Actor John Cusack has been raked over the coals on Twitter after he blamed “a bot” for retweeting an allegedly antisemitic meme featuring a fake Voltaire quote and a large hand emblazoned with the star of David. Read Full Article at RT.com
From Peace Action—High Tensions in the Persian Gulf Require ‘Maximum Restraint,’ Not ‘Maximum Pressure’: In response to heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf resulting from recent attacks on oil tankers and escalatory U.S. policies towards Iran, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: “Recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the resulting increase in tensions in the region are deeply concerning. Contradictory reports and accusations surrounding these incidents highlight the need for thorough, independent UN investigations. “If an independent investigation were to find that Iran is in fact responsible for any of these attacks, that is all the more reason to pursue diplomacy with Iran to immediately deescalate tensions and reduce the risk of war. Sadly, the administration has refused to engage in good-faith diplomacy, opting instead for threats, military posturing, and crippling economic sanctions that all make productive dialogue with Iran improbable. “It’s critical to remember that the Trump administration’s policies towards Iran, beginning with the unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement despite Iran’s verifiable compliance, are responsible for this crisis. It’s fair to say that Trump’s policy of ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran is achieving the opposite of its stated objectives—creating increased conflict and roadblocks rather than channels for renewed diplomacy. The administration should take this opportunity to reevaluate its policies and pursue a strategy of ‘maximum restraint’ as our European allies have called for. In the meantime, Congress should work to ensure that the president respects its constitutional authority over war by passing legislation to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran.” TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line – no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.” ~~John F. Kennedy (May 18, 1947) TWEET OF THE DAY x«We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state.» --- the 2016 Republican Party platformhttps://t.co/ZJgbvisSG4 https://t.co/eIFM5qZPyJ— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 17, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2004—Labor and the veep: Conventional wisdom is that labor is pushing for a Gephardt veep nomination, and the CW is generally right. There's no doubt that Gephardt is the choice of most of the building trades and, especially, Hoffa's Teamsters. While many of us may groan at the idea of Gephardt as Kerry's sidekick, his nomination would put a charge in the efforts of many unions and their members. But aside from that, Edwards is getting grudging acceptance amongst the old union set. Even Hoffa, who flirted with Bush the past two years, has said he would accept Edwards. His economic message (two Americas) resonates well with union audiences and has helped raise Edwards' veep stock even higher. It's funny, everything I hear is that Edwards is increasingly the top choice of many party insiders, but that Kerry doesn't like Edwards and would have to be dragged into chosing him. It's the root of just about every rumor I hear -- «everyone wants Edwards, but Kerry is not convinced and doesn't much like him. Hence, he's taking a look at ---.» What's funny is that I don't think I've ever read anything indicating that Kerry, indeed, doesn't get along with Edwards. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin leads the evidence-based inquiry into the state of the 2020 race, and the undoing of the 2016 one. But as fans of the show know only too well, it'd be irresponsible not to speculate. So we do. Extensively. It’s easy to do when there is no law! x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says «the technology for autonomous flying» is already here, and the only obstacles to progress are regulators - and «the traveling public,» understandably wary of pilotless planes. Read Full Article at RT.com
Nothing signifies how backwards our country’s priorities are more than what we spend our money on. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), not known as a bastion of socialist sentiment, has released a report on fossil fuel subsidies around the world. Analyzing costs around the globe, spent by governments on energy in general, the IMF found that the United States spent the second most, behind China and just ahead of Russia, on subsidies with $649 billion in 2015 alone. Forbes points out that this number is more than the U.S. defense budget and “ten times the federal spending for education.” The IMF says “Globally, subsidies remained large at $4.7 trillion (6.3 percent of global GDP) in 2015 and are projected at $5.2 trillion (6.5 percent of GDP) in 2017.” And while the fossil fuel industry continues to argue that pulling back on fossil fuel subsidies would deal a devastating blow to the global economy, and we all need to slowly continue to poison our air and water and planet, while we move to renewables, the IMF’s Christine Lagarde says that this still has to happen. ”If you look at our numbers from 2015, it is no less than about $5.2 trillion that are spent on fuel subsidies and the consequences thereof. And the Fiscal Affairs Department has actually identified, you know, how much would have been saved fiscally but also in terms of human life, if there had been the right price on carbon emission as of 2015. The numbers are quite staggering. If that was to happen, then there would be more public spending available to build hospitals, to build roads, to build schools, and to support education and health for the people.” To say that our country’s priorities in regards to education are backwards is not a news flash. California spends six times as much on incarcerating Californians as they do on education. This trend is a conservative trend. Just look at the current administration’s Republican-ideological work. Trump’s education secretary is interested in increasing class sizes, downsizing teachers, and cutting federal education budgets. Trump’s energy secretary is taking pictures hugging it out with fossil fuel magnates, and then helping to increase their tax subsidies.
