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Thursday, August 16, 2018

More than 300 U.S. newspapers are running editorials Thursday that promote press freedom to counter Donald Trump's attacks on the media, in a move coordinated by The Boston Globe. President Trump has often attacked some media reports as "fake news" and called journalists the "enemy of the people," and "very dangerous and sick," in a tweet earlier this month. In July, he blasted The New York Times and The Washington Post as "anti-Trump haters" who "do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements -- they will never change." The Globe's initiative aims to denounce "the war against the free press" and it suggested that editorial boards take a stand against Trump's words regardless of their politics.

The already challenging work of the American intelligence and law enforcement communities was made more difficult in late July 2016, however, when Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, publicly called upon Russia to find the missing emails of Mrs. Clinton. By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent. Such a public clarion call certainly makes one wonder what Mr. Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do -- and what they actually did -- to win the election. Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt incorrectly said Thursday that the U.S. defeated "communist Japan" in World War II as she defended America's greatness. "We defeated communist Japan," Earhardt said on "Fox & Friends" as she responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) saying America "was never that great" a day prior. Japan has never been communist, and was under imperial rule during World War II -- a war in which it attacked communist China. Earhardt said that "we ask our men and our women to go overseas to fight for our country and sacrifice so much for this great country so we can be the land of the free. The land of the brave."

The Center for Immigration Studies has been called a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and on Wednesday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Lee Francis Cissna spoke at the organization's annual Immigration Newsmakers event. CIS is a think tank founded by white nationalist John Tanton, The Daily Beast reports, and it's known for publishing false information on immigration. Cissna is the son of a Peruvian immigrant, The Daily Beast reports, and became head of the federal agency in October.

A man was arrested in Sacramento on suspicion of a 2014 murder of a former police officer in Iraq believed to be carried out by the Islamic State.

Steve Von Loor is the Republican nominee for Congress in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. He also has a history of allegations of domestic violence against his ex-wife. These incidents have recently surfaced amid a nasty legal battle between Von Loor and A.J. Robey, who's married to Von Loor's ex-wife, Maria Robey. That battle culminated in a bitter hearing in a courtroom in North Carolina's Wake County on Friday. Read more

John Brennan - Having worked closely with the F.B.I. over many years on counterintelligence investigations, I was well aware of Russia's ability to work surreptitiously within the United States, cultivating relationships with individuals who wield actual or potential power. (T)hese Russian operatives and agents are well trained in the art of deception. They troll political, business and cultural waters in search of gullible or unprincipled individuals who become pliant in the hands of their Russian puppet masters. Too often, those puppets are found.... (President) Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash. The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of "Trump Incorporated" attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets.

In the Arctic, there is a vast amount of carbon stored in frozen soils and in the form of methane hydrates and free gas stored in sediments under the Arctic Ocean seafloor. Sea ice reflects sunlight back into Space, as the ice retreats more sunlight warms the darker ocean. Ice melt destabilizes shallow ocean sediments, which can trigger earthquakes and shift ocean currents. Huge amounts of methane can erupt from the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean and further raise temperatures. This becomes a positive feedback loop which triggers huge firestorms in forests and peatlands in North America and Russia. There is a group of courageous climate scientists with compelling evidence that human beings and millions of other species, will be extinct by 2026 because of a projected 10 degree celsius increase in global temperatures above pre-industrial level. These developments can take place at such a speed that adaptation will be futile. Read more

We're all probably a teeny bit unclear on precisely how tall we each stand. And when you're the President of the United States, it's a whole other story. Your height is literally one of the many factors that help decide whether or not you're fit for office. And in an uncomfortable turn of events, Donald Trump may have just been caught fibbing about his height as he innocently stood next to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This photo taken during the G7 summit in Quebec has, unfortunately for Trump, gone viral. And when you stop ogling at Trudeau, you might just see why. Trudeau is 6-2. Trump claims he is 6-3. And you can see... clearly... that is just not possible. Read more

MarketWatch by Mark DeCambre, Published: Aug 15, 2018 10:18 p.m. ET The Dow Jones Industrial Average notched a dubious distinction on Wednesday, as U.S. equity benchmarks fell firmly lower. The blue-chip benchmark failed to move 10% above the closing low hit earlier in the year, and has now spent the longest period in correction territory -- 131 trading sessions -- since the 223 sessions in 1961, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

The residues of Roundup, which remain in genetically modified foods, are believed to cause many dangerous effects to human health, including the death of embryonic cells and extreme damage to the intestinal microbiome.

These foods are ubiquitous, with soy, maize, corn, sorghum, canola, alfalfa and cotton being largely contaminated with Roundup. In a world of modern processed foods, a surprising majority of ingredient lists contain at least one of these items.

Many forward-thinking companies and restaurants are now excluding GMOs from their product offerings. Read more

Scientists have found a way to rapidly create the mineral magnesite in a lab both inexpensively and potentially at scale. This could be coupled with carbon sequestration, a process in which carbon is injected and stored underground, typically in depleted oil and gas fields. Reducing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere can be both a result of reducing input as well as increasing output of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.-FTA Read more

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When President Trump signed a $716 billion military spending bill on Monday, he claimed the authority to override dozens of provisions that he deemed improper constraints on his executive powers. In a signing statement that the White House quietly issued after 9 p.m. on Monday -- about six hours after Mr. Trump signed the bill in a televised ceremony at Fort Drum in New York -- Mr. Trump deemed about 50 of its statutes to be unconstitutional intrusions on his presidential powers, meaning that the executive branch need not enforce or obey them as written. Among them was a ban on spending military funds on "any activity that recognizes the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea," the Ukrainian region annexed by Moscow in 2014 in an incursion considered illegal by the United States. Read more

Pushing the theory on to bigger platforms proved to be the key to Qanon's spread -- and the originators' financial gain. In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded together and plucked out of obscurity an anonymous and cryptic post from the many conspiracy theories that populated the website's message board. Over the next several months, they would create videos, a Reddit community, a business and an entire mythology based off the 4chan posts of "Q," the pseudonym of a person claiming to be a high-ranking military officer. The theory they espoused would become Qanon, and it would eventually make its way from those message boards to national media stories and the rallies of President Donald Trump. Read more

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger reviewed. Before he died last year, the New York muckraking reporter Wayne Barrett told me he had discovered ‘25 to 30' connections between Donald Trump and the mob. He was talking about Italian-American organised crime but today another New York journalist, Craig Unger, says he has found ‘59' links to the Russian mafia. He lists them all in his new book House of Trump, House of Putin, which is damning in its accumulation of detail, terrifying in its depiction of the pure evil of those Trump chose to do business with, and enraging in that -- if Unger is right -- Trump acted with impunity for decades to get filthy rich laundering the mob's blood money. This is the man who now sits in the Oval Office, Unger says. In fact, he argues, they put him there. Read more

Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Monsanto's Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by [Environmetal Working Group] EWG. These new findings come days after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup gave him lymphoma. EWG's tests found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. More than two thirds of the samples had glyphosate levels above what EWG scientists consider protective of children's health with an adequate margin of safety. Read more

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