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Post by annemarie on Mon 14 May 2018, 12:07

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5725471/White-man-refused-service-California-cafe-launching-anti-Muslim-tirade.html

[size=34]'I don't like your religion. I don't want to be killed by you': White man who launched shocking Islamophobic tirade towards young woman wearing a head scarf is REFUSED service and kicked out of a California coffee shop[/size]

  • A white man was refused service at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe in California

  • The man was caught on tape launching an anti-Muslim tirade at a young woman wearing a niqab headscarf saying 'I don't want to be killed by you' 

  • The woman filmed the Islamophobic speech at the cafe on Friday

  • The video was shared on Twitter, where it went viral with 884,000 views

  • The people involved in the video are yet to be identified

  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are yet to comment on the incident 


By MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 02:12 EDT, 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 05:34 EDT, 14 May 2018



A white man was refused service and kicked out of a California cafe after he threw an angry Islamophic tirade at a young woman wearing a niqab. 
The victim of the tirade filmed the moment she was verbally attacked by the white man who said 'I don't want to be killed by you' at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe.
The video of the Friday incident has gone viral online with 884,000 views.
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A white man was refused service at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe in California after he berated a Muslim girl standing next to him in line saying 'I don't like your religion'


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The incident took place on Friday where the girl wearing a niqab, a head scarf that covers her face, pictured left, talked back to the man making Islamophobic comments towards her 
The nearly two-minute clip begins with the white man standing at the counter of a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf talking to the woman wearing a niqab, a religious head scarf that covers the entire face save for the eyes.  

'Is this Halloween or something?' he says.
The woman films the man and responds saying: 'Why would you say that? What's wrong with me?' 
'Do you know I'm a Muslim? What's your problem with that?' she adds.
'I don't like that because I don't like your religion. It says to kill me and I don't want to be killed by you. How's that?' he responds. 
'Are you scared of me? Have you read the Koran?' she cuts him off, adding he needs to understand the context of such statements. 
She then asks if he's a Christian and says 'let's talk about your Bible'. 
But the man isn't having any of it and raises his hand to her face repeating 'that's all'. 
'I don't have any kind of conversation with idiots,' he adds.
'You are committing hate speech!' she yells at him as he turns his back.
A store worker then approaches the two from behind the counter, asking them to separate. 
In the background a loud man yells: 'Get out of here. Get out of here! F****** racist. Get the f*** out!'



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Later the, left, is asked to leave the cafe and is refused service by the supervisor, right


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After the man was asked to leave and angrily obliged, the woman with the niqab gave the supervisor a heartfelt thank you and filmed herself smiling in relief
The white man in the video looks around to see who the aggressor is and cusses him out. 
The video then cuts to show the supervisor on duty asking the man to leave. 
The man asks who she is and where the manager is.
The Muslim girl behind the camera asks: 'Why are you not serving him?'
As she speaks, the white man walks out the door. 
'Because he's disrupting a public place and being very racist,' the supervisor responds.
'Thank you,' the Muslim woman replies before the video cuts off. 
The Muslim girl and the white man in the video have not been identified. 
The video, posted by journalist CJ Werleman, has sparked fury and praise on social media, many commending the supervisor for kicking out the racist customer.
'Big round of applause to the victim, to the person defending her from the background and to @TheCoffeeBean Hatred must not be the norm, it must not be the way, we cannot let it win. #Peace #NoMoreHate #StopTheHate #HateSpeechIsNotFreeSpeech,' one Twitter user wrote. 
'Hear background voice - I suspect it was an American guy who was shouting at him. I admire those people regardless of their faith,' another wrote.


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The video was posted on Twitter by journalist CJ Werleman where it has gone viral


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The video sparked fury and praise for the supervisor who kicked the racist man out of the cafe


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One user said 'Big round of applause to the victim, to the person defending her from the background and to @TheCoffeeBean'


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Another added: 'Thank you to the stranger who yelled at the racist pig and to the supervisor'



One user praised the unseen man in the background to viciously cussed out the anti-Muslim man
'Thank you to the stranger who yelled at the racist pig and to the supervisor at Coffee Bean who did the right thing. Hey, Starbucks - you could learn from this,' one Twitter wrote - referring to the Starbucks incident where two black men were asked to leave the cafe and were arrested when they refused.
'I'm so happy two people spoke up and one was the manager who refused to serve the racist. That's heartening. Perhaps not accepting all this poor treatment as the norm is what will turn the tide,' one Twitter user said. 
'All applaud to the brave and sweet supervisor of @thecoffeebean cafe who timely stood against this racist and hate mongrer,' another added.  
'Salute to the staff of this @TheCoffeeBean cafe in California for standing up to anti-Muslim bigotry,' CJ Werleman, who uploaded the video, added.
The coffee chain is yet to comment publicly on the Islamophobic incident. 
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is also yet to respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.
The shocking display of racism and Islamophobia follows a series of other racist incidents sweeping the country.
In April two black men made headlines after they were kicked out of a Starbucks after they did not purchase anything and refused to leave.
Also in April in Canada four Afghan men were berated by a white Canadian woman as they were eating at a Denny's and speaking in their native tongue.
Several racial incident have also taken place at Waffle House restaurants around the US over the past couple of months.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Mon 14 May 2018, 12:10

The complete ignorance of people is amazing.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Mon 14 May 2018, 13:14

The truly sad thing is that the level of hate and ignorance no longer amazes me.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by ladybugcngc on Mon 14 May 2018, 17:09

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/supreme-court-makes-sports-betting-a-possibility-nationwide/ar-AAxgcZR?ocid=BHEA000


Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide 



What Supreme Court betting ruling means


How people reacted on Twitter to Supreme Court’s sports betting ruling



© AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite People stands on the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on Jan. 9, 2018.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.



The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.

"The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

The court's decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state. Then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said after arguments in the case in December that if justices sided with the state, bets could be taken "within two weeks" of a decision.

On Monday, after the ruling was announced, Christie tweeted that it was a "great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions." The state's current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, also cheered the ruling, saying he was "thrilled" to see the high court strike down the "arbitrary ban." He said he looks forward to working with the legislature to "enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future."

It's possible that the first to market with sports betting in New Jersey will be a racetrack at the Jersey shore. Monmouth Park has already set up a sports book operation and has previously estimated it could take bets within two weeks of a favorable Supreme Court ruling.

Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, said his Atlantic City casino will "absolutely" offer sports betting once it can get it up and running. "It's been a long time coming," he said.

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed the law barring states from authorizing sports betting. New Jersey said the Constitution allows Congress to pass laws barring wagering on sports, but Congress can't require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place.

All four major U.S. professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law. In court, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball had argued that New Jersey's gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. Outside court, however, leaders of all but the NFL have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling.

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.

New Jersey has spent years and millions of dollars in legal fees trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos, racetracks and former racetracks. In 2012, with voters' support, New Jersey lawmakers passed a law allowing sports betting, directly challenging the 1992 federal law which says states can't "authorize by law" sports gambling. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and the state lost in court.

In 2014, New Jersey tried a different tactic by repealing laws prohibiting sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. It argued taking its laws off the books was different from authorizing sports gambling. The state lost again and then took the case to the Supreme Court.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by ladybugcngc on Mon 14 May 2018, 17:10

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by carolhathaway on Mon 14 May 2018, 18:21

annemarie wrote:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5725471/White-man-refused-service-California-cafe-launching-anti-Muslim-tirade.html

[size=34]'I don't like your religion. I don't want to be killed by you': White man who launched shocking Islamophobic tirade towards young woman wearing a head scarf is REFUSED service and kicked out of a California coffee shop[/size]

  • A white man was refused service at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe in California

  • The man was caught on tape launching an anti-Muslim tirade at a young woman wearing a niqab headscarf saying 'I don't want to be killed by you' 

  • The woman filmed the Islamophobic speech at the cafe on Friday

  • The video was shared on Twitter, where it went viral with 884,000 views

  • The people involved in the video are yet to be identified

  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are yet to comment on the incident 


By MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 02:12 EDT, 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 05:34 EDT, 14 May 2018



A white man was refused service and kicked out of a California cafe after he threw an angry Islamophic tirade at a young woman wearing a niqab. 
The victim of the tirade filmed the moment she was verbally attacked by the white man who said 'I don't want to be killed by you' at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe.
The video of the Friday incident has gone viral online with 884,000 views.
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A white man was refused service at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafe in California after he berated a Muslim girl standing next to him in line saying 'I don't like your religion'


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The incident took place on Friday where the girl wearing a niqab, a head scarf that covers her face, pictured left, talked back to the man making Islamophobic comments towards her 
The nearly two-minute clip begins with the white man standing at the counter of a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf talking to the woman wearing a niqab, a religious head scarf that covers the entire face save for the eyes.  

'Is this Halloween or something?' he says.
The woman films the man and responds saying: 'Why would you say that? What's wrong with me?' 
'Do you know I'm a Muslim? What's your problem with that?' she adds.
'I don't like that because I don't like your religion. It says to kill me and I don't want to be killed by you. How's that?' he responds. 
'Are you scared of me? Have you read the Koran?' she cuts him off, adding he needs to understand the context of such statements. 
She then asks if he's a Christian and says 'let's talk about your Bible'. 
But the man isn't having any of it and raises his hand to her face repeating 'that's all'. 
'I don't have any kind of conversation with idiots,' he adds.
'You are committing hate speech!' she yells at him as he turns his back.
A store worker then approaches the two from behind the counter, asking them to separate. 
In the background a loud man yells: 'Get out of here. Get out of here! F****** racist. Get the f*** out!'



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Later the, left, is asked to leave the cafe and is refused service by the supervisor, right


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After the man was asked to leave and angrily obliged, the woman with the niqab gave the supervisor a heartfelt thank you and filmed herself smiling in relief
The white man in the video looks around to see who the aggressor is and cusses him out. 
The video then cuts to show the supervisor on duty asking the man to leave. 
The man asks who she is and where the manager is.
The Muslim girl behind the camera asks: 'Why are you not serving him?'
As she speaks, the white man walks out the door. 
'Because he's disrupting a public place and being very racist,' the supervisor responds.
'Thank you,' the Muslim woman replies before the video cuts off. 
The Muslim girl and the white man in the video have not been identified. 
The video, posted by journalist CJ Werleman, has sparked fury and praise on social media, many commending the supervisor for kicking out the racist customer.
'Big round of applause to the victim, to the person defending her from the background and to @TheCoffeeBean Hatred must not be the norm, it must not be the way, we cannot let it win. #Peace #NoMoreHate #StopTheHate #HateSpeechIsNotFreeSpeech,' one Twitter user wrote. 
'Hear background voice - I suspect it was an American guy who was shouting at him. I admire those people regardless of their faith,' another wrote.


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The video was posted on Twitter by journalist CJ Werleman where it has gone viral


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The video sparked fury and praise for the supervisor who kicked the racist man out of the cafe


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One user said 'Big round of applause to the victim, to the person defending her from the background and to @TheCoffeeBean'


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Another added: 'Thank you to the stranger who yelled at the racist pig and to the supervisor'



One user praised the unseen man in the background to viciously cussed out the anti-Muslim man
'Thank you to the stranger who yelled at the racist pig and to the supervisor at Coffee Bean who did the right thing. Hey, Starbucks - you could learn from this,' one Twitter wrote - referring to the Starbucks incident where two black men were asked to leave the cafe and were arrested when they refused.
'I'm so happy two people spoke up and one was the manager who refused to serve the racist. That's heartening. Perhaps not accepting all this poor treatment as the norm is what will turn the tide,' one Twitter user said. 
'All applaud to the brave and sweet supervisor of @thecoffeebean cafe who timely stood against this racist and hate mongrer,' another added.  
'Salute to the staff of this @TheCoffeeBean cafe in California for standing up to anti-Muslim bigotry,' CJ Werleman, who uploaded the video, added.
The coffee chain is yet to comment publicly on the Islamophobic incident. 
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is also yet to respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.
The shocking display of racism and Islamophobia follows a series of other racist incidents sweeping the country.
In April two black men made headlines after they were kicked out of a Starbucks after they did not purchase anything and refused to leave.
Also in April in Canada four Afghan men were berated by a white Canadian woman as they were eating at a Denny's and speaking in their native tongue.
Several racial incident have also taken place at Waffle House restaurants around the US over the past couple of months.
Denouncing a whole religion, race or nation is so ignorant!
I do remember that, when it was obvious that Amal was pregnant, I read a comment saying: "He's so naive, now he's happy, and when they will be grown up, they will kill him on Allah's behalf!"
I'm sure this person doesn't know any Muslim - or doesn't know how many people around actually are Muslims. And to denunciate a whole religion - though not knowing if it's Amal's religion or not - is just stupid...
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Mon 14 May 2018, 18:50

Re: legalized sports betting - State politicians are drooling at the thought of all the tax revenue they'll get from this. There's no way they'll let it exist without taxing the hell out of it.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by ladybugcngc on Mon 14 May 2018, 19:36

LizzyNY wrote:Re: legalized sports betting - State politicians are drooling at the thought of all the tax revenue they'll get from this. There's no way they'll let it exist without taxing the hell out of it.
One of my favorite things to do is bet of football in Vegas.  I would love to be able to do that in Los Angeles.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Mon 14 May 2018, 21:16

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5728371/First-lady-Melania-Trump-undergoes-kidney-surgery-Walter-Reed-hospital-Washington.html

[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: First lady Melania Trump undergoes surgery for 'benign kidney condition' at Walter Reed in most serious operation for a first lady since Nancy Reagan[/size]

  • Trump 'underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition' according to her office

  • The operation happened at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

  • She 'looks forward to a full recovery' according to her office

  • Trump just launched her 'Be Best' campaign for children last week 

  • Hospitalized through the week 

  • Most major surgery for a first lady since Nancy Reagan 

  • President Trump remained in the White House during her surgery 

  • The president was expected to visit shortly 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:25 EDT, 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 EDT, 14 May 2018

    



First Lady Melania Trump underwent surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in a kidney procedure, her office announced Monday.
She underwent an embolization procedure, likely to remove a cyst from her kidney. Her office said it was benign, or non-cancerous.
President Donald Trump was at the White House Monday when her surgery occurred. He was expected to visit her soon, her spokeswoman said.
The procedure should have her in the hospital through the week. Under such a procedure, doctors block a flood vessel in order to stop blood flow to a specific area and stop a patient from bleeding. 

'This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition,' according to a statement from her communications director, Stephanie Grisham.


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First Lady Melania Trump underwent surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in a kidney procedure, her office announced Monday
'The procedure was successful and there were no complications. Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week,' her communications director Stephanie Grisham said in the statement.
'The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,' she said, in reference to her recently launched campaign.
The first lady is 48 years old.
The statement was released after the surgery was completed. 
A senior administration official told ABC News Trump spoke to his wife before the procedure and talked to her doctor afterward. 


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Melania Trump unveiled her campaign to try to help children last week


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First lady Melania Trump (L) arrives in the East Room to deliver remarks during the White House Opioid Summit March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC


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First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico as it makes its way the Blue Room for display at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017


EXPLAINED: THE KIDNEY EMBOLIZATION SURGERY MELANIA TRUMP UNDERWENT


[size=13]by Natalie Rahhal, health correspondent  
A kidney embolization is a simple procedure done to intentionally block off a blood vessel in the kidney. 
Typically, a patient is given local anesthesia and the entire procedure is done through an X-ray view. 
The surgeon makes a small incision near the groin, and guides very long, skinny tube, called a catheter, through a blood vessel toward the kidney.
There, an 'agent' or chemical  that causes the blood to clot is injected, cutting off the flow of blood to through that particular vessel. 
Kidney embolizations are generally performed when a patient is having kidney bleeding either from trauma, a tumor, or another medical condition. 
An embolization is often used as a first-line treatment for any kind of gastrointestinal bleeding. 
Melania Trump's operation was reportedly for a 'benign' kidney condition. 
The entire procedure takes up to three hours and hospital stays afterwards vary.
Embolizations are minor operations, with relatively low risks of complications or side effects. 
In very rare cases, patients may have a bad reaction to the dye used in the procedure. More commonly, some have discomfort or minor bleeding after an embolization.
Some people develop fever, weakness and nausea, a temporary condition called 'post-embolization syndrome,' that usually subsides within a few days.





