24 Apr 2017

Trump discusses North Korea tensions with Asian leaders
President Trump talked to leaders of both China and Japan on Monday as tensions on the Korean Peninsula have boiled over and North Korea appears ready for an ICBM launch.

EU is in trouble’ Diehard eurosceptics clinch HALF the vote in France despite Macron win
EUROPE was today facing a popularity crisis in France despite Emmanuel Macron’s first round election win, with figures showing that half of voters backed openly eurosceptic candidates.

Bill Nye Makes A False Claim About The US Constitution — Again
“So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job,” Nye said. And, like last time, he’s 100 percent incorrect.

In Surprising Shift, Lebanon Seeks Permanent Ceasefire With Israel
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations Friday for help in forging a permanent cease-fire with Israel. “I urge the U.N. secretary-general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward,” Hariri said, Reuters reported.

Biden Used False Data to Smear Marine Corps Over Armored Vehicle Request from Iraq
The documents and emails show the Democrat-driven public accounts accusing the Marines of failing to protect their troops by delaying requests for armored vehicles between February 2005 until September 2006 were false and misleading.

Catholic scientists converge in Chicago to ask big questions
Barrow will discuss his views on the origin and evolution of universes, while Berwick will speak on the ideas he and Prof. Noam Chomsky have developed on the beginnings of human language…The Society of Catholic Scientists has several hundred members. These include top researchers in such astrobiology, evolutionary theory and super-string theory.

End the Income Tax
This weekend, President Trump tweeted that a: “Big TAX REFORM AND TAX REDUCTION will be announced [on] Wednesday.” This is great news. However, as we go through the process of improving the tax code, we must encourage our politicians to do two things:

Worldwide Volcano News and Updates:
Volcanoes Today, 24 Apr 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bagana, Langila, Manam, Nishino-shima, Kambalny

‘US antisemitic incidents jump 86% at start of 2017
Antisemitic incidents in the United States surged by 34 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, and have jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, new data released by the Anti-Defamation League on Monday showed. In its annual ‘Audit of Antisemitic Incidents’, the ADL reported that there has been a “massive increase” in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, the month of the US presidential election.

Germany is a hotbed of Iranian spy activity that targets Israel
The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates. German authorities conducted criminal investigations into Iran for 22 cases of espionage, while Russia’s illicit spy activity led with 27 cases. China and Turkey both registered 15 spy cases. Syrian agents were involved in 8 espionage operations.

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency
Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer – and ran without the backing of an established party. After topping Sunday’s vote, he is now favourite to win the run-off on 7 May.

Article 308: Jordan scraps marriage loophole for rapists
A law which protected rapists from punishment if they married their victims has been scrapped in Jordan. The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 on Sunday, after years of campaigning by women’s activists, as well as Muslim and Christian scholars and others. The law had meant rapists could avoid a jail term in return for marrying their victim for at least three years.

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson
North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be sunk “with a single strike”. A battle group headed by the Vinson is expected off the peninsula this week.

Trump to set new executive orders on environment, energy this week
U.S. President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment, which would make it easier for the United States to develop energy on and offshore, a White House official said on Sunday. “This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Pope likens refugee centers to ‘concentration camps’
Pope Francis has drawn a rebuke from the American Jewish Committee after he likened European refugee centers to “concentration camps.”

North Korea is said to detain another US citizen
North Korea has detained a US citizen, the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang and a university chancellor said Sunday, raising the number of Americans thought to be held by the secretive nation to three.

Outrage After At Least 5 EU Nations Elect Saudi Arabia On UN Women’s Rights Council
“Saudi discrimination against women is gross and systematic in law and in practice. Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia bans women from driving cars,” he continued. “Why did the UN choose the world’s leading promoter of gender inequality to sit on its gender equality commission?”

How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?
The New York governor received a total of $783,000 from News Corp.-owned HarperCollins in book sales over the past three years; a number that would translate to royalty payments of nearly $244.69 per copy. On Wednesday, the book was selling on Amazon for $8.45.

Is It Time to Break Up Google?
In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place.

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit
Students at the University of California at Berkeley who invited conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it does not find a proper time and venue for her to speak next week.