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Slay, queen? Pride signs in New York subway suggest death threats to the transphobic

Slay, queen? Pride signs in New York subway suggest death threats to the transphobic

Rainbow-colored signs in New York's subway stations remind riders to drop the "bigotry, hatred, or prejudice" against LGBT people, but the signs close with a chilling message that looks like a barely veiled death threat. Along with nearly every other corporation and government body in the US, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has plastered itself in rainbow graphics and started spouting pro-LGBT affirmations for Pride Month, which runs until the end of June. "No bigotry, hatred, or prejudice allowed at this station at any time," mock service information posters read, reminding the intolerant that "your BS stops here."

'America is back with Biden, gushes President Macron

'America is back with Biden, gushes President Macron

The United States is back as a cooperative leader of the free world under President Joe Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday, illustrating the relief felt by many key U.S. allies that the tumult of Donald Trump's presidency is over. Macron's remark echoes that of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who hailed Biden on Thursday as "a big breath of fresh air". Comment: Meanwhile the man on the street as well as 120+ retired US generals are questioning Biden's mental health: 120+ retired US generals sign letter questioning Biden's mental health, 2020 election result, warn of 'tyrannical govt' Neither Macron nor Johnson drew an explicit parallel between Biden and Trump, though both praised Biden's distinctly cooperative tone and officials said there was relief after Trump at times shocked and bewildered many European allies. Comment: Considering the current line up of leaders in Europe and the disasters they're wreaking in their respective countries, that's not necessarily...

US: 3 mass shootings in 1 weekend leaves 2 dead & 30 wounded

US: 3 mass shootings in 1 weekend leaves 2 dead & 30 wounded

Two people were killed and at least 30 more were wounded in separate weekend mass shootings reported in three states, stirring already brewing fears that a spike in gun violence could continue into summer. The cities of Savannah, Georgia, Chicago and Austin, Texas are the latest to fall victim to mass shootings late Friday and early Saturday, police have said. The attacks come amid an easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in much of the country, including Chicago, which lifted many of its remaining safeguards on Friday. Many hoped that a spike in U.S. shootings and homicides last year was an aberration perhaps caused by pandemic-related stress amid a rise in gun ownership and debate over policing. But those rates are still higher than they were in pre-pandemic times, including in cities that refused to slash police spending following the death of George Floyd and those that made cuts.

G7 source praises Biden after 'complete chaos' of Trump

G7 source praises Biden after 'complete chaos' of Trump

U.S. President Joe Biden brought a sharply different tone to the Group of Seven summit from his predecessor Donald Trump by allowing frank and collaborative discussion of global issues without sowing disruptive chaos, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters: "It used to be complete chaos. Before, we were on edge the entire, the whole time just trying to keep the G7 intact - and you don't have to worry about that now. You can have a frank discussion without having to start it off by saying: 'No. Russia is not going to come back into the G7,'" The United States is back as a cooperative leader of the free world under Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron said earlier on Saturday, illustrating the relief felt by many key U.S. allies that the tumult of Trump's presidency is over.

UK MP warns 'if vaccines don't deliver us freedom, nothing will', as gov't threatens to delay lifting lockdown

UK MP warns 'if vaccines don't deliver us freedom, nothing will', as gov't threatens to delay lifting lockdown

Covid Recovery Group chairman and MP Mark Harper opposes delays in the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, arguing Brits will "have to learn to live with" the virus now that the vulnerable are jabbed, or suffer constant lockdown. Harper took to Twitter after an article on Sunday in the Telegraph citing an unnamed minister claimed the planned lockdown-easing date of June 21 could be delayed until as late as next spring due to the government's concern about the spread of Covid-19 variants. The Forest of Dean MP warned in response that it "would be devastating for business confidence, people's livelihoods and wellbeing" if the reopening were delayed, and would send "a clear message to employers and workers that, when Covid cases increase this (and every) autumn and winter, they cannot rely on Govt to keep our society open."

Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to US

Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to US

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for Moscow and the two powers reached an agreement to that effect. Putin made the comments in an interview aired in excerpts on state television on Sunday ahead of a June 16 summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva. Ties between the powers are badly strained over an array of issues. The Russian leader said he expected the Geneva meeting to help establish bilateral dialogue and revive personal contacts, adding that important issues for the two men included strategic stability, Libya and Syria, and the environment. Putin also praised Biden for having shown "professionalism" when the United States and Russia agreed this year to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty. The White House has said Biden will bring up ransomware attacks emanating from Russia at the meeting. That issue is in the spotlight after a cyber attack disrupted the North...