According to CNN, she is the first first lady to have such a serious operation since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in 1987 while her husband was in office.    
Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about the procedure on CNN as the news first broke. He had been on air already to talk about former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's treatment for pancreatic cancer at Johns Hopkins University on Monday.
'[It's] unclear exactly what she had done. An embolization procedure is typically done for cancer, although it's very clear in this statement that this was a benign condition,' said Gupta.
'That's how they've framed it. So it doesn't sound like it's any type of cancer,' he added.
'Sometimes thyroids, or cysts, or something like that, can be treated as well [through embolization],' Gupta said.  
The statement from Trump's office did not describe what exactly was being treated on her kidney, whether a cyst or some kind of non-cancerous tumor. 
The statement did not spell out whether she underwent surgery or merely the procedure, which relies on catheters used to try to stem blood flow. 

A kidney embolization is a simple procedure done to intentionally block off a blood vessel in the kidney. 

The White House offered no updates to the president's schedule even as the first lady's office confirmed he would be visiting soon. 
Under an embolization, typically, a patient is given local anesthesia and the entire procedure is done through an X-ray view. 
The surgeon makes a small incision near the groin, and guides very long, skinny tube, called a catheter, through a blood vessel toward the kidney.
There, an 'agent' or chemical  that causes the blood to clot is injected, cutting off the flow of blood to through that particular vessel. 
Kidney embolizations are generally performed when a patient is having kidney bleeding either from trauma, a tumor, or another medical condition. 
Melania Trump's operation was reportedly for a 'benign' kidney condition. 
The entire procedure takes up to three hours and hospital stays afterwards vary.[/size]
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 15 May 2018, 12:47

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5729693/Jared-Kushner-says-Gaza-protesters-problem.html

[size=38]White House omits Jared Kushner's comments that Gaza protesters are 'part of the problem' from official transcript of his speech after more than 50 were killed by Israeli security forces[/size]

  • Jared Kushner hit out at the Palestinian protesters during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem 

  • Specifically touched on the protests occurring Monday, in which 52 were killed and 2,400 were injured 

  • Kushner went on to say that 'those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution'

  • But his remarks were omitted when the White House released a transcript of his speech on Monday afternoon 

  • Israeli snipers have killed scores of protesters near the Gaza border with more than two thousand injured 

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and AFP
PUBLISHED: 23:55 EDT, 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 06:56 EDT, 15 May 2018



As more than 50 Palestinian protesters were shot and killed by Israel security forces on Monday, Jared Kushner declared them 'part of the problem'.
Kushner was speaking at the official opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem when he hit out at thousands of protesters, who were injured on what was the single deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. 
'As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,' Donald Trump's son-in-law told the crowd as his wife Ivanka looked on. 
But Kushner's remarks went briefly under the radar as the White House omitted the line from his remarks in the official transcript.

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Jared Kushner hit out at the Palestinians who were protesting the official opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday and called them 'part of the problem' - but his remarks were left off the official White House transcript 


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A side-by-side comparison of Kushner's speech (left) and the White House transcript (right), first tweeted by Ayman Mohyeldin, shows that Kushner's remarks about the protesters was omitted from the official transcript 









A side-by-side comparison of Kushner's speech and the White House transcript, first tweeted by Ayman Mohyeldin, shows that Kushner's remarks about the protesters had completely disappeared. 
The White House transcript included Kushner's preceding comments, in which he said Monday's 'celebration' of the embassy 'do not reflect the departure from our strong commitment to a lasting peace'.
But the transcript completely scrapped Kushner's comment about the protesters and instead jumped to his claim that the United States 'is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way we can'. 
'We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace, safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams,' he added. 
Israeli snipers have killed scores of Palestinians and wounded thousands more as 35,000 protesters rallied against the US Embassy opening overseen by Kushner and Ivanka on Monday.  
A 14-year-old was among 52 shot dead along the Gaza border on what is already the deadliest single day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between the Jewish state and Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.  


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Kushner's remarks blaming the Palestinian protesters come as 52 were shot dead along the Gaza border in the single deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. Pictured is a young child overcome by tear gas  


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The festivities in Jerusalem were a stark contrast to the bloodshed on the Gaza border (right) where dozens of protesters were killed by Israeli snipers. Ivanka Trump (left) is pictured unveiling engraved stonework carrying her father's name on the wall at the embassy on Monday
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Ivanka and Kushner joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the opening of the embassy on Monday afternoon


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At least 2,4000 Palestinians were injured during the protests on Monday. Crowds are seen sprinting away from tear gas during a clash with Israeli security forces east of Jabalia near the Gaza border
At least 2,400 more have been injured with hundreds of them by live bullets, according to Gaza officials.  
The Palestinian government has accused Israel of committing a 'terrible massacre' and Amnesty International called the bloodshed an 'abhorrent violation' of human rights.
But Kushner's controversial remarks were in line with the White House, as Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah blamed Hamas for the violence in Israel on Monday.   
Shah said he did not believe that the violence would undermine the United States' positioning on a peace agreement and went so far as to call the deaths a 'propaganda attempt' by Hamas and Palestine.
'The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response,' he asserted.
Shah also demanded that Hamas stop its 'cynical exploitation of the situation' that has led to the deaths.
The president's spokesman said that embassy opening is 'about following through on what the President promised and believes'. 
'I think we've. for decades you know, walked on eggshells, pretending that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel when it obviously is. And this is just a recognition of reality,' he said.


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A protester screams in agony as he is picked up by fellow Palestinians during deadly clashes along the Gaza border. The death toll continued to climb on Monday as anger mounted over the US embassy opening in Jerusalem




Shah added that the 'peace plan will be brought forward at the appropriate time, and it can be evaluated on its merits.
'We don't think it will impact the peace plan,' he said of the deaths in Gaza. 
Trump tossed aside decades of precedent when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December - a decision that sparked global outcry, Palestinian anger, and exuberant praise from Israelis.
On Monday Russia said it feared that the embassy opening would increase tension in the Middle East, while Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan warned that the US had forfeited its role as a mediator in the region and was now 'part of the problem rather than the solution'.
As deadly clashes continued, Trump said in a video address aired at the opening that the embassy has been a 'long time coming' and that the US had 'failed to acknowledge the obvious' for many years. 
Trump also said his 'greatest hope' is for peace and that he 'remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement'.   


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A medic tries to hold an injured man's mouth open as they take him away from the clashes in a stretcher on Monday afternoon


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A severely injured man is carried. Israel's armed forces had warned anyone approaching the fence would be risking their lives


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A wounded Palestinian women is carried from the border fence with Israel as mass demonstrations continue following the decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the international community must bring those responsible to justice.
'Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in #Gaza must stop now,' Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein wrote in a message carried on the UN Human Rights Twitter account.
'The right to life must be respected. Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. The int'l community needs to ensure justice for victims.'
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump for making 'history' on Monday. 


'Today, the embassy of the most powerful nation on earth, our greatest ally, the United States of America, today its embassy opened here,' Netanyahu said. 'We are in Jerusalem, and we are here to stay.'
'Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises.' 
Netanyahu made a reference to the conflict on the Gaza border as he said in his speech that 'our brave soldiers are protecting the borders of Israel as we speak, we salute them all'.
Israel's prime minister said Jerusalem will always be the 'eternal, undivided' capital of Israel' and called the anniversary of the nation's founding a 'glorious' day. 


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Ivanka and Jared look on as the ceremony to inaugurate the US embassy in Jerusalem begins on Monday afternoon


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Netanyahu (pictured) said Jerusalem will always be the 'eternal, undivided' capital of Israel during his remarks on Monday






The embassy opening coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.
Trump in December announced that he would follow through on the pledge to move the embassy that US presidential candidates have repeatedly made and then reneged on. 
Presidents have typically signed a waiver every six months to skirt the requirement. Trump signed it his first year in office.
After a process that was expected to take up to four years, the US said it would outfit a consulate in Jerusalem as an embassy while a new one is constructed. 
The Palestinians claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital and have strongly objected to Trump's move. 


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Palestinians throw themselves to the ground as tear gas is hurled towards them during fierce clashes on Monday 


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The protest in Gaza was to be the biggest yet in a weekslong campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory

The announcement and the opening of the embassy sparked new chaos in Jerusalem, which the Israelis and Palestinians both claim as a holy site.
As the ceremony took place on Monday, the Israeli army revealed that warplanes had struck a Hamas facility in Gaza during bloody protests.
The military said it carried out five airstrikes after militants exchanged fire on three separate occasions with soldiers. 
The shooting in the southern Gaza town of Rafah came as the army said an Israeli aircraft had bombed a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip after Israeli troops came under fire. No Israeli casualties were reported. 
Israelis began celebrating on Sunday, as tens of thousands of marched in Jerusalem, some holding American flags, to mark Jerusalem Day. 


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Israel's military said 'approximately 10,000 violent rioters are currently assembled in a number of locations along the Gaza Strip border and thousands more are gathered by the tents approximately half a kilometre away from the security fence'


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Israeli soldiers walk amidst smoke from a fire in a wheat field near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday 
The annual event is an Israeli celebration of the 'reunification' of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.
Beyond the disputed nature of Jerusalem, the date of the embassy move is also key. May 14 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.
The following day, Palestinians mark the 'Nakba' - or catastrophe - commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.
Palestinian protests are planned on both days.


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US President Donald Trump made the decision, which tossed aside decades of precedent, in December as he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital 


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Around 1,000 police officers were being positioned around the embassy for the inauguration. Israel's army said it was almost doubling the number of troops surrounding Gaza and in the occupied West Bank


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The date of the inauguration is deeply symbolic to both Israelis and Palestinians. The US said it chose the day to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment


[size=34]WHY THE US MOVED ITS EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM[/size]


The United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.
The opening ceremony was timed to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary.
The initiative was driven by President Donald Trump, after he broke last year with decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump said his administration has a peace proposal in the works, and recognising Jerusalem as the capital of America's closest ally had 'taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table.'

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The US opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians. The initiative was driven by Trump, after he broke last year with decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, celebrated Trump's decision, but the move upset the Arab world and Western allies.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a 'slap in the face' and said Washington could no longer be regarded as an honest broker in any peace talks with Israel.
Initially, a small interim embassy will operate from the building in southern Jerusalem that now houses US consular operations, while a secure site is found to move the rest of the embassy operations from Tel Aviv.
WHY DID TRUMP RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL'S CAPITAL, AND ANNOUNCE THE EMBASSY WILL BE MOVED THERE?
There has long been pressure from pro-Israel politicians in Washington to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and Trump made it a signature promise of his 2016 election campaign.
The decision was popular with many conservative and evangelical Christians who voted for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, many of whom support political recognition of Israel's claim to the city.
Trump acted under a 1995 law that requires the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem, but to which other presidents since then - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - consistently signed waivers.
WHY DOES JERUSALEM PLAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT?
Religion, politics and history.
Jerusalem has been fought over for millennia by its inhabitants, and by regional powers and invaders.
It is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and each religion has sites of great significance there.
Israel's government regards Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the country, although that is not recognised internationally. Palestinians feel equally strongly, saying that East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The city even has different names. Jews call it Jerusalem, or Yerushalayim, and Arabs call it Al-Quds, which means 'The Holy'.
But the city´s significance goes further.
At the heart of the Old City is the hill known to Jews across the world as Har ha-Bayit, or Temple Mount, and to Muslims internationally as al-Haram al-Sharif, or The Noble Sanctuary. It was home to the Jewish temples of antiquity but all that remains of them above ground is a restraining wall for the foundations built by Herod the Great. Known as the Western Wall, this is a sacred place of prayer for Jews.
Within yards of the wall, and overlooking it, are two Muslim holy places, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was built in the 8th century. Muslims regard the site as the third holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.
The city is also an important pilgrimage site for Christians, who revere it as the place where they believe that Jesus Christ preached, died and was resurrected.
WHAT IS THE CITY'S MODERN HISTORY AND STATUS?
In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the then British-ruled Palestine should be partitioned into an Arab state and a Jewish state. But it recognized that Jerusalem had special status and proposed international rule for the city, along with nearby Bethlehem, as a 'corpus separatum' to be administered by the United Nations.
That never happened. When British rule ended in 1948, Jordanian forces occupied the Old City and Arab East Jerusalem. Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it.
In 1980 the Israeli parliament passed a law declaring the 'complete and united' city of Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. But the United Nations regards East Jerusalem as occupied, and the city's status as disputed until resolved by negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
DOES ANY OTHER COUNTRY HAVE AN EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM?
In March Guatemala's president, Jimmy Morales, said that his country will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the US move.
Netanyahu said in April that 'at least half a dozen' countries were now 'seriously discussing' following the US lead, but he did not identify them.
In December, 128 countries voted in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution calling on the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel´s capital. Nine voted against, 35 abstained and 21 did not cast a vote.
WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN NEXT? HAS JERUSALEM BEEN A FLASHPOINT BEFORE?
Since Trump's announcement there have been Palestinian protests and wider political tensions.
Arab leaders across the Middle East have warned the move could lead to turmoil and hamper US efforts to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
More than 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops in Gaza during a six-week border protest due to culminate on May 15, the day after the US Embassy move and when Palestinians traditionally lament homes and land lost with Israel's creation.
Although the clashes have not been on the scale of the Palestinian intifadas of 1987-1993 and 2000-2005, violence has erupted before over matters of sovereignty and religion.
In 1969 an Australian Messianic Christian tried to burn down Al-Aqsa Mosque. He failed but caused damage, and prompted fury across the Arab world.
In 2000, the Israeli politician Ariel Sharon, then opposition leader, led a group of Israeli lawmakers onto the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif complex. A Palestinian protest escalated into the second intifada.
Deadly confrontations also took place in July after Israel installed metal detectors at the complex's entrance after Arab-Israeli gunmen killed two Israeli policemen there.
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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 15 May 2018, 13:53

There is enough blame to go around on all sides of this situation, but this time I'd hand the trophy to Trump and Hamass, since they both thrive on chaos and hate.

Hamass won't be happy until Israel no longer exists. They're willing to see their people die rather than settle this mess. According to the NY Daily News, the Israelis leafletted the area and used non-lethal force before being forced to use deadly force because they were being shot at and  protesters were trying to lay bombs at the wall. 

Trump is too short-sighted and ego-driven to judge the possible consequences of this move. His anti-muslim rhetoric suggests he doesn't really care what happens to the Palestinians and as long as he gets his name on the embassy wall he'll happily support the Israelis. If Hamass offered him a more profitable deal, he'd probably switch sides. De-stabilizing the region doesn't seem to bother him.

IMO, a pox on all their houses.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 15 May 2018, 21:53

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5732893/North-Korea-threatens-CANCEL-Trumps-nuclear-summit.html

[size=34]North Korea threatens to CANCEL nuclear summit with Trump because it believes 'provocative military ruckus' of joint U.S.-South Korea drills are rehearsal for invasion[/size]

  • June 12 Singapore summit between Trump and Kim is suddenly in jeopardy

  • North Korean government blames joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises 

  • Pyongyang sees the drills as a rehearsal for a full-scale invasion

  • Kim also canceled meeting with South Korea's president on a few hours' notice


By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR  and GEOFF EARLE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:02 EDT, 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 EDT, 15 May 2018

    


North Korea's government says it is considering calling off a planned nuclear summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump
Kim's regime said through state-run news agency KCNA that ongoing 'Max Thunder' joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea are actually a 'rehearsal for invasion' of the North. 
'The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities,' KCNA said.


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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's government threatened on Wednesday (local time) to call off a planned nuclear summit with President Donald Trump (right)


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President Trump last week greeted three Americans who were released from North Korea as they returned in the wee hours of the morning to an air case in suburban Maryland



South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that Pyongyang also canceled high-level talks with Seoul, scheduled for later in the day.
The North Koreans cited the military drills as the reason.
The meeting was to happen in the border town of Panmunjom, as a followup to Kim's April meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-In.
The Trump administration has appeared to be making progress in recent weeks toward a new diplomatic framework with the hermit kingdom.
Tempers had cooled following months of belligerence on both sides – Trump called Kim 'Little Rocket Man' and Kim responded by branding him a 'mentally deranged U.S. dotard.'




Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang on a mission to retrieve three Americans held prisoner in the communist nation.  
He returned a day later with Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim on board his government jet. Trump, eager to reap the PR benefit of a public splash, went to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at 2:00 in the morning to greet them personally. 
The prisoner release was seen as a first step toward the planned summit, which Trump announced last week would take place June 12 in Singapore.  
The North Korean statement got a jump on the U.S State Department  


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New rules: Kim Jong-Un's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, has today announced North Korea's intentions to work towards a complete international ban on nuclear weapons tests


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U.S.-KOR Combine Force take part in an annual best warrior competition at U.S. military base Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea, on 12 April 2018


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South Korean army armored vehicles travel along a road near the border in Paju, South Korea, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
'We have no information on that,' said spokeswoman Heather Nauert, NBC reported. 'Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We need to verify it.'
The snag comes after North Korea began dismantling a key nuclear test site just weeks before Kim due to meet Trump for what would be historic summit.
Satellite images examined by American researchers appear to show building demolitions, removal of railways, and overturned mining carts at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea.
The researchers are relying on commercial satellite imagery from May 7, according to the 38 North web site.




The site analyzed images which show significant changes that have been made at the location which are consistent with decommissioning.
Critics have argued that the cite already is in need of decommissioning, making its decommissioning less of a concession than it might otherwise seem.
'Between April 20 and May 7, 2018, the probable engineering office building and a possible instrumentation shed located just outside the North Portal (where the last five underground nuclear tests have been conducted) were razed along with at least two smaller buildings or sheds,' according to 38 North.
Meanwhile, the hermetic nation plans to join international efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, its ambassador told the United Nations today.
Pyongyang has pledged dismantle the test site some time between May 23 and May 25 in order to uphold its pledge to cease tests, its state media reported on Saturday.


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No personnel or significant activity is observed at the barracks area
Earlier today, North Korea's ambassador to the UN in Geneva Han Tae-song announced the country's intentions to work towards a complete ban on tests.
'DPRK will join international desires and efforts for a total ban on nuclear tests,' Han Tae-song said in an address to the Conference on Disarmament, using North Korea's official acronym.
Han told the UN assembly that his country aimed to make more 'efforts to achieve the development of intra-Korean relations, defuse acute military tensions and substantially remove the danger of the war on the Korean peninsula.'
'It will make sincere efforts... to establish a durable lasting peace mechanism' with its neighbour to the south, he said, urging the international community to 'extend its active support in encouraging and promoting the current positive climate.'
The military exercises that apparently provoked the North Korean side are known as 'Maximum Thunder.' The drill involves F-15 and F-16 aircraft numbering more than 80, NBC News reported.  
The annual drill has regularly been a thorn in the side of the North Koreans. U.S. military officials say it is needed to practice the kind of cooperation that would be necessary in any real live military situation on the heavily-armed Korean peninsula.
It includes both air-to-air and air-to ground mission practice.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by party animal - not! on Wed 16 May 2018, 10:22

Ah, so Trump's getting a little bit of his own medicine............surprise, surprise!

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 16 May 2018, 11:12

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5733935/Hawaii-goes-RED-ALERT-major-eruption-Kilauea-volcano.html

[size=38]Hawaii goes on RED ALERT for 'major eruption' of Kilauea volcano as huge ash plume billows 12,000 FEET into the sky with the USGS warning of an 'explosive and imminent' event sparking preparations for mass evacuations[/size]

  • A major eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is imminent, the US Geographical Survey have said. 

  • The volcano has been erupting for 10 days and nearly 20 lava spewing fissures have opened up

  • Smoke plumes reached 12,000 feet into the air on Tuesday, and lava reached 103 F last week

  • Before and after satellite images have captured the devastation caused by Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano 

  • Before and after satellite images show just how destructive the lava flow has been on Leilani Estates

  • The neighborhood on Big Island was evacuated last month given its proximity to the epicenter of the volcano

  • Dozens of homes have been destroyed since eruptions began 10 days ago, about 2000 have evacuated 

  • Residents put out bottles of alcohol on Tuesday as offerings to the Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire 


By HANNAH MOORE  and EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 21:57 EDT, 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 02:10 EDT, 16 May 2018

    

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could have a major devastating eruption at 'any time', the US Geographical Survey has said.
The volcano has been erupting for 10 days, and more than 2000 residents have already been evacuated. 
'At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' the USGS said on Tuesday afternoon.
The USGS also raised the volcano aviation alert level at Hawaii’s Kilauea to red - the highest level - which indicates a 'major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air.'

A recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater 'has raised the potential for explosive eruptions' at the volcano, the organisation said.
Plumes of smoke are reaching up to 12,000 feet into the sky and ash is raining on to nearby towns. On Wednesday, The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded a lava temperature of 217 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Some of the vents in the volcano are now reportedly releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide that it's posing a grave danger to anyone nearby.


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People watch at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island as the USGS announces a major, explosive eruption is imminent


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Smoke plumes from the mountain have reached up to 12,000 feet, the USGS announced on Tuesday, and ash is raining into nearby towns


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 Some of the vents in the volcano are now reportedly releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide that it's posing a grave danger to anyone nearby


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A recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater 'has raised the potential for explosive eruptions' at the volcano 


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Three new fissures (one of which is pictured above) have opened up on Hawaii's Big Island since Monday, raising the possibility that officials might have to order further mass evacuations


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Residents of Hawaii's Big Island are getting prepared to evacuate should Kilauea boil over as predicted

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A spokesman from the National Guard told AP on Tuesday morning nearly 20 fissures had opened on the volcano and lava was spewing towards a major highway.
'[The lava is] two miles from Highway 137 and it's travelling at 100 yards per hour in a narrow flow,' he said.
Fountains of magma spouted 'lava bombs' more than 100 feet into the air as the molten rock traveled east-southeast towards the coastal road, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.
Earlier, the USGS expressed concern pent-up steam could cause a violent explosive eruption at the volcano crater, launching a 20,000-foot plume that could spread debris over 12 miles.
Scientists had expected such explosions by the middle of this month as Kilauea's lava lake fell below the water table. The possibility exists, however, that water may not be entering the crater, as feared, and gas and steam may be safely venting, scientists said.
'So far those explosions have not occurred and I think the key here is that the vent system is an open one, therefore pressure is not being built or developed down at the top of the lava column,' Brantley told a conference call. 


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Pictured: An ash plume rising from the Overlook crater. Ash falling from the plume can be seen just to the right side


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Others were seen gathering to look at the massive smoke plumes rising to the sky (pictured is a woman with her dog, Tzippy)


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Remaining locals put out bottles of alcohol on Tuesday as offerings to the Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire.

Lava from a huge new fissure has already torn through farmland towards a coastal dirt road that is one of the last exit routes for some 2,000 residents in the southeast area of the Big Island.
More lava-belching cracks are expected to open among homes and countryside some 25 miles east of Kilauea's smoking summit, possibly blocking one of the last exit routes, Highway 132.
Mass evacuations would be triggered if Highway 132 or 137 is hit by lava, according to Hawaii National Guard spokesman Jeff Hickman.


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Residents Cherie Daniel (left) and Lisa Magno (right) are seen taking a selfie as ash pours out of the Halemaumau crater near their homes







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Before and after satellite images have captured the devastation caused by Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano. Above is an area near Pahoa where home have been destroyed. The left picture was taken on May 24, 2017, while the right image was captured on Monday



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The images show just how destructive the lava flow has been on Leilani Estates, which is near the epicenter of the volcano 



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The satellite imagery compares the area from May 24 last year to how it appeared on Monday


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Residents put out bottles of alcohol on Tuesday as offerings to the Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire
It comes as webcams placed near the edge of the Kilauea volcano, which have been refreshing every few minutes, showed gases and scorching lava spluttering out as fissures continue to form after more than a week of continuous eruptions. 
The American Red Cross said 500 people sought refuge in its shelters on Sunday night because of worsening volcanic activity.
Two more fissures opened in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 19.
'It's optimistic to think that this is the last fissure we're going to see,' said Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Deputy Scientist-In-Charge Steve Brantley. He said a similar seismic event in 1955 lasted 88 days.


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Webcams placed near the edge of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have been refreshing every few minutes to capture the gases and lava flow


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The images from the various webcams set up by the United States Geological Survey show the summit and east rift zones of the Kilauea volcano


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This image was captured from Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook and shows the thermal imaging of the volcano 





Unnerved by near-constant small earthquakes and emissions of toxic sulfur dioxide gas, Rob Guzman and his husband Bob Kirk left their home in Kalapana Seaview Estates while they still could. 
'We just need the local government to calm down the panic that some of these 2,000 people are feeling, that today, we're going to be trapped with no way out,' said Guzman, who left behind a banana farm and rental properties to go stay with friends.
The Hawaii Fire Department issued a 'condition red' alert on Monday because fissures in the southeast area of the Lanipuna Gardens area were issuing high levels of sulfur dioxide.
'Condition RED means immediate danger to health so take action to limit further exposure. Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe,' the department said in the alert.

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Jolon Clinton, 15, and her sister, Halcy, 17, take photos of a fissure near their home on the outskirts of Pahoa during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano


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Two more fissures opened up on Monday and another fissure opened up on Tuesday morning


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More lava-belching cracks are expected to open among homes and countryside some 25 miles east of Kilauea's smoking 

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 16 May 2018, 11:14

I will never understand peoples desire to place themselves in harms way.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Thu 17 May 2018, 00:14

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5737433/Racist-lawyer-threatens-call-ICE-workers-speaking-Spanish.html

[size=34]'I'll get them kicked out of my country!' Racist lawyer threatens to call ICE on workers speaking Spanish to each other in a Manhattan restaurant[/size]

  • Clip shot Tuesday showed man abusing manager for letting staff speak Spanish

  • Says 'this is America' and vows 'I will get each of them kicked out of my country'

  • Later identified as a New York commercial lawyer called Aaron M. Schlossberg

  • Has his own practice in midtown Manhattan and educated at law school in DC

  • The attorney even boasts of speaking fluent Spanish on his company's website

  • Legal expert said Schlossberg was unlikely to be disbarred despite viral video

  • In May 2017 pictured with Trump supporters shouting 'you are not a Jew' at rabbi


By RORY TINGLE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:26 EDT, 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:16 EDT, 16 May 2018

    


A racist midtown Manhattan lawyer was caught on camera threatening to call ICE on two friends speaking Spanish to each other in a restaurant.
Aaron M. Schlossberg lambasted the manager of Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue for allowing his staff to speak Spanish in 'my country' and raged about 'paying for their welfare' in a video filmed on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old, a registered Republican who has donated to Donald Trump, owns his own commercial law firm and boasts of being fluent in Spanish in his own work biography.




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The racist customer lambasted the manager of Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue for allowing his staff to speak Spanish in 'my country' and threatened to call federal immigration officials
'Your staff are speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English - this is America,' he ranted at the Fresh Kitchen manager while wearing a white work shirt and black pants.

In the background other customers can be heard calling him 'ignorant' and saying 'yes, this is America'.
'I will be following up because my guess is there not documented and my next call will be to ICE,' Schlossberg says. 'I will get each of them will be kicked out of my country.
'I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do is speak English.'
Schlossberg also mocked a woman eating a sandwich, telling her: 'Maybe you shouldn't eat that sandwich... maybe you should take a break from the food.'



The lawyer began his rant after seeing a lunchtime regular speaking Spanish with a Hispanic employee, the manager told the New York Daily News.
'They were speaking Spanish because they are friends,' he said. 'He got mad, waiting in line for his food.
'He's a customer, so I had to stay professional and ask him to leave. That's what I did.'
NYU legal ethics professor Stephen Gillers said lawyers like Schlossberg can be disbarred for conduct outside work, but predicted he would only receive a 'private admonition'. 
'Mr. Schlossberg could be disciplined for this conduct but it will not lead to disbarment,' Gillers told Forward.


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After the video filmed on Tuesday went viral the man was widely named as Aaron M. Schlossberg, 42, who runs his own commercial law firm and boasts of being fluent in Spanish in his own work biography
'A lawyer can be disciplined for conduct even if the conduct is unrelated to work for a client.
'Factors a disciplinary committee will consider in deciding what if any discipline is warranted include extenuating circumstances and whether Mr. Schlossberg has prior discipline. 
'If he does not, I think the most serious discipline he could face would be a private admonition if he has a clean record. That means the discipline will not become public.' 
Schlossberg attended the George Washington University Law School, according to his LinkedIn, which noted he studied abroad in Madrid while at college.
As well as fluent Spanish, Schlossberg claims to be able to speak French, Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese.
The Law Office of Aaron M. Schlossberg was founded in June 2012 and specializes in 'complex commercial matters', including insurance.
It is based on Madison Avenue and offers consultations in Spanish, French and Hebrew.
Its website features testimonials from clients paying tribute to Schlossberg's 'professionalism' and 'determination' on cases.
His law office gave a $500 donation to Donald Trump on April 5, 2016, according to OpenSecrets.org.


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The Fresh Kitchen branch where Schlossberg began ranting at a customer who was speaking Spanish to a Hispanic employee, as he did on a regular basis
Schlossberg, who is Jewish, attended a May 2017 rally in support of Milo Yiannapoulos and Pamela Geller, who were protesting a commencement speech by 2017 Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour. 
He was pictured among Trump supporters shouting 'you are not a Jew' at a rabbi who he believed to be a counter protester, according to APlusApp columnist Isaac Saul, who published a video of the incident. 
Schlossberg's LinkedIn also lists him as having attended The Haverford School in Philadelphia in 1994, before going to John Hopkins University where he graduated in 1998 with an English degree.
At John Hopkins he wrote for the student newspaper, The News Letter, his profile states. 
He graduated from George Washington Law School in 2002 and clerked for New Jersey Superior Court Judge John Peterson. 
In 2003, he worked as an associate attorney at The Law Offices of Michael Haskel in Mineola, New York, before moving to Ohrenstein & Brown two years later. 
He then moved to Havkins Rosenfield Ritzert & Varriale and served as an associate from 2005 to 2013 before setting up his own practice a year later.  


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The Law Office of Aaron M. Schlossberg was founded in June 2012 and specializes in 'complex commercial matters', including insurance
His website and social media pages have now been bombarded with abuse from people who have seen the viral video. 
Dailymail.com has contacted Schlossberg and the New York Bar Association for comment.
The front desk at Schlossberg's office building was turning away all visitors at his request on Wednesday.
The video of Schlossberg raging in Fresh Kitchen was initially posted on Facebook Edward Suazo, who said his wife was at the restaurant when the rant occurred.
'What a big man talking down to couple of women and a helpless employee,' Suazo wrote. 
'I wish someone tells me I can't speak in my native language ! First of all they wasn't talking to you!'  
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Post by annemarie on Thu 17 May 2018, 10:20

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5737287/In-veiled-shot-Trump-Tillerson-warns-democracy-risk.html

[size=34]Fired Rex Tillerson says America has a 'crisis of ethics and integrity' and leaders who 'conceal the truth' endanger freedom - but doesn't say Trump's name[/size]

  • Tillerson surfaces to give address to graduates of the Virginia Military Institute, lamenting assaults on facts that he said would lead to a loss of freedom

  • Top diplomat ousted by Trump says never uses his old boss's name in speech but attacks 'alternate realities' in clear reference to notorious 'alternative facts'

  • 'When we as people go wobbly on the truth, even on what may seem to be the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America,' he said

  • Also spoke up for free trade and criticized attacks on long-standing allies


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 14:09 EDT, 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 21:09 EDT, 16 May 2018

    

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a veiled shot at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, warning that a growing national crisis of ethics and integrity has put American democracy at risk.
In remarks to graduates of the Virginia Military Institute, Tillerson lamented assaults on facts that he said would lead to a loss of freedom if not countered. 
And he said that only societies able to pursue the truth and challenge alternate realities can be truly free.
'When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth, even on what may seem to be the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America,' Tillerson said.


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 Veiled rebuke: Rex Tillerson's first major speech since he was fired appears squarely aimed at his former boss but never used the president's name


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Could he mean me? 'If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,



'If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom. 
'If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society among our leaders in both public and private sector, and regrettably at times in the nonprofit sector, then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.
'A responsibility of every American citizen to each other is to preserve and protect our freedom by recognizing what truth is and is not, what a fact is and is not and begin by holding ourselves accountable to truthfulness and demand our pursuit of America's future be fact-based - not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are, and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges.' 