Carrying signs reading «Homes Instead!» and «Stop Separating Families,” hundreds marched in the rain over the Father’s Day weekend to demand the closure of the prison camp for migrant children in Homestead, Florida. The site is currently jailing 1,300 migrant kids. Under the Trump administration’s anti-child policies, that number is expected to balloon to as high as 3,200 kids. Advocates have been vocal in pushing for the closure of Homestead, which is unlicensed and has been described as “prison-like” by visiting members of Congress. In fact, children who have been released from the prison camp have said they were routinely threatened with prolonged detainment for breaking rules that even barred them from hugging each other. »When I first came here, they gave us an orientation and told us that we had to follow the rules: no touching, five minutes for taking showers, 15 minutes to eat, no lending clothes, no taking any food into the bunk room, no sitting on anyone else's bed,” said 13-year-old J.D. “If we don't follow the rules or pay attention to the youth counselors they said, we would get a report. If you get a report, you'll end up spending more time here.« This child abuse is making people a fortune, specifically the company that won a no-bid $341 million dollar contract from the federal government to run Homestead. Immigrant rights leader Thomas Kennedy writes that “while Comprehensive Health Services and by extension its parent company Caliburn (which former DHS head and Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly sits on the board) is clearly benefiting from public sector dollars, it is also being heavily financed by corporate backers. Financial documents show that Bank of America is one of Caliburn’s main financiers, providing a $380 million loan and a $75 million revolving credit line.” Outside Homestead, advocates like Rabbi Judith Siegal stood on stepladders so that their signs of solidarity could be visible to the jailed children on the other side of the tall fencing. »We see you, we love you,” they said. “Los vemos y los queremos." In photographs posted by the American Friends Services Committee, children, some wearing orange caps, can be seen being shuffled from one tent to another. In one picture, a boy can be seen waving back to the group outside. No child belongs in detention, period. “In Homestead, this detention facility has been allowed to attach a for-profit motive to the detention of hundreds of immigrant kids while operating without transparency or accountability,” Kennedy says. “The result is a place where children are packed like sardines in over capacity bedrooms and classrooms, and are not allowed to touch each other for months at a time while enduring mistreatment.” Shut Homestead down.
Last night Donald Trump proudly tweeted the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a new town named in Trump's honor in the Golan Heights. «Trump Heights» features an enormous gold-trimmed sign on a lush green strip of artificial turf. There's a bit of a catch, however. The town does not exist. No location has been selected for building the town. No funding for construction has been allocated, and even stating the town will probably be built «someday» is likely stretching things. Talking Points Memo reports, “The head of the Golan caucus in the Israeli Knesset, Zvi Hauser went even further: ‘Anyone who reads the fine print of the ‘historic’ decision understands that this is a conceptual decision. There is no funding. There is no planning. There is no location and there is really no committed decision.’” In other words, the Enormous Gold-Trimmed Sign is the sole component of the Israeli Prime Minister's birthday gift to Trump, and even it has no actual plot of land it can be planted on. It's likely headed for warehouse storage. It will be up to the next government to either make good on Netanyahu's pledge or, more likely, auction off the sign for use as miniature golf course prop. None of this is likely to bother Trump. Within three weeks you can expect him to have commissioned a new plaque identifying the fictional Israeli town of Trump Heights as the location of one of the most bloody battles in the American Civil War. So many good men on both sides lost their lives that day. At this location. Wherever it is.
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Apple TV is getting a Picture-in-Picture mode that will allow users to stream two shows at the same time, TechCrunch has confirmed. The feature’s forthcoming launch was first reported by Apple news site 9to5Mac earlier today, following today’s release of new beta software for all of Apple’s operating systems, including tvOS. After installing tvOS beta […]
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Superheroes are known to fight evil villains in many storylines, however, The Boys, Amazon’s new series, features the opposite scenario, where CIA agents are tasked to take down these powerful figures who have […] The post ‘The Boys’ Amazon Series Trailer: CIA Agents Battle Sinister Superheroes appeared first on Geek.com.