Liberal newspaper won't print description of black male suspect in mass shooting because it 'could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes'

Liberal newspaper won't print description of black male suspect in mass shooting because it 'could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes'

The Austin American-Statesman, a liberal-leaning news outlet in Texas, published an article on the mass shooting that happened early Saturday morning, but refused to print the police's description of the at-large black male suspect. At least 14 victims were left injured. One suspect, described by local law enforcement as a slim black male with dreadlocks, escaped the scene. "The Austin American-Statesman is not including the [police's] description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes," the editor's note reads at the bottom of the article, adding that reporting will be updated if more detailed information is released to the public and the press.

How Washington is positioning Syrian Al-Qaeda's founder as its 'asset'

How Washington is positioning Syrian Al-Qaeda's founder as its 'asset'

A PBS Frontline special is the latest vehicle in a PR campaign to legitimize rebranded Syrian al-Qaeda, HTS, and market its leader Mohammad Jolani as a competent American "asset." March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Western regime-change war on Syria. And after a decade of grueling conflict, Washington is still maneuvering to extend its longstanding relationship with the Salafi-jihadist militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With the northwestern province of Idlib under the control of a self-proclaimed "Syrian Salvation Government" led by the rebranded version of Syria's al-Qaeda franchise, and protected under the military aegis of NATO member state Turkey, powerful elements from Brussels to Washington have been working to legitimize its leader. This June, PBS Frontline aired a special, "The Jihadist," featuring a sit-down interview with Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, de facto president of the "Syrian Salvation Government" and founder of the Syrian branch of...

BEST OF THE WEB: Child sacrifice and deception in the time of the Covidians

BEST OF THE WEB: Child sacrifice and deception in the time of the Covidians

'If the Aztecs seem unrecognisably alien to the modern mind, it may be that the modern mind does not recognise itself in the Aztecs. We cannot understand the Aztecs because we do not want to understand ourselves' - John Gray, The Soul of the Marionette In his magnificent book Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma and the Last Stand of the Aztecs, historian Buddy Levy describes the reaction of Montezuma to the arrival of the Spanish: 'After his priests sacrificed a dozen children, believing that the survival of the universe depended on them, Montezuma would kneel before flickering firelight and pray for vision, for truth.' When Montezuma allowed Cortes into the shrine to witness scenes no European had ever seen, Cortes was disgusted. He declared the Aztec idols 'not gods, but evil things . . . devils'. Montezuma was defiant: 'We hold them to be very good. They give us health and rain and crops and weather, fertility and all the victories we desire. So we are bound to worship...

Judge pauses discriminatory loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

Judge pauses discriminatory loan forgiveness program for farmers of color

A federal judge has halted a loan forgiveness program for farmers of color in response to a lawsuit alleging the program discriminates against white farmers. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Milwaukee issued a temporary restraining order Thursday suspending the program for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The program pays up to 120% of direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for Black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander farmers. President Joe Biden's administration created the loan forgiveness program as part of its COVID-19 pandemic relief plan. Emily Newton, the lead attorney representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the lawsuit, didn't immediately respond to an email Friday seeking comment on the restraining order. Minority farmers have maintained for decades that they have been unfairly denied farm loans and other government assistance. Federal agriculture officials in 1999 and 2010...

A day of reckoning in Syria's Idlib

A day of reckoning in Syria's Idlib

It has been a long time coming, and it seems that an escalation in Greater Idlib might be on the way. After frequent ceasefire violations by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups of the so-called "moderate opposition", the cup seems to be spilling over. On June 10th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian support began a heavy shelling operation on various HTS positions throughout Greater Idlib. Significantly, a pinpoint strike claimed the lives of HTS' military spokesman, Abu Khalid al-Shami, media coordinator, Abu Musab al-Homsi, and Mu'ataz al-Nasir, commander of the group's internal security forces. Four other, unnamed militants were also killed. Footage was released from a Russian drone which was tracking the three commanders. They were reportedly located with advanced electronic intelligence systems and likely targeted with a Russian 2K25 Krasnopol laser-guided artillery shell, with their vehicle being laser painted with an UAV prior to that.

Letters from a D.C. jail

Letters from a D.C. jail

The rule of law for anyone involved in the events of January 6 has been flipped on its head by the U.S. justice system; defendants are presumed guilty before proven innocent. This week, five Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding his office's handling of January 6 protesters. The letter revealed the senators are aware that several Capitol defendants charged with mostly nonviolent crimes are being held in solitary confinement conditions in a D.C. jail used exclusively to house Capitol detainees. Joe Biden's Justice Department routinely requests — and partisan Beltway federal judges routinely approve — pre-trial detention for Americans arrested for their involvement in the January 6 protest. This includes everyone from an 18-year-old high school senior from Georgia to a 70-year-old Virginia farmer with no criminal record.