Tillerson did not mention his former boss by name Wednesday but alluded to some policies of the Trump administration by decrying those who neglect or ignore long-standing allies or deny that free trade is an engine of global growth.
'We must never take these long-held allies for granted,' he said, in apparent reference to Trump overruling the advice of his former top diplomat and others and withdrawing from some international agreements, threatening import tariffs.
On free trade, which Trump has questioned, Tillerson noted that much of the developed world saw it as a net positive.
'But many here at home still have a way to go to fully embrace the global economy and to recognize that with these changes come both challenges and opportunities,' he said.
Tillerson was asked to be VMI's commencement speaker before Trump fired him by tweet in mid-March after months of tension between the men over policies including climate change, trade, the Middle East and North Korea. 
Trump later explained that he didn't see eye to eye with Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, and had more in common with CIA chief Mike Pompeo, who took over as secretary of state.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 18 May 2018, 10:33

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5743267/Rule-US-funds-clinics-discussing-abortion.html

[size=34]Trump administration will ban family planning clinics discussing abortion[/size]

  • The Trump administration will ban federally-funded planning clinics from discussing abortion with women or sharing space with abortion providers    

  • Medical groups and supporters of abortion are calling the policy a 'gag rule' and say banning a discussion about it trespasses on the doctor-patient relationship

  • Abortion opponents, however, say a taxpayer-funded family planning program should have no connection whatsoever to abortion

  • Trump's policy is similar to a rule Reagan tried to enact but it never went into effect


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 22:34 EDT, 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 05:03 EDT, 18 May 2018



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The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers, a senior White House official said Thursday.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be announcing its proposal Friday, the official said on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to confirm the plans before the announcement.
The policy has been derided as a 'gag rule' by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. However, it's guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate ahead of the congressional midterm elections.


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The Trump administration is trying to ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women 


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Planned Parenthood clinics qualify for Title X grants but they must keep the family-planning money separate from funds used to pay for abortions. Supporters and patients of Planned Parenthood are pictured at a rally in June 2017
The Reagan-era rule never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled that it was an appropriate use of executive power. The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect which required 'nondirective' counseling to include a range of options for women.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure. Doctors' groups and abortion rights supporters say a ban on counseling women trespasses on the doctor-patient relationship. They point out that federal family planning funds cannot be currently used to pay for abortion procedures.
Abortion opponents say a taxpayer-funded family planning program should have no connection whatsoever to abortion.



'The notion that you would withhold information from a patient does not uphold or preserve their dignity,' said Jessica Marcella of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics. 'I cannot imagine a scenario in which public health groups would allow this effort to go unchallenged.'
She said requiring family planning clinics to be physically separate from facilities in which abortion is provided would disrupt services for women across the country.
But Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said, 'Abortion is not health care or birth control and many women want natural health care choices, rather than hormone-induced changes.'





Trump's policy is similar to a rule Reagan tried to enact but it never went into effect

[size=18]Mississippi Governor passes nation's toughest ban on abortion

Abortion opponents allege the federal family planning program in effect cross-subsidizes abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood, whose clinics are also major recipients of grants for family planning and basic preventive care. Hawkins' group is circulating a petition to urge lawmakers in Congress to support the Trump administration's proposal.
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Known as Title X, the nation's family-planning program serves about 4 million women a year through clinics, at a cost to taxpayers of about $260 million.
Planned Parenthood clinics also qualify for Title X grants but they must keep the family-planning money separate from funds used to pay for abortions. The Republican-led Congress has unsuccessfully tried to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and the Trump administration has vowed to religious and social conservatives that it would keep up the effort.

[size=18]Trump signs bill which will let states defund Planned Parenthood


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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 18 May 2018, 12:17

I saw this on Daily Kos a while back and every time this issue comes up I think of it. It's a quote from Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun, author and speaker:

     "I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life, that's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."


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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 18 May 2018, 14:05

Since Poland's very conservative government doesn't allow abortions anymore, Polish women now come to Germany which creates a sort of abortion tourism. I guess that's similar to the situation Irish women had for a long time: They travelled to Britain to have abortions, and everybody who didn't have the ability (or the money) to pay for the travel costs and the abortion, had to have the baby. And when I remember the articles I read about unmarried pregnant women (who became pregnant because using contraceptives were a sin), were repudiated by their families and were treated horribly by nuns but weren't able to go anywhere else, and the kids who were sexually abused and used as working slaves because nobody cared...

But I'm so glad that people who are pro-life care for these babies and their parents, feed, home and educate them and pay for their health insurance sarcasm
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 18 May 2018, 15:17

The whole abortion issue always strikes me as bizarre. The people who oppose abortion are often very disapproving of the women who seek abortions because they claim they don't share the same "values" (read: religion, class, race).

Well, if you don't like these people wouldn't it make more sense to approve abortion so there would be fewer of these people for you to have to deal with? fewer of their children for your tax money to feed and clothe and find a home for? fewer of their children who need medical care? Heaven forbid logical thought should creep into their arguments.

There are reasons why most of these people are Trump supporters.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 18 May 2018, 19:00

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

[size=38]PICTURED: Student, 17, who yelled 'Surprise!' as he burst into art class at Texas high school armed with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol, killing 10 and booby trapping campus with explosives[/size]

  • Shooting took place between 7.30-7.45am during art class at Santa Fe High School in Texas

  • Law enforcement officials say as many as 10 people are dead and 12 are injured, including a police officer

  • Gunman, identified by law enforcement as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagoutzis, was reportedly armed with AR-15-style rifle, shotgun and pistol

  • Student said she saw a gunman shoot a girl in the leg, prompting lockdown 

  • Gunman was taken into custody at around 9am local time and a second person, also a male student, was detained for questioning 

  • Officials say suspect left explosive devices inside the school building and at another site off campus   

  • President Donald Trump and the first lady both tweeted about the shooting, as did VP Pence

  • Santa Fe's senior class was scheduled to graduate on Sunday  


By SNEJANA FARBEROV FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:26 EDT, 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:51 EDT, 18 May 2018

    


A heavily armed student gunman was taken into custody after entering a classroom with the word 'Surprise!' and shooting 10 people to death inside Santa Fe High School in Texas this morning.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the 17-year-old male suspect, identified by law enforcement early Friday afternoon as Dimitrios 'Dimitri' Pagourtzis, was taken into custody and a second person of interest was detained.
The majority of the deceased victims were students, according to Gonzalez. As many as a dozen others were wounded, among them a police officer who was reportedly shot in the shoulder. 
It was reported by Chron.com, citing law reinforcement sources, that the gunman carried out the massacre with an AR-15-style rifle, a pistol and a shotgun. 

On his now-deleted Facebook page, Pagourtzis on April 30 shared a photo of a black T-shirt with the words 'Born to Kill' printed across the front.    
Responding law enforcement officials later found pipe bombs both inside the school and at a site off campus, and urged town residents to be vigilant and call 911 if they see anything suspicious. 
The Santa Fe Independent School District said in a statement Friday that authorities are in the process of rendering the recovered explosive devices safe. There’s no indication how many devices have been found.
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Law enforcement early in Texas identified the suspected Santa Fe school shooter on Friday afternoon as Dimitrios 'Dimitri' Pagourtzis, 17 (left and right). He is now in custody 


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Waring sign: On his now-deleted Facebook page, Pagourtzis on April 30 shared a photo of a black T-shirt with the words 'Born to Kill' printed across the front


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Santa Fe High School in Texas was on lockdown after a shooter stormed into a class and killed 10 people Friday morning 


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A Pearland Police armored vehicle stands ready in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe


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Police officers in tactical gear move through the scene at Santa Fe High School where pipe bombs were found
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A man hugs a sobbing woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School







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Santa Fe High School junior Guadalupe Sanchez, 16, cries in the arms of her mother, Elida Sanchez, after reuniting with her at a meeting point at a nearby Alamo Gym


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Santa Fe High School staff react as they gather in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting at the school in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday


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Police officers, sheriff's deputies and ATF agents are on the scene of the active shooter situation


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Medical helicopters are pictured in the parking lot of the suburban Houston school Friday

[size=18]Active shooter at Santa Fe high school in Texas




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[size=34]'I heard boom boom boom and my friend got shot': Harrowing accounts from inside Texas school during deadly shooting massacre that killed up to ten students[/size]



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Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader described, through tears, how she fled from the gunman who opened fire and killed up to ten of her classmates on Friday

Harrowing witness accounts have emerged from inside the Texas school where up to ten students died today after a shooter opened fire in an art class.
Students described the initial confusion as the fire alarm went off at Santa Fe High School before shots rang out and students fled from the school buildings into nearby streets and woodland.
'As soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as [a] practice fire drill,' student Dakota Shrader told CBS News through tears. 
'And next thing you know, we just hear three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.
'You could just hear "boom, boom, boom" so I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest forest to hide and call my mom.'
The gunman, who has now been taken into custody, burst through the door of the first-period art class at around 8am and yelled 'Surprise!' before opening fire.


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Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday

A student who saw him walking down the hallway managed to pull the fire alarm before running away.
'My friend said he saw some kid walking down the hallway with a gun so he pulled the firearm and ran out,' a senior called Tyler Turner told KTRK-TV.
'The teachers told everybody to run after three shots were heard so we all took off and ran into the trees
'Then we heard four more shots so jumped the fence into some dude's house and ran into a car wash.


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Tyler Turner, a senior at Santa Fe High School, said one of his friends pulled the fire alarm when he first saw the shooter walking down a corridor with a gun

'While we were sitting down trying to figure out what had just happened I saw a girl who had been shot in the kneecap.'
'I heard so many people saying there were gunshots and that people were dead,' fellow student Megan Hunter added.
Another student told KTRK in a telephone interview that the gunman came into her first-period art class and started shooting. The student said she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.
'We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, "Start running," the student told the television station.
The student said she did not get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.
Another student, called Paige, offered up a different perspective on today's shooting.
When asked by local network ABC13 if she was surprised at the massacre, the girl replied, 'No, I wasn't, it's been happening everywhere and I've always felt eventually it would happen here too.'
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Police responded to the school on State Highway 6 near Morning Glory Drive in Santa Fe just before 8am after getting reports of shots fired. 
Witnesses described how the unnamed gunman burst through the door of a first-period art class and yelled 'Surprise!' before opening fire on his classmates. 
Then a fire alarm was pulled somewhere in the building, sending students running into the hallway.  
'As soon as the alarms went off, everybody just started running outside,' sophomore Dakota Shrader told reporters, 'and next thing you know everybody looks, and you hear boom, boom, boom, and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest floor so I could hide, and I called my mom.' 
Another student told ABC13  in an earlier phone interview that the suspect came into her first-period art class and started shooting at 7.45am. 
The student says she saw one girl with blood on her leg as the class evacuated the room.  
'We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, "Start running,”' the student told the television station.








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President Trump addressed the shooting in Texas as he delivered remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington

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The student said she didn’t get a good look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.
Santa Fe Police, Galveston County Sheriff's Office and ATF agents responded to the school. Medical helicopters were pictured in the parking lot, along with multiple ambulances.
President Donald Trump addressed the latest school shooting in a tweet, which said in part: 'Early reports not looking good. God bless all!'
First lady Melania Trump, who is still recovering from a recent surgery, also tweeted, saying: 'my heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.' 
Trump again weighed in on the massacre in Texas as he delivered remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House, expressing his 'sadness and heartbreak' and saying that his administration is closely monitoring the situation.
'This has been going on too long in our country – too many years, too many decades now,' he went on to say. 'We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High. 
'We're with you in this tragic hour and we will be with you forever. My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.
'Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May God heal the injured, and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims' families. Very sad day. Very, very sad.' 
David Hogg, the outspoken survivor of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, lashed out on Twitter at politicians for failing to do anything to rein in gun violence in the US.   


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David Hogg, the Parkland, Florida shooting survivor, addressed this latest massacre in this strongly-worded tweet Friday 


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Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson


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Students and staff embraced and cried after Friday's deadly shooting in Santa Fe, Texas


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Students are pictured emptying their backpacks for inspection outside a row of school buses 


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In this image taken from video a police officer walks near school buses


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Students are being transported to another location to reunite with their parents
News chopper footage showed a small crowd of students emptying their backpacks for inspection on the grass. 
Students are being transported to Alamo Gym to reunite with their parents.
Santa Fe High School has more than 1,400 students in grades 9-12. The senior class was scheduled to graduate on Sunday. 
In late February, the school was briefly put on lockdown over 'popping sounds'  thought to be gunshots that were heard outside. Police arrived on campus to investigate but no threat was found.

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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 18 May 2018, 19:46

Annemarie and Lizzy,
we have a strange ongoing discussion about abortion in Germany since abortions in West Germany were a crime but were allowed in the GDR. So after the unification in 1990 a solution had to be found since the women from the former GDR weren't willing to step back from their right for abortion. And since lots of women in the west had fought for the right for abortion since the 1960s, they finally compromized about 25 years ago. Since that time abortion is still a crime but women who want to have an abortion aren't prosecuted during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and after counseling interview with a social worker who talks with her about the alternatives.

Strangely, gynecologists aren't allowed to inform about abortions on their websites. And that's the ongoing discussion, there are politicians - and people who comment - who have absolutely no understanding for a woman who sees no alternative and don't seem to have ever heard of the Pearl Index.
Some people's opinion seem to be of those from the first half of the last century...
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 18 May 2018, 20:09

So there's another school shooting.
What will happen now?
-'Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families!'
-'We have to talk about gun control now!'
-'It's not the time for talks now, it's time to remain in silence and think about the victims!'
-'We need stronger gun controls to stop these school shootings!'
-'It's not the guns which kill people, it's the people!'
-'We need more guns, armed teachers and more security at schools!'
-'If we would at least ban semi-automatic guns and bump stocks, it would lower the number of victims!'
-'If everybody had guns and carried them with him 24/7, they could stop the bad guys and shoot them!'
-'Let's march for stronger gun laws in Washington!'
-'They are all communists and lesbians - and even worse - democrats, SO DON'T TRUST THEM!'

And that's the end - until the next shooting happens - the 23rd this year...
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Post by carolhathaway on Fri 18 May 2018, 20:11

A plane crashed shortly after it had left Havanna airport, more tgan 100 passengers were onboard, and just very few are said to have survived.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 18 May 2018, 22:49

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5745945/Plane-crashes-near-high-school-campus-moments-taking-Havana-airport.html

[size=38]More than 100 dead after Cuban Boeing 737 carrying 113 passengers and crew explodes in a ball of flames and crashes moments after taking off from Havana airport[/size]

  • Internal Cubana de Aviacion flight was headed for Holguin, when it went down in a yuca field near a high school, in the Santiago de las Vegas neighborhood, on Friday

  • Local reports say the Boeing 737 was carrying 104 passengers and nine crew

  • More than 100 are dead and just four survivors were recovered - one of whom has since died in hospital

  • Cuba's newly sworn in president Miguel Diaz-Canel said there was a 'high number of casualties' 

  • Witnesses reported seeing a huge fireball followed by a giant plume of smoke 

  • Fire crews and ambulances are already on the scene and have been filmed stretchering out passengers


By HANNAH PARRY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 13:33 EDT, 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 EDT, 18 May 2018

    


A Boeing 737 plane has crashed moments after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport - just one day after more than a third of its fleet were grounded over safety concerns.
At least 100 are dead after the internal Cubana de Aviacion flight, which was carrying 113 passengers and crew, including five children, crashed into a yuca field near a high school, in the Santiago de las Vegas neighborhood, on Friday.
Just four survivors were recovered and taken to hospital in critical condition, according to Cuban media. One has since died in hospital.
Photos of the scene show fire crews attempting to put out the still smoking wreckage of the aircraft which was devastated in the crash. Debris was left scattered across the surrounding area after the explosion. 

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A Boeing 737 plane has crashed moments after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport - just one day after more than a third of its fleet were grounded over safety concerns (pictured is the wreckage)


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Flight DMJ 0972 had taken off from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport, headed for the city of Holguin, in eastern Cuba, when it crashed in the Santiago de las Vegas neighborhood






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A shocking video of the aftermath shows a victim being stretchered away from the scene while a large crowd of volunteers and emergency responders attended the scene.



