a fewGreta Thunberg, center, joins activist outside the United Nations during a protest against climate change on 6 September in New York. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty ImagesA year ago, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, young people around the world began ?climate-striking? ? walking out of school for a few hours to demand action against the global warming that darkens their future. In May, when 1.4 million kids around the world walked out of school, they asked for adults to join them next time. That next time is 20 September (in a few countries 27 September), and it is shaping up to be the biggest day of climate action in the planet?s history: every one from big trade unions to a thousand workers at the Amazon headquarters, and from college kids to senior citizens, are setting the day aside to rally in their cities and towns for faster action from our governments and industries. You can find out what?s happening in your community at globalclimatestrike.net.boxBut it will only be a success on the scale we need if lots of people who aren?t the regular suspects join in. Many people, of course, can?t do without a day?s pay, or work for bosses who who would fire them if they missed work. So it really matters that those of us with the freedom to rally do so. Since I published the first book for a general audience on climate change 30 years ago this month, I?ve had lots of time to think about the various ways to move people to action. Let me offer a few:Strike because the people who did the least to cause this crisis suffer first and worst ? the people losing their farms to desert and watching their islands sink beneath the waves aren?t the ones who burned the coal and gas and oil.Strike because coral reefs are so gloriously beautiful and complex ? and so vulnerable.Strike because sun and wind are now the cheapest way to generate power around the world ? if we could match the political power of the fossil fuel industry we could make fast progress.Strike because we?ve already lost half the animals on the planet since 1970 ? the earth is a lonelier place.Strike because our governments move with such painful slowness, treating climate change as, at worst, one problem on a long list.Strike because this could be the great opportunity ? and maybe the last opportunity ? to transform our society towards justice and towards joy. Green New Deals have been proposed around the world; they are a way forward.Strike because forests now seem like fires waiting to happen.Strike because young people have asked us to. In a well-ordered society, when kids make a reasonable request their elders should say yes ? in this case with real pride and hope that the next generations are standing up for what matters.Strike because every generation faces some great crisis, and this is ours.Strike because half the children in New Delhi have irreversible lung damage simply from breathing the air.Strike because Exxon and the rest knew all about global warming in the 1980s, and then lied so they could keep cashing in.Strike because what we do this decade will matter for hundreds of thousands a year.Strike because the temperature has hit 129F (54C) in big cities in recent summers. The human body can survive that, but only for a few hours.Strike because do we want to be the first generations to leave the planet in worse shape?Strike because batteries are ever cheaper ? we can now store sunshine at night, and wind for a calm day.Strike because the UN estimates unchecked climate change could create a billion refugees this century.Strike because the big banks continue to lend hundreds of billions to the fossil fuel industry ? people are literally trying to get rich off the destruction of the planet.Strike because what animal fouls its own nest?Strike because indigenous people around the world are trying to protect their rightful land from the coal and oil companies ? and in the process protect all of us.Strike because every time they cut down a patch of rainforest to grow some more cows, the climate math gets harder.Strike because science is real, because physics exists, because chemistry matters.Strike so you can look your grandkid ? or anyone else?s ? in the eye.Strike because the world we were given is still so sweet.>



  • Michelle Malkin Smears Cokie Roberts on the Day of Her Death: ?One of the Fir...
    September 17, 2019, 5:52 pm

    Charley Gallay/Getty for International Innovators of Justice/American Justice AllianceHours after the world learned that journalist Cokie Roberts had passed away following complications from breast cancer, right-wing provocateur Michelle Malkin took a swipe at the reporter?s legacy by calling her ?one of the first guilty culprits of fake news.?Taking part in a panel at the Paley Center on Tuesday, Malkin joined an array of liberal and conservative commentators and media figures to discuss whether the media is biased.At one point in the discussion, Malkin?who has recently been making the media rounds hawking her latest anti-immigrant book?took aim at Roberts.?Cokie Roberts, of course, passed away today and God bless her for an incredible career that she had but I distinctly remember that she was one of the first guilty culprits of fake news,? she declared.?We?re doing this today?? CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, who was also on the panel, interjected.?Yes, yes we are,? Malkin confirmed.?You?re attacking her today,? Stelter continued. ?I just want to be clear: The body isn?t even cold yet.?Malkin, meanwhile, said her remark was ?pertinent? to the issue of ?fake news,? bringing up an instance in 1994 when Roberts stood in front of a projection of the Capitol to do an ABC News report from the State of the Union address.?This was a deliberate attempt to deceive the viewing public into thinking she was actually there live covering it,? Malkin added. ?Fake news has existed far longer than before President Trump even had the idea of running for office.?Malkin?s remarks, predictably, were not well received by the attendees, with many in the audience shouting at her to leave and go home.Tuesday was far from the first time that Malkin has kicked dirt on a prominent figure after he or she has passed away. During this year?s Conservative Political Action Conference, Malkin slammed the ?ghost of John McCain? for what she described as his weak immigration policies.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • Houthis Have an Arsenal of Ballistic and Cruise Missiles (Some from North Korea)
    September 17, 2019, 12:01 am