Texas, Arizona govs calling for states to send police to the border to help deal with border crisis

Texas, Arizona govs calling for states to send police to the border to help deal with border crisis

The governors of Texas and Arizona are calling on their counterparts in other states to send law enforcement to help stem the crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed officials and border states. Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona wrote in a letter to their fellow governors this week: "On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity." Both the federal government and border states have been dealing with a surge in migration to the border, with more than 180,000 migrants encountered in May alone -- including more than 10,000 unaccompanied children. Texas and Arizona have seen a number of facilities built, opened or refashioned to house the migrants coming across the border -- including the use of hotels by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Officials have complained that migrants are often let loose into...

Tens of thousands gather in Madrid to protest plans to pardon jailed Catalan independence leaders

Tens of thousands gather in Madrid to protest plans to pardon jailed Catalan independence leaders

A huge crowd of protesters has assembled in Madrid, decrying government plans to pardon jailed Catalan leaders behind the failed 2017 independence bid, and demanding the resignation of the country's PM over the move. Some 25,000 people gathered in central Madrid on Sunday, according to estimates by Spain's National Police. Local law enforcement estimated a higher figure, however, stating that at least some 126,000 demonstrators had shown up for the rally.

Barred big-name candidate publicly challenges Iran's election vetters

Barred big-name candidate publicly challenges Iran's election vetters

The influential political scion and former speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, has demanded an explanation from the country's vetters as to why he was excluded from running in next week's Iranian presidential election. Larijani's query toward the hard-line Guardians Council follows that body's disqualification of hundreds of would-be candidates in a familiar feature of Iranian elections that left just seven contenders to succeed incumbent Hassan Rohani. There are no prominent critics of the senior leadership or Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power in Iran's clerically dominated system, among them. Larijani tweeted: "Dear Guardians Council, please, between yourself and God, in view of proving the falsity of the reports given to that council regarding me and my family, state all the reasons for my disqualification formally and publicly," With just seven days to go before the June 18 vote, it is unclear what the intended effect of Larijani's public...

US sanctions block Venezuela paying for coronavirus vaccines

US sanctions block Venezuela paying for coronavirus vaccines

Venezuelan officials said on Thursday the country's government has been unable to complete a payment required to receive coronavirus vaccines because transfers to the global COVAX vaccine program had been blocked. The government of President Nicolas Maduro for months said it was unable to pay for the COVAX program because of U.S. sanctions, and then in March announced that it had made almost all the required $120 million payment. Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in a televised broadcast on Thursday said the government had been unable to pay down the remaining $10 million because four operations had been blocked.

Lightning strike kills 3 in Kohlu, Pakistan

Lightning strike kills 3 in Kohlu, Pakistan

A woman and two children were killed after lightning struck them during a thunderstorm in Balochistan's Kohlu Sunday. The province received its first spell of monsoon rains on Saturday night. Two others were injured and they are being treated at a hospital. During the heavy showers, the wall of Kohlu assistant commissioner's house collapsed and roof collapses were reported in different parts of the district. Many crops have been damaged too.

Journalist Christopher Sign, who broke the 2016 secret Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting found dead, officials investigating as a suicide

Journalist Christopher Sign, who broke the 2016 secret Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting found dead, officials investigating as a suicide

The 45-year-old television news man who was the first to report of a secret meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch that was held on her private jet in 2016 has died of an apparent suicide. Police in Hoover, Alabama, said they received a 911 call at 8:13am on Saturday of a person down at a home on Scout Trace. First responders arrived at the home and found the body of Christopher Sign, a former University of Alabama football player and veteran broadcast journalist with Birmingham's ABC TV affiliate WBMA-LD. News of Sign's death, which is being investigated by police as a suicide, was reported by AL.com.

Lightning strike kills teen swimming off Tybee Island, Georgia officials say

Lightning strike kills teen swimming off Tybee Island, Georgia officials say

A swimmer has died after she was hit by lightning in Georgia on Saturday, officials say. The 15-year-old Alabama girl was in the water near 17th Street on Tybee Island around 2:45 p.m. when she was struck, according to a news release from the City of Tybee Island. The Tybee Island Fire Department and Police Department responded and performed CPR on the swimmer before she was taken to a hospital by ambulance, the city says. The city said Sunday that the teen, who has not been identified, died. "The City of Tybee Island is deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman," the city wrote. "Our hearts remain with her family and friends."