What: European sculpture and works of artWhere: Christie’s, 9 Avenue Matignon, ParisWhen: June 25, 3:30 PMPublic Viewing: June 22, 10am - 6pm, June 23, 2pm - 6pm, June 24, 10am - 6pm, June 25, 10am - 12pmTop Lots at the Sale:— “Bust of Marble Representing the Portrait of a Woman Artist, Presumed by Madame Constance-Marie Charpentier,” (1767-1819) — Joseph Chinard (1756-1813), France, Circa 1800. Resting on a base of flared form entirely carved. Measurement: H: 79cm. (31in). Featured in lot 155. Estimate: 282,300 USD - 395,200 USD— “Bust in Marble Representing the Countess Jean-Isaac De Thellusson De Sorcy,” (1770-1845) — Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), France, Circa 1791. Signed on the back “Houdon,” with roses in the hair held by a ribbon, a pleated shirt stapled on his shoulders; resting on a marble pedestal. Measurement: H: 57cm. (22 ½in.); Excl: 75cm. (29 ½in). Featured in lot 147. Estimate: 225,850 USD - 338,770 USD— “Relief in Marble Representing the Profile of Francesco Ier Sforza” — Entourage of Gian Cristoforo Romano (C. 1465-1512), Lombardy, End of the XV Century. Resting on a support in modern metal. Measurement: Marble: H: 49.5cm. (19 ½in.); L: 38.5cm. (15 ¼in). Featured in lot 138. Estimate: 79,050 USD - 112,900 USD— “Relief in Terrain Cooked Painted Polychrome Vernisse Representing Nativity” — Workshop of Andrea della Robbia (1435-1525), Italy, to 1480-1500. Measurement: 94 x 50cm. (37in. X 19in). Featured in lot 124. Estimate: 67,750 USD - 112,900 USD— “Stone Group Representing Marie-Madeleine and a Donator, Probably Jacqueline of Bavaria,” (1401-1436) — Flanders, Circa 1490-1500. Resting on an entirely carved stone base. Measurement: H: 88.5cm. (35in.); L: 39cm. (15 ½in). Featured in lot 114. Estimate: 56,450 USD - 112,900 USD— “High-Relief in Terracotta Polychrome Vernisse Representing an Apostle Allocated” — To Giovanni della Robbia (1469-1529), Beginning of the XVI Century. The reverse with a number “27967”; resting on a Plexiglas base. Measurement: H: 42cm. (16 ½in). Featured in lot 117. Estimate: 56,450 USD - 112,900 USD— “Two Earthquake Sculptures Representing Allegorical Figures” — Mathieu Detombay (1768-1852), Belgium, Circa 1790. Signed on the base: “Detombay a Liege fecit.” Measurement: Ht: 176cm. (69 ¼in). Featured in lot 171. Estimate: 56,450 USD - 90,350 USD— “Relief in Terracotta Painted Polychrome Representing the Virgin with the Child” — Entourage of Andrea Del Verrocchio (1435-1488), To 1480. Enchable in a gilded wooden frame and painted polychrome; bearing an inscription painted in gold: “Mater Divinae Providentae.” Measurement: H: 57cm. (22 ½in.); Exact: 89.5cm. (35 ¾in.); L: 72cm. (28 ½in). Featured in lot 116. Estimate: 33,900 USD - 56,450 USD— “Relief in Marble Representing the Virgin Child Tronante” — Workshop of Antonello Gagini (1478-1536), Italy, Circa 1500-1520. Engraved with the inscription: “* Vera . Virgo . and . Mater . Dei.” Measurement: H: 67cm. (26 ¼in). Featured in lot 119. Estimate: 33,900 USD - 56,450 USDFor details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the salehttps://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Flooding from rapid snow melt has closed a campground at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line and triggered flood warnings into Wednesday for parts of southern Elko County in northeast Nevada. A Park Service official said Monday the Baker Creek Campground was closed Friday ...
The Panem madness is returning: Scholastic announced that Suzanne Collins’ new Hunger Games prequel novel is coming on May 19, 2020. The prequel novel, which doesn’t have a title yet, will take place […] The post A ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel Is Coming Next Year appeared first on Geek.com.
Tommy Henry's 3-hitter leads Michigan in 2-0 win over Florida State, puts Wolverines in control of College World Series bracket
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