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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It was a slow and gentle plunge: The world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10, crashed in southern England on Wednesday during its second test flight.

In a video posted on YouTube, spectators could be heard saying, "Oh my God, he just crashed it," as the nose of the aircraft made contact with the ground after an agonizingly slow descent at Cardington Airfield, about 40 miles north of London, before coming to rest.

Hybrid Air Vehicles -- the British developer of the 302-foot, 44,100-pound, helium-filled aircraft, which has a top cruising speed of about 90 miles an hour -- said on Twitter that the crew members were "safe and well."

"Airlander sustained damage on landing during today's flight," the company added, though "no damage was sustained midair."

ISTANBUL -- Turkish troops and tanks crossed into Syria on Wednesday in support of a new U.S.-backed offensive against the Islamic State, helping Syrian rebels to swiftly recapture an important border town but also adding another layer of complexity to Syria's deeply complicated war.

By late afternoon, rebel units with the Free Syrian Army had swept into the center of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, the Islamic State's last foothold on the Turkish border.

The rebels encountered almost no resistance from Islamic State fighters, who fled ahead of the advancing force, according to rebel commanders in the area. Photographs posted on social media showed rebels posing in front of deserted government buildings in the town's central square and raising the flags of Turkey and the Free Syrian Army over the gates to the town.

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After spending a few days reflecting on his immigration stances and consulting with Hispanic supporters, Donald Trump on Monday detailed how he would deal with the millions of immigrants illegally living in the United States: Enforce laws that are already on the books and continue to do "the same thing" President Barack Obama is doing, although "perhaps with a lot more energy." Trump struck a starkly different tone during an interview with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News that aired on Monday night. Trump said he would separate the country's undocumented immigrants into two groups: The "bad ones" who would be kicked out of the country as soon as he takes office and "everybody else" who would go through the same process that the Obama Administration is currently using.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Donald Trump cancelled scheduled campaign events in Colorado, Nevada and Oregon in a week that was originally billed by the campaign as focusing on immigration. His new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN on Thursday that these events would be part of "immigration week," where the billionaire would hone in on his message via policy speeches. Trump he will not make a speech on immigration that was scheduled in Denver on Thursday, according to the Denver Post. The campaign also said it had cancelled a planned rally in Las Vegas on Friday, according to local ABC affiliate KTNV. No reason was given for the Nevada cancellation. Another planned rally and fundraiser in Portland scheduled for Aug. 31, was cancelled, according to local CBS affiliate KOIN.

Best Novel (2,903 final ballots, 3695 nominating ballots)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella (2,903 final ballots, 2416 nominating ballots)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)

Best Novelette (2,560 final ballots, 1975 nominating ballots)

"Folding Beijing" by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)

Best Short Story (2,706 final ballots, 2451 nominating ballots)

"Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (2,171 final ballots, 2904 nominating ballots)

The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)

Best Graphic Story (2,171 final ballots, 1838 nominating ballots)

The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)


Election 2016: An appeaser for Russia and a shill for Israeli zionists vs. a shill for Israel and Poland.


Trigger alert for trumpfluffers. Playd'oh Putin makes Hillary look like a Palestinian:

Republican candidate Donald Drumpf has encouraged settlement building and accused the Obama administration of treating Israel as a second-class citizen (blessed, indeed, is the second-class citizen who receives more military assistance than any other country, bar none).
, imagine the following scenario– the Donald wins and is sworn in as America's 45th president on January 20, 2017.

America's global commitments are radically downsized. Again, with one exception, Israel, for whom America will continue to jump through every hoop in every international forum and to deploy whatever is deemed necessary to defend that state – militarily, politically and economically.
... yet the GOP has nominated Drumpf, the candidate and his advisers have taken these positions and this election is being treated as a serious contest.
Could that notion survive the unprecedented polarizing effect of a Drumpf administration, in which Israeli occupation policies – building separation walls, racial profiling, appeals to ethnocracy over democracy (the shared Netanyahu/Drumpf playbook) – are closely identified as Drumpf values?

The Donald's particular brand of pro-Israel exceptionalism will be hard for many who are traditionally sympathetic to Israel to stomach – more so even than Netanyahu's foray's into partisan U.S. politics.

The second trend likely to be put on steroids under a Drumpf presidency is the ascendancy of the Israeli far right's claim that its policies can be implemented even while Israel benefits from American and international support.

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