Waterspouts spotted moving across British Columbia waters

Waterspouts spotted moving across British Columbia waters

A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead. Locals took to social media to share images of the waterspout as it moved through the Strait of Georgia on Wednesday (June 9) morning. Some people said that there were more than one of the whirling columns of air and water mist moving across the region, too. In a Facebook post on the Powell River Message Board, Julie Leon wrote that there were "lots of water spouts out there this morning." She also shared three images of waterspouts and one of them features a vibrant rainbow. A pair (only 1 in this video by Kevin Knutsen) of waterspouts were spotted off the tip of Texada Island this morning at ~5:45am. A #Waterspout Watch remains in effect. Waterspouts are tornadoes over water and should be with the same precautions. #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/9FfWT3oes7 — Kristi Gordon (@KGordonGlobalBC) June 9, 2021

Bright Nova in Hercules

Bright Nova in Hercules

Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Her (TOCP Designation: TCP J18573095+1653396) we performed some follow-up of this object through a TEL 0.32-m f/8.0 reflector + CCD located in Nerpio, Spain and operated by iTelescope network (MPC Code I89). On images taken on June 13.15, 2021 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with R-filtered CCD magnitude +6.2 at coordinates: R.A. = 18 57 30.98, Decl.= +16 53 39.6 (equinox 2000.0; Gaia DR2 catalogue reference stars for the astrometry). According to ATel #14704, a spectrum obtained by Munari et al. "has an overall blue shape and shows very pronounced broad absorptions (FWHM about 3000 km/s) compatible with P-Cyg components for Halpha, Hbeta and Hgamma blue-shifted by about 3100 km/s [...] Overall, the spectrum could be compatible with a nova of unusual large velocity". Our confirmation image (made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott):

From global tax to global government

From global tax to global government

Imagine if you spent months planning an elaborate 50th birthday party for yourself — hiring performers, decorating your place and inviting everyone you know — and when the big day finally arrived . . . no one bothered to show up. Embarrassing, right? Well, that's essentially what happened to the European Union in 2007 when they threw themselves a 50th Anniversary Extravaganza. Reports at the time talked of EU-sponsored "citizen parties," street festivals and public celebrations that were largely ignored by the public. About the only thing that Europeans can ever agree on is their differences, and even after 50 years of conditioning it seemed few outside of Brussels were stirred by the EU flag or the thought of half a century of political union. Perhaps that's because 2007 did not really mark the 50th anniversary of the EU or 50 years of political union at all. No, 2007 was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, a 1957 compact to form a common market and customs...

Floods in Shaoxing, China on June 10

Floods in Shaoxing, China on June 10

Heavy rain fills the streets with water in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. June 10th 2021.

Cancel everything! Snowflake NJ school district removes all holiday names from academic calendar, 'no hurt feelings at being left out'

Cancel everything! Snowflake NJ school district removes all holiday names from academic calendar, 'no hurt feelings at being left out'

Have a Merry "day off" and a Happy "day off"! That's the message from the school board of Randolph Township in Morris County, New Jersey, which unanimously voted Thursday to remove holiday names from their academic calendar following an uproar over renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day, according to reports. Now holidays like Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, as well as Jewish holy days like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, will simply be listed as "day off." "If we don't have anything on the calendar, we don't have to have anyone [with] hurt feelings or anything like that," board member Dorene Roche told Fox 5.

Bolide over the Mediterranean Sea (June 13)

Bolide over the Mediterranean Sea (June 13)

This bright meteor was recorded form Spain on 2021 June 13 at 3:45 local time (equivalent to 1:45 universal time). It overflew the Mediterranean Sea. The bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 145,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 106 km over the Mediterranean Sea, and ended at a height of around 70 km after traveling about 38 km in the Earth's atmosphere. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), and Sevilla.

Evidence unearthed at Mexico serial killer's house suggests 17 victims

Evidence unearthed at Mexico serial killer's house suggests 17 victims

Investigators digging under the house of a suspected serial killer on the outskirts of Mexico City said Saturday they have found 3,787 bone fragments so far, apparently belonging to 17 different victims. Prosecutors in the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, suggested the grisly finds may not end there. In excavations carried out since May 17, authorities have dug up the floors of the house where the suspect lived. They now plan to extend the search to the soil beneath several other rooms he rented out on the same property. ID cards and other possessions from people who disappeared years ago were found at the junk-filled home, suggesting the trail of killings may go back years.