Hospitals in the capital, including the General Calixto García University Hospital, are bracing themselves for the arrival of the survivors, Cuban state media Granma reports. 
Flight DMJ 0972, which was headed for the city of Holguin, in eastern Cuba, was carrying 104 passengers and nine crew when it crashed at 12.08pm local time.
Wreckage was strewn over the area, 12 miles, south of Havana, and blackened parts of the fuselage were visible.
'We heard an explosion and then saw a big cloud of smoke go up,' Gilberto Menendez, who runs a restaurant near the crash site in the agricultural area of Boyeros, told Reuters.
Carlos Alberto Martinez, the director of Havana's Calixto Garcia hospital, told Reuters that four victims of the accident had been brought there. One had died and three others, all women, were in a serious condition, he said.
'She is alive but very burnt and swollen,' said a distressed relative of one of the survivors at the hospital.
The flight was leased by airline Cubana from a small Mexican airline called Damojh or Global, Cuban state media said. Holguin has some of the island's most pristine beaches, and attracts tourists.
Cubana declined to comment. A Damojh representative in Mexico said, 'we are gathering what we can to give correct information.'
The nationality of those on board was not immediately clear although the crew were Mexican. 


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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (center) arrives at the site of the accident 


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The newly sworn in president (L) spoke with emergency crews and volunteers at the scene of the tragedy 


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A team of emergency personnel, in multiple ambulances, arrived at the scene. Local media reports that just three survivors have been found so far


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Ambulances and fire trucks line the nearby street near the to crash zone after the Boeing 737 went down at around midday local time

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Witnesses at the airport terminal reported seeing a huge fireball followed by a giant plume of smoke rising in the distance. 
Cuba's newly sworn in president Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived at the scene shortly after the crash.
'The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims,' he told AFP. 
Cuba's national airline, Cubana de Aviacion, has been plagued with safety issues in recent years due to its aging fleet - and only yesterday, more than a third of its fleet were officially grounded.
The company - which has a fleet of 16 with an average age of almost ten years old - received an order from the Cuban National Aviation Authority to ground its six An-158 aircraft due to 'serious' technical and safety issues including cracks and mechanical issues, according to Airline Geeks.


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Rescue and search workers on the site where the airliner with more than 100 passengers  plummeted into a yuca field just after takeoff from the international airport in Havana, Cuba


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Dozens of rescue and search workers on the site where the Cuban airliner with 104 passengers plummeted into a yuca field


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A thick plume of smoke, rising from the wreckage (pictured) could be seen from the nearby airport terminal


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Emergency personnel worked at the site of the accident after the Boeing 737 operated by Cubana de Aviacion crashed 'near the international airport'
Most of the Ukranian-built aircraft had already been grounded as the airline struggled to get new parts.
Today's crash reportedly involved Cubana's Boeing 737, leased from the Mexican company Damojh, Cuban news agency Prensa Latina said. It's crew were also Mexican.
Boeing Airplanes tweeted: 'We are aware of news reports out of Cuba and are closely monitoring the situation.' 
Cubana added two turboprop ATR 72-500s, provided by South African Solenta Aviation, in 2017.
The last fatal crash in Cuba was in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network said. It was a military flight that killed all eight personnel aboard. In 2010, a commercial Aero Caribbean plane crashed in central Cuba. All 68 people on board were killed.
The latest available information on Cuba from U.N. safety aviation agency ICAO, dating back to 2008, ranks it above the global average – though that preceded the latest three crashes.


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Post by annemarie on Fri 18 May 2018, 23:09

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5745663/Trump-says-school-shootings-going-long-gunman-kills-8-Texas.html

[size=34]Trump says school shootings have been 'going on too long' after gunman kills ten in Texas - and promises to keep 'weapons' out of the wrong hands[/size]

  • President began speech on prison reform by expressing sympathy for victims at a Texas high school

  • Lone gunman killed 8 in an art classroom, yelling 'Surprise!' as he burst in

  • Trump says 'this has been going on too long in our country' but steers away from gun control discussion

  • Pledged his administration will 'do everything in our power ... to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others'

  • Gun control could be a flashpoint issue in the November midterm elections

  • GOP strategist says mass-shootings in the news can only hurt Republicans, 'like terror attacks, if you're a Democrat'


By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 12:11 EDT, 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 EDT, 18 May 2018

    




A somber Donald Trump began a planned White House prison-reform event on Friday with expressions of 'sadness and heartbreak' for victims of a school shooting in Texas that left eight people dead a few hours earlier.
'This has been going on too long in our country – too many years, too many decades now,' the president said.
He did not specifically mention firearms or gun control, but did pledge that his administration will 'do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.'
The president, head hung low, pronounced it a 'very sad day. Very, very sad.'





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President Donald Trump offered condolences Friday morning following a school-shooting massacre in Texas


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A gunman burst into an art classroom yelling 'Surprise!' and killed at least 8 people


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Police officers in tactical gear moved through the scene as Santa Fe High School was evacuated Friday morning
The White House said afterward that Trump had already spoken with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to offer his condolences, pledging to provide federal assistance. 
Trump had tweeted a brief message about the massacre already, writing: 'School shooting in Texas. Early reports not loking good. God bless all!'
First lady Melania Trump, still recovering from kidney surgery, wrote on Twitter: 'My heart goes out to Santa Fe and all of Texas today.'
Police took a single gunman into custody Friday morning after he opened fire in an art classroom at Santa Fe High School in Harris County.









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Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader was comforted Friday by her mother Susan Davidson




A Republican campaign strategist told DailyMail.com on Friday that it's 'one of those issues that can only hurt us if it's in the news – like terror attacks, if you're a Democrat.'
But Trump was focused on consoling, not politicking.
'Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe,' he said.
'May God heal the injured, and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims' families.'

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Post by annemarie on Sun 20 May 2018, 23:14

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5750987/Guns-dont-kill-people-Ritalin-kills-people-says-incoming-NRA-chief-Ollie-North.html

[size=34]Guns don't kill people, Ritalin kills people! Incoming NRA chief Ollie North says ADHD meds can turn boys into mass-shooters[/size]

  • The incoming National Rifle Association chief said boys grow up in a 'culture of violence' and  'have been on Ritalin since they've been in kindergarten'

  •  It's unknown if suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis was on any prescription meds

  • North said billionaires like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros are using student gun control activists to try and dissolve the second amendment

  • Retired Marine North became famous for the arms-for-hostages Iran–Contra affair of the late 1980s, testifying before Congress on the issue


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:01 EDT, 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 EDT, 20 May 2018

    


Incoming National Rifle Association President Oliver North blamed 'drugged' and over-medicated youth suffering from ADHD as the reason behind school shootings.
'We are trying like the dickens to treat the symptoms, not the disease,' he said Sunday in an interview on Fox News Sunday. 'The disease isn't the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence, they've been drugged in many cases.' 
Ten students died Friday after Dimitrios 'Dimitri' Pagourtzis, 17, was named by police as the student gunman who entered an art class at Santa Fe High School and yelled 'Surprise!' before opening fire.
It is unknown if he was on any prescription medication. 


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Incoming National Rifle Association President Oliver North said prescription drugs like Ritalin are behind the school shootings throughout the U.S. 


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Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe, Texas, for the victims of Friday's mass shooting that left 10 students dead.


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17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been identified as the suspect in the Santa Fe shooting 
Pagourtzis, who was wearing a 'born to kill' t-shirt, stole a shotgun and .38 revolver from his father to pull off the mass shooting in Texas.

An additional 10 students were injured in the attack, which was the 16th school shooting this year.
'Nearly all of these perpetrators are male,' North said. 
He also blamed bloody and savage movies for contributing to a 'culture of violence.'
'They've come through a culture where violence is common place. All we need to do is turn on a TV or go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they've been in kindergarten. I'm certainly not a doctor -- I'm a marine but I can see those kinds of things happening.'
North offered no evidence to back up his claim. But the NRA provided DailyMail.com with several articles that discuss a possible link between psychiatric medications and violence.
There's a one-in-seven chance a boy will be diagnosed with ADHD, Esquire reported in 2014, and that the stimulates prescribed for treatment are associated with 'new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility.'


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But a 2014 study from the Treatment Advocacy Center argues differently, concluding that 'a small number of individuals with serious mental illnesses commit acts of violence, including 5 - 10 per cent of all homicides. Almost all of these acts of violence are committed by individuals who are not being treated, and many such individuals are also abusing alcohol or drugs.' 
NRA presidents serve on a one-year rotating basis while the real power within the organization stays in executive vice president Wayne LaPierre's hands. The president is largely a figure-head role requiring the office holder to go on TV and defend the pro-gun group and the second amendment.
Past presidents include actor Charlton Heston and conservative activist David Keene. 
David Hogg, the outspoken survivor of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, lashed out on Twitter at politicians for failing to do anything to rein in gun violence in the U.S.
'Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a s--- when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms,' he wrote on Friday. 
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Retired Marine Oliver North became famous for the arms-for-hostages Iran–Contra affair and this 1986 photo of him being sworn in to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Asked about the criticism from Hogg and other Parkland High School students, who lost 17 classmates in the mass shooting at their school, North said it wasn't the kids' fault.
He charged they are being used by billionaire businessmen like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, who have funded gun control groups, to try and ax the second amendment.
'These kids aren't the problem,' he said on Fox News Sunday. 'They are being used by forces far bigger than they are to make sure the second amendment goes away.' 
North is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, who was convicted in the Iran–Contra affair of the late 1980s. Those convictions were vacated and reversed, and all charges against him dismissed in 1991.
The enduring image of North remains him standing before a congressional committee, in his uniform, hand held up, to be sworn in to testify on the arms-for-hostages affair. He was photographed from below, which made the picture of him looking commanding and larger-than-life.
He hosted War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News from 2001 to 2016. 
Students described the chaotic scene inside the Santa Fe High School when Friday's shooting began.


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A student, left, reacts after retrieving her belongings inside Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Saturday. Students and teachers were allowed to return to parts of the school to gather their belongings after Friday's shooting left 10 students dead.


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Ten roses are left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at the Santa Fe High School.


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Texas Governor Greg Abbott greets worshippers as they attend a Sunday mass at Arcadia First Baptist Church in memory of the Santa Fe High School shooting victims.


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Shana Fisher, who turned 16 this month, was also in art class when the shooting began.Her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, said Fisher had rejected the shooter's romantic advances a week before the attack."She finally stood up to him and embarrassed him" in class, she said.
'My friend said he saw some kid walking down the hallway with a gun so he pulled the firearm and ran out,' a senior called Tyler Turner told KTRK-TV.
'The teachers told everybody to run after three shots were heard so we all took off and ran into the trees.' 
A report on Saturday hinted that the boy was seeking revenge against a teenage girl who rejected his advances.  
Shana Fisher, who turned 16 just days before she died in Friday's attack, had been fending off advances from Pagourtzis for months, her mother Sadie Rodriguez said on Saturday.
'He continued to get more aggressive,' Rodriguez said in an interview aired on ABC 7. 'She finally stood up to him and embarrassed him.'
It was the first indication of a motive in the mass shooting although the theory has yet to be confirmed by either prosecutors or lawyers for Pagourtzis. 
He allegedly played a Japanese World War II military anthem, yelled 'Woo-hoo!' and sang the Queen hit 'Another One Bites The Dust' in his rampage, the New York Postreported.   
Trump weighed in on the massacre as he delivered remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House on Friday, expressing his 'sadness and heartbreak' and saying that his administration is closely monitoring the situation.
'This has been going on too long in our country – too many years, too many decades now,' he said. 'We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High.
'We're with you in this tragic hour and we will be with you forever. My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.
'Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe. May God heal the injured, and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims' families. Very sad day. Very, very sad.'
According to charging documents, Pagourtzis confessed to the shooting and told investigators he had left students he liked alive so he could 'have his story told'.
A junior at Santa Fe High, Pagourtzis hid a shotgun and a handgun under his trenchcoat before opening fire in a first-period art class on Friday, according to an affidavit filed by police.
The shooting unfolded over the course of about 30 minutes in a warren of interconnected classrooms, according to new witness accounts.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Mon 21 May 2018, 17:59

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5753083/Border-Patrol-agent-stops-two-citizens-speaking-Spanish.html

[size=34]Montana border patrol agent is caught on camera interrogating two U.S. citizens about their immigration status and leaving one of them in tears - just because they spoke Spanish in a store[/size]

  • A Border Patrol agent was caught on camera last week stopping two women in a grocery store in Havre, Montana because they were speaking Spanish

  • The two women, who turned out to be U.S. citizens, provided the agent with their IDs, but he still held them for 35 minutes

  • One of the women, Ana Suda, said she will be contacting the ACLU for legal help filing a lawsuit over the incident  


By ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 07:55 EDT, 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 EDT, 21 May 2018

    


Controversial video shows a Border Patrol agent quizzing two U.S. citizens about their immigration status outside a convenience store in Montana, simply because he overheard them speaking Spanish as they were checking out.
The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, after Ana Suda and Mimi Hernandez stepped out to get some eggs and milk for their children at a gas station convenience store in Havre, about 30 miles south of the Canadian border. 
As they were checking out, the two women were speaking Spanish when they were overheard by a Border Patrol agent, who stopped them and asked for their ID. 
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A Border Patrol officer is under fire for stopping two U.S. citizens and questioning them on their immigration status for speaking Spanish at a convenience store 
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'He asked where I was born, so I looked at him and I said, "Are you serious?" He's, like, "Yes, I'm serious," but, you know, with a very authoritative voice,' Suda told KVIA. 
Suda said she asked the man, who identified himself as Agent O'Neal, if she could pay for her items first. 
'He's, like, "No, give me your I.D,"' she recalled. So she said she would give him her ID, but she wanted to get her phone out of her car so she could record their interaction. 
The video starts after she has retrieved her phone. 


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Ana Suda, pictured, one of the two women who were stopped said she will be contacting the ACLE to file a lawsuit over the incident
'M'am, the reason I asked you for your I.D. is because I came and saw that you guys were speaking Spanish which is very unheard of up here,' the agent says in the video. 
'It’s the fact that it has to do with you guys speaking Spanish in the store ― in a state where it’s predominantly English-speaking.'
Suda said she was shocked that he could stop her just for speaking Spanish.
Both Suda and her friend are U.S. citizens. Suda was born in El Paso, Texas but raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Hernandez is from Central California originally, and was a bit more shaken by the encounter. 
'She asked 'why is this happening to us? What did we do wrong? Because we said something in Spanish?' and it's embarrassing, people look at you like you did something wrong,' Suda said. 


Even after providing their IDs, Suda said the agent held them for about 35 minutes.  
After the video went viral last week, the Border Patrol issued this statement: 
'Although most Border Patrol work is conducted in the immediate border area, agents have broad law enforcement authorities and are not limited to a specific geography within the United States. They have the authority to question individuals, make arrests, and take and consider evidence.'
They said they will be reviewing the incident.  
In an interview with the Washington Post, Suda, whose husband is a former probation officer with the Montana Department of Corrections, said she will be reaching out to the ACLU for legal help filing a lawsuit over the incident. 
'I just don’t want this to happen anymore,' Suda told the Post. 'I want people to know they have the right to speak whatever language they want. I think that’s the most important part, to help somebody else.'
She added that she was most upset by her seven-year-old daughter's reaction to the video. 
'When she saw the video, she was like, ‘Mom, we can’t speak Spanish anymore?’” Suda told the Post. 'I said "No. You be proud. You are smart. You speak two languages." This is more for her.'

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Tue 22 May 2018, 18:20

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5755207/Interior-moves-lift-restrictions-hunting-bears-wolves.html

[size=34]Trump administration wants to reverse rules barring hunters from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot hibernating mothers and cubs[/size]

  • The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules 

  • Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke displays a taxidermied bear and mounted bison and elk heads in his DC office 

  • Trump sons are also trophy hunters who have made excursions to Africa, Alaska


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 17:45 EDT, 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 EDT, 22 May 2018

    


The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.
The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law.
Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.


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The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother bears and their cubs hibernating in dens. A brown bear is seen here in Alaska
These and other hunting methods - condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates - were outlawed on federal lands in 2015. Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules.

