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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has urged Afghans to plant more trees.

In the statement, he called on civilians and fighters to "plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth and the benefit of almighty Allah's creations".

Afghanistan has a severe problem of deforestation. Trees are cut down for heating and illegal timber sales.

Statements from the Taliban on environmental issues are rare. Read more

Milo Yiannopoulos has attacked liberal media organisations for not scrutinising comments Star Trek actor and LGBTQ activist George Takei made about his own sexual abuse.

In the clip, Takei speaks about being at summer camp as a 13-year-old and having an 18-year-old camp counselor come into his cabin, kiss him and molest him.

The excerpt many seem to find most jarring is when Takei insists he wasn't actually molested because he found the perpetrator "attractive." Read more

Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber - so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century. Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars. Read more

The father of a U.S. commando killed during the first counter-terrorism operation of President Donald Trump's term in office said Friday that Trump shouldn't "hide behind" his son's death to avoid an investigation into the mission. "Don't hide behind my son's death to prevent an investigation," William Owens, the father of Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, said in an interview with the Miami Herald. "The government owes my son an investigation." William "Ryan" Owens died Jan. 28 of wounds sustained during a raid on an al-Qaida base in Yemen. Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in February to join Owens' family and meet his remains. "I told them I don't want to meet the President," William Owens said, as quoted by the Miami Herald. "I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him." He questioned the decision to launch the raid. Read more

A suspect is in custody after 28 people were injured on Saturday night when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching a parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said.

Police Chief Michael Harrison said in a press conference after the incident that the suspect, who was traveling in the opposite direction of the parade and struck two vehicles, veered off to the other side from the parade, hitting a number of pedestrians before coming to a stop.

The suspect was described by Harrison as "highly intoxicated"; he is being investigated and is at the DWI office.

The victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s, said Elder.

Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran "on notice". Read more

Mack Beggs came here to wrestle. And wrestle he did, manhandling four opponents over two days as he captured a Class 6A girls state championship Saturday. Beggs, a 17-year-old transgender boy from Euless Trinity High School, didn't come to the state tournament seeking to carry the transgender torch, or to become a lightning rod, or to be the target of a lawsuit that could end his high school wrestling career. But those subplots all played out during the two-day UIL Wrestling State Tournament at the Berry Center in Cypress, where Beggs defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch 12-1 to win the championship. Read more

Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 Oxfam reported that just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the bottom half of humanity. About a year later Oxfam reported that just 8 men had the same wealth as the world's bottom half. Based on the same methodology and data sources used by Oxfam, that number is now down to 6. Read more

1. Both support endless war.
2. Both engage in out-of-control spending.
3. Both ignore our most basic rights.
4. Both have no respect for the rule of law.
5. Both are bought and paid for by big business.
6. Both care most about their own power.
7. Both have a long record of expanding government and shrinking liberty. Read more

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trump is skipping the White House Correspondants dinner this year.

GLENN GREENWALD: The deep state, although there's no precise or scientific definition, generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions. They stay and exercise power even as presidents who are elected come and go. They typically exercise their power in secret, in the dark, and so they're barely subject to democratic accountability, if they're subject to it at all. It's agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but also have a long history of the world's worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads. This is who not just people like Bill Kristol, but lots of Democrats are placing their faith in, are trying to empower, are cheering for as they exert power separate and apart from -- in fact, in opposition to -- the political officials to whom they're supposed to be subordinate. Read more

"The biggest asset Trump has is the decadent, clueless, narcissistic, corporate-indentured, war-mongering Democratic Party," Ralph Nader said when I reached him by phone in Washington. "If the Democratic strategy is waiting for Godot, waiting for Trump to implode, we are in trouble. And just about everything you say about the Democrats you can say about the AFL-CIO. They don't control the train."

The loss of credibility by democratic institutions has thrust the country into an existential as well as economic crisis. The courts, universities and press are no longer trusted by tens of millions of Americans who correctly see them as organs of the corporate elites.

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Betsy DeVos's policies made Michigan's schools worse by implementing school choice and depriving public schools of funding the state's rankings on the federal NAEP scores plummeted, Detroit is a mess. Her voucher model has not had a single success in Milwaukee, Cleveland, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio or Indiana.

American students as of 2013 had the highest test scores in our history–for all groups, white, black, Hispanic, and Asian; the highest graduation rates in history; the lowest dropout rates in history. Those scores flatlined from 2013 to 2015, following the application of Common Core standards and the disruptions foisted on schools by Obama and Duncan for the past eight years.

DeVos has proven that she is unqualified to be Secretary of Education. She is an ignoramus. She should do some reading and break free of her ideological contempt for public schools. Read more

The Oklahoma Attorney General's office confirms former Attorney General Scott Pruitt used a private email for state business. The information comes week after FOX 25 first revealed the emails that appeared to be sent from Pruitt's private email account.

FOX 25 requested answers about Pruitt's private email use and if that account was searched for records in accordance with state law. It took one week for the office to return our multiple calls and emails and confirm they did search the account.

A spokesman for the agency, Lincoln Ferguson, said that attorneys within the office conducted the search of Pruitt's private, personal email account and did not find any documents that had not been captured in the search of official Oklahoma Attorney General accounts.

A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. Read more

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