Democrats disrespect Pulse nightclub massacre anniversary by touting false narrative re anti-LGBT motive of terrorist

Democrats disrespect Pulse nightclub massacre anniversary by touting false narrative re anti-LGBT motive of terrorist

Democratic senators are marking the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre by speaking out against anti-LGBT hatred, even though media outlets admitted years ago that the motive was unrelated to sexual orientation. Senators Cory Booker (New Jersey), Ed Markey (Massachusetts), Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) and Dick Durbin (Illinois) were among those who issued statements on Saturday reminding followers of the shooting, and decrying anti-LGBT hate crimes. Duckworth was especially explicit and outraged, asserting that 49 people were killed at the Orlando club in a "hate-filled shooting" in which "the LGBTQ+ community was targeted and killed, all because they dared to live their lives."

Former parliamentary speaker: Boris Yeltsin had entourage of 'hundreds' of CIA agents who told him how to run Russia

Former parliamentary speaker: Boris Yeltsin had entourage of 'hundreds' of CIA agents who told him how to run Russia

The first Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, was surrounded by "hundreds" of CIA agents who told him what to do throughout his tenure as leader. That's according to Ruslan Khasbulatov, the former chairman of Russia's parliament. Speaking to radio station Govorit Moskva, Khasbulatov claimed Yeltsin's entourage was full of Americans. In 1991, he was elected to his leadership post with Washington's help, it has been alleged, and it is still not yet known to what extent the US remained the voice in his ear throughout his presidency. "There must have been a hundred [CIA employees]," Khasbulatov said. "They determined everything." He also added that, after winning the presidential election, Yeltsin would send security officials and heads of departments to the US so the Americans could "examine them" and "give conclusions."

Cops say Florida Publix gunman posted on Facebook about killing children

Cops say Florida Publix gunman posted on Facebook about killing children

The man who gunned down a grandmother and her toddler grandson at a Florida supermarket had posted on Facebook about his desire to kill children, a local sheriff said Friday. Timothy Wall, 55, reportedly turned the gun on himself moments after he pushed the 69-year-old victim to the ground and shot her inside the Royal Palm Beach Publix Supermarket on Thursday. "There was a chance that this could be stopped," Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a press conference, CBS 12 News reported. "He's on Facebook. He has said, 'I want to kill people and children.' He has friends, obviously, they saw that."

Israel scraps its redundant vaccine passports

Israel scraps its redundant vaccine passports

So farewell, then, to Israel's vaccine passport, the green pass. Less than three months after coming into effect, the Covid vaccination certification scheme was scrapped today, along with almost all of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in public places. Israel was the first country to introduce a vaccine passport back in March. Cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms and plays were allowed to reopen to the public after months of lockdown, provided they only admitted vaccinated (and recovered) people. The pass took the form of a QR code downloaded from the health ministry or stored in a phone app. The scheme was vocally opposed by a small and passionate minority, but most Israelis were just relieved to be able to return to something approaching normality. Restaurateurs and gym owners, meanwhile, were happy they could finally reopen, even if they were sometimes frustrated by the restrictions the green pass imposed. In particular, venues were effectively banned from admitting children, who...

Severe storm slams the city of Berga, Spain

Severe storm slams the city of Berga, Spain

A big storm of cold and rain hit the city of Berga, Spain

60 mm of rain in an hour floods Mumbai - 94% of its June rain so far

60 mm of rain in an hour floods Mumbai - 94% of its June rain so far

Mumbai received about 60 millimetres of rainfall in an hour on Wednesday, leading to waterlogging in several places including Hindmata, Milan Subway and Sion. The flooding of the railway tracks led to brief suspension of suburban rail services. Mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Kishori Pednekar blamed the railways for the flooding of the tracks and the adjoining areas. Pednekar said the Central Railway did not cooperate with the BMC, and therefore, the BMC could not conduct cleaning works in the nullahs and the adjoining areas that fall under the railways' jurisdiction. However, the Central Railway refuted her claim. Its spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said they have been in touch with the BMC officials to deliver the best possible services to the passengers. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the BMC's disaster management room to take stock of the situation. BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal and Pednekar visited Hindmata.

Mount Everest avalanche almost hits stunned climbers as it crashes towards them

Mount Everest avalanche almost hits stunned climbers as it crashes towards them

Frightening footage captures the moment an avalanche narrowly misses a group of visitors on Mount Everest as it crashed down and headed right towards them. The dramatic video shows how part of the trail on the Himalayan peak collapsed, creating a snow slide headed straight towards the group of tourists. The group were setting up camp when they narrowly escaped being buried by the avalanche in Nepal on June 1. Footage shows the massive cloud of ice tumbling down the white mountain before it luckily slowed after hitting rocky parts. No one was hurt in the incident. The group inspected the area for safety after the avalanche.