'The conservation of wildlife and habitat for future generations is a goal we share with Alaska,' said Bert Frost, the park service's regional director. 
'This proposed rule will reconsider NPS efforts in Alaska for improved alignment of hunting regulations on national preserves with State of Alaska regulations, and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters.'
Alaska has 10 national preserves covering nearly 37,000 square miles (95,830 square kilometers).
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was 'pleased to see the National Park Service working to better align federal regulations with State of Alaska hunting and trapping regulations,' Maria Gladziszewski, the state agency's deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, said in an email to The Associated Press.
She said the proposal is 'progress in that direction, and we appreciate those efforts. Alaskans benefit when state and federal regulations are consistent.'
Gladziszewski said the state doesn't conduct predator control in national preserves. 'Predator control could be allowed in preserves only with federal authorization because such actions are subject to NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review,' she said.


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Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left, who displays a taxidermied bear in his Washington office. President Donald Trump's sons are also avid trophy hunters and have made trips to Alaska
Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman who displays a taxidermied bear in his Washington office along with mounted heads from a bison and an elk.
The Obama-era restrictions on hunting on federal lands in Alaska were challenged by Safari Club International, a group that promotes big-game hunting. 
The Associated Press reported in March that Zinke had appointed a board loaded with trophy hunters to advise him on conserving threatened and endangered wildlife, including members of the Safari Club.
President Donald Trump's sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska.
Collette Adkins, a lawyer and biologist with the advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity, expressed outrage at the rollback.
'Cruel and harmful hunting methods like killing bear cubs and their mothers near dens have no place on our national preserves,' she said.
The Humane Society of the United States said it would oppose the new rules.
'These federal lands are havens for wildlife and the National Park Service is mandated to manage these ecosystems in a manner that promotes conservation,' said Anna Frostic, a lawyer for the animal rights group. 
'This proposed rule, which would allow inhumane killing of our native carnivores in a misguided attempt to increase trophy hunting opportunities, is unlawful and must not be finalized.'
 

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Post by carolhathaway on Tue 22 May 2018, 20:30

To kill an animal to feed yourself and your family or due to over-population is one thing. But to kill them simply for the trophy or because you like to kill a creature is something very different.
When I see pics of Trump's sons posing with dead wild animals, this makes me sick.
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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Wed 23 May 2018, 01:13

Animals will die all because he wants to undo everything the first black President of the United States has done.

He is vile and so are his son's.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by LizzyNY on Wed 23 May 2018, 12:53

I can only hope that there's a special place in Hell for him where every miserable thing he does to others comes back to him ten-fold. The only thing better would be if he was found guilty of something even his putrid base couldn't forgive and he spent the rest of his life in prison - or better yet, completely broke, homeless and a social pariah.

I can't imagine what his parents did to him to make him such a horrible creature.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 23 May 2018, 15:33

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5762315/Trump-ready-trash-fire-communications-aides-stop-leaks.html

[size=34]Trump is ready to 'take out the trash' as he green-lights plan to stop leaks by FIRING mid-level and junior communications aides[/size]

  • Chief of Staff John Kelly has plan in-hand to go on firing spree for Trump

  • President is impatient with press leaks and angry enough to swing the axe

  • Senior-level people like Sarah Sanders and Mercedes Schlapp appear safe

  • Stems from controversy over mid-level aide's insensitive remark about John McCain's cancer battle – which promptly leaked


By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 09:43 EDT, 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 EDT, 23 May 2018

    


President Donald Trump has signaled to his top communications aides that he's ready to send some of their less senior staffers packing – a move he hopes will cut the White House's culture of leaking off at the knees.
Chief of Staff John Kelly has signed off on the plan, according to Politico, a direct consequence of this month's leak of an insensitive comment about Sen. John McCain's brain-cancer battle. 
That episode, a White House official told DailyMail.com, was a public black eye that focused the president's attention on his porous West Wing. 
The president realizes that 'it's time to take out the trash,' the official said Wednesday.  'Some of these kids are more trouble than they're worth, with all the leaks. This is the White House, not a seventh-grade lunch table.' 


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Career death warrants: President Donald Trump has signaled to his top communications aides that he's ready to fire some of their underlings in a bid to stop leakers from talking to reporters


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Already dressed for mourning: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' job appears safe but she's bound to lose some of her staff
It's not clear when the axe will swing at mid-level and junior employees, or how many Kelly plans to fire.

But it appears press and messaging leaders like Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp are safe.
Senior Trump-whisperer Kellyanne Conway said last week, however, that the White House had identified some secret leakers, and 'they're not all junior folks.'
The administration has suffered from a culture of leaks since before Inauguration Day, with top-shelf officials initially being the most sieve-like among disloyal White House staff.
Lower-level staffers are thought to be behind more recent breaches, however, including the embarrassing McCain episode.


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Kellyanne Conway said Monday that malicious leaks are less common than they were in 2017, and that the White House knows who some of the offenders are
Kellyanne Conway told 'Fox & Friends' that she 'somewhat' knows who's leaking, and 'they're not all in the press and comms [communications] shop either – and they're not all junior folks.'
She suggested the White House is trending toward 'smaller, tighter meetings' where senior staff are 'just telling people [information] on a need-to-know basis.'
Conway said most leaks from inside the West Wing are meant to hamstring rivals and settle scores, and emphasized that '99.8 per cent of the information that we know, that some of us know in this place – that never gets leaked.' 
The president himself sometimes lets a proverbial cat out of the bag himself by venting to longtime New York City business friends who have their own motives – and vibrant relationships with the press.




Leaking has recently become a more pedestrian sport, however, with low- and mid-level aides throwing vicarious shade at one another to settle scores or hobble their internal competition for limelight and plum assignments.
The McCain scandal involved communications deputy Kelly Sadler, who reportedly told colleagues in a closed-door meeting that they shouldn't worry about whether Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain planned to vote against CIA director nominee Gina Haspel.
He's 'dying anyway,' Sadler said, a suggestion that he's too ill to cast a vote in person. That turned out to be an accurate prediction. 
McCain, a Republican Senate institution and a Vietnam-era war hero, is recovering from brain cancer surgery.
Politico reported Wednesday that the president had personally spoken with Sadler, and expressed frustration with how her comment was leaked.
The White House has been tight-lipped, though, about whether officials are angry about the jab at McCain.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 23 May 2018, 20:00

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5763495/Trump-not-block-Twitter-users-political-views-judge.html




[size=34]Trump breached First Amendment by blocking critics including Rosie O'Donnell and Chrissy Teigen rules federal judge, calling him 'unconstitutional'
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  • Donald Trump was told to stop blocking critics on Twitter in a ruling by a federal judge in New York 

  • U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that Twitter is a 'public forum' where the First Amendment applies 

  • Among the critics he had blocked on the social media forum are Chrissy Teigen and Rosie O'Donnell

  • Case was brought against president and  his social media director Dan Scavino by Twitter users and Columbia University's First Amendment Institute



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PUBLISHED: 13:24 EDT, 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 EDT, 23 May 2018


    


A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan came in response to a lawsuit filed against Trump in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and several Twitter users.
Buchwald agreed with the plaintiffs' contention that the discussions arising from Trump's tweets should be considered a public forum.
She rejected an argument made by Justice Department lawyers that Trump's own First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact.


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How it looks: Trump has blocked critics from accessing his Twitter account. Now a federal judge has ruled he is breaching the First Amendment





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Unconstitutional: The president was slapped down by a federal judge in New York who said that blocking his critics was a breach of the First Amendment
Trump was a prolific tweeter from his @RealDonaldTrump account even before being elected in 2016 and has since made it an integral and controversial part of his presidency. 

Aides reportedly have tried to rein in his tweeting, which often starts early in the morning. 
But he has remained unfettered and used Twitter to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics, especially the media, and the investigation into possible Russian connections with his campaign.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represents the president in the case, had no immediate comment. Twitter also did not immediately comment.
The Knight Institute and the individual Twitter users claimed in their lawsuit that by blocking users for their views, Trump was shutting them out of discussion in a public forum, violating the First Amendment.
When one Twitter user blocks another, the blocked user may not respond to the blocker's tweets on the social media platform.




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Also named: Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, was also named as a defendant in the case which was ruled on by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald
Media reports say among those Trump has blocked are novelists Stephen King and Anne Rice, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, model Chrissy Teigen, actress Marina Sirtis and the military veterans political action committee VoteVets.org.
In addition to Trump, the lawsuit named his social media director, Dan Scavino, as a defendant.
'While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president´s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,' Buchwald said.
She stopped short of directly ordering Trump to unblock users, saying it was not necessary to enter a 'legal thicket' involving courts' power over the president.
'Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,' she wrote.
Buchwald is a Bill Clinton-appointed judge who was previously a federal prosecutor.
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Another fun Trump story!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44215656


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Post by annemarie on Wed 23 May 2018, 22:38

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44215656

Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks
By Paul WoodBBC News, Kiev






Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionUkrainian leader Petro Poroshenko (left) meets US President Donald Trump at the White House in June 2017
Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.
The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.
Mr Cohen denies the allegation.
The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Mr Poroshenko's administration described what happened before the visit to the White House.
Mr Cohen was brought in, he said, because Ukraine's registered lobbyists and embassy in Washington DC could get Mr Poroshenko little more than a brief photo-op with Mr Trump. Mr Poroshenko needed something that could be portrayed as "talks".
This senior official's account is as follows - Mr Poroshenko decided to establish a back channel to Mr Trump. The task was given to a former aide, who asked a loyal Ukrainian MP for help.
He in turn used personal contacts in a Jewish charity in New York state, Chabad of Port Washington. This eventually led to Michael Cohen, the president's lawyer and trusted fixer. Mr Cohen was paid $400,000.
There is no suggestion that Mr Trump knew about the payment.
Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionMichael Cohen (centre) is under criminal investigation in the US
A second source in Kiev gave the same details, except that the total paid to Mr Cohen was $600,000.
There was also support for the account from a lawyer in the US who has uncovered details of Mr Cohen's finances, Michael Avenatti. He represents a porn actress, Stormy Daniels, in legal action against President Trump.
Avenatti said that Suspicious Activity Reports filed by Mr Cohen's bank to the US Treasury showed he had received money from "Ukrainian interests".
As well as Mr Cohen, the two Ukrainians said to have opened the backchannel for their president also denied the story.
The senior intelligence official in Kiev said Mr Cohen had been helped by Felix Sater, a convicted former mobster who was once Trump's business partner. Mr Sater's lawyer, too, denied the allegations.
The Ukrainian president's office initially refused to comment but, asked by a local journalist to respond, a statement was issued calling the story a "blatant lie, slander and fake".
As was widely reported last June, Mr Poroshenko was still guessing at how much time he would have with Mr Trump even as he flew to Washington.
The White House schedule said only that Mr Poroshenko would "drop in" to the Oval Office while Mr Trump was having staff meetings.
That had been agreed through official channels. Mr Cohen's fee was for getting Mr Poroshenko more than just an embarrassingly brief few minutes of small talk and a handshake, the senior official said. But negotiations continued until the early hours of the day of the visit.
The Ukrainian side were angry, the official went on, because Mr Cohen had taken "hundreds of thousands" of dollars from them for something it seemed he could not deliver.
Right up until the last moment, the Ukrainian leader was uncertain if he would avoid humiliation.
"Poroshenko's inner circle were shocked by how dirty this whole arrangement [with Cohen] was."




Mr Poroshenko was desperate to meet Mr Trump because of what had happened in the US presidential election campaign.
In August 2016, the New York Times published a document that appeared to show Mr Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, getting millions of dollars from pro-Russian interests in Ukraine.
It was a page of the so-called "black ledger" belonging to the Party of the Regions, the pro-Russian party that employed Mr Manafort when he ran a political consultancy in Ukraine.
The page appeared to have come from Ukraine's National Anti Corruption Bureau, which was investigating him. Mr Manafort had to resign.
Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionFormer Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort maintains his innocence
Several sources in Ukraine said Mr Poroshenko authorised the leak, believing that Hillary Clinton was certain to win the presidency.
If so, this was a disastrous mistake - Ukraine had backed the losing candidate in the US election. Regardless of how the leak came about, it hurt Mr Trump, the eventual winner.
Ukraine was (and remains) at war with Russia and Russian-backed separatists and could not afford to make an enemy of the new US president.
So Mr Poroshenko appeared relieved as he beamed and paid tribute to Mr Trump in the Oval Office.
He boasted that he had seen the new president before Russia's leader, Vladimir Putin. He called it a "substantial visit". He held a triumphant news conference in front of the north portico of the White House.
A week after Mr Poroshenko returned home to Kiev, Ukraine's National Anti Corruption Bureau announced that it was no longer investigating Mr Manafort.
At the time, an official there explained to me that Mr Manafort had not signed the "black ledger" acknowledging receipt of the money. And anyway, he went on, Mr Manafort was American and the law allowed the bureau only to investigate Ukrainians.





US charges facing Paul Manafort




  • conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money and failure to disclose foreign assets - all related to his work in Ukraine and filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He pleaded not guilty
  • tax and bank fraud charges later filed by Mueller in US state of Virginia, also denied by Manafort


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Ukraine did not terminate the Manafort inquiry altogether. The file was handed from the Anti Corruption Bureau to the state prosecutor's office. It languished there.
Last week in Kiev, the prosecutor in charge of the case, Serhiy Horbatyuk, told me: "There was never a direct order to stop the Manafort inquiry but from the way our investigation has progressed, it's clear that our superiors are trying to create obstacles."
Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionAnti-Russian protests in Kiev this year
None of our sources say that Mr Trump used the Oval Office meeting to ask Mr Poroshenko to kill the Manafort investigation. But if there was a back channel, did Michael Cohen use it to tell the Ukrainians what was expected of them?
Perhaps he didn't need to.
One source in Kiev said Mr Poroshenko had given Trump "a gift" - making sure that Ukraine would find no more evidence to give the US inquiry into whether the Trump campaign "colluded" with Russia.
Mr Poroshenko knew that to do otherwise, another source said, "would be like spitting in Trump's face".





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A report by a member of a Western country's intelligence community says Mr Poroshenko's team believe they have established a "non-aggression pact" with Mr Trump.
Drawing on "senior, well placed" intelligence sources in Kiev, the report sets out this sequence of events…
As soon as Trump was elected, the report says, Ukraine stopped "proactively" investigating Manafort.
Liaison with the US government was moved away from the National Anti Corruption Bureau to a senior aide in the presidential administration.
The report states that Poroshenko returned from Washington and, in August or September, 2017, decided to completely end cooperation with the US agencies investigating Manafort. He did not give an order to implement this decision until November 2017.
The order became known to the US government after scheduled visits by Poroshenko's senior aide to see Mueller and the CIA director, in November and December, were cancelled.
The report says that an "element of the understanding" between Poroshenko and Trump was that Ukraine agreed to import US coal and signed a $1bn contract for American-made diesel trains.
These deals can only be understood as Poroshenko buying American support, the reports say.
In March, the Trump administration announced the symbolically important sale of 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.
Even under President Obama, the US did not sell arms to Ukraine. A well known figure in Kiev, now retired from his old job in government, told me he didn't like what had happened with the Manafort inquiry; however, Ukraine was fighting for its survival.
"I want the rule of law," he said, "but I am a patriot."
He said he had kept in touch with his former subordinates and had heard many of the details about a "Cohen backchannel".
Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionMichael Cohen visited Donald Trump at Trump Tower in 2016
He said that if Ukrainians came to believe that a corrupt deal had been done over Mr Manafort: "This thing might destroy support for America."
Ukraine's domestic intelligence service, the SBU, did their own - secret - report on Mr Manafort.
It found that there was not one "black ledger" but three and that Mr Manafort had been paid millions of dollars more from Ukraine than had been made public. (Mr Manafort has denied any wrongdoing.)
This information was given to me by a very senior police officer who saw the report. He said it had not been passed to the Americans.
The US reporting in this piece was done by Suzanne Kianpour

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Post by annemarie on Thu 24 May 2018, 00:21

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  • He cited higher taxes on cigarettes leading to less young people smoking

  • He said it was a good thing that these kinds of taxes impact the poor more greatly 'because the problem is in people that don't have a lot of money'

  • Bloomberg made the comments during an interview with Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

  • The interview was streamed live on April 19 from Washington, DC


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Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said he supports regressive taxes, meaning taxes that end up costing poor people proportionately more money than their more well off counterparts, as a means of control.
'Taxes are one of the ways you influence people to do what's in their own interest, where they might not expect that,' he said.
'So if you want to get kids to stop smoking, raise cigarette taxes, and the more you raise them, the less they smoke.'
Bloomberg made the comments during an interview with Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that was streamed live on April 19 from the IMF's Spring meeting in Washington, DC. 

