J.K. Rowling has a theory for why Trump is constantly tweeting

July 4, 2017

Hmm.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump has been on a roll recently when it comes to tweeting offensive, nonsensical thoughts early in the morning. After another week of sexist insults, media-bashing, and voter fraud paranoia on Twitter, J.K. Rowling came up with one explanation for our new presidential reality. A rather deep exchange between Trump and Buzz Aldrin at the signing of the Executive Order on the National Space Council today……

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UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement – BBC News

July 3, 2017

“Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations,” he said. The Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had been pressing for it “for some time”. The London Fisheries Convention sits alongside the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which allows all European countries access between 12 and 200 nautical miles of the UK and sets quotas for how much fish nations…

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Buzz Aldrin Looked As Baffled As We Felt During Trump’s Space Talk

July 2, 2017

The astronaut was at Trumps side as the president announced a new executive order reestablishing the National Space Council 24 years after it was last active to direct space policy in his administration. Trump also referred to space providing the security that we need to protect the American people. And he sent Aldrins eyebrows shooting up when he added, inexplicably, At some point in the future, were going to look…

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Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMatthew Horne from the National Crime Agency discusses Albanian gangs Violent Albanian criminal groups are exerting “considerable control” over the drug trafficking market in the UK, a law enforcement report has said. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was increasingly concerned by what it called the Albanians’ “high-profile influence within UK organised crime”. The remarks are in the agency’s annual assessment…

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Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

May’s deal with the DUP Where does this leave power-sharing talks? Where will the money go? Who are the DUP? Negotiations lasted 18 days after the general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories’ 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure needed for an overall Commons majority under a “confidence and supply” arrangement planned to last until…

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 26, 2017

“What he did – it will never go away. When you go private, you think you’ve got the best.” Ian Paterson: Surgeon was ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ Breast surgeon ‘played God’ with women’s bodies Ian Paterson: ‘He took a pound of flesh for money’ Linda Millband, national lead lawyer for clinical negligence at legal firm Thompsons, is acting for more than 500 of Paterson’s former private patients. She said private policies…

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Reality Check: How many people are affected by May’s offer? – BBC News

June 24, 2017

The number of citizens of the other 27 EU countries living in the UK in 2015 was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to be around 3.2 million. Polish citizens topped the list with 916,000 – more than any other nationality. In 2001, there were only 38,000 Polish nationals living in the UK. Read more from Reality Check Follow us on Twitter More From this publisher : HERE…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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In North Carolina, Women Can’t Withdraw Consent After Sex Begins

June 23, 2017

North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. where no doesnt mean no, state Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) told The Fayetteville Observer this week. Jackson is the sponsor of Senate Bill 553, which states that a person who continues to engage in intercourse after consent is withdrawn can be charged with rape. The bill applies specifically to vaginal intercourse. The states Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Hesters date had…

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Analyst Warns GOP: House Majority Is In Danger In 2018

June 22, 2017

David Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the Republican majority could be at risk in next years midterm election. That includes Tuesday nights special elections in Georgia, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoffby 4 percentage points, and South Carolina, where Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnellby 3 percentage points. Over those five special elections, Democrats beat their districts…

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Southwest Reportedly Claims 4 Lives

June 22, 2017

The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported. It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented, Dr. Michelle Jorden of the Santa Clara County Coroners Office told the newspaper. A Phoenix…

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News Daily: Van hits crowd near mosque – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Brexit talks get under way Almost a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks are finally starting. Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised a “deal like no other in history”, with subjects of early negotiations including the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Things get started at about 11:00 BST. Grenfell Tower tragedy ‘preventable’…

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

Most recently, leading Asian and European carmakers, most of whom have large U.S. workforces, released a video advertisement touting their contributions to the U.S. economy that makes the case for keeping international trade barriers low. Whats more, it explicitly emulates the famous Morning in America television spot from former Republican President Ronald Reagans 1984 re-election campaign. Employees disassemble a motor in the quality control department of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing…

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NHS cyber-attack was ‘launched from North Korea’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

The same group is also thought to have been behind the theft of money from banks. NHS hit In May, ransomware called WannaCry swept across the world, locking computers and demanding payment for them to be unlocked. The NHS in the UK was particularly badly hit. Officials in Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) began their own investigation and concluded their assessment in recent weeks. The ransomware did not target…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Sanders Movement Plots Democratic Party Takeover At Weekend Gathering

June 13, 2017

They wanted to know Sanders advice for talking to kids about climate change, overcoming Republican gerrymandering in the South and how to deal with losing elections, something a questioner comically noted Sanders knew a thing or two about from his early years in politics. Thank you very much, Kendrick, Sander deadpanned, eliciting laughs from the audience. Kendrick makes a good point: Dont get locked into a moment, because things change…

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Bill Maher Is A Dangerous White Man

June 11, 2017

In it, there are no promises of humanity no assurances of justice no unbreakable bond of truth. There is but one king: popularity (and more plainly, profit). Entertainment media is just as vapid, vacuous, and apathetic as its creators certainly, as much as its viewers which is to say, it is naive to expect the industry to drift naturally toward some sort of moral center. It will not. It has…

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Lincoln Memorial Pool To Be Drained After 80 Ducklings Die

June 11, 2017

The first batch of the dead ducklings was discovered May 20 and the rest were found over a two-day period. Necropsies by the U.S. Geological Surveys National Wildlife Health Center determined they had died of high levels of microscopic parasites that develop in snails living in the pool, according to a statement from the park service. The parasites are ingested by the ducks when they eat the snails. The deaths…

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Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

These 22 senators wrote to Trump, asking him to pull out of the accord. The president and the senators put their own political and economic interests above the safety, security and indeed survival of the American people and the entire planet. Under the pact, the Obama administration promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 29 percent lower than 2005 levels by 2025. The United States is the second…

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Gulf States In Diplomatic Crisis As Multiple Countries Cut Ties With Qatar

June 6, 2017

The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatars support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the worlds oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran. Economic disturbances loomed immediately, as Abu Dhabis state-owned Etihad Airways said it would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice. (Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in…

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Mountain Climber Makes History With Rope-Free, Death-Defying Ascent At Yosemite

June 5, 2017

The 31-year-old elite climber on Saturday became the first person to scale the nearly 3,000-foot face of Yosemites El Capitan granite formation without ropes or safety gear, an act known in mountaineering as free-soloing. National Geographic, which exclusively reported Honnolds ascent, called it perhapsthe greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport. Fellow elite climber Tommy Caldwell had another way of describing Honnolds feat: After Honnold…

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Champions League: 170,000 football fans head to Cardiff – BBC News

June 3, 2017

South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “We will have in the region of 2,000 police officer deployments across Cardiff, with every officer fully aware of the huge task ahead and committed to ensuring residents and visitors to the capital have a safe and enjoyable experience. “We continue to advise people who don’t have tickets to the match to avoid travelling by car or public transport to the…

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