Toddler falls from home window, mauled to death by family's 2 pit bulls in New Jersey

Toddler falls from home window, mauled to death by family's 2 pit bulls in New Jersey

A 3-year-old boy has died after falling out of a window at his family home and being mauled to death by the family's two pit bulls when he landed in the backyard. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in Elizabeth, New Jersey -- about 6 miles south of Newark -- when police say the boy somehow managed to fall out of a window, landed in the backyard of the family home and was subsequently and savagely attacked by the family's two dogs, according to New York City ABC station WABC. Neighbors say that the mother immediately reacted and went to rescue her son but that it was a horrendous scene as she tried to pull the dogs off of the little boy. "I saw the mother, she was full of blood in her hands, her shirt," neighbor Maria Rocha told WABC in an interview after the attack. "And I was like, 'what happened?' so I came here because it was full of police and she told me, 'My baby, my baby, I went to the bathroom and my baby fell out the window.'"

Daytime meteor fireball over Rosario, Argentina

Daytime meteor fireball over Rosario, Argentina

A camera from the Rosario Meteorological and Climate Monitoring Center captured the exact moment when the object crossed to the southeast. (Translated by google)

Rare motor neurone disease linked to frequent 'vigorous exercise' according to UK study

Rare motor neurone disease linked to frequent 'vigorous exercise' according to UK study

Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) for those genetically predisposed to the illness, according to new research. The findings, published in the journal EBioMedicine, "show a causal relationship between exercise and MND, with high-intensity physical activity likely to contribute to motor neurone injury, but only in individuals with a predisposing genetic profile," said the study by a team at the University of Sheffield. High-profile sportsmen to have developed MND include Scotland rugby international Doddie Weir, soccer player Stephen Darby and late South African Rugby World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen. "We have suspected for some time that exercise was a risk factor for MND, but until now this link was considered controversial," said Johnathan Cooper-Knock of the University of Sheffield.

BEST OF THE WEB: As drug makers set sights on vaccinating 5-year-olds, latest VAERS data show number of injuries, deaths continues to climb

BEST OF THE WEB: As drug makers set sights on vaccinating 5-year-olds, latest VAERS data show number of injuries, deaths continues to climb

This week's number of reported adverse events among all age groups following COVID vaccines surpassed 329,000, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data comes directly from reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Today's data show that between Dec. 14, 2020 and June 4, a total of 329,021 total adverse events were reported to VAERS, including 5,888 deaths — an increase of 723 deaths over the previous week. There were 28,441 serious injury reports, up 3,082 compared with last week. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, there were 59 reports of heart inflammation and 19...

Mark Carney's "Values" Greenwashes the Public on Climate Science and Energy Literacy - New Robert Lyman Report says "Pick Your Poison" on Climate Policy

Mark Carney's "Values" Greenwashes the Public on Climate Science and Energy Literacy - New Robert Lyman Report says "Pick Your Poison" on Climate Policy

Mark Carney's new book "Values" is riddled with inaccurate climate dogma; his call for climate risk reporting and energy solutions do not stand up to scrutiny says Friends of Science Society. Efforts to reach NetZero2050 will impose intolerable restrictions on the Canadian economy - new Robert Lyman report says "Pick Your Poison" on climate policies. CALGARY, AB, March 18, 2021 /CNW/ - In an interview with BNN Bloomberg, Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, now UN climate czar, on his new book entitled "Values", spreads news that is full of climate dogma and energy illiterate comments that go unquestioned by most reporters, says Friends of Science Society.

G7 is desperately seeking relevancy while what happens at the G20 really matters

G7 is desperately seeking relevancy while what happens at the G20 really matters

The upcoming G7 in Cornwall at first might be seen as the quirky encounter of "America is Back" with "Global Britain". The Big Picture though is way more sensitive. Three Summits in a Row - G7, NATO and US-EU - will be paving the way for a much expected cliffhanger: the Putin-Biden summit in Geneva - which certainly won't be a reset. The controlling interests behind the hologram that goes by the name of "Joe Biden" have a clear overarching agenda: to regiment industrialized democracies - especially those in Europe - and keep them in lockstep to combat those "authoritarian" threats to US national security, "malignant" Russia and China. It's like a throwback to those oh so stable 1970s Cold War days, complete with James Bond fighting foreign devils and Deep Purple subverting communism. Well, the times they are-a-changin'. China is very much aware that now the Global South "accounts for almost two-thirds of the global economy compared to one-third by the West: in the 1970s, it was...

