Riyadh has drawn outrage from human rights advocates after it put to death 37 people and displayed a mutilated body of one of them on a pole. The execution was carried out after «sham trials,» the Amnesty International said. Read Full Article at RT.com
US President Donald Trump has said he doesn’t want his aides testifying before Democrat-led congressional committees about the contents of the Mueller report as the hunt for collusion morphs into a hunt for obstruction. Read Full Article at RT.com
Charges have been dropped against three students who protested a speaking engagement by Customs and Border Protection agents on their campus, but only because they “could face punishments if they’re found to have violated the university’s code of conduct,” the AP reported. The students chanted “murder patrol” outside a University of Arizona classroom, where the agents were addressing a student law enforcement club. “Other students later joined in the chants of ‘murder patrol’ as the agents walked out of the classroom and were followed to parking garage where they left in an SUV.” The Arizona Republic reports that the agents didn’t bother to get names of the three students on that day, but “after the video spread among conservative media and social media accounts, the UA faced pressure to charge the students and cite them for violating the student code of conduct.” One of the students, Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, said she also believes the Border Patrol’s union was joining in the pressure. This isn’t the first time students have fought against the presence of mass deportation agents on their campus. Last year, student-led pressure forced agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pull from a job fair at Rutgers University. "ICE's presence will most definitely disturb the Government and Public Service Career Fair by discouraging students who are concerned with their immigration status,” said one Dreamer. According to documents spanning 2005 to 2017, the U.S. has paid more than $9 million to the families of at least 20 people who died at the hands of border agents since 2003, “in incidents including shooting, beating, use of Tasers and collisions with vehicles.” In January, a Border Patrol supervisor pleaded not guilty to killing four Texas women last year. And nearly a year later, we still don’t know all the answers behind the killing of Claudia Patricia Gómez González, an unarmed indigenous woman who was shot by agents in the Rio Bravo area of Texas.
Hah, for serious? On Monday, we flagged that former Republican Rep. Karen Handel recently reported to the FEC she'd raised $238,000 in the first quarter of the year for her comeback bid for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. However, just a few weeks earlier, Handel had issued a press release claiming she'd pulled in $325,000 during this same timeframe. There was no logical explanation for the huge discrepancy, but Roll Call's Simone Pathé relays a patently illogical one from the Handel campaign: Her announcement «included money leftover from 2018.» But, you see, well, no. That's not how it works. Handel's release (which we've frozen in digital amber just in case someone tries to rewrite history) very, very explicitly «announced today a Q1 fundraising total of $325,000.» «Q1»—that's short for «first quarter.» And «first quarter» is short for «all the days from Jan. 1 to March 31, inclusive.» Dec. 31? Forget it, you're out. Dec. 30? Don't even try. But Karen Handel did try. She finished her unsuccessful 2018 re-election campaign with $88,000 left in the bank—a sum she was unwise to hang on to, seeing as she lost to Democrat Lucy McBath by just a 1-point margin. Handel's failure to «spend down to zero» (the first rule of all competitive political campaigns) did give her the slightest monetary head-start for her comeback bid, but here's the thing: She did not raise $325,000 in the first quarter. You'd have to violate the laws of physics to say otherwise, but that's one set of laws even Republicans can't break.
If you ever want to utter the words, “I’d rather try it on in person," or even the now-dated, “want to go to the mall?,” you’ll want to take action sooner rather than later. According to new research, nearly 6,000 retail stores have closed already in 2019. For perspective, that’s more than the number that closed in all of 2018. It’s not even the end of April. The new report, courtesy of Coresight Research, found that 5,994 U.S. retailers have announced store closings already, compared to a total of 5,864 in total in 2018. In March of this year alone, Abercrombie & Fitch, Charlotte Russe, and Family Dollar announced closures of more than 1,000 stores. Other big names include the Gap, JCPenney, and Victoria’s Secret. Why are so many retail stores closing? Bankruptcies. And the rise of e-commerce, aka, internet shopping. For example, the Coresight Research reports that Charlotte Russe, Gymboree, Payless, and Shopko have all filed for bankruptcy in 2019. Between them, they’ll shutter a total of 3,720 stores. Chains are eager to close underperforming stores as a preventative measure, too. According to the same report, an interesting section of retailers is expanding, though. Specifically? Discount sellers. Dollar General, for example, will open an impressive 975 stores this year alone. Five Below and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet are also expanding. In terms of discount groceries, Lidl and Aldi plan to open a few hundred stores across the country. In the big picture, an April report from UBS suggested that between now and 2026, 75,000 stores would shutter across North America. The report predicted that internet shopping would replace a quarter of total retail sales at that point. Given that roughly 4 million people in the U.S. work retail jobs, this news brings some serious implications. Depending on where you live, your schedule, and your health status, working a retail job may be the only one that’s available or accessible to you. It also may be the only work you want to do—there’s no shame in working retail or choosing it. Workers deserve fair rights and securities for all jobs, including retail.