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Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said that he supports regressive taxes, meaning taxes that end up costing poor people proportionately more money than their more well off counterparts, as a means of control, while speaking at the International Monetary Fund's Spring meeting in Washington, DC
The billionaire and philanthropist admitted that sometimes taxes take a proportionally greater amount from those on lower incomes, especially in the case of taxes that are imposed as a means of control. 
'Some people say, '"Well, taxes are regressive,"' he said, referring to taxes that effectively take a larger percentage out of the wallets of those who make less money. 'In this case, yes they are. That's the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don't have a lot of money.'
Presumably here, he was referring to smokers, and those who drink sugary beverages, as he famously instituted a high tax in the city on the purchase of 'Big Gulp' size sodas during his term as mayor.
He went on: 'And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying, "Oh we don't want to tax the poor." Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that's why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don't want to do.'


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Bloomberg (right) made the comments during an interview with Christine Lagarde (left), the managing director of the International Monetary Fund
Bloomberg brought the issue up in response to a question about his ideas on global policy as a philanthropist.
He started the conversation talking about how one goal of Bloomberg Philanthropy is to raise money to fight non-communicable diseases. 
'The question is do you want to pander to those people?,' he asked, referring to individuals who say taxation of the poor is never a good thing, while also assuming it's the poor who are making that argument.
'Or do you want to get them to live longer? There's just no question. If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there's just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things.'
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Bloomberg then went on to make the analogy that arguing against high taxes on things he thinks are bad, like sugary beverages, is the same thing as saying we should prop up outmoded jobs in disappearing industries, just to ensure those workers don't have to find new employment.
'It's like saying, "I don't want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs,"' he said. 
'We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the US Army, but we don't want to go start a war just to give them something to do and that's exactly what you're saying when you say "Well, let's keep coal killing people because we don't want coal miners to lose their jobs." The truth of the matter is that there aren't very many coal miners left anyways and we can find other things for them to do. But the comparison is: a life or a job. Or, taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.'

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At this point, Lagarde interjected, repeating Bloomberg's analysis of regressive taxes.
'So it's regressive, it is good,' she said. 'There are lots of tax experts in the room. And fiscal experts, and I’m very pleased that they hear you say that.'
Lagarde then quoted a well-known phrase, attributing it to the financial experts in the room. 
'They all say that two things in life which are absolutely certain. One is death, the other one is tax,' she said. 'So you use one to defer the other one,' she added, summarizing Bloomberg's point.
'That’s correct,' he said. 'That is exactly right. Well said.'
At this, those in attendance started applauding. 
Bloomberg served three consecutive terms as mayor of New York City, from 2002 to 2013.


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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 24 May 2018, 06:39

Well,Bloomberg is right that higher taxes on cigarettes have more impact for poorer people because taxes like this - aren't income-related but usage-bound. They don't differ whether the consumer is rich or poor, so a wealthy person may not even realize a higher prize wheras - for a poor consumer - it may raise the question to buy cigarettes or bread.
So of course higher taxes educate consumers but will certainly only have an impact on poorer users. 

My sister and her husband really don't have much money but are heavy smokers. They have stopped complaining about that because my answer is always: "Stop smoking, and you'll be surprised how much money you'll save to go on holidays etc."
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Post by annemarie on Thu 24 May 2018, 08:50

Bloomburg has no clue about the poor, in New York we have people who buy cigarettes and sell them loose or by the pack cheaper than the stores do. 

So i doubt many will quit , smoking is an addiction and not that easy to just up and quit.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 24 May 2018, 13:30

Annemarie - As much as everyone hated Bloomberg's "nanny state" he was right about this. Banning smoking in so many places and raising the taxes on cigarettes pushed a lot of people to quit and stopped a lot of kids from starting in the first place.

True, the cost falls more heavily on low-income smokers but so do the medical costs down the road. Smoking causes numerous diseases that don't care how rich you are. The only difference is that if you have money you'll probably get better care. Better not to start in the first place.
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Post by annemarie on Thu 24 May 2018, 15:32

I know a lot of people and they did not stop smoking, they simply cut back on other expenses. My husband didn't stop because the prices went up. It may have worked for some but I doubt it was a huge number.

Yes smoking is  a bad habit to have , but people still smoke and will find a way no matter what the price.

As for teenagers if they have a friend who smokes then they can smoke they simply bum cigarettes off their friends.

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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 24 May 2018, 16:02

Annemarie - As an ex-smoker I can tell you that quitting is really hard but can be done if you really want to. Once you're hooked it takes a lot of help and willpower to quit. If the price of cigarettes keeps people from starting in the first place, that's  good thing.
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Post by Admin on Thu 24 May 2018, 19:07

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https://www.businessinsider.nl/morgan-freeman-allegations-sexual-harassment-inappropriate-behavior-2018-5/

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Eight women accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior in a CNN report published Thursday.
The accusers included Chloe Melas, a CNN reporter who cowrote Thursday’s report. She accused Freeman of subjecting her to inappropriate comments about her appearance at a press junket.
Altogether, CNN said it spoke with 16 people who “described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman” on film sets, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews.
Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment.

In a report published Thursday, CNN said it spoke with 16 people in a “months-long reporting process” who “described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman” on the sets of several of his films, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews. Half of those people were women who said they had been subject to inappropriate behavior, while the rest said they had witnessed such behavior, according to CNN.

Freeman’s representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Three reporters, including CNN’s Chloe Melas, who cowrote the report on the allegations, accused Freeman of making inappropriate comments about their appearance at press junkets.

Melas said Freeman told her during a 2017 interview when she was six months pregnant, among other comments, that “you are ripe.”

Among the five other accusers, an unnamed production assistant who worked on the set of the 2017 movie “Going in Style” said she experienced several months of sexual harassment from Freeman on the film’s set, including unwanted touching and comments.

The woman said Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” She said Freeman stopped only when Alan Arkin, his costar on the film, “made a comment telling him to stop,” after which, she said, “Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5768719/Harvey-Weinstein-turn-sex-crime-charges-Friday-New-York.html

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  • Harvey Weinstein will turn himself in on Friday around the same time that the Manhattan District Attorney's office formally files charges against the mogul

  • A source with knowledge of the situation told DailyMail.com that  grand jury voted to indict Weinstein on charges after hearing testimony last month

  • The Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment on the case 

  • Weinstein had been under investigation for sexually assaulting multiple women in New York, including Paz de la Huerta  and Lucia Evans

  • An NYPD source told DailyMail.com that the charges are related to the Evans investigation 

  • A source told DailyMail.com on Thursday afternoon that federal prosecutors have officially begun their probe into Weinstein

  • Weinstein is still married to his wife Georgina Chapman but the pair are close to finalizing their divorce  


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PUBLISHED: 15:33 EDT, 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:32 EDT, 24 May 2018

    


Harvey Weinstein may finally be heading to prison. 
Almost eight months after he was was first accused of sexual assault and rape by multiple women, a source tells DailyMail.com the embattled movie mogul is set to turn himself into police on Friday in New York City.
This development comes after the Manhattan District Attorney faced growing backlash over his decision to not charge Weinstein, despite the NYPD stating multiple times since late October that there was enough evidence to seek an indictment.
There was no comment from the Manhattan District Attorney's office on Thursday, who had been given cases from the NYPD involving both Lucia Evans and Paz de la Huerta that officers felt were strong enough to go to trial. 

An NYPD source told DailyMail.com that the charges are related to the Evans investigation, which took place in 2004 in New York.   
There is no statute of limitations on rape, criminal sexual act or aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree in the state of New York.
The state legislature signed a bill eliminating a statute of limitations for first-degree sexual offenses back in 2006, having previously had a five-year statute for all rape and sexual assault cases. 
At the same time, federal prosecutors have officially begun their probe into Weinstein a third source said on Thursday. 


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Gangs of New York: Harvey Weinstein (above on October 5, the day that the New York broke the story of his sexual misconduct) will turn himself in on Friday around the same time that the Manhattan District Attorney's office formally files charges against the mogul


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Victim: Weinstein had been under investigation for sexually assaulting multiple women in New York, including Paz de la Huerta and Lucia Evans (above)
The New York Daily News was the first to report on Weinstein's plan to surrender to authorities.   
Evans told The New Yorker back in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 at his office. 
Evans (nee Stoller) was preparing for her senior year at Middlebury in 2004 when she met Weinstein at Cipriani in New York City.
She wanted to be an actress and gave the executive her phone number, eventually agreeing to come in and read for a female casting director at Weinstein's offices in Tribeca.
When she arrived however she was taken to meet Weinstein in a room with empty takeout boxes and exercise equipment.
The two spoke for a bit and then, according to Evans, Weinstein pulled out his penis and forced her to perform oral sex on him inside the office.
'I said, over and over, "I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,"' said Evans.
'I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.' 






Weinstein's size ultimately proved to be too much for Evans she claims, saying she eventually found herself completely helpless.
'I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault,' said Evans.
Weinstein later acted as if nothing had happened she said, and began calling her at night to meet.
Evans said she repeatedly turned down the executive.
The repercussions from the incident last to this day however, with Evans saying she still had nightmares.
'I had an eating problem for years. I was disgusted with myself. It’s funny, all these unrelated things I did to hurt myself because of this one thing,' said Evans.
'I ruined several really good relationships because of this. My schoolwork definitely suffered, and my roommates told me to go to a therapist because they thought I was going to kill myself.' 
Weinstein assembled a two-person legal team to defend himself against the claims made by Evans and de la Huerta last year.
'We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent. A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,' said his spokesperson at the time.
It was then noted that Blair Berk and Ben Brafman 'will be defending Mr. Weinstein in any matters in New York.'
Berk has previously defended celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson and Darren Sharper, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to drugging and raping three women.
Brafman recently represented Martin Shkreli and previously served as an attorney for for the late Michael Jackson.  


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Courting: It seems that the charges on Friday will be related to the Evans investigation, and that the de la Huerta (above in 2016) case will be pushed to federal court
Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting de la Huerta on two occasions in New York, but has denied any and all allegations of non-consensual sex through his spokesperson.
The actress reported the incidents to authorities on October 25, and was found to be a strong and credible witness.
'I really can't comment but we'll move as fast as we can to resolve the outstanding issues,' said Vance at the time.  
This has been a long time coming for members of the NYPD, who said in October they were ready to arrest the mogul.
Charges were never filed against Weinstein the last time he was investigated for assault in 2015 by the NYPD, despite police sources saying they thought there was enough evidence to indict the mogul after passing off the case to the district attorney's office.
Three days after meeting with Italian model Ambra Battilana at their office, a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Vance announced that the probe into the incident did not find enough evidence to pursue a case.


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Indicting: A source with knowledge of the situation said the grand jury voted to indict Weinstein on charges after hearing testimony last month (Cyrus Vance above)
'This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our sex crimes unit,' said a spokesperson for the DA at the time.
'After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.'
The New York Times revealed in October that Weinstein surrounded himself with a very connected team of litigators before learning that charges would not be pursued in the case.
He retained Elkan Abramowitz, a former law partner of Vance, and Daniel S. Connolly, who was also a former prosecutor.
Linda Fairstein came on as a consultant and introduced Weinstein's lawyer Abramowitz to Martha Bashford, the head of the district attorney’s sex crimes bureau.
'We have a credible and detailed narrative, and even though the incident occurred seven years ago there has been corroboration from a number of individuals,' said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce weeks after the story broke.
He went on to say that investigators contacted the district attorney's office soon after they interviewed de la Huerta and 'started working the case together.'  
'We have an actual case here, so we're happy with where the investigation is right now,' said Chief Boyce.
'Mr Weinstein is out of state we would need an arrest warrant, to arrest him. So right now we're gathering our evidence and we continue to do so, every day. So that's where we are in the case.'
Chief Boyce revealed during the conference that subpoenas have been issued, before adding: 'If this person was still in New York and it was recent we would go right away and make the arrest, no doubt. But we’re talking about a seven-year-old case. And we have to move forward gathering evidence.
Chief Boyce also made it very clear that de la Huerta was a strong witness, noting her 'ability to articulate each and every movement of the crime, where she was, where they met, where this happened and what he did.
The case was further bolstered because De la Huerta was the first victim who was allegedly assaulted by Weinstein after 2006, when New York did away with the statute of limitations in instances of rape, criminal sexual act or aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree.
The assaults alleged by the other two women took place before that law was changed, which means that even if the district attorney's office files charges against Weinstein in those cases they could be tossed out of court by a judge.
Chief Boyce seemed to suggest back in October that those probes have been put on hold while the focus turns to these women's allegations.
At the same time, the Manhattan District Attorney's office has assigned a senior sex crimes prosecutor to work on the case.
'As to others, I'm not going to close the door and say others wont come forward, but this is what we have right now, this is what we're moving forward with,' said Chief Boyce. 
Weinstein was in Arizona however, where he has spent a great deal of his time since the scandal, flying out of New York less than 24 hours after the Times and New Yorker pieces were published online.

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Post by annemarie on Thu 24 May 2018, 23:21

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5766997/Italian-parents-change-daughter-Blu-traditional-girls-Milan-court-rules.html

[size=34]Italian parents who named their daughter Blu must change it to a 'traditional girl's name' – or have one imposed by the court[/size]

  • Bizarre ruling by judge who says girl's name Blu is not gender appropriate

  • Parents argue the name is popularly used around the world

  • Jay-Z and Beyonce's child is famously called Blue Ivy


By JORDAN BARNES FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:21 EDT, 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 EDT, 24 May 2018

    




Parents who named their daughter Blu have been ordered to change it by judges in Milan, Italy.
The 18-month-old tot already has a birth certificate and a passport in her given name Blu, the Italian spelling of the colour.
But her baffled parents have been ordered to attend a legal hearing this week where they must supply a traditional girl's name or have one imposed by the court. 


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Vittoria and Luca have been told to change the name of their daughter Blu or have it altered by the court
Blu's mother Vittoria, who met her partner Luca three years ago, said: 'Since the first day Luca told me he wanted to call his daughter Blu and I chose Blu because It is the colour of the fifth chakra.'

For the girl's dad Luca, Blu stands for 'bella luminosa unica', which in English means beautiful, vibrant and unique. 
The girl’s father, Luca, said: ‘If we do not come up with an alternative, the judge will decide our daughter’s name for us.
‘When we turned up at the Registry Office, we were warned that there could be a risk of being challenged.
‘But every year, according to ISTAT data (data provided by an Italian National Statistical Office) there are around seven children called Blue, mostly girls. We did not expect to have to change her name a year and a half later, when by now our daughter knows her name is Blue and it is written everywhere.’


Blu’s mother, Vittoria, said: ‘I met Luca three years ago.
‘The very first day he told me he wanted to call his daughter Blu. I chose that because Blu is the colour of the fifth chakra connected to the throat, and expressiveness, and is a symbol of harmony and balance.
‘Blue is the colour of the infinite.
‘For Luca, Blu stands for Beautiful Luminous Unique.’
The bizarre case came about because of a presidential decree that all newborns should have gender appropriate names.
The couple's summons read: 'Given that this is a modern name based on the English word 'blue', and that it cannot be considered unequivocally attributable to a person of the female sex, the birth certificate must be rectified by inserting another female name that the parents may propose during the course of the hearing.' 


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The baby girl has been named Blu for 18 months but must change due to a 2000 presidential decree for gender appropriate names


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Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z, is a famous example of a child being named after a colour
Luca and Vittoria plan to fight the order claiming that several girls across Italy and around the world are already called Blu or named after other colours like Verde, or Green.
Most famously music's star couple Beyonce and Jay Z named their first-born child Blue Ivy in 2012.
But Luca and Vittoria aren't the only one with baby blues — a second couple have also been ordered to appear at the same Milan court this week for naming their child Blu as well.
The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) shows there were at least six other baby girls named Blu in 2016 and five the year before, according to The Local Italy
Some boys are also called Blu but there are so few that ISTAT doesn't have a figure.
In Milan alone two other girls are named Verde which means green in Italian. 