Kiev's 'hit list' intends to silence dissent & journalism - that's all you need to know about Ukrainian 'democracy'

Kiev's 'hit list' intends to silence dissent & journalism - that's all you need to know about Ukrainian 'democracy'

Address issues which Ukraine, the West's client state, does not like and you could end up on a 'hit list'. Because that's apparently how flourishing democracies roll... Last week, photojournalist Dean O'Brien participated in a United Nations meeting to give his perspective on the war in Donbass, Ukraine's breakaway region in the east. Shortly after the discussion, O'Brien came under fire from the Ukrainian embassy in the UK. However, smears from Ukrainian officials are nothing compared to what the controversial 'enemies of Ukraine' database, the Mirotvorets (Peacekeeper) website, could bring.

Ahead of crucial Putin-Biden summit, Washington raises stakes by announcing $150 million in additional military aid for Ukraine

Ahead of crucial Putin-Biden summit, Washington raises stakes by announcing $150 million in additional military aid for Ukraine

The Pentagon has announced a new $150 million military aid package for Ukraine, potentially raising tensions with Moscow just days before President Joe Biden's summit meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva. The latest gift from Washington aims to boost the "lethality, command and control, and situational awareness" of Kiev's forces, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday. In practice, that translates into counter-artillery radars, counter-drone systems, secure communications technology and electronic warfare equipment. Comment: Whatever the Pentagon has to give to Ukraine, it knows that Ukraine is no match for Russia. Moreover, Ukrainians know it; with 50% recently stating that they don't want to join NATO because, as Putin pointed out, they know they'll be serve as mere cannon fodder in the event of any troubles. That said, in the meantime, a more lethally armed Ukraine is a cause for concern. Ukraine will also receive medical evacuation gear, as well as...

White dwarf measured before it exploded as a Supernova

White dwarf measured before it exploded as a Supernova

Type Ia supernovae are an important tool for modern astronomy. They are thought to occur when a white dwarf star captures mass beyond the Chandrasekhar limit, triggering a cataclysmic explosion. Because that limit is the same for all white dwarfs, Type Ia supernovae all have about the same maximum brightness. Thus, they can be used as standard candles to determine galactic distances. Observations of Type Ia supernova led to the discovery of dark energy and that cosmic expansion is accelerating. While these supernovae have revolutionized our understanding of the universe, they aren't quite as standard as we first proposed. Some, such as SN 1991T are much brighter, while others, such as SN 1991bg are much dimmer. There is also a variation known as Type Iax, where the white dwarf isn't completely destroyed by the explosion. We can generally take these variations into account when calculating stellar distances, but it would be good to have a better understanding of the mechanism behind...

Soviet collapse taught Russians the danger of being a messianic superpower. Biden makes it clear America hasn't learned the lesson

Soviet collapse taught Russians the danger of being a messianic superpower. Biden makes it clear America hasn't learned the lesson

Russia has none of the "messianic fervor" of Western states such as the US, its foreign minister said this week, as the nations' leaders prepare to meet. No longer the Third Rome, Moscow is seeking a more modest role in the world. The author Fyodor Dostoevsky had a grand vision for the country. Russia, he believed, would lead the West back to Christ and bring about "universal, spiritual reconciliation." This it could do, he felt, because its people supposedly had a "capability for high synthesis, a gift for universal reconcilability." The Russian, Dostoevsky wrote, "gets along with everyone and is accustomed to all. He sympathizes with all that is human, regardless of nationality, blood, and soil." By contrast, those on the other side of the continent, the novelist added, "find a universal human ideal in themselves and by their own power, and therefore they altogether harm themselves and their cause." Russians, in other words, seek to reconcile all, while Westerners believe their...

Lapid coalition finalizes deal to form new government, divide ministry posts

Lapid coalition finalizes deal to form new government, divide ministry posts

While parties across the Israeli political spectrum have united to end Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year reign as prime minister, many remain skeptical of how much the alliance can accomplish. Others fear that with right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett at the helm, the moderate and left-wing groups will be unable to contain his more radical agenda. The eight parties opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have finalized their alliance, penning agreements with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Friday. According to the Times of Israel, the last to sign was Yamina, headed by Naftali Bennett, who is set to be the new prime minister after the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Lapid signed deals with Ra'am, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor, Blue and White, and New Hope, with Meretz coming to an agreement with Lapid on Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, Bennett will serve as prime minister until August 2023, when Lapid will take over and lead until November 2025 - assuming...

Putin: Establishment politician Biden not as colorful and impulsive as Trump; his 'killer' comment is 'Hollywood macho'

Putin: Establishment politician Biden not as colorful and impulsive as Trump; his 'killer' comment is 'Hollywood macho'

In his first interview to a US corporate outlet since 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed off his US counterpart Joe Biden's "killer" label and called it posturing by a career establishment politician. Speaking with NBC News' Keir Simmons in Moscow, ahead of the June 16 summit with Biden, Putin called the "killer" comment "Hollywood macho." Putin, in a segment NBC aired on Friday evening, said: "Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons, and of different caliber and fierceness, and none of it surprises me." Putin said, in a segment NBC aired on Friday evening. The full interview is scheduled to air on Monday, June 14.