Samantha Weber at the always terrific High Country News writes—The Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park: In 1992, Ed DesRosier wanted to offer visitors to Glacier National Park an experience that didn’t yet exist. Tourists learned about the park’s wildlife and the history of the iconic red tour buses that carried them to the park’s most breathtaking views. But the stories of the people who were connected to the landscape centuries before it became a tourist destination were not mentioned. So DesRosier, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana, made it happen. But before he could become one of the few Indigenous people in the country licensed to operate a tour business in a national park, he would be arrested and have to fight in court for the right to tell the stories of his people and their home. It’s easy to imagine DesRosier, whose energy belies his 65 years, captivating tourists at the helm of one of his 10 Sun Tours buses, which have become ubiquitous on Glacier’s main roads in the summer. His official business came after many not-so-official tours; the corporate entity in charge of concessions in Glacier refused to give him a license to tell the Blackfeet stories he knew, but he gave tours anyway. DesRosier was responding to a common problem: Despite the fact that they comprise the ancestral lands of hundreds of tribes, few national parks offer visitors the sort of nuanced Indigenous view that DesRosier wanted to provide. The Blackfeet want to fix this problem, and others, in a dramatic way. The tribe is working toward that goal through myriad avenues, including a plan to become one of the few tribes in the country to open its own national park, a way to assert the tribe’s place in the region’s history, protect its natural resources and provide new economic opportunities to its members, mostly in Browning, home to approximately 1,000 people and the largest community on the Blackfeet Reservation. “The invisibility of the Blackfeet has a way of eliminating our connection,” DesRosier said. He sees taking advantage of the park tourism economy as more than just a chance for his tribe to reassert its connection to the park, but also as an economic opportunity. Despite once owning half of Glacier and now sharing a border along some of its most breathtaking terrain, the Blackfeet Nation has not yet tapped into the booming national parks tourism economy in any significant way, though such tourism generated $18.2 billion in park gateway communities last year. That’s where Blackfeet tribal members see an opportunity. Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The slow-rising central horror of «Watergate» is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it.” ~~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (1973) TWEET OF THE DAY xI thought the unsolicited, ready-to-go, and fully-cited Supreme Court brief at the end anticipating and decimating TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs defenses to be an especially nice touch Ã°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ½ https://t.co/EWYuzEjE1D— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) April 24, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—Top Army Officials in Prison Torture Scandal Cleared... by Army: A high-level Army investigation has cleared four of the five top Army officers overseeing prison policies and operations in Iraq of responsibility for the abuse of detainees there, Congressional and administration officials said Friday. Among the officers was Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who was the top commander in Iraq from June 2003 to July 2004. He was the highest-ranking officer to face allegations of leadership failure in connection with the scandal, but he was not accused of criminal misconduct. Barring new evidence, the inquiry, by the Army's inspector general, effectively closes the Army's book on whether the highest-ranking officers in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib prison scandal should be held accountable for command failings described in past reviews. Only one of the top five officers, whose roles the Senate Armed Services Committee had asked the Army to review, has received any punishment. That officer, Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, an Army Reserve officer who commanded the military police unit at the Abu Ghraib prison, was relieved of her command and given a written reprimand. She has repeatedly said she was made the scapegoat for the failures of superiors. Why am I not surprised? The ACLU has called for an independent investigation. The usual disclaimers about breath and not holding it apply. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Seth Moulton is running for president, everybody! 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The domestic currency on Tuesday recovered from the day's low to close higher by five paise at 69.62 on some dollar selling by banks and exporters.
Avengers: Endgame opens this week, so I'm getting in the mood by holing up in a theater and watching 22 Marvel films back-to-back. Keep up with the madness.
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Tesla's aging Model S sedan and Model X SUV just got a bit of an upgrade, now offering up to 370 miles of range on a charge.
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Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge. The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records […]
Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its cars to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge. The extensions beat Tesla’s previous records for […]
With just a few days until the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel fans everywhere are probably wondering A) Who dies?? and B) Will this actually resolve the cliffhanger ending of “Infinity War” in a satisfying way? So, just to get it out of the way: A) I’m not telling, and B) Kind of? Mostly? It […]
It’s been an exciting couple of months for startup employees and public market shareholders alike, as a growing number of brands that have talked about going public for some time are finally marching out the door and, on the whole, receiving enthusiastic receptions. Lyft, Zoom, PagerDuty, and Pinterest all priced above their marketed ranges in […]
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say another visitor has died after falling from the edge of the Grand Canyon. Park rangers found the body of a 70-year-old woman about 200 feet (61 meters) below the canyon's South Rim on Tuesday. Rangers responded to a call about a ...
JENSEN, Utah (AP) - A national monument known for dinosaur fossils has also been named one of the world's best places to view the stars. Officials at Dinosaur National Monument say the landmark has been designated an International Dark Sky Park for its «exceptional quality of natural darkness.» The monument ...
WAIKOLOA VILLAGE, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on a woman being bitten by a shark in Hawaii (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Hawaii firefighters say a shark bit a tourist in her right thigh and she is in stable condition. Fire officials on the Big Island say bystanders brought the ...
Asteroid Bennu recently received a technicolor makeover, thanks to a 3D view recently shared by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and NASA. The 3D space rock view features more than 11 million measurements […] The post Asteroid Bennu Is a Technicolor Wonder in Trippy 3D View appeared first on Geek.com.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is coming to theaters on May 31 and the eerie flick’s final trailer confirms fans’ greatest fears: The titans, also known as monstrous mega-creatures, are back to make […] The post ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Final Trailer: The Titans Are Back appeared first on Geek.com.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - For the third straight year, a North Carolina museum is announcing the birth of red wolf pups. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham says on its webpage that a litter of six red wolf pups was born on Monday. It's the fifth time in ...
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli shared his postgame thoughts on Michael Pineda's outing and Eddie Rosario's hot streak after a 10-4 loss in Houston.
Nationals score twice in the 9th inning on a walk and a hit by pitch to seal a 6-3 win over the Rockies.
Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings, Victor Robles hit a three-run double, and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3