    Know this: The Houthis inherited from the defunct Yemeni military a large number of Soviet-exported Scuds as well as North Korean-made Scuds called ?Hwasong-6s.



  • A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit ...
    September 17, 2019, 2:54 am

    Firefighters were eventually brought in to get the plane, with 135 passengers and Bangladesh's information minister on board, to take off.



  • French boy, 10, dies 8 years after supermarket burger poisoning
    September 16, 2019, 7:57 am

    A French boy aged 10, who fell gravely ill in 2011 after consuming a beef burger from supermarket discounter Lidl that was infected with E.coli bacteria, has died of complications stemming from his poisoning, the family's lawyer said. The boy, Nolan, died on Saturday "as a consequence of his poisoning", the family's lawyer Florence Rault told AFP on Sunday. Rault said that Nolan had not "ceased to suffer" after consuming the burger in June 2011.



  • Drone delivers shark warning to surfer
    September 17, 2019, 4:29 pm

    A surfer enjoying the pristine waters off Australia's east coast Sunday didn't see the large shark beneath the surface, but a nearby drone operator did.

    UPSOUND:

    SHARK, SHARK, SHARK...

    Using a search and rescue drone equipped with infra-red thermal imaging and a warning speaker system, amateur drone pilot Christopher Joye captured the moment the shark approached.

    Joye says he blasted the alert, causing the surfer to quickly turn toward shore.

    That's when the shark headed to deeper waters.

    Joye, who is also a fund manager, has previously run shark patrols on Australian beaches as part of a campaign to keep swimmers safe using drones, which he believes work better than shark nets.



  • Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks
    September 17, 2019, 6:33 pm

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war. What he read in the draft outlining the now collapsed deal left Ghani and his officials - who were shut out of the talks by the Taliban refusal to negotiate with what they considered an illegitimate "puppet" regime - badly shaken and resentful, said a senior Kabul official close to the Afghan leader. "Doesn't this look like surrender to the Taliban?" Ghani asked Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran Afghan-born diplomat who led negotiations for Washington, at a meeting the two held immediately afterwards, according to the source who was present.



  • A Florida couple was arrested on DUI charges. Then they had sex in the back o...
    September 17, 2019, 3:53 pm

    Aaron Thomas, 31, and Megan Mondanaro, 35, were arrested in Florida after they had sex in the back of a patrol car, according to police.



  • Israel election: early exit polls suggest Netanyahu is in trouble
    September 17, 2019, 12:37 pm