A 'red wave' of left-wing resurgence engulfs South America which the US claimed as its 'backyard' but neglected to tend

A 'red wave' of left-wing resurgence engulfs South America which the US claimed as its 'backyard' but neglected to tend

The apparent narrow victory of socialist Pedro Castillo in Peru is the latest splash of a 'red wave' engulfing South America, where Washington and its 'free market fundamentalism' have been calling the shots for decades. Over the past few days, many eyes in the Western Hemisphere have been on the hotly contested presidential election in Peru. Left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo of the anti-imperialist Free Peru party appears to have gained the upper hand against establishment figure Keiko Fujimori in an otherwise dead-heat contest, which the latter then accused him of rigging. The possible election of such a radical socialist, whose public image includes humble ponchos, sandals and straw hats, has been empowered by a generation of young people deeply disillusioned by the country's spiralling inequality, prolonged poverty and corruption scandals, as well as rural voters and indigenous communities. Yet, this is not a political earthquake in Peru alone, but in fact one of many...

US FDA clears J&J Covid-19 vaccine doses after months-long delay

US FDA clears J&J Covid-19 vaccine doses after months-long delay

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 10-million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine produced by Emergent BioSolutions. After a thorough review of a troubled Emergent manufacturing facility, US regulators authorised two batches of the vaccine's underlying drug substance made at the site, the FDA said in a statement on Friday, without disclosing how many doses would be released. The agency said it wasn't yet ready to provide full clearance to Emergent's Baltimore-based manufacturing facility. The contract manufacturer has said it has made more than 100-million doses worth of the vaccine's bulk drug substance. For months, that supply has been in limbo after Emergent staff accidentally contaminated millions of doses, leading to scrutiny of its manufacturing practices. A representative for J&J declined to comment. The 10-million Emergent-made doses expected to be released have already gone through the final stages of the fill-finish process....

Pentagon to redirect $2.2B in border wall funds back to military projects

Pentagon to redirect $2.2B in border wall funds back to military projects

The Pentagon will restore $2.2 billion to military construction projects that were stripped by the Trump administration to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Defense Department announced Friday. The money will go to 66 projects in 16 countries, 11 U.S. states and three U.S. territories in fiscal 2021, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks wrote in a memorandum. Among those is $79 million for an elementary school for children of military personnel in Germany, $94 million for another such school in Japan, $50 million for a Marine Corps machine gun range in Guam, $10 million for a missile field expansion at Fort Greely, Alaska, as well as numerous other schools, hangars, housing, shops and facilities. The Biden administration in late April announced it would cancel border wall projects that had been funded through the Defense Department and return the funds to the military construction projects from which they were pulled during the Trump administration. Former...

Border officials report a record number of migrants attempted to enter the US in May; Kamala Harris tells them 'do not come'

Border officials report a record number of migrants attempted to enter the US in May; Kamala Harris tells them 'do not come'

Border officials apprehended over 180,000 migrants at the southern border in May, surpassing the record highs set in March and April, Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials apprehended over 173,000 migrants in March and more than 178,000 in April, according to the agency. Officials apprehended over 530,000 migrants between January and April, compared with just under 350,000 during the same period in 2019, the agency reported. "Single adults continue to make up the majority of these encounters. In May 2021, CBP expelled 112,302 individuals under Title 42. CBP continues to expel single adults and family units that are encountered pursuant to CDC guidance under Title 42 authority." Title 42 is the provision that allows border agents to expel migrants due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Gaddafi's son seeks Libyan presidency 10 years after NATO-backed campaign plunged country into chaos - media

Gaddafi's son seeks Libyan presidency 10 years after NATO-backed campaign plunged country into chaos - media

The son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly eyeing his country's highest office a decade after his father was overthrown and murdered by NATO-backed rebels, triggering years of civil unrest. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has begun to reach out to Western and other diplomats as he seeks to re-enter public life, the Times reported. Once viewed as his father's successor, he is preparing to stand in Libya's December 24 presidential contest. Speaking to the paper via telephone, he said he was in good health, and confirmed his relationship with a team of advisers acting on his behalf. Gaddafi is expected to publicly announce his political ambitions in the near future. However, it is still unclear whether he will be allowed to run, as a new election law currently being drafted could potentially exclude him from participating. The 48-year-old was captured and imprisoned by militants in 2011. He was freed by his captors six years later under an amnesty agreement. Since then, he...