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There are two other girls in Milan alone who are named Verde after the colour green, reported Il Giorno 
Italian baby names are well-known for being conservative. 
Boys are most popularly called Francesco, Andrea or Matteo in recent times while for girls it's names like Sofia or Giulia.
But even for the country's most common names though Italian magistrates can be real sticklers for tradition.
A Florence court once ruled that a couple couldn't name their girl Andrea, a popular male name, and changed it to Giulia instead, for a while at least.
The case was presented before Italy’s Supreme Court who finally decided in 2012 that both girls and boys can be named Andrea.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 25 May 2018, 12:51

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5770611/Wikileaks-founder-Julian-Assange-leave-Ecuador-embassy-day.html

[size=34]Is Ecuador preparing to kick Julian Assange out? Wikileaks founder could leave London embassy 'any day' as US and Spain increase pressure to stop shielding him[/size]

  • Julian Assange's situation at the London Ecuadorian embassy is 'unusually bad'

  • Mr Assange may be forced out or choose to leave because of extra restrictions 

  • Last week the President of Ecuador ordered the removal of extra security  


By DIANNE APEN-SADLER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:33 EDT, 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:09 EDT, 25 May 2018

    


Julian Assange could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has lived for six years 'any day now' after the US and Spain increased pressure on the country to stop shielding him.
The Wikileaks founder's situation at the embassy is 'unusually bad', and Mr Assange may be forced out or choose to leave on his own because of extra restrictions.
Mr Assange's position is 'in jeopardy', a source told CNN.
Last week the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, ordered the removal of extra security at the embassy which has cost the country at least £3.7 million.

The operation - initially called 'Operation Guest' and later 'Operation Hotel' - ran up an average cost of at least $66,000 (£48,885) a month.


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Julian Assange, pictured in May 2017, could leave the Ecuadorian embassy where he has lived for the past six years 'any day now'


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The Wikileaks founder may be forced out or choose to leave after being placed under extra restrictions. His internet access was restricted in March after he tweeted his support of separatist movements in Catalonia, Spain
Mr Assange's activities, moods, interactions with embassy staff, his legal team and other visitors were monitored by security personnel and recorded in minute detail.
The operation to protect Mr Assange had the approval of the then Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and the then foreign minister Ricardo Patino.
But the Ecuadorian government have now said that the London site 'will maintain normal security similar to that of other Ecuadorian embassies' going forwards.
In January Mr Moreno described Mr Assange as an 'inherited problem' and 'more than a nuisance'. 



Mr Assange's internet access was then cut off in March and restrictions were placed on who can visit him after he tweeted his support for separatist movements in Catalonia in Spain.
As part of an agreement between Mr Assange and the Ecuadorean government, he is not permitted to send any messages that could interfere with the South American nation's relations with other countries.
If Mr Assange leaves the embassy he could be arrested by British police and extradited to the US and imprisoned over WikiLeaks' publication of secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.


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Last week the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, ordered the removal of extra security at the embassy which has cost the country at least £3.7 million


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The 46-year-old Australian took refuge in the small diplomatic headquarters in 2012 to avoid sexual abuse charges in Sweden, which he has always denied. 
Prosecutors have since abandoned their investigation, but British authorities are still seeking his arrest for breaching bail conditions. 
Mr Assange's lawyer, Melinda Taylor, told CNN: 'For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US. 

RT's London bureau chief Nikolay Bogachikhin also visited Assange during this time
'At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy, notwithstanding a UN directive to take steps to ensure Julian's immediate liberty.
'Their silence speaks volumes, particularly in light of recent statements from US officials that Julian's arrest and extradition are a priority.' 
Last week Mr Assange's guest list in the seven weeks leading up to the release of Democratic party emails was revealed to include RT reporters, German hacker Andy Müller-Maguhn and documentary maker Michael Moore.
In total 80 people visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in the summer of 2016, which was around the time when Assange announced he was going to release emails from Hilary Clinton's US presidential campaign.
Others included Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek and prominent WikiLeaks supporters like British designer Vivienne Westwood and left-wing journalist John Pilger, according to visitor logs obtained by the Guardian and Focus Ecuador.
Journalists from RT, which US intelligence officials have described as Vladimir Putin's 'principal international propaganda outlet', were particularly prominent on the guest list.


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Pamela Anderson, pictured here visiting Mr Assange in February last year, has been a regular visitor and has called on Kanye West to help 'set free' the 46 year old
They included the network's London bureau chief, Nikolay Bogachikhin, who visited twice, and Afshin Rattansi, a British citizen who presents a news segment called Going Underground, and saw Assange four times.
Pamela Anderson has also been a regular visitor of Mr Assange, and she called on Kanye West to help 'set him free' earlier this month.
‘I support him and I know you value Free Speech – Visibility is good for him especially in America. Where they are trying to put him away for life or worse for exposing corruption in governments,’ Anderson wrote.
‘He’s been locked in a small room for almost 6 years in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy. And now he can have no visitors. No phone calls or internet. They are squeezing him.’
In her letter, Anderson explained that she wanted more people to discuss Assange’s situation: ‘So I want to seek more voices and share more about his fight. Public support could set him free. Media is monopolized So some brave voices are the only Hope to break through.’
Anderson went on to say that she always supported Kanye’s ‘no filter’, adding that ‘you make an impact’.


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The former Baywatch star, pictured here on Good Morning Britain last month, said in a letter: ‘He’s been locked in a small room for almost 6 years in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy. And now he can have no visitors. No phone calls or internet. They are squeezing him’


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Michael Moore (pictured in New York on October 23, 2017) was one of Assange's visitors during the summer of 2016


[size=34]Julian Assange's fight for freedom: How is the WikiLeaks founder still holed up in an embassy after nearly six years?[/size]


August 2010 - The Swedish Prosecutor's Office issues an arrest warrant for Assange for two separate allegations - one of rape and one of molestation. He denies both.
December 2010 - Assange is arrested in London and bailed. 
May 2012 - Supreme Court rules Assange should be extradited to Sweden.
June 2012 - Assange take refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy on Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge.


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The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, which has been Assange's home since 2012

August 2012 - Ecuador grants him asylum on 'human rights' grounds.
August 2015 - Swedish authorities announce they will drop allegations of sexual molestation because they no longer have any time to question him. The rape allegation stayed in place.
October 2015 - Britain calls off its round-the-clock police guard outside the embassy after three years and an estimated cost of £12m.
February 2016 - UN panel rules that Assange has been 'arbitrarily detained' by both Swedish and UK authorities.
May 2016 - A cat takes residence in the embassy with Assange. 
May 2017 - Swedish prosecutors announce rape allegation has been dropped.
January 2018 - Assange's lawyers argue that the arrest warrant for skipping bail was no longer relevant and should be withdrawn. 
February 2018 - Westminster Magistrates' Court rejects the claim and insists the warrant is still in place.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 25 May 2018, 12:55

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5771269/Harvey-Weinstein-turns-police.html

[size=34]Smug Harvey Weinstein smirks at the crowd as he very publicly turns himself into police on MULTIPLE rape charges for 'sexually assaulting two women in NYC'[/size]

  • Harvey Weinstein  turned himself into police in New York on Friday morning, appearing at Precinct 1 in Tribeca

  • Itw as the first time he had been seen in the city since fleeing Manhattan back in October when he was exposed by The New Yorker 

  • He will be facing charges of first and third degree rape for the sexual assault of two women in New York, inclduing Lucia Evans 

  • An NYPD source told DailyMail.com the charges being filed soon are related to allegations from Lucia Evans

  • The actress has claimed that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in 2004


By ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 07:32 EDT, 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:46 EDT, 25 May 2018

    


Harvey Weinstein surrendered himself to the NYPD just before 7:30am this morning. 
The 66-year-old disgraced movie mogul is being accused of first and third-degree rape as well as a first-degree sex act in cases involving two women, sources say   
He has denied all allegations of misconduct that have poured out of the woodwork since last October, but on Friday he is expected to finally hand himself over to authorities. 
Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and several other women who claim to have suffered at the hands of the once-powerful producer took to social media on Thursday to share their reactions to the news that Weinstein may finally get what's been coming to him.

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Harvey Weinstein is pictured above turning himself into police Friday morning 


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Harvey Weinstein's alleged victims are celebrating after news broke that the disgraced movie mogul is planning to turn himself in on Friday ahead of being charged with sexual assault


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Rose McGowan who has accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997, reacted to the news on by saying: 'May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths'



Italian actress Asia Argento, one of the first victims to come forward last fall claiming that Weinstein raped her in 1997, responded to reports on Thursday afternoon by tweeting: 'BOOM'



Annabella Sciorra, 58, who claims Weinstein raped her in the 1990s, tweeted that she 'can't wait' for the arrest, adding: 'Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!'
The NYPD has been investigating several allegations of sexual assault and rape by Weinstein in past eight months, and has said on several occasions that there is enough evidence for a formal indictment. 
A source told CNN early Friday morning Weinstein would face a criminal sex act charge in connection with Evans' allegations, as well as charges of both first- and third-degree rape with another other unidentified woman.  
Hours before Weinstein is expected to turn himself in, several of his accusers have expressed relief and gratification on social media.
Rose McGowan, 44, who has accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997, released a statement saying: 'I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein's survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law.
'Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May this give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths'.
Another victim, actress Annabella Sciorra, 58, who claims Weinstein raped her in the 1990s, tweeted that she 'can't wait' for the arrest. 
She also tweeted: 'Anyone know where I can get front row seats?!'


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Jodi Kantor, a New York Times reporter who helped break open the Weinstein scandal last fall, tweeted a series of quotes from Weinstein saying how untouchable he thought he was


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Director Ava DuVernay retweeted a BBC link with the caption: 'Karma NEVER loses an address'

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The news came just days after actress Asia Argento, one of the first victims to come forward last fall, delivered a blistering speech at the Cannes Film Festival, where she says Weinstein raped her in 1997. 
The 42-year-old joined fellow victims and tweeted: 'BOOM' on Thursday afternoon.
Ava DuVernay retweeted an article about the news with the caption: 'A friend just texted me with this: “Karma NEVER loses an address.”'
One of the reporters who helped break open the Weinstein scandal last fall, Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, tweeted: 
'"One phone call and you're done."
'"I have eyes and ears everywhere."
'"I'm Harvey Weinstein, you know what I can do."
'Not anymore.' 


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An NYPD source told DailyMail.com the charges being filed soon are related to allegations from Lucia Evans, pictured, who says Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004


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Police have also said that there is plenty of evidence supporting allegations from actress Paz de la Huerta, pictured, but that her case may instead be handled by a federal court
The news of Weinstein's arrest comes amidst growing backlash against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for refusing to charge the 66-year-old, but Thursday's reports indicate that he is finally ready to take action.
In an interview with The New Yorker on Thursday night Evans revealed that she was in fact pressing charges. 
The other woman bringing the rape charges has not yet been identified, but it has been speculated that it could be involving actress Paz de la Huerta, who has accused Weinstein of raping her on two separate occasions.
The NYPD has said that there is more than enough evidence to take the actress's case to trial. 
In the state of New York there is no statute of limitations on rape, criminal sexual act or aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree, due to a bill signed in 2006 eliminating the previous five-year statute. 
Federal prosecutors have also officially begun their probe into Weinstein, a third source told DailyMail.com on Thursday. 
Weinstein's fall from grace was triggered in October after bombshell reports of abuse in The New Yorker and the New York Times. 


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Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by more than 100 women since news of his misconduct broke on October 5, the same day he is pictured above

Evans [nee Stoller] was among the initial accusers, telling The New Yorker that she had met Weinstein at a club in 2004.
At the time the aspiring actress who was about to begin her senior year at Middlebury gave Weinstein her phone number, and he soon invited her to come in and read for a female casting director at his Miramax office in NYC.  
When Evans arrived she was taken to meet Weinstein in a small room littered with empty takeout boxes and exercise equipment.
The two spoke for a bit and then, according to Evans, Weinstein pulled out his penis and forced her to perform oral sex on him inside the office.
'I said, over and over, "I don't want to do this, stop, don't,"' Evans said.
'I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough. I didn't want to kick him or fight him.' 
Weinstein was ultimately able to overtake Evans and she helplessly gave in to his demands. 
That's why he's been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it's their fault.
'I just sort of gave up. That's the most horrible part of it, and that's why he's been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it's their fault,' Evans said.
After the incident Evans says Weinstein acted as if nothing had happened, and began calling her at night asking to meet up - but she repeatedly turned him down. 
Nearly 15 years later Evans says she still has nightmares about the meeting.  
'I had an eating problem for years. I was disgusted with myself. It's funny, all these unrelated things I did to hurt myself because of this one thing,' said Evans.
'I ruined several really good relationships because of this. My schoolwork definitely suffered, and my roommates told me to go to a therapist because they thought I was going to kill myself.'   
On October 25 de la Huerta also accused Weinstein of sexually assault on two occasions in New York. 
Authorities found the actress to be a strong and credible witness. At the time Vance said: 'I really can't comment but we'll move as fast as we can to resolve the outstanding issue.' 


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The charges will be brought by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, pictured, who has faced growing backlash for refusing to charge Weinstein in the past
Weinstein's arrest has been a long time coming, NYPD officials say. 
They had investigated him for the alleged assault of Italian model Ambra Battilana back in 2015 and handed the case over to Vance saying there was enough evidence for an indictment.  
A spokesperson for Vance's office said there was not substantial evidence, and charges were never filed.  
In October the New York Times revealed that Weinstein had surrounded himself with a very connected team of litigators before learning that charges would not be pursued in the case. 
After the allegations were made by de la Huerta and Evans, Weinstein once again made sure he had solid legal representation.  
Last fall a spokesperson for Weinstein said that two attorneys, Blair Berk and Ben Brafman, had been hired to defend him against claims made in the state of New York. 
Berk has previously defended celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson and Darren Sharper, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to drugging and raping three women.
Brafman recently represented Martin Shkreli and previously served as an attorney for for the late Michael Jackson.  
'We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent. A formal presentation will be made on Mr. Weinstein's behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted,' the spokesperson said.

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Re: The Serious Side - part 5

Post by annemarie on Fri 25 May 2018, 20:41

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5771993/Putin-says-cause-global-economic-crisis-Trumps-trade-wars.html

[size=34]Putin says the US could cause a global economic crisis because of Trump's trade wars and new era of 'protectionism'[/size]

  • The Russian president was speaking at an economic summit in St Petersburg

  • Also attending was  Emmanuel Macron and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 

  • Putin said new era of protectionism was emerging, threatening global prosperity

  • The French leader said he had a duty to keep working with the U.S. president 


By TARIQ TAHIR FOR MAILONLINE and AFP
PUBLISHED: 11:25 EDT, 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:37 EDT, 25 May 2018

    


Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the world could be heading for an unprecedented economic as a result of Donald Trump's trade policies.  
Without directly naming the US President, who has slapped on tariffs and pulled out of trade deals, Putin lamented that a new era of protectionism was emerging and 'breaking' the free trade system responsible for global prosperity.
'Today we need not trade wars or even trade truces, but trade peace,' Putin told an economic summit in Saint Petersburg, also attended by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron attend a meeting with Russian and French businessmen during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum


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The Russian President said trade barriers and mistrust could lead to an unprecedented economic crisis 


Global trade rules 'should be clear and the same for all', Putin said.
But 'breaking the rules is becoming the rule,' Putin said in an apparent jab at Trump, who has abandoned a Pacific free trade deal and forced a renegotiation of the US pact with Canada and Mexico.
The Kremlin leader said that a combination of sanctions, trade barriers and a lack of trust was hugely dangerous.
'A spiral of sanctions and barriers is just beginning and is affecting a growing number of countries and companies,' said Putin.
The trade barriers and the mistrust they generate 'could lead to a systemic crisis the likes of which the world has not seen before,' he said.  





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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, left, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and Macron arrive at the summit
President Macron on said he hoped Donald Trump would return to Iran nuclear negotiations but that for now French companies would have to decide for themselves how to react to renewed U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
The French leader said he had a duty to keep working with the U.S. president, describing his relationship with Trump as strong even if there are also 'issues on which we have differences'. 
Meanwhile the Japanese Prime Minister said he hoped that the United States would change its mind on pulling out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

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U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the pact early last year under his 'America First' policy, raising fears of trade protectionism.
Putin also said Russia was ready for dialogue with the United States, but that a proposed summit with U.S. President Donald Trump was not working out for now and was beset by problems.
He said issues surrounding Iran and North Korea were additional reasons for dialogue between Washington and Moscow

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