    Israel was holding its breath on Tuesday after early election exit polls suggested Benjamin Netanyahu?s centrist rivals had won more seats in parliament, potentially endangering the prime minister?s 13 years in power. While no final results were available, two out of three early exit polls indicated that Mr Netanyahu?s Likud had fallen slightly behind Blue & White, the centrist coalition led by former army general Benny Gantz.A third poll showed the parties tied. The exit polls, which have been wrong in the the past, suggested that neither Mr Gantz nor Mr Netanyahu had a clear path to forming a majority coalition government, which likely means weeks of post-election negotiations before a final result is clear. There was no immediate reaction from either Likud or Blue & White and both sides appeared to be waiting for more complete results before making statements on victory or defeat. But if the results held, it would be a remarkable set back for Mr Netanyahu, who is Israel?s longest-serving prime minister and has held power continuously for more than a decade through a string of clear election victories. Letters from Jerusalem RHS One figure who may play a kingmaker role in coalition negotiations is Avigdor Lieberman, Mr Netanyahu?s former defence minister who turned against angrily against his former boss after the last election in April. Despite hailing the political Right, Mr Lieberman refused to join Mr Netanyahu?s coalition and denied the prime minister a majority. Mr Netanyahu then called an unprecedented second election. The exit polls suggested Mr Lieberman's small secular nationalist party, Yisrael Beiteinu, had improved its standing and could now hold the balance of power in coalition negotiations. Mr Lieberman has been coy about his intentions but has hinted that he might back Mr Gantz, a secular liberal. Both men have spoken about the need to counter the influence of Israel?s ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties and of forcing Mr Netanyahu from office. Avigdor Lieberman could be a major player in post-election negotiations Credit: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File The first stage of the post-election negotiations will be for Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, to survey party leaders in the divided parliament and assess whether Mr Gantz or Mr Netanyahu has more support. Mr Lieberman?s backing is likely to be crucial as both men try to convince the president they have the best chance of forming a majority government. The process of trying to cobble together a coalition could take weeks and analysts could not rule out the possibility of a third electionif neither side is able to get a majority. Both Blue and White and Likud won 35 seats in the last election in April. When Mr Netanyahu was unable to form a majority government he called an unprecedented second election to try win an overall majority. If Mr Netanyahu is unable to cobble together a coalition this time, he faces the possible risk of a mutiny within his own Likud party. Senior Likud figures have so far insisted they will not rise up against their leader. ?It will never happen. We are totally against anybody telling the Likud who to vote for,? Nir Barkat, a senior Likud MP, toldThe Telegraph. But Blue & White believes Likud officials could eventually overthrow Mr Netanyahu if they believe he has become a drag on the party?s prospects of holding onto power. The election followed a similar script to the one that preceded it in April, focusing less on policy differences and more on the central question of whether or not Mr Netanyahu should stay in office after 13 years in power. The prime minister presented himself as an indispensable leader and the only man with the stature and experience on the world stage to guide Israel through the dangerous currents of the Middle East. His campaign put up massive posters showing him shaking hands with Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India. ?Netanyahu: a different league,? the posters read. ?I don?t like Bibi but he?s the best person for the job,? said Shula Feldman, 39-year-old British-Israeli originally from London. ?For me, the issue of security overrides everything.? Like many Likud voters, Mrs Feldman, said she believed the criminal prosecution against Mr Netanyahu was at least partly motivated by politics. ?I don?t think there would be charges if he didn?t have so many enemies,? she said. Mr Netanyahu also repeated campaign tactics that have worked for him in the past including making increasingly extreme pledges to his Right-wing voter base, inciting against Israel?s Arab minority, and issuing panicked warnings that he was going to lose. Less than a week before the election, Mr Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley into Israel, an unprecedented step that would destroy any lingering hopes of a Two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was widely seen as an effort to energise his voter base. Facebook suspended a chatbot belonging to Mr Netanyahu?s Likud party after it sent visitors a message warning of?Arabs who want to destroy us all ? women, children and men?. For his part, Mr Gantz offered himself as a unifying figure who would bring Israel together after years of Mr Netanyahu?s divisive rule. He charged the prime minister with seeking to cling to power only to protect himself from the criminal corruption charges swirling around him. ?The time has come when the majority takes care of everybody and not the minority takes care of one person,? Mr Gantz said, alleging that Mr Netanyahu would rely on the votes of extremists to pass an immunity law that would shield him from prosecution. Mr Gantz, a liberal, staked out a more aggressively secular position than he did in the last election and promised to challenge the power of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties which Mr Netanyahu has relied on. Mr Gantz said his hope was to form ?a secular unity government? led by Blue & White but which also included Likud and the secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party. However, Mr Gantz said that Likud could only join such a unity government if it first ditched Mr Netanyahu as its leader. Senior Likud figures have said so far said they will remain loyal to Mr Netanyahu. Moshe Mordechai, a 67-year-old driving instructor, said he normally voted Likud but now intended to back Mr Gantz.?It?s time for a change. Gantz impresses me and I have had enough of Bibi,? he said.



  • NYC to Allow 1.1 Million Students to Skip Class for Climate Protests
    September 17, 2019, 5:49 am

    New York City public schools will allow 1.1 million students to skip classes Friday in order to attend the planned "climate strike" ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit.The protests aim to press the Summit for immediate action to stop climate change, and are geared specifically for the participation of young people.Reactions to the decision have been ecstatic in some cases, as protest organizers contemplate what they hope will be the largest climate change protest in the history of the U.S.?This completely changes things, and it?s our doing,? Xiye Bastida, 17, a senior at Beacon High School in Manhattan, told theNew York Times. Some teachers at her school were planning to accompany students to the protests even before the school district granted permission to do so.?We?re not against the school system,? she said. ?We need the schools to work with us because our larger goal is to stop the fossil fuel industry.?



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